What We Believe
God created the world and everything in it. He created people holy and without sin, but by their own choice they disobeyed God and brought sin and death into the world. Every human being since has been born sinful.
In unfathomable grace, God sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to live the perfect life we could not and take the punishment for our sins through his suffering and death on the cross. Then Jesus, in an act proving he is God, rose from the grave assuring us that we also will rise from death to live in heaven forever.
It is through faith in Jesus, given by the Holy Spirit through baptism, that God forgives our sins, gives us eternal life, and welcomes us as His children.
This wonderful news is revealed to us through the Bible and is reaffirmed through the sacrament of Holy Communion. All our ministries flow from our joy in this message and our desire to fulfill Christ’s calling to go into the world and share the good news of forgiveness, peace and everlasting life.
Pilgrim is affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
If you would like to know more about our beliefs, please contact us or sign up for our next Answers class!
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History of Pilgrim
Pilgrim’s first church service was held in the garage of a parsonage on El Rio Drive in 1959. Attendance grew and a local farmer donated the present parcel of land for a church.
One of the first projects the congregation undertook was the founding of a Lutheran elementary school which enrolls not only member children, but children in the community. In 1960 the congregation dedicated its new building, including a chapel and two classrooms.
The congregation grew and a separate worship and fellowship facility was built on the east side of Bette Drive in 1978. However, by 1984 hard times had fallen on the congregation, membership dwindled and the congregation struggled to support the small school. The leaders of the congregation debated the fate of the school, but instead of closing it, they chose to expand: adding a preschool and kindergarten.
God remained faithful and guided Pilgrim back to a stage of growth. The school received a large addition in 1998 and the church was renovated in 2009. In 2017, Pilgrim dedicated new office space and a large gathering room which was built adjoining the school. It is our prayer that God may allow us to continue this latest expansion with an addition of a new worship sanctuary in the near future.
The congregation today has more than 600 members. The thriving elementary school comprises grades K3 – 8, childcare and before / after school programs. In the fall of 2020 Pilgrim Lutheran School joined the Wisconsin State and Milwaukee County school choice programs. In addition to school events, the congregation has a robust music ministry along with many opportunities for service, prayer, worship, instruction and Bible study.
About WELS Churches
Pilgrim Lutheran Church & School is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod – or the WELS. The WELS is a group of nearly 360,000 men, women, and children in nearly 1,300 congregations across the US and the world. We are all united by a common faith in Christ’s saving love, and would love to share that love and grace with you!