Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

CROP 2014rainbowcommawithwordsWelcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ in Oak Lawn, an Open and Affirming congregation. No matter who you are or where you are on your spiritual journey, our 340-member congregation welcomes you.  Explore this site to find out what we’re all about. We hope you will be inspired by what you see and join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in our historic Oak Lawn, Illinois church. We promise you will find a progressive church full of people dedicated to living our mission statement every day: Welcoming All, Worshiping God, Working Together to Serve Others.

Please join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. A nursery is provided for children younger than 3. Children ages 3 years through 8th grade are invited to attend Sunday School during the last half of the service. Our service is an inspirational, uplifting experience open to anyone of any faith and those who are searching. Dress as casual or formal as you like – just come experience our welcoming church!

See our Facebook page for photos of many of our events! (You don’t need to join Facebook to see our photos and news.)

Annual Flower Sale Coming May 1-3

The annual flower sale will take place the first weekend of May. Come out and find all your flower planting needs.  Shop for Mother’s Day!  We will have a beautiful assortment of flowers: geraniums, impatiens, begonias, marigolds, and many other varieties. Choose from flats, baskets, or potted plants. Vegetable and herb plants, too!  Sale dates and times will be as follows.

Friday, May 1—3:00-6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 2—9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 3—10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 

We are looking for volunteers to sell that weekend as well as helpers to unload the truck at noon on Friday.  Lunch will be provided for those willing to unload the truck on Friday.  Please call or see Libby Langevin to volunteer.

W.I.S.H. to Celebrate Spring with Al Fresco Dining on May 7

WISH (Women In Step with Him) will celebrate spring with al fresco dining at its May meeting.  We will meet at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Durkin’s Restaurant, 79th Street and State Road.  In case of inclement weather, we’ll dine inside.  Email Maureen if you’re coming so we know how many to make reservations for. It’s the last meeting until September, so we hope to have a big turnout. And bring your thinking caps for programs for the next season.

WISH is open to all women of the church and their friends. Further information is available by calling Gail Siwek at (708) 423-0399.

Commitment Sunday for Building Hope Today and Tomorrow -Sunday, May 17

For the past few months we have been envisioning how the mission and ministry of Pilgrim Faith UCC can move forward. We believe that we are called to receive God’s hope and share it with others.

Our church facility is a tool for ministry and is one of the ways we can extend a welcoming ministry to our membership and local community.

In order to continue in this spirit, it is time to renovate and repair our building so we can keep bringing hope to many today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.

Our commitments to this campaign represent an opportunity for each of us to grow in faith and generosity because they need to be over and above our current giving.

Sunday, May 3, is designated as Invitation-to-Prayer Sunday. Every household will receive a Prayer and Commitment Packet for our campaign following worship. This packet will include important information about Building Hope Today and Tomorrow, along with a call to prayer and your commitment form. We hope you can be with us on this Sunday! If you are unable to attend, your packet will be mailed to your home.

Sunday, May 17, is our Commitment Sunday. You are being invited to offer up your commitment in worship on this Sunday. If you are unable to be with us on this Sunday, you may mail your commitment form to the church office before this date.

There is no commitment too small or too significant! How is God calling you to respond? It will take all of us responding together to reach our goal of $400,000, or more, over a three-year giving period.


Youth to be Confirmed on Sunday, May 17

We will celebrate Confirmation with members of this year’s confirmation class on Sunday, May 17, at the 9:30 a.m. worship service.  Each confirmand will read a short portion of his or her statement of faith.  The Christian Education Board will honor the confirmands and with a cake during fellowship hour following the service.

The day before Confirmation, the Board of Deacons will honor the confirmands, their families and mentors with a lunch.

The confirmands will be on retreat at Tower Hill with Pastor Peggy and Sheri Ibarra on May 1-3, at which time they will write their personal statements of faith.

Seedlings for “Share The Harvest”: Sign up by May 10

Share the Harvest, an organization dedicated to getting healthy food to those who might not otherwise be able to afford it, is again offering free seedlings for anyone who wants to grow items that can be distributed at our food pan-try. Tomato, pepper or cucumber seedlings are available. Please call or send an email to the church office office@pilgrimfaith.org , or see Bob Cook at church if you are interested in receiving a packet or sign-up by May 10 at coffee hour. They will be available for pickup at church on May 17.

Even if you don’t participate, you can still use your garden to help the people who come to our pantry. Please consider giving extra produce you grow this summer to the pantry.

Need Graduate Names for Sunday, May 31

We want to honor those members and regular participants in our congregation who are graduating this spring from high school, college, graduate school or trade school.  Please give the church office some information about the school you are graduating from, what your degree is and what your plans are after graduation. (See form below.) You may mail it in to the church office or email office@pilgrimfaith.org.  We will recognize these graduates during our worship service on Sunday, May 31.


Name __________________________________________

School _________________________________________

Degree _________________________________________

Date of Graduation _________________________________

Plans after Graduation _______________________________


Parents __________________________________________

E-mail address _____________________________________

Please drop this in the offering plate, mail it in to the office, or email the information to office@pilgrimfaith.org.

Church Directory – Save The Dates – June 18, 19 & 20

The Summer of 2015 is time for a new church directory.  Photography dates will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 18, 19, and 20.  Appointments will be available in the morning, afternoon, and evening.  Appointments will be made in May and June.  Watch for more information. See Kathy Faulkner for further details.


On My Mind: Right Now!

Once I get a great idea, I’d love to just make it happen RIGHT NOW! No laborious hashing out of plans and debating different opinions. No figuring out where to get the money. No interruption, detours or change of plans. Just do it! Then I could get on with my next great plan!

Alas, my magic wand must have gotten lost in the mail. So while some delightful small ideas can just be done right now, most big ideas involve lots of planning, discussing, improving, tweaking, adjusting and getting multiple participants on board. Two years of discussing Open and Affirming. Over a year of planning and preparing for a capital campaign.  A whole year of planning and preparation by many for each Intergenerational Retreat.

I’ve come to realize that the great things that take a long time to bring about are really a whole series of RIGHT NOW moments. This meeting notice needs to go out right now. This difficult conversation needs to begin right now, even if will take us months to work through to agreement. This bid or that donation or this announcement needs to be done right now if all the pieces are going to come together in the end.

There are things God needs us to do right now in order for God’s great work of transforming the world with love to happen over time. God needs me to love that stranger today. God needs me to say a prayer for the church right now. God needs me help plan a mission project now so it can launch six months from now. God needs my gift of money now for important ministry and mission.

As we make our commitments to Building Hope Today and Tomorrow (our capital campaign), I invite you to ask God what God needs from you right now. What you do to-day and next week and next month and each week and month to come will all add up to great things for God!  It all begins right now! 

Peggy McClanahan

Advance Commitment Gathering Planned For Capital Campaign – April 19

Building Hope for Today and Tomorrow

We officially kicked off our capital campaign on March 22, when we commissioned our leadership team and unveiled special banners with our logo.  The leadership team has been enthusiastically planning a number of events and activities to lift up our vision of building hope through all our ministries.

Church leaders and capital campaign leaders and others interested in making advance commitments to this campaign will gather at 11:00 am on April 19, for a light lunch and presentation about our vision for this capital appeal and how it advances Pilgrim Faith’s ministry of hope.  Those attending that gathering will be asked to prayerfully consider what they can give to this campaign over the next three years and to make that commitment prior to May 3, at which time the rest of the congregation will be invited to consider their commitments.

We ask everyone to continue to pray for our church throughout the next few months. Our ministry is vital to so many in this community and beyond!  This is a wonderful opportunity for us make sure our building will be a haven of hope which helps change lives and draws many closer to