Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

Confirm Retreat Spring 2017rainbowcommawithwordsWelcome 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.)

‘Biggest Loser’ Contest at Pilgrim Faith Church

Are you looking for a fun way to jump-start your healthy living goals? Join the “Biggest Loser” competition at Pilgrim Faith Church this summer! The entry fee is $20, and the contest runs from June 4-August 13. The winner is determined by percentage of weight lost.

A registered nurse will do confidential weigh-ins and blood pressure checks on June 4, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., at Pilgrim Faith Church, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn. If you can’t make the weigh-in but still want to participate, you can email her a photo of yourself on the scale with your weight. The nurse will do the final weigh-ins on Aug. 13 to determine the grand prize winners! There also will be small prizes and optional activities throughout the contest to keep everyone motivated!

Sign up today and have some fun losing weight this summer. Please register here and you will receive an email with all the details! View a copy of the Biggest Loser Rules here.

Join the Summer of Wellness at Pilgrim Faith!

Are you looking for a fun and supportive way to meet your healthy living goals? Are you interested in learning more about exercise? Healthy cooking? The mind-body-spirit connection? Then join the Summer of Wellness at Pilgrim Faith!

Libby and Alyssa Langevin, along with Jacqui Cook, are organizing a group to plan wellness events for the summer and beyond. Some of the events for this summer include a Biggest Loser competition (see details above), a healthy cooking demonstration, a walking group and other events. Watch for details in the next few weeks!

Vacation Bible School – June 12-16

REGISTER NOW!   June 12-16, 2017 at Pilgrim Faith Church

HERO CENTRAL: Discover Your Strength in God!

  • 9:00-11:30 am
  • for all kids age 4 years – 5th grade
  • $10 per child/max $30 per family

Register online now!

Join the fun as we all become HEROES! Explore ways to Power Up and find our strength in God! Come on down to the Hero Central for fun singing and dancing, lively games, interactive Bible fun, super science, delicious snacks and hands-on mission!

Annual Flower Sale – May 5, 6 & 7

It sure is starting to feel like Spring! For me, thoughts of Spring immediately turn to gardening and the ANNUAL FLOWER SALE! This year our Annual Flower Sale will be Friday May 5th, Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th.

If anyone is available to help unload all the beautiful flowers, the truck will be arriving at church at 8AM on Friday, May 5 th. This is a change from past years. Many hands make light work and this has always been a great fundraiser for our church, so please help if you can!

The hours of our sale will be Friday: noon-6pm, Saturday: 9am-4pm, and Sunday: 10:30-noon.

Tell all your friends and neighbors to shop our fabulous variety of annuals. We’ll have geraniums, impatiens, begonias, marigolds, just to name a few! We’ll have beautiful baskets for Mother’s Day gifts, too. You’ll find all your flower planting needs, plus tips and tricks from the pros! If you’d like for me to special order something from the nursery, please let me know by Friday, April 28th (Libby Langevin, 708-214-5351.) Mark your calendars now!

W.I.S.H – Meeting May 3

WISH will meet at 7 pm. Wednesday, May 3 in the church lounge. Mel Tracy will do a presentation on attracting birds and butterflies to your garden and how to keep pests away. We will chip in for the cost of pizza, beverages are on our own. WISH is open to all women of the church and their friends. Call Gail Siwek for further information at (708) 423-0399.

S.T.A.R.S. – May 5 & 19

Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ at 9411 S. 51st Ave. is inviting seniors 60 and over for lunch at 12:00 Noon – on May 5th, are you lucky? Join us for bingo. Cash prizes.

On May 19th, Tim Wilsey will discuss the mobsters and operations from various eras of organized crime in Chicago. For more information or to make your luncheon reservation, call the church office at (708) 422-4200.


This May is going to be a very busy one, so we will only be able to get together one time this month. This will be the last gathering until September. Our meeting will take place on May 7th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm; we will meet in Pilgrim Hall and I hope to make it outside for some fun and games – weather permitting. We will have a backup of games to play inside if the weather does not cooperate! Hope to see you there! Bring a Friend.



Confirmation – Sunday, May 21, 9:30 a.m.

We will celebrate Confirmation with members of this year’s confirmation class on Sunday, May 21 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 luncheon. The confirmands will be on retreat at Tower Hill with Pastor Peggy and Keith Stevenson on May 5-7, at which time they will write their personal statements of faith.

Share The Harvest – Sign Up Sunday, May 7 & 14

For the past several years, we have been provided the opportunity to get plants from the organization “Share the Harvest” so that you can grow these plants in your own yard, and then provide the harvest to our food pantry or to be shared with other pantries and shelters in the area. You can sign up to receive as many tomato, pepper or cucumber plants as you wish, but remember, the harvest from these plants must be brought back to church. To sign up, please see Rhonda Rodriguez or another Mission Board member who will have the sign-up list after church on Sunday, May 7 and 14 or email Rhonda at rhondatsharrison@gmail.com. Plants must be picked up at church on Sunday, May 21.

Book Club May Discussion – May 21, 6:30 p.m.

The Pilgrim Faith Book Club’s May selection is The Man from Ove by Fredrik Backman, about an angry old man and the unlikely friendship he develops in his neighborhood. The discussion will be Sunday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. Book club meets at 6:30 p.m. in the church lounge for about 90 minutes. Everyone of all ages is invited to attend, and friends are always welcome. There is guaranteed to be good conversation (and snacks!). If you have any questions, just ask Jacqui Cook (Jacqueline.k.cook@gmail.com) or Chris Raap (shoehouses@yahoo.com). Please join us!