Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ in Oak Lawn, IL

rainbowcommawithwordsWelcome 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. . A nursery is provided for children younger than 3 during worship. 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!

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Worship at 9:30 am each Sunday     Office hours: 9:00-2:00 Mon-Fri    708-422-4200



Mon. July 9 -Thurs. July 12

9:00-11:30 A.M.

4 years old- 5th grade 



9411 S 51st Ave. Oak Lawn, IL 60453

708-422-4200    office@pilgrimfaith.org


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On My Mind: Our Ministry

As I celebrated my last “first communion” with our children and our various Holy Week and Easter events, it really
began to hit me that our time together is drawing to a close. After twenty-three years of baptizing our kids (and adults), teaching, confirming, marrying, burying and being there through so many celebrations, struggles and sorrows of life with you, it is hard for all of us to prepare to say “farewell.” As we get ready to conclude our ministry
together (in mid-June) I want to share some of my thoughts on ministry. I have never thought of my time with you as “my ministry.” It’s not about me. My aim has always been that what we do is “our ministry.” It is the church’s ministry and my aim has been to work with you and pray with you to discern what God calls Pilgrim Faith to do and be and to help equip you to do it faithfully and well.

When my time as your pastor and teacher ends, you will still be the church and God will still be guiding you in your
ministry. Other pastors will come and journey with you for a while and share that ministry. I pray that you will embrace them and love them and journey with them in being the best Pilgrim Faith God calls you to be.

To help you move forward with new pastoral leadership I must be clear that I cannot serve in any kind of pastoral role with you after June. I must decline to be involved in your baptisms, weddings, funerals, hospital visits and all other pastoral roles. I will not offer advice or counsel. I will always love you and consider you my friends but I must refrain from being in a pastoral relationship with you so that your new pastors (interim and permanent) can truly become your pastor by sharing those moments with you.

I will treasure the remaining couple of months with you as we worship and plan together, enjoy a couple more retreats and confirmation and laugh and cry with each other. It will be hard at times but I also trust it will be good.

I want our celebration on June 10 to be a joyful occasion which will celebrate our ministry together. I expect that we
will have much to laugh about together as we rejoice in what we have done. I want you to be there because you are
precious to me and always will be. We’ll say our goodbyes when it is time but in the meanwhile, we got some ministry
to do together! Let’s do it well with love!

Pastor Peggy McClanahan

Pastor Peggy Retirement Celebration on June 10

Sunday, June 10, will be Pastor Peggy’s final Sunday at Pilgrim Faith Church. We will be celebrating her ministry at Pilgrim Faith with a special service at 9:30 a.m. that day followed by a catered luncheon in Colonial Hall. The luncheon will offer a fantastic opportunity for fellowship, some entertaining stories about  Pastor Peggy’s ministry here in Oak Lawn, as well as one last opportunity to bid farewell to Pastor Peggy. We hope that you will plan to join us for this special worship and meal on Sunday, June 10.

Since this is a full catered meal, we ask that all who plan to attend purchase tickets in advance. Tickets will be $10 each for adults (everyone age 13 and older), with no charge for children age 12 and under. There will be a maximum charge of $40 per family living in the same household. Please contact the church office at 708-422-4200 to reserve and make payment for your ticket(s) to the catered luncheon. All are welcome to attend the service and luncheon.

Strengthen The Church Offering – May 20

This special offering is tied to Pentecost, the birth of the Church. This offering helps build
new churches, educate Church leaders, and provide seed money to new programs within existing churches.

Please, prayerfully consider what you can do to help Strengthen the Church on May 20th.

Youth To Be Confirmed – May 20 – 9:30 a.m.

We will celebrate Confirmation with members of this year’s confirmation class on Sunday, May 20 at the
9:30am, 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.

On May 19, a 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 Gary Sheehan on May 4-6, at which
time they will write their personal statements of faith.

Flower Sale – May 4, 5, & 6

Our warm and sunshiny Spring weather is upon us! My thoughts always turn to the garden and the Pilgrim Faith Annual Flower Sale. Our shipment of flowers will arrive at 8:00a.m. on Friday morning, May 4th. We will need all hand on deck to unload the truck and set up for the sale, coffee & donuts for the volunteers!!!

We will have a large assortment of annuals, some perennials, vegetables, herbs, and grasses. Our nursery, Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouse, Inc. provides us with the most beautiful begonias, impatiens, geraniums, zinnias, etc., not to mention the lush ferns, grasses, and hydrangeas! Whether you’re looking for a flat or two, a hanging basket or two, or a wonderful Mothers Day gift, we will have all your flower needs covered!

Please spread the word to your neighbors and friends about our Annual Flower Sale, we need everyone’s support for a successful sale! If you can help out in any way during the Flower Sale or have a special order for the nursery, please feel free to text or call Libby at (708)214-5351.     Libby Langevin & Pam Lagerstrom.

Friday, May 4:       12:00— 6:00pm

Saturday, May 5:   9:00 —  3:00pm

Sunday, May 6:   10:30 — 12:00pm

Bible Study – May 1 – 7:00 p.m.

BIBLE STUDY ─ MAY 1 How’s your faith helping you with the everyday, day-today concerns and joys. If you had to give a faith weather forecast for yourself, would you be sunny and clear or cloudy and dark? Come each Tuesday in May at 7:00pm (beginning May 1) for a Bible study led by Laura Stanton to forecast better days for your faith. Discussion will be held in the church lounge.

W. I. S. H. Meeting – May 2 – 7:00 p.m.

Self-defense can increase the options and choices that we have in any given situation, including situations where we
are at risk of violence. We will have an instructor come teach some self-defense. We can have more than WISH
members, please bring a friend, women only. Please contact Rhonda Rodriguez 708-612-1419.

S. T. A. R. S. – May 4 – 12:00 Noon

On Friday, May 4, at noon, Mary Lou Smith, pianist extraordinaire, will play for us as we play “Name That
Tune”. Then she will take requests for favorites to sing-a-long. We will meet in the lounge, as the flower sale will be in Colonial Hall. Bring your own lunch.

May 18th we will play another game.