Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

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Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ in Oak Lawn! 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.)

Christmas Eve Worship – December 24

Christmas Eve Worship Services

7:00 p.m.  Family Service

Children’s story, Christmas music, favorite Christmas carols, special music by vocal and instrumental ensembles, and lighting of the individual candles.

11:00 p.m. Traditional Service

Quiet and reflective Christmas carols by candlelight, special music by vocal and instrumental soloists, and lighting of the individual candles.

Christmas Music Sunday December 14 – 9:30 am

Come and enjoy the music of the Christmas season during this year’s Christmas Music Service.  It is our hope that this service will help each one of us prepare for Christ to live in our hearts throughout this Advent and Christmas season, as well as the upcoming new year.  We will celebrate the story of the birth of Jesus Christ with music that will hopefully remind us to thank God for sending His Son so very long ago.  Music will be presented by the Vocal Ensemble, Harmony Guys, Ladies Ensemble, and Bell Choir.  We will also welcome guest musicians to this service.

“White Christmas” – December 14 – 3:20 p.m.

We have 30 tickets to the classic Christmas movie “White Christmas” on Sunday, December 14, at 3:20 in the afternoon at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago.  Santa leads a Christmas sing-a-long before the show, and audience members are encouraged to sing along with their favorite songs during the movie.  This is a fun event for all ages, so get out your sleigh bells and blue feather fans to join us this year.  Tickets are $10 each. We will take the church van if you would like a ride to the theatre which is located near Wrigley Field.  See Chuck or Peggy Martin to get your tickets.

Christmas Cookie Sale – December 14

On Sunday, December 14, you will be able to buy delicious cookies for yourself as well as give them as gifts. We are asking all our wonderful bakers to dig out those favorite recipes and help us out with the sale. Please be sure to label your cookies with information for those who may have allergies, especially if your baked goods contain any type of nuts. Please bring your cookies to Colonial Hall before worship that day.  The cost is $5 per pound. All proceeds go to the church.

Poinsettias For Christmas – Order by December 16

You may purchase a poinsettia for Christmas to enhance the sanctuary for the holiday season. The plants are a 6” pot with three to five blooms at a cost of $14, available to take home after the 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service. There is a form in the Church Newsletter to fill out and you can return it with your check to the church office.

 Deadline for ordering is December 16.

Christmas Pageant – December 21 – 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, December 21st at 9:30 a.m.

Join our children as they present our favorite Christmas message. All children from preschool through high school are welcome to help bring the Christmas story to life (as only our kids can do it!)

Pageant practice will be:

Sun., Dec 7 during Sunday school (kids leave after the Advent candle is lit)

Sun., Dec. 14 practice will be after church from 10:30-11:30 (so we may all enjoy Music Sunday)

Sat., Dec 20 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 noon (followed by pizza)

Want to help with the production? We are looking for assistance with costumes and sets, so please contact anyone on the CE Board if you have some hidden talents.  Be sure to mark your calendar for December 21!

Christmas Fund (Veterans of the Cross) December 21

On December 21, there will be a special collection for the Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross.  The collection goes to help retired ministers who need assistance.  Proceeds also are used to help any clergy  family with a financial emergency that meets the United Church of Christ’s guidelines for emergency assistance.  Veterans of the Cross is one of the UCC’s 5 for 5 collections as part of Our Church’s Wider Mission. Please consider giving to those who have served the church.  Thank you!

On My Mind: Our Gift To The World

If you could give the world a gift that really matters, what would it be?

Bill and Melinda Gates just donated $50 million to battle Ebola, while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg donated $25 million and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donated $20 million for the same cause. Equally important are the teachers who devote themselves to kids year in and year out, and volunteers who tutor illiterate adults or watchdog our court systems to make sure all are treated fairly. Likewise,the loving son or daughter who faithfully cares for elderly parents changes the equation of love in the world.

God tried to change the world by teaching whoever would listen how to “do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.” God’s success rate was erratic.

Finally, God decided: “I’ll just give myself to the world.”  God dived into the world head first (at least we assume that’s how Jesus was born) and survived all the scraped knees and sibling rivalry and teen-age angst as the rest of us.  Then Jesus opened his heart to the hurting and confused people around him and let God pour forth.   Miracles of body and soul resulted.

Miracles always happen when we open our hearts and let God pour fourth. Your gift to the world will be different than mine and different than Bill Gates’ gift and different than your best friend’s gift. Your gifts of self and resources do matter to the world.   And they matter to God, who still counts on ordinary people to “do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.”

I give thanks to God for jumping into our world as Jesus Christ to make it better. When you and I likewise jump in to improve the equation of love in the world, we offer just the “Merry Christmas” God wants!  May you have a blessed and blessing Christmas!

Pastor Peggy McClanahan — December 2015

Men’s Retreat – February 20-22, 2015

Attention men of Pilgrim Faith Church! It’s time to make plans to join us for the Annual Men’s Retreat on Feb. 20-22, 2015, at Tower Hill Camp in Sawyer, Michigan. The retreat committee is working on the agenda and program. We are planning to offer a thought provoking, uplifting, and fun weekend. The cost if $115 which includes lodging in Schrag/St. Philippus and three meals Saturday with break-fast on Sunday. There are some funds available in the Men’s Retreat Guest Fund to help defray some the cost for guys that are in need. We suggest paying with a check. Write Men’s Retreat in the memo section and mail it in or place it in the offering plate. As more info is available, we will update you. Contact Dennis or Keith if you have any questions or concerns.

Dennis McGahan, (708)349-6696 denismcgahan@att.net,

Keith Stevenson (708) 721-0068  stevenson.keith@sbcglobal.net

Justin Lopez, Tim McGahan, Dave Faulkner Sr