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

Welcome 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.  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 each Sunday in our historic Oak Lawn, Illinois church.  You will find a 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.  Kids ages 3 years old to 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.  Come experience our welcoming church!  Our Facebook page for events! Worship 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. Office hours: 9:00-2:00 Mon-Fri / 708-422-4200 Office@PilgrimFaith.org

BLESSING OF YOUNG CHILDREN AT CANDLEMAS: February 3

BLESSING OF YOUNG CHILDREN AT CANDLEMAS:  February 3

On February 3 we will have a special time in our 9:30 worship service for parents to bring their children who are younger than five for a blessing.  Each family will also light a candle for their child.  We hope all the families with young children will be here for this special service. Grandparents and other relatives are invited to sit with the family. 

Please let the office or Reverend Lark know i f you or your friends and family with young children would like to be included in this service.  Families do not have to be members of this church to bring their children for a Candlemas blessing.  We do need to know the number of children who will be blessed so that we can have the correct number of candles available for lighting.  Please notify the church office by Monday, January 28, if you intend o participate in this Candlemas service.

Families participating in the Candlemas blessing are asked to meet
at the front of sanctuary at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, February 3.


DONATIONS NEEDED

Seeking BEDS Donations

Thank you for generously donating to our BEDS homeless shelter at Pilgrim Faith. It is your generosity that allows us to help those who call our BEDS shelter their home on Thursday nights from October through April.
At this time, we are in need of the following items:
   Men’s jeans (all sizes)
   Women’s jeans (all sizes)
   Men’s NEW underwear (all sizes)
   Women’s NEW underwear (all sizes)
   Men’s WINTER coats
   Men’s winter gloves and scarves
   Men’s and Women’s thermal underwear
   Men’s and Women’s winter boots and gym shoes (NO DRESS SHOES)

 

Donations of New Stuffed Bears are Needed

     As we continue our Blessing Bears ministry, the Diaconate is seeking the donation of new stuffed bears that will be blessed and made available for members to distribute to friends and family who are ill or just in need of a special blessing. If you want to donate a new bear which is between 6 and 12 inches in height, please place it in the bear donation basket in the narthex.  The bears will be tagged and placed on the front pew, ready for transport to a friend of Pilgrim Faith who is in need.


Up Coming Events

Christmas Workshop ~ Sunday, Dec. 2nd
Christmas Craft Workshop all are welcome, from 2:00 to 4:00p.m.

Please join us in Colonial Hall for this fun event!

WISH ~ Christmas Party ~ Wednesday, Dec. 5th
Join us in the lounge at 6:30! Each attendee is asked to bring an appetizer/dessert. There will be an optional grab bag, attendees may bring a wrapped gift worth under $10. WISH is open to all women of the church and their friends.

STARS ~ Friday, December 7th & 21st
Bring your lunch at noon, dessert, coffee and tea is will be provided.  At 1:00 we will be entertained by the Evergreen Park High School Madrigal Singers.  On, Dec. 21st at noon we will have our own lunch with students from Oak Lawn hometown Middle School that will perform their Holiday musical Program.  Grand finale will be an Ice Cream Social for the student and seniors!

Cookie Sale ~ Sunday, December 9th – 10:30AM
Delicious cookies will be for sale, $5 per pound. 

If you are baking cookies for the sale please drop them off
before worship and label cookies that contain nuts. 

Children’s Christmas Pageant, December 16th – 9:30AM
Join our children as they present A Christmas Store Window, where they will share the real Christmas message.  Invite grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles and friends! 
They won’t want to miss seeing and hearing all of our little angels!

Monday, December 24th Christmas Eve Service
 7:00PM – Family ServiceA Christmas service of scripture, carols, Christmas message and a children’s story!  Special music by vocal and instrumental ensembles, and lighting of individual candles.

 11:00PM – Traditional Service
Quiet and reflective, Christmas carols by candlelight, special music by vocal and instrumental soloists, and lighting of the individual candles. 


CROP Hunger Walk ~ Sunday, October 14, 2018

Register by 1:30 p.m.  ~ Walk starts at 2:00 p.m.
Christ Lutheran Church
14700 S 94th Ave. Orland Park, IL
Donate now or Join our team!

Use the link below!
www.CropHungerWalk.org/PalosParkIL/PilgrimFaithUCC


SPRUCE UP DAY – THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6

We’re looking for your support to help spruce things up- around your building and grounds here at Pilgrim Faith. Join us anytime after 8:00 a.m., we hope to finish by noon. This is an excellent opportunity to help OUR church save needed money on expenses. If you are unable to help out on this date, please talk to Don Lagerstrom to see what  projects need to be completed.
Thank you in advance!


SPRUCE UP DAY – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6

We’re looking for your support to help spruce things up around
YOUR  building and grounds here at Pilgrim Faith.
Please join us anytime after 8:00 a.m., we hope to finish around noon.

This is an excellent opportunity to help YOUR church save needed money on expenses.
If you are unable to help out on this date, please talk to Don Lagerstrom

to see what  projects need to be completed.
Thank you in advance!


BEDS Fundraiser ~ Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 ~ 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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Harvest Moon Event 
$40 per person
$20 Children under 12 (tickets available for purchase at door)
Special guest ~ Live music ~ Raffle • Dinner Buffet & Drinks

115 Bourbon St.
3359 W. 115th St.
Merrionette Park, 60803
Harvest Moon celebration gives us the chance to share our abundance, ensuring that some of the most vulnerable members of our community can be safe & warm during the harsh winter.
Event proceeds will benefit BEDS Plus’ south shelter operations.

Food Pantry Needs Donations

During the holiday season it is not unusual to see the hallways outside of the Food Pantry filled with boxes of donations received from holiday food drives held by various local organizations.  Those holiday food donations sustain our pantry for several months.  However, as donations dwindle, it becomes necessary for our pantry managers to purchase food to ensure the pantry is able to fulfill the needs of our community.
Since it is not yet holiday season, we would like to encourage members & friends of Pilgrim Faith to consider donating non-perishable foods to our pantry.  Donations may be brought to the office between 9:00a.m.- 2:00p.m., or left in the grocery cart inside the courtyard door or in the narthex on Sunday morning.  Thank you for your ongoing support!