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


Christmas Eve Worship – Sunday, December 24

9:30 a.m. Morning Service

A Christmas service of scripture, carols, Christmas message and a children’s story plus two baptisms!

7:00 p.m. Family Service

Children’s story, Christmas music, favorite Christmas carols, special music by vocal and instrumental ensembles, and lighting of 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 10th ~ 9:30AM

Come and enjoy a service of Christmas music and let it help each of us prepare for Christ to live in our hearts.
We will celebrate the story of Jesus’ birth with music that will remind us to thank God for sending His Son so very
long ago. Music will be presented by the Vocal Ensemble, Harmony Group, Voices and Bell Choir. We will also welcome guest musicians who will add their talents to this presentation.


Annual Cookie Sale December 10th ~ 10:30AM

You will be able to buy delicious cookies for yourself as well as give them as gifts. Drop your cookies off before worship. Cookies are $5 per pound. The sale will take place after worship, contact Lori Harris with any questions.


Christmas Card Deadline – December 10

Send Christmas greetings to your Pilgrim Faith friends at one time. All you need to do is make a contribution ($5
minimum) marked “Christmas Card”. Drop your check in the offering plate or mail it in to the church office. Your
greetings will be included with the Christmas letter from the church. All funds raised will benefit our H.O.P.E. Fund,
which is used to make loans to members in financial need.


Join the 2018 Biggest Loser Contest!

Do you want to start 2018 off looking and feeling your best? Join the Pilgrim Faith Wellness Ministry’s Biggest Loser Contest! Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st through 5th place, based on the percentage of weight lost.

The cost is $20 per person. Starting weights must be received by 9 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 7. The final weigh-in will be Sunday, March 18. It is open to everyone; you do not have to be a church member to play.

Read all the details are here. You can register here.  If you have any questions, please email pfwellness@gmail.com or call (708) 422-4200.


Christmas Poinsettias Orders Due by December 15

You may purchase a poinsettia for Christmas to enhance the sanctuary. Poinsettias will be available to take home
after the 11:00pm, Christmas Eve service. Submit payment to the church office before the deadline of Dec. 15th.
Invite grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles and friends! They won’t want to miss seeing and hearing all of our little angels, shepherds and wise guys as they share the real mean


Children’s Christmas Pageant-December 17th ~ 9:30AM

Join our children as they present our favorite Christmas message! Invite grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles and friends! They won’t want to miss seeing and hearing all of our little angels, shepherds and wise guys as they share the real meaning of Christmas with us!


On My Mind: How God Is Born

I love the Christmas story about how Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger because there was no place for
his parents to stay in Bethlehem. I love that God came to earth in a little baby, dependent on the kindness and care of
others. I love that someone, probably with their big family already filling their tiny one room house, said “Please come in and take shelter here, the animals won’t mind.”

It reminds me that God can come at any time, on any day, with no hint that this is actually God depending on my kindness. It reminds me to welcome with kindness the homeless who need to shelter in our church basement on Thursday evening. It reminds me fight for the right to continue our shelter program in Oak Lawn. It reminds me welcome the struggling folks who come for our pantry on Tuesday and Friday. It reminds me to be kind to the telemarketer (as I politely tell them don’t call me again) who is just trying to earn some money to put food on her kid’s table.

I love that God chose such an unassuming way to be born in our world because it reminds me that love can show up
anywhere, in anyone. It isn’t just about me showing love and kindness. It is also about me seeing the love that lives
in other people, no matter who they are.

When I look for the love in you, I see you are a fellow human being, not as someone I can dismiss because “you are
difficult to get along with” or “you don’t like me.” When I look for the love in those with whom I totally disagree, I see
them as a fellow human being, with life experiences that made them who they are and who may have an interesting
story. When I look for the love in you, no matter who you are, I see you as a fellow human being and at the same time, I see God in you!

That’s Christmas! That is how God is born into our world. God is born again and again in you and me. Maybe we
don’t embrace God’s spirit of love as fully and completely as did Jesus. Jesus did that perfectly! But make no mistake,
God’s spirit is in you and me, waiting to be born and to blossom every day. Let’s welcome God and make room for
God to live and grow, in ourselves and everyone else!

That’s Christmas!

Pastor Peggy McClanahan 

December 2017


Christmas Craft Workshop Sunday, December 3rd from 2:00PM ~ 4:00PM

Meet in the sanctuary at 2 pm for Christmas carols and the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Then we’ll head
downstairs to Colonial Hall where children can make a variety of crafts, including their very own edible gingerbread
house, ornaments and other Christmas crafts and enjoy refreshments. Crafts cost from 10 cents to one dollar.
Bring the whole family and some friends to enjoy this festive time as we begin to prepare for Christ’s birth.


Book Club Meets on November 12 at 6:30 p.m.

All the women of the church are invited to join us on Nov. 12th to discuss “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan.
Booklist describes this book, “In the early 1900s, married architect Frank Lloyd Wright eloped to Europe with the wife of one of his clients. The scandal rocked the suburb of Oak Park, Illinois. Years later, Mamah Cheney, the
other half of the scandalous couple, was brutally murdered at Wright’s Talliesen retreat. Horan blends fact and fiction to try to make the century-old scandal relevant to modern readers.” This best seller should be of interest
to all of us who admire Wright’s work. The group will meet in the church lounge at 6:30PM.