Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

Intergen Retreat 2015crainbowcommawithwordsWelcome 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.)

Blessing Of The Backpacks on August 30

It is almost time to head back to school and we want you to go with God’s blessing! All the children and youth are invited to bring their backpacks to worship on Sunday, August 30. Pastor Peggy will bless each one as she blesses their backpack. We will also present each one with a special laminated tag to attach to their backpack so they can” take Jesus to school” with them. Please bring your friends and neighbor kids to share in this great event. Teachers and college students are invited to bring their packs or books bags also. Worship is at 9:30 a.m.

Welcome ! Sunday School Begins September 13

Join us as our Sunday School, youth groups and other fall activities get into full swing on Sunday, September 13!  After a brief welcome and introduction in worship, children ages three through eighth grade and their teachers will head off to start a new year of Sunday School. Newcomers and old hands are all welcome!

We also urge everyone who has been busy traveling and vacationing over the summer months to make a special effort to gather for worship and fellowship that day. It’s also the perfect time to invite some friends or acquaintances who are looking for a church home.

We want everyone to go out of their way that day to welcome newcomers and those you haven’t seen in a while. A warm welcome and effort to get acquainted is often just the way someone begins to experience God’s love! Come prepared to let God’s love flow through you to all!

Collect and Bring Your Rummage to the Savers Truck – September 14 – 20

The first Savers Truck Drive was such a success, that we have another one planned for September. Please collect the “rummage” around your house and bring it to the Savers truck. The truck will be parked in the Pilgrim Faith lot from Monday, September 14 until Sunday, September 20. The hours that the truck will be open for your contributions are:

Monday, Sept. 14 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 16 – 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 18 – 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 19 – 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 20 – 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

I am looking for volunteers to come out at any of the hours listed above to help. The help would include greeting contributors, putting things in the truck, and in general, any help that is needed. Tweens, high schoolers, and adults of all ages are being asked to help when the schedule fits theirs. Savers will accept “hard” items like books, housewares, and electronics, BUT “soft” items will bring us more money! By soft we mean anything you can wear; clothing, shoes, outerwear, boots and jewelry. Soft also applies to linens, bedding, and window treatments. Your family and friends are invited to participate in this fund raiser by collecting and donating rummage as well. If you need help getting your rummage to church, we have volunteers with trucks so contact me and we will arrange a pick up.

This is a great opportunity to donate all the items you collected during summer while raising money for Pilgrim Faith at the same time. To volunteer or if you have questions, please contact me kathy8f@gmail.com or call (312) 485- 9465 in the evenings.

Thanks!   Kathy Faulkner

One Community: One Meal – September 20

Our Interfaith group is busy planning the last One Community: One Meal event for this summer. The date is September 20. The meal will be at the Menard Center again, which is at 90th and Menard in Oak Lawn. Workers will need to arrive at 4:30 p.m. for setup and dinners will be at 5:00. We are asked to provide appetizers; Linda Wygant, from Grace Seeds will provide a salad. Nothing can be any kind of pork or gelatin. Be sure to mark any items that may contain peanuts. In addition, we have been asked to bring sweets for 40 people. We are sharing that with another faith community, so providing 40 should be enough. If you have not been involved in the past, it is a great opportunity to meet some new people and learn about others. Please let me know how you will be able to help. Thank you.

For the Mighty Mission Board, Jane Workhoven (708) 535-6266 jworkhoven@yahoo.co


Fall Bible Study Starts on September 29

“Real People Who Sometimes Trust God”

Ever wonder if you have enough faith? Ever think maybe you aren’t good enough for God to care about you? Beginning with chapter 12 of Genesis, we meet our ancestors in faith, Abraham and Sarah and their descendants. Like us, they tried to know God and struggled frequently with whether to trust God. Sometimes they were faithful. Sometimes they were not.

Join us for our fall Bible study as we get to know Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Lot, Isaac, Jacob and others. Learn from their struggles how to place more trust in God and grow in faith. The class will meet for six weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:15 p.m. beginning September 29 in the church lounge. (Enter through the courtyard on 51st Avenue.)


On My Mind: Meeting God In You

Recent surveys indicate that many Americans, especially young adults, consider themselves “spiritual but not religious.” Many believe in God but have no use for the church. Part of the problem is that they or people they love have been hurt or rejected by churches that are judgmental or closed. They have not experienced the extravagant love of God from the church or its members.

God is counting on you and me to help others experience the expansive love of God. As active church members, everything we do and say in every segment of our lives has the power to shape someone else’s understanding of God and Christ’s church. When we are gracious and expansive in our love for all people, others see that and experience God through us. When they know that we are part of a church, it helps others to see church as a community of love and hope and perhaps want to be part of church also.

I am part of the church today because there were so many people in the church I grew up in who showed their love for me and for the world and for the needy in ways that made me happy and hopeful. Not everyone has experienced church that way but we can be a living example to others every day of what it means to be part of Christ’s community of faith. Never underestimate the power that you have to let God’s love show through you and make others want the kind of meaning and purpose and support that you have found through Christ’s church!

I look forward to having everyone back together after our summer travels and hope that through you some others will find this beautiful experience we call Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ.

Peggy McClanahan

Pilgrim Faith Church – 125th Anniversary Celebration in 2016

2016 will mark the 125th anniversary of Pilgrim Faith Church. In recognition of this milestone, we would like to plan a celebration event to be held in 2016. Would you like to help plan the 125th anniversary celebration? If so, please contact Peggy Martin by phone at (708) 819-4618 or by email at prm5521@att.net. Members of all ages are welcome to be part of this special event committee.

Campers Recognized on Aug 16

On Sunday, August 16, (during our 9:30 a.m. church on the lawn service), we will recognize all the children, youth, CITs, and counselors who attended one of our UCC church camps this summer. Campers and counselors are encouraged to wear their camp shirts that day. We’ve invited Godstock campers from other churches to join us for worship that day.  We hope all the campers will have a song to share!


Worship & Picnic On The Lawn – August 16 at 9:30 a.m.

God is in our midst in wonderful ways when we gather for worship on the church lawn. Join us on August 16, at 9:30 a.m. for this year’s worship in the fresh air. Chuck Martin and Elissa Metropoulos and our awesome Pilgrim Faith singers will lead us in sweet music as we relax in our lawn chairs or lounge on blankets on the grass. God is good!

We’ll also recognize everyone who participated in church camp this summer, so wear a camp T-shirt if you have one.

Stick around after the service for hot dogs and burgers and hopefully some grilled peppers and yummy desert. Free, but donations always welcome.

Dress for a picnic. Bring a glad heart and a lawn chair or blanket or sit on a “church chair.” Make it even better by bringing your friends and neighbors to taste how good God is!

Vacation Bible School – July 13-18

matt_wilhelm_photo_2014     Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ of Oak Lawn invites the children of the community to their “G-Force Adventure Park: God’s Love in Action” Vacation Bible School July 13-17 from 9:00 until 11:30 a.m.

Each day will feature games, crafts, Bible stories and cool music with dance moves. Children age four through fifth grade are welcome. Cost is $10 per child for the whole week.

Each Vacation Bible School participant will receive free tickets for their family to attend a special live performance of world renowned BMX pro biker Matt Wilhelm on Friday, July 17!

The church is at 9411 S. 51st Ave. Register at http://2015.cokesburyvbs.com/pilgrimfaith

or call 708-422-4200.