Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

CROP 2015 brainbowcommawithwordsWelcome 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.)

Children’s Christmas Pageant December 18—9:30 AM

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. Nov. 13 during Sunday school (finish by 10:45)
  • Sun. Nov. 20 during Sunday school (finish by 10:45)
  • Sun. Nov. 27 during Sunday school (finish by 10:45)
  • Sun. Dec. 4 rehearsal starts at 9:45 right after the Advent candle is lit. (finish by 10:45)
  • Sun. Dec. 11 practice will be after church from 10:30-11:30 (so we may all enjoy the Music Sunday performances)
  • Sat. Dec. 17 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon (pizza served at noon)

Want to help with the production? We are looking for assistance with costumes and sets, so please contact anyone on the Christian Education Board if you have some hidden talents.

Mark your calendars for December 18. The pageant starts at 9:30 a.m. Invite grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles and friends! They won’t want to miss seeing and hearing all of our little angels as they share the real meaning of Christmas with us!

Let Us Break Bread Together-Thanksgiving Dinner

Please plan to join your church family for a Thanksgiving feast to be held in Colonial Hall on Sunday evening, November 20, at 5:00 p.m. In the tradition of the first Thanksgiving, our feast this year will be a potluck affair. Turkey will be our main dish, but we need you to bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share. We are also looking for a few good cooks (5 or 6) who are willing to make a turkey at home and bring it in on Sunday afternoon. Our volunteer turkey roasters will receive their frozen turkey on Sunday, November 13. If you are willing to cook a turkey, please contact the church office for details.

A suggested donation of $2 per person will be collected on the evening of the dinner to cover the cost of the turkey, table coverings, place settings, and beverages. Kids under 6 will be free, and the maximum cost for a family will be $10.

Please sign up in advance for the dinner so we know how many people will be sharing in our feast. The sign-up sheets will be available during coffee hour on Sundays, October 30, and November 6 and 13. Bring along your friends and extended family as we give thanks for the blessings we have received this year and gobble up some turkey!

To reserve your spot for the dinner contact us  or call (708) 422-4200.

Thanksgiving Day Hike

The annual Thanksgiving Hike will be on Thursday, November 24, 7:00 a.m. at Swallow Cliff Woods, Grove 1 & 2, located 1/2 mile south of Route 83 on LaGrange Road (Route 45.) We will be walking at the top of the area where the toboggan slides used to begin and will walk, rain or shine. Drive in to the furthest parking lot. This walk is fairly level. For those that want some cardio, the steps from the toboggan slide are still there for your enjoyment; your heart will still be running at Christmas. (DO NOT park at the bottom of the toboggan slide on Route 83 just west of LaGrange Road.)

After the hike we will go to Lumes House of Pancakes, located at 12401 S. Harlem Avenue, Palos Heights (708) 361-7744. It is easy to get there from the forest preserve. Take LaGrange north to Route 83 to Harlem, which is about 119th, then right (south) to 124th. We leave for the restaurant around 8:00 a.m. If you can’t make the hike but would like to join your friends for breakfast, please plan to come. The more the merrier. Normally we are done around 9:00. If you plan to come for breakfast only, please let us know so that we can give them a “head” count so we can all sit together. Contact the church office at (708) 422-4200.

Adopt a Child for Christmas

You can brighten the lives of those little ones who live in less fortunate situations than we do. We are happy to be helping 14 children from the Englewood neighborhood this year from Children’s Home and Aid.

In November, Kurt Kalas will distribute the children’s names, ages, and wants for those who want to help. The goal for spending on a child’s gifts is about $100. Since the cost per child is substantially more this year, some may want to pair with another member and share a child. Gifts will be due back to Pilgrim Faith Church December 4.

Thank you to all who are able to help make this a very special Christmas for a child.

Christmas Craft Workshop

The Christmas Craft Workshop will be held on December 4, from 2-4:00 p.m. There will be caroling, gingerbread houses, all kinds of Christmas crafts and refreshments. Save the date and plan to bring some friends and come.

WISH is also looking for volunteers to do a craft table. You would prepare and lead Advent or Christmas crafts for about 50 children. You may charge a nominal fee for the craft supplies (usually 10 cents to 50 cents).

Christmas Card Deadline December 9

Send your Christmas greetings to all your Pilgrim Faith friends at one time. It’s easy! All you need to do is make a contribution ($5 minimum) marked “Christmas Card.” 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.

Drop your check in the offering plate or mail it in to the church office.  For more information contact us or call (708) 422-4200.

Alternative Christmas

Starting November 27, each Sunday before Christmas Mission Board members will be in Colonial Hall after church to give you an opportunity to purchase a gift for the person who has everything that will help to people who have nothing.

You may choose a gift of honeybees, chicks, rabbits, tree seedlings, pigs, sheep, goats, llamas, heifers or water buffalo from Heifer International to bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty.  The goal of every Heifer project is to help families achieve self-reliance by providing them the tools they need to sustain themselves. Each family then passes along the first born female animal and the training they received to another family.

We are also offering a congregational challenge to contribute to a large project. This year’s project is to raise $1,000 for a pump for a village well and the training to care for and maintain it. This gift of clean water for a village will improve health and sanitation, irrigate crops for a more successful harvest and free girls to attend school when they no longer have to spend their days carrying water from distant streams.

For more information please contact us or call (708) 422-4200.

Poinsettias for Christmas

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 $16.00, available to take home after the 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service. Submit your check to the church office. Deadline for ordering is December 19.

   For more information contact us or call (708) 422-4200.

Neighbors in Need Report

Our Neighbors in Need offering, received on October 2, has brought in $710 to date.  Thank you to all who contributed to this special offering, which supports American Indian ministries and other programs to benefit our disadvantaged neighbors in the United States.  You may still make a contribution through the Sunday offering or church office by noting that it is for Neighbors in Need.

On My Mind: A Month of Thanks-Living

Edward Hays said in the Great Escape Manual : “Perpetual gratitude toward people around us initiates habits of thankful prayer. It also starts a chain reaction of giving thanks, till our friends and loved ones and our whole world become imbued in grateful living.” When we practice thanks-living we are filled with happiness and we spread that happiness to other.

It takes time to cultivate a habit of thanks-living. I invite you to begin by using the chart below to give thanks in a different way each day of each week during November.

Day Way to Give Thanks
Sun Show thanks to God by giving your time and treasure for God’s work
Mon Give thanks for the everyday blessings of your life
Tue Give thanks for someone else’s good fortune or blessings
Wed Offer thanks for the ways God has helped you  in the midst of trouble
Thur Give thanks for those who serve, protect and help us
Fri Express thanks to someone with a note or small gift
Sat Live thankfully by making each thing you do today a blessing in some way

I think this will transform you. So often we give thanks for the same things over and over and fail to cultivate our thankfulness for the rest of life. This will open our eyes to even more ways of giving and living our thankfulness. May you be blessed in this practice!