Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

CROP 2014rainbowcommawithwordsWelcome 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.)

Did That Really Happen? Finding God’s Truth in Unbelievable Parts of the Bible. New Bible Study Begins June 2

If Adam and Eve and Noah weren’t real people, how do we listen for God’s truth in the Bible stories about them? Questions like these will be central to the summer 2015 “Listen Up!” Bible study at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

This is a great chance both to listen for God’s hope and encouragement for your own life and to understand how God’s truth is greater than the modern sense of “fact.” Throughout human history great spiritual truth has often been conveyed through telling stories. We will listen and look for God’s truth in these stories.

Pastor Peggy McClanahan will lead five sessions covering the stories in the first eleven chapters of Genesis at 7:00 pm on Tuesdays beginning June 2. Sessions will meet in the air conditioned church office on June 2, 9 16, 30 and July 7. Please enter through the courtyard on 51st Avenue.

All are welcome, regardless of faith background or previous knowledge of the Bible!

Capital Campaign Celebration! Sunday – June 7

We hope to have everyone’s commitment cards for our Building Hope Today and Tomorrow capital campaign prior to Sunday, 7 when we hold our “Celebration Sunday.” We will announce our total commitments in worship that morning and give thanks to God for the opportunity to bring hope to many through our ministries After worship, we will adjourn to the north lawn for our Cookin’ Up Hope Celebration Cookout! Our master chefs are grilling hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers. with chips, baked beans, iced tea, and lemonade on the side. Lori Harris will provide a “special surprise dessert.” There will be a bouncy house for Pastor Peggy and the kids to enjoy. Pastor Peggy promises not to get too wild. We’ll also have bags and other lawn games for all to enjoy. Hope to see all you there! In case of inclement weather, we’ll just move everything but the bouncy house to Colonial Hall.

Church Directory Photography Save the Dates: June 18-20 and June 26-27

Photography dates for the new church directory will be Thursday, June 18, Friday, June 19, Saturday, June 20, Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27. On Thursday and Fridays, the appointments will be from 2:00-8:30 p.m. On Saturdays, the appointments will be from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For participating, you will receive a free 8×10 photo. If you wish to purchase additional photos, you may earn a discount for bringing a can of food for our food pantry. You will also earn a discount by making your appointment with Kathy Faulkner and a discount if you are a senior. See Kathy Faulkner to make your appointment.

Strengthen The Church Offering – June 28

Strengthen the Church is a special mission offering to re-imagine and build the future of the UCC. Shared at the conference and national levels, Strengthen the Church largely supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new churches in parts of the country where the UCC voice has not been heard. As God calls our congregations to be the “church” in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches, and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults. Strengthen the Church funds will also be used to award grants to help congregations communicate the “God is still speaking,” message. Pilgrim Faith will have a special collection for Strengthen the Church on June 28. Please give what you can, and we thank you for your generosity.

Wish Plans Summer Ice Cream Outing – July 9

WISH (Women in Step with Him) is planning a summer outing for ice cream at Cupid’s, 4707 W. 95th Street in Green Oaks Chopping Center. It’s tentatively scheduled for 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 9. Please let your grand pooh bah Gail Siwek know if the time and date is good for you by phone (708) 423-0399 or email gailsiwek@yahoo.com.

Need Graduate Names for Sunday, May 31

We want to honor those members and regular participants in our congregation who are graduating this spring from high school, college, graduate school or trade school.  Please give the church office some information about the school you are graduating from, what your degree is and what your plans are after graduation. (See form below.) You may mail it in to the church office or email office@pilgrimfaith.org.  We will recognize these graduates during our worship service on Sunday, May 31.


Name __________________________________________

School _________________________________________

Degree _________________________________________

Date of Graduation _________________________________

Plans after Graduation _______________________________


Parents __________________________________________

E-mail address _____________________________________

Please drop this in the offering plate, mail it in to the office, or email the information to office@pilgrimfaith.org.

On My Mind: Right Now!

Once I get a great idea, I’d love to just make it happen RIGHT NOW! No laborious hashing out of plans and debating different opinions. No figuring out where to get the money. No interruption, detours or change of plans. Just do it! Then I could get on with my next great plan!

Alas, my magic wand must have gotten lost in the mail. So while some delightful small ideas can just be done right now, most big ideas involve lots of planning, discussing, improving, tweaking, adjusting and getting multiple participants on board. Two years of discussing Open and Affirming. Over a year of planning and preparing for a capital campaign.  A whole year of planning and preparation by many for each Intergenerational Retreat.

I’ve come to realize that the great things that take a long time to bring about are really a whole series of RIGHT NOW moments. This meeting notice needs to go out right now. This difficult conversation needs to begin right now, even if will take us months to work through to agreement. This bid or that donation or this announcement needs to be done right now if all the pieces are going to come together in the end.

There are things God needs us to do right now in order for God’s great work of transforming the world with love to happen over time. God needs me to love that stranger today. God needs me to say a prayer for the church right now. God needs me help plan a mission project now so it can launch six months from now. God needs my gift of money now for important ministry and mission.

As we make our commitments to Building Hope Today and Tomorrow (our capital campaign), I invite you to ask God what God needs from you right now. What you do to-day and next week and next month and each week and month to come will all add up to great things for God!  It all begins right now! 

Peggy McClanahan

Advance Commitment Gathering Planned For Capital Campaign – April 19

Building Hope for Today and Tomorrow

We officially kicked off our capital campaign on March 22, when we commissioned our leadership team and unveiled special banners with our logo.  The leadership team has been enthusiastically planning a number of events and activities to lift up our vision of building hope through all our ministries.

Church leaders and capital campaign leaders and others interested in making advance commitments to this campaign will gather at 11:00 am on April 19, for a light lunch and presentation about our vision for this capital appeal and how it advances Pilgrim Faith’s ministry of hope.  Those attending that gathering will be asked to prayerfully consider what they can give to this campaign over the next three years and to make that commitment prior to May 3, at which time the rest of the congregation will be invited to consider their commitments.

We ask everyone to continue to pray for our church throughout the next few months. Our ministry is vital to so many in this community and beyond!  This is a wonderful opportunity for us make sure our building will be a haven of hope which helps change lives and draws many closer to

Become a Literacy Tutor – New Classes Begin In April

The next round of literacy tutor training classes at Moraine Valley will be Wednesdays from 6-9 pm on April 1, 8, 15 and 22. Ron and Pat Stancik found these classes very helpful in preparing them to serve as literacy tutors for adults who want to learn how to read better.

We hope to recruit some more volunteer tutors from our church and community because there are more needing a tutor than there are trained tutors. You can get more information or sign up for the free training at  http://www.morainevalley.edu/literacy/tutor_training.htm  or (708) 974-5331.   You can also take the training online if you prefer.