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.)

Please help us Step Up For Pilgrim Faith!

Donate here!

Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ has given a “step up” to the Oak Lawn community for years, but now it needs your help: The front steps at Pilgrim Faith are in total disrepair and have been closed until further notice.

We’re raising money to repair our church’s 61-year-old steps and would appreciate your help.

Pilgrim Faith serves as a home not only to its Sunday parishioners, but also to Food Pantry services for those in need, PADS (shelter, food and medical services for the homeless), Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and local Boy Scouts of America troop meetings, and it has hosted many plays and improv shows in the past.

It has done a lot of good, but needs some help in maintaining its building, to continue serving those in need.

Pilgrim Faith's deteriorated front stairway, which we need your help to fix.

Pilgrim Faith’s deteriorated front stairway, which we need your help to fix.

Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ is hoping that you would consider making a donation to Step Up for Pilgrim Faith, to help replace its front steps so that many generations to come may enjoy a church that is open to its community.

Candlelight Vigil for Orlando Victims at Pilgrim Faith in Oak Lawn June 15


Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, a suburb on the southwest side of Chicago , was the site of a moving vigil for victims of the Orlando shooting. On June 15 nearly 100 people gathered in the church courtyard to remember, grieve and move forward in hope and love. As Pastor Peggy McClanahan read the names of each victim, a chime sounded and candles were lit by participants. It was a great gathering of church and community members including numerous gays and lesbians, all supporting one another. Pastor McClanahan called on those present to “become a rainbow of hope and love in a hurting world.”

Check out the news reports on the vigil by the Chicago Tribune and Oak Lawn Patch.

4th of July Parade

One of the ways we are celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Pilgrim Faith is by participating in the Oak Lawn 4 th of July Parade! ·

The Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. so please be at church by 9:30 so we can take a photo.

· You will not be able to park at church or the commuter lot. You may park at St. Gerald’s and walk to church.

· We will have the church van and parade float in the parade. No other vehicles are allowed.

· No pets please. We do not wish to risk overheating.

· Candy must be handed to spectators, please do not throw.

· We will be packing candy for the Parade on Sunday, July 3. Donations of candy or cash to buy candy would be greatly appreciated.

· Candy may be brought on July 3.

· Cash/checks should be mailed in or dropped off at the Church Office no later than Friday, July 1.

· Any questions or comments? Please call KathyFaulkner at (312) 485-9465. Thanks!

Savers Truck – July 14 – 17

The Savers truck will return to Pilgrim Faith on July 14 and stay until July 17. This is the same week as Vacation Bible School.

  • Pilgrim Faith will receive 5 – 20 cents per pound that we collect · “
  • Soft Goods” are clothing, shoes, hats, scarves, undergarments, jewelry, accessories, bags, wallets, bedding, towels, curtains, tablecloths and other cloth materials.
  • We will make 20 cents per pound on “soft goods”.
  • Hard Goods” are toys, small household goods and appliances, books, CDs and DVDs.
  • We will make 5 cents per pound on “hard goods”.
  • We receive nothing for furniture and electronics

Truck hours will be as follows:

Thu., Jul 14 – 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon and, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Fri., Jul 15 – 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Sat., Jul 16 – 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Sun., Jul 17 – 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.

Contact Kathy Faulkner with questions or if you need items picked up (312) 485-9465.

2016-17 Confirmation Class Forming

Confirmation class is open to students in 9th grade or above. It provides an intensive opportunity for high school youth to explore the Christian faith and develop and understand their own faith and commitment to Jesus Christ. Class officially begins in September. The program includes a fall and spring retreat, twice a month class sessions after church on Sunday (each two to three hours long), plus several field trips and service projects. If your child will be in high school next fall and would like to be part of confirmation class, please let Pastor Peggy know by June 1.


Tickets on Sale for Thunderbolts Fundraiser

This year’s fundraiser with the Windy City Thunderbolts will be Tuesday, August 2, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 each, with $8 going straight to Pilgrim Faith. Last year we raised $1200 for the Intergenerational Retreat fund; let’s try to go beyond that this year!

We need to sell at least 100 tickets, so please consider asking friends and family to join you for this fun night at a great (and easily accessible) ball park. Ticket sales begin in June but if you have any questions or want to reserve a large block of tickets well in advance, please contact Jacqui Cook at Jacqueline.k.cook@gmail.com.


Share The Harvest!

We will have a collection basket in our narthex (back of the church) each Sunday so you can contribute produce from your garden that will then be shared with our Food Pantry clients.

In keeping with Jesus’ spirit of hospitality, we ask that you bring your best produce to share. Thanks to all who are growing produce especially to share and thanks to all who want to share from their regular gardens.

Our members have planted 14 pepper plants, 17 tomato plants and 3 cucumber plants from Share the Harvest. Even if you did not request plants, you can still donate produce from your own garden!

One Community: One Meal July 17 at Wolfe Wildlife Refuge

This summer we will have only one, One Community: One Meal event. It will be on Sunday, July 17, at Wolfe Wildlife Refuge picnic pavilion at 109th and Laramie in Oak Lawn. The time will be announced later.

One Community: One Meal is an interfaith effort by members of Oak Lawn churches and The Mosque Foundation of Bridgeview. It provides an opportunity for Christians and Muslims to get to know each other better as they work together to prepare and serve a meal that is free to all area residents.

We usually have a mixture of people from the faith communities, some who are homeless and others who want to enjoy a good meal with others. We’d love to have you come be part of this. Pilgrim Faith usually has a strong showing!

If you can help by bringing food or with set up and clean up, please contact Jane Workhoven at 708-535-6266.

On My Mind: Look What We’ve Done With Our Capital Campaign!

Just a year ago we gathered our Building Hope Today and Tomorrow Capital Campaign pledges so that we could make some much needed building repairs and improvements. We jumped into this ambitious effort to take care of our building so Pilgrim Faith can keep bringing hope to thousands of people with our many ministries. Look what God has helped us do in one year!

– $356,100 has been pledged for the Capital Campaign!

– $200, 882 has been received!

– We’ve completed the new roof!

– We’ve approved bids to rebuild the front steps and replace five sets of entry doors!

– Work continues on installing new windows!

Pilgrim Faith is alive and well, celebrating 125 years of building hope and preparing for 125 more! Thanks for all you have done for the Capital Campaign and for our many ministries! Many more projects await!

We are able to do all this because we continue to ask God to guide us. When God wants us to do something, God can use us to make it happen! It is so important that we continue to pray and follow God’s lead in pursuing ministries and developing new ones. Even as we celebrate this 125th year we are exploring new ministries and new ways to pay for all that God calls us to do. Keep praying! Keep listening! Keep responding to God!

Thanks for all you have done and continue to do for God! And if God moves you to make additional gifts for our capital campaign and/or church operating fund, those gifts are welcome because there is much more for us to do! Thanks be to God!

Pastor Peggy McClanahan