Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

Version 2rainbowcommawithwordsWelcome 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.)

Annual Flower Sale – May 5, 6 & 7

It sure is starting to feel like Spring! For me, thoughts of Spring immediately turn to gardening and the ANNUAL FLOWER SALE! This year our Annual Flower Sale will be Friday May 5th, Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th.

If anyone is available to help unload all the beautiful flowers, the truck will be arriving at church at 8AM on Friday, May 5 th. This is a change from past years. Many hands make light work and this has always been a great fundraiser for our church, so please help if you can!

The hours of our sale will be Friday: noon-6pm, Saturday: 9am-4pm, and Sunday: 10:30-noon.

Tell all your friends and neighbors to shop our fabulous variety of annuals. We’ll have geraniums, impatiens, begonias, marigolds, just to name a few! We’ll have beautiful baskets for Mother’s Day gifts, too. You’ll find all your flower planting needs, plus tips and tricks from the pros! If you’d like for me to special order something from the nursery, please let me know by Friday, April 28th (Libby Langevin, 708-214-5351.) Mark your calendars now!

W.I.S.H – Meeting May 3

WISH will meet at 7 pm. Wednesday, May 3 in the church lounge. Mel Tracy will do a presentation on attracting birds and butterflies to your garden and how to keep pests away. We will chip in for the cost of pizza, beverages are on our own. WISH is open to all women of the church and their friends. Call Gail Siwek for further information at (708) 423-0399.

S.T.A.R.S. – May 5 & 19

Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ at 9411 S. 51st Ave. is inviting seniors 60 and over for lunch at 12:00 Noon – on May 5th, are you lucky? Join us for bingo. Cash prizes.

On May 19th, Tim Wilsey will discuss the mobsters and operations from various eras of organized crime in Chicago. For more information or to make your luncheon reservation, call the church office at (708) 422-4200.


This May is going to be a very busy one, so we will only be able to get together one time this month. This will be the last gathering until September. Our meeting will take place on May 7th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm; we will meet in Pilgrim Hall and I hope to make it outside for some fun and games – weather permitting. We will have a backup of games to play inside if the weather does not cooperate! Hope to see you there! Bring a Friend.



Confirmation – Sunday, May 21, 9:30 a.m.

We will celebrate Confirmation with members of this year’s confirmation class on Sunday, May 21 at the 9:30 a.m. worship service. Each confirmand will read a short portion of his or her statement of faith. The Christian Education Board will honor the confirmands and with a cake during fellowship hour following the service. The day before Confirmation, the Board of Deacons will honor the confirmands, their families and mentors with a luncheon. The confirmands will be on retreat at Tower Hill with Pastor Peggy and Keith Stevenson on May 5-7, at which time they will write their personal statements of faith.

Share The Harvest – Sign Up Sunday, May 7 & 14

For the past several years, we have been provided the opportunity to get plants from the organization “Share the Harvest” so that you can grow these plants in your own yard, and then provide the harvest to our food pantry or to be shared with other pantries and shelters in the area. You can sign up to receive as many tomato, pepper or cucumber plants as you wish, but remember, the harvest from these plants must be brought back to church. To sign up, please see Rhonda Rodriguez or another Mission Board member who will have the sign-up list after church on Sunday, May 7 and 14 or email Rhonda at rhondatsharrison@gmail.com. Plants must be picked up at church on Sunday, May 21.

Book Club May Discussion – May 21, 6:30 p.m.

The Pilgrim Faith Book Club’s May selection is The Man from Ove by Fredrik Backman, about an angry old man and the unlikely friendship he develops in his neighborhood. The discussion will be Sunday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. Book club meets at 6:30 p.m. in the church lounge for about 90 minutes. Everyone of all ages is invited to attend, and friends are always welcome. There is guaranteed to be good conversation (and snacks!). If you have any questions, just ask Jacqui Cook (Jacqueline.k.cook@gmail.com) or Chris Raap (shoehouses@yahoo.com). Please join us!

Memorial Day Service – May 29, 10:00 a.m.

Pilgrim Faith will host the Oak Lawn Memorial Day service of remembrance for veterans who are members of the local VFW and American Legion who have died in the past year. It will be at 10:00 am on Memorial Day, May 29th in the sanctuary. Pastor Peggy will speak at the service. Following the half hour service there will be an 11:00 am ceremony at the Oak Lawn Veterans’ Memorial by the library at which Pastor Peggy will give the invocation. All are invited.

Summer Bible Study – June 5

“Four Things You Need to Know about God” Please join Pastor Peggy for our summer Bible study on four Monday evenings in June. “Four Things You Need to Know about God” is the theme. Sessions will be held in the church office beginning June 5 at 7:00 pm. All are welcome, regardless of faith background. Participants should enter through the courtyard door on 51st Ave. For more information contact the church at 708-422-4200.

April 5 – W.I.S.H. Group to Color Easter Eggs

WISH (Women In Step with Him) will hold its Easter meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in the church lounge. Following pizza, the crafty Pam Cusack will lead us in coloring Easter eggs. In addition to coloring eggs with silk ties, conventional Easter egg coloring also will be available. Each attendee is to bring a spool of thread, scissors, a small pot and, of course, eggs. You may also bring 100 percent silk ties, although we’ll have plenty available. To make the meeting more fun, you can wear Easter attire, such as pastel colors, Easter socks, Easter jewelry or even dress up as the Easter bunny or a baby chick! WISH is open to all women of the church and their friends. Further information is available by calling Gail Siwek at (708) 423-0399.