Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ in Oak Lawn, IL

rainbowcommawithwordsWelcome 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. . A nursery is provided for children younger than 3 during worship. 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.)

Worship at 9:30 am each Sunday     Office hours: 9:00-2:00 Mon-Fri    708-422-4200


Flower Sale – May 4, 5, & 6

Our warm and sunshiny Spring weather is upon us! My thoughts always turn to the garden and the Pilgrim Faith Annual Flower Sale. Our shipment of flowers will arrive at 8:00a.m. on Friday morning, May 4th. We will need all hand on deck to unload the truck and set up for the sale, coffee & donuts for the volunteers!!!

We will have a large assortment of annuals, some perennials, vegetables, herbs, and grasses. Our nursery, Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouse, Inc. provides us with the most beautiful begonias, impatiens, geraniums, zinnias, etc., not to mention the lush ferns, grasses, and hydrangeas! Whether you’re looking for a flat or two, a hanging basket or two, or a wonderful Mothers Day gift, we will have all your flower needs covered!

Please spread the word to your neighbors and friends about our Annual Flower Sale, we need everyone’s support for a successful sale! If you can help out in any way during the Flower Sale or have a special order for the nursery, please feel free to text or call Libby at (708)214-5351.     Libby Langevin & Pam Lagerstrom.

Friday, May 4:       12:00— 6:00pm

Saturday, May 5:   9:00 —  3:00pm

Sunday, May 6:   10:30 — 12:00pm


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – JULY 9-12

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2018

Mon. July 9 -Thurs. July 12

9:00-11:30 A.M.

4 years old- 5th grade 

 

PILGRIM FAITH UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

9411 S 51st Ave. Oak Lawn, IL 60453

708-422-4200    office@pilgrimfaith.org

COME SPEND 4 DAYS AT A BEACH PARTY!

Surf, sing, dance and learn about God’s love!

Cost: Just $10 per child/ Family max. $25 

 Sign up NOW for Beach Party!

 


Pastor Peggy Retirement Celebration on June 10

Sunday, June 10, will be Pastor Peggy’s final Sunday at Pilgrim Faith Church. We will be celebrating her ministry at Pilgrim Faith with a special service at 9:30 a.m. that day followed by a catered luncheon in Colonial Hall. The luncheon will offer a fantastic opportunity for fellowship, some entertaining stories about  Pastor Peggy’s ministry here in Oak Lawn, as well as one last opportunity to bid farewell to Pastor Peggy. We hope that you will plan to join us for this special worship and meal on Sunday, June 10.

Since this is a full catered meal, we ask that all who plan to attend purchase tickets in advance. Tickets will be $10 each for adults (everyone age 13 and older), with no charge for children age 12 and under. There will be a maximum charge of $40 per family living in the same household. Please contact the church office at 708-422-4200 to reserve and make payment for your ticket(s) to the catered luncheon. All are welcome to attend the service and luncheon.


S.T.A.R.S. Meetings: April 6 and 20

Come join the STARS group in Colonial Hall at 12:00 noon. Bring your own lunch, coffee and dessert will be provided. At 1:00 p.m.  Diane Millar will have a quilting presentation where we will see a variety of quilts, learn some history of quilting plus fun facts and myths will be explored.

STARS will meet again at 12:00 noon on April 20th when we will be playing a brand new game!


PLAG of Oak Lawn Meeting – April 15

PFLAG Oak Lawn is now up and running with a good turnout on March 18th. The next meeting
is April 15, 2018 at 2 p.m. We meet in the Pilgrim Faith lounge. The April meeting will have a speaker from Equality
Illinois, their mission is: Equality Illinois builds a better Illinois by advancing equal treatment and full acceptance of
the LGBTQ community.

Their vision statement is: Equality Illinois envisions a fair and unified Illinois where everyone is treated with dignity
and respect and where all people live freely regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or gender expression.
They are active in protecting the civil rights of the LGBT community. It will be an interesting and informative meeting for all who attend.

Chris Raap


Book Club – April 22

This months book selection is “Travel Guide to Heaven” by Anthony DeStefano.

On May 20th we will discuss,“The Wager” by Allen Kent.


Corner Bakery Music Fundraiser: Sunday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please support the wonderful music ministry at Pilgrim Faith! We are raising money for the music department, specifically for a new (to us) organ! There are two easy ways that you can help out.
~Show up and eat! Dine in or carry out at Corner Bakery in Oak Lawn on Sunday, April 29th between
11:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. Present the cashier with a flyer and Pilgrim Faith will receive 15% of your purchase amount. Flyers will be available in advance at church, as well as at Corner Bakery.

~Volunteer to pass out flyers on site. We are looking for volunteers to donate an hour of their day passing out flyers at Corner Bakery. We are able to pass out a flyer to anyone entering the store. This means that we could potentially make 15% of every purchase made! We need two volunteers per hour. If you would like to volunteer for an hour shift or have any questions, please contact Libby Whitney (708) 515-7314, or another member of the music board. Sign-up will also be available during coffee hour.


Book Club – March 18

This months book selection is “The Nightingale”, by Kristin Hannah, we will meet in the lounge at 6:30 p.m.

The book for April 22 is the “Travel Guide to Heaven” by Anthony DeStefano. On May 20 we will discuss, “The Wager” by Allen Kent.


Hot Topics Discussion – March 18

RESPONDING TO RACIST OR PREJUDICED COMMENTS OR ACTIONS

Our Hot Topics discussion will focus on how we can respond to those who say or do something racist or prejudiced.
We will meet in the lounge at 11:00 am, led by Anna and Rhonda Rodriguez.

This session is a follow-up to the February discussion on what is racism, discrimination and prejudice. We learned
that discrimination is not always intentional but can be a by-product of procedures that provide more opportunity
for those who already “know someone.” We learned that prejudiced ideas do not always result in racist action because we might recognize that we shouldn’t act that way.

Cari Stevenson helped us understand that racism is systemic, built into the system and happens when one group
has more power or greater voice than another group.

All are welcome at these discussions that provide a place for us to listen and learn from each other as we discuss our different experiences and ideas.