Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

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. 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.)


Women’s Retreat Deadline – August 6

This year’s Women’s Retreat at Tower Hill will be held on November 3-5. The weekend of activities will begin on Friday evening and conclude with Sunday morning worship. All Pilgrim Faith women and their friends are welcome to attend. The cost of the weekend which includes two nights of lodging and 4 meals at Tower Hill is $125 per person.

Make plans to register for the retreat during coffee hour in Colonial Hall on Sunday, August 6. Registration is also available by contacting Peggy Martin at prm5521@att.net or by phone at (708) 819-4618. Registrants will be asked to complete a registration form that will assist the planning committee in organizing housing assignments and provide us with contact information. A $50 deposit must be made by August 6th with the final balance due to be paid by October 15th . The deposit and final payment must be made by check so that we have an accurate accounting for the source of the funds.

It may seem as if this event is still far off, but we need to know the number of retreat participants that we will have by Sunday, August 6, so that we can release any unused space for the weekend.


Church On The Lawn – August 13

Why does everyone get so excited about “Church on the Lawn?”

– Because God touches our souls in mysterious ways as we lift our spirits in song and prayer under the magnificent shade trees behind the church.

– Because we connect with others in a relaxed and refreshing way as we kick back in our lawn chairs or spread our blanket on the grass.

– Because the tantalizing aroma of grilling peppers and onions and hot dogs and burgers are a little whiff of heaven!

It all begins at 9:30 am on Sunday, August 13. Make sure you stay for the burgers, dogs, potato salad, grilled veggies and more after the service! We’ll also have games for all ages like egg toss, water balloons, sack races, bozo buckets and some crazy relays.

It is the best day ever to bring all your friends so they can taste God’s joy!


STARS – August 4 & 18

Friday, August 4, 12:00 pm. The first meeting in August will be a surprise game. We guarantee it will be fun and the food will be delicious.

Friday August 18, 12:00 pm. The South Suburban Dulcimer and Folk Music Society are a group of music lovers playing folk and traditional music on folk instruments. Come and enjoy their musical talent, fellowship and lunch.


Thunderbolts Baseball Game – Tuesday, August 15, 7:00 p.m.

It is time for fun at the ballpark. On Tuesday, August 15, 7 p.m., join your church family for a fun evening at a Thunderbolts baseball game at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood. Tickets are $2 each and you can order tickets from Chris Raap or Peggy Martin any Sunday at church or buy tickets at the box office.


Welcome Christine Zachwiej, Our New Office Administrator

Christine Zachwiej (ZACK-VEEY-ay) will begin work on July 30 as our new office administrator. She will be in the office from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm on Monday through Friday.

Her responsibilities include handling phone calls, emails, mail and in-person requests, along with preparing newsletters, worship bulletins, announcement fliers and other written publications. She will take care of everything from scheduling space for meetings and events to receiving payments for event registrations and building use – and much, much more!

Christine lives in Oak Lawn with her husband and two children and prior to taking some time off to be at home with her children had many years of office and computer experience.

We greatly appreciate the fine work done by Janice Laufter for the last eight months as she has helped organize our office records and routines along with all the ongoing responsibilities for the church office. Janice will be providing some training for Christine as we transition.


Savers Truck – August 19 & 20

Please save your used clothing and household items to donate on August 19 and 20 (Saturday and Sunday) when the Savers truck is at Pilgrim Faith from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Pilgrim Faith will receive 20 cents for every pound of soft goods (clothing, shoes, hats, bedding, jewelry, etc.) and 10 cents per pound on hard goods (books, CDs, DVDs, small appliances, etc.) collected.  No large appliances or big furniture will be accepted.

Volunteers are needed to “man” the truck during donation hours. Please see or call Rhonda Rodriguez at (708) 612-1419 to volunteer.


Blessing of the Backpacks for Teachers & Students – August 20

It is almost time to head back to school and we want you to go with God’s blessing! All the children and youth are invited to bring their backpacks to worship on Sunday, August 20. Pastor Peggy will bless each one as she blesses their backpack. We will also present each one with a special laminated tag to attach to their backpack so they can “take Jesus to school” with them.

Please bring your friends and neighbor kids to share in this great event. Teachers and college students are invited to bring their packs or book bags also. Worship is at 9:30 a.m.


Hot Topics Discussion Group – August 20th, 11:00 a.m.

The many issues facing us in today’s world can be daunting and sometimes even divisive as we struggle to cope with events going on around us. Are you concerned about environmental issues, health care costs, political events, international relationships, or human rights issues? If so, you might want to join Pilgrim Faith’s Hot Topics discussion group where you will have the opportunity to discuss your thoughts on issues such as these in a caring Christian environment.

The next Hot Topics discussion will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 20, in the church lounge. If you are eager to share your views on important issues with others, please plan to attend this Hot Topics session.


Book Club News – August 20, 6:30 p.m.

The Pilgrim Faith Book Club’s August selection is The Shack by William P. Young. The discussion will be Sunday, August 20 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!