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.)


STARS – Friday, November 3 & November 17 @ 12:00 Noon

– Friday, November 3, 12:00pm. Ayrie King. III, better known as Mr. Taps has been captivating audiences for most
of his life. Mr. Taps has performed at the Apollo Theater in New York, the cotton club, ABC television and numerous
other events. Join us for stellar entertainment and a delicious lunch.

– Friday November 17, 12:00pm. It is time for our traditional Thanksgiving potluck. Bring one of your favorite
dishes to share with everyone. After lunch, we will have some fun games of BINGO with prizes.


Book Club Meets on November 12 at 6:30 p.m.

All the women of the church are invited to join us on Nov. 12th to discuss “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan.
Booklist describes this book, “In the early 1900s, married architect Frank Lloyd Wright eloped to Europe with the wife of one of his clients. The scandal rocked the suburb of Oak Park, Illinois. Years later, Mamah Cheney, the
other half of the scandalous couple, was brutally murdered at Wright’s Talliesen retreat. Horan blends fact and fiction to try to make the century-old scandal relevant to modern readers.” This best seller should be of interest
to all of us who admire Wright’s work. The group will meet in the church lounge at 6:30PM.


GLUED – All K-5th Grade – November 12

Shouting out to all Kindergarten through Fifth graders! 

ALL K-5th Grade — We are about to engage in our busy holiday schedule at church, we will only be able to meet
one time in November in Pilgrim Hall from 11:00am to 1:00pmNovember 12th – Time to learn about the Thanksgiving holiday through a fun game. We will also have some fall themed activities and crafts as well as fun movement activities. Hope to see you all there!


SPLAT Youth Group – November 18

All middle-school aged kids are welcome to Pilgrim Hall on Sat., Nov. 18 from 5-7 p.m. for a SPLAT youth group
get-together. Bring your friends as we play games (including that old favorite — sardines!), enjoy fellowship
and take a moment to chat about our lives. We look forward to seeing you there!


UP Youth Organization

The Open and Affirming committee is proud to announce that the youth organization “UP” will be returning this fall
beginning October 8th at 2:00 pm and will be meeting every 2nd Sunday at the same time.

UP is a safe place where young people in the LGBT community can come and discuss issues, share ideas and hang
out without any pressure or judgments. UP is a chaperoned, safe place for teens and youth in our area who may also be questioning their sexual identity.

It is open to all young people of all faiths and walks of life who are interested. If you know someone who could
benefit from such a group, please pass this information on. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Anna Rodriguez (708) 668-8279


Thanksgiving – Let Us Break Bread together – Sunday, November 19

Please plan to join your church family for a Thanksgiving feast to will be held in Colonial Hall on Sunday evening,
November 19, at 5:00 p.m. In the tradition of the first Thanksgiving, our feast will be a potluck affair.
Turkey will be our main dish, but we need you to bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share. We are also looking for a few cooks (5or 6) who are willing to make a turkey at home, carve it, and bring it in on Sunday afternoon. Turkey cooks will not have to purchase the turkey; it will be available for pick up at the church on Sunday, November 12. If you are willing to cook a turkey, please call or text Peggy Martin at (708)-819-4618 or at prm5521@at.net .

A suggested donation of $2.00 per person will be collected on the day of the dinner to cover the cost of the turkey, table coverings, place settings and beverages. Kids under 6 will be free, and the maximum cost for a family will be $10.00. No money will be collected in advance.

Please sign-up in advance for the dinner so we know how many people will be sharing in our feast. The sign-up
sheets will be available during coffee hour on October 29, November 5 and November 12. You may also sign up by
calling the church office and telling us how many people will be attending. Bring along your friends and extended
family as we give thanks for the blessings we have received this year and gobble up some turkey!

Peggy Martin


Thanksgiving Day Hike – Thursday, November 23

The annual Thanksgiving Hike will be on Thursday, November  23, 7:00am at Swallow Cliff Woods,
Grove 1 & 2, located 1/2 mile south of Route 83 on LaGrange Road (Route 45.) We will be walking
at the top area, rain or shine. Those that want cardio, can use the steps. (DO NOT park at the bottom of
the toboggan slide on Route 83 just west of LaGrange Road.)

After the hike we will go to Lumes House of Pancakes, at 12401 S. Harlem Avenue, Palos Heights (708) 361-7744.
LaGrange north to Route 83 to Harlem, which is about 119th, then right (south) to 124th.  We leave for the restaurant at 8:00am. If you can’t make the hike but would like to join your friends for breakfast,
please plan to come. The more the merrier. If you plan to come for breakfast only, please let me know so I can give them a “head” count so we can all sit together.


Christmas Craft Workshop – Sunday, December 3

The Christmas Craft Workshop will be held on Sunday, Dec. 3rd from 2:00-4:00 pm. There will be caroling, gingerbread houses, all kinds of Christmas crafts and refreshments. Save the date and bring some friends.

WISH Women’s Group is also looking for volunteers to do a craft table. You would prepare and lead Advent or
Christmas crafts for about 50 children. You may charge a nominal fee for the craft supplies (usually 10 cents to 50 cents.)


Christmas Card Deadline – December 10

Send Christmas greetings to your Pilgrim Faith friends at one time. All you need to do is make a contribution ($5
minimum) marked “Christmas Card”. Drop your check in the offering plate or mail it in to the church office. Your
greetings will be included with the Christmas letter from the church. All funds raised will benefit our H.O.P.E. Fund,
which is used to make loans to members in financial need.


Pastor Peggy to Retire Next Summer

Dear Members and Friends, My Star Word for this year is TIME. As I’ve reflected on it carefully and prayerfully I have decided that it is time for me to retire after forty years in parish ministry. I plan to conclude my ministry with you at the end of June 2018.

Pilgrim Faith has been a wonderful place to share in ministry with you for twenty-three years. I came here in 1994
because I loved your passion for ministry and mission both within the congregation and to the wider community and
world. I came because I fell in love with the pastoral search committee and all of you. I came because I discerned God’s call to serve in this faith community which continually welcomes people no matter who they are or where they are on life’s journey. We have laughed and cried together many times over the years. We’ve loved each other and loved so many others and honored God with a wide range of ministries and missions. We have done the hard work of rebuilding after setbacks and difficulties, often marveling at what God has resurrected or birthed among us. We made hard decisions to bring some ministries to an end and have been willing to try new ministries to discover what will work. We have been energized and renewed by God’s work with us and among us. We have welcomed almost 300 new members. Through it all we have grown in our faith and faithfulness to God.

I thank you for the privilege of sharing this ministry with you. You have been a blessing and will always have a special place in my heart. During my remaining months here we will be working deliberately and prayerfully to prepare for a smooth transition.

The Church Council will reach out to the Chicago Metropolitan Association for help in securing a skilled “interim
pastor” who can guide the church in discerning directions for the future so that you will know what gifts and skills to
look for in your next pastor. We’ll be planning appropriate ways to celebrate our ministry together and prepare for the future.

I will be making sure that the many responsibilities that I take care of day to day are handed off to an individual or
group in the church who can make sure that important tasks are done. I will continue until the end of June to give my best to my pastoral responsibilities, making sure that we continue to worship, learn, serve and care for one another and others faithfully.

I have great faith in your love of God and the church and in your ability to move into God’s future for this church in a
way that makes the church and its ministries even stronger. Your ministry is so much bigger than me or any one individual! I anticipate a wonderful future for Pilgrim Faith!

Blessings and love,
Pastor Peggy McClanahan

November 2017