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.)


Crop Walk – Sunday, October 15

On Sunday afternoon October 15, you can help fight hunger and poverty by getting pledges and walking in the annual
CROP Walk for Hunger. It begins and ends at Christ Lutheran Church, 14700 S. 94th Street, Orland Park.  Plan to register 1:30 pm and step off 2:00 pm.

Pilgrim Faith includes everyone from babies in strollers to elderly members. You can choose the three mile route or
the “golden mile” for those who can’t walk so far. It is a lot of fun to talk and walk!

We need YOU to walk and to really go out and get lots of pledges so we can top $2500 this year!

Last year we raised $1880. The easy way to get pledges is online at https://www.crophungerwalk.org/orlandparkil.

Our pantry plus two others receive a lot of money from this walk. The rest of the money is used by Church World
Service to address hunger and poverty around the world. Sign up online and pick up your sponsor form during coffee hour start lining up your sponsors! Anyone can participate, they don’t have to be part of our church. Please join us for this great event!


Fall Spruce Up Day – October 21

Saturday, October 21, our church will be looking for your support to help us spruce things up around YOUR building
and grounds here at Pilgrim Faith. Please join us anytime after 8:00am. We hope to finish up around noon. This is an excellent opportunity to help YOUR church save needed money on expenses.  If you are unable to help out on this
date, please talk to Dave Wolfe to see what projects need to be completed on or after October 21.

Thank you in advance!
The Trustees of Pilgrim Faith


Book Club Change – October 22

Hi ladies! We have a VERY exciting and different meeting planned for this month! We are reading “Girl on the
Train,” the huge bestseller by Paula Hawkins – and then we’re going to go see the movie version Oct. 22. Details of the movie depend on the schedule, but we’re are aiming for an early movie, followed by lunch to discuss it and the book. Invite your friends and join us for this fun discussion! Please let Chris Raap know if you plan to attend so we can make reservations for lunch. 708-897-8550 or shoehouses@yahoo.com.

 

 


Third Annual Trunk or Treat – October 28

Our third annual Truck or Treat will be held on Saturday, October 28.  The event will begin at 2:00 with the decorating of our cars. We will close the parking lot to traffic approximately 2:30. Please be on time.

Trunk or Treating will begin at 3:00pm — make sure to bring candy to pass out to the little ghouls and goblins. Costumes are encouraged for all. There will be prizes for the best decorated trunk as well as best costumes. We
will have games and a bonfire after all the treating is done. Please invite your friends and neighbors to come out and
join us for the spooktacular event.

We are taking donations of water, pop, and snacks. Please contact Erin Sheehan (815) 685-0449 or mydogrotten@yahoo.com if you are able to donate any items for this


On My Mind: Why I Give

This might surprise you but I don’t give to Pilgrim Faith because our church is doing great things. Don’t get me
wrong – I think Pilgrim Faith does marvelous ministry that changes lives and makes the world a better place and serves God faithfully. I get really excited about many of the things Pilgrim Faith does. I totally believe in what we are doing.

But that’s not why I give. I give to my church because of what God has done. I give to my church because God loves
me and you like crazy. I give to my church because I am grateful every day for God’s help and strength and guidance
and love. I give to my church because Jesus came and gave his all so we could know and understand God better. I give to my church because Jesus has called us to be the church, his living body here on earth, to carry on his work. I give to my church so it can do the ministry Jesus has entrusted to us.

I give to my church because I cannot truly be grateful to God and faithful to Jesus unless I put my money where my
mouth is. By giving generously and regularly to my church, I show God and Jesus how much I love them and make it
possible for their work to continue on earth.

Pilgrim Faith does do great ministry! It takes a lot of money for us to share God’s love with so many and be the
hands and feet and compassion of Jesus for so many. I’ll be tithing (giving 10% of my income) again this year, as I always have, because I believe 100% in God and Jesus and what they want to do in the world with my help.

If you are tithing, you already know what a joy that is. If you aren’t, I encourage you to stretch to give more this year
as you work your way up to a tithe. It is amazing what we can do with the 90% God lets us keep for ourselves once we’ve returned our tithe to God!

Pastor Peggy McClanahan


Glued Meeting Saturday, October 8 and October 22

GLUED will meet Saturday, October 8th in Pilgrim Hall from 11am to 1pm.  On October 22nd the kids will meet
from 11am to 1pm for an early Halloween celebration.

Be ready to have a spooky good time!


STARS Meeting – October 6 & 20 at 12:00 Noon

Friday October 6, 12:00 pm. Could you be a contestant on Jeopardy? Come join us for lunch and see. Tease your brain with Jeopardy. See you there!

Friday October 20, 12:00 pm. Want to hear a group that is guaranteed to “Blow you Away”, come and join us to be entertained by Mo Beat Blues. They are something much more than the blues, be surprised and enjoy a delicious than the blues, be surprised and enjoy a delicious lunch.


Neighbors in Need Offering – Sunday, October 1st

Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion
throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM).
Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice
initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.

Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. Funding is provided through donations to the Neighbors in Need offering.


World Communion Service – Sunday, October 1st – 9:30 a.m.

Our World Communion Service on October 1st will feature a variety of breads from different countries and cultures of the world, to help us celebrate the great diversity of Christians in the world who all share one faith in Jesus Christ. Participants will be given their choice of breads as they come forward to partake of communion.

Thank you to the Deacons for organizing this unique communion service. We will also get to enjoy further samples of the breads during coffee hour.


W.I.S.H. Quilting Demo – Wednesday, October 4th – 7:00 a.m.

Women’s Group will hold a quilting demonstration, Wednesday, October 4th at 7:00 pm in the church lounge. Our own Diane Millar will give the presentation following pizza; attendees will share the cost if possible. Please remember to bring your own beverage. WISH is open to all women of the church and their friends.

Contact Gail Siwek for more information 708-423-0399.