Discovering Our Best Selves
Facilitated by Ron Buford
We begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 12:15 p.m. Our time together is designed to be interactive and creative with you as active participants of this church claiming the vision God is giving you.
It will be our privilege to have Ron Buford with us as our facilitator. Ron is a gifted visionary and pastor who has worked extensively throughout the United Church of Christ and Great Britain in inspiring congregations to become their best selves.
He is currently the minister of Congregational Community Church of Sunnyvale, Sunnyvale, CA. Prior to beginning his seminary education at Andover Newton Theological Seminary, Ron was on the national staff of the UCC as the Director (and creator) of the God is Still Speaking Campaign. Most recently, while serving in Sunnyvale, he has developed Racist Anonymous, a 12 step program to end racism. You can find out more about Ron on the church’s website UCCsunnyVale.org as well as ucc.org by entering his name in their search engine. We are very excited for this opportunity of discovery for Pilgrim Faith and look forward to seeing you all on April 6!
Pilgrim Faith will be hosting our 8th Annual Spring Craft Fair on March 9th from 10a.m. to 3p.m. This is a fund-raiser to help send our Senior High students to a Mission Trip. We have 25 Crafters & Vendors signed up to sell their wares. We will also be raising funds by selling lunch, and raffle tickets. There will something for everyone at the Craft Fair! Even people who don’t like to do crafts, or look at crafts or buy crafts need to eat lunch on Saturday, March 9th. Let’s encourage everyone we know to have lunch at Church and support sending our High School kids on their Mission Trip.
We will gather at Tower Hill Camp in Sawyer, MI for a weekend of reflection, thought provoking discussion, fellowship, food & fun.
The theme is “Bridging Our Differences “. As followers of Jesus and children of God, we will explore ways that we can serve as beacons of hope to promote ways to improve civility in our life.
Lodging will be in Del Schrag 1-2-3 and St Philippus retreat centers with breakfast on Saturday & Sunday, lunch and dinner on Saturday. The cost for the weekend is $125. Please make checks payable to Pilgrim Faith Church and indicate Men’s Retreat 2019 in the memo. You may mail the check to the office or place it in an envelope marked Men’s Retreat 2019 & place it in the Sunday offering. There are limited funds available in a Men’s Retreat Guest Fund to help defray the retreat cost. Please call the office if you need further assistance, 708-422-4200.
Men’s Retreat Planning Committee, Dennis McGahan, Committee Members: Tom Aitken, Kurt Kalas, Dave Faulkner Sr., Gordon Welles
Seminary Sunday Offering
February 24, 2019
The Rev. Dr. Kate Lassiter will join us for worship and preach this coming Sunday, 2/24. Kate is the Director of Field Education at Chicago Theological Seminary where she also teaches justice issues in the church as well as leads an immersion-intensive courses at the US-Mexico border. It will be our privilege to welcome Kate to Pilgrim Faith!
We will be taking a special offering for Chicago Theological Seminary to help provide seminary education for future ministers. In the United Church of Christ support for the seminaries comes directly from local congregations, not from the higher levels of the UCC.
We appreciate your generous support so that our church and others will have well equipped pastors for many years to come!
BLESSING OF YOUNG CHILDREN AT CANDLEMAS: February 3
On February 3 we will have a special time in our 9:30 worship service for parents to bring their children who are younger than five for a blessing. Each family will also light a candle for their child. We hope all the families with young children will be here for this special service. Grandparents and other relatives are invited to sit with the family.
Please let the office or Reverend Lark know i f you or your friends and family with young children would like to be included in this service. Families do not have to be members of this church to bring their children for a Candlemas blessing. We do need to know the number of children who will be blessed so that we can have the correct number of candles available for lighting. Please notify the church office by Monday, January 28, if you intend o participate in this Candlemas service.
Families participating in the Candlemas blessing are asked to meet
at the front of sanctuary at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, February 3.
Seeking BEDS Donations
Thank you for generously donating to our BEDS homeless shelter at Pilgrim Faith. It is your generosity that allows us to help those who call our BEDS shelter their home on Thursday nights from October through April.
At this time, we are in need of the following items:
Men’s jeans (all sizes)
Women’s jeans (all sizes)
Men’s NEW underwear (all sizes)
Women’s NEW underwear (all sizes)
Men’s WINTER coats
Men’s winter gloves and scarves
Men’s and Women’s thermal underwear
Men’s and Women’s winter boots and gym shoes (NO DRESS SHOES)
Donations of New Stuffed Bears are Needed
As we continue our Blessing Bears ministry, the Diaconate is seeking the donation of new stuffed bears that will be blessed and made available for members to distribute to friends and family who are ill or just in need of a special blessing. If you want to donate a new bear which is between 6 and 12 inches in height, please place it in the bear donation basket in the narthex. The bears will be tagged and placed on the front pew, ready for transport to a friend of Pilgrim Faith who is in need.
Christmas Workshop ~ Sunday, Dec. 2nd
Christmas Craft Workshop all are welcome, from 2:00 to 4:00p.m.
Please join us in Colonial Hall for this fun event!
WISH ~ Christmas Party ~ Wednesday, Dec. 5th
Join us in the lounge at 6:30! Each attendee is asked to bring an appetizer/dessert. There will be an optional grab bag, attendees may bring a wrapped gift worth under $10. WISH is open to all women of the church and their friends.
STARS ~ Friday, December 7th & 21st
Bring your lunch at noon, dessert, coffee and tea is will be provided. At 1:00 we will be entertained by the Evergreen Park High School Madrigal Singers. On, Dec. 21st at noon we will have our own lunch with students from Oak Lawn hometown Middle School that will perform their Holiday musical Program. Grand finale will be an Ice Cream Social for the student and seniors!
Cookie Sale ~ Sunday, December 9th – 10:30AM
Delicious cookies will be for sale, $5 per pound.
If you are baking cookies for the sale please drop them off
before worship and label cookies that contain nuts.
Children’s Christmas Pageant, December 16th – 9:30AM
Join our children as they present A Christmas Store Window, where they will share the real Christmas message. Invite grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles and friends! They won’t want to miss seeing and hearing all of our little angels!
Monday, December 24th Christmas Eve Service
7:00PM – Family ServiceA Christmas service of scripture, carols, Christmas message and a children’s story! Special music by vocal and instrumental ensembles, and lighting of individual candles.
11:00PM – Traditional Service
Quiet and reflective, Christmas carols by candlelight, special music by vocal and instrumental soloists, and lighting of the individual candles.