You are welcome to 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. Dress as casual or formal as you like – just come!
Attention: The Men of Pilgrim Faith are all invited to join us on the Annual Men’s Retreat, “Men Under Construction.”
When: February 21, 22 and 23 Time: 7:45 p.m. CST/8:45 EST. (the camp runs on EST, Michigan time)
Where: Tower Hill Camp, Sawyer, Michigan
Why: The retreat is a great opportunity to get away from the stresses of daily life. The weekend allows for fellowship with other men, a chance to reconnect with nature, and an opportunity to grow spiritually.
Cost: $115 (Make checks payable to Pilgrim Faith and write Men’s Retreat in the memo section) There is money available in the guest fund for anyone who needs assistance. This information will be kept confidential.
Deadline to respond is February 11
To sign up, please see David Faulkner Jr., Registrar, at church or you can call him at (708) 308-0819 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This year’s committee consists of Pat Cusack, David Faulkner Jr., Justin Lopez, and Tim McGahan.
The Pilgrim Players will be holding auditions for their spring production, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Please come prepared to sing a song.
When: Saturday, Feb. 22 at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Colonial Hall
Who: Kids 6-18
Rehearsals will be Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (till 9:00 for leads) and Saturdays from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (till 9:00 for leads.) Show dates and times are April 25 at 8:00 p.m., April 26 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m., and April 27 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Mandatory tech rehearsals are April 19, 21, 22, and 23 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Questions? Contact director Sue Fleharty at email@example.com or call (708) 423-0808
Join our Facebook group, Pilgrim Players You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown!
ASHES TO GO
From 6:30 to 8:15 a.m. on Ash Wednesday (March 5), Pastor Peggy McClanahan will be distributing ashes at the Oak Lawn train station to all who want them. Several members will assist her. Last year numerous commuters asked for ashes, along with a train conductor and several who drove to the station just to receive ashes. We are offering this ministry as part of our efforts to take God to the people, as Jesus did by going where the people were. Please let your friends know of this opportunity for Ash Wednesday and feel free to stop by yourself.
ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP SERVICE
Pilgrim Faith will gather for an Ash Wednesday worship service in our own sanctuary on March 5 at 7:00 p.m. The service will include music, scripture, reflections and communion. There will also be opportunity to make a written confession of sin and offer it to be burned. Those who want to receive ashes will be able to do so at the conclusion of the service.
We will be holding our Spring Craft/Vendor Fair on Saturday, March 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Besides 25 amazing crafters and vendors, a delicious lunch and coffee/beverages will be available for purchase. Hand-made jewelry brought to us by our missionary, Gloria Vicente, will also be available at the craft fair. We will be holding an amazing raffle! The top prize this year is four lawn tickets to Ravinia.
The proceeds from this event will help send our Senior Highs on their annual mission trip.
Opportunities to gather with others for a meal and Lenten program to renew and build our faith.
Sunday, March 23
11:00 a.m. Pot luck lunch (bring something to share) - Followed by discussion of the special “star gift” word each received
Wednesday, April 2
6:30 p.m. Supper of soup, bread, cheese and fruit (free will donation)
7:15 – 8:15 Adult Program on “Resolving Conflict” - Children’s Program on “Treating Others Right”
April 13 Palm Sunday - 9:30 a.m. – Worship includes a processional of palms by the children and special music
April 17 Maundy Thursday – 6:30 p.m.
A Seder meal remembering the last meal Jesus ate with his disciples; Lamb stew provided, participants bring a side dish
April 18 Good Friday – 12:00 Noon
Reflections, prayers and music. All are welcome for altar communion
Children join processional to put fresh cut flowers on the “Living Cross.” Easter message and special music.
EASTER Breakfast at 10:30 a.m.
Breakfast of mini egg casseroles, fresh fruit, muffins and more. Proceeds will help send our youth to church camp.
A popular definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Mental illness, of course, is much more complex than that and should never be so glibly dismissed. But the quote lingers because it zings so many of us right where it should. We complain about some aspect of our lives that we don’t like and say we want it to change, but we never do anything differently to cause it to change.
Lent is a call to do something different. “Try a little harder” probably won’t fix anything in our lives. It probably won’t bring us closer to God. Lent is an opportunity to change a routine or change a behavior, something very specific. When we change one specific behavior, it sometimes shifts the way we see ourselves and others and even God.
Are you unhappy or frustrated about something? What is ONE thing you could DO differently that might actually reduce your frustration or even change the situation? Don’t try to change everything. Pick one specific change that you can actually make. Focus on that for the 40 days of Lent. Ask God to help you make that one specific change.
Don’t beat yourself up if you slip. Just pick back up and embrace the change going forward. Thank God for every small success.
It probably doesn’t even matter that much what specific behavior or routine you decide to change. Any positive change can impact your life and connection to God in countless ways. So pick one manageable thing you think might make a difference and go for it, with God’s help. I think God will amaze you and you will amaze yourself!
- Peggy McClanahan March 2014
As I write this on the 10th of January, I confess that I am feeling a bit grumpy about all the snow. I am tired of shoveling, tired of taking my boots on and off, tired of snow packed streets and parking lots. It is warming up today and the ten day outlook is for much warmer, sunnier weather so by the time you read this hopefully I’ll be done being grumpy.
I know I shouldn’t feel so grumpy. I often preach that if we take time to be grateful for all that is good that we will have a brighter outlook on life. I know that is true. But every now and then I get stuck for a little bit in grumpiness. I’m pretty sure I am not alone in that. Maybe a little grumpiness isn’t so bad if we don’t get stuck there for too long. Our own struggles and annoyances can help us be more sensitive to the difficulties others are facing. A little mutual grumbling about the challenges of life can relieve everyone’s stress and frustration. And sometimes our unhappiness with the way things are can spur us to innovate better ways of doing things. (I’ve actually improved my shoveling technique!) If you are the kind of person who is always sunny and cheerful, God bless you! If you are like most of us and bounce back and forth between happy moments and unhappy moments, may God bless you too! We all need God’s blessing all the time!
Here’s something you can do when you are having a bad day or bad week. Read Psalm 69. The Psalmist complains to God about everything that is going wrong. One moment the Psalmist wishes God would do terrible things to his or her enemies and the next moment remembers how good God has been to him or her. The grumble works its way around to thanks and praise to God!
The key is honesty. The prayer in Psalm 69 tells God exactly what the Psalmist feels, no holds barred. That honesty opens up the connection to God which helps the frightened and weary writer to remember and receive anew God’s encouragement. A good place to end up!
- Peggy McClanahan February 2014