Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

CROP 2014rainbowcommawithwordsWelcome 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.)

Chicago Southside Youth String Orchestra at Pilgrim Faith – February 14

Judy Lei and the Southside Youth String Orchestra will melt your heart with “love songs.” Selections will include Love Me Tender, Romeo & Juliet, Les’Misrables I Dream a Dream, Phantom’s Music of the Night, Frank Sinatra’s My Way, and John Ledgend’s All of Me. Special guest perform, tenor Mario Iglesias.

Join them in Pilgrim Faith’s sanctuary on Saturday, February 14, at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $3 each

Seminary Sunday Offering – February 15

We will be taking a special offering on February 15, 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.

Bob Cook will interview the Rev. Dr. Michael H. Montgomery that morning about how seminaries prepare ministers.  Michael (Pastor Peggy’s husband) has both his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy in Congregational Studies from Chicago Theological Seminary, and teaches several courses a year there. He hopes you will also have some questions to ask him.

We appreciate your generous support so that our church and others will have well equipped pastors for many years to come!

Pilgrim Players Spring Revue Auditions-February 21

Pilgrim Players will hold auditions for their Spring Musical Revue on Saturday, February 21, at 11:00 a.m. in Colonial Hall. The show will take place April 24, 25 and 26. For more information contact Kara Fleharty at (708) 423-0808.

Ash Wednesday Services – February 18

Pastor Peggy will lead an Ash Wednesday service in our sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. on February 18. This service is a time to reflect on our lives and draw closer to God as we begin the season of spiritual renewal.

There will be music, a message and time for prayers and communion. We also offer an opportunity to write a prayer of confession or notes on what you want to give over to God, which are then burned. It is a wonderful first step toward renewing your faith and faithfulness in the season of Lent.

Pastor Peggy, assisted by several church members, will also offer Ashes-to-Go at the Oak Lawn Train Station on February 18, from 6:25 until about 8:15 a.m. This is our third year of taking this service to the community. It is greatly appreciated by many of the commuters and others who stop to get their ashes.


Intergenerational Retreat Registration by February 15

Make plans now to take part in the 2015 Intergenerational Retreat to be held May 22-24 at Tower Hill Camp in Sawyer, Michigan. The theme of this Year’s retreat is “Free to be …” We hope you will be FREE to enjoy a weekend of fellowship with people of all ages and lots of fun.

Even though the retreat isn’t until May, registration began in January and must end by February 15, so that we can release any unused space that we have reserved at Tower Hill. Please stop by the table during coffee hour to pick up the details on housing and registration, and to put down a $50 deposit to hold your space. The cost of the retreat is $120 per person with a maximum of $320 per family. If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact Pastor Peggy. 

Last year this event was so popular that we had to put people on a waiting list and, ultimately, had to turn people away. Don’t be left out; register early!

Two Lenten Programs This Year

The Deacons have planned only two Lenten Series pro-grams this year.  The first will be on Sunday, March 8. We’ll begin by sharing a pot luck lunch and then have some discussion with each other about the words we received on our “Star Gifts” in January and what that word means for us. The children will be included in those discussions, with nursery care provided for the youngest children.

The second Lenten Series program will be on Wednesday, March 25. We will share a soup supper at 6:15 p.m. and a program from 7:00-8:15 p.m. M. Michelle Day, who led our Lenten program last year on resolving conflict will develop that topic further by showing us how to use a peace circle to foster understanding in a conflicted situation. This process can be used in families, churches, schools, community organizations and work.

Michelle Day is an attorney currently working on restorative justice issues with youth as a programs administrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary and is preparing for ordination in the United Church of Christ.  There will be separate program for children from 7:00-8:15 p.m.

During Holy Week we will have a Tenebrae service with a reenactment of Jesus’ last days on Maundy Thursday (April 2) and a noon Good Friday worship service on April 3). Easter worship and communion will be at 9:30 a.m., followed by Easter breakfast.

March 14 – Spring Craft Fair

Pilgrim Faith’s Spring Craft Fair will be Saturday, March 14, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. This year’s craft fair will again feature lovely and creative hand-made craft items and useful vendor items.

We are looking for a couple of Crafters to have tables for $25 each. If you are a Crafter or know one, please pass their contact info on to me at kathy8f@gmail.com. Thanks!

We will be serving a delicious lunch and holding a raffle. If you don’t care to look at products, you WILL love our lunch. It is yummy!  Mark your calendars and plan on coming out for a day of fun!

We will be holding an amazing Raffle!  The top prize for this year’s Raffle is two  sets of 2 lawn tickets to Ravinia.

The proceeds from this event will help to send our Senior Highs on their annual mission trip.

Annual Meeting & All Board Retreat Rescheduled

ANNUAL MEETING RESCHEDULED — February 8, 2015  at 11:00 am

We have at least 4 important business items:

– Capital Campaign

– Open and Affirming

– Budget

– Election of officers & board members

We need all members to attend! Child care and children’s activities will be provided during the meeting. Sandwiches & chips ($3) and cold drinks ($1) available before meeting.

COOKIE SALE  will be held as planned on February 8, prior to the Annual Meeting.

ALL BOARD RETREAT RESCHEDULED —  February 15, 2015 from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

This is the annual planning retreat for all members of all boards. Lunch will be served about 11:30 am (suggested donation of $7 for those able to contribute).

Children’s activities provided during retreat – please let office@pilgrimfaith.org know if your children are coming.



Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday, February 1 – 11:00 a.m. – Colonial Hall

  • Vote on a Capital Campaign
  • Vote on ONA
  • Elect new board members and officers
  • Adopt 2015 Budget

Members of all church boards and standing committees and officers of the church will be installed at the end of the Annual Meeting. All new and continuing board members and church officers will be presented at that time and participate in the ceremony of installation. If you are serving on a board or on MLT, please plan to be at the meeting so you can be installed.

Sandwiches will be available for purchase prior to the start of the meeting.

Annual Meeting Lunch – February 1

Cold beverages and sandwiches will be available for purchase at the meeting on February 1.  Sandwiches with chips will be $3. Cold drinks will be $1. Coffee will be served gratis as usual.