Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ in Oak Lawn, IL

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. . A nursery is provided for children younger than 3 during worship. 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.)

Worship at 9:30 am each Sunday     Office hours: 9:00-2:00 Mon-Fri    708-422-4200


The office in the church and the parsonage need a fresh coat of paint.  Is anybody available and willing to help paint these areas, we need volunteers!!  Please contact Don Lagerstrom.  Thanks in advance.  708-422-4200

Independence Day 4th of July Parade

We always have a wonderful presence in the parade and we’ll do it again this year! Come and celebrate our
country’s freedom and show the community our Pilgrim Faith enthusiasm. Invite your family and friends to
walk or ride in the parade. Our non-walkers are encouraged to ride the float, you may also ride in the church van!

We will assemble at the church at 9:30 for photos, parade starts at 10 a.m. You will not be able to park at the church lot or the commuter lot. Sharing a ride or being dropped off is a great option. If driving, you may park at St. Gerald’s and walk to church.


Walk-in’s  are  welcome!!
Mon. July 9 -Thurs. July 12
9:00 – 11:30 A.M.
4 years old – 5th grade 

9411 S 51st Ave. Oak Lawn, IL 60453
708-422-4200    office@pilgrimfaith.org

Surf, sing, dance and learn about God’s love!

Cost: Just $10 per child/ Family max. $25 

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STARS – July 6 & 20 – Welcome All Seniors!

We will celebrate “Christmas in July” this month. Please join us on Friday July 6th at 12:00, when Beth Wachowski, singer extraordinaire, will entertain us with some of her favorite songs and then will lead us in singing some of our favorite Christmas songs. July 20th join the fun afternoon as we exchange “white elephant” gifts. These gifts should be something you have around your home that is either silly, ridiculous or you no longer want, please bring a wrapped gift.

Please do not buy the gift. Bring your own lunch, dessert and coffee/tea will be provided.

Interim Pastor Rev. Lark Hapke – Preaching on July 22

All members are encouraged to attend worship Sunday, July 22, to hear the message from our new interim pastor, Rev. Lark Hapke. This is an opportunity for Reverend Lark, as she prefers to be called, to get to know Pilgrim Faith informally before she officially begins Aug. 1.

SR. High Mission Trip – July 22-27

Attention teens entering 9th grade and completing 12th grade. Be sure to clear your calendars from Sunday, July 22nd (we’ll leave after church) – Friday, July 27th (we’ll be back to PF in the evening). We are heading up to Pilgrim Center in Ripon, WI to work with an old friend, Chris Harmsen. We will be working on projects to make the camp spectacular, and help support their ministry while growing in our own faith!

If you are interested in going on the trip, let me know! Contact me at keith.stevenson13@gmail.com.

Book Club – July 29

This month’s selection is Critical Mass by Chicago author Sara Paretsky. Everyone is invited to join us on Sunday July 29th, at 6:30p.m. in the lounge to discuss this thriller of… “lies, secrets, and silence, whose origins go back to the mad competition among America, Germany, Japan and England to develop the first atomic bomb.”

Thank You From Pastor Peggy

Thank you for the wonderful retirement/farewell worship and celebration luncheon. I am awed by the amount of work that went into it. It was perfect! I appreciate the generous gifts and gracious words, the good humor, delicious food and wonderful hospitality. It will be a day I will never forget! Thanks to all who put so much into it and to all who came. Most of all I am grateful for you. You have been wonderful companions in faith and service, with big hearts, a willingness to work and strong faith. I am so fortunate to have been able to share friendship and ministry with you.

I will treasure all my memories and many gifts and mementos while holding you in continuing love and prayer as you go forward with God and new pastoral leadership. I look forward to following all that you are doing on social media and the church newsletter. I’ll be cheering for you. Thanks again for all the ways you have helped me and my family over the years and in the last few months as we prepare to move. I am very grateful.

Thank you also to the wonderful church staff with whom I have worked so closely in ministry: Ellen Pearson (Music Director and Organist), Chris (Office Administrator), Curtis Sneed (Custodian) and our youth directors Keith Stevenson and Debbie Petkus as well as Gary and Erin Sheehan, Bob Cook and Chris Cook who have led our middle school group over the last few years. You make amazing things happen every day with too few resources and much resourcefulness!

Blessings on all of you, members, friends and leaders of Pilgrim Faith! You are the best! With love and prayers,      Pastor Peggy McClanahan


Pastor Peggy Retirement Celebration on June 10

Sunday, June 10, will be Pastor Peggy’s final Sunday at Pilgrim Faith Church. We will be celebrating her ministry at Pilgrim Faith with a special service at 9:30 a.m. that day followed by a catered luncheon in Colonial Hall. The luncheon will offer a fantastic opportunity for fellowship, some entertaining stories about  Pastor Peggy’s ministry here in Oak Lawn, as well as one last opportunity to bid farewell to Pastor Peggy. We hope that you will plan to join us for this special worship and meal on Sunday, June 10.

Since this is a full catered meal, we ask that all who plan to attend purchase tickets in advance. Tickets will be $10 each for adults (everyone age 13 and older), with no charge for children age 12 and under. There will be a maximum charge of $40 per family living in the same household. Please contact the church office at 708-422-4200 to reserve and make payment for your ticket(s) to the catered luncheon. All are welcome to attend the service and luncheon.

Luncheon RSVP due June 1st

On My Mind: Thanks For Our Time Together

I can’t thank you enough for all the ministry and special moments we have shared over the last twenty-three and a half years. I fell in love with Pilgrim Faith in my first conversation with your pastoral search committee in 1994 and have been in love with you ever since! 

I will always remember the joy of retreats, church on the lawn, Vacation Bible School, STARS and various fellowship and games nights. I will treasure the tender moments of baptisms, funerals, weddings, hospital and home visits, office visits and all the other places we shared the joys and struggles of life. 

My heart is full from the worship moments when music soared or softly drew us to God, sermons that connected (and those that fell a bit flat), children’s times with unanticipated sparks & turns, lay “faith moments” far better than any sermon I could preach, communion with Christ and prayers that joined us in one heart and spirit. 

I relish all the ministries we launched in countless board, committee and council meetings (though I won’t miss writing those monthly reports). I rejoice in our two successful capital campaigns, the miracle of raising money every year for ongoing ministry and mission and our endless efforts to fund raise so we can send kids to camp and families and individuals on retreat and more.

I’m so proud of our tireless efforts for mission: our pantry and homeless shelter, mission trips, Share the Harvest, tag days for ALS, CROP walks, Souper Bowl of Caring, Seminary Sunday and all our contributions for UCC basic and special mission offerings, always being “5 for 5.’ 

My spirit has been fed along with you in Bible study, Lenten programs, Star Words, prayer groups, confirmation class, children’s communion class, WISH and other women’s and men groups, Hot Topics and newcomer classes. (I never got to do Sunday School but am so thankful for all who did!) 

I rejoice in all our outreach to and with the community as so many share in our ministries with the hungry and homeless, in the self-help groups and counseling center, Ashes-to-Go, interfaith work and so many other community programs and connections.

I feel so blessed by all the excellent volunteers and staff who make Pilgrim Faith and its ministries faithful to God. I am grateful for the opportunity to share all that with you.

As we say farewell over the next few weeks know that you will forever be in my heart and prayers. I will pray also for the church and your interim pastor that it might be a rich and blessed partnership for Christ.

My final Sunday will be June 10. I hope you will come for the service and celebration that day. I will be wrapping up final details in the office for a couple days after that and then will take my remaining vacation time to finish packing so we can clear out of the parsonage by the end of June.

Thank you for being such a wonderful part of my life. May God bless you and keep you always.

Pastor Peggy McClanahan