Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

CROP 2015 brainbowcommawithwordsWelcome 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.)

Back By Popular Demand! Second Annual Fall Fest – Oct 1

Join us for our 2nd annual Fall Fest! This festive event will be held Saturday, October 1, at 4:30 p.m.. We will gather in the fenced off area behind the church (meet inside if the weather is poor).

Bring your appetite and enjoy delicious homemade chili, hot dogs, s’mores, hot chocolate and apple cider! There will be games for all ages, a bonfire, and time to hang out will old and new friends.

This is a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to our church for a fun, casual event. There is no charge for this event, but a freewill offering is appreciated.

So grab a friend and a cozy sweatshirt and come on out! For more information, please contact Lori Harris or Libby Whitney.

Lori Harris (708) 751-0569 ODIE_1962@hotmail.com

Libby Whitney (708)515-7314 libby.whitney@gmail.com


Neighbors In Need Offering To Be Collected On Sunday, October 2

On Sunday, October 2, Pilgrim Faith will be collecting for Neighbors in Need, one of five special offerings throughout the year supported by the United Church of Christ. 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 of American Indian Ministry. Two-thirds is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts and direct service projects through grants.

Breads Of The World Communion For World Communion Sunday, October 2

Our World Communion Service on October 2, 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.

WISH Meeting – October 6

WISH (Women In Step with Him) will meet on Thursday, October 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the lounge. We are collecting for the Animal Welfare League and will get to hear about all of the great things they do. (Members received an email of their “wish list” or can go online and look for items they need.) Pizza will be served; please bring your own beverage.

More info call Gail Siwek at (708) 423-0399.

S.T.A.R.S. –Meeting on Fridays: October 7 & October 21

Seniors Together Are Really Special

We’ll be enjoying another great month of fellowship, entertainment, and lunch. (Lunch fee is $7.)

Friday, October 7 at 12:00 Noon STARS will present to you, Dave Byron, an instrumental guitarist. He will offer professional guitar music in styles of Classical, Jazz, Latin, Spanish, Flamenco and Blues. Do not miss this performer.

Friday, October 21 at 12:00 Noon We will play a surprise game! See you there.

Calling All Sr. Highs! – October 9 Movie

October 9, we will be watching a movie followed by a discussion. Did I mention there will be snacks? We will meet in Pilgrim Hall from 11:15-1:30 p.m. I do need a second adult for this meeting if any parents/guardians are available. Please let me know if you can help!

Also, coming up on October 16—the CROP Walk. We will be collecting money to end hunger and walk to raise awareness.

Finally, keep your calendar open toward the end of the month with Halloween on the horizon. More info will be coming.

GLUED For All K – 5TH Grade – October 9 & 23

The month of October we are going to continue to look at ways to grow our faith journey with God and each other. We will meet twice this month.

The two meetings will take place on October 9 and 23, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Overflow Room. On October 23, we will have our very own GLUED Halloween party with games and treats for everyone! Bring a friend.

GLUED will be the foundation of growing relationships: you can “stick” together.

Fall Spruce Up Day – Saturday, October 15

On Saturday, October 15, our church will be looking for your support to help us spruce things up around YOUR building and grounds here at Pilgrim Faith. If you are unable to help out on this date, please talk to Jack Lopez to see what projects need to be completed on or after October 15.

On October 15, please join us anytime after 8:00 a.m. We hope to finish up around noon. This is an excellent opportunity to help YOUR church save needed money on expenses.

Thank you in advance. The Trustees of Pilgrim Faith

FALL BIBLE STUDY: Hope in a Time of Fear

We live in frightening times with too much violence and uncertainty about our safety and the future. Join us this fall as we delve into another time of fear and uncertainty, the time of Moses when God heard the cries of God’s people and delivered them from slavery.

Our fall Bible study will focus on the first nineteen chapters of the Book of Exodus. We’ll explore key Biblical stories like the daring women who defied the Pharaoh to save Baby Moses, the burning bush, the ten plagues, the escape from Egypt and God’s gift of manna and quail in the wilderness. Pastor Peggy McClanahan will lead the discussions.

The class will meet for six weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. beginning Sept.6 in the church lounge. (Enter through the courtyard on 51st Avenue.) Everyone is invited; not just church members.

Sep 6               Exodus 1:6-2:10

Sep 13             Exodus 3:1-15

Sep 20             Exodus 7:14-8:15

Sep 27             Exodus 12:1-28

Oct 4               Exodus 14:1-31

Oct 11              Exodus 16:1-21


Celebrate 125 Years At October 30 Anniversary & Homecoming Worship And Luncheon!

The grand finale of our 125th Anniversary year will be October 30 with a festive Anniversary Celebration Worship at 9:30 am, followed by a Homecoming Luncheon. We’ll lift up our many ministries and recognizing your involvement in them! We’ve got lots of special music planned for worship and hope to welcome many former members of Pilgrim Faith to celebrate with us that day.

We will have a free, catered luncheon at about 11:00 am. We need your reservations for the luncheon by Monday, October 24 to finalize our food orders.

Former associate pastor Rev. Don Stoner will be with us as will Elsie Stiffler, widow of former pastor Paul Stiffler. Each of them will bring a word of greeting. Rev. Richard Bailar and Rev. David Held have sent greetings also, with their regrets that they are unable to travel.

We have sent out about 65 special invitations to our celebration to former members and staff. We are sure there are many more who might like to come, so please invite your own friends and family to be part of this great day.

If you are writing a special hymn for the anniversary please get it to Pastor Peggy by October 1.