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

Special Lenten Programs and Events at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

An Ash Wednesday service will be held in the church sanctuary at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14. This service is a time to reflect on our lives and draw closer to God as we begin the season of spiritual renewal. This service will include music, a message, and time for prayers and communion.

Two Lenten Series potlucks  will be offered this year at Pilgrim Faith Church. The first will be held on Sunday, February 25 at 11 a.m. We will begin by sharing a potluck lunch followed by some discussion of the words we received on our “Star Gifts” in January. Discussion will focus on what the word we received means for us. Children will be included in the discussion, with nursery care provided for the youngest children.

The second Lenten program will be held on Sunday, March 11 at 11 a.m. We will begin with a lunch of soup and sandwiches (a free will donation will be collected to defray the cost of lunch). After lunch, a panel of church members will discuss the question, “How does your faith affect the way you see the world?” Time will be allowed for some small group discussion. Child care will be provided for young children during this program, as well.

Hot Topics Discussion to Focus on Prejudice, Racism, and Discrimination

Dr. Cari Stevenson will lead a discussion on Sunday, February 18 at 11 a.m. in the church lounge. In this session, we’ll unpack the concepts of racism, prejudice, and discrimination as well as discuss ways subtle micro aggressions can have a major impact. Come learn how to recognize hurtful attitudes and actions and think about how we can bring about constructive change that brings healing and equal opportunity for all. Everyone is welcome at this discussion.

Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, February 24

Join us for some fun  and a great dinner while at the same time supporting our youth campers. We will have lots of fun raffles. Invite your neighbors and friends to join in the fun from 3-7 p.m. on February 24th. Tickets for adults and children ages 12 and up are $8.00. Tickets for senior citizens and children ages 6-11 are $5.00. Children 5 and under are FREE! To purchase tickets, please contact the church office at 708-422-4200.

Spring Craft and Vendor Fair on Saturday, March 10

The Spring Craft and Vendor fair will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  The Craft and Vendor Fair will feature 25 crafters and vendors with a variety of great products for you to purchase. Vendors include Avon, Blysful Designs, Pampered Chef, Thirty-one Bags, and Tupperware. A delicious lunch, baked goods, and beverages will be available for purchase. The Craft Fair will also feature an amazing raffle! Raffle tickets will be sold at a cost of 5 tickets for $1.00. Admission is FREE. Proceeds from this event will help send the Senior High students on their annual mission trip this summer. Please join us for this fun event!

Men’s Fellowship Group Retreat on March 16-18

This year’s Men’s Retreat will be held the weekend of March 16-18 at Tower Hill Camp in Sawyer, Michigan. The cost of the weekend is $119 per person which includes private and shared sleeping areas in two buildings at the camp. Kitchen facilities, meeting space, and linens are provided. Participants can look forward to having an amazing weekend growing their faith, feeding their souls, and enjoying fellowship. All men are welcome to participate. Please contact the church office (708-422-4200) to sign up for the retreat. Payment can be turned in to the church office.

“Star Word” on January 7

On January 7 you will get a “Star Word,” a special rock from the beach at Tower Hill on which the Deacons have
put a star and a special word. We invite you to receive that word as a gift and ponder all year what it means for your
life. We believe this word will lead you to understand something God wants you to know!

On February 25, we will have a special Lenten potluck lunch and program after church at which we will share with
each other about our special star words mean to us. We will include the children in this activity so we hope they will get a “Star Word” on January 7. God has spoken to many of us through our past “Star Words” in way that altered our lives. Get your word in 2018 and listen for God’s message to you!

Join the 2018 Biggest Loser Contest!

Do you want to start 2018 off looking and feeling your best? Join the Pilgrim Faith Wellness Ministry’s Biggest Loser Contest! Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st through 5th place, based on the percentage of weight lost.

The cost is $20 per person. Starting weights must be received by 9 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 7. The final weigh-in will be Sunday, March 18. It is open to everyone; you do not have to be a church member to play.

Read all the details are here. You can register here.  If you have any questions, please email pfwellness@gmail.com or call (708) 422-4200.

Winter Bible Study Begins January 9

If you’ve got some “Krazy Kinfolk,” you are not alone. The Bible has a whole raft of families who were pretty
messed up! Animosity, jealousy, violence, infidelity, discord and pain — it’s all right there in the Bible
stories. We’ll spend five weeks exploring how we understand and deal with all the challenges in our
families. Even if your family is perfect, maybe you can help the rest of us! The class will meet for five weeks on Tuesday evenings 7:00-8:15 starting January 9, through February 6, in the lounge. (Enter through the courtyard on 51st Avenue.)

Winter Wellness Retreat – January 13

The Pilgrim Faith Wellness Committee invites all adults (women and men) and their friends to the first Winter Wellness Retreat. Our theme will be “New Year, Healthy You!” Join us for a day of learning about many different aspects of wellness – emotional, physical, spiritual and more! The retreat will be from 10am—3pm on Saturday, January 13, at Pilgrim Faith. The cost is $20, which includes lunch. Please register by Sunday, Jan. 7. The link to register will be on the church’s Facebook page, or you can go to http://bit.ly/2zpZZge. Registrations forms will be at the church. If you have any questions, please contact Libby Langevin on Facebook or at libbylangevin@gmail.com;

or Jacqui Cook on Facebook or at Jacqueline.k.cook@gmail.com, or you can talk to them at coffee hour. Please invite your friends and family and join your fellow Wellness Warriors for this special event to kick off the new year!

W.I.S.H. Joins Wellness Retreat on Saturday, January 13

The January W.I.S.H. meeting will not be held on its usual day and time. Instead, the ladies of W.I.S.H. are invited to
take part in the first Pilgrim Faith Wellness Retreat! The retreat will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan.
13, at Pilgrim Faith. It will feature speakers and activities focusing on all aspects of wellness – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and more.

The cost is $20 and includes lunch. You can register at the link on the Pilgrim Faith Facebook page (look under “Events”) or at the Wellness table during coffee hour.