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.)

Spring Spruce-Up Day – April 18

On Saturday, April 18, our church will be looking for your support to help us spruce things up around YOUR building 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 before or after April 18.   On April 18, 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.

Advance Commitment Gathering Planned For Capital Campaign – April 19

Building Hope for Today and Tomorrow

We officially kicked off our capital campaign on March 22, when we commissioned our leadership team and unveiled special banners with our logo.  The leadership team has been enthusiastically planning a number of events and activities to lift up our vision of building hope through all our ministries.

Church leaders and capital campaign leaders and others interested in making advance commitments to this campaign will gather at 11:00 am on April 19, for a light lunch and presentation about our vision for this capital appeal and how it advances Pilgrim Faith’s ministry of hope.  Those attending that gathering will be asked to prayerfully consider what they can give to this campaign over the next three years and to make that commitment prior to May 3, at which time the rest of the congregation will be invited to consider their commitments.

We ask everyone to continue to pray for our church throughout the next few months. Our ministry is vital to so many in this community and beyond!  This is a wonderful opportunity for us make sure our building will be a haven of hope which helps change lives and draws many closer to

Bring Your Rummage To Church – April 20 – 26

Collect your rummage for our fundraiser. A truck from the Savers Store will be in the church parking lot April 20-26 to collect the rummage, according to this schedule:

Monday, April 20 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 21 5:00-7:00 p..m.

Thursday, April 23 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 24 10:00 a.m.-Noon, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 25 10:00 a.m.-Noon, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 26 8:00-9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-Noon

I am looking for volunteers to come out at any of the hours listed above to help greet contributors, put things in the truck, and any other help that is needed. Tweens, high schoolers and adults of all ages are being asked to help.   Savers will accept hard items (books, house wares, electronics) but soft items (clothing, shoes, boots, jewelry, linens, bedding, window treatments) will bring us more money.

This is great opportunity to do your Spring cleaning while making money for the church. If you need help getting your rummage to church, contact me and we will arrange a pick-up. To volunteer or ask questions, call me at (312) 405-9465 in the evening, or kathy8f@gmail.com.

Kathy Faulkner

Help Pack Disaster Kits – April 21st

The Illinois Conference Disaster Team will hold a one-day retreat to pack disaster kits at Pilgrim Park on April 21.  Our church family has contributed many supplies, and one special lady (thanks, Pam) has contributed a large amount of plastic buckets.  We will gather donated supplies and pack them into the buckets. There is no heavy lifting involved.

We will start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. The cost is $20/person which will cover the cost of a continental breakfast, lunch, and use of the building and chapel. I can take two people in my car; more than two we can take the church van.

If you are available and would like to help, please see me.  I will have sign-up forms soon.

Kathy Faulkner


Pilgrim Players Celebrate 15th Anniversary With Revue Show – April 24-26th

Join Pilgrim Players as they celebrate their 15th year with a Spring show. The dates are Friday, April 24, 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 25, at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 26, at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. Contact Sue Fleharty to reserve your tickets at (708) 423-0808 or suefleharty@gmail.com.

Annual Flower Sale Coming May 1-3

The annual flower sale will take place the first weekend of May. Come out and find all your flower planting needs.  Shop for Mother’s Day!  We will have a beautiful assortment of flowers: geraniums, impatiens, begonias, marigolds, and many other varieties. Choose from flats, baskets, or potted plants. Vegetable and herb plants, too!  Sale dates and times will be as follows.

Friday, May 1—3:00-6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 2—9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 3—10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 

We are looking for volunteers to sell that weekend as well as helpers to unload the truck at noon on Friday.  Lunch will be provided for those willing to unload the truck on Friday.  Please call or see Libby Langevin to volunteer.

Become a Literacy Tutor – New Classes Begin In April

The next round of literacy tutor training classes at Moraine Valley will be Wednesdays from 6-9 pm on April 1, 8, 15 and 22. Ron and Pat Stancik found these classes very helpful in preparing them to serve as literacy tutors for adults who want to learn how to read better.

We hope to recruit some more volunteer tutors from our church and community because there are more needing a tutor than there are trained tutors. You can get more information or sign up for the free training at  http://www.morainevalley.edu/literacy/tutor_training.htm  or (708) 974-5331.   You can also take the training online if you prefer.

Holy Week and Easter Services

March 29 – Palm Sunday Worship – 9:30 a.m.

Children’s Processional – 9:15 a.m.

Worship includes a processional of palms by the children and special music.

April 2

Maundy Thursday – 7:00 p.m.

Tenebrae service with dramatic enactment of the last days of Jesus’ life.

Altar communion.  Service ends in darkness and silence.

April 3

Good Friday – 12:00 noon

Reflections, prayers, music and altar communion.

Moving opportunity to reflect on Jesus as each pounds a nail into the cross.

April 5

Easter Sunday  – Worship at 9:30 a.m.

Children join processional to put fresh cut flowers on the “Living Cross.”

Easter message, special music & communion.

Easter Breakfast at 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast of casseroles, fresh fruit, muffins and more.

Proceeds will help send our youth to church camp

 Children’s Easter Egg Hunt at 11:15 a.m.

Lenten Programs – Sunday, March 8 & Wednesday, March 25

Sunday, March 8th at 11:00 a.m.

Pot Luck Luncheon (bring a dish or two to share)

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 youth will be included in those discussions with GLUED for K-5 th and nursery care provided for the youngest children.

Wednesday, March 25th – Soup Supper 6:15 p.m

Lenten Program 7:00-8:15 p.m.

Children’s Lenten Adventure 7:00-8:15 p.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.

Children’s Communion Classes Set For March 22 & 29

Children in third grade and up are invited to attend a two-session class to prepare and receive communion.  At least one parent or guardian must attend with the child. The class this year will meet on March 22 and 29, from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. Children who have completed the class may then receive communion at Pilgrim Faith if the parents so desire. Please let Pastor Peggy know if you and your child would like to participate.