2013 Intergenerational Retreat
Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ! No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, our 340-member congregation welcomes you to 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 church full of people dedicated to living our mission statement every day: Welcoming All, Worshiping God, Working Together to Serve Others.

You are welcome to 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. Dress as casual or formal as you like – just come!

Easter Lily Plants – Deadline to Order by April 14

Help celebrate Easter with a plant to beautify our sanctuary.   The cost is $12.   Please make your check payable to Pilgrim Faith Church and forward it to the office in an envelope marked “Easter Lily Plants.”


Holy Week Worship April 13-18

April 13    Palm Sunday -  9:30 a.m. – Worship includes a processional of palms by the children and special music

April 17      Maundy Thursday – 6:30 p.m.

A Seder meal remembering the last meal Jesus ate with his disciples;  Lamb stew provided, participants bring a side dish

April 18      Good Friday – 12:00 Noon

Reflections, prayers and music.  All are welcome for altar communion

Easter Sunday, April 20

 EASTER Worship at 9:30 a.m.

Children join processional to put fresh cut flowers on the “Living Cross.”  Easter message and special music.

EASTER Breakfast at 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast of mini egg casseroles, fresh fruit, muffins and more.  Proceeds will help send our youth to church camp.

Church Camp Deadlines by May 1

Registration for summer camp (for campers and CITs) must be in the church office by Thursday, May 1, along with a $50 deposit made out to “Outdoor Ministries.” Any registrations turned in after that date will not receive any scholarship assistance from the church.

All campers who wish to receive assistance from the church with their camp fees are asked to help with the Easter breakfast (Saturday set-up, Easter morning preparation, serving, and/or clean-up.)

In addition to scholarships from the church, there is additional financial help available from Outdoor Ministries for those with financial need.  Please let Pastor Peggy know by April 1, if you want to apply for additional scholarship help so she can write a confidential letter on your behalf applying for those funds.


Flower Sale Just Around The Corner – May 2 – 4

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.  Sale dates and times will be as follows.

Friday, May 2—3:00-6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 3—9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 4—10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Special orders can be made up to a week before the sale by calling Libby Langevin at (708) 425-9340.

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.

Seedlings for Share the Harvest – Available for Pick Up on May 18

Share the Harvest, an organization dedicated to getting healthy food to those who might not otherwise be able to afford it, is again offering free seedlings for anyone who wants to grow items that can be distributed at our food pantry. Tomato, pepper or cucumber seedlings are available.

Please call or send an email to the church office, or see Bob Cook at church if you are interested in receiving a packet. They will be available for pickup at church on May 18.

Even if you don’t participate, you can still use your garden to help the people who come to our pantry. Please consider giving extra produce you grow this summer to the pantry

Intergenerational Retreat – May 23-25

Sign up for the Intergenerational Retreat is complete, and our reserved space at Tower Hill is full!  Over 60 people of all ages will join in on activities that focus on the theme of “Working Together on God’s Team.”  Participants in the retreat will gather at Tower Hill on the evening of Friday, May 23, to enjoy food, fun, and fellowship.  The retreat will end with a Sunday morning service before everyone heads for home around noon on Sunday, May 25.  If you put down a deposit when you signed up, please be reminded that the balance is due on May 15.  You will receive a reminder next month about the amount that is still owed.  Final payment may be dropped off in the church office or given to Chuck and Peggy Martin. Get ready for an awesome weekend —and pray that the snow is gone by then!

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown – Tickets on Sale April 1

Tickets go on sale April 1 for the Pilgrim Players spring production. To reserve your spot contact director Sue Fleharty at (708) 423-0808 or suefleharty@aol.com.  Tickets are just $5.   Show dates and times are:
Friday, April 25 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 26 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 27 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.

On My Mind: The Easter Bunny and God

The Easter Bunny did not come to my house when I was a kid. On the day before Easter we lined up the coffee cups of water and vinegar on the kitchen table and dropped in little tablets of dye. Then my brother and sister and I tried to outdo each other in making the brightest, fanciest or most original eggs. My parents probably thought we were fighting.

After church on Easter Sunday, one of my parents went out in the yard and hid the eggs and we went out to hunt them. Then we took turns hiding them for each other, until those beautiful, fancy, original eggs were cracked and mangled. Then we peeled them and ate them! Sometimes there was a little Easter candy, too.

We didn’t miss the Easter Bunny because we thought he was just a character in a story. Easter was something we helped make happen, not just something that was given to us. When we move from wondering what God will do for us to embracing what God will do with us, we are ready for Easter.

Sometimes we mistake God for a “candy giver.” We expect God to keep Joe from dying or make Amber well or help me get a good job. God is always the giver and we are always the receiver. Sometimes when we don’t get what we want, we decide that God is just a story.

Easter reminds us that even when we feel totally abandoned because God has let everything go wrong (from our point of view), God is still moving with us toward something good. Some days we labor together with God to create a beautiful, fancy, original world. There is joy in that, even when we quarrel along the way over whose way is best. On other days we hunt for the treasures we know God has hidden for us, looking in both likely and unlikely places for blessings and beauty. Yet other times we peel off the cracked and broken pieces of our lives one little bit at a time, eventually getting to a golden core that makes us smile once again.

All of those phases are part of our journey with God. Our Easter God is with us in the creating and the hunting and in the mangled mess and the perfect center. The joy is in going with God through all the phases, knowing that God is with us in the beginning and middle and end and the new beginning and the …. God always is, and always will be, with us.

May your Easter and every day be blessed.

Pastor Peggy McClanahan  — April 2014