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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!

See our Facebook link above for photos of many of our events!

Vacation Bible School on July 7-11 @ 9:00 am to 11:30 am

Save these dates for Workshop of Wonders
Monday, July 7 through Friday, July 11
Cost: Just $5 per child

Register online at:  http://2014.cokesburyvbs.com/pilgrimfaithvbs

Workshop of Wonders—Imagine and Build with God

Explore and experience how the ordinary become extraordinary with God!

Workshop of Wonders includes:
 Bible Nook—with interactive Bible lessons that reveal 5 key Wonder Words
 FUN crafts at the Crafts Lab
 Rockin’ music at the Song Studio
 Awesome experiments at Science Station
 Great games at the Game Garage!

We are looking for volunteers. You can call Daune at (708) 614-8692 or register online!  You will need to pass our Safe Church Background check, so let me know SOON if you want to share in the WoW fun!   Thanks.

4th of July Parade – Come Walk With Pilgrim Faith!

Pilgrim Faith always has a wonderful presence in the Oak Lawn 4th of July parade and we’ll do it again this year!   This is a great way to celebrate our country’s freedom and show the community our Pilgrim Faith enthusiasm. We hope you will help!

Begin your day of celebration by being part of the Pilgrim Faith entry in the Oak Lawn 4th of July Parade. We will be wearing our red shirts or red, white, and blue for our walk down 95th Street from 51st Avenue to 55th Court. We will line up in front of the church on Friday by 10:00 a.m. We want all ages to participate and pass out candy or wave flags. Invite your relatives, friends, and co-workers to join us in the fun.

Decorated scooters, bicycles, strollers, and wagons are needed for our entry. If you are unable to walk the route, you have the option to ride on our decorated float or in the church van. Wear plenty of sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable shoes; bring water.  This will be our 8th year of participating in the parade so let’s show everyone what a great patriotic spirit Pilgrim Faith has, and let’s show our gratitude for all the freedoms that have been given us!

Questions?   Call Diane Chapman, 423-7692.


Director Position Open – Interim K-5th Grade Youth Group

Pilgrim FaithUnitedChurch of Christ in Oak Lawn is receiving applications for an Interim Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Youth Group Director.  This is a temporary position running September 2014 through May 2015.  Anyone interested in applying should contact Pastor Peggy McClanahan at 708-422-4200 or office@pilgrimfaith.org.

The Interim Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Youth Group Director will work with parents and children to plan and lead social, spiritual and service activities for those in grades K-5.  The position requires experience and enthusiasm for working with children and their parents, strong communication skills with a variety of media, experience coordinating, planning and organizing events, mature Christian faith and an understanding and acceptance of United Church of Christ beliefs and practices.  This is a part time paid position requiring eight to ten hours per month, as approved by supervisor.  A detailed job description and list of qualifications is available from the church.

“The Gospel According to Lion King” 9:30 a.m. , Sunday, July 13

During worship on July 13, Pilgrim Players will present “The Gospel According to Lion King.”  They will present snippets from several scenes of The Lion King, each one followed by a short reflection on how that relates to our Christian faith.

The whole service is very “kid friendly” with easy to sing music, which means the adults will probably enjoy it as much as the kids!  It is a great Sunday to invite all those families you would like to introduce to Pilgrim Faith.

Pilgrim Players Present “The Lion King” – July 17-20

Ticket price is $5.   For tickets contact Sue Fleharty at (708) 423-0808 or email her at SueFleharty@aol.com.   Show times are as follows:

Thursday, July 17 at 8:00 p.m.

Friday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 19 at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 20 at 3:00 p.m.


Stock Option: Take Stock In Youth Senior High Mission Trip

The Sr. High Youth of Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ are going on a mission trip this summer to Camp Wakonda in Sherrodsville, Ohio, July 27–August 1.  Here’s how this works. You will receive a share of stock for each $10.00 donation you make toward the trip. Simply complete the form below and mail it in with your check, payable to Pilgrim Faith UCC, or drop it in the offering plate clearly marked “Youth Mission Stock.” After the mission trip is completed, you will be invited to a Stockholder’s Ice Cream Social to hear about the trip and see slides. (time and date to be announced.) We thank you in advance for your anticipated contributions.


Please return this portion of the page to the church office, or drop it in the offering plate.

Yes, I would like to make a donation for stock in the Youth Mission Work Trip!

Phone (s):________________________________________________________

I would like ______ (number) shares in the Sr. High Mission Trip

Total amount enclosed $_______________ ($10.00 per share)

Women’s Retreat (Nov 7-9) – August 1 Deadline for Downpayment

August 1, is the deadline for your down payment of $50 to reserve your spot at the Women’s Retreat.   WISH is  sponsoring a women’s retreat registration party on July 12at a surprise location. Further details will follow. 

A down payment of $50 is required for each attendee of the retreat, to be held on November 7, 8, and 9 at Tower Hill in Sawyer, Michigan. The retreat theme featuring the well-loved third chapter of Ecclesiastes, will be Garden Sanctuary; how women’s friendships get us through the seasons of our lives. We will learn how to walk with God and reflect on the seasons of our lives and learn to trust God’s plan and timing. Leading the retreat will be some of our most-talented women of the church.

WISH has received a scholarship for mothers and daughters in which the daughters can attend with their mothers for half price. Retreat fees are $115 and $58 for a daughter attending with their mother. The retreat and the party are open to all women of the church and their friends.  Further information is available from Kathy Faulkner who will be handling the registration.  After August 1, we will release space that has not been reserved so make sure we get your registration by August 1.

Church On The Lawn – August 10

It all begins at 9:30 am on Sunday, August 10.  Make sure you stay for the burgers, dogs, chips, cookies and cool drinks afterwards. It is the best day ever to bring all your friends so they can taste God’s joy!

Why does everyone get so excited about “Church on the Lawn?”

- Because God touches our souls in mysterious ways as we lift our spirits in song and prayer under the magnificent shade trees behind the church.

- Because we connect with others in a relaxed and refreshing way as we kick back in our lawn chairs or spread our blankets on the grass.

- Because the tantalizing aroma of grilling peppers and onions and hot dogs and burgers are a little whiff of heaven!

One Community; One Meal – August 24

Pilgrim Faith is again joining other faith communities to host One Community; One Meal. The dinners are intended for those who are homeless or want companionship and a meal or want to share in an interfaith experience.

We will be at the Menard Centre, 5800 West 90th Street in Oak Lawn on June 22, August 24, and September 28. The first dinner will be from 5:30-7:00 p.m. with set up at 4:30 p.m. Please talk with either Jane Workhoven or Kay Gibson if you can help either by providing food or helping with the dinner. We will know soon what we are to provide. This is a wonderful chance to work with others.