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.)

Sunday School Begins September 11

Join us as our Sunday School, youth groups and other fall activities get into full swing on Sunday, September 11! After a brief welcome and introduction in worship, children ages three through eighth grade and their teachers will head off to start a new year of Sunday School. Newcomers and old hands are all welcome! There is no fee for Sunday School but we need parents or guardians to complete a registration form.

We also urge everyone who has been busy traveling and vacationing over the summer months to make a special effort to gather for worship and fellowship that day. It’s also the perfect time to invite some friends or acquaintances who are looking for a church home.

We want everyone to go out of their way that day to welcome newcomers and those you haven’t seen in a while. A warm welcome and effort to get acquainted is often just the way someone begins to experience God’s love! Come prepared to let God’s love flow through you to all!

S.T.A.R.S. Meetings – September 2 & 19

Seniors Together Are Really Special

STARS will enjoy another entertaining month of performances and a delicious lunch. (The lunch fee is $7.)

On Friday, September 2, at 12:00 noon, a certified fitness instructor will teach you “Gentle Yoga in a Chair.” The techniques Linda will teach will enable you to become more fit. By learning these moves you will be able to perform them in your own home.

Friday, September 19, John Traverso, of Traverso Restaurant, with his group of wonderful voices and music accompaniment will perform for you. This will be an event you will not forget.

For reservations call Carol Konieczny at (708) 687-2404.

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


Wish To Begin 2016-17 Season on September 8 at Durbin’s

WISH (Women in Step with Him) will open its 2016-17 season with al fresco dining at Durbin’s, 5406 W. 79th Street, Burbank, at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 8. Please note this month the meeting is on the second Thursday because of before Labor Day. In lieu of bad weather, we’ll dine inside. While enjoying dinner, we are going to tentatively plan activities for the new season. Bring all your ideas. It doesn’t matter whether we’ve done it before or not—speakers, movies, field trips, discussions, other al fresco dining destinations—you name it.

Call Maureen Hutton for reservations at (708) 278-8787. WISH is open to all women of the church and their friends. Further information is available by calling Gail Siwek sat (708) 423-0399.

Glued (For K-5th Grade) Kicks Off September 11

All kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join GLUED. This youth group enjoys active fun as they learn how to make God’s world a better place and help others. It meets for two hours twice a month, led by Debbie Petkus.

The first meeting for the new year will be Sunday, September 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Pilgrim Hall with their second event on September 25, same time and place! Parents: please give your phone and email contacts to office@pilgrimfaith.org so the leader can let you know about the details.

SPLAT Gathering Saturday, September 17

We will have our first SPLAT gathering on Saturday, September 17, from 5-7:30 p.m. This will be an outdoor event at the church, provided we have good weather. We are planning an egg toss, water balloon toss, flag football game, and kick the can. Get ready to roast some hot dogs and s’mores. There will be prizes for the winners of the egg toss and water balloon toss.

This event is open to all middle school aged children along with those who might be a little older.

Gary and I look forward to seeing you all.

Erin Sheehan

Attention All Senior Highs – Meeting September 18

I hope you have all enjoyed your summer, but it is time to get back to growing in the love of God. We will have our first kick-off meeting of the year on September 18, after church from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We will be discussing ideas for this upcoming year, and continue to build our faith together while having some fun, too! There will also be some snacks! Feel free to bring a friend.

Keep believing!        Keith

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 a.m., followed by a Homecoming Luncheon. We’ll be lifting up our many ministries and recognizing your involvement in them! We 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 a.m. We hope that those who are able will bring a dessert to share. We need your reservations for the luncheon by Monday, October 24, to finalize our food orders.

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 our anniversary, please submit it by October 1 so we can include it.

Need Volunteers for Homeless Shelter

Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ in Oak Lawn is looking for volunteers for its homeless shelter. Each volunteer is asked to work at least one shift per month on Thursday nights from October through April.  The shifts are 6:00-11:00 pm, 11:00 pm-3:00 am, 3:00-7:00 am and 5:00-7:30 am. Volunteers must be at least eighteen years old.

Those who want to volunteer or request additional information may contact the church at office@pilgrimfaith.org or 708-422-4200.

For more information:  Rev. Peggy McClanahan  708-422-4200




“Church on the Lawn” will be extra special this year! It will be August 14, at 9:30 a.m. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets (or sit on church folding chairs) on the shady lawn behind the church as we soak in the beauty of God’s Spirit and God’s world! We’ll have some great music and a message by Pastor Peggy, recognize all those who went to church camp (hopefully they’ll sing for us) and let the breeze carry our prayers and cares to God. In celebration of our church’s 125th Anniversary, we are doing an Old Fashioned Picnic after the service. We’ll not only grill some burgers and hot dogs but will have potato salad and baked beans and dessert! Then we’ll enjoy trying some old fashioned games like three- legged races, cake walks, watermelon spitting contest (if we can find melons with seeds) and more! Invite your friends and family to join you that day for a wonderful day.