Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

Confirm Retreat Spring 2017rainbowcommawithwordsWelcome 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.)


July 4th Parade

Pilgrim Faith will be participate in Oak Lawn’s 4th of July parade!

– The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. so please be at church by 9:30 so we can take a photo.

– You cannot park at the church lot or the commuter lot. You may park at St. Gerald’s and walk to church.

– We will have the church van and parade float in the parade. No other vehicles are allowed.

– No pets please. We do not wish to risk overheating.

– Candy must be handed to spectators, not thrown.

– We will be packing candy for the parade after worship on Sunday, July 2nd. Donations of candy or cash to buy candy would be greatly appreciated.

– Candy may be brought before or on July 2nd.

– Cash/checks should be mailed in or dropped off at the Church Office no later than Friday, July 1st.

Any questions or comments? Please call Kathy Faulkner at (312) 485-9465. Thanks!


Special Summer Sunday School – July 9

We will have a special Sunday School for kids through 5th grade on July 9. The children will be making special flags to use children will be making special flags to use on Rally Day.


STARS – July 7 & July 21

Friday, July 7th, at 12:00 pm, Ray Johnson will be our lecturer. Whether you have or have not read the book, “Devil and the White City”, you will be mesmerized by Ray’s account of Chicago History at the time of the World’s Fair in 1893. See you there for lunch and fun.

Friday, July 21st, at 12:00 pm Stars member and guests will enjoy the game “Help Your Neighbor”. It is a game that everyone will have a great time participating. Come have food and fun with us.


Book Club – July 16 at 6:30 p.m.

The Pilgrim Faith Book Club’s July selection is I’ll Take You There by Wally Lamb. The discussion will be Sunday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. Book club meets at 6:30 p.m. in the church lounge for about 90 minutes.

Everyone of all ages is invited to attend, and friends are always welcome. There is guaranteed to be good conversation (and snacks!). If you have any questions, just ask Jacqui Cook (Jacqueline.k.cook@gmail.com) or Chris Raap (shoehouses@yahoo.com). Please join us!


One Community: One Meal July 23 at Wolfe Wildlife Refuge

This summer’s One Community: One Meal event will be on Sunday, July 23 at Wolfe Wildlife Refuge picnic pavilion at 109th and Laramie in Oak Lawn from 4:00-6:00 p.m. There will also be some games participants can do together.

If you can help by bringing food or with set up and clean up, please contact Rhonda Rodriguez at 708-612-1419 to find out what is needed.

One Community: One Meal is an interfaith effort by members of Oak Lawn churches and The Mosque Foundation of Bridgeview. It provides an opportunity for Christians and Muslims to get to know each other better as they work together to prepare and serve a meal that is free to all area residents.

We usually have a mixture of people from the faith communities, some who are homeless and others who want to enjoy a good meal with others. We’d love to have you come be part of this. Pilgrim Faith usually has a strong showing!

Interfaith understanding and cooperation has been an important part of our Pilgrim Faith ministry for a number of years and we seek to build bridges in our community so we can all be good neighbors to each other.


Church On The Lawn – August 13

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 blanket on the grass.

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

It all begins at 9:30 am on Sunday, August 13. Make sure you stay for the burgers, dogs, potato salad, grilled veggies and more after the service! We’ll also have games for all ages like egg toss, water balloons, sack races, bozo buckets and some crazy relays.

It is the best day ever to bring all your friends so they can taste God’s joy!


Share The Harvest

We will have a collection basket in our narthex (back of the church) each Sunday so you can contribute produce from your garden that will then be shared with our Food Pantry clients.

In keeping with Jesus’ spirit of hospitality, we ask that you bring your best produce to share. Thanks to all who are growing produce especially to share and thanks to all who want to share from their regular gardens.


Join The Summer of Wellness!

The Summer of Wellness is in full swing at Pilgrim Faith! Check out these upcoming events. All are invited, along with your family and friends:

Healthy Cooking 101: Small Steps for Big Nutrition. Libby Whitney and Megan Whitney will present a discussion and demonstration of how to make simple changes and substitutions for a healthier diet. All are welcome to join them in the Colonial Hall kitchen Sunday, June 25, from 12-1 p.m. There is no charge, but a free will donation will be taken to offset the cost of food for the event. Bring some friends and find out how healthy food can also be delicious!

Weekly Walking Club: Church members of all ages and fitness levels are invited to walk together for fun, fellowship and fitness. The Walking Club meets Tues days evenings at 7 p.m. and Friday mornings at 7:30 a.m. We walk for 30-45 minutes.

Summer of Wellness Wrap-Up Party: Close out the Summer of Wellness on Aug. 20! We will have a healthy potluck lunch, announce the winners of the Biggest Loser competition and play some kickball and other games outside.

The end of the Summer of Wellness does not mean the end of wellness at Pilgrim Faith! Is there a wellness topic that you would like to learn more about in the fall? Would you like to be part of the Wellness Ministry planning? Do you have a great idea for an upcoming program? Please contact Jacqui Cook (jacqueline.k.cook@gmail.com) or Libby Langevin (libbylangevin@gmail.com) and share your questions, comments and ideas!


The Saver’s Truck – August 19 & 20

The Saver’s Truck will once again be in our parking lot from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, August 19th and 20th. We will be collecting anything you would donate to a rummage sale, clothes, shoes, bedding, books, boots, and household items. Savers pays us by the pound for the donated items and the money benefits our general fund.


Women’s Retreat – November 3-5

This year’s Women’s Retreat at Tower Hill will be held on November 3-5. The weekend of activities will begin on Friday evening and conclude with Sunday morning worship. All Pilgrim Faith women and their friends are welcome to attend. The cost of the weekend, which includes two nights of lodging and 4 meals at Tower Hill, is $125 per person.

Make plans now to register for the retreat during coffee hour in Colonial Hall on Sundays between now and August 6. Registration is also available by contacting Peggy Martin at prm5521@att.net or by phone at (708) 819-4618. Registrants will be asked to complete a registration form that will assist the planning committee in organizing housing assignments and provide us with contact information. A $50 deposit must be made by August 6th with the balance due to be paid by October 15th. The deposit and final payment must be made by check so that we have an accurate accounting for the source of the funds.

It may seem as if this event is still far off, but we need to know the number of retreat participants that we will have by Sunday, August 6, so that we can release any unused space for the weekend.