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!
ASHES TO GO
From 6:30 to 8:15 a.m. on Ash Wednesday (March 5), Pastor Peggy McClanahan will be distributing ashes at the Oak Lawn train station to all who want them. Several members will assist her. Last year numerous commuters asked for ashes, along with a train conductor and several who drove to the station just to receive ashes. We are offering this ministry as part of our efforts to take God to the people, as Jesus did by going where the people were. Please let your friends know of this opportunity for Ash Wednesday and feel free to stop by yourself.
ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP SERVICE
Pilgrim Faith will gather for an Ash Wednesday worship service in our own sanctuary on March 5 at 7:00 p.m. The service will include music, scripture, reflections and communion. There will also be opportunity to make a written confession of sin and offer it to be burned. Those who want to receive ashes will be able to do so at the conclusion of the service.
Sunday, March 23
11:00 a.m. Pot luck lunch (bring something to share) - Followed by discussion of the special “star gift” word each received
Wednesday, April 2
6:30 p.m. Supper of soup, bread, cheese and fruit (free will donation)
7:15 – 8:15 Adult Program on “Resolving Conflict” - Children’s Program on “Treating Others Right”
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
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.
A popular definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Mental illness, of course, is much more complex than that and should never be so glibly dismissed. But the quote lingers because it zings so many of us right where it should. We complain about some aspect of our lives that we don’t like and say we want it to change, but we never do anything differently to cause it to change.
Lent is a call to do something different. “Try a little harder” probably won’t fix anything in our lives. It probably won’t bring us closer to God. Lent is an opportunity to change a routine or change a behavior, something very specific. When we change one specific behavior, it sometimes shifts the way we see ourselves and others and even God.
Are you unhappy or frustrated about something? What is ONE thing you could DO differently that might actually reduce your frustration or even change the situation? Don’t try to change everything. Pick one specific change that you can actually make. Focus on that for the 40 days of Lent. Ask God to help you make that one specific change.
Don’t beat yourself up if you slip. Just pick back up and embrace the change going forward. Thank God for every small success.
It probably doesn’t even matter that much what specific behavior or routine you decide to change. Any positive change can impact your life and connection to God in countless ways. So pick one manageable thing you think might make a difference and go for it, with God’s help. I think God will amaze you and you will amaze yourself!
- Peggy McClanahan March 2014
As I write this on the 10th of January, I confess that I am feeling a bit grumpy about all the snow. I am tired of shoveling, tired of taking my boots on and off, tired of snow packed streets and parking lots. It is warming up today and the ten day outlook is for much warmer, sunnier weather so by the time you read this hopefully I’ll be done being grumpy.
I know I shouldn’t feel so grumpy. I often preach that if we take time to be grateful for all that is good that we will have a brighter outlook on life. I know that is true. But every now and then I get stuck for a little bit in grumpiness. I’m pretty sure I am not alone in that. Maybe a little grumpiness isn’t so bad if we don’t get stuck there for too long. Our own struggles and annoyances can help us be more sensitive to the difficulties others are facing. A little mutual grumbling about the challenges of life can relieve everyone’s stress and frustration. And sometimes our unhappiness with the way things are can spur us to innovate better ways of doing things. (I’ve actually improved my shoveling technique!) If you are the kind of person who is always sunny and cheerful, God bless you! If you are like most of us and bounce back and forth between happy moments and unhappy moments, may God bless you too! We all need God’s blessing all the time!
Here’s something you can do when you are having a bad day or bad week. Read Psalm 69. The Psalmist complains to God about everything that is going wrong. One moment the Psalmist wishes God would do terrible things to his or her enemies and the next moment remembers how good God has been to him or her. The grumble works its way around to thanks and praise to God!
The key is honesty. The prayer in Psalm 69 tells God exactly what the Psalmist feels, no holds barred. That honesty opens up the connection to God which helps the frightened and weary writer to remember and receive anew God’s encouragement. A good place to end up!
- Peggy McClanahan February 2014
All will meet in Pilgrim Faith Hall
- Vote on an amendment to the church constitution that would require a vote of the congregation in order to spend any principle from the endowment fund.
- Elect new board members and officers
Members of all church boards and standing committees and officers of the church will be installed at the end of the Annual Meeting. All new and continuing board members and church officers will be presented at that time and participate in the ceremony of installation. If you are serving on a board or on MLT, please plan to be at the meeting so you can be installed.
Child care will provided through the GLUED meeting. Middle school youth can help. The nursery attendant will provide care for younger children.
Sounds like a title for one of Kurt Kalas’ sermons! Actually, a group of church ladies has decided to sell lunch before the Annual Meeting this year on February 2. For $3 you will get a sandwich and a bag of chips. For one additional dollar, you may purchase a can of soda or bottle of water. Coffee and tea will be available gratis.
Sunday, Feb. 2, will be our annual Souper Bowl of Caring. Children with pots will be stationed at all exits of the sanctuary to collect your bills and change for a special mission fund. This year’s beneficiary is inspired by Julican Bolo, the boy we sponsor in the Philippines. After the typhoon that struck there, he and his fellow sponsored children raised money to help victims, who were in another province. With that in mind, and with our food pantry in good shape financially, our money will join Julican’s to help the people of the Philippines recover from their recent disasters. Thank you!