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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.)


125th Anniversary Renewal of Vows

Renewal of vows registerIn celebration of Pilgrim Faith’s 125th anniversary we will conduct a big Renewal of Vows ceremony for 125 couples on the Oak Lawn Village Green from 6:30-8:30 pm on June 25.

Participation is limited to the first 125 couples to register and pay. (Deadline to register is June 10 or as soon as 125 have registered.)

The cost is $25 per couple for up to five guests. Additional guests are $5 apiece.

The event will include
–  a renewal of vows for all 125 couples at once, led by Pilgrim Faith’s Pastor Peggy McClanahan
–  a cake and punch reception for you and your guests
–  a free 4 x 6 photo of the couple
–  a Renewal of Vows certificate
–  a live concert of love songs before and after the ceremony.
Please bring your own lawn chairs or picnic blanket (chairs are not provided).

In event of bad weather the event will be held at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave, Oak Lawn, IL.

The event is open to all couples regardless of affiliation with Pilgrim Faith.

You may register online at 125th Anniversary Renewal of Vows.

Got questions?  Call Pilgrim Faith at 708-422-4200 or email us.


Get Your Tickets Now for the 125th Anniversary Dinner Dance On April 17th

125th anniversary dinner dance revisedPlease join other Pilgrim Faith members and friends at Stony Creek Clubhouse in Oak Lawn on April 17, for an evening of great food, great music and great company.

Our own Chuck Martin and musical friends will provide music for the evening. We’ll enjoy a buffet-style dinner with your choice of roast sirloin or chicken, salad, potatoes, steamed veggies and dessert. There will be a cash bar and raffle prizes.

Tickets are $35 per person.  Contact the church office soon to reserve your ticket at 708-422-4200 or at www.office@pilgrimfaith.org  Space is limited.

Please sign up for updates on all of our 125th Anniversary events by liking our anniversary Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PF125 and sending your email address to www.office@pilgrimfaith.org.

 


Scout Spaghetti Dinner – April 16

The Scout Spaghetti Dinner will take place on April 16, at Pilgrim Faith Church. Come out and support the Scouts and enjoy a delicious meal. Tickets are $6 for adults, seniors and children 4-12 are $4, and children under 4 are free. Dinner will be served from 3:00-8:00 p.m.


Annual Flower Sale Coming April 29, 30, and May 1

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. Vegetable and herb plants, too! Sale dates and times will be as follows.

Friday, April 29—3:00-6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 30—9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 1—10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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 the church office at 708-422-4200 or see Libby Langevin to volunteer.


Spring Craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday, March 12

Pilgrim Faith will be holding their Spring Craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Note new later start time.)

We will have 25 talented crafters and vendors with a variety of great products for you to view and purchase. You will love the hand-made items from our talented crafters as well and the useful products from our vendors.

Our Senior Highs and parents will be offering a delicious lunch, baked goods, and coffee/beverages for purchase. Trust me, come for the lunch! It is always scrumptious; you will want seconds and an order to go!

The proceeds from this event will help to send our Senior Highs to this year’s National Youth Event.

You may email Kathy Faulkner at kathy8f@gmail.com for additional information.


Special Lenten Programs and Services

The Deacons have planned only two Lenten Series programs this year. The first will be on Sunday, March 6. We’ll begin by sharing a pot luck lunch and then have some discussion with each other about the words we received on our “Star Gifts” in January and what that word means for us. The children will be included in those discussions, with nursery care provided for the youngest children.

The second Lenten Series program will be on Sunday evening, March 13. We will share a soup supper at 5:00 p.m. and a program from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. The program is a panel of Lori Harris, Jack Lopez and Debbie Petkus discussing “How My Faith Has Helped in in Difficult Times.” There will also be an activity for children from 5:45 – 6:45 that evening in Pilgrim Hall.

On Maundy Thursday (March 24) we will have a service in the sanctuary with a dramatic enactment of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, closing with an extinguishing of candles and lights. That service includes altar communion.

On Good Friday (March 25) we will offer a completely different kind of experience this year instead of a noon worship service. You may come at any time from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a time of meditation, reflection, prayer and communion. We will have a number of meditation stations around the sanctuary at which you may read a scripture or prayer, reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice and death and offer your own prayers. Some stations will give you a chance to engage the story of Jesus’ death through art or other activities. One station will offer communion. You may take as little or as much time at each station as you wish.

Easter worship will be at 9:30 a.m. on March 27, followed by Easter breakfast and a children’s egg hunt.


Easter Lily Plants for the Sanctuary

DEADLINE:   March 22

Help celebrate Easter with an Easter Lily plant to beautify our sanctuary.  Please use the format below to place your order and mail your check to the Pilgrim Faith church office at:  9411 S. 51st Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL  60453.

LILY ORDER FORM Each plant is $14.00. Make your check payable to Pilgrim Faith Church and forward it to the office.

Name ________________________________   In memory of_______________________

Name ________________________________   In honor of  _________________________

Money enclosed for _____ plants @$14 each


Holy Week at Pilgrim Faith- March 20-27

March 20 -Palm Sunday – 9:30 a.m. 

Worship includes a processional of palms by the children and special music by the Vocal Ensemble and H. L. Richards Instrumental Ensemble. Children meet at 9:15 a.m. in Colonial Hall to prepare for processional. Nursery provided.

 March 24 – Maundy Thursday – 7:00 p.m.

We will have a service in the sanctuary with a dramatic enactment of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. Service will close with an extinguishing of candles and lights, including altar communion, ending in silent darkness.

March 25 – Good Friday -11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

 We will offer a completely different kind of experience this year instead of a noon worship service. • You may come at any time during the above hours for a time of meditation, reflection, prayer and communion. • You may move through a number of meditation stations around the sanctuary at which you may read a scripture or prayer, reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice and death and offer your own prayers. • Some stations will give you a chance to engage the story of Jesus’ death through art or other activities. One station will offer communion. You may take as little or as much time at each station as you wish.

March 27 – EASTER SUNDAY Worship -9:30 a.m. 

Children join processional to put fresh cut flowers on the “Living Cross.” Easter message by Pastor Peggy and special music by Bell Choir, Vocal Ensemble and Harmony Guys. Nursery provided.

Easter Breakfast 10:30 a.m.

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

Easter Egg Hunt -11:15 a.m.


One Great Hour Of Sharing – March 13

On March 13, we will collect for One Great Hour of Sharing, an effort not only from the United Church of Christ, but also among other denominations to unite for one day to help others. One Great Hour of Sharing raises money for disaster and refugee relief, both at home and abroad. If you are not at church on March 13, you can give on another Sunday. Thank you for your generosity in helping others through the most difficult times in their lives.


Missionary Gloria Vicente Par And Family Here On Sunday, February 21

Our special missionary partner in Guatemala will be with us in worship on Sunday, February 21, along with her family. She will speak briefly during worship and then will be available for conversation during coffee hour. Those who would like to learn more about her work and problems and injustices faced by the Mayan people in Guatemala may meet with Gloria in the basement “overflow room” after worship. Gloria has been our missionary partner through the UCC and Disciples Global Ministries since 2009. We hope you will take some time to get to know her and the important work that she is doing empowering the Mayan people and working for justice in the face of persistent oppression.