Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

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Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ in Oak Lawn! 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.)

Christmas Craft Workshop & Christmas Treasures Sale – December 7

Christmas Craft 2014-3The Christmas Craft Workshop is one of our most popular events for children and their families!

December 7      2:00-4:00 pm   at Pilgrim Faith Church  (registration opens at 1:30 – please come early)

The afternoon begins with all ages singing some Christmas favorites, culminating in the lighting of the Chrismon Tree! Then the children, accompanied by a parent, can make a variety of Christmas Crafts, including their very own edible ginger bread house. Cost per craft is 10 cents to one dollar per craft (most are 10 cents to 25 cents).

The annual Christmas Treasures sale of gently used Christmas decorations, wares and jewelry will take place at the same time.


Thanksgiving Day Hike, November 27

The Annual Thanksgiving Hike will be on Thursday, November 27, 7:00 a.m. at Swallow Cliff Woods, Grove 1 & 2, located 1/2 mile south of Route 83 on LaGrange Road (Route 45.)  We will be walking at the top of the area where the toboggan slides used to begin and will walk, rain or shine.  Drive in to the furthest parking lot.  This walk is fairly level.  For those that want some cardio, the steps from the toboggan slide are still there for your enjoyment; your heart will still be running at Christmas.  (DO NOT park at the bottom of the toboggan slide on Route 83 just west of LaGrange Road.)

After the hike we will go to Lumes House of Pancakes, located at 12401 S. Harlem Avenue, Palos Heights (708) 361-7744.  It is easy to get there from the forest preserve. Take LaGrange north to Route 83 to Harlem, which is about 119th, then right (south) to 124th.  We leave for the restaurant around 8:00 a.m.  If you can’t make the hike but would like to join your friends for breakfast, please plan to come.  The more the merrier.  Normally we are done around 9:00 a.m.  If you plan to come for breakfast only, please let me know so that I can give them a head count so we can all site together.

Adopt A Child For Christmas

You can brighten the lives of those little ones who live in less fortunate situations then we do.  We are happy to be helping 20 preschool children from the Englewood neighborhood this year from Children’s Home and Aid.

In November, Kurt Kalas will distribute the children’s names, ages, and wants for those who want to help.  The goal for spending on a child’s gifts is about $50.  Gifts will be due back to Pilgrim Faith Church in early December.  Kurt will give the exact deadline when he distributes the names.

Thank you to all who are able to help make this a very special Christmas for a child.

Christmas Card Deadline is December 4

Send your Christmas greetings to all your Pilgrim Faith friends at one time.  It’s easy!  All you need to do is make a contribution ($5 minimum) marked “Christmas Card.”  Please drop your check in the offering plate or mail it in to the church office.  Your greetings will be included with the Christmas letter from the church.

All funds raised will benefit our H.O.P.E. Fund, which is used to make loans to members in financial need.  The deadline for being included in the card is December 4.

Christmas Cookie Sale – December 14

On Sunday, December 14, you will be able to buy delicious cookies for yourself as well as give them as gifts. We are asking all our wonderful bakers to dig out those favorite recipes and help us out with the sale. Please be sure to label your cookies with information for those who may have allergies, especially if your baked goods contain any type of nuts. Please bring your cookies to Colonial Hall before worship that day.  The cost is $5 per pound. All proceeds go to the church.

Poinsettias For Christmas – Order by December 16

You may purchase a poinsettia for Christmas to enhance the sanctuary for the holiday season. The plants are a 6” pot with three to five blooms at a cost of $14, available to take home after the 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service. There is a form in the Church Newsletter to fill out and you can return it with your check to the church office.

 Deadline for ordering is December 16.

Men’s Retreat – February 20-22, 2015

Attention men of Pilgrim Faith Church! It’s time to make plans to join us for the Annual Men’s Retreat on Feb. 20-22, 2015, at Tower Hill Camp in Sawyer, Michigan. The retreat committee is working on the agenda and program. We are planning to offer a thought provoking, uplifting, and fun weekend. The cost if $115 which includes lodging in Schrag/St. Philippus and three meals Saturday with break-fast on Sunday. There are some funds available in the Men’s Retreat Guest Fund to help defray some the cost for guys that are in need. We suggest paying with a check. Write Men’s Retreat in the memo section and mail it in or place it in the offering plate. As more info is available, we will update you. Contact Dennis or Keith if you have any questions or concerns.

Dennis McGahan, (708)349-6696 denismcgahan@att.net,

Keith Stevenson (708) 721-0068  stevenson.keith@sbcglobal.net

Justin Lopez, Tim McGahan, Dave Faulkner Sr

On My Mind: Thanks In All Circumstances

A PADS guest stopped in the church office today looking for a cell phone he thought he had left at our PADS site last night. Our administrative secretary, Rebecca Stamm, made some calls and located the phone and instructed him on where he could pick it up. He appreciated her efforts and also expressed gratitude for things that were going well in his life, despite recent set-backs.

While he was in rehab last summer his sister kept his belongings. They were ruined when his sister’s basement flooded.  A friend had kept his tools but they were lost when the friend got evicted along with everything in his home.  Despite all that, this man was glad that he had recently been moved from the late shift to the day shift. He was grateful that he had been able to save enough money to buy a truck so he could get around. He was grateful that PADS had opened because it was a safer environment than where he had been staying. He was grateful and hopeful.

The Apostle Paul tells us to “pray without ceasing” and “give thanks in all circumstances.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)  When we look for opportunities to give thanks even in the midst of trying times we actually feel more thankful and happy. Maybe it is just positive thinking but I imagine it is more than that.  When we give thanks, we draw closer to God.  Being closer to God makes us happier and even more thankful. It becomes a continuing circle of thanks and hope and happiness and thanks that bad news cannot derail.

So let us give thanks for all that is good, big and small. Let us give thanks for God’s strength and help in times good and bad. Let us give thanks for new beginnings when we’ve reached the end of our rope. Let us give thanks in all circumstances, for God is good even when life keeps lobbing curve balls. Let us give thanks, always.

Pastor Peggy McClanahan – November 2014

Debbie Petkus is the new G.L.U.E.D. LEADER

Please welcome Debbie Petkus as the new interim leader of our kindergarten through fifth grade youth group. Our Church Council approved her to serve through May 2015. Debbie will plan and lead two events per month for that group, also known as G.L.U.E.D (God Loves Us Every Day).

Debbie is completing her B.A. degree in early childhood education this fall. She also currently works as a scheduling coordinator with a home health care company. She has a son in our G.L.U.E.D. group and has also been involved in his sports activities. Debbie and her spouse Mary Weierman are active members of Pilgrim Faith along with their son