Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

rainbowcommawithwordsWelcome 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.)


Fall Festival – Saturday, September 30th

Join us for our 3rd annual Fall Fest, Saturday, September 30th at 4:30 PM. We will gather in the fenced off area behind the church (inside if the weather doesn’t cooperate).

Bring your appetite, enjoy delicious homemade chili, hot dogs, s’mores, hot chocolate and apple cider! There will be games for all ages, a bonfire, a time to hang out with old and new friends. We will have split the pot and a fun raffle basket! Invite friends and neighbors to our church for a fun, casual event. There is no charge for this event, but a freewill offering is appreciated.
Contact: Lori Harris (708) 751-0569   ODIE_1962 @ hotmai l . c o m   L i b b y W h i t n e y ( 7 0 8 ) 5 1 5 – 7 3 1 4


Neighbors in Need Offering – Sunday, October 1st

Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion
throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM).
Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice
initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.

Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. Funding is provided through donations to the Neighbors in Need offering.


World Communion Service – Sunday, October 1st – 9:30 a.m.

Our World Communion Service on October 1st will feature a variety of breads from different countries and cultures of the world, to help us celebrate the great diversity of Christians in the world who all share one faith in Jesus Christ. Participants will be given their choice of breads as they come forward to partake of communion.

Thank you to the Deacons for organizing this unique communion service. We will also get to enjoy further samples of the breads during coffee hour.


W.I.S.H. Quilting Demo – Wednesday, October 4th – 7:00 a.m.

Women’s Group will hold a quilting demonstration, Wednesday, October 4th at 7:00 pm in the church lounge. Our own Diane Millar will give the presentation following pizza; attendees will share the cost if possible. Please remember to bring your own beverage. WISH is open to all women of the church and their friends.

Contact Gail Siwek for more information 708-423-0399.


STARS Meeting – October 6 & 20 at 12:00 Noon

Friday October 6, 12:00 pm. Could you be a contestant on Jeopardy? Come join us for lunch and see. Tease your brain with Jeopardy. See you there!

Friday October 20, 12:00 pm. Want to hear a group that is guaranteed to “Blow you Away”, come and join us to be entertained by Mo Beat Blues. They are something much more than the blues, be surprised and enjoy a delicious than the blues, be surprised and enjoy a delicious lunch.


S.T.A.R.S. – Calling All Seniors – September 1 & 15

S.T.A.R.S. (Seniors Together Are Really Special) are looking for seniors 60 and older to join us Friday, September 1 and Friday September 15tht at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ at 9411 S. 51st Ave.

Friday, September 1st, @ 12:00 Noon let us entertain you! The Parkettes, a volunteer dance troupe will be showcasing their dancing talent.

Friday, September 15th, @ 12:00 Noon certified fitness teacher Linda, will teach you “Gentle Yoga in a Chair”.

For more information or to make your luncheon reservation, call the church office at (708 422-4200).


W.I.S.H. Women’s Group – Dining Al Fresco on September 6

WISH (Women in Step with Him) will open the 2017-18 season with al fresco dining at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 6, at B. J. McMahon’s at 5432 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. If you’re coming, please call Gail Siwek at (708) 423-0399 by Sunday, September 3. WISH is open to all women of the church and their friends. Call Gail for more information.


Welcome Sunday & Rally Day – September 10

Join us for WELCOME SUNDAY! It is a great day to get back in the swing of things after summer travels and the
perfect time to invite some friends to church! 

Sunday School will kick off that day. Each family with children will be introduced during our Rally Day ceremony at the 9:30 worship service on September 10. The students and teachers will then head off to start a new year of active learning about God and Jesus and how to love each other. There are classes for students age 3 through 8th grade.

Sign your kids or grandkids up during coffee hour or in the church office. Following worship and Sunday School all ages will gather on the front church lawn for ice cream, walking tacos, lemonade and a bouncy house!

Thanks to the Diaconate and Christian Education Board for working together to plan this great day!


Newcomer Class – Sunday, September 17

The next Newcomer Class for those interested in becoming a member or who just want to learn more about Pilgrim
Faith will be Sunday, September 17 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the church lounge.

This session will introduce persons to the ministries and activities of Pilgrim Faith Church, as well as our beliefs and
background. After attending this session, any who wants to become a member of Pilgrim Faith Church may do so on
September 24 or in October.

Please contact Pastor Peggy if you would like to attend this session or have questions.


Fall Bible Study – September 19 for 6 weeks

Meeting Jesus through His Parables

Pastor Peggy McClanahan will lead a six week Bible study on Meeting Jesus through His Parables this fall. The
class will meet for six weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm beginning September 19 in the church lounge.

Jesus often taught by telling stories, known as parables. Rather than presenting a list of rules for us to follow,
a parable lets us look at our own thought and behaviors through the actions of someone else. They give us a glimpse of the way Jesus viewed the world and God. Parables create space for us to understand God in a new way or shift our
approach to life.

Join us as we explore a handful of Jesus’ parables and what they have to say to us today. Enter through the courtyard
on 51st Avenue and go up one-half flight of stairs to the lounge.  Everyone is invited, not just church members.