Welcome to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ

Intergen Retreat 2015crainbowcommawithwordsWelcome 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.)

Vacation Bible School – July 13-18

matt_wilhelm_photo_2014     Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ of Oak Lawn invites the children of the community to their “G-Force Adventure Park: God’s Love in Action” Vacation Bible School July 13-17 from 9:00 until 11:30 a.m.

Each day will feature games, crafts, Bible stories and cool music with dance moves. Children age four through fifth grade are welcome. Cost is $10 per child for the whole week.

Each Vacation Bible School participant will receive free tickets for their family to attend a special live performance of world renowned BMX pro biker Matt Wilhelm on Friday, July 17!

The church is at 9411 S. 51st Ave. Register at http://2015.cokesburyvbs.com/pilgrimfaith

or call 708-422-4200.

The 4th of July Parade

Begin a fun day of celebration by being part of the Pilgrim Faith entry in the Oak Lawn 4th of July Parade. We will be wearing our red shirts or red, white, and blue for our walk or ride down 95th Street from 51st Avenue to 55th Court.

Everyone will line up in front of our church by 10:00 a.m. We need all ages to participate and pass out candy along the curb or wave flags. Invite your relatives, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to join us in this happy event.

Decorated scooters, bicycles, strollers, and wagons would be welcome additions to our entry. If you are unable to walk the route, you have the option to ride our decorated float or in the church van. Wear plenty of sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable shoes; bring water.

This will be our 9th year of participating in the parade so let’s show the spectators along the route and the Comcast viewers what a great patriotic spirit Pilgrim Faith has. Let’s also show our thankfulness for all the freedoms we enjoy in this great country!

Wish Plans Summer Ice Cream Outing – July 9

Because we miss our fellowship so much over the summer, WISH (Women in Step with Him) is planning a summer outing. We’ll meet at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 9, for ice cream at Cupid’s, 4707 W. 95th Street in Green Oaks Shopping Center. Hope to see you all there. WISH is open to all women of the church and their friends.

Summer Sunday School

There are three special Summer Sunday School sessions for children age three through fifth grade with outside activities if weather permits. The first session was June 21 with others scheduled for July 12 and August 23.

Oak Lawn Interfaith Dialogue: How Do We View People of Other Faiths?

The next Interfaith Dialogue will discuss how the various religions view people from a different faith. The dialogue will on July 23 at 7:00 p.m. on the lower level of the Oak Lawn Public Library. Jane Workhoven participates in the discussion on our behalf. All are welcome to come and listen and learn.

“The Little Mermaid”

The Pilgrim Players will present The Little Mermaid on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31, at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and August 2, at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. Ticket price is $5. To order tickets, please contact the church office.

Women’s Retreat Deadline August 1

August 1 is the deadline to get your deposits in for this year’s women’s retreat from Friday to Sunday, November 6 to 8, at Tower Hill in Sawyer, Michigan. The fee is $115, with a non-refundable deposit of $15. Daughters who attend with their mothers pay $58. The theme is “What I Know for Sure,” based on an Oprah Winfrey book by the same title. We’ll be exploring and sharing our God-given wisdom and talents. All indications show this is going to be another amazing retreat, and we hope to see you there, so don’t forget to bring your deposits to the church office. The retreat is open to all Pilgrim Faith women and their family and friends. For questions, contact the church office.

31 to Church Camp This Year: Campers, Counselors to be recognized on August 16

Thanks for all your support for our fundraisers which help send our youth to church camp. We’ve got the largest group going this year that we’ve had in a very long time! At Tower Hill and Pilgrim Park you are a little closer to God and loved and affirmed by all. You make close friends and have ridiculous fun and learn to care for others in deeper ways. Thanks for making that possible.

31 to camp breaks down as follows:
6 to Tenderfoot Camp
15 attending Godstock at Tower Hill
5 are serving as CITs (Counselors in Training) at Godstock.
1 returned to Worship and Wonder camp at Pilgrim Park as a counselor
1 plans to serve as a counselor for Tenderfoot
3 attended Grandparent & Me camp at Tower Hill.

If anyone else is serving as counselor, please let us know so we can recognize you. Our camper recognition will be on August 16 during Church on the Lawn.

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.

Senior High Mission Trip

It’s finally here! We begin our mission trip on Sunday, June 21. Meet at church at 8:00 p.m. and we will begin our work. Starting on Monday morning and finishing up on Saturday afternoon, we will be building some challenge obstacles, helping several families close to home, and doing some work at Pilgrim Faith (some building repairs and improvements to the back play area: get ready to roast some marshmallows!) There will be a couple of other fun activities throughout the week like the baseball game. Did I mention we will have a lock –in on Thursday evening and trying our the new fire pit we will be constructing?!?

We will also be leading the worship service on Sunday, June 28. Hope you are ready for some fun as we grow with God!

I would like to thank the congregation for all their support of our youth, and invite you to purchase Stock-in-Youth (forms available in the narthex or from the church office) and attend the Stockholders’ Ice Cream Social to hear all about spreading God’s love.

With faith, hope and love,
Keith Stevenson