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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!

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Ash Wednesday Services – February 10

Pastor Peggy will lead an Ash Wednesday service in our sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. on February 10. This service is a time to reflect on our lives and draw closer to God as we begin the season of spiritual renewal.

There will be music, a message and time for prayers and communion. We also offer an opportunity to write a prayer of confession or notes on what you want to give over to God, which are then burned. Those who wish may  also receive ashes on their forehead. It is a wonderful first step toward renewing your faith and faithfulness in the season of Lent.

Pastor Peggy, assisted by several church members, will also offer Ashes-to-Go at the Oak Lawn Train Station on February 10, from 6:25 a.m. until about 8:15 a.m. This is our fourth year of taking this service to the community. It is greatly appreciated by many of the commuters and other who stop to get their ashes.

Seminary Sunday Offering February 14

We will be taking a special offering on February 14, for Chicago Theological Seminary to help provide seminary education for future ministers. In the United Church of Christ support for the seminaries comes directly from local congregations, not from the higher levels of the UCC. Jason Frey, a Ph.D. student at Chicago Theological Seminary will bring our message that morning. In addition to his doctoral work at CTS, Jason has served as a faculty assistant, teaching assistant and research and editorial assistant there. We appreciate your generous support so that our church and others will have well equipped pastors for many years

Cookie Sale Sunday, February 14

On February 14, immediately following worship, the Christian Education Board is presenting our annual Bake Sale, to help send our children to camp. There are three ways you can help: · bake and bring a homemade sweet to be sold · purchase baked goods at the bake sale · avoid the calories and just make a donation. The best items you can bring are small: cookies, brownies, individual tarts or cheesecakes, muffins, cupcakes. Please share your best cookies or sweets. Please mark any item (s) that contain nuts or eggs because some members of the congregation have life threatening allergies to these ingredients.

Annual Congregation Meeting on Sunday, February 7 @ 11:00 a.m.

-  Elect new board members and officers

–  Adopt 2016 Budget

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.

Slices of Barraco’s pizza and cold drinks will be available for purchase prior to the start of the meeting.  Coffee and sweets will be offered at coffee hour.

W.I.S.H. Meeting to Create Valentines for shut-ins on February 4

W.I.S.H. (Women in Step with Him) will hold its Valentine’s Day Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 4, in the church lounge. Following pizza, Pam Cusack will lead us in creating valentines for church shut-ins. Valentine attire, such as red or pink, or anything with hearts is recommended. W.I.S.H. is open to all women of the church and their friends. Further information is available by calling the office at Pilgrim Faith:


Get Your “Star Word” on Sunday, January 3

At worship on January 3 you will get a “Star Word,” a special rock from the beach at Tower Hill on which the Deacons have put a star and a special word. We invite you to receive that word as a gift and ponder all year what it means for your life. We believe this word will lead you to understand something God wants you to know! On Sunday, March 6, we will have a special Lenten potluck lunch and program after church at which we will share with each other about our special star words mean to us. We will include the children in this activity so we hope they will get a “Star Gift” on January 6 also. (This year the youth may select a special “children’s word” or pick their rock from the general collection of words.) This will be our third year of “Star Words.” There are some amazing stories of how God has spoken to us through our word. We hope you will join in and find it enriching this year also.

Winter Bible Study “Dreams: Trouble or Salvation?” January 5th

Joseph was a dreamer. He had the gift of interpreting dreams. He was also skilled at bringing to life his grand visions. Sometimes his dreams made others hate him and try to harm him and sometimes his dreams saved many from doom. Does God speak to you through your dreams? Do your dreams bring trouble or salvations for you and others? How do we bring God’s vision to fruition? Join us for our winter Bible study as we follow Joseph from his “favorite son” status that made his brothers hate him to the King of Egypt’s second-in-command who saved a whole nation and his own family from starvation. Explore whether your own dreams and visions are part of God’s saving work or lead you astray. The class will meet for six weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:15 pm beginning January 5 through February 9 in the church lounge. (Enter through the courtyard on 51st Avenue.)


Game Night Saturday, January 23

The CE Board is hosting Game Night for young and old on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. in Colonial Hall. Bring some friends and your favorite board or card game — or just come by yourself and join in the fun! Light refreshments will be served. It’s a great way to escape those winter blues!

Ballroom and Social Dance Class in Colonial Hall – January 26

We are pleased that a Moraine Valley non-credit ballroom and social dance classes will be held in Colonial Hall beginning Tuesday, January 26 for eight Tuesday evenings from late January through March. If you are interested in the class you would need to enroll through Moraine Valley. Thank you to member Carol Franrick for steering this rental opportunity our way!

Course Codes:

DN4-260-270 – Latin/Social/Swing Dance, Beginning    6:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m.

DN4-240-270 – Ballroom Dancing, Beginning                    8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.


Blessing Of Young Children Under Age 5 At Candlemas: January 31

On January 31, we will have a special time in our 9:30 worship service for parents to bring their children who are younger than five for a blessing of the children. Each family will also light a candle for their child. Families are asked to meet at the front of sanctuary at 9:15. We hope all the families with young children will be here for this special service. Grandparents and other relatives are invited to sit with family. Please let the office or Pastor Peggy know if you have friends or family with young children who might like to be included in this service. They do not have to be members of this church to bring their children for a Candlemas blessing.