Food Pantry Needs Donations

During the holiday season it is not unusual to see the hallways outside of the Food Pantry filled with boxes of donations received from holiday food drives held by various local organizations.  Those holiday food donations sustain our pantry for several months.  However, as donations dwindle, it becomes necessary for our pantry managers to purchase food to ensure the pantry is able to fulfill the needs of our community.
Since it is not yet holiday season, we would like to encourage members & friends of Pilgrim Faith to consider donating non-perishable foods to our pantry.  Donations may be brought to the office between 9:00a.m.- 2:00p.m., or left in the grocery cart inside the courtyard door or in the narthex on Sunday morning.  Thank you for your ongoing support!


Get On Target With God – Celebration, Sunday Sept. 9.

  Rally Day – September 9, 2018 

Join us for our Rice Bowl, “Breaking Open” ceremony!  We will see how much money we have collected to feed orphan children.  
VBS kids and helpers will sing “Beach Be-Attitudes” song during church.  Church begins at 9:30, we would like the kids to meet downstairs (where we had VBS) by 9:15 A.M.  
After church (10:30) we will meet outside to have more FUN!  Dave’s Inflatable Target will be here (check out his Facebook page- Dave’s Dart Game).  It looks like SO much fun- a huge dartboard with Velcro golf, soccer balls, tennis balls, & launcher guns!  Oh, and we will have ICE CREAM, too!!

We would really love to have you & your family be our special guests!
: 9:15 A.M. September 9, 2018
Daune Sebastian & the Beach Party crew


Online Donations Visit Pilgrim Faith website:

 Join us for ALL the FUN & bring your friends! 
P.S. Dave’s Dart games are for ALL Ages!

Pilgrim Faith UCC CROP Hunger Walk

OCTOBER 14, 2018
Register by 1:30PM
Walk starts at 2PM
Christ Lutheran Church
14700 S 94th Ave. Orland Park, IL
Donate now or Join our team!





All new and returning Sunday school teachers please join me in the lounge for a training for this year.   It is important that you come to hear about our NEW format this year and to schedule the weeks that you will be teaching.  The Pre/K- 5th graders will be using the Deep Blue curriculum, this year we are trying a rotation model where we will study the same Bible story for 7 weeks, each week will have a different focus (art, drama, spiritual practices, cooking, science, mission, and games).  Our goal is to appeal to all learning styles, and give  kids the time to really understand and explore Bible stories.  If you have some talents in any of these areas, see me and you can teach one of the lessons!

The Middle school kids will be using the Submerge curriculum again, teachers should attend to find out the focus of the lessons.  A light lunch will be provided!  ALL adults who work with our children MUST take the “Safe Church” training, please contact the church office to  sign-up.   

Daune Sebastian
Sunday School Superintendent 

Dear Friends in Faith at Pilgrim Faith U.C.C.

I arrived, along with my canine pal, Jazmine as well as my “stuff” in full on Thursday night.  It is a joy to finally be here after the weeks of anticipation in preparing to serve as your interim minister.  I look forward to meeting each of you in the weeks to come!

Our worship this Sunday will be on the theme of REAL FOOD.  The scripture text John 6:24-35 in which the crowds are following Jesus and seeking more answers about who he is.  His response:  “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty”.   

In preparation for our time together, I invite you to ponder the role of food in our life.  Food is intended to nourish our bodies for well-being; food is also often part of sharing friendship and fellowship.  There is healthy food.  And, there is food that is not; we often call it junk food.    Do you have a favorite one?  If so bring a bag, carton, or box of it with you on Sunday.  I’ll have an empty box of peanut M&M’s with me.  See you then!!

Grace and peace,
Rev. Lark

STARS — August 3 & 17

Welcome All Seniors!

On Friday, August 3rd at noon all seniors are invited to hear Don C. White, author and local historian, as he presents
“Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address.”  On Friday, August 17th at noon we’ll play a favorite game “Card Bingo.”

On both occasions you are asked to bring your own lunch at noon. Desserts, coffee and tea will be provided. Entertainment will follow.

Church on the Lawn – August 12

Please join us for our annual Church on the Lawn service on Sunday, August 12. We will gather on the east lawn behind the church for the service at 9:30 a.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to sit on in the grass or use one of the church folding chairs that will be set up on the edge of the parking lot (a good option for those who prefer to stay on a smooth flat surface due to mobility issues).

We’ll have some great music and a message by Reverend Lark Hapke, in addition to recognition of all those who attended church camp this year at Tower Hill. We will soak in the beauty of God’s spirit and God’s world as we let the breeze carry our prayers and cares to God.

After the service stay for a picnic lunch provided by the Diaconate. Our own Pilgrim Faith grill masters will be grilling hamburgers, hot dogs, and some veggies for us to enjoy along with all the trimmings! The Christian education board will be also leading some games for kids of all ages as part of the festivities. Please bring the whole family and invite your friends to join us for this fun service and picnic!

Campers Recognized on August 12

On Sunday, August 12, during our 9:30 a.m. church on the lawn service, we will recognize all the children, youth, CITs, and counselors who attended one of our UCC church camps this summer. Campers and counselors are encouraged to wear their camp shirts that day. We’ve invited Godstock campers from other churches to join us for worship that day. We hope all the campers will have a song to share!