Hot Topics Discussion Group – September 24 @ 11:00 a.m.

There are many issues facing us in today’s world, are you concerned about environmental issues,health care costs, political events, international relationships, or human rights issues? Pilgrim Faith’s Hot Topics discussion group provides an opportunity to discuss your thoughts on issues such as these in a caring Christian environment. The next
Hot Topics discussion will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 24, in the church lounge. At that time
representatives from the Community Renewal Society will join us to discuss with us ideas about how our congregation might be able to assist the homeless in moving toward independence.

3rd Annual Fall Fest – Saturday, September 30 @ 4:00 p.m.

Join us for our 3nd 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 and 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! This is a great opportunity to 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 to cover the cost of the food. So grab a friend
and a cozy sweatshirt and come on out!

Contacts: Lori Harris & Libby Whitney. Lori Harris (708) 751-0569 ODIE_1962 @

Libby Whitney (708)515-7314

Neighbors In Need Offering – October 1

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.

On My Mind: New Days, New Ways

A big part of Pilgrim Faith’s vitality is the way we try new things in our ministry. Some things are timeless, like
God’s love. The ways we experience that love, share that love with one another, spread that love to others and show
our love back to God are constantly changing.

Children used to sit in quiet rows and listen as the Sunday School teacher told them about Jesus. Now kids learn in active ways by doing. In the 1950’s a Pilgrim Faith pastor went door to door in Oak Lawn inviting people to church. People don’t want a stranger at their door anymore so now we are more likely to connect on social media. New days, new ways!

New ministries at Pilgrim Faith in the last few years include Trunk-or-Treat, Hot Topics discussions, Book Club, a
teen LGBT support group, interfaith work and a Summer of Wellness with a Biggest Loser contest, walking club,
healthy eating classes and strength training group. Some ministries continue for a long time. Some flourish
briefly and then end. Not everything needs to be new. What matters is the willingness to try new things as the Spirit
leads us. When we try new things, we are more likely to attract new people as well as feed the souls of those who have been around awhile.

I applaud all the wonderful new ministries you have brought to life with God’s help in the past few years. I’m
eager to see what God will do with and through us in the months and years to come. I’m also thankful for those who
continue our important long-standing ministries of music, mission, worship, pantry, homeless shelter, youth groups,
camp, retreats and Christian education for all ages. It all adds up to a vital church that lives God’s love in countless
ways to serve God and others!

As we ramp up for the fall, it’s a new day! I hope you will look around and find where you can serve, be it an important  old faithful ministry or a new initiative that offers new ways to God. Both ways matter a lot to God! You matter a lot God! Find the way God wants you to serve!

Pastor Peggy McClanahan

Women’s Retreat Deadline – August 6

This year’s Women’s Retreat at Tower Hill will be held on November 3-5. The weekend of activities will begin on Friday evening and conclude with Sunday morning worship. All Pilgrim Faith women and their friends are welcome to attend. The cost of the weekend which includes two nights of lodging and 4 meals at Tower Hill is $125 per person.

Make plans to register for the retreat during coffee hour in Colonial Hall on Sunday, August 6. Registration is also available by contacting Peggy Martin at or by phone at (708) 819-4618. Registrants will be asked to complete a registration form that will assist the planning committee in organizing housing assignments and provide us with contact information. A $50 deposit must be made by August 6th with the final balance due to be paid by October 15th . The deposit and final payment must be made by check so that we have an accurate accounting for the source of the funds.

It may seem as if this event is still far off, but we need to know the number of retreat participants that we will have by Sunday, August 6, so that we can release any unused space for the weekend.

Church On The Lawn – August 13

Why does everyone get so excited about “Church on the Lawn?”

– Because God touches our souls in mysterious ways as we lift our spirits in song and prayer under the magnificent shade trees behind the church.

– Because we connect with others in a relaxed and refreshing way as we kick back in our lawn chairs or spread our blanket on the grass.

– Because the tantalizing aroma of grilling peppers and onions and hot dogs and burgers are a little whiff of heaven!

It all begins at 9:30 am on Sunday, August 13. Make sure you stay for the burgers, dogs, potato salad, grilled veggies and more after the service! We’ll also have games for all ages like egg toss, water balloons, sack races, bozo buckets and some crazy relays.

It is the best day ever to bring all your friends so they can taste God’s joy!

STARS – August 4 & 18

Friday, August 4, 12:00 pm. The first meeting in August will be a surprise game. We guarantee it will be fun and the food will be delicious.

Friday August 18, 12:00 pm. The South Suburban Dulcimer and Folk Music Society are a group of music lovers playing folk and traditional music on folk instruments. Come and enjoy their musical talent, fellowship and lunch.

Thunderbolts Baseball Game – Tuesday, August 15, 7:00 p.m.

It is time for fun at the ballpark. On Tuesday, August 15, 7 p.m., join your church family for a fun evening at a Thunderbolts baseball game at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood. Tickets are $2 each and you can order tickets from Chris Raap or Peggy Martin any Sunday at church or buy tickets at the box office.

Welcome Christine Zachwiej, Our New Office Administrator

Christine Zachwiej (ZACK-VEEY-ay) will begin work on July 30 as our new office administrator. She will be in the office from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm on Monday through Friday.

Her responsibilities include handling phone calls, emails, mail and in-person requests, along with preparing newsletters, worship bulletins, announcement fliers and other written publications. She will take care of everything from scheduling space for meetings and events to receiving payments for event registrations and building use – and much, much more!

Christine lives in Oak Lawn with her husband and two children and prior to taking some time off to be at home with her children had many years of office and computer experience.

We greatly appreciate the fine work done by Janice Laufter for the last eight months as she has helped organize our office records and routines along with all the ongoing responsibilities for the church office. Janice will be providing some training for Christine as we transition.

Savers Truck – August 19 & 20

Please save your used clothing and household items to donate on August 19 and 20 (Saturday and Sunday) when the Savers truck is at Pilgrim Faith from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Pilgrim Faith will receive 20 cents for every pound of soft goods (clothing, shoes, hats, bedding, jewelry, etc.) and 10 cents per pound on hard goods (books, CDs, DVDs, small appliances, etc.) collected.  No large appliances or big furniture will be accepted.

Volunteers are needed to “man” the truck during donation hours. Please see or call Rhonda Rodriguez at (708) 612-1419 to volunteer.