On My Mind: Time

My Star Word this year is “time.” I groaned right out loud last January when I finally peeked at it on my way up the aisle at the end of the worship service. My first thought was “Oh, no, now I have to have a discussion with God every time I say ‘I don’t have time to do that.’” (I say that quite a lot because my plate always seems full.)

I’ve said “no” to some things this year and I’ve said “yes” to others. In recent weeks I’ve spent extra time making it possible for a visiting youth choir to serve a meal and give a concert for our homeless guests, I’ve stepped up to organize this year’s Southwest Suburban CROP Walk so it can happen and I’ve spent lots of time preparing for a transition to a new Office Administrator for the our church. Having said “yes” to all those things, I had to say “no” to hosting this fall’s UCC Chicago Metropolitan Association Meeting at Pilgrim Faith. And I’ve spent less time creating new Facebook posters for every event at our church.

That conversation with God about what I have time for and what God wants me to do with my time is always interesting. It doesn’t always end up the way I’d like but when all is over, I’m usually glad I said “yes” to the things I did. And somehow it seems to all work out, with God’s help.

Have you talked with God about how you use your time? Some of us are afraid God will tell us to do more. That isn’t always the case. Sometimes God likes exactly the way we are using our time. At other times God wants us change what we are doing with our time: less time spent on one thing so we can spend more time on something else. In this “Summer of Wellness some are shifting how you use your time so your can take care of ourselves.

In the midst of this summer, I hope you will “find some time” to talk with God about what you do with your time. Take a deep breath of God’s goodness and trust that God will lead you to do what matters most to God right now. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “there is a time for every matter under heaven.” No one can do it all at once. Ask God what it is time for you to do at this point in your life and then give it your best! You can’t go wrong with God!

Pastor Peggy McClanahan

‘Biggest Loser’ Contest at Pilgrim Faith Church

Are you looking for a fun way to jump-start your healthy living goals? Join the “Biggest Loser” competition at Pilgrim Faith Church this summer! The entry fee is $20, and the contest runs from June 4-August 13. The winner is determined by percentage of weight lost.

A registered nurse will do confidential weigh-ins and blood pressure checks on June 4, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., at Pilgrim Faith Church, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn. If you can’t make the weigh-in but still want to participate, you can email her a photo of yourself on the scale with your weight. The nurse will do the final weigh-ins on Aug. 13 to determine the grand prize winners! There also will be small prizes and optional activities throughout the contest to keep everyone motivated!

Sign up today and have some fun losing weight this summer. Please register here and you will receive an email with all the details! View a copy of the Biggest Loser Rules here.

Join the Summer of Wellness at Pilgrim Faith!

Are you looking for a fun and supportive way to meet your healthy living goals? Are you interested in learning more about exercise? Healthy cooking? The mind-body-spirit connection? Then join the Summer of Wellness at Pilgrim Faith!

Libby and Alyssa Langevin, along with Jacqui Cook, are organizing a group to plan wellness events for the summer and beyond. Some of the events for this summer include a Biggest Loser competition (see details above), a healthy cooking demonstration, a walking group and other events. Watch for details in the next few weeks!

Memorial Day Service – May 29, 10:00 a.m.

Pilgrim Faith will host the Oak Lawn Memorial Day service of remembrance for veterans who are members of the local VFW and American Legion who have died in the past year. It will be at 10:00 am on Memorial Day, May 29th in the sanctuary. Pastor Peggy will speak at the service. Following the half hour service there will be an 11:00 am ceremony at the Oak Lawn Veterans’ Memorial by the library at which Pastor Peggy will give the invocation. All are invited.

STARS – June 2 at 12:00 Noon

Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ at 9411 S. 51st Ave. is inviting seniors 60 and over for lunch and our June event at 12:00 pm.  On June 2, Steve Kittler, singer and keyboardist will perform. For more information or to make your luncheon reservation, call the church office at (708) 422 4200.

Graduate Recognition – June 4

This year’s graduates from high school, trade school, college and graduate school will be honored on June 4, at the 9:30 a.m. service.. Graduates are reminded to let the office know about your graduation plans and to meet at the front of the sanctuary at 9:20 a.m. on June 4. Their families may sit with them.

Strengthen The Church Offering – June 4

Strengthen The Church is a special mission offering to support youth ministries and full-time leaders for new churches in parts of the country where the UCC voice has not been heard.

As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults. We will receive this special offering on June 4.  We have included an envelope in this newsletter so you can support this offering.

You may drop your envelope in the offering plate any Sunday or send it to the church office.

Summer Bible Study – June 5 at 7:00 p.m.

“Four Things You Need to Know about God”

Please join Pastor Peggy for our summer Bible study on four Monday evenings in June. “Four Things You Need to Know about God” is the theme. Sessions will be held in the church office beginning June 5 at 7:00 pm. All are welcome, regardless of faith background. Participants should enter through the courtyard door on 51st Ave. For more information contact the church at 708-422-4200 or office@pilgrimfaith.org.

For Your Inspiration: Youth Choir Concert – June 6 at 7:00 p.m.

For Your Inspiration, a youth choir from First United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi, Texas will present a concert at Pilgrim Faith at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, June 6. Music on the tour will feature such contemporary composers as Mark Miller, Natalie Sleeth, Jody Lindh and Alice Parker.

This performance is the part of the choir’s annual Outreach Choir Tour which this year includes the Chicago area. These annual tours have taken the choir to several states including Texas, Oklahoma, California, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. The choir members are all volunteers and are youth in grades 6 through 12 attending school in five school districts in the Corpus Christi area.

The Director of Music, Worship and Arts at the Corpus Christi church is Brad Kisner, who grew up with Pastor Peggy McClanahan at the same church in Enid, Oklahoma.

The choir will present an afternoon concert at Smith Village on June 6 and then will head over to Pilgrim Faith and help prepare and serve a special dinner for our homeless guests. St. Mark Lutheran Church in Worth usually provides the Tuesday summer meals for the homeless and will be working with us to provide this supper at Pilgrim Faith. Our meal guests will also be invited to enjoy the concert.

The concert will last about 45 minutes and is free. Please come enjoy the music and invite your friends for an uplifting evening.

Celebrate Capital Campaign Projects – June 11 (Weather Permitting)

In April we finally got our long awaited new steps on the front of the church! The railings will be added soon and our front entrance will be back in business! To celebrate this and all the other capital campaign projects we have completed so far we will hold a ribbon cutting on the front steps and have coffee hour on the steps and front lawn on Sunday, June 11 (weather permitting).

Make sure you are here to celebrate!

Thank you for all of your ongoing support and contributions to our Building Hope Today and Tomorrow capital campaign. We are two years into our three year pledge period and are making wonderful progress.

A number of projects have not yet been undertaken and we are holding 10% of funds raised for a mission project at Tower Hill Camp. Thanks again for all that you are doing to help us build hope through our many ministries at Pilgrim Faith.