S.T.A.R.S. Meetings: April 6 and 20

Come join the STARS group in Colonial Hall at 12:00 noon. Bring your own lunch, coffee and dessert will be provided. At 1:00 p.m.  Diane Millar will have a quilting presentation where we will see a variety of quilts, learn some history of quilting plus fun facts and myths will be explored.

STARS will meet again at 12:00 noon on April 20th when we will be playing a brand new game!

PLAG of Oak Lawn Meeting – April 15

PFLAG Oak Lawn is now up and running with a good turnout on March 18th. The next meeting
is April 15, 2018 at 2 p.m. We meet in the Pilgrim Faith lounge. The April meeting will have a speaker from Equality
Illinois, their mission is: Equality Illinois builds a better Illinois by advancing equal treatment and full acceptance of
the LGBTQ community.

Their vision statement is: Equality Illinois envisions a fair and unified Illinois where everyone is treated with dignity
and respect and where all people live freely regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or gender expression.
They are active in protecting the civil rights of the LGBT community. It will be an interesting and informative meeting for all who attend.

Chris Raap

Book Club – April 22

This months book selection is “Travel Guide to Heaven” by Anthony DeStefano.

On May 20th we will discuss,“The Wager” by Allen Kent.

Corner Bakery Music Fundraiser: Sunday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please support the wonderful music ministry at Pilgrim Faith! We are raising money for the music department, specifically for a new (to us) organ! There are two easy ways that you can help out.
~Show up and eat! Dine in or carry out at Corner Bakery in Oak Lawn on Sunday, April 29th between
11:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. Present the cashier with a flyer and Pilgrim Faith will receive 15% of your purchase amount. Flyers will be available in advance at church, as well as at Corner Bakery.

~Volunteer to pass out flyers on site. We are looking for volunteers to donate an hour of their day passing out flyers at Corner Bakery. We are able to pass out a flyer to anyone entering the store. This means that we could potentially make 15% of every purchase made! We need two volunteers per hour. If you would like to volunteer for an hour shift or have any questions, please contact Libby Whitney (708) 515-7314, or another member of the music board. Sign-up will also be available during coffee hour.

Book Club – March 18

This months book selection is “The Nightingale”, by Kristin Hannah, we will meet in the lounge at 6:30 p.m.

The book for April 22 is the “Travel Guide to Heaven” by Anthony DeStefano. On May 20 we will discuss, “The Wager” by Allen Kent.

Hot Topics Discussion – March 18


Our Hot Topics discussion will focus on how we can respond to those who say or do something racist or prejudiced.
We will meet in the lounge at 11:00 am, led by Anna and Rhonda Rodriguez.

This session is a follow-up to the February discussion on what is racism, discrimination and prejudice. We learned
that discrimination is not always intentional but can be a by-product of procedures that provide more opportunity
for those who already “know someone.” We learned that prejudiced ideas do not always result in racist action because we might recognize that we shouldn’t act that way.

Cari Stevenson helped us understand that racism is systemic, built into the system and happens when one group
has more power or greater voice than another group.

All are welcome at these discussions that provide a place for us to listen and learn from each other as we discuss our different experiences and ideas.

On My Mind: Questions

In our Hot Topics group today we discussed “aha” moments we have had that helped us understand why certain language or actions are racist or result in discrimination (intentional or unintentional.) These moments of new understanding often came when someone raised a question about a practice or language that we had not previously thought was a problem.

I know I’ve learned from questions others have asked about wording in some hymns. For example“O Master let me walk with thee in lowly paths of service free” is the opening line of a hymn I’ve sung all my life, considering it a meaningful dedication of my life in service to Jesus. I didn’t realize how the image of “lowly paths of free service to the master” might be painful and offensive to those whose ancestors were sold or born into servitude as slaves to the plantation master. I’m glad someone questioned my use of this hymn. They gave me an opportunity to see it from a different perspective and thus choose to no longer choose to sing something that was hurtful to others.

I’m grateful for such questions. I find I’m most open to change when the question invites me to understand some-one else’s perspective by giving me a glimpse of their experience and reality. I’m less open if the question is not really a question but is more of an effort to blame or shame me. “How could you DO something like that?” or “how could you THINK that?” aren’t questions that invite under-standing. Those types of questions are really an attempt to make the other feel bad which is more likely to create resistance than dialogue or change.

The other kind of question that can open up a helpful dialogue that might lead someone to change their attitude or behavior is to ask (with genuine curiosity): “Can you tell me more about why you think that?” When someone asks me that and I start to listen to what I am saying, I may begin to see my own thoughts or words in a new way. When I ask someone else that question (with genuine curiosity), I might learn something from them or they might come to an “aha” moment as they listen to themselves.

I hope we can grow together in our ability both to ask and to answer questions that bring greater understanding.

Pastor Peggy McClanahan

Scout Sunday – March 18

On March 18 we will recognize all Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Tiger Cubs, Girl Scouts, Brownies and Daisy
Scouts during our 9:30am worship service. All scouts and scout leaders are asked to wear their uniforms
to church that morning. We’ve asked the various scout groups that meet at Pilgrim Faith to set up displays
and hands on activities during coffee hour. You may even get to do a pinewood derby car race!

Holy Week At Pilgrim Faith – March 25, March 29, March 30, April 1

Palm Sunday — March 25  –  Children’s Processional  –  9:15 a.m.
Worship includes a processional of palms by the children and special music by the Bell Choir & Vocal Ensemble. Children meet at 9:15 in Colonial Hall to prepare for processional.

Maundy Thursday — March 29 – 7:00 p.m.
Key figures reflect on their roles in Jesus’ death as lights are extinguished in a moving Tenebrae service. Communion is included.

Good Friday — March 30 – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
You may come during the times listed for meditation, reflection, prayer and communion. Move through a number of meditation stations around the sanctuary at which you may read a scripture or prayer, reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice and death and offer your own prayers. Stations will give you a chance to engage the story of Jesus’ death through art or other activities. One station will offer communion. You may take as little or as much time at each station as you wish.

Easter Sunday — APRIL 1 – Worship 9:30 a.m.
Children join processional placing fresh cut flowers on the “Living Cross.” Easter message by Pastor Peggy McClanahan, special music by Bell Choir & Vocal Ensemble. Nursery Provided.

Easter Breakfast at 10:30 a.m.
Breakfast of casseroles, fresh fruit, muffins and more!
Proceeds will help send our youth to church camp.

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt at 11:15 a.m.