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Pilgrim Church is connected to the wider community in multiple ways.

We are an active participant in the work of our denomination, the United Church of Christ, and are institutionally engaged with a variety of partners in promoting social and environmental justice. Here we provide notices of actions and activities that, while not specifically undertaken by Pilgrim, provide opportunities for members and friends to live out their faith in action.

 
 
 
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The purpose of West Side Bridge is to bring people together to bridge the gap between the West Side of Chicago and West Suburbs through networking. We meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month. The meeting is open to all local professionals, but RSVP is required! Contact Kristen Benford at (708) 613-3306 or kristen@oakpark.com. Bring your business cards!

 
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The Leaders Network is a collaboration of clergy and community stakeholders working to expand the kingdom discuss issues of concern to the communities on the west side of the city. The primary goals of the Leaders Network include educational excellence, economic empowerment, and leadership development. The group is led by Co-Chairs, Dr. Marshall Hatch of New Mount Pilgrim Church and Dr. Ira Acree of Greater St. John Bible Church. Rev. Cy Fields of New Landmark Church serves as President. This group also organizes voter registration drives, press conferences, marches and rallies for justice. We are grateful for the work they do. Pilgrim Church is a corporate sponsor of the Leaders Network. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 9:30 to 11 am at the Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson, Chicago.

 
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Men coming together to connect and grow business opportunities through networking.   The West Side Men meet the 3rd Friday of the month at noon for lunch at MacArthur's Restaurant 5412 W. Madison St., Chicago.  $10 per person includes lunch (cafeteria-style soul food).

RSVP is appreciated but not required to Dawn Ferencak at (dawn@austinweeklynews.com) or call 708-613-3329

 
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School supply time again!
 

Pilgrim will be collecting school supplies for Cluster Tutoring from mid-August through September.  Especially needed: pencils, crayons, washable markers, glue sticks/glue, rulers, scissors for young children, post-it-notes; 2 inch and 3 inch binders, supply boxes, pencil bags and 3 ring binder paper.  Please put your donations in the box  which will be at the back of the sanctuary 

You can learn more about Cluster Tutoring, including how to volunteer at  www.clustertutoring.org

 
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Call for volunteers!

We need people to help staff Pilgrim's shift at the PADS Homeless Shelter at First United Methodist Church on the fourth Friday of the month, from 5:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m., between September and April.  We also need people to prepare and serve dinner on the fourth Thursday of the month.

This is an excellent opportunity to serve those in our community in need of food and shelter.  No experience or special skills needed.  No long-term permanent commitments needed -- pick one or two months.  Please contact Rev. Gloria Cox at gloria.cox@pilgrimoakpark.org if you are interested in volunteering.
 

 
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May I be a happy, mindful, peaceful and healthy kid?

Children between the ages of 8-11 are invited to participate in a 4-session self-regulation group series that will focus on the following themes:

  • Self-awareness

  • Basic deep breathing skills

  • Meditation exercises

Dates/Times: Tuesdays @ 6:30 - 8:00 PM on October 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd at Multicultural Counseling Associates, 137 N. Oak Park Ave, Ste 402

For more information visit https://www.oakpark-counseling.com/