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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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Wild Ones Presents “Birds, Bees & Butterflies:A Native Garden Tour” on August 10

People who are curious about easy, affordable ways to add beauty to their home landscapes or who want to attract more beneficial wildlife to their yards can attend the “Birds, Bees & Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour” in Oak Park and River Forest on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Appropriate for beginning to advanced home gardeners, the tour will feature eight enchanting Oak Park and River Forest native gardens featuring Illinois native plants, including shade, sun and rain gardens, according to Pamela Todd, director of West Cook Wild Ones, the tour’s organizer.

At each stop on the tour, attendees can meet and learn from the passionate enthusiasts, inspired designers, ecology experts, master gardeners and naturalists behind the gardens. Attendees can discover easy, approachable ways to add beauty to their yards, fight climate change, save money on water bills, and create a healthier home for children and wildlife.

Advance tickets are $7 for members; $10 for non-members. Kids 18 and younger are free. Advance registration is available now at Participants can also register on the day of the tour at Trailside Museum at 738 Thatcher Ave. in River Forest. Day-of tickets are $12 for members; $15 for non-members.

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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 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 ( or call 708-613-3329

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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 if you are interested in volunteering.