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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.


Join the Jewish community of Oak Park River Forest and the Near Western Suburbs, for the soulful celebration of the Sabbath, with prayer, singing and joyful worship to bring us together and to lift us out of the darkness into the light and peace of the Sabbath.

The Shabbat services will be held at West Suburban Temple Har Zion in partnership with Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion. Friday, November 2, 2018 6:00 p.m.

All are welcome but please let us know if you are planning to attend by emailing or by calling 708.366.9000 so that we can prepare accordingly.

Rabbi Adir Glick, West Suburban Temple Har Zion
Rabbi Max Weiss, Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion

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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.


Investment for Good - Individual and Institutional Investors

Thursday, November 8, 7-8:30 pm Oak Park Library Veterans Room

Panel Discussion:

  • Matthew Blume, Appleseed Capital, an advisor for on Divestment strategies

  • Kristin Carlson Vogen, Senior Director of Development and Donor Services at The Chicago Community Trust with a focus on giving for impact and developing collaborative philanthropy strategies

  • Jake Barnett, Institutional Consultant with the Chicago office of Graystone Consulting of Morgan Stanley.

Questions: Richard Alton, or 773.344.7172