Gather Bible Study @ Pilgrim: THE SCANDALOUS MESSAGE OF JAMES: FAITH, WORKS, AND DOING LIFE TOGETHER
Oct
17
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @ Pilgrim: THE SCANDALOUS MESSAGE OF JAMES: FAITH, WORKS, AND DOING LIFE TOGETHER

The Angle of Hope

Despite his concerns about social inequalities that filter into the faith community, James’s writer is full of hope. Indeed, he provides a road map that begins with finding joy in many trials and tracks how our fears and anxieties become fertile ground for hope. For James, hope is much more than a feeling; it’s something we do together. When our common beliefs are founded on hope, uncommon strength, joy, and anticipation become markers of how we do life together.

NOTE: This and next week’s study will be held via video on the Gather Facebook page.

We will NOT meet in person.

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Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!
Oct
19
7:00 AM07:00

Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!

Join us at the Farmer's Market and enjoy delicious, fresh donuts!

Made for you today by PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) in partnership with Pilgrim Congregational Church!

The main goal is promoting educational opportunities for women. Friendship is the cornerstone of P.E.O. – it is the legacy left by our Founders and it thrives in our unique Sisterhood. P.E.O. exists to be a source of encouragement and support for women to realize their potential in whatever worthwhile endeavor they choose. True to the mission of promoting educational opportunities for women, education continues to be the primary philanthropy of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. In fact, the P.E.O. Sisterhood proudly sponsors no less than six international philanthropies, or projects, designed to assist women with their educational goals.

www.peointernational.org

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CMA Fall Meeting: Inside Out - Sharing Our Gifts
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

CMA Fall Meeting: Inside Out - Sharing Our Gifts

The Chicago Metropolitan Association Fall Meeting “Inside Out: Sharing Our Gifts” will be held Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St., Chicago IL 60637. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Welcome and Worship begins at 9:00 a.m. Preacher: Rev. Dr. Zachary Moon, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Chicago Theological Seminary.

Two Rounds of Workshops - click here for descriptions

Inside: Congregational issues and challenges

Outside: Church engagement of social justice issues

Registration fee is $25 before 10/14; $30 after 10/14. Click here for the registration form

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Open House Chicago  - presented by Chicago Architecture Center
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Open House Chicago - presented by Chicago Architecture Center

HAVE YOU EVER WALKED BY A BUILDING AND THOUGHT I WISH I COULD SEE WHAT'S INSIDE?

The Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago (OHC) is the city’s annual architecture festival. For one weekend in October you can explore Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures. And this year Pilgrim is excited to once again be one of the Oak Park sites!

OHC is completely free-of-charge—no registration or tickets are needed. So gather your friends, plan your itinerary and mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 19th from 10:00 to 5:00. Tours will not be available at Pilgrim on Sunday due to worship services.

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Sunday Worship: Ask Boldly, Live Justly
Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship: Ask Boldly, Live Justly

At worship we celebrate our relationship with God, we strengthen our relationship with each other, and we explore what it means to "do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God".

.Join us this Sunday as we welcome Rev. Brittany Caine-Conley, who is currently serving as the Community & Congregational Relations Coordinator for The Night Ministry. Rev. Caine-Conley is a pastor, teacher and organizer who led a faith-rooted movement of resistance to white supremacist violence in Charlottesville. She co-created Congregate Charlottesville to prepare and equip people of faith to show up for matters of justice and do public witness. An ardent follower of the subversive way of Jesus, Rev. Smash (as most call her) always seeks to participate in beloved community, and has done so by participating in anti-racist activism, promoting queer justice, creating alternative communities of faith and supporting asylum seekers. Rev. Smash is ordained in the United Church of Christ.

We are thrilled that Rev. Smash will be bringing our message today. Our focus scripture for this week is Luke 18:1-8. All are welcome to join us!

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Copy of CONNECT: A Unique Sunday School Experience
Oct
20
11:15 AM11:15

Copy of CONNECT: A Unique Sunday School Experience

We invite the youth ages 4-14 to leave the 11:00 morning worship following the Children's Message and adjourn to the Chapel for CONNECT. This week our leaders are Leslie Sutphen and Bruce Cox.

Our goal is to continue the worship experience that has already begun in the sanctuary in a more engaging way for our youth. We want the morning worship experience to be enriching and engaging for all of our church family, so join us as we stay Connected with God thru story, art, music and movement each Sunday.

This fall we will be exploring the Old Testament stories. Today we continue with the story of Jacob and Esau. All youth are invited to join us!

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Gather Bible Study @ Pilgrim: THE SCANDALOUS MESSAGE OF JAMES: FAITH, WORKS, AND DOING LIFE TOGETHER
Oct
24
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @ Pilgrim: THE SCANDALOUS MESSAGE OF JAMES: FAITH, WORKS, AND DOING LIFE TOGETHER

The Angle of Doing

Patience, integrity, honesty, prayerfulness—the writer of James upholds these qualities as essential practices that foster safe and nurturing community. Building on his concern about oppression and endorsement of profound hope, James shows us that when we think and behave in a grounded concern for one another, we set aside harmful attitudes and habits that foster inequities and injustice. We can have all the faith in the world, but if it doesn’t bear witness in our actions, it’s no good. We’ll return to our regular in-person study this week with a closer look at “faith without works is dead.”

We meet at 7:30.

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Pilgrim Women's Book Club
Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

Pilgrim Women's Book Club

Join us for our October Book Club meeting to discuss "Turner House" by Angela Flournoy

Fluornoy’s debut novel is a complex family tale that follows how the thirteen Turner siblings must grapple with what to do with the house on Yarrow Street where they grew up after their mother is too old to live alone any longer. Thematically, the book deals broadly with place, both the importance of the Turner family home, and the history that resides there, and also the city of Detroit. Fluornoy also addresses the legacy of addiction within and between generations of a family, and how families understand mental health and addiction more generally.

Flournoy is a very good story teller who weaves together the experiences of the different generations into a complete fabric that paints an interesting picture of this family's journey. Please join us for a thought-provoking discussion and warm fellowship.

For more information contact inquiries@pilgrimoakpark.org

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Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!
Oct
26
7:00 AM07:00

Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!

Join us at the Farmer's Market and enjoy delicious, fresh donuts!

Made for you today by us - Pilgrim Congregational Church!

Last farmers’ market means chocolate frosted and apple cinnamon frosted donuts at the Pilgrim Donuts line. Don’t miss this end-of-the-year treat.

Pilgrim Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, welcomes neighbors and friends to participate in the full life of this progressive Christian church. We are committed to radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional spiritual development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity. Our mission is to share God’s love, reaching out to one another and into our wider community. We are becoming a faith community with ever deepening spiritual connections. We are intentionally inclusive and increasingly diverse, visible in and engaged with the wider world. You are welcome here.
www.pilgrimoakpark.org

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Homelessness Awareness and Action - a Multi-Generational Event
Oct
26
5:00 PM17:00

Homelessness Awareness and Action - a Multi-Generational Event

We are honored to have Lynda Schueler, Executive Director of Housing Forward, with us for the evening to share the mission, achievements and challenges of their outreach and to share how we can be put into action.

There will be a light supper and lots of interactive activities for adults and youth that will provide a deeper understanding about housing instability. This is a joint effort of MCO and the Youth Ministry, and was motivated in part by the all-church discussion of the book “Evicted.”

A freewill offering will be collected. Hope to see many of you there! RSVP at maureen.deahl@pilgrimoakpark.org or (708) 848-5860

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Sunday Worship: Just Worship
Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship: Just Worship

At worship we celebrate our relationship with God, we strengthen our relationship with each other, and we explore what it means to "do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God".

.Join us this Sunday as we celebrate UCC HIgher Education Sunday and welcome Rev. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs/Academic Dean and Associate Professor of New Testament at Chicago Theological Seminary as our guest preacher. Rev. Crowder is an author, minister, and Bible and pop culture educator.She has contributed to The Covenant Bible Study and Video Series and True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary, and most recently Parenting as Spiritual Practice and Source for Theology. She served on the Editorial Boards of ON Scripture and Feasting on the Gospels and blogs for The Huffington Post and Inside in Higher Education.

We are delighted that Rev. Crowder will be preaching today. You won’t want to miss this. Please join us!

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The Sing to Live© Community Chorus proudly presents "Classic Motown"
Oct
27
4:00 PM16:00

The Sing to Live© Community Chorus proudly presents "Classic Motown"

The mission of the Sing to Live® Community Chorus is to provide an musical outlet that fosters hope and celebrates survival for singers whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.

Join us as we kick-off our 14th season and get ready to sing along with us as we bring the greatest Motown hits to life!

For more information on Sing to Live and to purchase advance tickets click here.

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Gather Bible Study @ Pilgrim: THE SCANDALOUS MESSAGE OF JAMES: FAITH, WORKS, AND DOING LIFE TOGETHER
Oct
31
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @ Pilgrim: THE SCANDALOUS MESSAGE OF JAMES: FAITH, WORKS, AND DOING LIFE TOGETHER

October 31, 2019

James in the 21st Century

We conclude our month-long look at the Epistle of James by translating its core ideas into contemporary context. How does our culture’s fascination with fame and wealth and power reflect James’s concerns? How do we live hopefully during these rugged times? What good can result when we actively live out our faith?

These are a few of the questions we’ll ask as we summarize our experience of this powerful Early Church letter. (We’ll also take a fun, interactive approach to this evening, since it’s also Halloween! No costumes required, but treats will be served!) Join us at 7:30.

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Pilgrim Women's Book Club
Nov
22
7:30 PM19:30

Pilgrim Women's Book Club

Join us for our November Book Club meeting to discuss "All Passion Spent" by Vita Sackville-West

Irreverently funny and surprisingly moving, All Passion Spent is the story of a woman who discovers who she is just before it is too late.

After the death of elder statesman Lord Slane—a former prime minister of Great Britain and viceroy of India—everyone assumes that his eighty-eight-year-old widow will slowly fade away in her grief, remaining as proper, decorative, and dutiful as she has been her entire married life. But the deceptively gentle Lady Slane has other ideas. First she defies the patronizing meddling of her children and escapes to a rented house in Hampstead. There, to her offspring’s utter amazement, she revels in her new freedom, recalls her youthful ambitions, and gathers some very unsuitable companions—who reveal to her just how much she had sacrificed under the pressure of others’ expectations.

For more information contact inquiries@pilgrimoakpark.org

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Monday@theMovies is back!!!  - Middle & High School Youth Event
Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

Monday@theMovies is back!!! - Middle & High School Youth Event

Join us to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day (aka Columbus Day). We’ll start by catching up while eating a simple homemade dinner, and then we’ll watch the 1998 movie “Smoke Signals,” marketed by Miramax as “the first feature film written, directed, and produced by Native Americans.”

It has been cited as an important movie by the Indigenous Community, in part because of the beautifully nuanced Native American characters but also because it gave them the opportunity to be stewards of their own story – and proved they could make great movies.

The movie has many comedic moments but has a deeper, thought-provoking level so I’m sure we’ll have a great discussion. It's a wonderful story about how 2 young boys, forever linked together by tragedy & growing up differently - one a storyteller & the other a cynic - find common ground as they take a road trip to bury the cynic father, who abandoned the family a long time before. It’s rated PG-13 for some intense scenes.

All Middle & High School youth are invited to join us – and friends are welcome too. Just RSVP by October 6th to Gloria.cox@pilgrimoakpark.org so that we can make sure to prepare enough food!

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Chicago A Cappella presents "American Anthem: Songs that challenge, unite and celebrate"
Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

Chicago A Cappella presents "American Anthem: Songs that challenge, unite and celebrate"

Music has been the soundtrack for some of the most important moments in our history. Whether patriotic refrains or rabble-rousing appeals, these songs have become symbolic anthems, from the 1970's women's rights mantra "I Am Woman," to the anti-war sentiments of Bob Dylan, and the new significance of traditional tunes like "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" and "Goin' Home." Join us as we illuminate the connections between music and history in this exciting concert inspired by the NPR series.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

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CONNECT: A Unique Sunday School Experience
Oct
13
11:15 AM11:15

CONNECT: A Unique Sunday School Experience

We invite the youth ages 4-14 to leave the 11:00 morning worship following the Children's Message and adjourn to the Chapel for CONNECT. This week our leaders are Leslie Sutphen and Bruce Cox.

Our goal is to continue the worship experience that has already begun in the sanctuary in a more engaging way for our youth. We want the morning worship experience to be enriching and engaging for all of our church family, so join us as we stay Connected with God thru story, art, music and movement each Sunday.

This fall we will be exploring the Old Testament stories. Today we continue with the story of Jacob and Esau. All youth are invited to join us!

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Sunday Worship: Planting Hope
Oct
13
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship: Planting Hope

At worship we celebrate our relationship with God, we strengthen our relationship with each other, and we explore what it means to "do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God".

.Join us this Sunday for worship as our Sacred Conversations On Race committee introduces the congregation to an Action for Racial Justice: Be Bold campaign. Our focus scripture for this week is Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7.

Rev. Gloria Cox is leading worship and preaching. All are welcome!

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Adult Education: Immigration - What's Happening & How We Can Help
Oct
13
9:45 AM09:45

Adult Education: Immigration - What's Happening & How We Can Help

Adult Education at Pilgrim is a wonderful resource and sustenance for anyone on a faith journey. Meeting in the chapel at 9:45 am Sunday mornings from September to May, it is a time for adults to come together and gather strength for the journey, from God and from each other.

All are invited to join us today for what promises to be an enlightening and action-oriented discussion led by Mony Ruiz-Velasco, Executive Director of PASO West Suburban Action Project. She will update us on what is currently happening with the immigration situation at the border and give us real life ways we can help our neighbors.

Click here to learn more about PASO. We hope you’ll join us for this important and urgent conversation.

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Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!
Oct
12
7:00 AM07:00

Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!

Join us at the Farmer's Market and enjoy delicious, fresh donuts!

Made for you today by Pilgrim Community Nursery School, in partnership with Pilgrim Congregational Church!

A private, nonprofit nursery school serving Oak Park, Illinois and surrounding communities. We welcome children of all races, religions, ethnic backgrounds, and economic situation and seek a student body that represents the rich diversity of the greater Oak Park area. Our primary focus is a professionally prepared play environment that facilitates the physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth of each child. We strive to encourage each child’s uniqueness as well as his/her responsibility to get along with others. www.pilgrimschool.net

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Gather Bible Study @ Pilgrim: THE SCANDALOUS MESSAGE OF JAMES: FAITH, WORKS, AND DOING LIFE TOGETHER
Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @ Pilgrim: THE SCANDALOUS MESSAGE OF JAMES: FAITH, WORKS, AND DOING LIFE TOGETHER

The Angle of Oppression

James’s Epistle is often compared to wisdom literature. The writer is surely adept at distilling complex thoughts into proverbial nuggets. But there’s also a great deal of prophetic heat emanating from his wisdom, with most of the fury aimed at rich people. James wants the church to be the one place where the poor aren’t marginalized and mistreated. And he’s very blunt in what that will require.

NOTE: This and next week’s study will be held via video on the Gather Facebook page.

We will NOT meet in person.

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Time to PARTY FOR THE PLANET!! Vegetarian and Sustainable Pot Luck Lunch
Oct
6
12:30 PM12:30

Time to PARTY FOR THE PLANET!! Vegetarian and Sustainable Pot Luck Lunch

Celebrate the Bounty of the Earth by joining the Green Team in a pot luck luncheon after worship. Sustainable agriculture is designed to protect the environment, support animal welfare, protect public health, and provide economic stability and fair working conditions to farm workers and food processors. Our focus will be on delicious foods that are fair for all God’s creation.

• Vegetarian or vegan

• Organic where possible

• Avoiding food waste

• Supporting local farmers

Bring a sustainable/vegetarian dish for sharing and join in as we begin our “I Speak for the Trees” mission project. Lorax craft activities and All Age Treeology Trivia will be offered

Fun, Fellowship and Facts for All Ages! Join us!

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CONNECT: A Unique Sunday School Experience
Oct
6
11:15 AM11:15

CONNECT: A Unique Sunday School Experience

We invite the youth ages 4-14 to leave the 11:00 morning worship following the Children's Message and adjourn to the Chapel for CONNECT. This week our leaders are Leslie Sutphen and Bruce Cox.

Our goal is to continue the worship experience that has already begun in the sanctuary in a more engaging way for our youth. We want the morning worship experience to be enriching and engaging for all of our church family, so join us as we stay Connected with God thru story, art, music and movement each Sunday.

This fall we will be exploring the Old Testament stories. Today we continue with the story of Abraham and Isaac. All youth are invited to join us!

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Sunday Worship: World Communion Sunday
Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship: World Communion Sunday

At worship we celebrate our relationship with God, we strengthen our relationship with each other, and we explore what it means to "do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God".

On World Communion Sunday, we consciously gather with followers around the planet to take in the bread and the cup of life and liberation. Today we will also install two new Deacons and collect the Neighbors In Need offering which is one of 4 special UCC offerings each year. The Neighbors in Need (NIN) offering is focused on Justice and Witness..

.Join us this Sunday for worship as we acknowledge the brokenness and hope that exists around the world and proclaim that the death-dealing ways of the powers-that-be are not the ways of God and Jesus, the radical one from Nazareth .

Rev. Gloria Cox is leading worship and preaching. All are welcome!

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Adult Education: "Sustainable"
Oct
6
9:45 AM09:45

Adult Education: "Sustainable"

Adult Education at Pilgrim is a wonderful resource and sustenance for anyone on a faith journey. Meeting in the chapel at 9:45 am Sunday mornings from September to May, it is a time for adults to come together and gather strength for the journey, from God and from each other.

All are invited to join us today for a special viewing and discussion of the movie “Sustainable”. The discussion will be led by Karen Van Meter of the Pilgrim Green Team.

"A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations. The narrative of the film focuses on Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer in central Illinois who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago. Sustainable travels the country seeking leadership and wisdom from some of the most forward thinking farmers like Bill Niman, Klaas Martens and John Kempf – heroes who challenge the ethical decisions behind industrial agriculture. It is a story of hope and transformation, about passion for the land and a promise that it can be restored to once again sustain us."

This is an urgent and vital issue. We hope you will be able to attend.

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Gather Bible Study @ Pilgrim: THE SCANDALOUS MESSAGE OF JAMES: FAITH, WORKS, AND DOING LIFE TOGETHER
Oct
3
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @ Pilgrim: THE SCANDALOUS MESSAGE OF JAMES: FAITH, WORKS, AND DOING LIFE TOGETHER

One Letter, Many Angles

We don’t know who wrote this letter, why the author doesn’t reference anything specific about Jesus, or what’s behind his fixation on wealth and oppression, both outside and within his community. With its primary concern focused on sustaining a healthy faith community, James inevitably stirs up all kinds of responses. (Luther famously loathed and loved it.) Working from Elsa Tamez’s classic, The Scandalous Message of James, we begin our October study of this fascinating letter with an overview of its many angles. Join us every Thursday in October at 7:30p.

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Sunday Worship: Storytelling Worship Service
Sep
29
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship: Storytelling Worship Service

During the summer months, we here at Pilgrim find it is a great time to experiment and to find new ways of worshiping together. As a community of faith we want to continue to grow and expand. Today we are having our 3rd storytelling worship service..to link our particular story to the larger faith narrative..

Why do we tell stories? We tell stories because we’re made in the image of God, who chose stories as the way to share his great love for us. And we tell stories because there is no better way to convey deep truth, deep pain, and deep love.

Since storytelling is such an integral part of our lives, let us use it to get in touch with each other and the sacred present in each of our lives. Please join us and share in our story.

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Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!
Sep
28
7:00 AM07:00

Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!

Join us at the Farmer's Market and enjoy delicious, fresh donuts!

Made for you today by First United Church Nursery School, in partnership with Pilgrim Congregational Church!

First United Church Nursery School is a community of families and teachers that share in the experience of teaching, inspiring and guiding young children. The nursery school program supports the development of the child through an early educational experience based on play.

www.firstunitedschool.com

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Tower Hill All Church Retreat - "Get Out Of The Boat"
Sep
27
to Sep 29

Tower Hill All Church Retreat - "Get Out Of The Boat"

  • Tower Hill Camp & Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What would it take for you to get out of the boat? What incredible potential awaits outside your comfort zone? What does it look like when you put your faith into action?

Join us for Pilgrim’s multi-generational retreat this September set in the beautiful surroundings of the Michigan Dunes. The weekend will feature scheduled programming and fun activities for adults, youth and multi-generational groups all under the topic of “Get Out of the Boat” but will also leave plenty of time of hiking, beach time and quiet time. Get to know your Pilgrim family better!

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CONNECT: A Unique Sunday School Experience
Sep
22
11:15 AM11:15

CONNECT: A Unique Sunday School Experience

We invite the youth ages 4-14 to leave the 11:00 morning worship following the Children's Message and adjourn to the Chapel for CONNECT. This week our leaders are Leslie Sutphen and Bruce Cox.

Our goal is to continue the worship experience that has already begun in the sanctuary in a more engaging way for our youth. We want the morning worship experience to be enriching and engaging for all of our church family, so join us as we stay Connected with God thru story, art, music and movement each Sunday.

This fall we will be exploring the Old Testament stories. Today we continue with the story of Isaac and Ishmael. All youth are invited to join us!

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Sunday Worship and Ceremony of Release for Rev. Hughes
Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship and Ceremony of Release for Rev. Hughes

At worship we celebrate our relationship with God, we strengthen our relationship with each other, and we explore what it means to "do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God".

Today we will also conduct the Pastor Michelle’s official release ceremony as part of the Sunday worship service. We hope you all can join us for this significant moment in our church life. The Rev. Justo Gonzalez and the Rev. Vertie Powers of the UCC Illinois Conference will be in attendance to witness this special occasion.
Following Worship we will have a party to celebrate Rev. Hughes and the guidance she has given us on this part of our journey. Please note that Rev. Hughes will be serving Pilgrim until Sept 29th. All are welcome!

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Adult Education: Words Matter
Sep
22
9:45 AM09:45

Adult Education: Words Matter

Adult Education at Pilgrim is a wonderful resource and sustenance for anyone on a faith journey. Meeting in the chapel at 9:45 am Sunday mornings from September to May, it is a time for adults to come together and gather strength for the journey, from God and from each other.

At the UCC Eleventh General Synod it was voted that a Book of Worship be developed and characterized by language that is truly inclusive with respect to God and to people. Although the generic use of masculine terms has been accepted practice, it is exclusive and viewed as offensive by many. Further, the use of only masculine nouns and pronouns for God and of masculine generic terms for humankind has hidden the rich feminine imagery for God and God's people in scripture. Scripture contains many gender neutral metaphors for God such as shepherd, rock, or Holy One.

Inclusive language is far more than an aesthetic matter of male and female imagery; it is a fundamental issue of social justice. Join us this Sunday as Ann Platzer leads us in an exploration of this topic.

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Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!
Sep
21
7:00 AM07:00

Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!

Join us at the Farmer's Market and enjoy delicious, fresh donuts!

Made for you today by Pilgrim Community Nursery School, in partnership with Pilgrim Congregational Church!

A private, nonprofit nursery school serving Oak Park, Illinois and surrounding communities. We welcome children of all races, religions, ethnic backgrounds, and economic situation and seek a student body that represents the rich diversity of the greater Oak Park area. Our primary focus is a professionally prepared play environment that facilitates the physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth of each child. We strive to encourage each child’s uniqueness as well as his/her responsibility to get along with others. www.pilgrimschool.net

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 Pilgrim Women's Book Club
Sep
20
7:30 PM19:30

Pilgrim Women's Book Club

Join us for our September Book Club meeting to discuss "Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel" by Jesmyn Ward.

Set in rural Mississippi, told from each character’s point of view, we learn about the untimely and extremely unfortunate deaths of two people, different generations, both a result of racial strife, who come to haunt a mother and her son. The young boy, Jojo, our protagonist, is caught in a difficult position in his family. He has a seemingly uncaring mother yet the extreme love of his grandfather. He is also the primary caregiver to his sweet baby sister who has rejected their mother, with good cause.

Sing, Unburied, Sing is a slamming, heartbreaker of a novel that is rendered with such stinging beauty and restrained emotion that despite the anguish taking place on the page, you won’t want it to end. Our discussion promises to be relevant and engaging. We hope you can join us!

For more information contact inquiries@pilgrimoakpark.org

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Youth Group Event: Team Building Challenge Course
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

Youth Group Event: Team Building Challenge Course

All middle school and high school youth are invited to join us as we lay the foundation for a great year with a Team Building Challenge Course, led by trained facilitators from the Barrington Park District. Their programs are designed to help groups get to know each other better and have fun building on each person’s gifts and talents.

Our event will be here, in Fellowship Hall & our lawn/parking lot. RSVP to gloria.cox@pilgrimoakpark.org by September 8th!

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CONNECT: A Unique Sunday School Experience
Sep
15
11:15 AM11:15

CONNECT: A Unique Sunday School Experience

We invite the youth ages 4-14 to leave the 11:00 morning worship following the Children's Message and adjourn to the Chapel for CONNECT. This week our leaders are Kathleen Lojas and Jenn Jones.

Our goal is to continue the worship experience that has already begun in the sanctuary in a more engaging way for our youth. We want the morning worship experience to be enriching and engaging for all of our church family, so join us as we stay Connected with God thru story, art, music and movement each Sunday.

This fall we will be exploring the Old Testament stories, beginning with Abraham and Sarah. All youth are invited to join us!

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Sunday Worship: Love of Creation
Sep
15
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship: Love of Creation

At worship we celebrate our relationship with God, we strengthen our relationship with each other, and we explore what it means to "do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God".

From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world celebrate the Season of Creation. Some of us pray, some of us do hands-on projects, some of us advocate. During the Season of Creation, we live out our faith to care for creation. The momentum continues long after the season ends through ongoing prayer, changes in lifestyle, and advocacy.

.Join us this Sunday as we celebrate the joy and wonder of Creation, and reflect on how we are called to love and care for the Earth. . Rev. Gloria Cox is leading worship and preaching. All are welcome!

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Adult Education: An Insiders Guide to the UCC
Sep
15
9:45 AM09:45

Adult Education: An Insiders Guide to the UCC

Adult Education at Pilgrim is a wonderful resource and sustenance for anyone on a faith journey. Meeting in the chapel at 9:45 am Sunday mornings from September to May, it is a time for adults to come together and gather strength for the journey, from God and from each other.

Join us this week as we kick-off our 2019-2020 program year with Rev. Janet MacLean sharing an introduction to the United Church of Christ (UCC) history and polity. Candace Enockson will also give her perspective on some of the interesting, and perhaps lesser known aspects of the UCC that came up while preparing the profile for the senior pastor search.

Whether you’ve grown up in the UCC, are new to the denomination or just looking to learn more about it, you’re invited to join the discussion. We promise it will be engaging!

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Cluster 3 Fall Meeting
Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Cluster 3 Fall Meeting

All Pilgrim members are welcome to join us as San Lucas UCC for the September meeting of Cluster 3 churches, within the Chicago Metropolitan Association, UCC.

The Chicago Metropolitan Association’s 96 congregations are spread across the beautiful city and out into its near suburbs. CMA is rich in heritage and worship experiences, and represents the intricate web of our wider church as people struggle together over issues, meet each other in the middle in ministry partnership, and lift one another up in shared hope.

Due to the large size of the CMA, churches are divided into "clusters" to facilitate working together and ensure that all voices have the opportunity to be heard. Pilgrim is a member of Cluster 3. You are invited to join us at this meeting to expand your familiarity with our sister churches and engage in supporting one another on the issues that matter most.

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Men's Breakfast
Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

Men's Breakfast

Our next men’s breakfast will be hosted by Bennie Whiten. He will provide the main dish and attendees are asked to bring a side dish or beverage to share (enough for 3-4 people).

Please contact Bruce (dadcox@aol.com) if you are able to attend., and please let him know what you plan to bring. All Pilgrim men are welcome.

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