Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - 66 Words: Politics and Ethics
Jan
24
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - 66 Words: Politics and Ethics

Bread and indebtedness—neither feels “important” enough to be top of mind in a capitalist culture where bread is easily got and credit is a way of life. Yet both subjects held tremendous significance for Jesus and his followers.

“Bread” was a politically charged subject and debt forgiveness captured the ethical challenges of Jesus’s day. So when he teaches us to pray for daily bread and forgiveness, we’re learning how justice functions and why we need help to live justly.

Join us at 7:30 in the Pilgrim Chapel as we continue our rediscovery of the Lord’s Prayer.

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Sunday Worship: Health & Human Service Sunday
Jan
27
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship: Health & Human Service Sunday

Health and Human Service Sunday is a special opportunity to create awareness of the health concerns of our communities and world, and to learn about the many and various health and human service ministries of the United Church of Christ. It is observed annually in the United Church of Christ and is an opportunity to talk about health in a holistic way, address the issues of justice in our health care systems and learn about how each of us can become involved.

Please join us on this special Sunday when we will also joyfully install our new Church Officers!

Rev. Michelle Hughes is leading worship; Rev. Gloria Cox is preaching. Our focus scripture is Luke 4:14-21. All are welcome!

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Young Adult Book Club Meeting
Jan
27
3:00 PM15:00

Young Adult Book Club Meeting

All Middle & High School youth are invited to join us for a discussion of “Renegades” by Marissa Meyer. It’s a story of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal!

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies―humans with extraordinary abilities―who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice―and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to the villains who have the power to end them both.

It’s an engaging, fast-paced story – and I’m sure we’ll have a great discussion! The books are available at the Main Branch of the Oak Park Library – just ask for Pilgrim Young Adult book club at the front desk. Contact gloria.cox@pilgrimoakpark.org for more information/to join the discussion.

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - 66 Words: Trying Times
Jan
31
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - 66 Words: Trying Times

After Jesus uses his model prayer to establish the divine order of things and where we fit in God’s vision for our world and lives, he teaches us to pray for salvation in trying times. Effectively, then, the Lord’s Prayer concludes with a necessary admission: we can’t do any of this without God’s help.

How does that kind of dependency inform the ways we live? What kinds of help do we need to confess we can’t go it alone? We end our study of the Lord’s Prayer with a look at what “save us in the time of trial” means today.

Join us at 7:30 in the Pilgrim Chapel.

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 Annual Women’s and Girls’ Retreat
Feb
1
to Feb 3

Annual Women’s and Girls’ Retreat

The annual Pilgrim retreat for women and girls will take place February 1 -3 at Pilgrim Park near Princeton, Illinois. The schedule will be:

Friday night informal gathering, bring snacks to share and games to play
Saturday morning – Reflection, Reading and Discussion
Saturday afternoon – free time (shop in Princeton, go hiking, relax, fellowship!)
Saturday 7:00 p.m. -- Film and Discussion (please make suggestions!)
Sunday morning – Worship and communion

Per person costs are as follows:
1 Night Lodging - $63 (single occupancy $73, triple $53) 2 Nights Lodging - $92 (single occupancy $107, triple $82), Breakfast - $8.50, Lunch - $10.00, Dinner $11.00

Please note that girls of any age are invited to attend this retreat!
For more information or to register, contact gloria.cox@pilgrimoakpark.org

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 Adult Education Class - Gather: Word, Work, Worship
Feb
3
9:45 AM09:45

Adult Education Class - Gather: Word, Work, Worship

As our relationship with Gather grows, some of us are curious about the new-church plant that we’ve been hearing so much about. What is Gather’s vision and mission? Where did the idea for the new church come from? Who is Gather hoping to draw into its faith community and what might that look like? Finally, how do Gather’s core values of “Word, Work, Worship” align with Pilgrim’s values?

Pastor Tim Wolfe and a few of Gather’s people will join us to talk about their church and the Pilgrim-Gather relationship. Please join us!

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Adult Education Class - Beyond Parades and Rainbows: A Queer Theology Primer
Feb
10
9:45 AM09:45

Adult Education Class - Beyond Parades and Rainbows: A Queer Theology Primer

Queer theology first emerged as a form of resistance to confront homophobic and gender-based injustices common among biblical literalists and religious conservatives. With close ties to many modern Christian thought streams, queer theology reclaims LGBTQ-affirming texts and doctrines to ratify the self-worth of same-gender-loving and non-gender-conforming people. When done well, it demonstrates there’s a lot more to Christianity than the infamous “clobber texts” that have been abused to condemn queer folk for centuries.

Pastor Tim Wolfe will lead our consideration of this fascinating topic.

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Polish Splendor Songs and Traditions from the Crossroads of Europe
Feb
10
4:00 PM16:00

Polish Splendor Songs and Traditions from the Crossroads of Europe

Chicago’s celebrated Polish community is a vital part of our city’s spirit. In this concert, years in the making, we’ll explore the rich variety of music from Poland, old and new. Our singers will bring to life traditional folk songs and compelling new works by rising Polish composers—including many in their North American debut. This captivating musical celebration of Poland is not to be missed!

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

Pilgrim Women's Book Club

Join us for our February Book Club meeting to discuss “A Place for Us: A Novel” by Farhen Mirza. Named One of the Best Books of 2018 by: Washington Post • NPR • People • Refinery29 • Real Simple • Buzzfeed!

As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. There is Hadia: their headstrong, eldest daughter, whose marriage is a match of love and not tradition. Huda, the middle child, determined to follow in her sister’s footsteps. And lastly, their estranged son, Amar, who returns to the family fold for the first time in three years to take his place as brother of the bride. What secrets and betrayals have caused this close-knit family to fracture? Can Amar find his way back to the people who know and love him best?

A Place for Us is a book for our times: an astonishingly tender-hearted novel of identity and belonging, and a resonant portrait of what it means to be an American family today. Hope you can join us for what promises to be a lively discussion! For more information contact gloria.co@pilgrimoakpark.org

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Remembering Dr. King - Pilgrim Youth Group Field Trip
Jan
21
10:00 AM10:00

Remembering Dr. King - Pilgrim Youth Group Field Trip

Middle School and High School youth are invited to join for an outing to the Chicago History Museum. We will enjoy a production of The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights by Writers Theatre and a musical performance by the Chicago Chamber Choir along with storytelling and crafts that reflect his messages of peace and justice. And of course, we’ll have lunch!

Museum admission is FREE for Illinois residents on Commemorative Days, so just bring $10 per person to help cover the cost of food. Contact gloria.cox@pilgrimoakpark.org to sign up!

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Sunday Worship: Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday
Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship: Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday

Please join us on this special Sunday as we honor and reflect upon the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr. We are pleased to welcome Rev. Steven Saunders as our very special guest preacher.

Rev. Saunders is an ordained minister, lecturer and civil rights activist, celebrating 50 years of service, for justice and equality for all Americans. He began as a youth activist at Englewood High School protesting to enforce school desegregation as Chairman of the Afro-American History Club. He is a founding member of Operation PUSH and a former board member of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. He is Executive Liaison for Featherfist Social Services, serving the homeless in Chicago.

He was featured in a 2008 PBS documentary “Poverty In Chicago” to discuss causes and solutions to ending homelessness, and current work includes collaboration with Elmhurst College and District 6 Museum of Cape Town South Africa in a live video course for American and South African college students to examine the parallels in civil rights and Anti apartheid movements.

Please join us for this very inspiring, motivating and thought-provoking worship service. All are welcome!

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Pilgrim Women's Book Club
Jan
18
7:30 PM19:30

Pilgrim Women's Book Club

Join us for our January Book Club meeting to discuss Rachael Kadish’s "The Weight of Ink" - WINNER OF A NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD and A USA TODAY BESTSELLER,

Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.

Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, “The Weight of Ink” is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order reconcile the life of the heart and mind.

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - 66 Words: Earthly Mandates, Heavenly Measures
Jan
17
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - 66 Words: Earthly Mandates, Heavenly Measures

The Lord’s Prayer is very deliberate in asking that God’s will be accomplished in our world and lives “as it is in heaven.”

When the ancients spoke about “heaven,” however, they weren’t thinking about some kind of extraterrestrial theme park full of harp-playing angels afloat on puffy clouds. Heaven was an ideal that pointed toward something achievable in this life. We’ll unpack “on earth as it is in heaven” this week.

Join us at 7:30 in the Pilgrim Chapel

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Adult Education Class - What do you believe and why do you believe it?
Jan
13
9:45 AM09:45

Adult Education Class - What do you believe and why do you believe it?

We begin the new year by examining our beliefs, our theology, and how it affects how we live.

Using the book, Steeplejacking, by Sheldon Culver and John Dorhauer, Candace Enockson will lead us in an exploration of some of the forces that shape our beliefs - some of which we may not be aware – and the politicization of religion.

Please join us for these special sessions.

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Feeding the Mind Body and Spirit - Get a Healthy Start to The New Year!
Jan
12
1:00 PM13:00

Feeding the Mind Body and Spirit - Get a Healthy Start to The New Year!

“It’s all about making small changes in your day to day life to ensure that the health of your mind, body and spirit are first and and foremost in your daily decisions”

Co-sponsored by the Ministries of Christian Education & Christian Community, this afternoon will feature programming for both Adults and Youth

Adults will have the opportunity to take a FREE NIa class with Andrea, a certified Nia instructor who also offers classes at the Yoga Center and Oak Park Park District. Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life - body, mind and soul. And it’s fun and accessible for all skill levels, e.g. no Yoga, Dance or athletic experience required!

There will also be healthy eating and living information provided - plus a light snack.

For our youth ages 3-12 running simultaneously exercise, healthy snack preparation, stories, games and more…..

For more information or to register please contact Maureen Deahl by January 7th at maureen.deahl@pilgrimoakpark.org

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - 66 Words: What’s in a Name?
Jan
10
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - 66 Words: What’s in a Name?

When modeling prayer for his students, Jesus first point centers on reverencing God’s name. In ancient times, your name amounted more than what you were called. Your name encapsulated everything about you: your character, the respect due your name, your place in the world.

To “hallow” God’s name declares God’s holiness. What does that actually mean, though? What should we be thinking and feeling when we pray, “Hallowed be thy name”?

Join us at 7:30 in the Pilgrim Chapel as we sort this out.

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Sunday Worship: Epiphany
Jan
6
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship: Epiphany

Please join us on this first Sunday of the New Year!

The meaning of "epiphany" is "manifestation"; it may also mean "a new understanding." When the Magi approached the child Jesus, new understandings came to them and to all about who Christ would be a messiah for the entire world. This service builds on such concepts of new understanding.

Rev. Michelle Hughes is leading worship and preaching. Our focus scripture is Mathew 2:1-12.

All are welcome!

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - New Series – 66 Words: How the Lord’s Prayer Works and Why It Works
Jan
3
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - New Series – 66 Words: How the Lord’s Prayer Works and Why It Works

We begin 2019 looking at the most familiar words in Christendom, the prayer Jesus taught his students.

In its original context, the Lord’s Prayer embodied Jesus’s theology, social ethic, and politics. We’ll begin with the most problematic phrase in the prayer, the salutation, “Our Father who art in heaven.”

What is Jesus saying to the people of his day? What do we hear in our time? And are they the same things? We’ll dig into this at 7:30 in the Pilgrim Chapel.

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 Sunday Worship: The Season of Christmas
Dec
30
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship: The Season of Christmas

Please join us on this first Sunday after our celebration of the birth of Christ.

In addition to magnificent music from the Recorder Society we will have one last chance to sing some of our favorite Christmas carols! There will also be a special lighting of the Kwanzaa candles!

Rev. Michelle Hughes is leading worship and preaching. Our focus scripture is Luke 2:21-34.

All are welcome!

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - "Pool Party"
Dec
27
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - "Pool Party"

Gather closes out 2018 with a fresh look at an oft-told story from John’s Gospel.

For nearly four decades a disabled man languishes beside a pool alleged to have healing powers. But the situation is rigged against him and that raises all kinds of questions—not only for him, but also for us. How often do we get stranded in situations that hold us captive to false hope?

A valuable discussion provides some food for thought as we move from one year into the next. Join us at 7:30 in the Pilgrim Chapel.

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Youth Group Outing - Bowling @Strikers!
Dec
27
11:00 AM11:00

Youth Group Outing - Bowling @Strikers!

Middle School and High School youth are invited to join us for lunch and bowling on at Striker Lanes, 6728 W. 16th Street in Berwyn.

Only $15 per person for 2 hours of bowling, including shoes and lunch.

Please RSVP to gloria.cox@pilgrimoakpark.org by Friday, December 21st and let me know if you'll need a ride or plan to just meet us at Striker Lanes.

Adult volunteers welcome to join as well!

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Sunday Worship: Jesus Family Tree
Dec
23
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship: Jesus Family Tree

Please join us on this fourth Sunday of Advent!

In Advent we watch and wait, and prepare to welcome the Christ Child into the world. Today we light the fourth candle of Advent, a candle of Love.

Rev. Michelle Hughes is leading worship and preaching. Our focus scripture is Mathew 1:1-16.

All are welcome!

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Longest Night Gathering, featuring The Many
Dec
21
6:30 PM18:30

Longest Night Gathering, featuring The Many

Join us for an evening of liturgy & scripture. A time to pray, light candles, and sing. Space to let ourselves lament...our personal sorrows and the hurt and brokenness all around us...and walk toward hope for a more generous, just and loving world.

The Many's indie-folk gospel music makes you want to sing and helps you believe in the power of love over hate, hope and faith over despair. Learn more about them at https://www.themanyarehere.com/

6:30 p.m. Food & Fellowship

7:15 p.m. Service

Please join us. All are welcome!

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - "Hopeward Bound"
Dec
20
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - "Hopeward Bound"

“Jah” (Love)

In our final Advent study session, we’ll explore the big topic of love. In her essay, “Jah,” Anne Lamott urges us to frame our understanding of love as “a gift between people, and between people and the divine.” Yet the essay—by far the most complex and daunting of her new collection, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope—is very canny about the limits of love. As we move into the final moments of the Advent season and move ever closer to Bethlehem, a richer awareness of love will most assuredly enrich the holiday. Join us at 7:30 in the Pilgrim Chapel as we look at love from a number of angles.

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Sunday Worship: Annual Youth & Adult Christmas Pageant
Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship: Annual Youth & Adult Christmas Pageant

Please join us for a very special worship service on this third Sunday of Advent, as our children and youth (and some young-at-heart adults) engage us once again in the story of Christmas.

Worship designed and led by Maureen Deahl, Director of Children’s Ministry. Our focus scriptures are Luke 1: 41-54 and James 5: 7-8.

All are welcome!

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Lux Cantorum presents "Light of the World"
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

Lux Cantorum presents "Light of the World"

"Lux Cantorum" roughly translates to "Light Singers" —we herald the season with songs of light from across the globe.

Featuring both holiday favorites and works that may be new to you, including selections from Bach, Forrest, Nordquist, Peevla, and Rutter.

To purchase tickets click here https://luxcantorum.org/upcoming/2018/12/15/light-of-the-world

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Pilgrim Women's Book Club & Annual Gift Wrapped Book Exchange
Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

Pilgrim Women's Book Club & Annual Gift Wrapped Book Exchange

Join us for our December Book Club meeting to discuss "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas

“They finally put a sheet over Khalil. He can’t breathe under it. I can’t breathe.”

The last words of Eric Garner, adopted and amplified by the Black Lives Matter movement, echo again in the early pages of Angie Thomas’s young-adult novel The Hate U Give. By the time she’s 16, Starr Carter, the protagonist of the book, has lost two of her childhood friends to gun violence: one by a gang drive-by, and one by a cop. A timely topic and we’re sure to have a lively discussion.

This is our final meeting of the year and we’ll celebrate the holidays with our Annual Gift Wrapped Book Exchange. Please bring a wrapped book (new or gently used). For more information, please email: office@pilgrimoakpark.org.

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - "Hopeward Bound"
Dec
13
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - "Hopeward Bound"

“Humans 101” (Joy)

“Some of us periodically need to repeat the joy training,” Anne Lamott writes in her essay “Humans 101” (from her new collection, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope). Could that be one of the big lessons of Advent: training ourselves to receive this “joy to the world” we sing about? And why do the Advent readings relish the pairing of comfort and joy so often? How are they related? We’ll dig into some of these thoughts in our third Advent study. We meet at 7:30 in the Pilgrim Chapel.

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Sunday Worship: Make Ready
Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship: Make Ready

Please join us on this second Sunday of Advent!

In Advent we watch and wait, and prepare to welcome the Christ Child into the world. Today we light the second candle of Advent, a candle of Peace.

We are delighted to welcome Rev. Tim Wolfe as our guest preacher. Rev. Michelle Hughes is leading worship. Our focus scripture is Luke 3:1-6.

All are welcome!

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 OPRF ENCORE CHOIR PERFORMS FREE WINTER CONCERT,  “SEASON OF LIGHT,”
Dec
8
4:00 PM16:00

OPRF ENCORE CHOIR PERFORMS FREE WINTER CONCERT, “SEASON OF LIGHT,”

The Oak Park & River Forest Encore Choir will hold a free public performance of its program, “Season of Light,” Linda Crabtree Powell, conductor of the OPRF Encore Choir, will lead the program. Encore Choir will present eight songs on the concert, all of them celebrating the holiday season. Pianist Lurana Brown is the accompanist for Encore in Oak Park.

The singers of the Oak Park Encore Choir will perform “Keep Your Lamps”; “Calypso Christmas”; “Gesu Bambino”; “Bring a Menorah, Jeanette, Isabella”; “Allundé, Alluia”; “Ocho Kandelikas”; “Glow”; and “Do You Hear What I Hear?”!

For more information e-mail encoreillinois@gmail.com

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CHICAGO A CAPPELLA PRESENTS “SILVER BELLS” HOLIDAYS CONCERTS IN HONOR OF 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

CHICAGO A CAPPELLA PRESENTS “SILVER BELLS” HOLIDAYS CONCERTS IN HONOR OF 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Featuring beloved classics and Pentatonix hits
with programming by Kathryn Kamp

Chicago a cappella’s annual December concert, Holidays a cappella: Silver Bells, ignites the holidays with a celebration of the ensemble’s silver anniversary season. Guest Music Director Paul Nicholson and Guest Programmer Kathryn Kamp present a spirited collection of fresh takes on beloved classics such as “O Tannenbaum” and Chanukah classic “Maoz Tzur.” The acclaimed ensemble will also take on contemporary hits such as an arrangement of “Winter Wonderland” from the hit a cappella group Pentatonix, and more. Audiences will enjoy the “best of” Chicago a cappella’s holidays concerts, as well as familiar holidays tunes new to their stage.

For tickets and more information visit http://www.chicagoacappella.org/concerts

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