Small Group Conversations with the Congregation
Jun
19
6:30 PM18:30

Small Group Conversations with the Congregation

This process will take place during the month of June (in order to get input before people scatter for vacation). We will have 4 sessions; two Sundays, and two during the week. Members of the Search Committee are encouraged to pick a session to attend so that they may hear firsthand the feeling and thoughts of the congregation. Snacks will be provided for each gathering.

Signup sheets are in the Parlor.
Available Dates and Times:

  • Sunday, June 2nd at 11:45 after worship

  • Sunday June 9th at 11:45 after worship,

  • Wednesday, June 12th at 6:30 PM

  • Wednesday, June 19th at 6:30 PM.

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT
Jun
20
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT

From Waiter to Martyr (Acts 6 – 7)

In its first attempt to organize, the church wisely focuses on service—literally, table service. Among its first appointees is an angel-faced man named Stephen, whose faith and wisdom set him apart from all the rest. What’s more he’s endowed with the kind of holy boldness that can get you killed. Yet before he dies, he gives the first cogent theological lecture in Christian history. And it’s every bit as thrilling as his story! Find out more in this week’s “Disorganized Religion” outing. We begin at 7:30p in the Chapel.

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Pilgrim Women's Book Club
Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

Pilgrim Women's Book Club

Join us for our June Book Club meeting to discuss “Lucky Boy” by Shanthi Sekaran

Lucky Boy presents two very different American stories, tied together by the fate of a child. When Soli Castro-Valdez leaves her small Mexican village for the United States, she endures the difficult journey but arrives pregnant and undocumented. Meanwhile, Kavya Reddy, whose parents immigrated to the US from India, is living a more peaceful life with her dot.com-employed husband in Berkeley. Unable to have a child, Kavya becomes a foster parent—and when Soli winds up in immigrant detention, her son Ignacio winds up with Kavya. But the story has just begun.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a lively and thought-provoking discussion!
For more information contact inquiries@pilgrimoakpark.org

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Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!
Jun
22
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 Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church in partnership with Pilgrim Congregational Church!

Called to Proclaim, Nurture and Serve, Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church (FOPC) welcomes all people to worship with our faith community.  Fundraising for the youth ministry at FOPC strives to create a Christ centered, warm, affirming and inclusive environment rooted in the reformed tradition, that empowers each individual to teach, serve, worship, play and learn as we honor God in today’s world.  Each year the senior high students travel to a different location for a mission trip that teaches students about hands on service.
www.fairoakspres.org

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June Women's Breakfast
Jun
22
9:00 AM09:00

June Women's Breakfast

All Pilgrim women are invited to join us for delicious food and fun fellowship! We’re celebrating a very special birthday this month so our hostess is providing most of the meal - so you only need to bring yourself and some fruit!
For logistics and more information contact inquiries@pilgrimoakpark.org

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Sunday Worship: Pride Sunday Celebration
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Worship: Pride Sunday Celebration

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 as we celebrate Pride Sunday! The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. This Sunday we celebrate how far we’ve come and lift up prayers & encourage for the journey still ahead.

Rev. Tim Wolfe will be leading worship and preaching, and there will be special music provided by the Pride Sunday Choir! Our focus scripture is Luke 8:26-39. ALL are welcome!

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT
Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT

Philip on the Fringes (Acts 8)

Just in time for Pride Weekend, we follow the exploits of Philip, whose calling takes him into highly unusual places and introduces him to unusual people. (Everything about his story is queer.) He goes to live with the Samaritans, whom Jews traditionally revile and relegate to the margins. Then he hops a ride with an Ethiopian eunuch and removes all doubt that everyone has a place in God’s kingdom. We’re having our own little Pride parade with this week’s “Disorganized Religion” outing. Join us in the Chapel at 7:30p!

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Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!
Jun
29
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 Wonder Works Children’s Museum in partnership with Pilgrim Congregational Church!

Wonder Works’ mission is to provide a hands-on, multi-generational environment intended to strengthen the social, emotional and intellectual development of children from birth to age ten. Our exhibits and programs provide the bridge between classroom and family room, promoting creativity and encouraging children to learn through play. The museum currently has six permanent exhibits, as well as special events and classes. Families access the museum through membership, general admission, field trips, classes, parties, and our retail store.
www.wonder-works.org

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Men's Breakfast
Jun
29
9:00 AM09:00

Men's Breakfast

Our next men’s breakfast will be hosted by Bruce Cox. 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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Sunday Worship: Contemplative Prayer Service
Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Worship: Contemplative Prayer 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.

We will be having three contemplative prayer services in our air conditioned church parlor. This will be a more intimate service, without a sermon, with singing, silence, and guided meditation drawn from a variety of sources. This Sunday we are thrilled to have special music from Nancy Miller and her granddaughter, Elanor Huber.

Contemplative Worship is an opportunity to still the internal busyness, allowing us to settle deeply into our spiritual center. Contemplative Worship practices us in the rhythm of Christ, a rhythm of moving into prayer and communion with God before going out to engage the world in our work and relationships.

Contemplative Worship does not imply that a person must be proficient in a certain skill or spiritual discipline to participate. It simply implies a desire to seek God and to be open to however God might choose to move within our lives. We hope you will join us.

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Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!
Jul
6
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!

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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Sunday Worship: Communion Sunday
Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Worship: 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".

Please join us on this 4th Sunday after Pentecost Rev. Michelle Hughes is leading worship, preaching.and celebrating Communion. We will also be blessed by Mary Leger who will be singing music an original composition by Greg Phillips.

Please plan to attend!

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT
Jul
11
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT

Saving Saul (Acts 9:1-31)

One of the Early Church’s greatest adversaries literally gets floored. He rebounds without his eyesight. But his vision is markedly improved, enabling him to see what God is doing with this raggedy band of Jewish Christians he’s trying to destroy. The Book of Acts takes things to a whole new level with its introduction of the surly figure we’ll eventually come to know and love as Paul. Don’t miss this week’s outing in our “Disorganized Religion” series. The conversation begins at 7:30p in the Chapel.

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Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!
Jul
13
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 St. Catherine of Sienna/St. Lucy’s Catholic Church Youth Group in partnership with Pilgrim Congregational Church!

St. Catherine/St. Lucy seeks to deepen our relationship with God and to celebrate God's presence in Word and Sacrament. www.parisheonline.com/scripts/HostedSites/Org.asp?ID=5494

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT
Jul
18
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT

Women: Witnesses and Wonder Workers (various texts)

Throughout Acts, women play remarkable roles and make powerful contributions to the early life of the Jesus movement. This week we pause our sequential reading to spotlight some of the extraordinary ministers, providers, caregivers, and witnesses who profoundly influenced the character of early Christianity. Dorcas, Mary, Rhoda, and Lydia are but a few of the powerful women whose contributions so often get overlooked. Not on this tour! Join us as we continue our stroll through Acts at 7:30p in the Chapel.

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 Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!
Jul
20
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 Cluster Tutoring and Pilgrim Youth Group in partnership with Pilgrim Congregational Church!

To learn more about the Pilgrim Youth Group for middle school and high school students, please visit our Youth Group Page.

The mission of Cluster Tutoring is to help students realize their potential through the power of learning in an environment that strengthens the student, the tutor, and the community. The organization provides a high-quality learning environment for over 100 elementary and high school students from Chicago's Austin community, as well as a richly rewarding experience for its volunteer tutors. http://www.clustertutoring.org/

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT
Jul
25
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT

Peter Figures It Out (Acts 9:32 – 11:18)

Starting with his magnificent Pentecost sermon, Peter has been the Jesus movement’s dynamic, de facto leader. He’s earned the respect of his people. He’s a proven miracle worker and orator. Still, his theology could use a little help—which comes in the form of a peculiar vision that completely revolutionizes his ministry. All sorts of tasty details surface in this week’s outing as we watch Peter figure things out! Join us as we continue our “Disorganized Religion” series in the Chapel at 7:30p.

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Pilgrim Women's Book Club
Jul
26
7:30 PM19:30

Pilgrim Women's Book Club

Join us for our July Book Club meeting to discuss "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones

This stirring love story is a deeply insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward- with hope and pain- into the future.

“It’s among Tayari’s many gifts that she can touch us soul to soul with her words.”

— OPRAH WINFREY

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a engaging discussion!
For more information contact inquiries@pilgrimoakpark.org

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Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!
Jul
27
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!

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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All Church Book Discussion - Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Jul
28
11:30 AM11:30

All Church Book Discussion - Evicted by Matthew Desmond

WINNER OF THE 2017 PULITZER PRIZE GENERAL NON-FICTION

From Harvard sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond, “Evicted” is a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America.

In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship.

We will be reading the book as a church followed by a book discussion on Sunday, July 28th after worship. Please read the book and plan to join us!

· Copies of the book are available from Pastor Michelle – four copies are being circulated.
· Copies are now available at the Oak Park Library.
· Request a copy from any Library if you have a card.
· Available on Amazon Audible and Kindle.

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT
Aug
1
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT

Widening the Welcome (Acts 11:19 – 15:35)

The villain formerly known as Saul of Tarsus reemerges as Acts’ great hero. How’s this for irony? The man who devoted his life to religious exclusion becomes Christianity’s greatest radical inclusion champion. How radical? Saul’s restyling as “Paul” disrupts the Early Church, launching its first serious identity crisis. Not to fear, though. The result is a wider welcome, along with a surprising deftness for managing conflict. We welcome Paul to this week’s outing as we continue our tour of Acts in the Chapel at 7:30p.

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Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!
Aug
3
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 Local Motions in partnership with Pilgrim Congregational Church!

Founded in 2001, Local-Motions Inc. is a non-profit organization (501(c)3), dedicated to the promotion of performance arts among school-aged children in Chicago. Providing Performing Arts Instructions in dance, theater, set design, vocal performance, and fine art, which benefit children and youth from ages five to eighteen. http://www.localmotions.net

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT
Aug
8
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT

Mission and Method (Acts 15:36 – 21:16)

With only a map and a vision, Paul sets out to spread the word among the Gentiles. The success of his first mission (in last week’s passage) would suggest fairly smooth sailing as he turns his focus to more metropolitan European cities. But this ride often gets bumpy and rivalries in ministry begin to surface. This week’s outing gives us a candid and sometimes unsettling account of what missionary work requires. This week we sail the high seas as we continue our “Disorganized Religion” tour at 7:30 in the Chapel.

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT
Aug
15
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT

The Tide Turns (Acts 21:17-26:32)

Paul returns from his missionary journeys to find out his reputation precedes him—and it’s not good. Word has it that he’s leading expatriate Jews to turn against their own faith and embrace Gentile Christianity. Paul’s enemies scheme to put a stop to him, inciting public riots and appealing to politicos. This is Paul’s Passion, and its echoes of Jesus’s experience are impossible to miss. Continuing our tour of Acts, we hang tight with the Great Lion of God as he faces hard trials. Join us at 7:30p in the Chapel.

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT
Aug
22
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT

Roma (Acts 27 – 28)

The closing episodes of Acts concentrate on Paul’s final journey, not as a missionary but as a prisoner. Per his request and right as a Roman citizen, he requests a hearing before Caesar. The trip from Palestine to Rome is tumultuous, including a shipwreck and a number of other harrowing moments. So great is the writer’s admiration for his subject, the book ends before the final scene unfolds. Don’t miss our final outing in our summer tour of Acts, “Disorganized Religion.” We push off at 7:30p in the Chapel.

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT
Aug
29
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT

How We Spent Our Summer Vacation

We round out “Disorganized Religion,” our summer-long tour of Acts and the early Jesus Movement, reflecting on the stories we’ve read, the thoughts that have surfaced, what surprised us most, and maybe a few things we didn’t like so much along the way. And we ask two overarching questions. What have we, as Jesus followers, lost over the centuries? What should we reclaim? Don’t miss this final summary of a book we’ve come to love (or love anew)! We meet at 7:30p in the Chapel.

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Sunday Worship: Recognizing Juneteenth & Father's Day
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Worship: Recognizing Juneteenth & Father's Day

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".

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans throughout the former Confederacy of the southern United States.

Our focus scripture is John 16:12:15. Rev. Michelle Hughes will be leading worship and preaching. And we will be blessed by a horn concerto Gabe Krauter. Please join us for this special celebration..

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Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!
Jun
15
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!

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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Youth Group End of School Year Celebration
Jun
14
5:30 PM17:30

Youth Group End of School Year Celebration

What better way to celebrate the start of summer break then blowing off some steam with friends at Laser Tag! All incoming Middle School and High School youth (including those that just graduated in May/June) are invited to join us on Friday, June 14th for a couple of friendly games and pizza at Laser Quest Norridge (4167 N. Harlem Ave., Norridge, IL), 5:30 – 7:45 p.m. Cost is $10 per youth. Please contact Gloria.cox@pilgrimoakpark.org to RVSP by Friday, June 7th.

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT
Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT

Miracles and Ministry (Acts 3 – 5)

Before Jesus’s departure, he promised his disciples do greater things than he did. They get their first taste of this with a simple healing that puts Peter and John in the religious establishment’s crosshairs. Together with some internal congregational drama (and that’s no exaggeration), the apostles quickly learn what ministry is all about. Don’t miss our second outing in our summer-long tour of the Book of Acts, “Disorganized Religion.” The conversation begins at 7:30p in the Chapel.

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Small Group Conversations with the Congregation
Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

Small Group Conversations with the Congregation

This process will take place during the month of June (in order to get input before people scatter for vacation). We will have 4 sessions; two Sundays, and two during the week. Members of the Search Committee are encouraged to pick a session to attend so that they may hear firsthand the feeling and thoughts of the congregation. Snacks will be provided for each gathering.

Signup sheets are in the Parlor.
Available Dates and Times:

  • Sunday, June 2nd at 11:45 after worship

  • Sunday June 9th at 11:45 after worship,

  • Wednesday, June 12th at 6:30 PM

  • Wednesday, June 19th at 6:30 PM.

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Small Group Conversations with the Congregation
Jun
9
11:45 AM11:45

Small Group Conversations with the Congregation

This process will take place during the month of June (in order to get input before people scatter for vacation). We will have 4 sessions; two Sundays, and two during the week. Members of the Search Committee are encouraged to pick a session to attend so that they may hear firsthand the feeling and thoughts of the congregation. Snacks will be provided for each gathering.

Signup sheets are in the Parlor.
Available Dates and Times:

  • Sunday, June 2nd at 11:45 after worship

  • Sunday June 9th at 11:45 after worship,

  • Wednesday, June 12th at 6:30 PM

  • Wednesday, June 19th at 6:30 PM.

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Sunday Worship: Pentecost
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Worship: Pentecost

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".

This Sunday the Strengthen the Church special offering will also be collected. This offering supports church growth, pastoral and lay leadership development, and youth and young adult ministries within UCC conferences. It will help the UCC make progress on its commitment to create a just world for all by investing in new ministries and practices that meet the emerging needs of local communities.

Rev. Michelle Hughes will be preaching and leading worship. All are invited to join us!



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UCC Illinois Conference Annual Celebration - Day Two
Jun
8
8:30 AM08:30

UCC Illinois Conference Annual Celebration - Day Two

All are invited to join us at the Conference Annual Celebration June 7 and 8 at Elmhurst College. In this exciting time of new possibilities, the Conference Council extends a wide welcome to the full Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ.

We will gather together to worship and to be inspired. We will enrich and encourage each other as we dream and take the actions that will define the next Chapter of life as the Illinois Conference UCC. You will hear from the Interim Conference Minister, Rev. Justo Gonzalez, II, who is working diligently to free the Conference from its moorings, and move us boldly into the open waters, enabling us to bring the love of God to an anxious world, in new ways that the world can hear.

You will be exposed to the energy and enthusiasm of the Sustainability Committee, and you will have a chance to inspire them with your dreams, and guide them with your feedback. If we would move purposefully into the future, we count on the gathered community to discern God’s will. We desire action, but we are most effective when we are moving together and speaking the truth with love.

To register, click here.
To review the full agenda and program, click here

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Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!
Jun
8
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 OPALGA in partnership with Pilgrim Congregational Church.

OPALGA’s mission is to improve the quality of life and to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents of the area through communication, education, participation, celebration and understanding, thereby incorporating our unique strengths and values into everyday life. OPALGA strives to foster a communitywide understanding of the issues that LGBT people face through direct outreach and interaction with local communitywide organizations.
www.opalga.org

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UCC Illinois Conference Annual Celebration - Day One
Jun
7
12:45 PM12:45

UCC Illinois Conference Annual Celebration - Day One

All are invited to join us at the Conference Annual Celebration June 7 and 8 at Elmhurst College. In this exciting time of new possibilities, the Conference Council extends a wide welcome to the full Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ.

We will gather together to worship and to be inspired. We will enrich and encourage each other as we dream and take the actions that will define the next Chapter of life as the Illinois Conference UCC. You will hear from the Interim Conference Minister, Rev. Justo Gonzalez, II, who is working diligently to free the Conference from its moorings, and move us boldly into the open waters, enabling us to bring the love of God to an anxious world, in new ways that the world can hear.

You will be exposed to the energy and enthusiasm of the Sustainability Committee, and you will have a chance to inspire them with your dreams, and guide them with your feedback. If we would move purposefully into the future, we count on the gathered community to discern God’s will. We desire action, but we are most effective when we are moving together and speaking the truth with love.

To register, click here.
To review the full agenda and program, click here

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT
Jun
6
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - DISORGANIZED RELIGION: A TOUR OF ACTS AND THE EARLY JESUS MOVEMENT

Inciting Incidents (Acts 1 – 2)

The Book of Acts starts off breathlessly with two of Christianity’s signal moments back-to-back: the Ascension of Jesus and the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. In the midst of all the supernatural goings and comings we’re introduced to a motley of crew of Galileans whose passion is only equaled by their befuddlement. It’s a great start to great book that gets better with every reading. Join us for this first outing in our summer tour of Acts, “Disorganized Religion.” We meet at 7:30 pm in the Chapel.

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Small Group Conversations with the Congregation
Jun
2
11:45 AM11:45

Small Group Conversations with the Congregation

This process will take place during the month of June (in order to get input before people scatter for vacation). We will have 4 sessions; two Sundays, and two during the week. Members of the Search Committee are encouraged to pick a session to attend so that they may hear firsthand the feeling and thoughts of the congregation. Snacks will be provided for each gathering.

Signup sheets are in the Parlor.
Available Dates and Times:

  • Sunday, June 2nd at 11:45 after worship

  • Sunday June 9th at 11:45 after worship,

  • Wednesday, June 12th at 6:30 PM

  • Wednesday, June 19th at 6:30 PM.

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Sunday Worship: Music Sunday
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Sunday Worship: Music 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".

Please join us on this special Sunday when we will be blessed with music from the Chancel Choir and Lux Cantorum Chicago, directed by Wilbert Watkins and accompanied by Joan Hutchinson.

Rev. Michelle Hughes is leading worship and preaching. Our focus scripture is John 17:20-26
All are invited to join us.



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Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!
Jun
1
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 Cub Scouts Progressive Pack in partnership with Pilgrim Congregational Church.

Cub Scouts Pack 16 is an intentionally inclusive chapter of Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America), chartered by First United Church Oak Park. Cub Scouts serves children in kindergarten through fifth grade – building character, teaching the responsibilities of citizenship and personal fitness. https://pack16oakpark.org/

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - “THE GOSPEL GUIDE TO HAPPINESS: BELIEVING & LIVING THE BEATITUDES”
May
30
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - “THE GOSPEL GUIDE TO HAPPINESS: BELIEVING & LIVING THE BEATITUDES”

Pacifist, Persecuted, and Panned—Yet Happy

We conclude our Beatitude series with a closer look at three states of being, all of them focused on conflict. Why does Jesus reserve the “children of God” appellation for peacekeepers? How might persecution be viewed constructively? What risks must we be willing to take to participate in the prophetic tradition Jesus upholds?

Big questions that we’ll try to answer this week; join us at 7:30pm.

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Sunday Worship: Memorial Day Sunday
May
26
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship: Memorial Day 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".

Please join us on this special Sunday when we remember and honor those who have served our country.

Rev. Gloria Cox is leading worship and preaching. Our focus scripture is Acts 16:9-15.
All are invited to join us.



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Pilgrim's Famous Donuts!
May
25
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 Oak Park Regional Housing Center in partnership with Pilgrim Congregational Church.

The Oak Park Regional Housing Center offers free apartment referral services, and rental counseling to building owners. They work to counteract steering and to promote pro-integrative choices through affirmative marketing. They market Oak Park as a community for all races, attracting people who respond to and strengthen that kind of climate. The OPRHC promotes Oak Park as open to all and educates minority home seekers on their fair housing rights. https://oprhc.org/

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - “THE GOSPEL GUIDE TO HAPPINESS: BELIEVING & LIVING THE BEATITUDES”
May
23
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - “THE GOSPEL GUIDE TO HAPPINESS: BELIEVING & LIVING THE BEATITUDES”

Unsatisfied, Unselfish, and Unsophisticated—Yet Happy

In the Beatitudes, Jesus tells us there are folks whose cravings for justice can never be satisfied. Others are selfless in their compulsion to be merciful. Still others manage to safeguard their innocence despite corruption that surrounds them. In each case, Jesus says such perceived deficiencies are actually core strengths that yield remarkably fulfilling rewards.

Our conversation on the Beatitudes continues at 7:30 pm.

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CMA Cluster 3 Meeting
May
20
7:00 PM19:00

CMA Cluster 3 Meeting

All Pilgrim members are welcome to join us as we host the November meeting of Cluster 3 churches, within the Chicago Metropolitan Association, UCC.

The Chicago Metropolitan Association’s 103 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 hear about some of the key resolutions that will be discussed and voted on at the upcoming General Synod

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Sunday Worship: New Life
May
19
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship: New Life

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".

Please join us on this special Sunday when we recognize our Christian Education teachers and celebrate our graduates - from preschool to college.

Rev. Michelle Hughes is leading worship and preaching. Our focus scripture is Rev 21:1-6.

Please join the celebration!

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Adult Education: Looking Ahead
May
19
9:45 AM09:45

Adult Education: Looking Ahead

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.

This Is our last meeting until the Fall so we’ll spend some time discussing what topics you’d like to explore during the 2019-2020 program year. Gloria Cox will also preview some of the key resolutions that will be discussed and voted on at the upcoming UCC General Synod.
Please join us!

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The First Donut Day of the Season!
May
18
7:00 AM07:00

The First Donut Day of the Season!

The Oak Park Farmers' Market's 44th season begins May 18!

And so do Pilgrim Donut sales!

All 3 delicious varieties will be available - plain, powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar. Plus we are exploring options for some new products this year. We will be offering granola bars, fruit leathers and potentially other small items for sale.

See you at the market!

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Pilgrim Women's Book Club
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

Pilgrim Women's Book Club

Join us for our April Book Club meeting to discuss “White Houses” by Amy Bloom

Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt’s first presidential campaign. Having grown up worse than poor in South Dakota and reinvented herself as the most prominent woman reporter in America, “Hick,” as she’s known to her friends and admirers, is not quite instantly charmed by the idealistic, patrician Eleanor. But then, as her connection with the future first lady deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion matures into a lasting love, and a life that Hick never expected to have.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a lively and thought-provoking discussion!
For more information contact inquiries@pilgrimoakpark.org

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - “THE GOSPEL GUIDE TO HAPPINESS: BELIEVING & LIVING THE BEATITUDES”
May
16
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - “THE GOSPEL GUIDE TO HAPPINESS: BELIEVING & LIVING THE BEATITUDES”

Modest, Mournful, and Meek—Yet Happy

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus opens his Sermon on the Mount with a manifesto for everyday living. In this passage, commonly called “The Beatitudes,” he insists most of us have it backwards. The key to happiness can’t be found in power, status, and wealth; instead, it’s in their opposites.

Join us at 7:30 pm as Gather begins a three-part series, “The Gospel Guide to Happiness: Believing and Living the Beatitudes.”

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Sunday Worship: Celebrating Mother's Day
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship: Celebrating Mother's Day

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".

Please join us on this 4th Sunday of Easter when we will lift up a celebration of mothers - mothers-to-be, current mothers, mothers we have lost and mothers in spirit.

Rev. Michelle Hughes is leading worship and preaching.. Our focus scriptures are Psalm 23 and John 10:22-30.

All are welcome to join us!

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Adult Education: Refugees & Global Migration - part 2
May
12
9:45 AM09:45

Adult Education: Refugees & Global Migration - part 2

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.

This Sunday Candace Enockson continues our discussion on refugees and immigration using materials from the Foreign Policy Association by way of the League of Women Voters. Each week there is a chapter to read in advance (contact inquiries@pilgrimoakpark.org to request the chapters) and there will be a video shown in class with further information, followed by discussion. The resources are excellent and should stimulate our hearts and minds. Please join us!

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Sounds Good Choir Spring Concert
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Sounds Good Choir Spring Concert

The Sounds Good! Choir (formerly Encore Illinois) provides choral singing opportunities for older adults (55+) in the Chicago area under the direction of a professional artist. Please join us for our free Spring community concert featuring wonderful hits from the American Songbook and film/movie music, including “And All That Jazz,” “Moon River,” “All of Me,” and “The Impossible Dream.”
For more information click here

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Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - “ONCE, FOR ALL: RECONSIDERING ATONEMENT”
May
9
7:30 PM19:30

Gather Bible Study @Pilgrim - “ONCE, FOR ALL: RECONSIDERING ATONEMENT”

Atonement Now

We conclude our three-part study on atonement by asking, “Are there redeemable ways of looking at this topic?” The issues it raises are well known: violence, divine abandonment, misguided metaphors, capital punishment, and many others that thwart our ability to discern God’s love and justice in this narrative. How is this concept relevant and acceptable to post-modern Christian thought?

We’ll consider this at 7:30 pm. Come be part of what will be a surprisingly rich and uplifting conversation!

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Hunger Walkathon West CROP Walk  Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park and Austin
May
5
1:00 PM13:00

Hunger Walkathon West CROP Walk Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park and Austin

This is the 50th anniversary of the CROP Walk! Our annual participation in the CROP Walk supports the ministries of Church World Service (CWS), an organization committed to bringing food and clean water where most urgently needed, and support to refugees and immigrants around the world. The Hunger Walkathon West (our walk) will share 75% of proceeds with CWS, and 25% will benefit local hunger relief agencies such as the Oak Park Food Pantry.

Please consider walking with us. There are always short and longer walk options, and you don’t have to decide ahead of time which you want to do. If you cannot walk, for whatever reason, please support the walk---Talk it up! Even if your friends and neighbors support the CROP Walk through other walking groups, the result is the same.

1:00 p.m. Registration Begins 2:00 p.m. Walk Begins.
For more information and to register for the Crop Walk, click here.

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