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St. Jude Parish, 241 W. Second Ave. : The Department of Peace and Social Justice is hosting Restless Hearts: Called to Compassion, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon on November 5 in Franciscan Hall near the West Entrance. Check-in is from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Resource tables, a fair trade shop and light refreshments will be available. Register on or by calling 708-743-8141.

Three 45-minute presentations will be led by people working to reduce suffering. Reverend Robert Dueweke serves in Lexington, Kentucky, where coal mining and mountaintop removal have led to widespread poverty and environmental damage. Sister Nancy Schreamm has been a missionary for more than 30 years in the Amazon regions of Brazil, where people experience poverty, violence and the exploitation of their habitat. Reverend Homero Sanchez is pastor of St. Rita of Cascia Parish in Chicago, which primarily serves Mexican immigrants and families.

Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave. : Installation of Reverend Daniel R. Sather at 2 p.m. Nov. 6. Installation will be in agreement with the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ. The public is welcome. A reception at Colonial Hall follows the service. Information: or 708-422-4200.

Sather, a life member of the United Church of Christ and son of a UCC pastor, received his master’s degree in divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Grove, Missouri, and served UCC congregations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and Illinois. He was acting pastor at Pilgrim Faith before being called as its permanent pastor.

“It is certainly an honor and a privilege to serve a progressive congregation that has had a profound impact on the Oak Lawn community for over 130 years,” Sather said. “It’s a haven for refugees and immigrants and a warm, dry place to sleep for the homeless. We continue to feed the hungry and provide a host of mental health services ranging from addictions to mental health counseling in our building.

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“We are a safe, open, affirming, and inclusive faith community for the LGBTQ+ community, and we see diversity as a rainbow of God’s delight,” he added. “Being able to serve such a congregation as a permanent pastor allows me to continue to develop this honorable history and to be a leader who embraces what has been, and moves the congregation into new ways of being the Church of Jesus. -Christ at a time when the message of love is lost and Christian nationalism continues to poison the Christian Church and Jesus’ inclusive love for all people.

St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church, 10621 S. Kedvale Avenue: Community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 6 at the lower level of Kane Hall. Enter through the parking lot east of 107th Street and Kedvale. It is sponsored by the SCA Men’s Club. Make an appointment by calling 800-7TO-GIVE or visiting Walk-in appointments are welcome if time permits. Information: 708-425-2850.

Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave. : Trunk or Treat from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 28 in the church parking lot. Children and families can trick or treat and participate in Halloween activities. It is open to the community. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Information: or 708-444-8560.

Presbyterian Church at Orland Park, 13401 Wolf Road: Southwest Interfaith Team Dinner 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 6. Registration and tickets are required by October 31; none will be sold at the door. The cost is $20 per person. Attendees can purchase tickets at their place of worship or by calling Leslie Carey at 708-267-7622. SWIFT’s mission is for Christians, Muslims and Jews to work together for respect, understanding and religious harmony. Information: or 708-448-8142.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 6850 W. 159th St.: The pumpkin patch will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily until October 31. Items available for sale include pumpkins, gourds, handmade fall scented candles, seasonal scented soaps, bath bombs, fall decorated vine wreaths, fabric pumpkins , kitchen towels and hand painted pumpkins. Information: or 708-532-9395.

Faith Movers Church, 425 Exchange Street: Fall Festival from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 28. Games, treats, a DJ and more will be there. Water and water kits will be given to residents of the university park. Free entry. To RSVP, text FESTIVAL to 708-329-8823.

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