Upcoming Events

Below is a list of some upcoming events that we will be hosting or participating in. We would love to have you join us!

For details about any of these events, contact the church office.

“Buzzapalooza” Event to support BEDS Plus and Community Nurse Health Center, Saturday, July 11, 1-3 p.m. in the Lyonsville Church parking lot. Get your head shaved and make a donation to help the homeless in our area.


You are invited
To attend Rev. Dr. Robert von Trebra’s final worship service
on July 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Following the worship service you are invited to attend a Farewell Brunch/Pot Luck to honor Rev. Dr. Robert von Trebra and Jill von Trebra.

RSVP Lyonsville Family of Faith, Contact Wilma Mrazek.

Please bring a card for Pastor Bob and Jill von Trebra and include a special memory that you would like to share with them. Bring a written copy for a memory book or share the memory with everyone present at the celebration.

Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some upcoming mission opportunities you can help with:

Please come join us to help volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) on Saturday, July 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00. We will meet at church to carpool at 8:15. We also go every Wednesday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (meet to carpool at 5:15). The GCFD, Chicago’s food bank, is a non-profit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. They rely heavily on their volunteers to help repack bulk products, assemble boxes with assorted food, check expiration dates, glean produce, etc. Participants must be at least 14 years old. For more information go to www.chicagosfoodbank.org or see/call Laurie Tsukuno or Judy Birmingham to sign up.
The depository would like all volunteers to register in advance. Please see our website (Volunteer Opportunities post) or contact the church office for a link to their website where you can easily do this. Or click here.

In August, the Mission Ministry will be collecting school supplies for three groups: Restoration Ministries, and two groups that meet at the Trinity Community Church in Riverside: The Gift of Hope, Grandparents and Others Raising American’s Children and The Children’s Center of Cicero-Berwyn. Trinity Community Church is where our former interns, Rev. Dr. Penny Taylor and Rev. Bill Ressl are the Pastors.

Restoration Ministries is a Christian-based community outreach organization established in 1988. Through 26 programs they serve 7,000 families and individuals annually who suffer from economic, physical and spiritual poverty. This organization was brought to us to Cindi Fiandaca from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Phi Epsilon Omega Chapter.

The Children’s Center of Cicero-Berwyn is a private not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) registered charitable organization chartered in the State of Illinois to provide child care services. The Children’s Center provides educational day care and child development programs.

The Gift of Hope, Grandparents and Others Raising American’s Children was formally recognized and established as a new ministry at Trinity Community Church in April 2009. Since its inception, the Gift of Hope ministry has assisted over 300 families with an average of two children each, although some grandparents are raising as many as eight grandchildren. The church has become a second home to many of these families, made up of many ethnic backgrounds and cultures, providing a safe and hope filled space offering encouragement, networking opportunities, and fun things to do with children. The church offers support groups for grandparents two times per month – a place to share concerns, receive physical and spiritual support, as well as share laughs. The roots of the Gift of Hope ministry grew out of Adrian Mary Charniak’s lived experience and her dedication to putting her faith into action. Adrian is the Co-Chair of Trinity Community’s Board of Mission and Witness and the Director of the Gift of Hope ministry.

We will be collecting the following items to distribute to these three organizations:

– Blunt scissors (rounded tip)      – 70 count spiral notebooks        – 12 inch/ 30 centimeter ruler
– hand held pencil sharpener      – large eraser                                 – pencils with erasers
– box of 24 crayons                        – washable markers                     – water color paints
– glue sticks               – colored paper                 -pens               -folders (red, green, purple and blue)

Please bring your donations to church before August 30th.

Lyonsville Church Food Pantry: Come and help out at our own food pantry for just one hour.  The pantry is open on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  We would like to have 2 people there to help our guests/visitors during this time.  Volunteers help restock any donated food, and bag up food for guests.  If you would like to donate food, we have a current need for canned meat products (tuna and chicken), and paper products.  Contact the church office if you would like to help.  Donated food can be dropped off while the pantry is open, or contact the church office.


July Worship Schedule

Worship is the heart of the church! Sunday morning worship services are at 10:00 a.m.

Church school for children preschool through grade 8 is offered during the worship time September 8 through May. Children begin in the sanctuary for worship for the first 15-20 minutes, and then are dismissed to their church school classes following the Children’s Time.

The first Sunday of the month is usually a Communion Sunday and Family Sunday, No church school classes are offered on those Sundays. Children are invited to participate in worship with their families. All may participate in Communion, including young children, if their parents believe they have some understanding of the special nature and meaning of Communion.

July 5: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Communion Sunday
Independence Day Sunday
Scripture: Amos 7:10-15; Colossians 1:15-20
Message: God and Country

July 12: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Matthew 14:13-21
Message: We’ve Come This Far by Faith

July 19: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Communion Sunday
Pastor Bob’s last Sunday
Liturgy of Farewell
Scripture: Deuteronomy 31:1-8; John 17:6-19
Message: The Journey is Our Home

After July 19 we will have guest ministers to lead worship and preach until an interim minister is hired. The interim minister will be with us to guide us through our time of transition until a new pastor is called.


The Good News for July & August

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June 14 Sermon


A sermon preached at Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ on June 14, 2015 (Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

– Matthew 5:1-12


There may be some of you who have not heard that I have announced my resignation as Pastor, and will be leaving by the end of July. Last Sunday I asked the folks who were here if they had any suggestions of sermon topics I should preach on during my last weeks (you can still do that). One person observed that church members are in mourning, and we should recognize that. And so, today is a time to mourn. Continue reading