October 12 Sermon

WHY I BELIEVE: GOD AT WORK

A sermon preached at Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ on October 12, 2014 (Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

- Jonah 1:1-3

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

- John 1:43-51

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I have been doing a series of sermons on “Why I Believe…,” in which I have shared some of the reasons I have come to believe in God and Jesus Christ, and to be a minister of the gospel. I hope these sermons will help you to reflect on what you believe and why, so that if anyone should ask you why you are a Christian, you might have a good answer! Continue reading

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.

TILE GAME NIGHT will be on Friday, October 17, 7:00 p.m. If you missed us at our last “Tile Game Club”, we hope you will join us this month for a night of playing Scrabble and/or Rummikub. For more information see Laurie Tsukuno.

CROPWALK: Please join in our local CROP Hunger Walk to raise your voice against hunger and raise funds to help hungry people around the world and here in our own area. The LaGrange/Western Springs/Brookfield CROP Walk will be held on Sunday, October 19. Lyonsville participants will meet at the First United Methodist Church of LaGrange, 100 W. Cossitt. Registration is at 1:00 and Step off begins at 1:45.  Please bring a donation of a canned food item. The Walk is 3 miles—rain or shine. Please consider sponsoring a Lyonsville walker or come and walk yourself. Last year our own Lyonsville Food Pantry received both funds and food from this CROP Walk.
Contact Judy Birmingham for more information or to sign up. You can also sign up, or make a donation on-line. It’s easy! See our front page for details.

THE FALL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be Sunday, October 26 after morning worship. Business on the agenda includes election of officers and leaders, and presentation of a proposed budget for 2015. All church members are encouraged to attend!

HARVEST HOME TURKEY DINNER
Saturday, November 8
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Adults $15.00, Children ages 5-12 $10.00, Children 4 and under FREE
Carry Out available
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!
You may purchase tickets from Wilma Mrazek or the church office (708-246-1255).
We kindly ask that you purchase your tickets in advance of the dinner so that we order the appropriate amount of food.

RE READS book club will meet on Sunday, November 9 after worship at 11:30 AM. We are reading “The Shack” by Wm Paul Young, a “modern parable” about the Trinity. A light lunch will be served.  Contact Sherry Suomi for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some upcoming mission opportunities you can help with:

Greater Chicago Food Depository: Join us to help volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository  on Saturday, October 25, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. We will meet at church to carpool at 8:15. The GCFD, Chicago’s largest food bank, is a non-profit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people.  They rely heavily on their volunteers to help repack bulk products, assemble boxes with food, check expiration dates, glean produce, etc.  Participants must be at least 13 years old.  Contact the church office if you would like to help. We volunteer every Wednesday from 6:00 to 9:00 (meet to carpool at 5:15).
This will be our last trip of 2104.

KITCHEN COMMITTEE
We’re looking for people to help organize and maintain the kitchen. We’ll get started in October. If you can help, please contact Wilma Mrazek.

HATS/SCARVES/GLOVES FOR THE NIGHT MINISTRY
Starting in November, we plan to again take up a collection for The Night Ministry.  In order to encourage more folks to contribute to this mission, we thought we would tie it in to the Harvest Home dinner (scheduled for November 8th.)  For every item donated, you will receive 1 free ticket for our fabulous raffle table.  Please spread the word and for those of you who like to knit or crochet, now is the time to get started.  Thank you.

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.
Oral care products - In addition to food, we give out personal hygiene products such as deodorant, bars of soap, tooth brushes and tooth paste.  We would be interested in receiving tooth brushes and/or tooth paste from your dentist.  In exchange for his/her donation, we would put a thank you note in our Good News (which results in free advertising for them).  The next time you are at the dentist, please consider asking for a donation.

BEDS Plus, which provides homeless people with food and shelter, is having volunteer orientation sessions:
October 13, 2014
November 10, 2014
December 8, 2014
All sessions begin at 7pm at the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, 2nd Floor Conference Room. 150 S. Ashland Ave., LaGrange.

For more information, contact Diane Kassel at 708-354-0858 x7 or kassel@beds-plus.org.

They especially need volunteers willing to work those late-night and early morning shelter shifts. BEDS is also looking for volunteers to help organize our ongoing fundraising events.

October 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.

October 5: Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time/Communion Sunday
Family Sunday
Receive Neighbors in Need Special Offering
Scripture: Isaiah 53; John 10:7-18
Message: Why I Believe: Jesus

October 12: Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture: Jonah 1:1-3; John 1:43-51
Message: Why I Believe: God at Work

October 19: Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture: Psalm 23; Matthew 5:1-12
Message: Why I Believe: The Shadow of Death

October 26: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Congregational Meeting after worship
Scripture: Exodus 18:13-27; James 5:13-16
Message: Why I Believe: The Church

November 2: Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time/Communion Sunday
Family Sunday
Observe All Saints Day
Scripture: Psalm 1; Acts 9:36-43
Message: Why I Believe: Faithful Witnesses