July 27 Sermon


A sermon preached at Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ on July 27, 2014 (Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

1 Kings 3:5-12

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

33He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”


“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

47“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


51“Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” 52And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”             - Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52


While he was living among us, Jesus taught and preached about the Kingdom of Heaven, or the Kingdom of God, or the Realm of Heaven. In the account of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus proclaimed, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Matthew 4:17). Continue reading

July 20 Sermon


A sermon preached by Rev. Robert von Trebra and Madeline Cihak at Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ on July 20, 2014 (Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Psalm 139

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. 27And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ 28He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

36Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!   - Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43



I am becoming more and more of an expert on weeds. I never learned much about gardening when I was young, and when we first had a home, and I had to take care of a lawn, and even tried growing things in a garden, I had a hard time figuring out what were the plants I wanted, and what were the weeds. These days I can pick out the weeds pretty quickly, although I am astonished at the endless variety of them. I have learned which ones are easy to pull out, and which require greater care, or even digging. Continue reading

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, August 9, 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). Now that warmer weather is here please keep in mind that the GCFD requires long pants and close-toed shoes when working.

In August the Mission Ministry will be collecting and assembling school kits/bags for children in impoverished schools, refugee camps, or other difficult settings to give them some of the basic tools for learning. We have purchased the very colorful bags this year. These kits will contain the following:

▪ One pair of blunt metal scissors (rounded tip).
▪ Three 70-count spiral notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages. No loose leaf or filler paper.
▪ One 12 inch/ 30 centimeter ruler.
▪ One hand held pencil sharpener.
▪ One large eraser.
▪ Six new pencils with erasers.
▪ One box of 24 crayons (only 24).

Please bring your donation to church before Sunday, August 24th.

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.

Garage Sale Donations

We are gladly accepting donations for our huge garage sale on Saturday, September 27.

Guidelines around donations – We’ll gladly accept housewares, small electronics, home furnishings and accessories, toys, books, sporting equipment, tools, and clothing. Unfortunately, we can not accept the following items: TV’s, computers/monitors, infant car seats, cribs, upholstered furniture, unframed mirrors, ceiling fans, paint or toxic chemicals, mattresses, large area rugs, and appliances.

Please bring your donations to the church Monday – Thursday, 9:00 – 12:00. Thank you.

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.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Join us August 10 at 11:30 for a discussion about the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Click here to read the book on-line. You can also download a Kindle version, a PDF file, or other formats. Just choose from the options offered in the menu on the left




9 AM – 3 PM

We will be having a huge Garage Sale, a Bake Sale, a “Fast Food Stop” with bratwurst and other Fall foods, and a Split the Pot Raffle. There will be visual displays of our Mission work and information about how our building can be used for social events, meetings, weddings, etc. The groups who currently utilize our building and our members are welcome to participate and publicize their businesses and organizations. Additionally, there will be offerings of Communion and tours of the Church and Cemetery. We are also inviting the Village of Indian Head Park and our local Police and Fire Departments to participate with community outreach activities.

We need your help! Please……

Mark your calendars NOW – attend – help work the event!!!
Start thinking about what items you can donate for the Garage Sale
Talk up the event with your neighbors, family, and friends

This is an ALL Church event, and we need and want everyone’s participation! Please contact Laurie Tsukuno, or Aleta Belletete, to tell them how you can help, or if you have any questions! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!