WHY I BELIEVE: THE CHURCH
A sermon preached at Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ on October 26, 2014 (Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, 29so that no one might boast in the presence of God. 30He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
- 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
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. Although I did go to church and Sunday occasionally as a child and youth, it wasn’t a big part of my upbringing. Rather, it is something that I thought a lot about, and chose as an adult. 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!
Today – on a day that was supposed to be the day of our fall congregational meeting, and a day that many Protestant churches observe as “Reformation Sunday,” I thought I would talk about why I believe because of the church. Not how I believe in the church (I do – but that is a different matter) – I believe BECAUSE of the church. Not just this congregation, but the worldwide church of Jesus Christ. It shouldn’t be here. It shouldn’t exist – according to human wisdom. It shouldn’t have lasted this long. Continue reading
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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.
HARVEST HOME TURKEY DINNER
Saturday, November 8
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.
THE FALL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING has been postponed until Sunday, November 23 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 DINNER RAFFLE TABLE
Raffle items for the Harvest Home Dinner raffle table are being collected by Judy Birmingham. Please bring your new or like-new items to the church. The items may be raffled off separately or used as part of a gift basket.
Judy is also looking for help to label the items, prepare the gift baskets, make tags identifying the items in the baskets and also to sell raffle tickets the night of the dinner. Some of this can be done from your home so you won’t need to spend a lot of time at church. If you are interested in helping or have any questions, please let Judy know.
Here are some upcoming mission opportunities you can help with:
We’re looking for people to help organize and maintain the kitchen. 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.