May 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.

May 3: Fifth Sunday of Easter/Communion Sunday
Dedicate piano donated by the Karas family
Scripture: 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8
Message: Abiding in Love

May 10: Sixth Sunday of Easter
Mothers Day
Scripture: Acts 10:44-48; Luke 1:26-38
Message: Water and Spirit

May 17: Seventh Sunday of Easter
Scripture: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; John 17:6-19
Message: Guided by Prayer

May 24: Pentecost Sunday
Recognition of Gifts and Givers
Strengthen the Church Special Offering
Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 2:1-21
Message: Gifts of the Spirit

May 31: Trinity Sunday
Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17
Message: Led by the Spirit

June 7: Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Communion Sunday
Scripture: Genesis 3:8-15; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Message: Encouraged by the Spirit


Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some upcoming mission opportunities you can help with:

MAY MISSION PROJECT Pillars is a not-for-profit social service organization located in LaGrange. Pillars keeps our communities healthy and strong by providing quality, community-based services for over 10,000 individuals and families annually who are facing challenges and crisis. Pillars utilizes a community wraparound approach, offering a wide spectrum of fully-integrated services that collectively offer the strongest possible safety net. Included in this organization is the Constance Morris House, a shelter which provides counseling and legal advocacy for women and children experiencing domestic violence, helping to rebuild their lives, as well as providing a 24-hour hotline and crisis intervention.

The items we would like to collect are as follows:
· Diapers and wipes (all sizes)
· Underwear and socks (all sizes, new – for women and children, boys and girls)
· Newborn baby clothing
· $10.00 (or more) gift cards to Target, Jewel or Walmar
· Board Games (new) like Connect Four, Candy Land, Junior Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders,  Sorry and Uno. These are all used in their child therapy offices.
· Toiletries (new) for women and children living in Constance Morris House: lotion, bodywash, deodorant, shampoo and other hair products for women and children of color, and hair accessories.

Please bring your donation to church during the month of May and leave it in the box in the West Fellowship Hall marked “Pillars.” We thank you for your participation in this local mission project.

If you have any questions, please contact Judy Birmingham.

Please come join us to help volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) on Saturday, May 16, 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 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.

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.


Helping After Natural Disasters

Our prayers are with the victims and survivors of natural disasters, such as the recent earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 5000 people.  The best way to help is to pray, and to send monetary donations to trusted relief agencies.  The United Church of Christ already has partners in Nepal who know the best ways to help.  You can support their efforts by donating to the International Emergency Relief Fund of the United Church of Christ.  Here is a link to their website where you can find more information and instructions.

100% of funds designated for disaster relief to UCC Disaster Ministries are used for disaster relief and rehabilitation programing.

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The Good News for May

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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.

The Pavlus Scholarship is a one-time award given to a deserving graduating senior or anyone participating in a continuing education program such as college, trade school, vocational school, or graduate school, and who has been a member attending Lyonsville Church on a regular basis for a minimum of two years. Contact the church office or visit our church website for an application.

The Karas Scholarship was set up by Shirley in memory of Ed, and is available to members of Lyonsville Church or people confirmed here. $1,000 is available per school year, and there is no limit on the number of years one applies. See our website or contact the church office for details or to get an application.

The next CWU meeting will be held at First United Methodist Church in Western Springs (4300 Howard Ave.) on Friday, May 1st. The meeting will begin with a Bible study starting at 9:30, Celebration at 10:30, then a luncheon to follow at 11:30. If you would like to stay for lunch, advance reservations are required ($7.00). If you just want to come for the Bible Study and Worship Service, there is no charge. This year’s theme is Journey of the Caregiver, and there will be a panel discussion of people who support caregivers. All Lyonsville women and their friends are welcome to attend. For information about CWU, please go to their website:
If anyone is interested in attending the meeting, please contact Wilma Mrazek.

LIFESOURCE BLOOD DRIVE – will be held on Wednesday, May 6th from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Highlands Presbyterian Church.  To schedule your appointment please contact Lifesource at 877-543-3768, or visit and use group code E202.
Walk-ins welcome.

TILE GAME NIGHT will be on Friday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. 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. If you don’t know how to play, we can easily teach you. For more information see Laurie Tsukuno.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION READS: Book discussion May 31st from 11:30 to 1:00 in Fellowship Hall. We will be reading Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander. Before his own adventure, neurosurgeon Alexander believed near-death experiences were fantasy, impossible. Then his brain was attacked by a rare illness, it stopped working, and he was in a coma for seven days. During that time he journeyed beyond this world. He believes this life isn’t meaningless. And his experience showed him that the death of the body and the brain are not the end of consciousness, that human experience continues beyond the grave under the gaze of a God who loves and cares about each of us. Please see Jan Peters or Laurie Tsukuno  for further information and to sign up; a light lunch will be served.