March 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.

The theme for the season of Lent will be global climate change and our response. It will be a “Green Lent” emphasizing our care of the earth and the people and creatures that live on it

March 1: Second Sunday in Lent/Communion Sunday
Guest Minister will be Associate Conference Minister Rev. Jonathan Knight
Pastor Bob will be away at Confirmation weekend
Scripture: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Mark 8:31-38
Message: Success at the Crossroads

March 8: Third Sunday in Lent
One Great Hour of Sharing offering received
Scripture: Psalm 19:1-10; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22
Message: A Quest for Knowledge

March 15: Fourth Sunday in Lent
Scripture: Psalm 107:1-9, 33-43; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21
Message: What Can I Do?

March 22: Fifth Sunday in Lent
Our Guest Minister will be Rev. Terry Gallagher. Pastor Bob will be on vacation
Scripture: t.b.a.
Message: t.b.a.

March 29: Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday
Scripture: Isaiah 50:4-9; Philippians 2:5-11; John 12:12-16
Message: Journey to the Cross

April 2: Maundy Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
At the Burr Ridge UCC

April 3: Good Friday, 7:30 p.m.
At Lyonsville Church with the Burr Ridge UCC

April 5: Easter Sunday/Communion Sunday
Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 118:1-4, 14-17, 21-24; Mark 16:1-8
Message: Terror and Amazement


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.

Please come and join the Church Women United on Friday, March 6th, for World Day of Prayer. The event will be at First United Methodist of LaGrange, 100 West Cossitt, LaGrange. The Bible Study is at 9:30 and the World Day of Service is at 10:30. This will be followed with a luncheon. If you are interested or have any questions, please see Wilma Mrazek.

TRAINING FOR USHERS Saturday, March 7. We are blessed to have some folks who regularly help as ushers for worship, but occasionally they are away and others must fill in for them. If you would like to help, join us for some breakfast at 9:00 a.m. and a time to learn about how to be more effective in this important ministry.

Come and join us for our next Craft Sunday on March 8th at 11:30 in Fellowship Hall. We will be making thank you cards for our servicemen and women. These homemade cards will accompany our mission box being sent out for Operation Canteen. Any questions, or for more information, see Laurie Tsukuno or Judy Birmingham.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING is one of the four special offerings we receive each year. This offering provides support for health, education, refugee, agricultural and emergency relief initiatives in 138 countries by working with local, national, and global partners. We will receive the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on March 8 this year, and we encourage you to give generously.

Please plan to participate in a fun evening of good food, games, and fellowship for all ages!! The date is Friday, March 13, 2015 and the start time for dinner is 6:15pm. Games will follow. This is a fund raiser for the general fund. There will be a sign up sheet at the mission table in fellowship hall. This is not a pot luck, but if anyone would like to bring cornbread or desserts, or help serve or clean up, please note that on the sign up sheet. If you have any questions, please contact Nayna Byers or Laurie Tsukuno.

THE MASCOUTIN SOCIETY invites you to our Winter Social Dance held at the Lyonsville Congregational Church on March 14, at 4:00 pm. We have a fun evening planned with some great singers coming. Dinner will be at 5:00 (donations welcome) and dancing will start at 6:00 that will include intertribal dancing, cake walks, and surprises. We will also be having a 50/50 raffle, and raffles with some very nice quality items. Hope you can make it, and bring a friend!
The Mascoutin Society of Chicagoland is a non-profit organization with the purpose of promoting Native Cultures. The Mascoutin Society aids Native American students with scholarships and families with its family aid program. The Society also contributes to local and national Native American organizations. Each summer the Society sponsors the O-Sa-Wan Pow Wow in the Chicagoland area. If interested, please come to one of our meetings held every 2nd Tuesday of each month in the West Fellowship hall at 7:30 p.m.

MOVIE NIGHT Friday, March 27 at the home of Jill and Bob von Trebra. We will gather for a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m., and show the film starting about 7:00 p.m. Please sign up or call the von Trebra’s so we know how many folks to expect. We hope to watch the film “Babette’s Feast.”

Our next selection for book discussion is a mystery called “The Eagle Catcher” by Margaret Coel. We will meet on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 11:30am in Fellowship Hall. A light lunch will be served. We will have copies of the book available to sign out by the end of February, obtain your own, or download to your Kindle. If you have any questions, contact Nayna Byers who will be leading the discussion.

PALM SUNDAY will be March 29. We will gather before worship in Fellowship Hall for a Blessing of Palms and parade into the sanctuary.

MAUNDY THURSDAY worship April 2, 7:30 p.m. at the Burr Ridge U.C.C.

GOOD FRIDAY worship April 3, 7:30 p.m. at Lyonsville Church.

EASTER SUNDAY April 5. A Children’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held after the 10:00 a.m. worship service.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some upcoming mission opportunities you can help with:

Operation Canteen – The Mission Committee has begun a project called Operation Canteen which will support U. S. soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. Some of the items they would appreciate receiving are:
batteries (AA/AAA)          multi-vitamins         beef jerky sticks           card games
foot powder         wet wipes            wash cloths             hand towels
toothpaste           toothbrushes          paperback books             magazines
socks                protein bars (not chocolate as it might melt in transit)

Your help is needed in donating the above items and/or providing a monetary donation that we will use to purchase additional items and pay for shipping expenses. The shipping cost to send boxes is $15.90 per box. We will have a collection jar in the Fellowship Hall if you would like to make a free will offering. There will also be a box for the collection of donated items. In addition, Laurie Tsukuno will plan a craft day so we can make “thank you for your service” cards to go along with the packages.
We will also be putting up a display in the Fellowship Hall which includes pictures of men/women who have served or are currently serving in the military. Please bring your pictures to Church and give them to Anne Marshall. She will take a picture of your picture (so you don’t need to worry about losing your picture) and post them on the bulletin board.

Your support of this mission project will warm the hearts and make a big difference in the lives of 50 soldiers!

Please come join us to help volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) on Saturday, March 21, 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.

During March we will collect donations for Heifer International by distributing plastic Easter eggs to our members and friends.  We ask that you bring the eggs back on Easter Sunday filled with coins and/or dollar bills.  For as little as $20 we can buy a flock of ducks, chicks or geese; for $120 we can buy a goat, a sheep or a pig.  Giving an animal is like giving someone a small business, providing wool, milk, eggs and more.  Animal donations can provide families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food and a sustainable livelihood.  Please help us make a difference. 

Easter Food Baskets: The Mission Ministry will be putting together Easter Food Baskets, which will be given out at our Lyonsville Food Pantry. If you would like to donate towards a ham dinner, we will be collecting canned fruits, canned vegetables, boxed potatoes and money (for the purchase of the hams).  We would like to provide 20 dinners.