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.

OUR “GATHERING DAY” (Rally Day) will be September 7. Church school classes will begin for another school year, and our choir will provide music for worship.

EXPERIENCE A LABYRINTH WALK on Saturday, September 13, 4-6 p.m. This is a powerful and peaceful way to pray with your entire body. Come and go as you wish (it takes about 30 minutes to walk the labyrinth). An introduction to the labyrinth is provided for newcomers.

MOVIE NIGHT Saturday, September 13, 7:00 p.m. Come and watch the film “To Kill a Mockingbird”, which was discussed in a recent book group. We will have some pizza at 6:30 p.m. ($5 each), and then watch the film. Contact Doug Adams or Laurie Tsukuno for more information. Please sign up if you’ll be having some pizza.




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!

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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.

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, September 13, 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 31st.

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 orientation sessions:
August 11, 2014
September 15, 2014
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.

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