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Holy Week and Easter Services

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Join us as we celebrate the most significant week of the church year.

Maundy Thursday, April 2: We will remember the last supper Jesus shared with his followers with a worship service on Thursday, April 2, 7:30 p.m. at the Burr Ridge United Church of Christ, located at the corner of Plainfield Rd. and County Line Rd. in Burr Ridge.  For more information you can call them at (63) 654-4544.

Good Friday, April 3: The most solemn day of the year — the day on which we remember Christ’s death by crucifixion.  We will worship at Lyonsville Church at 7:30 p.m. around the labyrinth in our Fellowship Hall.  There will be an opportunity to walk the stations of the cross through the labyrinth at the end of the service.

Easter Sunday, April 5: Celebrate the joyful news of the resurrection with us at 10:00 a.m.  The Sacrament of Communion will be offered to “all who wish to know the presence of Christ and to share in the community of God’s people.  Even young children are invited to share in Communion if their parents believe they have some understanding of the special nature and meaning of Communion.”

An Easter Egg Hunt for children will follow worship — outside in historic Lyonsville Cemetery (weather permitting).  Children should wear weather-appropriate clothing, and bring a basket of bag to collect eggs.

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April 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.

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
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt following worship
Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 118:1-4, 14-17, 21-24; Mark 16:1-8
Message: Terror and Amazement

April 12: Second Sunday of Easter
A baseball-themed worship. Wear the baseball caps/shirts of your favorite baseball team!
Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-4; Romans 8:24-25
Message: Hope Renewed

April 19: Third Sunday of Easter
Observe Earth Day (Apr. 22)
Scripture: Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7
Message: God’s Children

April 26: Fourth Sunday of Easter
Confirmation Sunday
Scripture: Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24
Message: Love One Another

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


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, April 18, 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 www.chicagosfoodbank.org 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. 


The Good News for April

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The newsletter is also available via email.  Send your email address to lyonsville@sbcglobal.net and we’ll add you to the distribution list.

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March 15 Sermon

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A sermon preached at Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ on March 15, 2015 (Fourth Sunday in Lent)

Ephesians 2:1-10

Psalm 107:1-9, 33-43

   And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

   16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

   17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”            - John 3:14-21


This Lent I have been talking about what I believe is one of the most important issues we face in this 21st century as citizens of the United States, inhabitants of the world, and as people of faith – climate change. I started this series by talking about the difference between weather and climate, and the evidence that global climate is warming. That is a major concern because of the ways it could potentially affect life on earth. Last week I presented some of the evidence that this warming is caused by human activity – specifically burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, gasoline, natural gas, etc.). Continue reading