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.

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.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Join us August 10 at 11:30 for a discussion about the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Click here to read the book on-line. You can also download a Kindle version, a PDF file, or other formats. Just choose from the options offered in the menu on the left




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!

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, July 26, 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 24th.

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.

July 6 Sermon


A sermon preached at Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ on July 6, 2014 (Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Psalm 145:1-16

“But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,

17‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;

we wailed, and you did not mourn.’

18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; 19the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

28“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30


Our gospel lesson for this morning reveals what may have been some frustration for Jesus and the early church community – frustration that more people didn’t perceive what was happening, and how God was at work right there in their midst. By all accounts John the Baptist was a spectacle to behold – a fiery prophet who lived an austere life in the wilderness. He seems to have been entertaining – the gospel stories say that people made the trip out into the wilderness to see him, and some were baptized by him. But for many he was pure entertainment – they did not make significant changes to their lives in spite of his warnings that a day of judgment was about to come. Maybe he was a bit “too much.” Too radical. Too demanding. Continue reading

July & August 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.

July 6: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Communion Sunday
Scripture: Psalm 145:8-14; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Message: Rest for Your Souls

July 13: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture: Isaiah 55:10-13; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Message: Scattering Seeds

July 20: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture: Psalm 86:11-17; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Message: Wheat and Weeds

July 27: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture: 1 Kings 3:5-12; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Message: Understanding

August 3: Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Communion Sunday
Scripture: Isaiah 55:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21
Message: An Impromptu Feast

August 10: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33
Message: Walking on Water

August 17: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture: Job 1:13-22
Message: Why?

August 24: Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture: Song of Solomon 2:1-14
Message: Song of Love

August 31: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our guest minister will be Associate Conference Minister Melbalenia Evans. Pastor Bob von Trebra will be on vacation.
Scripture: t.b.a.
Message: t.b.a.

September 7: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time/Communion Sunday
“Gathering Day”
Scripture: Acts 2:38-47
Message: Wonders and Signs