October 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.

4 October
World Communion Sunday
Focus Scripture: Genesis 2:18-24
Sermon Title: “Name Calling”

11 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Focus Scripture: Mark 10:17-31
Sermon Title: “Entering”

18 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Focus Scripture: Job 38:1-7, 34-41; Mark 10:35-45
Sermon Title: “Who Gets Too …?”
Thom will be out of town 19-24 October at a Christian Education Conference!

25 October
Reformation Sunday
Focus Scripture:
Sermon Title: Crying, Calling, and Singing


Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some upcoming mission opportunities you can help with:

Please come join us to help volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) on Saturday, October 17, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. 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.

The 2015 LaGrange/Western Springs CROP Walk will be held on Sunday, October 18th beginning at 1:00. We have formed a Lyonsville team and are looking for people to join the team and also sponsors. Twenty-five percent of the money collected stays in the local community and is distributed to five different food pantries, including Lyonsville.  Monies received from the CROP Walk help us keep our food pantry open. Walkers are asked to bring a canned food item that day which will be distributed to local food pantries.  We are also encouraging anyone who wants to donate to one of the walkers to do so on-line.  Below is a link to the website where you can make a donation:


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.

BEDS PLUS will be offering training sessions for volunteers on the following dates:
November 9, 2015
December 14, 2015
Meet at:
First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange
2nd Floor Conference Room
150 S. Ashland Ave., LaGrange


The Good News for October

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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.

LYONSVILLE READS: A date has been scheduled to discuss the new fiction selection for our book group.
Date: Sunday, November 8, 2015 Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Location: West Fellowship Hall Details: A light lunch will be served
This selection is a classic, “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck. Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families–the Trasks and the Hamiltons–whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love; and the murderous consequences of love’s absence. This is a wonderful and powerful book and I have to admit it is at the top of my list of favorite books.

Copies will be available as soon as Laurie can get them from the library. There is also a 1955 movie based on the book with James Dean, Raymond Massey, and Julie Harris. We will schedule a movie night to watch it sometime after the book discussion. Even if you have not joined us before, please plan to read and meet with us. You will find it is great fun. There will be a sign up sheet once we have the books available.

Nayna Byers, Discussion Leader

July 5 Sermon

Church and StateGOD AND COUNTRY

A sermon preached at Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ on July 5, 2015 (Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Communion Sunday)

Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the very center of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. 11For thus Amos has said, ‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel must go into exile away from his land.’” 12And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; 13but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.” 14Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, 15and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’                        – Amos 7:10-15

Colossians 1:15-20


One of the interesting and challenging theological questions the church must wrestle with is the relationship between the church and the state – governments at the local, state, and federal level. It is an interesting question because that relationship has not been the same throughout history. And it profoundly affects our sense of mission as a church. Continue reading