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 next LYONSVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP will meet at 11:30am on Sunday, April 27, 2014. A light lunch will be served. The book selection is “House Rules” by Jodi Picoult. This book is the story of Jacob Hunt, a teen with Asperger’s syndrome. He is hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. He has a special focus on one subject—forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he is always showing up and telling the police what to do…..and he is usually right. When Jacob’s small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob’s behaviors are hallmark Asperger’s, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. For Jacob’s mother, it is a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. Emotionally powerful, “House Rules” looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way—and can fail those who don’t. This book should be available at your library, via Kindle, or in paperback. If you have any questions, please contact Nayna Byers, who will be the discussion leader for this selection.

ILLINOIS PRAIRIE PAINTERS will be having a craft show & sale April 27 from 11:00 to 3:00. It’s a great chance to get Mother’s Day gifts! Learn more…

CHURCH WOMEN UNITED – MAY FRIENDSHIP DAY: The next CWU meeting will be held at Lyonsville UCC on Friday, May 2nd. The theme is: Through God Our Hands Can Serve. The meeting will begin with a Bible study starting at 9:30, Worship Service at 10:30 with a luncheon to follow at 11:45. If you would like to stay for lunch, advance reservations are required ($7.00). If you just want to come for the Bible Study and Worship Service, there is no charge. All Lyonsville women and their friends are welcome to attend.

CWU, founded in 1941, is a national volunteer Christian ecumenical women’s movement initiated and carried out by women in the United States and Puerto Rico. It is a movement that brings together women of diverse races, cultures and traditions in closer Christian fellowship, prayer, advocacy, and action for peace with justice in the world. CWU engages millions of women representing twenty-six supporting denominations and participating Christian women. For additional information about CWU, please go to their website: http://www.churchwomen.org/.

If anyone is interested in attending the meeting, please contact Wilma Mrazek or Judy Birmingham. We could also use a few people to help us serve as greeters and to dress the tables for lunch. The luncheon will be catered by CWU but Lyonsville has been asked to provide the refreshments and dessert.

LABYRINTH WALK Saturday, May 10, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Celebrate the season of resurrection with a peaceful walk through our candlelit labyrinth.

LYONSVILLE’S SPRING BRUNCH & RAFFLE will be Sunday, May18, 11:15 a.m. in the East Fellowship Hall. Suggested donation: $8.00. Raffle tickets are only $10.00 for your chance to win a 51 inch Samsung TV! Winner picked at brunch, and does not need to be present to win. Contact the church office or the Korbers for tickets.

Mission Opportunities

Here are some upcoming mission projects you can help with:

Our May Mission project will be the collection of white cotton tube socks (adult sizes) and/or disposable diapers (sizes 4 and 5).  These items will be taken to the Night Ministry.  We appreciate your support of our mission projects.

Greater Chicago Food Depository: Join us to help volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository  on Saturday, April 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).

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.

October 1st marks the beginning of the 2013/2014 shelter season. BEDS Plus is seeking additional volunteers to serve on laundry teams, fulfill late night (11 pm – 3 am) and early morning shifts (3 am – 7:30 am). If you are interested, please contact Emily Fister, Shelter Operations Manager at fister@bedspluscare.org or 708-354-0858 ext. 7.

Easter Sunday Sermon

GOD STILL MOVES STONES

A sermon preached at Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ on April 20, 2014 (Easter Sunday/Communion Sunday)

Jeremiah 31:1-6

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”                     – Matthew 28:1-10

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(Begin by reviewing the life and death of Jesus – how we got to Easter morning)

During the season of Lent our worship services have followed some of the chapters of the book “He Still Moves Stones”, by Max Lucado. According to the Easter story in Matthew, Mary Magdalene and another woman named Mary went to Jesus’ tomb early on a Sunday morning, and an angel of the Lord rolled away the massive stone that sealed the entrance of the tomb. Continue reading