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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, March 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45. 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 or see/call Cindi Fiandaca 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.

Lyonsville Church Food Pantry: Come and help out at our own food pantry.  The pantry is open on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 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.

We are looking for people who can serve as Sunday Greeters and/or Coffee Hour Hosts. If you can help, please sign up on the sheets in the Fellowship Hall or contact Sherry Suomi.




February 12 Sermon

Discerning Priorities
A reflection by Rev. Dr. Thom Bower
For February 12, 2017, the 6th Sunday of Epiphany
Based on Matthew 5:21-37

We continue with Matthew’s version of Jesus preaching to a large crowd, commonly known as the sermon on the mount. In this section we hear Jesus demanding a higher standard than previous religious law: it is not the specific outward behavior that makes us righteous but the life-giving relationships. Rules, laws, vows: these legalize our relationships rather than make them expressions of the spirit. Hear how Jesus’ words challenge us to live with integrity.

Thank you for the many kind words and prayerful expressions for me during the week. I’d prefer to not make my health or the event of passing a kidney stone the focus of worship. Besides, as many of you have already discovered, if I begin talking about kidney stones I will not be able to resist a stream of bad puns.

So instead I am going to talk about my father. This upcoming week my family will be marking the tenth anniversary of my father’s passing and celebrating what would have been his 75th birthday.

My father had a childhood accident that rendered him blind in his left eye. As a child I was fascinated by that reality. I wondered what it was like for him to see out of just one eye. I tried many different things to simulate his reality: walking around with a hand over one eye, or tying a bandana around my head so it covered an eye, and of course wearing a pirate’s eyepatch.

I went to church and heard the passage from Matthew that we read this morning and I wondered what sin my father had committed. Continue reading

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.

Bonhoeffer & Social Issues reading group – starting Feb. 12
Many are struggling to act responsibly in our quickly-changing culture. To explore together our Christian faith, we have formed a discussion group.
We have selected Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship as a discussion starter for insight to addressing our own present social issues. All are welcome, and anyone may bring up what current social issues concern them. We will challenge one another, and we will hold one another accountable to civil discourse.
This group will meet on Sundays at noon for about an hour in the pastor’s office. If you would like to bring a lunch, feel free. Contact the church office if you need the reading schedule.
The book is available in a variety of formats from If the cost is prohibitive to anyone who would like to participate, we will find a way to provide them with a copy.

Family Game Night    Friday, February 24th 7-9pm Come and join us at our next family game night on Friday, February 24th from 7 to 9 PM. Bring your favorite game and a snack. Or just pull up a chair and join in any of the other games. It’s sure to be a fun time with plenty of laughs. All are welcome, invite friends, family, and neighbors. If you need more info, or need a ride, see or call Laurie Tsukuno.

The Mascoutin Society invites you to our Winter Social Dance held at the Lyonsville Congregational Church on February 25, at 4:00 pm. We have a fun evening planned with some great singers coming. Dinner will be at 5:00 (donations welcome) and dancing will start at 6:00 that will include intertribal dancing, cake walks, and surprises.  We will also be having a 50/50  raffle, and raffles with some very nice quality items. Hope you can make it, and bring a friend! The Mascoutin Society of Chicagoland is a non-profit organization with the purpose of promoting Native Cultures. The Mascoutin Society aids Native American students with scholarships and families with its family aid program. The Society also contributes to local and national Native American organizations. Each summer the Society sponsors the O-Sa-Wan Pow Wow in the Chicagoland area.  If interested, please come to one of our meetings held every 2nd Tuesday of each month in the West Fellowship hall at 7:30 p.m.

In the month of February, the Mission Board will be collecting white paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, napkins) for the Lyonsville food pantry.  Thank you for your support of this mission.

This year’s Ash Wednesday Service will be at Burr Ridge. 7 PM on 1 March. At this date, the only other detail that is known is there will be ashes dispensed!

Lenten Study & Books
Wednesdays starting 8 March at 7 PM
Each week we will begin with one devotion from Diving Lessons, a Lenten Devotional written by the UCC Still-speaking Writer’s Group (available at Led collaboratively by Pastors Faleide and Bower.
Copies of Diving Lessons are already available. A $5 donation is appreciated.

Pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House
We are collecting pop tabs to take to the Ronald McDonald House.  We will have a collection container located in the fellowship hall. If you have any questions please see Cindi Fiandaca.

Box Tops for Education
We are also collecting Box Tops for Education to give to Byrne School.  Collecting Box Tops is an easy way for schools to earn cash.  It’s easy to find Box Tops (a list will be by the collection box). In fact, you may have some in your home right now.  All you have to do is clip the Box Tops from your favorite products and put them in the collection container located in the fellowship hall.  If you have any questions please see a member of the Mission Board.

Community Nurse Collection
New onesies, new receiving blankets, baby hats, bandages designed for children, and small, soft animals (e.g. Beanie Babies) are being collected.
Please bring donations to church.