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September 11 Sermon

“A Changing Ministry”
A reflection by Rev. Dr. Thom Bower
For September 11, 2016                   24th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Based on Luke 15:1-10

My ordination in the United Church of Christ is connected to the 9/11 attacks in a very strange way. When I was part of the In-Care Process (what is now called Member In Discernment) my church membership was in Southern Ohio, but I was working on my doctorate in Richmond Virginia. That distance caused several complications in the process to my approval for ministry; those are stories for another day.

But I had made it almost to the end of the process. I had been summoned to appear before the Committee on Ministry, to preach, to endure about 90 minutes of their questioning, and then I was dismissed while they deliberated and decided if I would be presented to the Association for approval. At the time I did not know anyone who did not pass approval by the association – so if I was passed by the Committee on Ministry I was effectively approved for ordination.

The day of those significant interviews was September 10th, 2001. That is how I happened to be in an airplane the morning of September 11. There are stories about being in the airport and boarding the plane that morning; those are also stories for another time.

But I was on an airplane that morning. The plane was taxiing on the tarmac, the engines speeding up to launch us into the air. Then the engines were cut, and the pilot spoke across the intercom: “Folks, we’re being ordered back to the gate. We’re not sure why, but all flights are being cancelled. We think it has something to do with an event in New York, but we really don’t know. We’ll all have to find out back inside.” 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.

It is time to start recruiting for the 2017 slate of officers and board/committee members. There are many vacancies on all boards and we may find more as we confirm continuing positions for next year. The nominating committee will be contacting people to fill and confirm these slots. If you have a particular interest, skill or gift for any of these positions, please contact Wilma Mrazek or Jan Peters. Please refer to the 2016 slate, which was recently mailed, for a list of  positions. Wilma and Jan can answer any questions you may have regarding duties/responsibilities for any of the boards. Please think about volunteering. We need your participation to “Be the Church”!
Your Nominating Committee,
Wilma and Jan

Tile Game Night—Come join in tile games (Scrabble, Rummikub, dominoes, etc.) Friday, September 23rd at 6:30. Lots of fun and fellowship.

One of our mission projects for September is to take up a collection to give to the Loehman’s when they go to Oklahoma so they can purchase items to give to local native Americans.  Money will be collected until Sunday, September 25th.  Your donations are greatly appreciated.

During the month of September we will be collecting cans of soup and vegetables for the Lyonsville food pantry.

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.



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, September 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00. We will meet at church to carpool at 7:15. We also go every Wednesday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (meet to carpool at 5:15).  For more information go to or see/call Cindi Fiandaca or Judy Birmingham to sign up.

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.




September 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.