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“Finding Life in Death” Revelation 21:1-6
Rev. Sean Weston John 11:32-44
Lyonsville Congregational UCC, Indian Head Park IL
November 4, 2015
“Jesus began to weep.”
Jesus knew that he was going to raise his from Lazarus from the dead. He knew that he would get to see him again, in the next few minutes. That’s more than any of us ever get when confronted with the death of a loved one. Still, Jesus wept.
Before the events of today’s story, Jesus had taught, healed, overturned tables, argued with authorities, defended a woman about to be stoned for adultery. Authorities had already attempted to arrest and stone him once. Then Jesus heard from Mary and Martha that their brother Lazarus was sick.
When he heard of Lazarus’s illness, Jesus chose to wait two days before traveling to him. Jesus had to show something so important that he chose not to run to Lazarus’s side. He allowed death to have its way with his dear friend, as he would later allow death to have its way with his own self. Continue reading
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.
Starting September 9, we are trying a new worship time of 10:30, with an integenerational learning time at 9:30.
Thanksgiving Eve service will be 7pm on 11/21 in the Lyonsville chapel. This will be a joint service with Highlands Presbyterian and Burr Ridge UCC.
DECORATE THE CHURCH FOR THE HOLIDAYS will take place Sunday, December 2nd after worship.
Save the dates for this year’s Advent Study: Learning to Walk in the Dark. Based on the book by Barbara Brown Taylor, we will explore how to “find spirituality in those times when we don’t have all the answers.” In the dark days of Advent, waiting for hope that hasn’t yet arrived, this book will help us explore what the dark can teach us. Three Wednesdays in Advent at 7pm: December 5, 12, and 19. Contact the office by November 15 to sign up.
The Mission Board is collecting money to purchase turkey dinners for 20 of our food pantry families. If you would like to make a donation, please see either Nayna Byers or Judy Birmingham.
The Mission Board is also collecting hats, glove and new socks which will be kept in the Lyonsville food pantry for our guests. If you have a donation, you can leave it in the bin at the top of the stairs going to the fellowship halls. Thank you.
UCC ADVENT DEVOTIONAL
Please let the church office know by 11/11 if you would like a copy of this year’s UCC Advent devotional. Optional $5 donation should be marked on your envelope, or memo line of check.
There will be a Manna Fundraiser in November/December. Manna gift card order forms are available in the Narthex. The orders will be due December 2 and distributed on December 9. Please see Cindi Fiandaca for more information. These make great Christmas gifts!
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.
CHURCH WOMEN UNITED
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.
Here are some upcoming mission opportunities you can help with:
GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Please come join us to help volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) on Saturday, January 19 from 8:30am to11:15. We will meet at church to carpool at 7:45. 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 http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org or see/call Cindi Fiandaca or Judy Birmingham to sign up.
Do you enjoy making repairs, painting, gardening, or other building & grounds work? The Building and Grounds Ministry Board would love to hear from you, and help match the work you enjoy doing with our needs at Lyonsville. Reach out to board chair Tom McSweeney to let us know how you’d like to contribute.
Lyonsville Church Food Pantry: Come and help out at our own food pantry. The pantry is open on Sundays from 11:45 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.
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.