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.

Summer Bible Study   2017
“We are no longer slaves but Free”
Wednesday 7-8:30        June 7 to August 30
The repeated theme of Passover and Exodus through the Hebrew Scriptures.
This is one part introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, one part history, one part devotional.

Church Women United is collecting school supplies. Drop off your donation in August. Contact Wilma Mrazek for questions.

Social Media and YOU
Lyonsville’s promotion through social media is more than just what is posted – it’s also about how you use social media. Through the summer, Jim is making himself available to help you better understand and use your own social media accounts. He’ll be at the church on Thursdays working on social media announcements – but he’s willing to also set up an appointment to help you with your accounts on your device (laptop, tablet, phone …). He’s alternating between afternoons and evenings weekly. Contact Jim so he can help you with your social media!

In August we will be purchasing items for Church World Service hygiene kits.  The items they request are:
-One hand towel measuring approximately 15″ x 28″ to 16″ x 32″ (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber)                          -One washcloth                      -One wide-tooth comb removed from the package     -One fingernail or toenail clipper removed from the package -One bath-size bar of soap in the wrapper -One toothbrush in the package -Ten standard size Band-Aids

If you are able to purchase any or all of these items, please bring them to church no later than Sunday, September 2nd.  Thank you.

Our next labyrinth walk is scheduled for Saturday, August 5. It is from 4:00 to 6:00, and takes about 20 minutes. Please join us for this time of meditation. We also have labyrinth walks scheduled for August 5, October 14, and December2.

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, August 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:15. 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.
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.

Our next trip to Feed My Starving Children is Saturday, August 5 at 9:00 a.m.

The Night Ministry –  On Saturday, August 12th we will get together at 8:00 a.m. at Lyonsville to prepare lunch for approximately 80 people, which will then be taken downtown and distributed from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at 10 S. Kedzie.  You can help by making the lunch, and going downtown to serve the meals.

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.




July & August 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.



June 25 Sermon


June 25, 2017

1 Kings 17: 8-24 (C0mmon English Bible)

Through the summer we are cycling through three patterns: a psalm and using the labyrinth; a new testament story about call and discernment; and the stories of the prophet Elijah. This morning is the first of those Elijah stories, so I thought it would be helpful to add some background information as we hear this story.

Elijah lived about a hundred years after King David. By that time, David’s kingdom had split into two nations: Judah in the south and Israel in the North. Elijah lives in the northern kingdom during the time of King Ahab. Ahab was married to Jezebel, who is a Phoenician, not an Israelite. She worships the Phoenician gods. The main god is Baal, a god of thunder and lightning and thus also rain Baal’s followers claim that he and his bride credit make the crops grow. This religion is called Baalism.

Jezebel is using her political power to increase Baalism in the nation of Israel, even suggesting the two religions can be blended together. The prophet Elijah preaches against this blending and calls Baal a false God. But then King Ahab builds a temple to Baal for his wife, and she brings an entourage of Baal’s priests and prophets into the capital city of Israel. King Ahab worships at both the temple to Israel’s God and the temple of Baal.

And so Elijah accuses Ahab of being a sinful king, abandoning the promises of Israel’s God. Elijah was particularly angry that King Ahab would encourage faithlessness against God in order to ensure political success. And Elijah announces that as long as this unfaithfulness continues, there will be no rain or dew in the country. A terrible drought overtakes the land. With the drought comes famine. Here begins our story.

The Lord’s word came to Elijah:

Get up and go to Zarephath near Sidon and stay there.

I have ordered a widow there to take care of you.

10 Elijah left and went to Zarephath.

As he came to the town gate, he saw a widow collecting sticks.

He called out to her, “Please get a little water for me in this cup so I can drink.”

Consider the foolishness of the prophet. During a drought, he asks for water. He asks this from a widow, one of the poorest people in society. He asks this outside a city known for its temple to Baal.

11 She went to get some water. Continue reading