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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.

In September 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

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

We’ll be focusing on Stewardship on the Sundays in October—8th, 15th, and 22nd. Look for information coming to you soon. Meanwhile, pray about your 2018 pledge, how you’ll support the Ministries of Lyonsville, and your hopes for ministries with the incoming pastor.

Our next labyrinth walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 14. It is from 4:00 to 6:00, and takes about 20 minutes. Please join us for this time of meditation. We also have a labyrinth walk scheduled for December 2.

CROP Walk 2017 will be held on Sunday, October 15th. Lyonsville will be putting together a team to walk and raise money for Church World Services. Lyonsville will receive a portion of the money collected, which will be used to buy food for our food pantry. Last year we received over $1,600.


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, October 21, from 1:00 pm to 3:45. We will meet at church to carpool at 12:15. 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.




September 17 Sermon

A reflection by Rev. Dr. Thom Bower
For September 17 2017, the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Based on Matt 18:21-35

When I was 7 I read in a magic book about an illusion of a severed finger in a box – and it gave directions! You start with a small box – like a little jewelry box. You cut a hole in the bottom of the box, line it with cotton, and stick your finger through the hole.

I don’t where I got the idea to add some food color. You end up with something that looks like this…

I took my new trick to my mom and told her I found something in the yard. When I removed the lid, she gave a little gasp. “Look at the end, it’s got a little something stuck to it.” So my mom looked closer. That’s when I wiggled my finger.

Later I had to ask mom’s forgiveness. That was not the first or last time I had to ask her forgiveness. I’m glad now she didn’t keep count.

How many times do you think your parents have had to forgive you? How many times have your teachers forgiven you? pass out papers so everyone in the congregation has one – numbered 1-490. Imagine this is how many times you have been forgiven. What on the list?

Imagine you have forgiven others that many times. What’s on the list?

In 174 years, how many times do you think the people of Lyonsville have asked forgiveness from one another? What’s on that list?

In your time at Lyonsville, how many times have you asked to be forgiven? What’s on that list? I don’t mean that passive-aggressive “easy to ask forgiveness later than permission ahead of time” stuff. I mean admitting you were wrong and asking forgiveness. No conditions or clauses. Not the script of “This person has hurt me before or I’ve been hurt this way before I’ve been hurt before, so if this time I hurt someone they need to understand why.” I mean saying, “I was wrong, I won’t do this again, I am changing the way I do things, please forgive me.” Continue reading