The Good News for March

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Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some upcoming mission opportunities you can help with:

BEDS PLUS needs volunteers. If you can help, see their website for details.

Please come join us to help volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) on Saturday, March 17 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 or see/call Cindi Fiandaca or Judy Birmingham to sign up.
The depository would like all volunteers to register in advance.

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.




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.

Bible Study: Revelation!
Wednesdays 7 PM at Burr Ridge UCC, led by Rev. Gary Faleide
This bible study continues (probably through Lent). Each session is open-ended and discussion-based, so feel free to join the exploration at any time!

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – March 11. After worship. We’ll discuss the following:                   *Proposed 2018 Budget
*Approval of the 2016 minutes
*Presentation of updated slate of officers and ministry boards

Please join us Friday, March 16 at 6:30 for our next TILE GAME NIGHT.
It’s fun!

PALM SUNDAY SERVICE—March 25 at 10:00. We enter into Holy Week with palms and praises.

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE—March 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Burr Ridge UCC.  Sean Weston preaching.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE—March 30 at 7:30pm at Lyonsville, Gary Faleide preaching.

EASTER SERVICE—April 1 at 10:00. Celebrating Christ’s resurrection in song and word, prayer and praise.

HEIFER INTERNATIONAL – Beginning March 4th, we will collect donations for Heifer International by distributing plastic Easter eggs to our members and friends. We ask that you bring the eggs back on Easter Sunday filled with coins and/or dollar bills. For as little as $20 we can buy a flock of ducks, chicks or geese; for $120 we can buy a goat, a sheep or a pig. Giving an animal is like giving someone a small business, providing wool, milk, eggs and more. Animal donations can provide families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food and a sustainable livelihood. Please help us make a difference.

Easter Food Baskets: The Mission Ministry will be putting together Easter Food Baskets, which will be given out at our Lyonsville Food Pantry. If you would like to donate towards a ham dinner, we will be collecting canned fruit, canned vegetables, boxed potatoes and money (for the purchase of the hams). We would like to provide 20 dinners, if possible. Thank you.

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.



February 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.



January 7 Sermon


A Reflection by Rev. Dr. Thom Bower
For January 7 2018, Epiphany Sunday
Based on Matthew 2:1-12

In Matthew’s gospel, the story of Jesus begins with the birth of Jesus. Angels, shepherds, magi, and kings fill out the cast of the divine drama played on the stage of human history. This morning’s reading tells us of the magi following the star and the explanation the gave to Herod for traveling so far from home.

Magi from the east. “The bible is not clear who these strangers are; it’s only clear that they are strangers. They are from the east; they watch the stars. Perhaps they come from Babylon {not far from modern Baghdad in Iran; to the Roman Empire that region was a suspicious as it is to our current government}. Certainly {Jews would label them as} they are pagans. This group of strangers arrives as pagans and they leave as pagans. …{These strange itinerant pagan foreigners} appear to be astrologers. {They may also have been physicians and engineers and biologists. But} They know about the birth of Jesus because they study the stars. If you want to know what the bible says about pagans and astrologers, check Leviticus. {Spoiler alert:} Leviticus doesn’t much like either one. {But} here come the magi, no matter what Leviticus says {about them}. And they are not to be ignored.”[1] They are not to be forgotten.

To make sure they are neither ignored or forgotten, the church has preserved a holiday for them, the day of Epiphany. Epiphany literally means “from the light” but it could also mean “appearing because.” In most ancient cultures light is used to describe insight or understanding or wisdom. An epiphany is a new understanding, a new relationship. So these foreign pagan astrologers follow a star with unusual light providing direction to the Messiah, the Christ, the one promised in ancient holy writings to inaugurate God’s way of being within earthly realities. An epiphany, an understanding, a new relationship. We’re challenged to identify how we will seek the messiah: What signs will we receive to lead us to Christ? What sings will we trust to lead us to Christ? Continue reading