August 5 Sermon

“Connecting with God: Study”                                                                          Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Rev. Sean Weston                                                                                                 Matthew 22:34-39
Lyonsville Congregational UCC, Indian Head Park IL                                    Romans 12:1-2
August 5, 2018

Brett Younger, pastor of the historic Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, NY tells the story of growing up in churches that “had all the answers.” “Heaven was up, hell was down, and we knew who was going in which direction. We reduced the mystery of the Unknowable God to Four Spiritual Laws that would fit on a post card and still leave room for “The Bible Says it. I believe it. That settles it.” We didn’t have room for questions, because we were certain of everything.”

He went to Baylor University. His plan was, “to straighten out the misguided freethinkers.” In his Introduction to Old Testament class, he read something in the textbook that questioned part of a story in the Bible. So he went to talk to the professor, saying that his textbook questioned the Bible and that wasn’t right.

The professor responded, “Brett, do you think that God might want us to ask questions about the Bible? Could it be that God wants us to work to believe? Maybe faith shouldn’t be easy.” As they spoke, he says, “I transferred my membership from the church of the certain to the church of the questioning.” [1] Continue reading

July 29 Sermon

“Connecting in Creation”                                          Psalm 104:1a, 10-24
Rev. Sean Weston                                                             John 21:1-14
Lyonsville Congregational UCC, Indian Head Park IL
July 29, 2018

Picture one of your favorite outdoor places in the world. What do you see? When you quiet your mind, what do you hear? Birds, trees rustling, water gushing? What do you smell? What does it feel like to touch the ground, or the floor, or the water?

What is it that you like so much about that place? What gifts does it give you?

For as long as people have existed, many of us have found that there is something special about spending time outside, in the world God created. Many people feel closer to God outside than anywhere else. Today in Psalm 104, we heard words of praise and gratitude to God for the amazing-ness of the world – water and wine to drink, birds to sing, food to eat, oils and grains for health. Homes for all of God’s creatures, the sun and moon to mark time. “By your wisdom you made so many things.” If you want to connect with God in creation, one thing that could help is simply reading these words when you’re outside. 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.

Pavlus and Karas scholarship applications are now being accepted, and are due September 2. If you would like an application, please call or email the church office.

Starting September 9, we are trying a new worship time of 10:30, with an integenerational learning time at 9:30. Look for more information soon about these exciting plans.

BOOK CLUB AUGUST 19TH 11:30-1:00PM, West Fellowship Hall
Everyone is welcome to come to our Lyonsville Book Club on Sunday, Aug 19th. We will be discussing the book, Still Alice by Lisa Genova. (Copies of the book will be available to check out at church around 7/22 through Laurie Tsukuno.) Any questions, please see Laurie.

LABYRINTH WALK—August 11
Please join us for a peaceful, restful and meditative walk around our candlelit labyrinth. It takes about 20 minutes to walk it. If you are new to the labyrinth, we have someone there to help you get started. Come and walk anytime between 4:00-6:00pm. (Please arrive no later than 5:30

One of our current mission projects is to collect school supplies for The LeaderShop. The supplies are due Friday, August 10th.
They are in needs of the follows:

  • washable & dry erase markers
  • wide ruled notebooks
  • packages of loose leaf paper
  • dual pocket folders (sturdy)
  • school glue (stick or bottled)
  • binders (1″ or 1.5″)
  • pencils (#2 wooden or mechanical)
  • pencil cases (any kind)
  • pens (black, blue, red)
  • scissors (rounded tip)

Please contact any member of the Mission Board if you have any questions.

GAME NIGHT
On Friday, August 24 at 6:00. Please join us for fun and fellowship. Bring your friends!

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.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some upcoming mission opportunities you can help with:

Feed My Starving Children – our next volunteer session at FMSC will be Saturday, August 11th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. If you would like to go, please let Judy Birmingham know.

GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY    
Please come join us to help volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) on Saturday, August 18 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.

Grant Writing For Funds
We are looking for editors, writers, English majors, proofreaders or anyone who loves the written word. We need your help. Lyonsville has an opportunity to apply for some grants to help in revitalizing our church. The LEEAP (Illinois Conference UCC) grant has a deadline of Oct 1, 2018, so we are hoping to start on it soon. Interested in helping out, please see Laurie Tsukuno.

Fundraising Committee
Lyonsville church is looking to form a fundraising committee. We would like to have a group of people who can brainstorm and organize different fundraisers for the church during the year.  We will then present our ideas and ask for volunteers to help in assisting with these activities. If you are interested in joining this group or are willing to help assist in the fundraisers, please see Laurie Tsukuno.

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 11:30 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.

 

 

 

Collecting Supplies for the LeaderShop

One of our current mission projects is to collect school supplies for The LeaderShop. The supplies are due Friday, August 10th.

They are in needs of the follows:

  • washable & dry erase markers
  • wide ruled notebooks
  • packages of loose leaf paper
  • dual pocket folders (sturdy)
  • school glue (stick or bottled)
  • binders (1″ or 1.5″)
  • pencils (#2 wooden or mechanical)
  • pencil cases (any kind)
  • pens (black, blue, red)
  • scissors (rounded tip)

Please contact any member of the Mission Board if you have any questions.  Thank you.