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.

New Hats/Scarves/Gloves/Socks for the Night Ministry – Our November mission project is to again take up a collection for The Night Ministry. We are looking for new hats, scarves, gloves and socks (for all ages). Please bring your donation (either home made or store bought) to church by Sunday, December 19th. Thank you.

Manna gift card order forms are in the Narthex. The orders will be due on December 3 and the will be distributed by December 10. THESE MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS. Please see Cindi Fiandaca for more information. You can print an order form from HERE.

Thanksgiving Eve Service
Wednesday November 22
At Burr Ridge UCC
7 PM
Our annual shared service of Thanksgiving praise and prayer. Rev. Dr. Thom Bower preaching.

Concerning Revelation
7:00 p.m. Wednesdays
Beginning November 29
At Burr Ridge UCC
Open-ended Bible studies are open ended reading and discussion: each night we read a passage and then discuss what we have heard.

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

DECORATE THE CHURCH FOR THE HOLIDAYS will take place Sunday, December 3 after worship.  We will also have lunch.

                                               MEET OUR PASTORAL CANDIDATE
Saturday, December 9 –
We’ll have a pizza and game night, and meet Sean Weston in an informal setting. 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 10 – Sean Weston will conduct our worship service at 10:00 a.m. Following the service a congregational meeting will be held to learn more about Sean, and to vote on the recommendation to call him as our new pastor.

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:

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, January    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 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.

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.




November 5 Sermon

A reflection by Rev. Dr. Thom Bower
November 5, 2017                                                    All Saints’ Sunday
Based on Rev 7:9-17

“Revelation” is not a good translation of the title of this book. The original Greek title is Apocalypse, which means “unveiling” or “disclosure”. It is a book of mystical images, strange symbols, dreamlike visions, and hope. While it describes a heavenly realm, it was intended to convince hearers that God is present now, in our lives, in the events of the world today, offering comfort because God’s grace is greater than anything. This morning we hear a vision of how God’s faithful people are gathered before God’s throne.

also based on Matt 5:1-12

The beatitudes may be one of the best-known sermons of Jesus. The sermon begins with statements declaring “Blessed be.” The poetic word traditionally translated as “blessed” could also be translated as “enviable,” “fortunate,” “favored,” “well off,” or in the Common English Bible “happy.” It is the consequence of divine action. Listen to how Jesus pairs this sense of God’s grace with human experience.


In the 1990s there was an entire industry producing items bearing four letters: WWJD, representing “What would Jesus do?” The idea was to remind Christians when facing a dilemma to ask “What Would Jesus Do?” There were a lot of variations on this slogan:

WWJB: What would Jesus Buy?

WWBD: What would Buda do?

WWGD: What would Gandhi do?

WWLD: What would Lincoln do?

WWMLKD: What would Martin Luther King do?

among Lutheran friends, WWMLD: What would Martin Luther do?

then among my Methodist friends, WWJWD: What would John Wesley do?

Other popular variations included:

What would Brian Boitano do?

What would Johnny Cash Do?

What would Tintin do?

What Would Mary Marvel do?

What would Scooby Do?

And one of my favorites, WWYD:

What would Yoda do? Continue reading

October 29 Sermon


Reformation Roots
A reflection by Rev. Dr. Thom Bower
for October 29 2017, Reformation Sunday
based on Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 8:31-36

Welcoming Words

We belong to a church that is reformed and reforming. We believe that justice and faithfulness, science and art, religion and society cooperate through God’s guidance. We believe that God is inviting us into a future where the church discerns God’s call more clearly, using tools such as prayer, worship, scripture, theology, congregational relationships, history, and hope.

 This week we remember 500 years ago Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk and ethics professor at a small German university, made a list of things he wanted to talk about. 95 items, 95 topics, 95 theses, 95 disputes, 95 things Luther had been thinking about and wanted to discuss with someone, or even debate publicly. He chose to post his list on a church door, because at the time the church door was the public bulletin board: it was where you posted announcements of marriages and births, want ads for breeding livestock, and help wanted ads. He chose the day – October 31st – because a lot of people would be coming to church on the 1st, on All Saint’s Day, and so a lot of people would be reading the notices on the door.

Martin knew that among the items he was posting were some hot-button topics – especially how the church was making its income and how it was spending its resources. (You see, the church has always had issues with how money should be spent.) He was criticizing a practice called indulgences. Basically, the belief was that to get into heaven a person had to have enough merit – usually from good works, but also acts of charity, acts of devotion. If you did not have enough merit, then those who loved you could add to your account by doing additional good acts. Continue reading