June 9, 2019 Sermon

“Amazed and Perplexed”                                                                                                 Acts 2:1-21
Rev. Sean Weston
Lyonsville Congregational UCC, Indian Head Park IL
June 9, 2019

The story of Pentecost we heard today in Acts is set in Jerusalem about 2,000 years ago, shortly after Jesus’ death and resurrection. During Jesus’ day, Jerusalem was the center of Jewish religious practice. The magnificent temple was the pride of Jewish people throughout the world. On festivals like Pentecost, celebrating the spring barley harvest and the giving of the law to Moses, people would travel from near and far to celebrate in Jerusalem, a place beloved by centuries and centuries of Jewish people. It was a deeply special place.

Below the surface of religious joy and worship, however, was layer upon layer of suffering. For thousands and thousands of years Jerusalem has been the site of serious and often violent conflict. Centuries before today’s story took place, the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem and razed the temple to the ground, carrying leaders into exile and leaving everyone else behind. Along with the nation of Israel, Jerusalem has been ruled over the centuries by various empires. Some let the Jewish people live and worship as they wished; others forbade them from their practices at the pain of death. During Jesus’ life and for centuries after, Jerusalem was dominated and ruled by the brutally violent Roman Empire, the empire that killed Jesus. Yes, Jerusalem was the site of religious joy and sacred memories. And Jerusalem was also the site of deep suffering, death, and oppression. Continue reading

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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 June we are collecting peanut butter and jelly for the Lyonsville food pantry. If you would like to donate, please bring your items and put them in the donation box on the landing.

Summer is here and the choir is taking a well-deserved break! Anyone who wishes to provide some summer music should contact Mike Molloy to book a date. Do your grandkids take piano lessons? Does your Uncle Frank play the accordion? Is your sister an opera singer? Sign ’em up! All are welcome who wish to make a joyful noise!!

Summer Worship Plans:
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day (so starting June 2), worship will be held in the West Fellowship Hall as we have been doing for the last few years. We will gather for worship at 10:00am.

Pastor Sean will be attending the UCC General Synod in Milwaukee from June 20-26, as part of our participation in the UCC Pension Boards Next Generation Leadership Initiative. During that time please direct pastoral care needs to the office. After hours needs can be directed to Nayna Byers or Doug Adams. On June 23, while Sean is away,  Lyonsville will not hold a worship service. We encourage you to visit Burr Ridge UCC or Highlands Presbyterian Church, which both have services at 10am. This is a good way to deepen our relationships with those congregations.

PIZZA AND GAME NIGHT
On Friday, June 23rd at 6:00 we will get together for pizza and game night. We will take up a free will offering and the donations will be sent to Feed My Starving Children. We hope you can all attend for a time of fun and fellowship. Bring your friends!

Next discernment meeting- Sunday, July 14 at 11am. All members are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Do you want to join the Lyonsville Prayer Chain? Want to ask for prayers? Email Nayna Byers, Chair of Pastoral Care. Prayer Chain requests can also be made through the office.

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:

GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY    
Please come join us to help volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) on Saturday, June 15 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.

Save the Date – our next outing to Feed My Starving Children in  Aurora will be on Wednesday, June 19th for the 9:30 – 11:30 am shift.   If you are interested in going, please let Judy Birmingham know.

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 FOOD PANTRY
The food pantry is only open on the last Sunday of the month. The hours are 11:30—12:15pm. We would like to have two or three people there to help assists our guests/visitors during this time.

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.