“Discernment Diet” Survey

We have been discerning many options for the future of Lyonsville. We have explored many options. Another way to think of this is that we have gathered many ingredients. Now we need to make a meal. What did you hear or read in the team leader presentations that you would with to be included? Select as many as you want below to add them to the plate.

Written team leader reports can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C0h2qKOR0HbxdFrD66AUZlY4mbPNLJ9C/view

Some ingredients identified by team leaders can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ApfMw-fF1QrgWaAuygkeKwul9zzkxyJ4/view?usp=sharing

Please fill this out by Tuesday, October 1.

Take the survey here.

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 19 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.

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.

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.



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.

“Soul Kitchen” is a spirited dinner and discussion group that meets on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm. It is a ministry of St. Helena’s Episcopal Church and is organized by the priest there, Father Ethan. Lyonsville folks are invited to join — and we hear they have a great time! The group chooses its own topics and locations as they go, generally via group text. If you’re interested contact the office and we’ll get you on the list. Pastor Sean will participate sometimes if there’s enough interest.

The next evaluation of Pastor Sean’s ministry is coming up and will be conducted by Lauren McSweeney and Jean Hegner. Please remember you are always encouraged to speak with Sean directly if you have any comments or concerns about his ministry. As part of the evaluation process, you are also welcome to share any comments or concerns with Lauren or Jean. Please share any feedback with them by Sunday, September 29.

We are a bit into the fall school season and it is time to see if we have any candidates for the Karas scholarship. Our church is most fortunate to have had a couple of members who felt so committed to education that they bequeathed scholarship monies to Lyonsville for our use in awarding to worthy candidates who are continuing their education.  Although we have two scholarship funds, Pavlus and Karas, we will only be considering awarding from the Karas Fund this year due to a minimum balance that must be maintained on the Pavlus Fund.
Scholarship applications will be available in the church office or from Nayna Byers as of 9/22/19. The deadline for application submission will be October 10, 2019. Guidelines are explained in the application. If you have any questions, please contact Nayna Byers.

Nayna Byers and Sherry Suomi
2019 Scholarship Committee

CROP Walk 2019 will be held on Sunday, October 28th, which is the same day as our Congregational meeting.  Due to this conflict, Lyonsville will be putting together a team to walk on Saturday morning, October 27th. Lyonsville will receive a portion of the money collected which will be used to buy food for our food pantry. If you are interested in being part of the team, please let a member of the Mission Board know.

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.

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.