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Summer Worship

Worship & Spiritual Growth Board has decided to hold worship downstairs June 3 – September 2, so we can have a comfortable and consistent worship space in the summer, as well as have the freedom to explore different styles of worship. The Church isn’t the sanctuary. The church is the people – and we look forward to being gathered for worship this summer.


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.

MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE: The American Legion will be commemorating Memorial Day with a brief ceremony at the flagpole in the northwest corner of the Lyonsville Cemetery on Monday, May 28th at  approximately 10:00 am (though we know from previous years they have  arrived as early as 9:30 and as late as 10:30).  Lyonsville Cemetery Board members will have complimentary snacks and beverages available while you wait. Lyonsville Cemetery holds special interest to the Legion as it is the resting place of more than 90 veterans with service ranging from the Civil War to the Vietnam War. Join the American Legion for this tribute to those who served our country in the armed forces!

Craft Sunday
On Sunday, June 3rd, we will gather to make fleece pull toys for dogs and cats. If you would like to participate, please bring fleece and we will show you how to cut and braid it. The toys are made by braiding fleece and can be done by all ages. The toys will be donated to the Hinsdale Humane Society. If you have any questions, please contact Judy Birmingham.

Sunset Blessing at Lyonsville Cemetery on Friday, June 8 at 8:15pm. In Jewish tradition, the sunset marks the beginning of the day of rest – the Sabbath.

Please join us for a peaceful walk around our labyrinth June 9 from 4:00 to 6:00. The walk takes about 20 minutes, and there will be someone to answer questions and help you get stared.

We humans have a tendency to think there will never be enough. That’s not true, though – there really is enough, with God’s generous giving. Stay after worship June 10 for a “gratitude gathering” to reflect on all of the things you’re grateful for in your life.

On Friday, June 22nd at 6:00 we will get together for a make your own pizzas and game night. We will take up a free will offering and the donations will be sent to Feed My Starving Children. I hope you can all attend for a time of fun and fellowship. Bring your friends!

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.

Lyonsville Prayer Chain- A supportive and meaningful ministry
All are welcome to join our Prayer Chain (you do not need to be a member). A prayer chain is a specific type of prayer ministry. It consists of a group of people willing to take time to pray for a particular prayer request. You do not need any special talent or a lot of time. You don’t  need to attend any meeting. All you need to be able to do is – pray. If you are interested in joining or have questions, please see or email Laurie Tsukuno.

Please help us send our “praying hands” to members and friends in need of God’s healing and comfort. These hands are a reminder that our prayers are with them. All you need to do is trace the outline of your hand(s) on the piece of paper. All supplies are found in our Praying Hands box in Fellowship Hall.  It is optional if you’d like to add: your name, a verse, or thought. Pastoral Care will then cut out the hands and mail them out. If you would like us to send out the praying hands to a particular person, please let Laurie Tsukuno know. Thank you for helping to send out God’s love.

A prayer board has been created/set up down in West Fellowship hall. It’s an additional way of asking for prayers. Just write out your prayer (it can be general or specific) on the paper that’s provided and post it on the board. Your prayers will be kept up as long as you need it to be. Everyone is encouraged to look at the prayers requested, keep them in your hearts, and lift them up to God. For more information, please see Laurie Tsukuno/ Pastoral Care.

Bags of Blessings
What do you do when you see a homeless person on the street asking for help? Look away? Give money? Do nothing? There’s also another option, – give them a bag a blessing. Each (quart size) bag of blessing contains small items of non-perishable food, personal care items and a note of hope. If you are interested in helping to pack items, writing notes, or would like to purchase (for $2.00) a bag of blessing, please see Laurie Tsukuno/ Pastoral Care. There are samples of these bags and a sign up sheet in Fellowship hall.

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:

Please come join us to help volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) on Saturday, June 16 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.

Summer Music Opportunity
With the end of the choir’s season here, there is an opportunity for anyone in the extended Lyonsville Family who would like to contribute some music for summer worship. There are 15 Sundays this summer: May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26, and September 2. Contact Mike Molloy if you, or someone you know are interested.

Feed My Starving Children – our next volunteer session at FMSC will be Tuesday, June 26th from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Aurora location. Please let Judy Birmingham know if you would like to go. I am also holding spots on Saturday, August 11th for both the morning session (9:00 am to 11:00 am and the session that is held from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm).  If you would like to go on August 11th, please let me know which session you prefer so I can organize car pools and release spots that we won’t be using.  Please let Judy Birmingham know if you would like to go.

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.




May 20 Sermon

“And You Shall Live”                                                                                                   Ezekiel 37:1-14
Rev. Sean Weston                                                                                                             Acts 2:1-21
Lyonsville Congregational UCC, Indian Head Park IL
May 20, 2018

If you’ve heard me preach much, you’ve heard me talk about something called the “Babylonian Exile.” This was a time, starting in the sixth century BC – roughly 2500 years ago – when the powerful Babylonian empire defeated what was left of the Hebrew people and destroyed the temple in Jerusalem, the center of religious life. If God’s home is the temple, what happens to God once the temple is destroyed? The leaders and elites were taken away, and everyone else was left to scratch a living on a destroyed land. It’s hard to overstate just how horrible this was. It was one of those experiences that shook the people to their very core, turned everything upside down, and unleashed untold depths of grief. I believe it is impossible to really understand the scriptures – especially the Old Testament – without understanding that the exile is the backdrop for so much we find there.

Ezekiel was a prophet during the exile. His job was to make sense of God for people who probably felt abandoned by God, even as he himself worked through his own questions and grief. It was in that situation that God gave Ezekiel an image of a valley of dry bones. In the Psalms we find similar images:

  • “My bones waste away”
  • “My bones are shaking with terror”
  • “My bones burn like a furnace”

In this story, in the valley of dry bones, God is speaking to the very deepest part of God’s people, their most secret inward self, the sense of hopelessness and despair, of separation from their land and their temple and their God. The bones are dry. There is no life to be had. Continue reading