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Keyboardist needed at Lyonsville Congregational UCC in Indian Head Park, IL (LaGrange/Countryside Area).
Duties include: playing for 8:30AM choir practice, playing all service music, and accompanying the church choir and/or soloists during 10:00AM Sunday Worship. Services include Sunday Worship and special services such as Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving Eve, or other services planned by the church. Ability to play organ and piano preferred. Versatility in traditional and contemporary styles an asset. Salary is $200 per week.


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.


We’ll be focusing on Stewardship on the Sundays in October—8th, 15th, and 22nd. Look for information coming to you soon. Meanwhile, pray about your 2018 pledge, how you’ll support the Ministries of Lyonsville, and your hopes for ministries with the incoming pastor.

Reformation Roots
Wednesday Nights, 7:00-8:30
At Burr Ridge UCC
This fall we mark the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Come spend five weeks exploring the foundations of our religious heritage
(1) 11 Oct: Medieval Christendom
(2) 25 Oct: Martin Luther’s Life & Thought (led by Gary)
(3) 1 Nov: Calvinists, Jesuits, and French Civil War
(4) 8 Nov: Zwingli & Communion Differences
(5)15 Nov: The English Reformation

There will be an additional Manna Fundraiser in November this year. Manna gift card order forms will be ready October 1 and will be in the Narthex. The orders will be due on November 4 and the will be distributed by November 11. The next Manna will be due December 3. Please see Cindi Fiandaca for more information. Print an order form HERE.

Our next labyrinth walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 14. It is from 4:00 to 6:00, and takes about 20 minutes. Please join us for this time of meditation. We also have a labyrinth walk scheduled for December 2.

CROP Walk 2017 will be held on Sunday, October 15th. Lyonsville will be putting together a team to walk and raise money for Church World Services. Lyonsville will receive a portion of the money collected, which will be used to buy food for our food pantry. Last year we received over $1,600.


WHITE BEAR DANCE—November 3 & 4.

CHURCH WOMEN UNITED – World Community Day
Friday November 3, 2017
Theme: “Kindling New Fires for Peace”
9:30 Bible Study; 10:30 Service
St. James Lutheran Church, 5129 wolf Road, Western Springs
For info or if you are able to go, contact Wilma Mrazek.

All Saints Day will be observed Sunday, November 5.

Saturday, November 11
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Adults $18.00,  Children ages 5-12 $12.00,  Children 4 and under FREE
Carry Out available. Invite your friends and family.

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.



October 8 Sermon

A reflection by Rev. Dr. Thom Bower
For October 8 2017, the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Based on Matthew 21:33-46

We’re in a section of Matthew of Jesus teaching with parables. These stories have a simple plot, but the characters and their actions are often confusing. The result are stories that give us riddles. What at first seemed to be a simple story has a twist that makes us think, a surprise that makes us wonder.

This morning’s parable comes from Matthew 21. It’s difficult to say what this parable is about: revenge, divine judgment, receiving Christ as God’s son. The concluding words of Jesus could be frightening. Listen trying to answer this question: what is this parable calling Lyonsville to do?

We have been told often it is impolite to discuss politics, money or religion in polite company. To anyone who says that, I say they have not read the bible very well. Today’s exhibit A: a parable of Jesus. We treat it as another harmless episode of Story Time with Jesus. For generations we have overlooked the political, the economic, and the religious issues that Jesus was talking about.

About 60 years before Jesus was born, Rome colonized the region of Judea. Yes, Romans had been present in the area before that, but it is at that time that Judea becomes a province of the Roman Empire. Sixty years is not a long time in a culture.

Sixty years ago in US history,

  • Dwight Eisenhower began his second term as President,
  • Elvis Presley purchases Graceland,
  • the Edsel was released,
  • the novel Atlas Shrugged is published,
  • Shippingport Station, the world’s first atomic electric-power plant, opened
  • in Arkansas the Little Rock Nine are prevented by the national guard from enrolling in high school,
  • and the United Church of Christ is formed from the merger of the Congregational Christian Church and the Evangelical and Reformed Church.

A lot of cultural shift can happen in sixty years. Continue reading

October 1 Sermon

An Accidental Midrash
A reflection by Rev. Dr. Thom Bower
For 1 October 2017, World-wide Communion Sunday
Based on Matt 21:23-32

Shortly after Jesus, Jewish rabbis promoted a way of interpreting scripture called midrash agadah, which essentially encourages the best way to make sense of a story is to tell another story. I accidentally encountered a midrash on this morning’s scripture passage. During my vacation I read most of a trilogy of novels called The Last Policeman by Ben Winters. I heard about this from a review on public radio. It sounded like the kind of light fiction reading I would enjoy escaping into while on vacation.

The main premise is that an asteroid is about to impact the earth. There’s no way to escape. The immanent destruction of the planet leads to all sorts of social disintegration. People wander away from their jobs to fulfill their bucket lists. That means no one is caring for the electric plants, which leads to the loss of television, radio, internet, newspapers. Clean water no longer runs through pipes into homes and businesses. People hoard what resources they can, and there are mass riots hunting for food, bottled water, gasoline, bullets. People are dying from diseases, accidents, murders, and suicides.

But the main thrust of the series is not social decay: these are mystery novels. The main character, Henry Palace, is (unsurprisingly) a police detective who continues to work on missing persons cases during the last six months before the asteroid hits. There’s two recurring events in the trilogy, events that increase in frequency as the asteroid gets nearer and nearer.

The first is happens so frequently it is almost a joke: people keep asking Henry “Why are you doing this?” Society is at it’s end, people are running away for all sorts of reasons, the federal government is barely functional, local police departments no longer have authority. Why then, Detective Palace, are you concerned about finding these missing persons? Continue reading