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The Good News for December

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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.

There will be a Manna Fundraiser in November/December. Manna gift card order forms are in the Narthex. The orders will be due December 1 and distributed on December 8. Please see Cindi Fiandaca for more information.
       These make great Christmas gifts!

End 68 Hours of Hunger – In December, we will be collecting the following food items for End 68 Hours of Hunger program.  End 68 Hours of Hunger is a nationwide organization, with a local chapter that is based in the First United Methodist Church of LaGrange.  They are currently partnering with Forest Road Elementary School to provide packs of food for kids to take home – mostly kids who would struggle to find a meal between their Friday school lunch and Monday breakfast. They are in need of: peanut butter, jelly, mayonnaise, (no extra large sizes or glass containers please), canned tuna, canned chicken and real fruit juice-boxes (individual size).   Please bring your donation to the church during the month of December.  Thank you.

We need all hands on deck! Please join us at 9am on Saturday, January 11 for a joint workday with Westminster Orthodox Presbyterian Church to switch worship spaces. We’ll begin with a brief blessing of the sanctuary space as we acknowledge we are no longer using that space for worship. We will be joined by Rev. Kim Wood from the Fox Valley Association. Then we will work with Westminster to move items and prepare the chapel space for worship. There will be projects that people with all abilities can help with. Many hands make light work, and we anticipate this will also be a fun time of fellowship. If you have questions please contact Judy Birmingham or Pastor Sean.

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.

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, January x 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.

BEDS Plus – BEDS Plus is looking for volunteers!  BEDS Plus is committed to reducing and ending homelessness in our communities.  Volunteers make their work possible.  Please join one of their volunteer orientation training sessions to find out how you can make a difference.  Please sign up directly on their website: or contact (708-354-0858 x 137).

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.