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Caring for Neighbors – From a Distance

A message from Nayna Byers, Minister for Community Life
and Judy Birmingham, Minister for Mission and Outreach

Last week we attended a Webinar by the UCC called Caring for Neighbors – From a Distance, which provided some ideas as to how churches can support our congregations and communities during this time, which they referred to as the “New Normal”.  We reviewed the information from this meeting with Pastor Sean, the Moderator Team and a few others. We have identified some key areas where we felt our congregation could provide assistance.

In Our Congregation

The CDC has suggested people wear some sort of face covering when in public doing essential activities.  Several of our church members are involved in sewing sleeves that go over surgical masks, which you can remove and wash so that surgical masks can be reused.  If you have any fabric to donate for this project or would like to help, contact Judy.  Several hundred of these sleeves have been given to Plymouth Place and LaGrange Hospital.  If you have a need for one of these for yourself, please let Judy know.  We also have a small supply of masks which we can provide to you.  We know it is very important for many of our medically vulnerable people to wear these.

Prayer Chain

If you are not already on our email prayer chain, please consider doing so. This is an anonymous list. Prayer can be powerful. Contact Nayna Byers to be added.

Phone Calls

It is important for us all to keep in touch with each other.  Isolation is difficult.  Please participate in our video/telephone worship services and the Tuesday and Thursday check-in calls that Pastor Sean facilitates.  In addition, we would like to set up a calling tree to check in with each other and provide a listening ear.  We are compiling a list of our members and friends for this effort.  Please consider volunteering to be a caller.  We would like to rotate callers so we all get a chance to chat with each other.  This is also a good opportunity to pray together. Let Nayna know if you would like to be a caller.

In Our Community

A decision has been made to temporarily close the Lyonsville Food Pantry.  St. Cletus Parish in LaGrange has a food pantry that is open on Thursday evenings.  We will be donating all food that we have on hand to their pantry and they will be able to support the families who are currently using our pantry.  St. Cletus has a significant matching funds program and we would like to support this pantry as a congregation.  We encourage you to give directly to St. Cletus by going to this website. At this point a financial donation provides flexibility and is safer than food donations. Your dollars will also stretch further as St. Cletus is able to purchase food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository at a much cheaper cost than if you were to donate canned goods.  We will be placing a notice to our food pantry patrons on our church door that we are temporarily closed and referring them to St. Cletus.

The Good Samaritan Fund

We already have a Good Samaritan Fund that we support as a congregation.  This fund has been used to purchase food to supply our food pantry, to help people in the community who need assistance for shelter, gas, utility bills, etc, and other outreach needs identified. Now more than ever we encourage you to make a regular donation to this fund.  You can donate directly through our website or by mail. We anticipate that during this pandemic and after, we will have many opportunities to provide assistance to our community through this fund.

We Are Gathering Remotely

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lyonsville’s building is closed to all in-person worship services and activities indefinitely, until further notice . Our office is also closed. Phone, email, and mail messages are being checked.

Sunday Worship – 10am

Click Here on Sunday Morning to Join Worship On Zoom
This allows you to connect with video and audio, and requires a one-time software download (see more information below about the software).

To Connect by Telephone
Call 312-626-6799 and enter Meeting ID: 996-871-027. If prompted for a participant ID, simply press #. The password is 60525.

Click Here for the July 5 Worship Bulletin
For those calling in by phone or who wish for a printed bulletin. We can mail bulletins in advance — simply notify the office you would like to be added to that list (708-246-1255 or

Welcome Form
Visiting? Fill out this form and we’ll connect with you.

Caring for Neighbors: Sharing our Stimulus Relief Fund

The Mission Team invites all who are able to donate all of some of stimulus funds received from the federal government’s relief package. By pooling our resources we can make a big impact locally, in order to love our neighbors and let God’s light shine through us.

Click here for more information on the Sharing our Stimulus Relief Fund

Click here to fill out the online pledge form

Check-In and Prayer Times
Thursdays at 7pm

Click Here To Join By Zoom
To join by phone call 312-626-6799 and enter Meeting ID 573 411 5112.

These are times for open conversation and prayer. In a time of high anxiety this is a chance to check-in, share how you’re doing, pass along needs and resources, and pray with and for one another.

Additional Information

Download the Zoom Software Here.
It’s easiest if you do this in advance. You can also download from the app store if you are using a smart phone or tablet.

Assistance With Meals

If you need assistance with meals, here are some resources:

Willow Springs School District 108 is also offering assistance for its students. Contact the district for details.

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.

Easter dinners for our food pantry guests – We are collecting money that will be used to purchase a ham and a $10 Aldi gift card for 20 of our food pantry guests.  If you are able to donate, please see a member of the Mission Team.


Maundy Thursday: April 9 at 7pm, at Burr Ridge UCC. Rev. Sean Weston preaching.

Good Friday Worship: April 10 at 7pm at Highlands Presbyterian. Rev. Tim Rhodes preaching.

Easter Sunday: April 12 at 10:00am.

New Hats/Scarves/Gloves for the Lyonsville Food Pantry – During the winter months, we plan to collect new hats, scarves and gloves (for all ages). Please bring your donation (either home made or store bought) to church any Sunday, and either give it to a member of the Mission Board or leave it in the bin at the top of the stairs going into the fellowship hall.

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.