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Book Study

“Courageous Faith” June Book Study

Sundays in June at 11:30am, after Fellowship Hour

To have a copy mailed to your home, please make a request to the office at lyonsville@sbcglobal.net by Sunday, May 17  or leave a message at 708-246-1255. If you are able, we are asking for a $15 donation to cover the costs.

“For Christians, resistance is written right into our baptismal vows. Following Christ means resisting oppression and evil wherever we might find it. Doing that work requires us to first rise up, face our fears, and cultivate courage that can sustain us for the journey.”

Take the resurrection journey from a place of fear to a place of action as Emily C. Heath weaves together wisdom from Reformed theology, recovery communities, social justice visionaries, and more.

Those who gather for the book study will determine what themes from the book to present to the full congregation as part of worship later in the summer, starting in July.

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 August 16 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 lyonsville@sbcglobal.net).

Additional Handouts for August 16 Worship:
God’s Story, Our Story

Welcome Form
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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 and password 60525.

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:

https://www.argohs.net/

https://www.cnnssa.org/meals-on-wheels/lyons-township


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

To Our Neighbors

Dear Neighbors,

Our Pastor was quite surprised to get an email from Indian Head Park’s Village Administrator recently, saying he’d heard we were closing. It turns out that at the last Village Board meeting a resident said the church had voted to close. You can imagine our surprise, since there has been no vote to close, and certainly we would know!

We don’t know why this was shared, but it’s out there now and we all know how rumor mills can work. So let’s clear the air: Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ is open and in active ministry. We gather for worship, prayer, study, and service. Our vision is to be a home for the spiritual journey. We have been that home for countless people for 175 years and counting.

It’s true that we are a small congregation – though the numbers shared at this meeting don’t square up. One thing our faith tells us is that God can do amazing things even with small groups of people. Jesus started with twelve, after all! If you’ve joined us for worship, eaten delicious turkey at the Harvest Home Dinner, joined us at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, or purchased gifts from the Fair Trade sale at Christmas, you know that this small group does big things!

It’s true – a lot has changed in the last 175 years – and so has church. We’re asking where God wants us to go next, actively examining all of our options for the future. No matter where God takes us next, you can count on hearing directly from us. Check us out at lyonsvillechurch.org or like us on Facebook!

If you like pizza and games, we’d love to have you at our Pizza and Game night this Friday, June 21 at 6pm. We gather for worship at 10am on Sundays and would love to meet you there (though this coming Sunday, June 23, we’re worshiping with our friends at Burr Ridge UCC and Highlands Presbyterian).

Have any questions? Please contact our Pastor, Rev. Sean Weston, directly at pastor@lyonsvillechurch.org or 708-246-1255. He’s planning to be at the next Village Board meeting and would love to meet you there as well.

Thanks for being our neighbor! We’ll see you around.

Obituary for Chuck Helms

Chuck was a long-time member and leader at Lyonsville. His obituary is below.

Charles (Chuck) Waitman Helms, 74, of Countryside, Illinois died on March 14, 2019 at his home.

He was born June 30, 1944 in Chicago, the son of Albert and Juanita (Heatherly) Helms.

Chuck married Gail Marie (Wardo) Helms on April 20, 1974 in Chicago.

Chuck was committed to his family and community. He owned and managed Helms Lawn & Landscape in Countryside for nearly 30 years. He was a member of Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ in Indian Head Park, where he served in many roles over the years.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Juanita (Heatherly) Helms, and his brother, Herman.

Survivors include his wife, Gail; two children, Edith (Paul) Ruez, Centralia, Illinois, and Arthur (Nikki) Helms of Countryside; one granddaughter, Madaline, and three grandsons, Cody, Charles, and Russell.

Cremation is planned. A memorial service will be held at Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ in Indian Head Park on Saturday, April 13 at 11am. The Rev. Sean Weston will officiate. A lunch will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Lyonsville Church or the charity of your choice.