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.

New Hats/Scarves/Gloves/Socks for the Night Ministry – Our November mission project is to again take up a collection for The Night Ministry. We are looking for new hats, scarves, gloves and socks (for all ages). Please bring your donation (either home made or store bought) to church by Sunday, December 19th. Thank you.


Pageant Sunday—December 17. Come early to be assigned a role in our Christmas pageant as we enact the Nativity story. Then stay for brunch—we hear Santa may be there!

Christmas eve lessons and carols—December 24. We will hear the scriptures read and sing familiar Christmas hymns. The service concludes in the glow of candlelight and singing Silent Night. 5:00 p.m.

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.




The Good News for December

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December 2017

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Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some upcoming mission opportunities you can help with:

BEDS PLUS needs volunteers. If you can help, see their website for details.

Please come join us to help volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) on Saturday, January 20 from 8:30am to11:15. We will meet at church to carpool at 12:15. 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 http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org or see/call Cindi Fiandaca or Judy Birmingham to sign up.
The depository would like all volunteers to register in advance. Please see our website (Volunteer Opportunities post) or contact the church office for a link to their website where you can easily do this.

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.




November 5 Sermon

A reflection by Rev. Dr. Thom Bower
November 5, 2017                                                    All Saints’ Sunday
Based on Rev 7:9-17

“Revelation” is not a good translation of the title of this book. The original Greek title is Apocalypse, which means “unveiling” or “disclosure”. It is a book of mystical images, strange symbols, dreamlike visions, and hope. While it describes a heavenly realm, it was intended to convince hearers that God is present now, in our lives, in the events of the world today, offering comfort because God’s grace is greater than anything. This morning we hear a vision of how God’s faithful people are gathered before God’s throne.

also based on Matt 5:1-12

The beatitudes may be one of the best-known sermons of Jesus. The sermon begins with statements declaring “Blessed be.” The poetic word traditionally translated as “blessed” could also be translated as “enviable,” “fortunate,” “favored,” “well off,” or in the Common English Bible “happy.” It is the consequence of divine action. Listen to how Jesus pairs this sense of God’s grace with human experience.


In the 1990s there was an entire industry producing items bearing four letters: WWJD, representing “What would Jesus do?” The idea was to remind Christians when facing a dilemma to ask “What Would Jesus Do?” There were a lot of variations on this slogan:

WWJB: What would Jesus Buy?

WWBD: What would Buda do?

WWGD: What would Gandhi do?

WWLD: What would Lincoln do?

WWMLKD: What would Martin Luther King do?

among Lutheran friends, WWMLD: What would Martin Luther do?

then among my Methodist friends, WWJWD: What would John Wesley do?

Other popular variations included:

What would Brian Boitano do?

What would Johnny Cash Do?

What would Tintin do?

What Would Mary Marvel do?

What would Scooby Do?

And one of my favorites, WWYD:

What would Yoda do? Continue reading