The Good News for September

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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, October 20 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.

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.

Lyonsville Church Food Pantry: Come and help out at our own food pantry.  The pantry is open on Sundays from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 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.




August 19 Sermon

“Church? Why Bother?”                                                                                                 Isaiah 58:1-12
Rev. Sean Weston                                                                                                       Matthew 5:13-16
Lyonsville Congregational UCC, Indian Head Park IL            
August 19, 2018

Last Sunday, I did something I rarely do: I didn’t go to church. Last week I was on what we call “continuing education” leave, which is a time for me to focus on study and professional growth. This year I attended a mediation training for church leaders, which was excellent and quite intense. Taking the leave through Sunday allowed me to rest and recover, rather than squeezing in worship prep.

So, David and I got brunch with friends in the city. I had the chance to see what people who don’t go to church on Sundays do. As it turns out, you can find a lot of people eating a meal out, enjoying a slow Sunday morning. It got me thinking about how there were so many people around the city and the world gathering for worship – and there were so many people doing something else. Why? I wondered. Continue reading

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.

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Starting September 9, we are trying a new worship time of 10:30, with an integenerational learning time at 9:30.

Memory Matters:  Healthy habits for dementia prevention.
Thursday, September 20, 7-8 pm in Fellowship Hall.
Certified dementia practitioner, Jackie Raschke of Home Helpers in Hinsdale will discuss the basics of dementia and habits you can adopt to help prevent it. All are welcome. Free admission. Please reserve a seat with Laurie Tsukuno,, 630-276-6011.

GAME NIGHT— Friday, September 28
Bring your favorite game or just play one already there. We’ll be happy to teach you if you aren’t familiar with the games. Please bring your own beverage and snack, although we always have plenty to share. Just come to laugh, play and enjoy great company. Invite friends and neighbors, too. Come down to fellowship hall from 6 to 9 PM. Any questions, see Laurie Tsukuno.

Save the Date – CROP Walk 2018 will be held on Sunday, October 21.
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. You can register here.  We will gather at First Congregational Church of LaGrange (100  6th Ave.). Registration is at 12:30 and the walk starts at 1:15, and it is 3 miles. Please bring a canned food item to donate. There is a break for bathrooms and water at the half way point.

Food Pantry Collection— During the month of September we will be collecting cans of soup, broth and vegetables for the Lyonsville food pantry.

Collection for Ponca Tribe – The Loehman’s will be travelling to Oklahoma in October to visit their friends on the reservation.  One of our mission projects for September is to take up a collection to give to the Loehman’s when they go to Oklahoma so they can purchase some items for baskets, which they will pass out. Money will be collected until Sunday, September 23rd Your donations are greatly appreciated.

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.