October Worship Schedule

Worship is the heart of the church! Sunday morning worship services are at 10:00 a.m.

Church school for children preschool through grade 8 is offered during the worship time September 8 through May. Children begin in the sanctuary for worship for the first 15-20 minutes, and then are dismissed to their church school classes following the Children’s Time.

The first Sunday of the month is usually a Communion Sunday and Family Sunday, No church school classes are offered on those Sundays. Children are invited to participate in worship with their families. All may participate in Communion, including young children, if their parents believe they have some understanding of the special nature and meaning of Communion.




The Good News for October

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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 21, from 1:00 pm to 3:45. 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.




September 17 Sermon

A reflection by Rev. Dr. Thom Bower
For September 17 2017, the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Based on Matt 18:21-35

When I was 7 I read in a magic book about an illusion of a severed finger in a box – and it gave directions! You start with a small box – like a little jewelry box. You cut a hole in the bottom of the box, line it with cotton, and stick your finger through the hole.

I don’t where I got the idea to add some food color. You end up with something that looks like this…

I took my new trick to my mom and told her I found something in the yard. When I removed the lid, she gave a little gasp. “Look at the end, it’s got a little something stuck to it.” So my mom looked closer. That’s when I wiggled my finger.

Later I had to ask mom’s forgiveness. That was not the first or last time I had to ask her forgiveness. I’m glad now she didn’t keep count.

How many times do you think your parents have had to forgive you? How many times have your teachers forgiven you? pass out papers so everyone in the congregation has one – numbered 1-490. Imagine this is how many times you have been forgiven. What on the list?

Imagine you have forgiven others that many times. What’s on the list?

In 174 years, how many times do you think the people of Lyonsville have asked forgiveness from one another? What’s on that list?

In your time at Lyonsville, how many times have you asked to be forgiven? What’s on that list? I don’t mean that passive-aggressive “easy to ask forgiveness later than permission ahead of time” stuff. I mean admitting you were wrong and asking forgiveness. No conditions or clauses. Not the script of “This person has hurt me before or I’ve been hurt this way before I’ve been hurt before, so if this time I hurt someone they need to understand why.” I mean saying, “I was wrong, I won’t do this again, I am changing the way I do things, please forgive me.” Continue reading

September 10 Sermon


“Thoughts and Prayers”
A reflection by Rev. Dr. Thom Bower
For September 10, 2017, the 23rd Sunday or Ordinary Time and Gathering Sunday
Based on Matthew 18:15-20

This morning’s scripture is Matthew 18: 15-20. The gospel of Matthew was written about 35 years after Jesus died and was resurrected. The followers of Christ have moved out from Jerusalem, out from Judea. Matthew’s community appears to be around the city of Antioch in Syria, in what is today Turkey. Because the members of the church here were made up of both former Jews and former Gentiles, they encountered some degree of hostility from Jewish and Roman communities. A major theme of Matthew’s story is addressing behavior that tarnishes the Christian community’s ability to witness to people outside the community. The story we are about to hear is about public behavior, not individual relationships. It’s about being the church.

15 “If your brother or sister sins against you, go and correct them when you are alone together. If they listen to you, then you’ve won over your brother or sister. 16  But if they won’t listen, take with you one or two others so that every word may be established by the mouth of two or three witnesses. 17  But if they still won’t pay attention, report it to the church. If they won’t pay attention even to the church, treat them as you would a Gentile and tax collector. 18  I assure you that whatever you fasten on earth will be fastened in heaven. And whatever you loosen on earth will be loosened in heaven. 19  Again I assure you that if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, then my Father who is in heaven will do it for you. 20  For where two or three are gathered in my name, I’m there with them.” (Common English Bible)

Imagine a tray full of glass beads. Most of them are yellow. There’s a few red, and blues, fewer green, black, grey, white. You push those to the side, keeping the yellow in the center of the tray. There’s different sizes, different shapes, different textures, even some different hues. Each catches the sunlight, leading you to pray. You begin sorting through to find about a dozen that will make a nice necklace. Right off you find four, then a couple more.

And just as you select the tenth someone comes by and dumps a new cup of beads on your tray. These are mostly blue some red, some green, a couple yellow; some of them are the same shape as the yellow ones you have already selected. Some of the blue hues are the same shades as the blue you previously set aside. So you sort through the blue beads, and begin to select a new dozen beads for your necklace.

And then a cup of red beads gets dumped on your tray.

If writing a sermon is like stringing beads onto a necklace, then this is sort of week I have had.

Through the week as I kept moving the sermon beads, as I prayed with each one, I thought “Perhaps this gathering Sunday is about praying together. Perhaps the needed action for this season of Lyonsville’s life together is prayerfulness.” So this morning I am combining the reflection and the morning prayer. It’s a little different, but let’s try. I’ll offer some reflection, we’ll have a short silent prayer, I’ll pray aloud, and then we’ll sing a bit of Nearer My God to Thee. Continue reading