Preaching, Teaching, and Living the Gospel
Teaching was a priority for Lyonsville Church in its early years. Before they even built a church building, our founding members built the first school in the area, and brought a teacher from Scotland to teach the children of the developing community. Members of Lyonsville Church helped start other churches in the area, so the Word could be preached.
Here's what is happening these days:
We participate in the Angolan Partnership of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ with the Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola, in southwest Africa. Donna Dudley, our Common Global Ministries missionary to Angola, visited Lyonsville Church in June, 2009, along with Luis Samacumbi, a leader in the Evangelical Congregational Church of Angola. We support their work with our gifts and our prayers. We had a special Mission Sunday on Sept. 26, 2010, with former missionary Donna Dudley from the Angolan Partnership as guest speaker for our morning worship.
School Kits -The congregation assembled 45 school kits in August, 2012 to help students in need through Church World Service.
Music Ministries proclaim the gospel through music in our worship services. Our choir rehearses on Sunday mornings, 8:30-9:30 a.m., and sings regularly during the program year (September - May). Newcomers are always welcome. Contact the pastor, choir director or office for more information.
The annual Neighbors in Need special offering by the United Church of Christ helps to support ministries of justice, including the Council of American Indian ministries of the U.C.C. Gifts to Neighbors in Need in 2011 were $317. The 2012 Neighbors in Need offering was received on October 7.
Scholarships: The church offers two scholarships to church members in educational programs beyond high school (college, trade school, graduate school, etc.) -- the Paul Pavlus Scholarship, and the Ed and Shirley Karas Scholarship.