Mark your calendars now for The First Annual Lyons Ice Cream Social September 12, 2 to 4 p.m., in Sandstone Park.
Accompanied by the toe-tapping beat of the Stover Street Stompers, a dixieland jazz band, home-made vanilla ice cream – cold and delicious - is making an appearance at this free event open to all (donations appreciated to help support community programs).
Bring your chairs and your blankets; bring Jimmy, Melanie, Uncle Ted, Aunt Rosa, and Rover too. There will be plenty for everyone to enjoy.
Long and widely recognized for its iconic “white church with a steeple” look, Lyons Community Church (LCC) has been serving the residents of the Lyons area for over 100 years. Once known as the Lyons Methodist Church, it underwent a name change in 2004 and became known as the Lyons Community Church when the members changed the name to make clear their desire to serve all of Lyons. At the same time, they retained the motto “A Place of Hope and Promise.”
Upstairs, the sanctuary and fellowship hall combine for a gracious, pleasant space where many years of “wedded bliss” have gotten their start with a blessing. Is it the golden afternoon light through simple stained glass panels that draws musicians and artists to the space, or is it the fine acoustics? The sanctuary has been a site for a concert in the Sounds of Lyons music weekend two years running, for this year’s Studio Art
Tour opening night gathering, and more than a few times, for student recitals of local music teachers and other local performers. Open every Saturday at 5:30 p.m. for worship by the Catholic faith community and on Sunday morning at 10 with a Methodist-based Sunday service, you are invited to come and see how relaxed and welcoming the church, and the people, are.
Downstairs, LCC sponsors a friendly community meeting space in its spacious basement, with easy access off Main Street in the heart of Lyons. Complete with ample tables and chairs for a crowd, the room is equipped with WiFi.
The meeting space, which is offered free to locals, is used frequently by the Lyons Chamber of Commerce for its LEGG seminars, and over the years, has been the gathering place of choice for chili dinners, Girl and Boy Scouts, book clubs and various training sessions.
Every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:00, the basement at LCC transforms into the Lyons Food Pantry, with an average of 30 households each week coming to draw provisions from its shelves and freezer. Volunteers from the local community are some of the most enthusiastic, helpful people you could want to meet. They pick up 1000 pounds of food or more from Longmont, sort it, box it, refrigerate it, and get it ready so that shoppers can find what they need. Some shoppers come once or twice, other shoppers benefit over a longer time. All express their gratitude each time.
Service without walls could be LCC’s motto. Individuals or families who find themselves in an emergency situation requiring funds for life’s staples, such as utilities or rent, can apply for short-term monetary assistance through Pastor Claire McNulty-Drewes.
Donations received at the Ice Cream Social go completely towards funding the continuation of the programs described above, and for upcoming ones. Consider yourself being thanked if you, like the Lyons
Community Foundation, have helped to support programs that benefit those in need around us. Thank You!