Activities during the church year
LSUS is a tight-knit community, partly because of our shared values, but also because of the many opportunities we have to share ideas and enjoy each other’s company.
Coffee and snacks after each Sunday service connect adults and children alike. This is also a chance to engage our guest speakers in ongoing conversations on the provocative topic of the day.
Beyond weekly services, we connect in other ways:
Dinner for Eight
Dinner for Eight brings old and new members together 4 to 6 times a year for an evening of informal dining and conversation. Interested members are divided into groups of about 8, then each group gathers at one participant's home for a meal that all have helped prepare. Hosting responsibilities rotate from dinner to dinner.
This group welcomes LSUS members, friends, or anyone who wants to stop by and discuss a movie . A committee picks a current movie, which group participants then watch before meeting. Participants meet at Panera Bakery in Wilmette in the room behind the glass doors, every 4th Friday of the month. They’re asked to buy something from Panera and eat from 7 to 7:30, then the conversation (with a discussion leader) runs until about 9 p.m.
Great Decisions Group
This group meets in private homes once a week for 8 weeks beginning in January to discuss U.S. foreign policy and global affairs issues. Members prepare by reading about the weekly topic in a briefing book published by the Foreign Policy Association. The Great Decisions Discussion Program is the Foreign Policy Association's public education initiative to create more informed and engaged citizens. The FPA is an independent, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization.
Annual Spring (or Fall) Gala
Each year members and friends of LSUS gather for a fun, social evening of cocktails and dinner. This low-key fundraiser often features the accomplished LSUS Choral Group as well as an evening of dancing, and it leads to more social evening gatherings, for many members offer various themed parties as auction items, among other things. Past parties offered include "Dinner with a Favorite Speaker," "Dinner & Movie (the host showed a food-themed movie and cooked a meal featured in it)," "Songs & Cocktails," and ever popular "Games Nite" and "Ladies PJ Party."
Extended Coffee Hour
After each all-music program, Holiday Celebration in December and Celebration in Music in May, members and friends celebrate the community and friendship with a potluck luncheon.
“This is a multigenerational congregation that, across the board, is really friendly and welcoming. When you engage the next generation up, you find they are incredible people – really, a model for the rest of us.” —Tony Hurtig, Evanston architect