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:
LSUS Ethnic dinners brings old and new members together each month for an evening of international cuisine and spirited conversation. This event typically takes place on either a Friday or Sunday evening and families and guests are always welcome. For more information about the LSUS Ethnic Dining Group, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 a select Friday every month at Panera Bakery in Wilmette in the community room at 7:30 PM. For more information about the LSUS movie group, email: email@example.com.
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 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