Welcome to Lakewood United Church of Christ! We are a vibrant, inclusive, progressive Christian church committed to making disciples, making connections, and making a difference. What does this mean to us? It means we have dynamic worship services full of old and new music, grounded in prayer, with relevant sermons that connect with everyday life. It means we support and care for each other as we strive to live out Jesus’ call to “come and follow.” It means we carry the best of the past with us while seeking to make a difference right now. It means that when the worship is over, the service begins. If you’re a person of deep faith or shallow faith; old faith, new faith, or renewed faith; questioning faith or no faith at all; we hope you’ll come by and join us on the journey.

 

About Us 01

OUR HISTORY

Lakewood UCC began life in 1953 as the Lakewood Community Congregational Church. Led by Pastor Martin Murray, Jr., thirty-five intrepid charter members started meeting in the Pastor’s basement. Back then, the area was mostly farmland, but as the city grew, the congregation grew with it. Ultimately, the church raised enough money to purchase land next to Pastor Murray’s house and build a permanent home. And, although the original building has been through several major renovations, we’ve met here ever since. In 2001, after a period of prayer, discussion, and debate, we declared ourselves “Open and Affirming”—open to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or of other gender identities, and affirming of them and their sexuality. In the years since then, our congregation has become more and more diverse, and is steadily growing.

About Us 02 OUR MISSION

“Our mission is to develop our faith in God, enabling us to know the abundant life Christ promised by nourishing our spiritual journey, fostering community, inviting others to join us on the journey, and going forth into the world through service to do justice, love others, and promote peace. We are an Open and Affirming church, respecting all God’s children regardless of race, color, ethnicity, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.”

 

THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

The United Church of Christ (“UCC” for short) is a Christian denomination formed in 1957 when the Congregationalist Church (founded by the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock) and the Evangelical and Reformed Church (founded by German Protestant settlers) decided to merge. The UCC tends to get in the news for championing social justice issues like marriage equality. Our slogan, “God is still speaking,” is generally represented in national marketing materials by a big black comma on a red background. Because, as Gracie Allen said, “Never place a period where God has placed a comma.” Although UCC churches all share core Christian beliefs, we believe in pitching a big tent—allowing individual congregations the freedom to choose how they want to “be church” together.