By now you should know what our Stewardship theme, “Living Our Giving,” is all about! You received a mailing from us last week; please check your mailbox for another one this week, which explains the theme in more detail. We’ll be dedicating our pledge cards this Sunday during the service. If you can’t make it, you can mail your card to church or bring it with you another Sunday. After the service, please join us for a celebratory reception hosted by the Stewardship Committee. This is our thank you for your continuing faithfulness and generosity! Contact: Glenda Bobby.
Help us brighten the church this Advent season by ordering a poinsettia! Or two! Or three! We’re running a bit behind schedule, so the deadline for orders is next Tuesday, November 17. Fill out a form on the Welcome Center this Sunday, specifying how many poinsettias you want, what size, and what color. Then drop the form with your payment in the white dropbox outside the Church Office. The plants will arrive in time for our Advent Event on November 28, when they’ll be placed around the church, and will remain there, being pretty, until our Christmas Eve service, after which you’re invited to bring yours home and enjoy it for the rest of its natural life. Contact: VA Barber.
We’ve heard your voices regarding fellowship! Following recent changes to the fellowship hour after Sunday worship, the Fellowship Committee received a great deal of feedback and is acting on it. The Committee is in the process of creating a survey to better understand the barriers that are preventing people from signing up to host fellowship on Sundays. And please know that you’re always welcome to host fellowship, on any Sunday you choose. If you’re celebrating a special occasion or just want to help out by hosting, pick a Sunday, then contact Gwen Rush.
Once again, we’re collecting Christmas gifts for folks who receive Meals on Wheels. Please check out the list of suggestions on the Welcome Center, then bring your donation to church from November 29 to December 6 and drop it in the bin in the Narthex. The Bible Study group and anyone else who wants to join in will wrap the gifts Wednesday, December 9, at 10:45 a.m. Contact: Karen Coiner.
Sunday, November 8, 10:15 a.m.
Jesus sat down and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “This poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she, out of her poverty, has put in everything she had.”
from Mark 12:38-44
If you’ve never heard of tithing, it’s the practice of giving one-tenth of your income to the Church. It’s often held up as the gold standard of giving. If you tithe, well, you must be a pretty great person. But here at Lakewood UCC, you won’t hear much about tithing. So, what do we believe about giving? Here’s a hint: the poor widow in the story from the gospel of Mark has something to do with it. Join us on Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches widows’ mites, generosity, and what it means to be “living our giving.”
Winter is coming . . . and so is Advent! The UCC Stillspeaking Writers’ Group has combined the best of both seasons in “Wonder,” their 2015 Advent booklet which includes a thought-provoking devotional for each day leading up to Christmas. Fifteen booklets have been ordered and will be available to purchase for $6 each. Reserve your copy by adding your name to the signup sheet on the Welcome Center. Contact: Twila Shankland.
Sunday, November 1, 10:15 a.m.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”
from Hebrews 12:1-3
Oh, when the saints . . . Oh, when the saints . . . Oh, when the saints go marching in . . . Do you want to be in that number? Or at least, do you want to be in the number who join us on Sunday as we celebrate All Saints Day? If so, please come. We’ll be lighting candles, remembering those who have gone before us, and listening to Pastor Curt preach about that great cloud of witnesses. And don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time will be ending, so set your clocks back!
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Lakewood UCC is pitching in by supporting the Family Tree Women in Crisis Shelter supply drive. Sunday, October 18, October 25, and November 1, we’ll be collecting the following supplies: bath caddies, shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, lotion, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, Q-Tips, tweezers, nail clippers, hair brushes, combs, razors, band aids, and gift cards for make-up or other self-care items. All you have to do is bring items from the list to the church and place them in the bin in the Narthex. If you’d prefer to give a check instead, make it out to Lakewood UCC with “Women’s Crisis Shelter” in the memo line and drop it in the offering plate or the white dropbox outside the Church Office. Contact: Sue Preston.
October 25, 10:15 a.m.
Mitakuye Oyasin. It’s a Lakota term that means “all my relatives” or “we are all related.” Mitakuye Oyasin. It’s used as the opening phrase or the refrain in many Lakota prayers and songs. Mitakuye Oyasin. It reflects the belief of the Lakota that everything on earth is connected. Join us on Sunday as the participants in our summer mission trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation lead us in worship and share what they learned from the Lakota people. And a special thank you to Lucy Preston for designing the image for this week’s Bulletin Cover and worship preview!
Do you have a passion for hospitality? Does it warm your heart to see people mingling and chatting while they sip a warm beverage or munch on a snack? Do you love creating opportunities for people of all ages and stages to get to know each other better? If so, you’d be a perfect fit for Fellowship! The Fellowship Committee is looking for new members. Their next meeting is Monday, October 26, at the church. If you’re interested in joining them and finding out what Fellowship is all about, contact Tiffany Beastrom.