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Tithing

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.”

Advent Devotional Booklets

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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.

This Sunday in Worship

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Cloud of Witnesses

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!

Women’s Shelter Supply Drive

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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.

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Pine Ridge

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!

Join the Fellowship Committee

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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.

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Power and Glory

October 18, 10:15 a.m.

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward and said to Jesus, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” He said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” They said, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But he said to them, “You do not know what you are asking.” 
from Mark 10:35-45

This is a pretty gutsy move on the part of James and John, right? This is like if you marched up to the CEO of your company and said, “Hey, my brother and I want to be your Vice Presidents. Forever.” James and John don’t just want to be run-of-the-mill disciples. They want to be special, set apart, with an ownership stake in the Jesus revolution. They want to make sure they get a big slice of the pie when Jesus is finally in charge. And to all of this, Jesus says, “Sorry, but that’s not how it works . . .” Join us on Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches power, love, and standing at the back of the line.

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World Communion Sunday

October 4, 10:15 a.m.

“The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing.”
from 1 Corinthians 12:25-31 (The Message)

We use the word “church” to mean a lot of different things. Sometimes “church” is a building. Sometimes it’s the people who meet in that building and the stuff they do together. Sometimes it refers to a local congregation, like Lakewood UCC. And sometimes it refers to a whole bunch of congregations joined by common history or theology. So, the United Church of Christ is a “church”—it says so, right there in the name! These are all useful ways to talk about “church,” but there’s a bigger meaning of the word, and that’s the meaning behind this Sunday’s worship service. Join us as we, together with Christians all over the world, celebrate the unity of the global Church.

Christian Education Interest Form

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We’re kicking off a new year of Christian Education programming and want to get a sense of what events and activities people might be interested in leading or participating in. Please take a few minutes to fill out the interest/volunteer form you’ll find in your church Bulletin this Sunday, then drop it off at the Christian Education table in the Narthex. OR, if you’d prefer to print your own form and fill it out at home, you can find a digital version here. Contact: Jodi Bushdiecker.

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Prayer of the Righteous

September 27, 10:15 a.m.

“Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord . . . The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.”
from James 5:13-20

Do you pray? And what do you say when you pray? What do you do? For some people, prayer is a time to unload the worries that feel too heavy to carry. It’s saying in desperation, “God, I can’t do this on my own anymore.” Sometimes it’s about saying sorry, or saying thank you. And sometimes it means not saying anything at all, but sitting in silence, or making a space feel sacred with candles and incense, or walking for miles at night, or dancing wildly, or finding your way through a prayer labyrinth. But however you pray, here’s the secret . . . shh . . . it actually matters. God is still speaking, and God is still listening. Prayer changes things. Join us on Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches prayer power.

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