Support La Foret

Our beloved place of sanctuary La Foret Conference & Retreat Center needs a little extra love and help in this time. Please consider giving!
Dear La Foret Friends:
These are very serious times. We are asking all of our La Foret friends and donors to make an urgent financial gift to La Foret today. Coronavirus has affected all of us. The effects of the public response to coronavirus on La Foret have been swift and economically severe. In two days last week, we lost all of our booked business through the end of April. We anticipate these losses will continue through May, and possibly into summer. As you are all aware, almost all of our income comes from these bookings.
Here’s what La Foret is doing. We have taken steps to reduce expenses while caring for our staff who have served you and LF so well over many years. We have cut pay by 25% to 50% for all staff with the hope of retaining all of them, and we have eliminated all discretionary spending. Even with this, our monthly expenses are about $60,000 per month for utilities, communications, insurance, and reduced salaries. We can’t last long at this rate. We are still planning for summer camps and programs to continue, yet we don’t have control.
Your gift today, will help LF handle an uncertain financial future and minimize what we will have to borrow to remain solvent and viable and able to serve you.
We thank you for your gift and support,
Larry McCulloch, Executive Director
Brad Carroll, Asst Executive Director
Terri Schulz, Chair of the Board

Donate Here 

Online Giving!

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We are happy to announce you can now donate to Lakewood UCC online! With Tithe.ly, you are able to set any reoccurring one one-time donation to support. Click the link HERE to check it out or donate! Please reach out to Pastor Curt or Rev. Mollie if you have any questions.

Join With Care for Creation’s Lenten Reflections

Week Five:

Reflection: Second Peter 1: 5-7
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with devotion, devotion with mutual affection, mutual affection with love.

Action: This week challenge yourself and simplify, simplify, simplify! Stuff breeds stuff, which multiplies into more stuff, which buries us in material things and weighs our spirit down. Keep track of “things” you didn’t buy but were tempted to and at end of Lenten period, donate the $$$ to your favorite charity (or church!). Donate a minimum of 40 household items/clothing that you no longer need/use. Bonus: try a buy-nothing challenge.

This Sunday in Worship…

All the tools you’ll need to join us this Sunday!

In this time when we are not able to gather together in person, we are happy to provide our Sunday Worship service to you from the comfort of your home. Below you will find our Sunday bulletin to follow along with us at home, as well as two options for live streaming the actual service. You will need access to Adobe Acrobat to view the bulletin. You can download that for free here.
The service is accessible through your phone as well as your personal computer just by clicking on one of the two links.
Live-streamed service is provided through YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live.
Service begins promptly at 10:15 am on Sunday, and though we can’t all be together in person, we strongly encourage singing along and participating in any way you’d like!

Click here to view the Sunday bulletin

Click here for sheet music to follow along during worship.

Facebook Live Stream: https://www.facebook.com/ucclakewood/

YouTube Live Stream: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdFKREstj6vRA1iJ2e8-7Bw

We do not know what the days to come will bring, yet we know Lakewood UCC is a supportive community ready to meet the challenges of our days. Our faith calls us, again and again, to operate from a place of hope, not fear. So in hope, wash your hands, take good care of yourself and one another, check-in with friends and neighbors. 
We’re here if you need us, as is your church community.

Faithfully,
Your Pastors, Staff, and Leadership of Lakewood UCC


To sign up for automatic withdrawal, please fill out this form, attach a voided check, and mail it to the church at 100 Carr St. Lakewood CO, 80226. Thank you.



This Sunday in Worship

Mark 2:1-12

This week we continue our Lenten Journey “Toward Wholeness” from the perspective of Wholeness in Community. It is a timely theme as we experience the realities of social distancing and quarantines. How do we maintain meaningful connections in a time of distance and isolation? How does our faith provide comfort and assurance when the world seems to be in chaos? Join us this week as Pastor Curt preaches on how friendship, family, and community are at the center of our faith and discipleship, especially in times such as these.

This Sunday in Worship

John 4:5-42

This week we continue our Lenten Journey “Toward Wholeness” from the perspective of Wholeness in Community. It is a timely theme as we experience the realities of social distancing and quarantines. How do we maintain meaningful connections in a time of distance and isolation? How does our faith provide comfort and assurance when the world seems to be in chaos? Join us this week as Pastor Curt preaches on how friendship, family, and community are at the center of our faith and discipleship, especially in times such as these.

In This Time: Online Worship, Meetings, Events, and Pastoral Care

As we face the effects of the Coronavirus as local and wider communities, we are doing our part to keep everyone safe and healthy in this time. Our worship will be streamed online, our meetings and events will be either postponed or moved to a digital format online with Zoom. We will be trying new things such as Pastoral Care through Zoom. Take a minute to read the various announcements below and take note of the changes. Please reach out to Pastor Curt, Rev. Mollie, or Allison Booth at office@lakewooducc.com if you have any questions. Keep taking good care of yourselves and one another as we navigate these changing and challenging times.

Digital Office Hours

Rev. Mollie and Pastor Curt will be hosting online office hours for folks to drop in and visit. Curt will be available from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm on Wednesday, March 18, and Monday, March 23. Rev. Mollie will be available from 11:30 am-12:30 pm on Thursday, March 19, and Tuesday, March 24. To attend a meeting, go to zoom.us and click “Join a Meeting” in the upper right hand corner. It will ask you to enter a meeting ID. Each meeting time has a unique 9-digit ID of which you can find below. Click “Join” and then you’re in! If you have any challenges or questions, please call the church office. The meeting ID’s for Each day are as follows:
Pastor Curt, Wednesday, March 18, 3:00 pm:
413-272-490
Rev. Mollie, Thursday, March 19, 11:30 am:
519-458-665
Pastor Curt, Monday, March 23, 3:00 pm:
877-489-713
Rev. Mollie, Tuesday, March 24, 11:30 am:
725-624-913
Please click HERE for a simple Zoom instruction guide.

Helping Hands

If you are willing or able to help others in the congregation with meals and groceries during this time, or feel you need assistance with these tasks, please let your Shepherd, Rev. Mollie, or Pastor Curt know. The need and the help are there,so let us help connect you!

Join With Care for Creation’s Lenten Reflections

Week Four:

The time will soon be here when my grandchild will long for the cry of a
loon, the flash of a salmon, the whisper of spruce needles, or the screech
of an eagle.
But he will not make friends with any of these creatures and when his heart
aches with longing, he will curse me.
Have I done all to keep the air fresh?
Have I cared enough about the water?
Have I left the eagle to soar in freedom?
Have I done everything I could to earn my grandchild’s fondness?
-Chief Dan George, Tsleil-Waututh (1899-1981)

This week challenge yourself and reflect on your use of natural
resources  . . .
Let’s turn our thermostats down 1-2 degrees . in the winter
and up 1-2 degrees in the summer; replace bulbs in our homes with LED bulbs
as we can; stop letting water run down the drain or out the hose when it is
not needed. Use energy savings appliances, a smart thermostat. Repair
household leaks, insulation. Xeriscape your lawn. Check out wind/solar
options through Xcel Energy.

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