We need about 30 light-colored, plain pillowcases for the Advent Event. If you have any that you would like to donate, please drop them off to Rev. Mollie before Thanksgiving. Thank you in advance!
All are invited to join us after the service at a local restaurant as we eat a good meal and get to know each other better. This month we will be meeting at Red Lobster at 810 S. Wadsworth. Contact Marcia Forney for details or sign up at the Welcome Center.
Sunday, November 10, 2019
It’s easy to get discouraged. Even a cursory glance at the news carries stories of all that isn’t going well in the world. Division and disagreement feel like the norm. Many of us are overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of the problems we face. Enter Isaiah. God’s prophet speaking to a people who are lost, confused, and overwhelmed. “Do not remember the former things,” Isaiah says. “I am about to do a new thing . . . do you not perceive it?” Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on water in the desert, God’s new thing, and how we were made for times such as these. We’ll be concluding our Stewardship Campaign, dedicating our pledge cards and other gifts, and gathering after worship for a free celebratory lunch. You don’t want to miss this Sunday!
The office will be closed Friday, November 15 while Allison, our Director of Communications, will be out. She will return that following Monday. The Holiday Boutique will still be happening in the building during these days.
Rev. Mollie will be out of the office Sunday, November 10 through Thursday, November 14, as she attends RelationShift, an Ecumenical Outdoor Ministries Conference. Mollie serves on the LaForet Board and the Outdoor Ministries Association-UCC Board and is attending this conference as part of serving these Wider-Church boards. She will also be out Friday, November 15- Sunday, November 17, as she will be attending Our Whole Lives training at LaForet. Lakewood UCC will offer Our Whole Lives for grades 4-6 in the spring of 2020. Pastor Curt will be on call during this time.
We are now beginning centering prayers on Sundays! This is a time we welcome any and all prayer backgrounds and syles to join us before service in a moment of centering and meditation. We hope you’ll join us for this beautiful start to our Sunday mornings.
Our November gathering of Brewatiudes, a monthly gathering to discuss theological topics in a casual atmosphere will again be at Landlocked Brewery on November 17 from 3:00 pm-4:30 pm. Each month we will engage in a new topic at the intersection of theology & living, faith & culture. November’s topic will be on what keeps us centered when things are difficult or trying. Food available, beer is optional, openness to good conversation a must. Contact Rev. Mollie with any questions!
On Sunday, November 24 from 11:30 am-1:00 pm we will be hosting our second Listening Well, Leaning In conversation. The topic will be on the intersection of Politics and Religion. We know that the US Constitution protects our freedom to practice (or not practice) any religion as we choose. We know that churches and religious people often have values that lead them to support or oppose certain governmental actions and laws. While we may talk about separation of church and state, how that actually gets practiced is more nuanced. We take our faith with us to the ballot box, to the protest, and to the Capitol or other governmental agencies. Join us for what will undoubtedly be a spirited conversation about how we personally and collectively navigate the intersections of religion and politics. Please RSVP by signing up on the Welcome Center. Questions? Please contact Rev. Mollie or Pastor Curt.
All ages are encouraged to stay after worship on December 1 for an intergenerational Advent Event! With spiritual and environmental simplicity in mind, we’ll create crafts like an advent wreath and wrapping paper, decorate cookies, and hear stories about Advent. We’ll all be invited to take home what we’ve made and incorporate what we’ve experienced into celebrating Advent at home. Please see Janet Cass or Rev. Mollie with questions.
The LADIES’ HOLIDAY LUNCHEON (and White Elephant Gift Exchange) is right around the corner! Bring a salad and/or a dessert item to share and chow down with 40+ of the funniest people you will ever meet! Doors open at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 7 and we’ll keep going until we can’t go anymore. Questions? Want to help? Contact Ruth Rueter at email@example.com or text 303-956-0415.