While we know parking on Sundays may occasionally come as a challenge, we would like to kindly remind the congregation to please be mindful of our neighbors surrounding the church and to be cautious to not block or impede any driveways. We appreciate your understanding!
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 Black Eyed Pea at 1st & Wadsworth. Contact Marcia Forney for details or sign up at the Welcome Center.
The Care for Creation Committee will be organizing the church service on Sunday, February 23rd. We are honored to have Rev. Peter Sawtell as our guest minister for this service. Rev. Sawtell is the founder and Executive Director of Eco-Justice Ministries and an ordained UCC minister. The Eco-Justice Ministries Mission Statement says it is “an independent, ecumenical agency that helps churches answer the call to care for all of God’s creation and develop ministries that are faithful, relevant and effective in working toward social justice and environmental sustainability.” You can learn more about this organization online at eco-justice.org . Please be sure to join us for this special service!
YAC recently contributed to the efforts of Soul Box Project, and would like to invite you to add to it as well. Soul Box Project is a national community art project that displays paper origami boxes for every person killed or injured by gunfire since 2014. First Baptist Church of Denver is leading efforts to create 30,000 boxes from communities across Colorado, as a way to foster hope, promote healing and to increase awareness. They will then be sent to a national display in Washington DC. Instructions and papers are available on the Welcome Center and here https://soulboxproject.org/home. We will collect them until March 15.
Sunday, February 16, 2020
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
In Sunday’s reading from I Corinthians, Paul tells the people that they are still behaving like children and clearly not mature enough to be good ambassadors for the Gospel. He mentions jealousy, quarreling, and infighting among the members of the early church. At the center of the problem is the question of who gets credit for the good work the church is doing. Paul’s answer is God and God alone. While we each have a part to play—some plant and some water—at the end of the day, it is God who gives the growth. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Church preaches on giving credit where credit is due and how we can all benefit from a deeper reflection on our role in the unfolding of God’s kingdom among us.
In February the LUCC Book Group will meet Sunday, February 16, in the Conference Room following Worship. At this meeting, we will be choosing the books we will be reading over the next six months. If you have ever thought about checking-out the Lakewood UCC Book Group, this would a great meeting to attend. You could see what books we’d be reading and could make recommendations of your own. All are Welcome! Hope to see you there. If you have any questions, call Linda Andreen at 303-738-0212.
The Mission, Outreach, and Evangelism Board and Care for Creation Committee have teamed up to survey the congregation about your interests so they can better plan programming. Please take the survey here. We will also have paper copies available at church. Thanks!
Communion at Lakewood UCC takes place every 1st Sunday of the month and during a few extra services during the year and we are looking for helpers. If anyone is interested in helping with Communion on Sunday, April 5, 2020, or might be interested in helping in the future, please contact Communion Coordinator Jennifer Skalla: 303-204-2801 or email@example.com. Your duties would include: purchasing supplies, preparing the elements, helping to serve during the service, and cleaning up after the service. You would receive clear written instructions on how to perform these tasks as well as be reimbursed for any purchased supplies. Thank you for considering this!
Save the date! In French, it’s “Mardi Gras.” In English it’s “Fat Tuesday”—traditionally the last day Christians could eat sugary, fatty foods before fasting for the season of Lent. Whether or not you’re fasting for Lent, join us in the Fellowship Hall as we continue this ancient tradition with our Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper. We’ll be using an “open house” format, with food served from 5:30 pm to a little before 7:00 pm, so come whenever you can.
Join us for this special service of music, prayer, a short sermon/reflection, communion, and the option of receiving ashes. Ash Wednesday is the official beginning of the season of Lent, a time usually marked by confession, discernment, and increased awareness of spiritual practices. If you’ve never been to an Ash Wednesday Service we hope that you’ll try it this year. It is a meaningful way to prepare your spirit for the season of Lent.