Sunday, November 3, 2019
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
This week we celebrate a baptism, communion, and our second Sunday of Stewardship. We’ll be hearing part of Paul’s letter to the church of the Thessalonians, giving thanks for the church there and affirming their growing faith and love for one another. We know growing in faith and love for one another isn’t always easy, but when we can do it, God’s Spirit bursts forth in beautiful, unexpected ways. Join us this Sunday as Rev. Mollie preaches on the opportunity that new faces and gifts bring a community, from babies to octogenarians.
November is National Homelessness Awareness Month and the #1 clothing need of men, women, and children is SOCKS! The RMC has put out the challenge to see how many new pairs of socks might we collect for those in need in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. Temperatures are dropping and socks fall apart fast. The #1 reason someone experiencing homelessness goes to the ER is a foot issue and the #1 way to prevent that from happening is for them to be able to wear clean, dry socks on a regular basis. Keep those socks coming in and help us make a social impact one pair of socks at a time! We will continue to collect through November 17.
The Lakewood Holiday Boutique is in coming up in a couple of weeks! Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th. 9:00 am-4:00 pm both days. This two-day event will require all of us to be successful. Help us get the word out! Here’s how: Pick up flyers on Sunday, November 3rd to share with your friends, post in the breakroom at work, take a picture of the flyer, share on your FB page, and any other ways that come to mind! Donate your time, cookies, gift bags: All the sign-up sheets are at the welcome center in the Narthex. We’re looking forward to a wonderful time!
On Sunday, November 17, we will again be welcoming in a group of new members. If you are interested in joining Lakewood UCC as a member, please contact Pastor Curt.
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Our scriptures are full of stories of people getting messages from God through visions and dreams. Does God still speak to us through our dreaming? Here at Lakewood UCC we are doing some collective dreaming of our own. Where is God calling us to new ministries? What ministries need tweaking or possibly even retiring? This Sunday begins a three week season of Stewardship where we focus on what gifts and blessings we’ve received and how they can be used to further the mission and ministry of Lakewood UCC. Join us as Pastor Curt preaches on Jacob’s dream at Bethel and our dreams for the new things God is doing in our midst.
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 Jose O’Shea’s at 385 Union. Contact Marcia Forney for details or sign up at the Welcome Center.
Sunday, October 20, 2019
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
The Bible is a fascinating and challenging collection of writings. It’s been used to condemn and to liberate, to open conversations and end arguments, to inspire new paths and to hold people in their places. Progressive Christians often have an uneasy relationship with our sacred texts. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on what we mean when we say that the Bible contains “the Word of God” and how God is indeed, still speaking.
This year’s stewardship theme is “Leading the way to the future.” Isaiah 43:19 says, “I am about to do a new thing…..do you not perceive it?” There are so many possibilities to look at for the future at Lakewood UCC! The stewardship campaign will be held on three Sundays: October 27, November 3, and November 10. Our pledge cards will be dedicated during the church service on November 10, and the Stewardship Committee will host a thank-you lunch for the congregation. Please join us as we talk about how we will be leading the way to the future.
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
A long time ago, God’s people were living in exile far away from what they considered their home. They were facing new customs and new norms. Everything around them seemed strange and joy was hard to come by. Enter the prophet Jeremiah and his word from God that the people should not wait for home before they start living again. “Plant gardens,” he says. “Get married. Enjoy your family. Don’t wait. Now is the time for living.” Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on our current experiences of exile and how God calls us to enjoy life now, even when so much around us seems strange and unfamiliar.
We extend our gratitude to all who had the opportunity to invest their time at the CFCU informational meeting this last Sunday, as well as to David Livingston, our speaker, who took the time to come out and speak on and answer questions about the cause! If you are interested in reading more about CFCU and the participating congregations and mosques, please click here