For those who are interested, Ministry Expansion Campaign statements (not annual pledge) are available on the Welcome Center in the narthex.
Sunday, September 8, 2019
As a kid, I remember getting a lot of “do-overs.” If we had to stop our kickball game because a dog ran on the field, no problem, let’s have a do-over. If I totally messed up a math test, no problem, you can have a do-over. If I hurt a friend with something I said, apologize and move on. No problem, it’s a do-over. As adults, it feels like we get a lot fewer do-overs. Our mistakes and problems seem to have a lot more sticking power than they did when we were younger. But the good news is God loves to give do-overs. In fact, sometimes even God needs a do-over. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on God as the great Potter and our opportunities to be remade.
If you were unable to attend worship in the park, Travis announced he is leaving Lakewood UCC to pursue an incredible opportunity closer to home in Greely. We wish him the best of luck, and are excited for this next chapter of his journey! His final day will be September 15. After that service, we will be celebrating his years of ministry here with us.
We are excited to have partnered with Rose Stein Elementary School. They are grateful for the recent school supply drive offerings. Please stay tuned for ways to connect with the students, teachers, and staff of Rose Stein, as well as how to connect with our local community.
We’re back, so mark your calendars now! Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th, we are holding our annual Women’s Retreat! Each year, our retreat gets better and better – and this year is no different. It’s a time of relaxing, insightful, mindful get-away where our stress is left behind and we are free from demands, expectations and daily routines. This is a time to catch our breath, breathe in fresh air, get to know each other in a different light than usual, and just be. Applications are in the lobby of Lakewood UCC and are to be returned to the gray box outside the front office. You won’t want to miss this!
We need your help! Join Faith Formation Board to spruce up our stage room for our program year kick-off on Saturday, September 7, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Come for part or all of the time, we’ll take any help we can get! Many hands will make our work light. Please let Rev. Mollie know you’re coming.
Brewatitudes at the movies! Join Lakewood UCC congregants at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at Sloan’s Lake for a special viewing of the movie, American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel. This documentary follows UCC Reverend Robin Meyers and Unitarian Universalist Reverend Marlin Lavanhar as they rise against the tides of Christian fundamentalist entrenchment in conservative Oklahoma. The ministers join forces with other faith leaders as they engage in the challenge of confronting the divisive theology espoused in the majority churches in Bible Belt territory. Because this is a special showing, there will be a live Q&A with story consultant James Kasper. We are going to buy our tickets in bulk and seating is very limited. Please RSVP to Curt by Thursday, September 5 if you would like to attend. Following the event, we’ll find a nearby spot to reflect and respond to what we experienced.
We’re making our trip to La Puente to help with the annual gleaning project! All ages, including youth, are welcome to join us on this exciting trip! There’s a sign-up sheet on the Welcome Center for those who are interested. If you have any questions please contact Colin McCarthy by email at email@example.com, or by phone at 510-390-7211.
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Luke 14:1, 7-14
Anyone who has planned a big party knows that it gets complicated quickly. Whether you are celebrating a wedding, a birthday, or anniversary, choosing who is on the guest list is difficult. If I invite Sam I guess I have to invite Tory. Can I invite both Chris and Pat even though they are divorced? It may surprise us to learn that Jesus has some advice on how to set the guest list no matter the occasion. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches about honor, hospitality, and approaching life as if it were an open house.