The Action Center is launching a MEGA food drive this weekend, asking for specific food items to better prepare their food pantry in the event of an emergency, They are looking for canned fruit, hearty soups, pasta & sauce, cereal, and peanut butter. These items can be delivered to the Action Center Donation Center (8755 14th St, Lakewood) this Sunday, March 15, from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm or you can bring them to church this weekend and someone will deliver them! These five items can make all the difference in a time of emergency, so THANK YOU for supporting the Action Center and our community.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Care for Creation Committee is regretful to announce that they have decided to cancel the Earth Hour Potluck Dinner scheduled for March 28. We do invite you to participate in Earth Hour at home by turning off all electricity in support of our planet for one hour on March 28 from 8:30 pm-9:30 pm! We appreciate your understanding, and we look forward to seeing all the lights out on the 28th!
Reflection: Interfaith Prayer taken from GreenFaith
We have forgotten who we are
We have alienated ourselves from the unfolding of the cosmos
We have become estranged from the movements of the earth
We have turned our backs on the cycles of life.
We have sought only our own security
We have exploited simply for our own ends
We have distorted our knowledge.
We have abused our own power….
Now the forests are dying
And the creatures are disappearing
And humans are despairing.
We ask for forgiveness
We ask for the gift of remembering
We ask for the strength to change.
Action: This week challenge yourself and reflect on how to reduce your food waste . . . Try to cook through the contents of your pantry and freezer. Plan your menus and make a weekly shopping list. Look at the entire cycle of a food or a product and what happens when it ends up in the landfill. Let’s buy less produce and other foods that are out of season or come from distant shores. Consider a compost pail for your fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds and egg shells. Research where you may drop off (a neighbor who gardens may want your compost); if your city doesn’t provide, ask your city council for this option. Food waste in landfill creates methane.
Come out for a beautiful night of music! The University of Jamestown Concert Choir, directed by J. Aaron McDermid, from Jamestown, North Dakota will present a concert of sacred choral music at Lakewood United Church of Christ at 7:30 pm. To off-set the costs of touring, a free-will donation will be offered. Thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to sing for your church community.
Please join us for an “Ides of March”-themed fellowship after service on March 15! Sign up sheets are available outside of Fellowship Hall if you wish to bring a Roman-inspired dish to share. We hope to see you there!
Due to the importance of this event happening in person, we have decided to postpone this event. Please be alert for further updates.
The Colorado State Senate recently passed a bill that would outlaw the use of the death penalty in the state of Colorado moving forward. The House will take up the issue later this year and Governor Jarod Polis has indicated that he will sign the bill if it gets to his desk. The Bible does not clearly come down on one side of the issue or the other. Please join us on Sunday, March 29, from 11:30 am-1:00 pm for a conversation about the death penalty. We know that this is potentially a controversial topic but feel strongly that talking to one another and listening to one another around difficult topics is important. There will be a sign-up sheet on the Welcome Center beginning March 8. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Curt or Rev. Mollie.
As we continue to find ways to make our online worship interactive and full of connection, we invite you to print this Palm out, color it, paint it, decoupage it, and wave it during our Palm Sunday worship service this Sunday. Palm Sunday is also a Communion Sunday! We invite you to bring communion elements with you to your worship space on Sunday. Maybe that’s toast and OJ, graham crackers and milk, or cinnamon buns and coffee. Whatever the elements, we will bless them together, sharing communion across our homes, towns and even states – what an example of Christ’s wide and welcome table it will be!!
Join us for service here:
YouTube Live Stream Service: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdFKREstj6vRA1iJ2e8-7Bw
On Maundy Thursday, we remember the harrowing events of Jesus’ final days. At 6:00 pm, we’ll share a simple supper, as Jesus did with his disciples. At 7:00 pm, we’ll move to our Tenebrae service (from a Latin word meaning “shadows”), walking through the shadows of Jesus’ last days again, listening to lessons and watching as lights are extinguished one by one. The Frugal Meal and Worship are separate events, so feel free to come to either or both offerings. If you’d like to be a part of the Tenebrae readings, please sign up at the Welcome Center or contact Charlie Ransdell.
Good Friday is when we remember and mark the crucifixion of Jesus. Many churches offer beautiful Good Friday services, often centered around Stations of the Cross, a series of readings of scriptures, reflections, and imagines depicting the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. We will post a few offerings of Good Friday services, and recommend the Stations of the Cross at Observatory Park, starting at 3:00 pm.
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Easter is the high point in the Christian calendar and a day of great joy and celebration. Join us for a very special sunrise service at 6:00 am followed by fellowship and coffee or regular worship beginning at 10:15 am, but we encourage you to arrive early for the 10:15 am service as the sanctuary is usually very full this day.