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.
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Progressive Christians tend not to like to talk about “being born again.” We tend to think of it as something that “other” kinds of Christians care about, but not us. But is it possible we’ve thrown the baby out with the baptismal water? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on a Progressive Christian understanding of being born again and how we can reclaim this concept and find healing and wholeness in the process.
Reflection: Prayers from Hallie Hottle, Pastor of Young Adults at Village Presbyterian Church
God of all creation, we praise you and we pray to you, for all creation glistens with your glory,
and all creation groans at our indifference.
God, how you must despise our worship of convenience that floats as plastic islands in your oceans, and how offended must you be? As we erase the colors of your great barrier reef, before our children get to see.
God, all creation groans under the weight of our indifference, and we need so badly for you to help us hear it.
Action: This week challenge yourself and reflect on . . . how little garbage (including recycling) you can generate. Store your cloth/reusable grocery or produce bags in your car. Decline taking plastic shopping bags from other retailers when purchasing items. Pledge to carry a coffee thermos, water bottle, utensils and straw set. Reduce/eliminate purchasing new plastics by purchasing items packaged in glass or aluminum, or from “bulk” bins and “refill” options.
One Great Hour of Sharing, as part of Our Churches Wider Mission, is the special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that carries God’s message of love and hope to people in crisis. The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water, food, education, and health care. As well as small business micro-credit, advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons, and emergency relief and rehabilitation. OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response. If you are wanting to participate in an offering for this very special event, please submit your offerings online HERE, and know that God will use our gifts for more than we can imagine! For more information and inspirational videos, please click here.
Due to the important nature of this event happening in person, we have decided to postpone this event until further notice. Please be alert for further updates. Thank you!
Lakewood UCC is excited to partner with the Center for Contemplative Outreach to offer an introduction to Centering Prayer on March 21. Centering Prayer is a silent prayer and meditation practice that invites God’s presence and action within. It is a very personal prayer practice but is often practiced in groups. It opens one to God’s infinite love and power to heal, and opens the door to other related prayer practices around forgiveness and dealing with painful situations and emotions. Join us to learn more about this simple, receptive prayer method, or to deepen an existing meditation practice. All are welcome! Let by the staff from the Center for Contemplative Outreach, the workshop will be from 9:00 am-1:00 pm with registration and gathering starting at 8:30 am. Coffee and light snacks will be provided. Cost is a donation of your choice. Please sign up at the Welcome Center. Walk-ins are also welcome. Please see Rev. Mollie or Pastor Curt for details.
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!
Our March gathering of Brewatitudes, a monthly gathering to discuss theological topics in a casual atmosphere will again be at Landlocked Brewery on March 15 from 3:00 pm-4:30 pm. Each month we will engage in a new topic at the intersection of theology & living, faith & culture. March’s topic is still in the works, but will be a good one! Food available, beer is optional, openness to good conversation a must. Contact Rev. Mollie with any questions!
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
This year our theme for the entire season of Lent is “Toward Wholeness.” Our hope is that week by week we will uncover and discover deeper and deeper senses of being healed. Each week in or after worship, we’ll have a “healing practice” in which to participate. This Sunday we hear the story of Adam and Eve. What better place to begin the healing than at the place where it all started– The Garden of Eden? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the myth of “original sin” and how the idea “original blessing” is more Biblical and more helpful to our understandings of humanity’s relationship with God and God’s original relationship with humanity.
Our Men’s Ministry breakfast is an easy and fun way to get to know some of the other guys in the church. The second Saturday of every month we gather at a local restaurant for breakfast to chat and deepen our relationships in a casual setting. We hope that you will plan on joining us. Questions? Contact Daryl Foelske.
The restaurant for the meet-up is the Valley Inn at 1997 S Wadsworth Blvd in Lakewood.
In March the LUCC Book Group will meet Sunday, March 15, in the Conference Room following Worship. The book we will be discussing is The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn. “This fast-paced story offers courageous heroines, villains you love to hate, and dramatic life-or-death stakes. A compelling blend of historical fiction, mystery, and women’s fiction, Quinn’s complex story, and engaging characters have something to offer just about everyone.” Library Journal (starred review). Stop-by Fellowship and pick-up something to eat and join us in the Conference Room. All are Welcome! If you have any questions, call Linda Andreen at 303-738-0212.