Everyone is invited to join us after worship at Jus Cookin’s Restaurant (840 Tabor St.) for some sittin’, eatin’, and chattin’. This is a great way to spend quality time with your fellow Lakewood UCCers in a relaxed setting. Oh, and please try to arrive not later than noon, as this will help speed up the ordering process. Contact: Karen Coiner, Len Ewald.
This Thanksgiving, express your gratitude by giving back to others! The Board of Mission, Outreach, and Evangelism is looking for 10 volunteers to help prepare Thanksgiving dinner for homeless folks at Denver Inner City Parish’s La Academia facility (910 Galapago Street). If you’re interested, sign up on the Welcome Center. Jerry Eslinger will organize carpooling for those who want to drive down together.
Get on board for the start of a new tradition—the 1st Annual Intergenerational Advent Event! We’ll be festooning the church as usual with a Christmas tree, wreaths, and seasonal decorations. We do that every year. But this year, we’ll ALSO have Advent crafts for the whole family. Make a wreath! Take it home! Decorate your own house with it! Plan to join us for this festive, fun fellowship event for all ages and stages. Contact: Jodi Bushdiecker.
Sermon Talkback returns by popular demand! We’ve scheduled another three-pack of talkbacks, on the last Sundays of October, November, and January. So, join us in the Conference Room after worship as we discuss the sermon we’ve just heard and what it means for our lives.
Sunday, November 8, 10:15 a.m.
Jesus sat down and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “This poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she, out of her poverty, has put in everything she had.”
from Mark 12:38-44
If you’ve never heard of tithing, it’s the practice of giving one-tenth of your income to the Church. It’s often held up as the gold standard of giving. If you tithe, well, you must be a pretty great person. But here at Lakewood UCC, you won’t hear much about tithing. So, what do we believe about giving? Here’s a hint: the poor widow in the story from the gospel of Mark has something to do with it. Join us on Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches widows’ mites, generosity, and what it means to be “living our giving.”
Winter is coming . . . and so is Advent! The UCC Stillspeaking Writers’ Group has combined the best of both seasons in “Wonder,” their 2015 Advent booklet which includes a thought-provoking devotional for each day leading up to Christmas. Fifteen booklets have been ordered and will be available to purchase for $6 each. Reserve your copy by adding your name to the signup sheet on the Welcome Center. Contact: Twila Shankland.
Since most of our youth group (and two of our youth leaders) have been at the Fall Youth Retreat at La Foret all weekend, we’ve decided to cancel YAC this evening. We’re going to let everybody get home, take a shower and a nap, and do some homework instead. BUT YAC will be back at its regular time (Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m.) and in its regular place (the Youth Room) next week. If you’re a youth between 7th and 12th grade, we invite you to join us as we do those things we do. Contact: Logan Bennett, Jacob Liechty, Jodi Bushdiecker.
Sunday, November 1, 10:15 a.m.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”
from Hebrews 12:1-3
Oh, when the saints . . . Oh, when the saints . . . Oh, when the saints go marching in . . . Do you want to be in that number? Or at least, do you want to be in the number who join us on Sunday as we celebrate All Saints Day? If so, please come. We’ll be lighting candles, remembering those who have gone before us, and listening to Pastor Curt preach about that great cloud of witnesses. And don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time will be ending, so set your clocks back!
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Lakewood UCC is pitching in by supporting the Family Tree Women in Crisis Shelter supply drive. Sunday, October 18, October 25, and November 1, we’ll be collecting the following supplies: bath caddies, shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, lotion, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, Q-Tips, tweezers, nail clippers, hair brushes, combs, razors, band aids, and gift cards for make-up or other self-care items. All you have to do is bring items from the list to the church and place them in the bin in the Narthex. If you’d prefer to give a check instead, make it out to Lakewood UCC with “Women’s Crisis Shelter” in the memo line and drop it in the offering plate or the white dropbox outside the Church Office. Contact: Sue Preston.
What’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to the relationship between mental illness and violence? Join us in the Fellowship Hall for a special evening forum with Carl LoFaro of the Jefferson Center for Mental Health’s Veteran and Military Family Services, and Sergeant Kelly Karinen, the Crisis Intervention Training course director for the City of Lakewood Police Department. The discussion is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, and you’ll get a chance to have your questions answered by experts in the field. Contact: Linda Royval.