September 27, 10:15 a.m.
“Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord . . . The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.”
from James 5:13-20
Do you pray? And what do you say when you pray? What do you do? For some people, prayer is a time to unload the worries that feel too heavy to carry. It’s saying in desperation, “God, I can’t do this on my own anymore.” Sometimes it’s about saying sorry, or saying thank you. And sometimes it means not saying anything at all, but sitting in silence, or making a space feel sacred with candles and incense, or walking for miles at night, or dancing wildly, or finding your way through a prayer labyrinth. But however you pray, here’s the secret . . . shh . . . it actually matters. God is still speaking, and God is still listening. Prayer changes things. Join us on Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches prayer power.
Your Mission Board has a challenge for you! Last year, we worked with a Burmese refugee family and became acquainted with the good folks at Project Worthmore who, through their community gardening program, are providing healthy food and meaningful work to refugees in the Denver area. The Mission Board has pledged to donate $200 to Project Worthmore’s $25,000 fundraising drive, and they’d like to challenge the congregation to do the same. Will you help raise an additional $200? Every penny you give before September 25 will be doubled by Project Worthmore’s matching grant. Please make out your check to “Project Worthmore” and place it in the offering basket or in the dropbox outside the Church Office. For more information, click here or contact Carolyn Ewald.
Along with our brand new Praise Team, we’re launching a Kids and Youth Choir this year! Our Director of Music Ministries, Travis Kornegay, is an elementary school music teacher, and loves working with young people. He’s planning to have our kids and youth sing during worship October 4, and is inviting them to two rehearsals: this Sunday after worship in the Music Room, and next Sunday before worship in the Sanctuary. If your child would like to participate, contact Travis or just show up for the rehearsals!
Do you love Lakewood UCC and want to dig a little deeper into what it means to become a member here? Well, we have an opportunity for you. Pastor Curt will be hosting a no-obligation luncheon after worship for anyone who’s curious. All of your deepest, darkest questions will be answered. All of the arcane mysteries of membership will be revealed. Those who choose to will have an opportunity to formally join the church on October 11. Lunch will be provided, with childcare upon request. RSVP to Curt Preston.
This summer, we scheduled three “Sermon Talkbacks,” on the fourth Sundays of July, August, and September. Well, two down and one to go. Join us for our final session as we gather in the Conference Room to discuss Curt’s sermon and how it applies to our lives. Everyone is welcome, and no commitment is required. Just show up, sit down, and say what you think!
YAC is back! After an enthusiastic kick-off last Sunday, our youth group will return to meeting at its regular time (6:30 p.m. every Sunday), in its regular place (the Youth Room in the church basement). If you’re a youth between 7th and 12 grade and you didn’t make it to the kick-off, don’t worry—we’d still love to have you join us. Contact: Jacob Liechty, Logan Bennett, Curt Preston.
The theme for this year’s Women’s Retreat is “Living Life Abundantly.” We’ll explore this theme through meditation, creativity, and play. Check-in will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, with a soup supper at 6:00 p.m. and the program at 7:00 p.m. The weekend, including 5 meals, will cost $125, plus an additional $15 if you prefer not to bring your own bedding. You can pick up a registration form on the Welcome Center. Completed forms and payments should be placed in the white dropbox outside the church office or mailed to the church by Sunday, September 27. Contact Curt Preston for information about need-based scholarships, or Linda Andreen with any other questions.
September 20, 10:15 a.m.
Jesus asked his disciples, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and the servant of all.”
from Mark 8:27-36
Oh, the disciples. If there’s a way to totally miss the point, they’re going to find it. Like in this story, where they’re walking along some dusty road in Galilee, squabbling about which one of them is “the greatest.” Jesus overhears them and asks what they’re bickering about. You can just picture the scene: twelve grown men looking sheepishly down at their sandals, too embarrassed to say a word. And you can picture Jesus sighing, sitting them all down, and saying wearily, “Okay guys, let’s go over this one more time . . .” Join us on Sunday as Pastor Curt reminds us that we can’t snicker too much, because we do exactly what the disciples did, trying to be “great” in ways that don’t matter, while overlooking the ways that do.
This month, our Bell and Chancel Choirs will be rehearsing Wednesdays, September 2, 9, 23, and 30, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. respectively. But what about Wednesday, September 16, when our choirs won’t be rehearsing? That’s when we’ll start prepping our own in-house praise band—made up of members of the congregation!—who will help out with our contemporary worship services. If you’re as excited about this Fall’s music as we are, and you’d like to be a part of it, contact Travis Kornegay.
The Beacon is our church newsletter, summarizing all the goodness of the month gone by and peeking ahead at the month to come. It’s also YOUR chance to share an announcement, a newsy tidbit, a word of thanks, or just some deep thoughts. If you’ve got something for the Beacon, email it to the Church Office or drop it in the Office Manager’s mailbox by this Friday.