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.
Our youth group (which we lovingly refer to as “YAC”) is kicking off a new program year. Old friends will be back! New friends will be arriving! Intrepid leaders Curt Preston and Jacob Liechty will be joined by the awesomeness that is Logan Bennett! If you’re a youth between 7th and 12th grade, and you want to get on this train as it’s leaving the station, join us at the church for some hanging out, catching up, and a meal whose exact contents we have not yet decided. But if you could bring a drink, a side, or a dessert, that would be great. Oh, and please RSVP to the Church Office so we know how many to expect.
Save the date! The annual retreat for youth from 6th to 12th grade will take place this November at La Foret Conference and Retreat Center in the Black Forest near Colorado Springs. Youth will play games, sing, dance, think deep thoughts, have deep discussions, build lifelong friendships, and encounter God in unexpected ways. For more information, click here.
September 13, 10:15 a.m.
Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?”
from Mark 8:27-36
After 2,000 years of Jesus paintings, Jesus sculptures, Jesus books, Jesus movies, and, just in general, a whole lot of Jesus, it’s hard to have a new thought on the subject. And yet, in spite of all the Jesus paraphernalia in our lives (or maybe because of it), most of us still struggle to answer the question posed above:”Who do you say that I am?” Who was Jesus? What was he trying to accomplish? Why does it matter? Join us on Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches, our choirs are back in action, and we kick off a new program year with worship and a celebratory potluck. You don’t need to sign up for a specific dish—just bring whatever strikes your fancy.
Last Sunday, Pastor Curt talked about the Syrian refugee crisis and promised to put together a list of ways to get involved. For more information on the crisis and how it came to be, click here. You can also:
- Pray. Pray for the people of Syria. Pray for the people who are assisting refugees. Pray for our world leaders. Pray for peace.
- Sign a petition here.
- Contact your Congress people and/or Senators here.
- Donate to the UN’s Refugee Agency here.
- Donate to the UCC/Disciples of Christ global ministries site here. Paper checks can be made out to “Global Ministries” and mailed to:
700 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
A new month is rollin’ ’round, and the men of Lakewood UCC are back to their breakfasting ways. Is there nothing that can stop them from hanging out, having fun, and eating a hearty morning meal? It would appear not. Don’t beat them–join them, at the Sunrise/Sunset restaurant at 1424 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Contact: Daryl Foelske.