Sunday, December 15, 2019
This Sunday marks the third Sunday in Advent; Joy Sunday. There is great beauty in the season, but also great need, leading at times for us to wonder how we can feel joy. While culture says cheer, we can be overwhelmed with the drive of consumerism, the frenzy of a full calendar, and grief. Not to mention the continued wars and unrest, dehumanization of immigrants and people of color, and the cold truth that many in our communities do not have enough food to fill their bellies or a place to call home. In the midst of all this, where does joy have a place? Join us this Sunday as Rev. Mollie preaches on Mary and her song of joy as resistance and the humanizing connection of joy
Due to the Christmas Holiday, the office will be closed Wednesday, December 25 through Friday, December 27. Our Director of Communications will be out the week of December 22 through 27, so any inquiries may go to Pastor Curt or Rev. Mollie in the meantime. Additionally, Pastor Curt will be out of the office from December 25 to January 1. Rev. Mollie will be on call during this time. Thank you in advance, and Happy Holidays from all of us at Lakewood UCC!
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Here in the second week in the season of Advent, we turn our attention to God’s gift of peace. We tend to think of peace as the absence of conflict or the presence of calm. However, the biblical understanding of peace is much richer and deeper. The Hebrew word, “Shalom” (often translated as “Peace,”) means wholeness, unity, and reconciliation. How does this broader understanding of peace change our understandings of concepts we think of as opposites: light and dark, good and evil, male, and female? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on finding peace in moving beyond the binary to a more holistic understanding of ourselves and our world.
Thank you to all who stayed and participated in our truly intergenerational Advent Event. A special thanks to all who helped with the arts and crafts projects. More intergenerational events to come.
Join the youth of the church on December 14 in volunteering for the Action Center’s Holiday Gift Shop. You may be checking people in, restocking toys, or checking people out. The Holiday Gift Shop allows families who would not otherwise be able to give toys to the kids in their life this holiday season. December 14, 12:15-4:30 pm, at the Rock Community Church, 12472 W. Belleview, Littleton. Sign up on the welcome center or see Rev. Mollie
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Advent is the season of the church year where we prepare ourselves to receive the gifts of the Christ Child yet again. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, our American culture insists we do more, go faster, and fill our shopping carts and calendars. Advent, in stark contrast, is a time of waiting, of slowing down, and of seeking out the simple gifts God provides. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the gift of hope and how Advent just might be exactly what we need right now.
In the midst of the season of hustle and bustle and as we move toward the longest night of the year, you are invited to a Blue Christmas Service on Tuesday, December 17, at 7:00 pm, to finish off this series of quiet, contemplative, and reflective practice. This simple service creates a sacred space for those who need it in the midst of dark times, grief, uncertainty, and loneliness this season. This reflective, accepting service will remind us of God’s presence and hope amid difficulty.
The service will be less than an hour long and is designed to be a casual, welcoming, and meaningful worship experience particularly geared toward families with younger children. We include lessons, carols, candlelight, a children’s sermon, and an “instant messy pageant” where children and adults can become part of the Christmas Story. Contact: Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt.
Join us as we celebrate the birth of Christ with a traditional evening candlelight service and carols. We’ll start with a medley of Christmas songs at 7:00 pm, move into the service proper at 7:30 pm, and conclude with a candlelit Silent Night. Following the service, join us in the Fellowship Hall for hot cider. Plan to arrive early!
This Sunday, you’ll arrive at a church transformed! Lakewood UCC will be decorated for the holidays. It’s a time of giving! For the first two Sundays in December, we’ll be collecting new toys for the Action Center’s Holiday Gift Shop. Most needed items are arts & crafts kits, science kits, scooters, skateboards, Lego and nerf toys. And if you attach your receipts (or even an estimate!) the Mission Board will match your donations up to $600! In other giving news, the tree in the narthex is our mitten tree; please bring donations of mittens, hats, scarves, etc. through Christmas to be donated to the Action Center in the New Year.