This year’s Men’s Retreat will be held Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15, at La Foret Conference and Retreat Center in the Black Forest near Colorado Springs. Our first planning meeting will take place this Sunday after worship. Anyone who’d like to help out (in any capacity) is welcome to join us. For more information, contact Kane McNeill.
Youth from 7th through 12th grade are invited to join us in the Youth Room as we do our own version of what the Quakers call a “Clearness Committee”—a way of listening for the God who is (and always has been) speaking to us. Contact: Logan Bennett, Jacob Liechty, Curt Preston
This Lent, we’ve been inviting y’all to “come to the garden” with us. Well, the men of Lakewood UCC have a counter-invitation: come to breakfast. That’s right, if gardens (literal or metaphorical) aren’t your thing, you can instead enjoy a hearty morning meal with your fellow men at Sunrise Sunset restaurant (1424 S. Wadsworth Blvd.). Or you could come to the garden AND the breakfast. Whoa. Contact: Daryl Foelske.
Join Lakewood UCC and people across the globe as we turn off all non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol of our commitment to the planet. For additional resources and opportunities to register your participation and share with others, go to earthhour.org. Contact: Janet Wise.
Sunday, February 28, 10:15 a.m.
If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.
from Isaiah 58:6-12
Isaiah. Oh, Isaiah. Poet and prophet. Prophet and poet. This passage, from the book of Isaiah, is one of the most beautiful and powerful in scripture. In it, the writer uses the metaphor of a garden, the same metaphor that’s been guiding our journey through Lent. So, in this case, who or what is the garden? Who or what is the gardener? And what’s growing? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches the back-and-forth of our actions and God’s response, the garden that is us, the garden that is the world, and the ways all of them need tending.
You might have noticed something new in the church building last Sunday. Signs! New signs! Your Communications Committee has been thinking about ways to make it easier for newcomers to navigate the church building, and we decided that directional signs might help. The signs we put up are a “beta test”: they’re temporary, and we want your feedback before we do anything more permanent. So let us know what you think! Are the signs clear? Do they give you directions to where you want to go? Would there be ways to improve them? Thanks in advance!
If you’d like to purchase an Easter lily to decorate the church for Easter Sunday, please fill out an order form on the Welcome Center, then drop it along with your payment in the white dropbox outside the Church Office. You can choose 6 inches for $10 or 10 inches (includes 3 plants) for $35. The deadline for orders is March 16. After the Easter service, you may take your plant home to enjoy for the rest of its natural life. Contact: VA Barber.
Want to raise money for the church by doing the things you already do? Specifically, by shopping for groceries? Yes? Great! All you have to do is purchase one of our King Soopers, Safeway, or Sprouts gift cards (the first two of which are “rechargeable”), then use it when you go to the grocery store. A portion of what you spend will go directly to Lakewood UCC. Contact: Brian Weishaar.
We’re delighted to announce an upcoming opportunity for those who want to connect with their Muslim neighbors. After our worship service, Lakewood UCC will be visiting the Islamic Center of Golden (619 19th Street, Golden, CO 80401). We’ll see the inside of a mosque, listen to the call to prayer live in Arabic, hear verses being recited from the Qur’an, watch the noon prayer (and try it if we want!), smell Arabian incense, taste Arabian coffee and Pakistani tea, and more! Anyone who wants to is free to arrange carpooling. Please bring a sack lunch, dress modestly, and remove your shoes upon entering the facility. We’d like to get a sense of how many people to expect, so those who are interested should sign up on the Welcome Center or reply to this email.
It’s a leap year, and we have the perfect way for you to spend your extra bonus day! Last Monday, we had an energetic and idea-filled meeting of folks who were inspired by Pope Francis’s encyclical on caring for the planet. Whether or not you participated in that meeting or the class that preceded it, you’re invited to join us in the Conference Room as we discuss forming a new Lakewood UCC environmental ministry. Watch for the name of the ministry to be revealed soon! Contact: Janet Wise.