August 23, 10:15 a.m.
Take up the whole armor of God. Fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, and the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
from Ephesians 3:14-21
Being a Christian can be a risky business. Especially if you lived under Roman occupation in the 1st century. The apostle Paul, writing from prison, tells the church in Ephesus that they can’t protect themselves physically from persecution. Instead, he says, they must learn to depend on God for their strength. The armor of God is all they have against the forces that seek to destroy them. But it is enough. Join us on Sunday as Pastor Curt asks what it means (and does not mean) for us, living in a very different context from the Ephesians, to put on that armor.
Have you swung by the Welcome Center recently, looking to sign up to provide coffee and snacks after worship on some future Sunday? As your eyes scanned the countertop, did it slowly dawn on you that something was different? “Where, oh where,” you may have asked, “is the sign-up sheet?” Well, worry no more. It’s not there for a reason. Starting Sunday, September 6, the format for fellowship hour is a-changin’. Check out the September Beacon for all the exciting details!
It makes us very happy when people love our children’s library. If you’ve borrowed a book and taken it home with you—good for you! Reading is good! Buuut . . . we do eventually want those books back. Like, say, within the next week or two. We have about 10 books missing, and, with Kick-Off Sunday just around the corner, we’d like to have full shelves again so we can plan Sunday School lessons and special events. Thanks for your help! Contact: Tiffany Beastrom.
The Beacon is Lakewood UCC’s monthly newsletter, written by you and for you. So, if you’d like to share something “churchy” (and we mean that in the broadest possible sense of the term), please email it to the Church Office or drop it in the Office Manager’s mailbox by this Friday.
Thanks to everyone who made July’s Sermon Talkback session such a success. Join us again (or, if you missed it, for the first time) on the last Sunday of August as we get together in the Conference Room after worship to discuss the sermon we’ve just heard. No commitment is required—just show up!
Join us for one of our favorite services of the year—our annual “Worship in the Park” at Prospect Park in Wheat Ridge. We’ll gather at 10:00 a.m., and begin our 15-20 minutes of pre-service “gospel” sing-a-long at 10:15 a.m. You’re invited to come with a picnic lunch to eat after the service. Phil and Steve Goebel will bring their famous homemade root beer, and the Fellowship Committee will provide ice-cream for floats. ALSO, if you play guitar, mandolin, drum, and/or banjo, and want to help lead the sing-a-long and worship songs, please contact Travis Kornegay or Steve Goebel.
August 16, 10:15 a.m.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you will not be burned,
and the flame will not consume you.
from Isaiah 43:1-7
Sometimes, you go all the way down. In Alcoholics Anonymous, they refer to it as “hitting rock bottom.” In our reading from Isaiah this week, it’s called “passing through the waters.” Your life has become so hard, so messed up, so unmanageable that you can’t go on. You’re sinking and you’re sure you’re going to drown. This is not a place anyone wants to be. But it’s also the place where, sometimes, we finally hear God’s voice. Join us for a special worship service led by members of the congregation, with Daniel Sweeney, Judi Baxter, and Max Michalec telling their stories of the God who called to them as they passed through the waters.
August 9, 10:15 a.m.
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.”
from Psalm 130
Join us on Sunday for a special summer session of Taizé-style worship. Originating in Taizé, France, in the 1950s, a Taizé service is comprised of quiet meditation, scripture reading, prayer, and simple, repetitive singing. Come, be still, and know that God is near.
Yes, we’re watching The Matrix (1999, 136 minutes, rated R) tonight. And why are we watching The Matrix? What does the story of a computer hacker who discovers that reality is an illusion have to do with Jesus? Everything! Join us in the Youth Room for the triumphant conclusion of our Summer Film Series. Jacob Liechty and Nancy True will facilitate what promises to be a very interesting discussion. If you need childcare, please let us know as soon as possible.
If you’re a man who likes breakfast, and you enjoy the company of other men who like breakfast, then we have an event for you. Cunningly, we call it “Men’s Breakfast.” It happens pretty much every month on the second Saturday. Which, in August, happens to be this Saturday! So come as you are to the Village Inn (7831 W. Alameda Ave.) and hang out with the men of Lakewood UCC over a plate of scrambled eggs and a steaming mug of coffee. Or really, anything else on the menu. All ages, sizes, sports affiliations, political beliefs, and facial hair choices are welcome. Contact: Daryl Foelske.