This year’s Spring Youth Retreat at La Foret Conference and Retreat Center invites youth from 7th through 12th grade to “Come to the Water.” Lakewood UCC’s own Logan Bennett and Jacob Liechty are part of the planning team, so of course it will be awesome! Because everyone will be smelly and exhausted on Sunday, our youth group won’t meet in the evening.
You’ve been hearing about Lakewood UCC’s brand new environmental ministry for a few weeks now. Well, now it has a name! Yup, “Care for Creation Ministry” has been christened, and it’s ready to make some noise. Join us as we plan how to address issues of climate change, sustainability, and eco-justice in our own lives, in our neighborhoods, and around the world. Contact: Janet Wise.
Lakewood UCC Girl Time: “Because there’s more to life than a checklist!” Yup, all women are invited to join us at Painting With a Twist (7134 W. Alaska Dr.) as we sip wine, paint, and get to know each other better. The cost is $35 per person. Feel free to bring a friend! If you’re interested, please RSVP to Jennifer Teeuwen.
On February 26, 2015, a photograph of a dress was posted on Tumblr. The post went viral almost immediately, with more than 10 million people tweeting about the dress in the first week alone. Why did this post become such a phenomenon? Because it touched on one of the most fundamental human questions: Is what I see the same as what you see? In this case, no. Fifty-seven percent of people saw a blue and black dress, but 30% saw it as white and gold, 10% saw it as blue and brown, and 10% could switch between the color combinations. Join us for a special worship service led by our youth as we ask, “What does it mean to see the world from different perspectives? And what does it mean for our faith?”
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed. So she ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”
from John 20:1-18
Easter morning begins with a mystery. Jesus is dead. He has been tortured and executed, and his broken body has been laid in a tomb. The Jesus story is over. The Jesus movement has been buried with its leader. All that’s left is a band of his devastated followers, hiding behind locked doors, terrified that they’ll be next. One of them, Mary Magdalene, decides to do the only thing she can do to honor Jesus. She buys spices and goes to the tomb, planning to anoint his body. But his body isn’t there. So where is it? Where is Jesus? Join us on Easter Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches resurrection.
Want to find out more about what it means to become a member of Lakewood UCC? Then come to a special luncheon after worship at which Pastor Curt will go through the ins and outs of joining the church and answer all your questions. Coming doesn’t obligate you to anything, and childcare will be provided upon request. RSVP to Curt Preston.
On Good Friday, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., we’ll be opening our Sanctuary to anyone who wants to come, pray, and reflect on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We’ll have prayer stations and booklets available so that meditation can be self-directed. We would, however, like a few “Sanctuary Hosts” on hand to answer any questions people might have. If you’d be willing to take a one-hour shift, please contact Curt Preston or Logan Bennett.
It’s Easter! Hurray! That means a couple changes to our programming for children and youth. On Easter Sunday, rather than leaving for Sunday School following the “Passing of the Peace,” kids will come forward for a Children’s Message, then stay for the remainder of the worship service. Our youth group won’t meet in the evening. We’ll also be off Sunday, April 3, due to Spring Youth Retreat, but we’ll resume service as usual Sunday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m.
Those breakfasting men are at it again! Come, order your bacon and eggs, drink too much coffee, tell inappropriate jokes, and discuss life, the universe, and everything. At least, that’s what we assume happens at Men’s Breakfast. All are welcome, at The Egg and I (7830 W. Alameda Ave.). Contact: Daryl Foelske.
After last Fall’s Leadership Retreat, a group of us decided to keep meeting and discuss how to make our church’s small group ministries more visible and accessible to everyone. No we’re finally ready to reveal the fruits of our labors! Join us for a special worship service led by Ruth Rueter, Susan Rumley, Pat Hayes, Jodi Bushdiecker, Logan Bennett, and Jacob Liechty, as we look at how YOU can connect more deeply with God and your fellow Lakewood UCCers.