All children and youth are invited to participate in singing Hosanna, Loud Hosanna during our Palm Sunday service. We’ll be rehearsing immediately before the service in the Sanctuary. Contact: Travis Kornegay.
OGHS is one of the special mission offerings of the United Church of Christ, providing clean water, food, education, healthcare, micro-credit, resettlement, advocacy, emergency relief, and rehabilitation for people in crisis around the world. If you’d like to contribute, please place your donation in the envelope included with your bulletin, then drop it in the offering plate. To find out more about OGHS, go to ucc.org/oghs.
Something exciting is happening at Lakewood UCC, and you’re invited to get in on the ground floor! We’re forming an environmental ministry group. Please join us for our next meeting as we work on vision, goals, and a name for the group, as well as talking with Logan Bennett about ideas for April 19’s Earth Day worship service.
Sunday, March 6, 10:15 a.m.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.”
from John 15:1-11
When you think of gardening, what do you think of? An act of tenderness, right? Coaxing little seedlings out of the soil and whispering, “Grow. Grow.” And you’re right. There’s a part of gardening that’s exactly that. But there’s another part too. A part that seems harsh, even cruel. It’s the part where you, the gardener, have to make choices about what you want to grow in your garden and what you don’t. You have to pluck and chop and snip and trim so that the best stuff can survive and flourish. Join us on Sunday for the fourth installment of our Lenten “Come to the Garden” series, as Pastor Curt preaches pruning and what to do about our own dead branches.
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!