Do you wish you knew more about the Bible? Are you curious about how the various books got included and how they work together (or not) to tell the story of God’s relationship with humanity? Pastor Curt will be leading a “Bible Basics” class for 3 Tuesdays in October. Sign up on the Welcome Center or RSVP to Curt.
Every Wednesday morning at 10:45 a.m., Pastor Curt leads a Bible Study for 20-30 members of the congregation. There’s always a lively discussion and a lot of laughter. Basically, if you’re trying to figure out how to take scripture that was written at least 2,000 years ago and apply it to your life in the modern world, this is the perfect place to do it.
Taizé-style worship comes to us from the Taizé community, an ecumenical Christian group based in France. Songs consist of simple, repeated phrases, and instead of a sermon, there’s an emphasis on contemplation and silence. Some describe it as a massage for the soul. Over the last couple years, this has become one of our most popular worship services. Everyone is invited to join us as we quiet our minds, still our hearts, and wait for the wind of God to blow among us.
You are invited to join us for a brief vespers service in the courtyard. Vespers is a simple service of evening prayers and songs, a way of giving thanks for the day that has been and reflecting on where God has been in the midst of the fullness of life. This will be a casual yet meaningful intergenerational service. See Rev. Mollie with questions.
Each month we will engage in a new topic at the intersection of theology, living, faith, and culture. Our next gathering will be January 13, from 3pm-4:30 pm at Green Mountain Beer Co. Food trucks will be available, beer is optional, openness to good conversation a must! Other upcoming conversations may be around vocation, privilege, violence and the Bible, religious vs. spiritual, and others as determined by the group. Discussion will be facilitated by Rev. Mollie, contact her with any questions.
The first Brewatitudes was a great gathering full of wonderful conversation! Throughout the summer, we will continue to engage monthly in a new topic at the intersection of theology, living, faith, and culture. Save the date for July 22 and August 19 at Green Mountain Beer Co, from 3-4:30 pm. Food trucks will be available, beer is optional, openness to good conversation a must. Discussion will be facilitated by Rev. Mollie, contact her with any questions!
Join us for a presentation at Lakewood UCC following the worship service to learn more about the obstacles Colorado Dreamers face in gaining access to postsecondary education and how you can help. This presentation will be given by members of the Metropolitan State University of Denver’s (MSU Denver’s) Dreamer Network. This organization is comprised of dedicated professionals within the university whose goal is to advocate for equitable policies, educate the community, plan events and raise funds to support Dreamers students. MSU Denver serves a larger number of undocumented students who qualify for in-state tuition than any other 2- or 4-year institution in Colorado.
In honor of Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, the Care for Creation Ministry presents the following presentation by Jill Engelstad: Girl Power for a Healthy Planet. Of the seven billion people living on the planet, one billion are prosperous, five billion are moving or have moved into middle-income status, one billion are stuck in extreme poverty. The issue of extreme poverty, where one lives on less than $1.90 a day, is morally relevant in a world with sufficient planetary resources and practically relevant in a globalized world.
Our pastors Curt and Mollie will be co-leading our Lenten Study every Tuesday beginning February 20 through March 20. Marcus Borg’s 2014 book, Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most has been called “a manifesto for all progressive Christians who seek the best path for following Jesus today.” Borg is a world-renowned theologian and author of more than a dozen books. For five Tuesday evenings beginning February 20, we’ll explore what it means to live our convictions as progressive Christians. Chapter titles include: Faith is a Journey, Salvation Is More About This Life than an Afterlife, Jesus is the Norm of the Bible, and Christians are Called to Peace and Nonviolence. Copies are available online, in bookstores, and via Kindle. Please sign up at the welcome center. Contact Curt Preston or Mollie Landers Hatt for more information.
After all the great conversations at the 2017 Women’s Retreat, we talked about starting a book club. Well, we have chosen a book and a date for the first meeting! The booked we picked is by Brené Brown and it’s called Braving the Wilderness. Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston. She has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame, and is the author of four books: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness. She also has some amazing Ted Talks! More details on the book club will be announced soon.