In the midst of the season of hustle and bustle and as we move toward the longest night of the year, you are invited to a Blue Christmas Service. This simple service creates a sacred space for those who need it in the midst of dark times, grief, uncertainty, loneliness this season. This reflective, accepting service will remind us of God’s presence and hope in the midst of difficulty.
Join us for Christmas Eve worship! The service will be less than an hour long and is designed to be a casual, welcoming, and meaningful worship experience particularly geared toward families with younger children. We include lessons, carols, candlelight, a children’s sermon, and an “instant pageant” where children and adults can become part of the Christmas Story. Contact: Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt.
Join us as we celebrate the birth of Christ with a traditional evening candlelight service and carols. We’ll start with a medley of Christmas songs at 7:00 pm, move into the service proper at 7:30 pm, and conclude with a candlelit Silent Night. Following the service, join us in the Fellowship Hall for hot cider and good conversation. Plan to arrive early, as this service is always packed!
Responding to COVID-19: How to be a Good Neighbor
We are connected in many ways, and know our very lives depend on one another. As we face the realities of the pandemic – loss of normalcy, loneliness, job loss and financial loss, illness, we turn to our faith and the way of Jesus again and again. We are not alone in this, and we are called to be good neighbors, sharing God’s love. While taking into consideration that Safer at Home is of utmost importance, the Mission, Outreach, and Evangelism Board offers these resources and links to connect as a good neighbor in this time.
Safer at Home
- Send a card to your neighbor, a relative, a friend, or someone in the congregation. If you need the name of someone in the congregation who could use a card, please email Rev. Mollie (email@example.com)
- Call your local, state, federal representative – Thank them for their service, and ask them to advocate for the most vulnerable populations in this time – those experiencing homelessness, those who have been laid off, children, older populations.
Supporting our ministry partners
- Jeffco Action Center – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4facac23a0f94-drive
- Community Ministries of Southwest Denver – “We can always use food donations. Specifically, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Tuna, Mac & Cheese, Rice and cereal. Financial donations are always welcome. When our website is back up and running we will post new volunteer opportunities. My direct email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to send me a note.”https://comministry-denver.org/volunteer-event-calendar/
- ReMember (Pine Ridge Reservation, Oglala Lakota people of Pine Ridge, South Dakota)
- CLOTH MASKS / FACE-COVERINGS WANTED – With confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the reservation, Re-Member is seeking large quantities of reusable/washable cloth masks & face coverings to stockpile for distribution. We will quarantine all incoming shipments before washing/drying, and bagging masks individually for distribution.
Please ship via US Postal Service to:
Re-Member – MASKS
PO Box 5054
Pine Ridge, S.D. 57770
- ReMember is also in need of financial support, to continue to serve the Oglala Lakota people – https://www.re-member.org/
For those young and healthy who can go out while practicing good social distancing
- Primary site for Colorado volunteer opportunities – www.HelpColoradoNow.org and www.covrn.com
- Give Blood – local blood drives have been cancelled, however, the medical community is in need of blood. This is safe to do! See https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html or www.vitalant.org to get find the closest blood donation center near you
- How to be support to those experiencing homelessness – United Way
- Volunteers of America – https://www.voacolorado.org/coronavirus
Quarantine may be good for reducing COVID19 spread, but it is not good for the economy. If you or someone you know needs work in the coming days, weeks, months, please go to the state employment resource directory, www.connectingcolorado.com. Businesses needing additional employees to provide critical services to our state are posting jobs there.
We are in this together! Please be in touch with Pastor Curt or Rev. Mollie if you have a Pastoral Care need
Join us at the Action Center to spread holiday cheer to families in needy at Santa’s Workshop. This event provides toys for over 4000 kids in JeffCo. We need 12 volunteers to help distribute the toys to families from 12:15 to 4:30 pm at the Faith Mountain Church (12344 W Alameda). Adults and youth 10 & over invited. Please sign up at the Welcome Center.
The Mission, Outreach, and Evangelism Board will be holding a toy collection drive for the Action Center Santa Workshop. This year, we will 100% match whatever toys the congregation donates up to a $600 limit. Toys must be new & unopened. See a list of toys needed at the Welcome Center and the collection box in the Narthex.
Parents, a night out for you! Youth and adults will host a parents night out on Friday, December 7 from 6-9:00 pm. Bring your kids (potty trained to 11 years old) to church for an evening of games and a movie. Dinner will be provided, the cost is $15/kid, with no family paying more than $40. This is a fundraiser for our youth, and a wonderful chance for parents to have a date night or holiday shopping night. Tell your neighbors and friends, this event is open to the community! Please RSVP to Mollie at email@example.com by Wednesday, December 5.
A-caroling we will go! Join us after worship as we visit our folks who are sick or shut-in. Help spread Christmas cheer to those who cannot make it to church. It should be great family fun for all. Christmas caroling will happen on December 15, 2019, from 12:00-3:00 pm. Sign up on the Welcome Center, or contact Allyson Koplan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How about purchasing that special Christmas gift that will eclipse the joy of giving and receiving it – ‘Gifts That Give Back’. The place to get these Gifts that Give Back is at the Alternative Gift Market being held in the lobby before and after church service on December 3 and 10. Any gift that you purchase at the Alternative Gift Market will support worthy social causes with real economic and environmental impacts, both here in Denver and across the globe. These include: AfricAid, Church World Service, Earth Links, Heifer International, SERRV, and Women’s Bean Project (also including our local church favorite, Incredible Edibles). To learn more, visit the Mission, Outreach, and Evangelism Kiosk in the lobby. Thank you for shopping!
We’re excited to announce Lakewood UCC’s upcoming Holiday Boutique! Saturday, November 17th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This event will be open to the public, and be comprised of donated jewelry for sale, donated quality crafts for sale, a hot chocolate bar, neighborhood handmade focused vendors, Action Center food drive and MORE!
The Annual Advent Event is upon us! Let’s kick off the season on December 1 with a party! Come to Lakewood UCC to deck the halls (and the sanctuary). This is one of our favorite Lakewood UCC traditions. So join us for the Big Advent Event as we enter this busy and beautiful season.