ANGEL TREE 2013
In January, LCC received the following letter from Emmett:
"I like to thank you for the gifts you sent to my children for Christmas. I aslo like to thank you for the Christmas card that you sent me. It is nice to know that there is people out there willing to hel. I think the Angel Tree program is a great blessing for inmates and their families. I did get a visit here from my two boys Julian and Justin. Justin was wearing a shirt that he got from your church, and he thought i came from me. It really touched my heart. A lot o people signed the card that was sent to me and please let them all know how grateful I am for what they have done. I am sure there were a lot more people involved in everything and I like to give my thanks to them too. There is only so much I can do for my kids while I am in here. It is just so great of you to help me give them something under the tree Christmas day. What you all have done really meant so much to me. I cnnot thank you all enough. I hope everyone at the church ad a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. God bless you all and all of your families. Please keep my family and I in your prayers as I will keep you all in mine."
Emmett is one of the 25 parents whose children either did not see them at the holidays or saw them briefly in a prison visiting room because he is incarcerated. He's made mistakes, but he is not the only person who pays for those now. His children do, too, and despite his distance from them, he loves them an wants to connect with them.
The Angel Tree program helps us do just that - connect children to their parents at the holidays. Please consider participating in the program this year. On Sundays December 1,8,and 15 our Angel Tree will grace our sanctuary with the names of 60 children and their gift requests. You can help by taking a name and purchasing 2 gifts - one toy and one article of clothing - at $25 for each gift and bring the gifts to the church no later than Wednesday, December 18. Volunteers will deliver your gifts directly to the children on the morning of December 21.
Peace of the season,
LCC Prison Ministry
Bring joy and good tidingts to our LCC members and Friends who cannot worship with us at church. Our annual "Holiday Basket Fill" will take place after church on Sunday, December 8th. Please sign up to bring an item listed on the Holiday Basket sheet on the Outreach Bulletin board.
Helping Others Help Themselves
This year again the Children’s offerings each Sunday will continue to support Heifer International, an organization that helps people in need by providing them with farm animals, trees, water, and other necessities to sustain their lives and become self-sufficient…If your child did not receive a box of offering envelopes, they may be picked up from the FF leaders or in the church office. Please use them so that we will include their giving with your Family Pledge. Their offerings go into the Miracle Jar because that’s exactly what it creates for others around the world.
Supplies for Success
LCC is collecting school supplies in September for Supplies 4 Success, a Lakewood City School's effort to help ALL students have a more successful school year. Please place your donation of pencils, pens, paper, crayons, markers, bookbags, etc. in the collection box by the Faith Formation bulletin board in the West Clifton Hallway.
We would like to remind you that our LCC Village Van program still exists! If you are just too tired to make it to church or feeling under the weather, but your child wants to come, call Laura Rickard who will arrange a member of LCC to pick up your child for church and take him/her home. Laura can be contacted at 216-408-2706.
Community Meal - December 5th
Monthly on the First Thursday
Preparation 3:00 pm
We had 50 guests at the August Community Meal. Thank you to all the great volunteers for helping us put a great meal together!
Please consider signing up to help. We would love to have you! The sign-up sheet is in the West Clifton hallway. Families are welcome, no experience needed.
Watch Lakewood Congregational Church Community Meal video
Hunger Sunday - First Sunday of each Month
$47,000 For Hunger!
Since January 1, 2004 (6 ½ years) LCC has collected and given to Hunger $33,000 in cash and $14,000 in food value. That represents a wonderful accomplishment in our continuing Outreach Ministry. But what is more significant is the many adults and children who have received this assistance in their time of need. We thank you, Lakewood Christian Service Center thanks you, and so does Jesus!
Jesus said "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink." "Just as you do this for members of my family you do it to me." Matthew 25:34-48
The first Sunday of each month is "Hunger Sunday". Food may be left in the church office or in the baskets located in the West Clifton entrance. Envelopes for cash or check contributions are available in the Worship Bulletin.
All food donations are given to Lakewood Community Services Center, along with excess cash contributions after paying the expenses associated with our own "Community Meals".
You may also drop off your contribution anytime in the Church office.
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9th ANNUAL HOMELESS AWARENESS SLEEP-OUT
What a huge success our 9th annual Homeless Awareness Sleep-Out was this year! Thanks to the superb organization of Robin and Scott Suttell and Jill and Scott Richardson, the kids collected $5,123.98 (as of Monday, January 28th) to be donated to Family Promise, the NorthEast Coalition for Homeless and their own summer Mission Trip fund.