Reading Changes Lives
LCC is participating in the USS Reading Changes Lives Campaign. The all-church literacy initiative has two goals: Engage UCC churches in outreach activities to raise literacy rates among adults and children. Second, raise awareness about the ways lack of literacy creates inequality and impacts social justice issues.
LCC will kick off our focus on literacy by participating in the UCC's "One Read" with the book Hotdogs and Hamburgers: Unlocking Life's Potential by Inspiring Literacy at Any Age, by Rob Shindler. Copies of the book are available int he LCC office.
Read: Sunday,Sept. 7 Pick up a copy of Hotdogs and Hamburgers
Learn: Sunday, Sept 21 A staff member from Seeds of Literacy will discuss their work during service.
Discuss: Wednesday, Sept. 24 Join us in the Parlor at 7 pm to discuss Hotdogs and Hamburgers
Do: Spring 2015 Reading Changes Lives will continue with March Forth for Literacy beginning on March 4, 2015.
You can learn more about the UCC Reading Changes Lives at readingchangeslives.org
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.
LCC hosts homeless families in our church. Help is needed in preparing meals, spending time in the evenings and staying overnight in the church. If you are interested in volunteering for Family Promise, contact Vicki Smigelski
This is a great ministry for families as the guest children love to have playmates.
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.
Monthly on the First Thursday
Preparation 3:00 pm
We have between 50 and 60 guests at the monthly 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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10th ANNUAL HOMELESS AWARENESS SLEEP-OUT
10th annual Homeless Awareness Sleep-Out will be held Saturday, January 18 - Sunday, January 19th on the church front lawn.
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 that was donated to Family Promise, the NorthEast Coalition for Homeless and their own summer Mission Trip fund.