LCC Embarks on Visioning & Planning Process

Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young will see visions, your old will dream dreams. — Acts 2:17

LCC will be undertaking a Visioning and Planning process over the next several months. This promises to be an exciting time for our congregation.

Our objective is to engage all of us, along with our outside constituents, in planning for our future. We will examine what we do well and what our hopes are for our future. Our goal will be to come away with a vision for the next five years. We will achieve this by doing a mission and values audit, inventorying our assets and determining what resources we will need to get us where we want to go. We will also be designing our church profile and reviewing our staffing model to be sure it supports the mission and vision of LCC.

We have retained the services of a consultant and facilitator, Leslie Yerkes, from Catalyst Consulting. Leslie has worked with the United Church of Christ Funds for many years, as well as the City of Lakewood, Lakewood City Schools, and a host of corporate clients. She has also worked with churches on processes similar to ours. The Executive Team felt she was a good fit for our needs.

We need to hear everyone’s voices in this process. We are asking for an investment of your time to ensure our success. We have scheduled three sessions and encourage you to attend as many as you are able. All sessions will take place in the Social Hall.

  • Saturday, March 18th, 9am-1pm: Affirming Our Church Experience
  • Saturday, April 29th, 9am-1pm: Casting Our Vision for the Future
  • Sunday, May 21st, 11:30am-1:30pm (Lunch included): A Call for Leadership

Beginning February 26th you may sign up at the table in the West Clifton Lobby on Sundays. You can also contact the church office and let them know that you plan to participate and if you need childcare. Youth are encouraged to participate.

The visioning process will help us to sustain our health as a congregation. It will also allow us to take care of ourselves so that we may have the capacity to take care of others. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rev. Mark Thomas, a member of the Executive Team, or a member of the Visioning Steering Team.

In Christ’s Name,

The Visioning Steering Team: Sandie King, Peter Kuhn, Liz Maugans, Rev. Mark Thomas, David Sangree, Jennifer Schwelik, Vicki Smigelski, and Karen Wagner

The Executive Team: Greg Wereb, Liz Spahr, Michael Komperda, Dave Mechenbier, Scott Suttell, Christy Gray and Judy Foote

LCC Hosts A Sacred Conversation About Race

The national office of the United Church of Christ ( released an adult education curriculum in 2016 titled “White Privilege: Let’s Talk” that invites local UCC churches and their members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race.

In response to this invitation, Lakewood Congregational Church (UCC) has recently embarked on a year-long Adult Faith Formation program titled A Sacred Conversation About Race. LCC will be using parts of the UCC curriculum, along with suggested readings & podcasts, group discussions, and guest speakers, to explore the topic and to encourage the sharing of ideas and experiences. The goal of A Sacred Conversation About Race is to learn and understand what it means to be an ally to those who are presently disadvantaged by the system.

Join us for these Sacred Conversation events, and please revisit this page often as more events & links to resources will be added.

Sunday, February 12th
Video: Cracking the Codes: Joy DeGruy “A Trip to the Grocery Store”

Sunday, February 26th
Rev. Alan Dicken, Carthage Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): Empowered for Justice: Faith Communities Can Make a Difference

March Columns
Introduction to A Sacred Conversation About Race by Rev. John Dorhauer on pp. 8-9 of the March issue of The Columns

Tuesday, March 7th
Discussion on “A Spiritual Autobiography” written by John Dorhauer, General Minister & President of UCC. Parlor, 7pm.

Tuesday, March 21st
Discussion on “Whiteness as the Norm” – reflections on how this is evidenced and experienced in America. Parlor, 7pm.

Tuesday, April 4th
Discussion on “Whiteness as the Norm”, continued – visual images & symbols in church. Parlor, 7pm

From the “This Light Of Ours” exhibition at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Sunday, May 7th
This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Era (Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage thru May 14, 2017)

This Light of Ours portrays struggles of the 1960s and the continuing effort to bridge America’s racial divide. The Adult Faith Formation Team invites you to join us on May 7th to view the exhibit. We will plan to leave the church by 11:30am, grab some lunch along the way and see the exhibit around 1:30pm.

In addition to the programming listed above, there are related fiction and non-fiction books available for preschoolers to adults, along with a Resource List, located on the bookshelves in the West Clifton hallway. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and  Whistling Vivaldi by Claude Steele are recommended “church reads”.