If you are interested in formally joining our community at LCC, please contact Pastor Joanna. We are selecting a date to gather for dinner and conversation, to learn about the church, and to build community. Following that gathering, we will have a Reception of New Members during an upcoming worship service. Pastor Joanna can be reached by calling the church office at 216-221-9555.
Water is very scarce in Mozambique, which especially affects women and girls who must walk long distances and stand in line for hours for one bucket of water. To help with the problem, LCC will be accepting donations throughout the year for the UCC Global Ministries Water Well project, which is constructing wells more than 110 meters deep in several communities. Our goal is to raise $6000 to fund a well. If you wish to contribute, please make your check payable to LCC and note “Mozambique Mission Project” on the memo line.
For more information, contact any member of the Outreach Committee: Christy Gray, Laura Blesse Hampton, Vicki Smigelski, Dave Sangree, Bill Fraunfelder, and Cynthia Sbertoli.
The national office of the United Church of Christ (www.ucc.org) 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.
Sacred Conversation events began in February 2017 at LCC and have included:
Rev. Alan Dicken, Carthage Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): “Empowered for Justice: Faith Communities Can Make a Difference”
Discussion on “A Spiritual Autobiography” written by John Dorhauer, General Minister & President of UCC
Discussion on “Whiteness as the Norm” – reflections on how this is evidenced and experienced in America
Discussion on “Whiteness as the Norm”, continued – visual images & symbols in church