Fun Socks at Maximo Open House

Giving out crazy socks at Maximo Elementary’s open house was a great and meaningful event.  A lot of energy there! There were many highlights ~ the little boy squealing when he found the pair he wanted; the small child giving Claudia a big hug; the parent who looked over the church brochure and was heard saying “This church is in my neighborhood.”  It was a super start for our ministry with Maximo on many levels.

The community liaison, Ms. Jones, confirmed that there are 80 homeless children at the school.  Lakewood UCC collected over 350 socks.  The school is having crazy Sock day this week on Tuesday.  The children who come to school without a pair of crazy socks will be given a pair by the school social worker. 

Thank you Claudia Rodriguez, Patti Cooksey, Emily Bell, and Olivia Gibson for attending the Open House at Maximo Elementary and giving away fun socks donated by the congregation.

Claudia Rodriguez, Patti Cooksey, Emily Bell, and Olivia Gibson 

Church School Begins!

There are exciting plans for Church School which begins this Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019.

A Ministry Team has been actively working on making LUCC more welcoming to families with
children and youth. One effort is the family friendly seating area in the sanctuary.
Another is the Church School program. Church School will be oriented to middle school
students and elementary school students. Preschool students are welcome in childcare with
Claudia.

The Church School curriculum being used this year is called A Joyful Path. It is published by
the Center for Progressive Christianity. It has wonderful lessons that encourage young people to explore their spiritual lives and learn more about following Jesus.

Olivia Gibson and Patti Cooksey will be the lead teachers with others helping out along the
way. The Ministry Team chose people in the congregation to teach on themes that tie in with
their interests. This way the students get to know more of the adults in the congregation.

Church School will be held during morning worship. Everyone will be together in the sanctuary for the beginning of the service. Then after the Youth Moment, the young people will go to Church School. There will be no Church School on Communion Sundays, the first Sunday of the month, but childcare will still be available with Claudia.

The Ministry Team has also created an attractive gathering space in the classroom in the
Fellowship Hall building.

A handout was recently created about the Church School program at LUCC for the Maximo
Elementary Open House. In it we declare, “The spiritual life of young people deserves respect and nurture.” That is the goal for the Church School program at LUCC.

Here is the schedule for the weeks ahead:

9/8 Who or What is God? Teacher: Olivia Gibson
9/15 Creating a Mission Statement Teacher: Olivia Gibson
9/22 Who Was Jesus? Teacher: Dana Cosper
9/29 The Bible and How We Use It Teacher: Chip Cosper
10/6 World Communion Sunday No Church School
10/13 Divine Energy Flows Through Me Teachers: Genie Terrell and Patti Cooksey
10/20 God in Nature Teacher: Malcolm Wells]

As you can see, there are wonderful plans for the children and youth of LUCC.

We are all excited about serving together.