Message from the Pastor
– The Rev. Dr. James C. Butler
I am still basking in the glow of our last Sunday of the 2018–19 program year on May 19. Some of our youth led the service, which focused on the Christian affirmation that God “calls” us to use our time, skills, passions and financial resources in a creative, joyous, life-giving and thankful response for the gift of life itself.
The church is one of many places in our lives where we can use our gifts for blessing and transformation. So, we acknowledged God’s call upon our lives and the way we responded these last nine months. We celebrated our ministry of faith formation and all the teachers, assistants and volunteers who helped us deepen our trust in the grace and loving kindness of God. We gave thanks for another year of inspiring music offered to the glory of God. We demonstrated our appreciation to our singers and instrumentalists with a delicious light luncheon following the service. As the program year closes, I am very thankful for all the good things God has done with us and through us. Well done, good and faithful servants. Now, it’s time to lighten up on the accelerator for several weeks and allow mind and body and spirit to play and get refreshed for 2019–20. The church is open, it’s just not as busy, by design. So, come to worship this summer, and just “be.”
Pentecost Offering 2019: Building a Life of Faith
June 9 • 10am
A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop and support its young people and also addresses the needs of at-risk children. Forty percent of the Pentecost Offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community. The remaining 60% is used to support ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, which include Young Adult Volunteers (YAV), Ministries with Youth and children at-risk.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency uses funds for its YAV program to:
- Train and equip volunteers to engage in mission at more than 20 sites in the U.S. and around the world.
- Reduce barriers to serve by providing assistance with student loan debt, medical insurance and a simple living stipend.
- Provide additional funding to ensure all young adults have the opportunity to participate.
- Provide funds for retreats, orientation events and counseling to help YAVs discern God’s call.
Ministries with Youth funding supports programs such as this year’s Youth Triennium, which Lakewood Presbyterian has four youth attending. Funding for children at-risk is used to improve education and provide safe havens.
Our local recipient of the Pentecost Offering is Haven Home, a shelter providing emergency shelter to homeless women and children in Cleveland. Our offering is timely because the shelter is about to experience its “summer surge” — a term coined to describe the influx of homeless women and children after school dismisses for the summer. Homeless advocates believe that women and children experiencing homelessness are often housed by friends or relatives during the school year and are then asked to leave when children are home all day.
On Sunday, June 9, please join your congregation in prayerfully giving to this year’s Pentecost Offering. A donation envelope is included in this mailing; envelopes will also be available in the pew racks. Please include Pentecost Offering on the memo line of your check.
City Mission to Raise Awareness of Homeless Children
Saturday, June 29
The City Mission will take over Public Square on Saturday, June 29 to call attention to the 3,000 homeless children in Cleveland at any given time. This family-friendly event will provide a safe way to learn about homelessness.
The afternoon will include prayers, speakers, church choirs and other musical groups, games for kids and homeless simulations for adults. Amenities include plenty of security, portable toilets and food trucks. The City Mission hopes to have at least 3,000 people in attendance to hold signs representing each of the 3,000 children who don’t have a reliable home. Attendees will “stand-in” for each of the children to show what that number looks like and to make people more aware of this crisis.
Additional information, including sign-up sheets, will be available in Sunday bulletins. Speak with Cinda Gorman, Sharol Cremeans or Jenny Woodworth for further information.
Summer Bible Study
July 9, 16, 23 & 30 ~ 9:15am
The 2019 Adult Bible Study for men and women at LPC this summer is “Love Carved in Stone” from the 2019–2020 Horizons Bible Study. The study takes a fresh look at the Ten Commandments and offers surprising perspectives. The group will meet on Tuesdays July 9, 16, 23 and 30 in the Reed Room. Gathering time begins at 9:15 a.m. with the study finishing by 11:30 a.m. Joyce Olson and Mary Ann Redifer will facilitate the study.
Cost of the book is $11; the large-print edition is available for $16. Call the church office (216-226-0514) by Thursday, June 20 to order a copy of the “Love Carved in Stone” book and to register for the class. Child care will be available by reservation only. Please let Aliyah Kennedy know of your need for child care by the end of Sunday worship before each Tuesday meeting.
Flag Collection & Retirement
June 14 is Flag Day, an anniversary celebration of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official U.S. flag in 1777. As you prepare to display your flag this summer, please evaluate its condition and suitability for display. The United States Flag Code states: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”
The LPC Boy Scouts of America Troop 115 and Cub Scout Pack 115 would be happy to honor your flags needing retirement and disposal. A collection box will be available in Lawther Hall where you can place your retiring flags throughout the year. The scouts will take the collected flags on their campouts and dispose of them by fire in a fitting ceremony. Please contact Rebecca Shaw if you have any questions.