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The Columns - July 2023

News from your LCC Leadership
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Children, Youth, & Family: News & Events 
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Haynes Nursery School News

If you or someone you know are looking for a preschool for the 2023-24 school year, Haynes currently has spots available for 3-year-olds and Pre-K kids! Check out our website for details on our new extended day class.

Check out haynesnurseryschool.com or contact Shannon Lubas at haynes@lcc-church.org Spots are filling quickly! 



Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation Diaper Drive

The Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation will be hosting its 3rd Annual Diaper Drive to benefit the Lakewood community. Diapers, ointment, and wipes (unopened packages only, please!) will be collected. We are requesting diapers in Sizes 2-6, which are currently the most needed. We will be delivering these to our friends at the Family Room at Cove Community Center and Trials for Hope for distribution to families in Lakewood.

We were able to collect nearly 5,000 diapers last year for the community and are confident we can exceed this target with your support!

The details:

Where: Lakewood Masonic Temple (15300 Detroit Road)

When: July 15th, from 9 am – noon

How: Just drive through the parking lot - You don’t even need to leave your car to donate

LCC Volunteer Opportunities

LCC's Community Meal

We will be offering our monthly

Community Meal

Thursday, June 1

We served bake chicken marinated in Italian dressing and covered with Parmesan cheese, scallop potatoes, green beans, fresh bananas, and brownies. Our guests were able to choose from a chicken breast or a leg and thigh. Our volunteers were Paula Deal, Robert Wenz, Bob Paraska, Susan Walker, Wendy Summers, Nancy Fraunfelder, and Doug Horner. The brownies were made by Vicky Smigelski and Joanne Ritschel. We made 47 meals - 43 meat meals and four vegetarian meals. Two vegetarian meals were leftover, which were given to AA. We had 20 people attend. And our cost was $90.08. Peggi and Michael Mizen

Food delivery services have changed since the onset of Covid. If you have the means to donate, two local organizations that could be donated to are the Cleveland Food Bank and the Lakewood Community Service Center.

Each first Sunday of the month is our dedicated Hunger Sunday.

There are Hunger Envelopes at the back of the Sanctuary for your donation towards this LCC Ministry. 

Music Makers

Would you like to share your music talents as a vocalist or instrumentalist in LCC’s worship service?

Please let us know what you’d be interested in sharing and whether you’d want piano or guitar accompaniment. Ben Malkevitch will reach out to you several weeks ahead of time to coordinate.”

Sign Up HERE

Be part of a two-person team to count the offering following worship on Sunday mornings

  • It takes only about fifteen minutes each time
  • Sign up for as few or as many weeks per month as you wish

Contact Laura Sangree if you are interested in signing up. (Contact information is in the Instant Church Directory)

Sign Up HERE

LCC Meetings & Event Schedule

Be sure to check the weekly emails for any changes

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Brent Basile

Bridget Katzenberger

Bridget Sutter

Chelsea Matthews

Christopher Richardson

Clay Atfield

David Burns

Eliza Richardson

Ellie Kramer

Emily Kenney

Erin Sislowski

Jen Murray

Joann Ritschel

Julie Warren

Junie Maibauer

Katherine Ott

Kira Hamrick

Lindsay Roberts

Luke Awa

Mark Pettis

Michael Kasper

Michael Komperda

Olivia Diemert

Olivia Geiger

Parker Toms

Paula Deal

Piper Shearn

Quinton Redman

Rachel Burns

Robin Suttell

Stella Boland

Tom Campbell

Thomas Pettis Larssen

Emma & Rob Barcelona

Andy & Heather Barlow

George & Lisa Blackburn

John & Lisa Blasko

Amy & Mike Daso

Laura & Russ Germaine

Jim & Nancy Gibbs

Joe & Kristin Kalinowski

 Debi & John Kasper

Doug & Kathy MacDougall

Bryce & Liz Rizzo

Aubrey & Matthew Shearn

Amy & Matthew Smith

David & Liz Spahr

Jon & Kim Taylor

Looking Ahead: Save the Date

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Living Water Association News & Events

The Faith-in-Action would like to help members of our church connect with the wider church outside of our own church walls. One of the best ways to connect is to join the Living Water Association mailing list. Subscribe here. There are a wide variety of adult education programs and events available year-round.

UCC Webinar — Seeing through the Smoke: Wildfires, Climate, and a Path Forward


How can we find a path forward in addressing the wildfires that have created a landscape of crisis in our climate changed world? This webinar will feature leading thinkers and practitioners in answering this question. Panelist John Vaillant has recently released an acclaimed book entitled "Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World,” while panelist Kimiko Barrett from Headwaters Economics is a wildfire research and policy analyst who has been interviewed by national news outlets for her insights. Even if you cannot make the webinar at its scheduled time on July 12, at 1 pm ET, still sign-up, you will receive a link to a recording of it. Register now with this link!

LCC Executive Team

Chair: Bill Fraunfelder

Chair Elect: Laura Germaine

Moderator: Jan Young

Treasurer: Laura Sangree

Worship Life: Lauren Smigelski

Buildings and Grounds: Michael Fleenor

Congregational Life: Andy Barlow

Outreach Ministries: Heather Tuck-Macalla

Asst. Treasurer: Michael Daso

Welcoming Ministries: Vicki Smigelski


LCC’s Membership Directory is online for you to use on the go! Or at home!

Only members whose email is in the directory can have access to the information. It is available on your computer or as an app on your phone.

Please make sure to update the office if you have any changes to your information.

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Offering and Contribution Collection

Financial gifts are always welcome, our church feels the call to respond to the needs around us as they arise. Financial stability allows us to do so more effectively. So, let us give generously of our time, talent, treasure to further the work of God in our community.

You can do so in the following ways:

  • Donate through our website: Give
  • Writing and mailing a check to Lakewood Congregational Church, 1375 W. Clifton Blvd., Lakewood, OH 44107
  • Sending a gift through your bank's online bill pay
  • Call the church office at (216) 221-9555 to discuss other options
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Summer Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9:00am-2:00pm