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The Columns - June 2023

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

Baccalaureate Sunday, June 4th

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 [email protected] Spots are filling quickly! 


Reproductive healthcare 

We will be hosting petition signature events to help get reproductive healthcare rights on the ballot this fall. We will be hosting a table in the lobby on Sunday, June 4. Any questions, contact Heather Tuck-Macalla


David and Laura Sangree with share with us their February/March 2023 trip to Malawi where they both served in the Peace Core back in 1989.

Tuesday, June 27, 7pm, in the parlor.

Greater Cleveland Congregations

Last week we raised nearly $700 through our special collections plate for the Greater Cleveland If interested please see Liz Maugans or Patti Komperda. This is an exciting, dynamic and impactful group to be a part of. Please join us and check it out for yourself!

Native Plant Flower Garden   

We installed our native plant butterfly garden. We had a dozen church members dig, plant, transplant 100 native flowers, grasses and sedges. The intention besides beautifying the church grounds is to educate the community on the importance of planting natives to sustain our ecosystem. People interested more in native plant gardening can check out Home - Homegrown National Park. This is an initiative begun by Doug Tallamy. Doug was a speaker at last year's Living Water Association sponsored environmental event with Federated Church. Karen Wagner has donated a book by him, that is in the church library for all to learn more. Funding for this project was provided by the Building and Grounds Committee. A huge thanks to that committee for making this happen!

LCC Volunteer Opportunities

LCC's Community Meal

We will be offering our monthly

Community Meal

Thursday, June 1

Our community meal was distributed on Thursday, May 4. With the encouragement of Susan Walker, we provided a spaghetti dinner, garlic, bread, fresh salad, and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies were made by Vicki Smigelski, and Joanne Ritschel. It took quite a village to prepare and assemble this meal – our team consisted of Donna Leisinger, Doug Horner, Nancy Fraunfelder, Paula Deal, John Kasper, Bob, Paraska, and Peggy Shaw. We had 25 people attend and all of our meals were taken.

Our committee always has a good time with this ministry, and we encourage other church members or friends, to join us!

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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  • Congratulations to Kyle Meggas on his marriage.
  • Congratulations to the Mizen clan on the birth of a new grandchild.
  • Shannon Katzenberger for placing 3rd in her age group in Hope and Stanley Adelstein Essay Contest sponsored by the City Club of Cleveland
  • Congrats to the students who were recognized at Lakewood's Celebration of Excellence: Olivia, Mel, and Peyton Diemert; Anya, Evey, and Nate Lardi; Avery Spahr; Bridget and Shannon Katzenberger; Helen and Ruby Fraunfelder; Abby Kovach; Connor and Zoe Pierce; Anna Daso; Edie Barcelona; Charlie Payne; Parker Toms; Cameron Wereb; Meg Winters
  • Congrats to all the National Honor Society inductees.
  • Congratulations to Nora Germaine for passing the state exam and earned the industry credential of State Tested Nurse Aide.
  • Congrats to our LCC youth that were selected for Lakewood High School's Chamber Choir: Eileen Brady, Edie Barcelona, Mary Cronin, David Burns, Aiden Bangert.
  • Congratulations to our LHS Track stars: Bailey Bowles (conference), David Burns (districts), Lilly Burns (regionals) Anna Daso (districts), Helen (conference) and Ruby Fraunfelder, Charlie Payne (state qualifier), Max Winters (districts)

Looking Ahead: Save the Date

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.

LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Talk


Lyndhurst Community of Faith Church invites you to a presentation on LGBTQ+ inclusivity on Thursday, June 8, 7:00pm, in our church at 5312 Mayfield Rd, Lyndhurst, OH. The talk will be led by Lizzie Bjork from the LGBTQ Community Center of Greater Cleveland. Lizzie will provide an overview of LGBTQ+ terms and address respectful pronoun usage. Attendees will have ample time to ask questions and engage in meaningful discussion. In light of the ongoing challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in our state and across the country, we aim to foster an environment of inclusivity and justice. For more information about the event please contact Donna Nedrow at [email protected] or 440.478.9376.

UCC Webinar—Seizing an Opportunity: Strengthening EPA Protections in 2023


As UCC congregations across the country embark upon collecting thousands of signed postcards for the Environmental Protection Agency as part of the Climate Hope Cards campaign, this webinar will cover how the coming months at the EPA present a significant opportunity to save thousands of lives, address societal inequalities, and put the United States on a path to achieve 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2035. Even if you cannot make the webinar at its scheduled time on June 14th at 1 pm ET, still sign-up, and 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