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Experiencing and Expressing Christ's Love
Greetings from Lafayette UMC!
This is how we are sharing life together this week.
Message From The Pastor
Hello and Happy Wednesday!

It is my joy to announce that as of TODAY Lafayette United Methodist Church now has a HEARING LOOP for people with hearing loss! What is a Hearing Loop? I'm so glad you asked (and thankful that Marilyn Finn has passed on amazing information for us to learn about hearing loops, from Ann Thomas, President of the Diablo Valley Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America).

Why hearing loops?
While hearing aids, cochlear implants, and bone conductive devices (hearing instruments) have improved in the last decade, they do not restore hearing to normal, especially in large venues and places of worship. Hearing loops help overcome this problem.

How does a hearing loop work?
A hearing loop connects to the PA system and transmits sound wirelessly to hearing instruments equipped with telecoils (T-coils). Users report they hear the spoken word much easier and without background noise.

How do I use it?
Simply turn on the telecoil program in your hearing instruments. If you don’t know if your hearing instrument has a t-coil ask your hearing healthcare provider if your hearing instruments have one and to turn it on. Once activated, the telecoil program can be accessed by pushing a button on the hearing instrument. 

No hearing aids or t-coil but still need amplification?
Ask for a hearing loop receiver and headphones (we have 5 of these available for use), or use your own LoopBuds, (t-coil earbuds) which connect to your smartphone and a free app.

To learn more about hearing loops visit:

Two amazing grants made this project possible ($1000 from the Endowment - Inreach fund, and almost $5000 from a Beulah grant given by California-Nevada United Women in Faith, formerly called UMW). Also, many thanks to the Trustees, Marilyn Finn, David White, Judy Stillman, and everyone else whose work made this possible!

An increase in accessibility in our worship space means our community of faith is actively working to make the message of God's love more accessible, and that is a wonderful thing!

Pastor Lauren Michelle

P.S. I didn't announce this on Sunday (my apologies) but just found out the city of Lafayette will be closing streets for the Lafayette Reservoir Run this coming Sunday, Oct. 23. The road closures are from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The course runs on Mount Diablo Boulevard between Moraga Road and Lafayette Reservoir; Mount Diablo Boulevard will be closed from Moraga Road to Paulson Court to accommodate the race. This means that if you are planning to drive to our back parking lot, you will need to come from Brook St. to Hough Ave., and not from Mt. Diablo. In addition, regardless of where you plan on parking, allow a couple of extra minutes for traffic delays due to the road closures.
In Our Prayers
In whatever way you do it, I encourage you to pray this week for our church family, our community, and our world. For these prayers and for this journey of prayer, let us all say, "O Lord, hear our prayers!"

We lift up prayers for the world:
  • For all the ways in which violence harms our communities.
  •  Comfort for all those who have been affected by Hurricane Ian, fires, and other natural disasters.

We lift up prayers for our community:
  • Mike Johnson, Joe Easley's brother in law, who is recuperating from emergency surgery.
  • Jeff Sebastian, son of Van and Carol Sebastian, who is facing an extended road of healing after falling off a ladder. Prayers for him, his doctors and medical professionals, and his family during this stressful time.
  • Jeff Sawdon, his family, and his care team during this time of recovery post-heart-transplant.
  • The Cooke Family, Bob and Betty Dreyer, David Chow, Barbara Levander, Fred Gomeztrejo, Lolly, Charlotte Allum, Mark Sardvick, Mark Sawdon, and Donna Walls.
  • Mary Henderson, who is on hospice. Her new address is 2957 Hannan Drive in Pleasant Hill CA, 94523 should you wish to send her a card.
  • Prayers for our Annual Conference, the United Methodist Church, and Bishops Minerva Carcaño, Sally Dyck, and Karen Oliveto.
Announcements & Upcoming Activities
Altar Flowers

To place flowers on the altar for a specific Sunday, please sign up via the flower chart located in the Sanctuary, or reply to this email and Sarah Jayne will fill in your name on the chart.

Once signed up, you can either order flowers for that particular Sunday from Floral Arts in Lafayette or bring your own arrangement or plant (from a store, or from your yard if you're lucky enough to have pretty flowers growing at your house!)
Food Drive
In the last two months we managed to donate 266 pounds of food!

That's 188 Meals for our neighbors struggling to make ends meet!

Let's keep up the good work and continue to donate healthy canned and dry goods to those in need.

What are you up to Friday, Oct. 28th from 4-6pm? LUMC will be joining the many other businesses of Downtown Lafayette in providing a safe and fun Halloween experience for children and their parents. If you are interested in making some holiday magic for children in our neighborhood please contact Sarah Jayne at or Mark and Teri Logan.
What's Happening This Week?  

Thursday, 10.20
  • 7pm Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
Sunday, 10.23
  • 10am Worship Service in the Sanctuary
  • 11am Friendship Time in the Fellowship Hall
  • 6-8pm Interfaith Potluck at San Ramon Valley UMC
Tuesday, 10.25
  • 1-2pm Tech Tuesday in Pastor LM's Office
Wednesday, 10.26
  • 8-10am Wonderful Wednesday Group at Papillon Cafe

Click here for details on Upcoming Events
Office Hours: Pastor LM is in the office and available to chat during the following days/times:
  • Tuesdays:
  • 1pm-2pm (Tech Tuesdays)
  • 2pm-3pm
  • Wednesdays:
  • 1pm-3pm
  • Thursdays:
  • 1pm-3pm
You are also welcome to contact Pastor LM to set up an appointment.

Tech Tuesday: Have a tech question or need to learn how to use a device? Laptop or tablet suddenly not working like it should? Bring it in on Tuesdays between 1pm and 2pm and Pastor LM will help!

Wonderful Wednesday: This once-a-week coffee group is from 8am-10am
at Papillon Quality Gourmet Cafe (67 Lafayette Circle). Come join us for a great mid-week conversation!
Worship Services
Worship - Sundays at 10am in the Sanctuary
Sunday, October 23rd, the service will be
led by Pastor Lauren Michelle
Sermon: The Guest of One Who is a Sinner
Scriptures: Psalm 84:1-7; Luke 19:1-10

To read the transcript of last week's sermon click here.

To tune in to LUMC's worship services online, either during the service or afterward, visit our YouTube channel or Facebook page linked below:
YouTube Channel:
Facebook Page:
General Information
How to Give
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Contact Us
Office Hours:
  • Sundays: 11am-12pm
  • Mondays: Closed
  • Tuesdays: 9am-3pm**
  • Wednesdays: 9am-3pm**
  • Thursdays: 9am-3pm**
  • Fridays: Closed
  • Saturdays: Closed
**closed 12pm-1pm for lunch

Office Administrators - Sarah Jayne:

Director of Music - Greg Zema:

Pastor - Lauren Michelle:
Stay Connected!
Moved recently? Got rid of a landline? Started using a new email? Please keep the office updated with your contact information so we can stay connected!
Church Newsletter Deadline
If you would like a prayer or announcement in the Wednesday eblast, please send the information to the church office by Tuesday at noon.