Wow, some say this is "Church as it ought to be." Others say, "Hmmm, a church service for a cause?" Well, yes and yes. U2charist is a Christian worship service using poetry and visuals AND the music of U2! It will be a blast, a comfort, a shared reality with a world (and our corner of it) which is hungry.

First Lutheran Church, Strongsville, is bringing the band to Trinity Lutheran here in Lakewood. First Lutheran has held U2Charists to support African kids who need shoes and a couple of other amazing efforts to benefit...make good...for those in need.

Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach is one of many hunger relief opportunities right here at 16400 Detroit. TLCO serves 4 free meals a month, has free produce distributions during harvest months, and is a place for those in need to pick up a pantry bag once per month. Over 200 volunteers have been among TLCO's gifted people.

Hunger Relief is unfortunately a 'growth industry' in Ohio and especially Northeastern Ohio. More than 300 meals are made and served through TLCO efforts in collaboration with the Cleveland Foodbank.

Come, celebrate life, listen to U2's message of caring and relationship with people, share the message of the Christ to be with and of those in need. Sunday, November 6, 6:30 p.m. the band starts. Bring a toiletry item (like TP or tissues, soap, laundry soap) that folks cannot purchase with foodstamps as an offering at the door. Bring a monetary offering, too.

Hear good music, be inspired and moved to action. Eat a delicious homemade dessert afterwards. Be Bonofide!

Trinity Lutheran is located at 16400 Detroit Avenue. Contact us at 226-8087 with questions- visit Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach on Facebook or www.trinitylakewood.org for more.

Paula Maeder Connor

Rev. Paula Maeder Connor is pastor of Trinity and administers TLCO. She is a former Peace Corps volunteer and enjoys being in relationship with people.

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