COMING UP AT LAKEWOOD
We wish a bon voyage to the 43 members of our staff and congregation who depart this Sunday afternoon for Israel. Please keep them in your prayers until their safe return on February 28. Please also be in prayer for the
Sager Brown mission team, who depart this Sunday and will return February 24.
DIGGING DEEPER: BIBLE STUDIES
The new brochure of winter/spring 2017 bible study opportunities is available this Sunday in the Commons and online; drop by, pick one up, and find a class that can help you “dig deeper” into the Word.
Student Ministries will host the annual Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 28, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm in Founders Court. Proceeds from the love offering will benefit community mission projects, and all are invited to attend.
ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP SERVICES
We will officially kick off Lent, the season of preparation prior to Easter, on March 1, with two Ash Wednesday worship services in the sanctuary. The first will be a brief service at 6:30 am, then a second service at 7:00 pm with the Chancel Choir; both will include the imposition of ashes.
Walk the Prayer Labyrinth on Ash Wednesday. The labyrinth will be in Asbury Hall all day, beginning after the first service (see above). It is a personal and spiritual experience as you worship and praise God, moving toward the center of the labyrinth with God and walking back out toward the world, praying for others. The Prayer Team invites you to walk the labyrinth and pray as a special way to begin your Lent devotions.
SACRED LENTEN WORSHIP CONCERTS WITH MARY MCDONALD
Christian composer Mary McDonald will lead the Chancel Choir and Chamber Ensemble in two sacred Lenten worship concerts on Sunday, March 5 at 9:30 and 10:50 am in the sanctuary. Mary is the composer of more than 600 published choral anthems, several Christmas and Easter cantatas, and numerous keyboard
collections, and serves as an editorial consultant for Lorenz Music Publishing. She is also active as a choral clinician, traveling throughout the United States conducting workshops and concertizing.
LAKEWOOD MEN'S GROUP MONTHLY DINNER MEETING
Lakewood Men’s Group will hold their monthly dinner meeting this Thursday, February 23, at 7:00 pm, where their guest speaker will be the Reverend Morris Mathis, our District Superintendent. All men of the church are
invited to enjoy a free meal, great speaker, and warm fellowship.
SERENDIPITY BUS TRIP
Serendipity, our 50+ social group, will enjoy a bus trip to Kleb Woods Preserve led by LUMC's own Megan Ahlgren on February 25, 10:15 am - 4:45 pm. The trip will include lunch at Goodson's Cafe and a tour of St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Church. The cost is $5.50; sign up today in the Commons. For more info, please contact Jayne Davis at 281-256-7196.
CHILI COOK-OFF and CAR SHOW
Join us on Saturday, March 4, for the Lakewood Men’s Group annual Chili Cook Off and Car Show.
From 3:00 - 5:00 pm, taste and judge the chili and enjoy the car show; then from 5:00 - 7:00 pm, come
inside Asbury Hall to eat and enjoy a country dance. Chili cook off teams are needed; to sign up, please contact David Throckmorton at 713-515-3930 or email@example.com. Stop by the table in the Commons for more information.
LAKEWOOD UMC GOLF TOURNAMENT
Join us for fellowship and fun on March 27 for the Lakewood UMC Golf Tournament at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club. This four-person scramble is open to all golfers, non-golfers, men, women, friends, neighbors, and business associates, and we can help you form a team! Contact Bill Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org or download the form online to register.
FAMILY MATTERS SUNDAY SCHOOL
The Family Matters Sunday School class invites you to join them as they begin a new study on February 26. The class meets in E205 and is aimed at people in their 30s - 60s. Their goal is to discuss issues that affect our daily lives and families. Next week they’ll start a new study – Charles Stanley’s Handbook for Christian Living: Biblical Answers to Life’s Tough Questions – so now is a great time to check them out.
TABLE GROUPS FOR 20s|30s
We're continuing to grow our 20s|30s Table Groups (our small-group ministry), and now is the time
to join in! If you are interested in joining a table group for spring 2017, please contact Pastor Daniel
as soon as possible at email@example.com.
WINTER BIBLE STUDIES, CLASSES & GROUPS
There’s still time to join a winter/spring adult bible study to dig deeper. Registration continues online for Pastor Fort’s Book of the Month Club, Epic of Eden, Financial Peace University, Lakewood 101, Parenting with Love and Logic, The Screwtape Letters, and two Lenten studies, Near the Cross, and a special study with guest speaker Dr. Brian Russell. Childcare is usually available with preregistration, so join us!
We invite all those dealing with grief after the loss of a loved one to join us at our next New Normal complimentary lunch on February 26 at 12:15 pm. Come and find peace, comfort, and understanding with others who are on this journey. Please RSVP to Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 22.
Northwest Assistance Ministries is in need of drivers for their Meals on Wheels program. Drivers serve a minimum of once a month, using their own vehicles and gas to pick up hot lunches from Windwood Presbyterian Church and deliver them to homebound elderly and handicapped recipients. For more details
or to volunteer, please call Edna at 281-378-4170.
The Staff Parish Relations Committee is pleased to announce the addition of Patty Henson to our staff as our new Coordinator of Worship and Discipleship, and invite all to welcome her in her new role.
Join us in the Commons on Sunday, March 5, for a retirement reception for Dori McAnulty to celebrate her 16 years of ministry here. There will be a basket there to place cards or notes of thank you for Dori.
A team from Lakewood will be traveling to beautiful Costa Rica to support the small Methodist church in Nicoya on June 10 - 18. The team activities with the members of that church will include fellowship, worship, playing, praying, Bible School for children, construction work, etc. To learn more; contact Jack Aulick at email@example.com to sign up or for more details.
Lakewood will be sending a mission team to Kenya from July 6 - 19, 2017. The team activities will include a week supporting Maua Methodist Hospital, a couple of days supporting another Methodist project in Kenya, and a couple of days on safari. Please contact Rick Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jack Aulick at email@example.com for more details.
LUMC will be sending another team to UMC's Sager Brown Mission Depot in Baldwin, LA Sunday - Friday, February 19 - 24, 2017. Based on Sager Brown needs and team skills, we may assemble various health kits, school kits, flood buckets, work in the sewing room, help in a local women’s shelter, work in an elementary school, or do home repairs in the local community. Please contact Scott Johnson at GeeScott@sbcglobal.net for more details.
Lakewood Little People Weekday Preschool 2017-18 registration for new LUMC families will be February 16, with community-wide registration opening on February 23. Please contact Kris Ramos at 281-370-2276 for more information.
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The Gathering Place at Lakewood UMC was recently featured in the Houston Chronicle:
The Gathering Place is a monthly program that offers a safe, loving, spirit-led, caring environment for those who are living with memory loss. The Gathering Place allows caregivers an opportunity to have time to themselves and/or enjoy quality interactions with their loved one by participating in the Gathering Place Activities. Please contact Beth Parnell for more information.
We have a new congregational prayer calendar for the season after Epiphany, which began on
January 6 and continues until Shrove Tuesday in February. The word “epiphany” comes from a
Greek term meaning “manifestation.” Originally marked as a feast to celebrate the baptism of
Jesus, Epiphany is linked with Christ’s manifestation to the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12) Please pick up
a prayer calendar at the visitors’ centers, in the narthex, or download here:
Winter Jam Concert is Friday, March 3, at the Toyota Center. The cost is $10 and registration is due
Weekly Events: Sunday School is studying the book of Acts, 9:30 - 10:40 am; Study Time meets in the Café each Wednesday, 4:00 - 6:00 pm; The Well Worship and Bible study meets each Wednesday in the Café
and Loft from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Light meals or snacks are provided.
Sign up online for our summer trips! Get your forms in quickly so we can meet the challenge by
February 21 and have a snow cone party at The Well!
Check out our website at www.lumcsm.com for our new spring calendar, and follow us on social media @ LUMCSM.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Announcements, bible studies, past sermons, and more can be found here on our website. You can read Pastor Joe Fort’s weekly devotional on his blog at www.pastorjoefort.com. You can also download our Lakewood App from the App Store or Google Play, or find us on iTunes.