THE WAY

WEDNESDAY EVENING LENTEN SERIES  |  february 21 - march 28

We will be offering “The Way” on Wednesdays during Lent — a group of studies on Wednesday nights for children through adults. There will be a dinner served in the kitchen at 6:15 pm where everyone can gather to eat before going to their particular study at 7:00 pm. Below are the “The Way” on Wednesday night offerings.

  • lenten series offerings:

    Dinner each Wednesday night at 6:15 pm in the Kitchen and Founders Court

    Studies begin at 7:00 pm


    “A Journey Through Christ’s Passion:  From Palm Sunday to the Resurrection” 

    Word Alive Teaching Format

    Led by Pastor Joe Fort

    Wednesday Evenings during Lent, 7:00 pm

    February 21 through March 28

    Each week The Rev. Fort will lead us through key passages relating to the events surrounding Jesus’ last

    week in his earthly ministry. We will begin with our Lord’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem on Palm

    Sunday and end with his rising on the third day. 


    Children’s Bible Study (Kinder - 5th Grade)

    The Parables of Jesus* 

    Taught by Mingo Williamson

    Wednesdays during Lent, 7:00 pm

    February 21 through March 28

    This Bible study would be for children of parents attending the Adult Bible Studies during Lent. The children would have a Bible lesson as well as fun activities to support the lesson content. Childcare also available with reservation for children 4 and under during the hour for parents attending Lenten Bible studies. Registration required. Class limit 25.


    Lent - 40 Days to Pray | Many Ways to Pray

    Led by Pastor Pam

    6 Lenten Prayer Experiences

    Wednesday Evenings during Lent, 7:00 pm

    February 21 through March 28

    Each is an opportunity to learn and explore a different way to pray. “Finding Your Words, Comfortable Silence, 

    Moving toward God, Complaint Department, Fidgety Prayers, and Are You Talking to Me God?” 


    “Prayer is not a half-magic way of achieving our own goals… Prayer in its essence is communion with God.” 

                                                                                                                                                               — E. Herman


    Power and Passion: Six Characters in Search of Resurrection by Samuel Wells

    Led by Pastor Daniel Childs

    Wednesday Evenings during Lent, 7:00 pm

    February 21 through March 28

    Samuel Wells vividly paints the stories surrounding Jesus’ cross and resurrection. We see the weakness of

    Pontius Pilate and Barabbas, and the compromised character of Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. We

    discover the subtle power of Pilate’s wife. And in Peter and Mary Magdalene we find the true power of

    resurrection, bringing forgiveness and ending the stranglehold of death, thus transforming all human

    passion. Through close readings of the gospel texts, Wells demonstrates the significance of these characters

    for faith and life today. In this book, structured with one chapter for each week of Lent, Wells guides us

    from the deathly power that put Jesus on the cross to the new power brought by Jesus’ resurrection. The

    book offers opportunities at the end of each chapter for prayer and discussion. The Archbishop of

    Canterbury has selected Power and Passion as his Lent book for 2007.


    S.H.A.P.E.

    Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality and Experiences

    Led by Pastor Trish Woodruff

    Wednesday Evenings during Lent, 7:00 pm

    February 21 through March 28

    Lent is a time for examination. How does the unique mix of your Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality and Experiences wire you for serving God and people? Spend 6 weeks as an investment on your journey to discern all that God has equipped you for and called you to!


    The Everlasting Man by Chesterton

    Led by Mariella Carr

    Wednesday Evenings during Lent, 6:30 pm

    This will be a bible study and discussion about the book, The Everlasting Man, an exploration and explanation of the spiritual history of Western culture, which in our times, like his, seems to be spiraling in the wrong direction. In its pages, Chesterton takes on Darwinism, the claim that man is simply the product of evolution, arguing that Christianity provides far better explanation for the genesis and and purpose of human life.

winter bible studies

  • beginning soon

    for women

    Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God is Speaking by Priscilla Shirer

    Led by Betty Christian

    Wednesdays, January 24 through March 21

    Founders Court, E118, FC110

    Books available in the Commons, $13

    Do you feel that the ability to hear God's voice is for other people and not for you? Is it only for people who lived in Biblical times? Not at all! The God who loved you enough to die for you loves you enough to talk to you. And wherever you are in your spiritual walk, God will find a way to speak to you in a way you will understand.


    The Alpha Course

    Bible Study for Young Moms

    Led by Margaret Fort

    Mondays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am; FC211

    10 Week Study beginning February 5, no class on school holidays

    Learn the basics of the Christian faith to grow in your own walk with the Lord and to be better equipped to

    teach your children about God. Come and be encouraged. Come and enjoy being with other young

    moms. Childcare available upon prior registration.

  • for men

    The Letters of Paul

    Led by David Samuelson and John Willingham

    Wednesdays, Continuous

    6:00 - 7:00 am; E118

    Study the letters of Paul and learn who Jesus was and how we should live as Christians.

  • pastoral care

    Common Ground

    Led by Becky Kimes

    Second Monday of every month

    10:15 - 11:30 am; Parlor

    Audience: Those caring for loved ones

    Are you a caregiver? Would you like some support? Join us for an hour long conversational support group for

    primary caregivers. 


    New Normal Lunch

    Led by the New Normal Team, and Pastor Pam Cline

    Sundays: January 28, March 25, May 27, July 29

    12:15 - 1:30 pm; Founders Court

    Audience: Those dealing with grief

    Lost a loved one and feeling lost yourself? Come share lunch and conversation of hope in Founders Court, as

    we journey together to find the “new normal” after loss.

  • for visitors & new members

    Lakewood 101

    REACHING | GROWING | SERVING

    Sunday, February 11

    12:15 Lunch in Founders Court

    New to Lakewood? Visiting? Or just wanting to learn more? Join us for Lakewood 101. You will have the

    opportunity to meet our pastors and ministry leaders to learn how you can reach, grow, and serve here at

    Lakewood. A light lunch and childcare will be provided. 


    20s |30s Table Groups and Table Groups

    Led by Pastor Daniel Childs

    Table Groups are our small group ministry at Lakewood. Groups meet weekly in home small group gatherings. If you are interested in joining a Table Group in the Spring, or for more information, contact Pastor Daniel Childs at daniel.childs@lakewoodumc.org.

  • mondays

    Isaiah

    by Sandra Richter

    Led by Tina Smith and Mary Lynn Broyles

    Mondays, 9:00 - 11:00, room FC220

    January 29 – March 26 (we will take of March 12th for Spring Break) 

    Audience: General

    Thousands of years later, one of the most famous Old Testament prophets still has fresh words to speak. This

    eight-week study for men and women explains Israel’s religion and economy, explores the definition and role of the prophets, and helps us to apply the message of this great champion of the faith to our lives today.

  • wednesdays for youth

    "The Well" Youth Bible Study

    Wednesdays, Ongoing

    6:30 - 8:30 pm; The Loft

    Audience: Students 6th Grade through High School

    Joins us every Wednesday for youth led worship service, fun fellowship, and small group bible studies.

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  • thursdays

    One Faithful Promise, 

    The Wesleyan Covenant for Renewal

    Led by Sally Stewart

    Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:30 am; Parlor

    January 11 - February 8

    A covenant with God is a faithful promise of renewal, and none is more central to the Methodist identity than The Wesley Covenant Prayer, which John Wesley first shared in a renewal service in 1755. Its central theme, “the means of increasing serious religion,” focuses on the way we can have a closer relationship with God and others through a heightened dedication to a serious faith.


    Embracing the Uncertain

    A Lenten Study for Unsteady Times by Magrey R. deVega

    Led by Sally Stewart

    Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:30 am; Parlor

    February 15 –March 29

    Embracing the Uncertain invites readers this Lent to engage and wrestle with life’s uncertainties, not ignore them. The first six chapters focus on six post-Transfiguration, pre-Passion stories in the Gospels. Each of these stories are signposts in the gospel narrative, pointing down at a world filled with uncertainty, but pointing us forward to a cross that can show us how to follow Jesus with courage, hope, and obedience. Includes

    discussion questions that can be used in small-group Bible study session or for personal growth. The final chapter addresses the Empty Tomb and the Resurrection. (Approved by the Curriculum Review Committee of the UMC)


    Don’t Forgive Too Soon

    Extending the Two Hands That Heal by Dennis Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn, and Matthew Linn

    Led by Sally Stewart

    Thursdays, April 5 - May 24, 9:30 -- 11:30; Parlor

    The Linns untangle a complex issue for many Christians — how to stand up for one's rights and be forgiving at the same time. This book is not only a new and creative approach to forgiveness, but a practical resource for healing hurts as well. It is filled with healing prayer processes so simple that anyone, including children, can benefit from them.