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    Thank you also to everyone who made the 40th Anniversary Celebration at Lakewood UMC possible. Thank you to our guest pastor, The Rev. Chappell Temple, who preached at both of our blended services in the Sanctuary. Thank you to all of the musicians who presented such beautiful music, especially for the commissioned piece by Joseph Martin in honor of the church's fortieth anniversary, "The Family of Faith."

    A special thank you to Rod Diaz, a member of Lakewood UMC who designed our 40th anniversary logo.

    Thank you as well to Jason Nemeck, for his beautiful photography used throughout our 40th slideshow.

    Thank you also to Lakewood member Travis Dougherty who designed this beautiful tile, available for $30 (including a stand) in the LakeWorld Store throughout the year. Our theme “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” is wonderfully illustrated by all of the hands. Lakewood’s church steeple is shown on the left side. Throughout the bottom of the tile you will see light and dark blue blocks that represent the counties in Southwest Texas. Please notice the hand in the upper right quadrant is placed over Harris County.

    The beautiful bookmarks given at the 40th Anniversary Luncheon were made by another church member, David Hyde. Thank you!

    Thanks be to God for the gifted artwork from these Lakewood UMC members!

  • lakewood umc riders support diabetes research

    The Lakewood UMC Riders represented Lakewood United Methodist Church for a bike ride to support people with Diabetes on October 1. They started at 6:30 in the morning with a list of family and friends with diabetes to pray over. We took this ride as a time to pray over the names given to our team of people struggling with diabetes. Thanks to all the riders and those who contribute to fight this disease. God bless.

  • gathering place celebrates six years

    The Gathering Place at Lakewood United Methodist Church is celebrating a milestone! May marks the six year anniversary of the Alzheimer’s Care Team® Gathering Place at Lakewood.


    Team Leaders, Frank and Jean Miller and Robyn Walton, have served with passion and joy since the inception of the team. The tireless contributions of Common Ground Leaders Carol Gillard and Becky Kimes along with the contributions of ALL Care Team members make the Gathering Place what it is, a time of companionship, laughter, and joy. Their ministry has a positive effect on the Care Partners and their loved ones which cannot be measured.


    Although the real meaning of a team’s service lies in the relationships of care and compassion for the Care Partners they serve, we at Interfaith CarePartners would like to recognize the scope of their commitment to serving your congregation and the community. The number of people served, the hours of care donated, and the number of team members are an expression of their dedication. We believe that you and your congregation will applaud their effort and join us in celebrating their accomplishments.


                Number of care partners (families) served since May, 2011 - 156

                Number of hours of dedicated service since Care Team formed - 13,863

                Number of Care Team members since inception - 58


    The love, commitment, and compassion of each volunteer are testaments to their faith and answer the call to care for our brothers and sisters in need of our support.

    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.


    MAY 2018


    Lakewood United Methodist Church was very proud to accept the overall Cy-Fair ISD Community Engagement Award at the recent VIPS Appreciation Event at the Berry Center. This award recognized Lakewood UMC's volunteer efforts at Matzke Elementary, our Adopt-a-School. 

    CFISD recognized its volunteers, donors, mentors, business and faith-based partners during the VIPS Appreciation Event, "Three Cheers for Volunteers!," on May 2 at the Berry Center. Talented CFISD students provided the entertainment before and throughout the luncheon!

    Volunteers from Lakewood UMC have been serving at Matzke Elementary since 2011, working with students as mentors, Bus-Buddies, Parent Teacher Outreach team, staff support, banquet leaders for Glass Slipper Club, sponsors for the Awesome Boys Club, photography, clothing donations, food for Spring fundraiser, and much more. 

    Every year Lakewood also raises funds through selling Advent greenery to purchases 1 book for every one of the 1,100 students for Christmas. These books are then wrapped by LUMC volunteers and presented to the students as a special gift. 12-15 mentors from LUMC meet for one hour with one student each week during the school year, providing support and encouragement. Volunteers also work in the classrooms each week reading and tutoring, as well as volunteer in the library and office. It is our honor and pleasure to serve the youngest in our community!


    Please pray for our mission team to Mexico who departed the morning of October 10! Thank you God for this group of people who are so willing to serve others as your hands and feet to those in need. Thank you to Colin D McLeod for his reporting of the daily progress on this Mexico mission trip. Thank you to Greg Blaha for your Eagle Scout project to build the desks for the school. They will be appreciated!



    Congratulations to our three LUMC students and our two young adult student leaders who participated in the Texas Youth Academy this summer! TYA was featured this month by the United Methodist News Service, as well as the Texas Annual Conference Connection newsletter:

    United Methodist News Service

    Touts for Texas Youth Academy

    GEORGETOWN, Texas (UMNS) — The Texas Youth Academy gives selected high school students a chance to live together in intentional Christian community on the campus of United Methodist-related Southwestern University. The Texas Conference Cross Connection newsletter offers participants’ testimonies on how small groups, mission work and other experiences at the academy enriched their lives. Read story:

summer missions 2016


  • costa rica mission team

    Our Costa Rica mission team spent a week in Costa Rica on a mission trip in June. All 15 of us on this trip really appreciate everything that Lakewood UMC has done to make this mission trip successful. Your generosity has made it possible to provide assistance to the Methodist Church of Costa Rica and to the church in Nicoya. Your time and passion around ministries like Yes to the Dress have allowed us to delight the children here. And your prayers and encouragement have been a huge support for each of us.

  • jummp

    Our Student Ministries staff having a great time at JUMMP - Junior High United Methodist Mission Program - in June. Over 40 of our students attended and spent a week working on local homes in need of repair.

  • chancel choir performs at houston astros game

    Our Chancel Choir delivered the National Anthem at the Houston Astros baseball game on June 17 at Minute Maid Park. (photo by Jason Nemeck)

in the news: may 2016

  • lakewood receives kingdom builder award

    Lakewood United Methodist Church is honored to receive The Kingdom Builder Award from The Life Center for the Homeless 27th Anniversary celebration. Thank you to our Lakewood members (Birtchets and the Huffmans) who were there to accept the award, and to all of our volunteers for their hard work and dedication to The Life Center for the Homeless. The Kingdom Builder Award was given for prayers, partnership, advisement, ongoing support, and generosity. Thank you!

  • 2016 Confirmation class

    Congratulations to the 2016 Confirmation Class of Lakewood UMC! These students were confirmed on Sunday, May 15 in the traditional service at 10:50 am.


    Greg Gathright and Sally Stewart proudly hold the certificates they were awarded at the 2016 annual conference of the Texas Annual Conference, held this past week downtown. Greg received his Certification in Christian Music, while Sally's certification was for Christian Education. Both completed several years of classes, course work, and interviews in order to be certified. (photo by Trish Woodruff) 

  • mighty warriors

    Thank you to Susan Georgson and family for allowing the 20's|30's group to be a part of filling Mighty Warrior bags. We filled 75 bags in hopes that the families receiving them will feel some sort of comfort in knowing that God has their children in His hands. Once families find out that their children have cancer they are given one of these bags to help out while they're in the hospital. There were books, lotion, hand sanitizer, tide pods, candy, gum, fuzzy socks, Chapstick, etc. inside.

  • confirmation retreat

    The Confirmation Class of 2016 enjoyed an overnight retreat at Carolina Creek Christian Camp last weekend in preparation for their confirmation on May 15 in the 10:50 traditional service. 


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  • Food4friends

    Thank you to Food4Friends who cooked 32 casseroles to bring to local families in need due to ‪#‎houstonflood‬ -- if you know of a family who could benefit from a casserole delivery, or if you would like to join the effort, go to our website for more information on Food4Friends.

  • flood relief work teams

    Thank you to the teams assembled by Jack Aulick seen here helping a local flood victim. There are teams working on an ongoing basis helping our neighbors to cut sheetrock and haul debris to the street. If you are interested in serving on a team, please contact Jack at

  • houston flood 2016 update

    Follow this link for an update on LUMC relief efforts and for helpful resources.

  • golf tournament winners

    Winners of the Lakewood Men's Group Annual Golf Tournament are (left to right) Bill Grayson, Bill Kellond, Mike Dimiceli and Bill Jackson. Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who participated! (photo credit: Jason Nemeck)

  • 249 and hope

    249 and HOPE is an outreach ministry of Lakewood UMC to the homeless in our area. They visited the homeless on April 9, and will continue on the first Saturday of each month visiting them and bringing them a hot meal. If you are interested in this ministry, contact

  • parsonage fence rebuild

    A special thank you to the Lakewood volunteer team who rebuilt the fence at the Lakewood parsonage in April.

  • senior roast 2016

    Student Ministries celebrated the Class of 2016 recently with a banquet for all youth, including graduating seniors and their parents. The evening featured a roast of all the graduating seniors, who are pictured here. (staff photo)


    Weekend Flood Volunteer Report from staff member Krista Wall:

    Thank you to the Choir, the Pathfinders and Visions Sunday School Classes who worked this past weekend to assist members whose homes had water damage.

    Thank you as well to the 20+ Lakewood UMC members who came out to work on Saturday in nearby neighborhoods: Ravensway and off of Huffmeister & Maxwell.

    About 20 people from Lakewood UMC came out to Cypress UMC on Saturday. Before heading out to work, we watched a video on how to best help those we came into contact with in regards to what questions to ask. Neighborhoods were mapped out and teams were dispatched. We were given instructions on how to document what we were doing so that we were legally doing it correctly. We broke out into two groups, those who would go out to identify houses that needed to be “mucked & gutted” and then teams that were assigned streets/houses in neighborhoods that we went to and introduce ourselves and ask if they needed any assistance. We documented what their needs were, if any, and then reported back to CUMC.

    My group, personally, started out with visiting 10-12 homes, asking them if they needed assistance and then we contacted Scott Johnson and his LUMC group who were working on a house off of Huffmeister. We got there and the LUMC teams were already in action removing carpeting, flooring, sheetrock, baseboards, etc. This poor woman’s house had been completely flooded! There were Lakewood teams back out there on Monday and Tuesday. There is also a group working today (Wednesday April 27) on Lindsay Road. Teams will continue days into the future.

    Thank you Lakewood UMC for spreading the LUMC Love!

in the news: march 2016

  • 249 and hope

    249 and Hope Team from Lakewood UMC headed out to serve our local homeless on Saturday, March 5 along Highway 249.

  • confirmation students volunteer at wesley

    Members of the 2016 Confirmation Class participated in multiple service projects at the Wesley House in Houston this month, including sprucing up the grounds and stocking the food shelves. 


    Lakewood Men's Group serving 75 meals to volunteers at the Habitat for Humanity Workday in March in the Lancaster neighborhood.

  • upward referees

    Special thanks to this great group of UPWARD basketball referees for a great 2016 season! Thank you to all of the staff, parents, players, and volunteers who made this season a success!


    Thanks to the efforts of Rev. Childs and Stephenie Huffman, Lakewood UMC had 32 volunteers this past Saturday to work at the Habitat Lancaster site. Special thanks to the Lakewood Men's Group that provided lunch, serving 75 hamburger meals. There were no leftover burgers; however, the leftover fruit and chips were delivered to a homeless site. Again, thank you to all who worked hard this weekend so that a family might have a basic, decent home in which to live in dignity and safety. For more information on Habitat for Humanity at Lakewood UMC, please contact Stephenie Huffman at (photo credit: Jason Nemeck)



    Thank you to the volunteers who helped to tear down the old fence and build a new fence at the Lakewood UMC Associate Parsonage on Lakewood Trail.

In the news - February 2016

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  • umme bike ride to southern flyer cafe'

    The UMME (United Methodist Motorcycle Enthusiasts) took a beautiful ride up to the Southern Flyer Cafe on February 20 near Brenham. It was a 150 mile ride. They enjoyed good food and even better company! For more information about UMME, contact John Benham.

  • sowers fair trade bakesale

    Thanks to our SOWers (Social Outreach Witness) group for an amazing Fair Trade Bake Sale, and to our generous congregation for supporting our Costa Rica mission trip. We raised $1000 for this mission! To God be the glory! For more information on this ministry, contact Betty Christian

  • please pray for our kenya team

    An excited Lakewood mission team departed February 17 for Kenya. They are a team of 11 church members and will spend one week at the Maua Methodist Hospital supporting their outreach ministries by building an AIDS orphans' home, sponsoring and participating in a remote clinic, providing needed supplies to a remote school for vulnerable children, and helping with construction projects on the hospital grounds. Also, the team will worship with and support the Kawangware Methodist Church in Nairobi, and do a short Bible Study for the children in their church school. The team requests your prayers and thank you for wearing your purple prayer bracelets. For more information on our Global Missions at Lakewood UMC, contact Jack Aulick.

  • UMw Garage sale

    Our giant annual United Methodist Women's (UMW) Garage Sale was Saturday, February 13. Thank you to all of our volunteers who made this highly successful event possible! And thank you to everyone who donated items to this mission event fundraiser. Over $45,000 was raised to benefit missions for women and children in our area. For more information on UMW, go to our page under Women's Ministries

  • without walls homeless ministry

    Without Walls is our student-led ministry to the homeless community in Downtown Houston where they take lunch, clothing, and hygiene needs collected from the congregation. They went on President's Day in February, and try to go at least once a quarter. For more information on Student Ministries, go to


    During the 2016 District Training Event on January 31, over 200 youth from churches in our district, including our own Lakewood UMC youth and Confirmation Class of 2016, helped pack 20,880 meals for Stop Hunger Now. Go to for more information. Information about our Student Ministries can be found at

  • TABLE GROUPS help homeless

    At a recent potluck dinner meeting, one of our Table Groups for 20s/30s assembled bags of food and hygiene products to hand out to the homeless in our area. Thank you to this group for spreading some #lumclove‬ to our community. For more information on Table Groups for 20s/30s, contact Pastor Daniel Childs


    Eleven LUMC Chancel Choir members and friends traveled to New York City to participate in a concert in Carnegie Hall presented by Joseph Martin on February 15. Thank you for your prayers for our singers and their family members as they represented us there. For more information on the Chancel Choir, contact

  • valentine's day

    Our junior high and high school students @lumcsm delivered flowers and cards to our recently widowed and home-bound members on Valentine's Day. For more information on Student Ministries, go to

  • sager Brown team member celebrates 20 visits

    Paul Quiggins gets a pin for his 20th visit to Sager-Brown.