PLEASE NOTE: For any questions or further details about accessing our online meetings/studies using Zoom, please see our zoom guide on our virtual learning page here. For those who have signed up for a study will be contacted by the class facilitator with the zoom link and/or Meeting ID number by email.
Class Facilitators: Tina Smith and Mary Lynn Broyles
February 1 – March 22
9:00 - 10:30 am
Hebrews is one of the most perplexing books in the New Testament. It is written to people living in a difficult culture in the middle of a faith crisis and looking for answers. This study unpacks the meaning of Jesus’s sacrifice and all that it has to offer us today.
Word on the Street Book Club: I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening)
Class Facilitator: Shuler Sitsch
Begins Monday, April 5
It’s no secret that the world around us is broken. As Christians, we may often wonder how we are called to respond to all the brokenness in our society and how we’re called to Christian action. Join us in the Word on the Street Book Club to read and discuss books that deal with the intersection of our broken world and our faith to educate us in our response.
Last month, the Word on the Street Book Club read and discussed N.T. Wright’s God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and Its Aftermath. Beginning on April 5 at 7:00 PM on Zoom, the Word on the Street Book Club will begin reading and discussing I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations.
The Intercessory Life A Missional Model for Discipleship by Maxie D. Dunnam Book Link
Class Facilitator: Debbie Stephens
February 9 - March 23
This study challenges us to get beyond the cozy comforts of a devotional life and break into ways of living prayer that open new horizons of possibility. Let's learn a new pattern for our interior growth in prayer and the outward expression of a missional Christ-life in the world. This book teaches practical ways to bring the world into the prayer closet and to unleash the power of prayer in our everyday world.
James by N. T. Wright, For Everyone Bible Study Guide Book Link
Class Facilitator: David Samuelson
6:00 am (ongoing)
Translating our belief into action--making sure our faith is the real thing: This the heart of James' message. This kind of faith, he explains, is the faith that matters, the faith that justifies, the faith that saves. We need that kind of faith today. Join this group of Christian brothers looking into this passionate letter that helps one live out a faith that makes a difference.
First Corinthians by Melissa Spoelstra
Class Facilitator: Betty Christian
Begins March 24
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Relationships are messy. We're all different and imperfect, and we can struggle to get along--especially with those who disagree with us. Often we find ourselves divided--even as Christians. How can we work out our differences and disagreements with humility and grace, always showing the love of Christ, while still remaining true to what we believe? The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians living in Corinth about this very thing. The cultural backdrop of Corinth was even more overtly sinful than our culture today, yet Paul boldly encouraged the Corinthian Christians not to ridicule one another or outsiders but to work together to show the love of Christ. In this six-week study we will explore Paul's first letter to the Corinthians to learn how we as Christians are to deal with differences and divisions--whether in the workplace, neighborhood, school, home, social media community, or church. We'll discover that the answer is living and sharing the radical love of Jesus Christ, and we'll unpack what this means and how we can live it out day by day. The Participant Book includes five days of lessons for each week, combining study of Scripture with personal reflection, application, and prayer.
Betty has ordered the books and they should be here this week sometime. I will let you know when they are in and you can make arrangements to get your book. Betty has ordered the books from Cokesbury and they are $14.00 (check to LUMC or exact cash). From Amazon, the paperback is $13.93 and the Kindle price is $8.99 (both of these plus tax).
You will need to complete the first week of readings before the 24th. We will once again, meet together to have our opening and watch the video and then break into groups for our discussion.
Please let firstname.lastname@example.org know if you are interested in this study and if you would like to meet in person. I will continue to host the Zoom class for those of you not ready to go back to meeting in person just yet.
The God of All Comfort by Hannah Whitehall Smith Book Link
Class Facilitator: Mariella Carr
Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm (ongoing)
This renowned Quaker author reveals the secret of living an abundant life in Christ. As she shares her insights to bring genuine and enduring joy into the lives of troubled Christians, she shows that everything Christ promised is available today to all believers.
What Do I Believe?
Class Facilitator: Trish Woodruff
February 3 - March 31 (off for Ash Wednesday)
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm'ish
Have you ever wondered about what you really believe? Have you ever desired to articulate it better? Using the Creed as our guide, this study is an invitation to an interactive and comprehensive view of our Christian faith. This study is open to questioners, learners, and sages of the faith, and especially those of us who fall into all of those categories.
Who is This Holy Spirit?
Class Facilitator: Trish Woodruff
April 21 - May 12
7:00 - 8:30 pm
We hear everything about God the Father. We know Jesus, the Son, but who is this Holy Spirit? Come and learn about the person of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit’s role in our lives as believers! Questions welcomed!
The Way of Ignatius - A Prayer Journey Through Lent
Class Facilitator: Sally Stewart
February 4 – April 1
9:30 - 11:30 am
This is a popular introduction to prayer and the spiritual life--a guide for Lent and the rest of the year--in the tradition of Ignatius Loyola. It also explores Ignatian influence on the life of the seventeenth-century Yorkshire woman, Mary Ward. At its heart is personal encounter with Jesus, helping people to pray with the Scriptures in an imaginative way. After registering, email Sally Stewart for your book at email@example.com
Victory Over the Darkness: Realize The Power Of Your Identity In Christ
Class Facilitator: Marge Dickie
March 4 - April 29
God promises us in John 8:32, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” What keeps us from living into that promise? For many of us, our lives seem full of roadblocks, difficult messages from our culture, or reminders of difficult things in our past. This thought-provoking study walks us through unpacking the life-changing power of God’s work in our live.
Coffee With The Pastors
TBD - No meetings planned at this time
New to Lakewood? Visiting? Or just wanting to learn more? Join us for Coffee with the Pastors. You will have the opportunity to chat with a few of our pastors to learn how you can reach, serve, and grow here at Lakewood UMC. This time for conversation will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link (and a link for a coffee 🙂) will be provided after registration.
Journeying Through Grief Class
April 25 - May 30
Sundays, 1:15 - 3:00 pm, in the Parlor
If you are Journeying Through Grief, we invite you to join us for a very special six week series, held in person, as we walk with each other to comfort, support, strengthen, and encourage one another. Gain helpful insights about grief, biblical truths, and stories that provide comfort and reassurance. Booklets cost $10, and are available in the church office. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.