FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ'S)
Q: How do I request a room/event space and communication for an event?
A: Simply complete the Facility & Communication Request Form below. Events must be approved by the church staff before being added to the calendar. Since the church calendar is generally limited to events that occur in the church, building usage may need to be approved by the Board of Trustees and a fee may be required (these requests should be made well in advance, as the board only meets once a month). If you have any questions please contact Meko Ivy, our Church Life Coordinator.
FACILITY & COMMUNICATION REQUEST FORM
FACILITY & COMMUNICATION REQUEST FORM
Q: What do I need to do to be baptized?
A: Baptism is the basic prerequisite for full membership in The United Methodist Church, serving as a sign of individual commitment to Christ. We believe that it is a mark of inclusion in the covenant community and as such, along with the majority of Christians worldwide, we are pleased to make the sacrament available for those of all ages who are willing to take the baptismal vows or, in the case of an infant, whose parents are willing to make those commitments on their behalf. Most baptisms are performed by sprinkling, though arrangements can be made for immersions for those so desiring. As God is the principal party in baptism, and He does not change or forget His covenant with us, we believe that baptism is an once-in-a-lifetime occasion. For this reason, we do not perform re-baptisms, though we are happy to offer a reaffirmation of baptismal vows for those who would like to renew their faith commitments. With a few exceptions, baptisms may be scheduled for most Sundays in any of our services. To arrange baptism for yourself or for a child, please contact Rhonda Aulick.
Q: I would like to make my contributions electronically; how can I do that?
A: Please click here to be taken to our secured online giving.
Q: How do I get reimbursed for ministry expenses?
A: Complete a Check Request and submit it, with the receipt(s) for which you are requesting reimbursement attached, to Krista Wall for payment. (Please make sure you have the appropriate approvals BEFORE making such expenditures, as budget limitations may not allow unapproved expenditures to be reimbursed.)
Q: Does the church have a tax-exempt number?
A: While we are a tax-exempt organization, we do not have a tax exempt number per se. We do have tax exempt forms, which you are asked to use and are available in the church office (please pick up prior to making your ministry-related purchase). It’s time-consuming to go back and have the sales tax removed after the fact, and good stewardship charges us to avoid incurring this unnecessary expense.
Q: How do I raise funds for my ministry?
A: Fundraisers are limited to two per group per year, and must be approved in advance by the Finance Committee. (Please allow adequate time for approval, as the committee only meets once a month.)
Q: How do I request child care for a church event?
A: As an event leader, you must submit a Request for Child Care to Jill Guettler no less than one week prior to your event to arrange for babysitting. As an event participant, please contact the event leader if you desire child care, to find out whether or not it is being offered, and/or to let the leader know the number and ages of your children so appropriate care can be made available.
Q: How do I get my announcement in the weekly email?
A: All announcements in the Sunday bulletin are automatically included in the email that goes out the prior Thursday. If you have missed the deadline for the Sunday bulletin but still wish to share your announcement, contact Mary Beth Trahan.
Q: What is Safe Sanctuary? Does it apply to me?
A: Safe Sanctuary is a United Methodist program that teaches abuse prevention. It was developed to protect infants, children, youth, and at-risk adults while they are involved in church functions, as well as the adults who work with them. If you are an adult serving in any church ministry in which infants, children, youth, or at-risk adults are present, you are required to take Safe Sanctuary training.
Q: I am looking for more information on All Saints Garden.
A: All Saints Garden is designed to be a place of rest and reflection. It is located on the west side of the sanctuary and easily accessible by contacting church office. Its park-like setting fosters a sense of tranquility and meditation, a peaceful respite from the busy world around us, and a prayerful place of reflection for all. Our garden houses a beautiful and serene columbarium, this holy place serves as a final resting place for the cremains of our loved ones. Niches in the columbarium will hold one or two 8”x 8” urns and can be purchased by contacting our church office. Dedicated space options in honor or to remember a loved one are also available for purchase: Granite Stone in All Saints Garden, Baptismal Brick in All Saints Garden, and a Memorial Brick-West Walkway. For more information or to get a tour of the All Saints Garden please contact our church office.
Q: Weddings at Lakewood UMC
A: Weddings are joyous times in the life of our church family. If you are planning a wedding and are interested in celebrating it here, please contact Misty Celli in the church office for information regarding available dates, our wedding policy and fee structures.
Q: Funerals and Memorial Services?
A: When a death occurs, know that the pastors and staff of Lakewood UMC consider it a great privilege to minister to you and your family. As such, we hope that you will notify the church as soon as possible so that a pastor can be in touch with you. You will want to contact a local funeral home as well. Information regarding our funeral policy may be obtained from our funeral brochure, available from the church office.
Q: Where can I access the latest webinar?
A: You can view the latest webinar: What's for Dinner? Meal inspiration for busy families by clicking on this link.