Hello from Patrick!
Hello, Lakewood UMC! I am very excited to be working with you all. I have spent this first month getting settled in and getting a sense of the unique life of this church. And I have to say, you all are so incredibly hospitable and loving. My wife, Erin, and I have been inspired with the overflow of care you have expressed for us and how easy you have made it for us to transition here. Lakewood UMC is truly a community that lives out God’s love in vital ways and I look forward to walking with you all as we continue to find ways to express that love in fresh, diverse ways in every key.
One of my main goals before summer ends is to meet with as many of you as possible to get to know you better and what you love about this church. As I continue to set up these meetings (usually over coffee or tea), you can help me by sending a quick email or call of a couple of days that are good for you. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and I look forward to meeting with you!
And I am excited for what we have planned for worship through the rest of the summer. We will continue to have the beautiful music you are familiar with as well as robust, authentic prayer. In my sermons, I plan to draw inspiration and guidance from some of the prophets of our Bible. These men (and women!) listened intently for God’s voice, called for greater inclusion, and boldly stood up to injustice. We will learn from some of the more popular prophets, like Isaiah and Elijah, but also some who are often overlooked, like the Canaanite woman who meets Jesus as well as Shiphrah and Puah (10 points for whoever knows who they are!). Even if these women are not prophets by official title, they still act in prophetic ways. So, come join us as we take our lead from these inspiring people in welcoming all, listening for God’s voice, and acting in bold, loving ways.
I hope to see you and your friends Sunday!
Summer can be a really busy time, especially for people who are in and out of town on vacation. It also remains a busy time around our church building as we continue to offer space for worship, community building, and connection. We do our best to use our building as efficiently as possible, but summer is also a time when utility bills are higher. Please remember your pledge giving during the summer months so that we can prepare for a fall full of exciting new ministry opportunities!
Altar Rail Offering
Starting in August we will be building a fund to help support our neighbors who are in need of immediate assistance. Any money left on the rail during communion on the first Sunday of each month will be collected so that our new pastor, Patrick, can distribute it to people who come by the church in need. Please consider leaving an extra offering on the rail this Sunday to help us be a place of care and justice.
Welcome, New Members!
Jim Sheffield and Peggy Ellis
From the Choir Loft
This Sunday, July 30, our opening hymn will be “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” (UMH 140). In 1923, the author of the text, Thomas O. Chisholm, a Methodist minister and sometime insurance salesman, sent a number of his poems to his friend, William M. Runyan. Runyan was a life-long friend, composer and fellow Methodist minister who composed the tune commonly used for this hymn and included it in his Songs for Salvation and Service, 1923. It became known as the unofficial school hymn of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, for which Dr. Runyan was associated for many years.
Although authored by Methodists and included in many evangelical hymnals since its first publication 1923, it had not appeared in an official Methodist hymnal until relatively recently. It was only when the Evangelical United Brethren Church, which included the hymn in their hymnal united with the Methodists that the hymn appeared in the new United Methodist hymnal.
The central theme of this hymn of praise can be traced to the book of Lamentations: “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “ therefore I will hope in him.” (Lamentations 3-19-24)
From: Companion to the United Methodist Hymnal, edited by Carlton R. Young
Tuesday, August 1
7:00 p.m. Knitting Group
Wednesday, August 2
7:00 p.m. Choir starts back up (meets weekly)
Saturday, August 19
5:00 p.m. Reconciling Congregations Youth Dance at Oak Lawn UMC (see below)
6:30 p.m. Reconciling Congregations Potluck at Greenland Hills UMC (see below)
Sunday, August 20
After worship, join us for a hot dog lunch and hymn sing!
Monday, August 21
6:00 p.m. Trustees
7:00 p.m. Administrative Council
Bring Us Your Magazines!
Lakewood Firehouse Afterschool Programs (or “The Firehouse,” as it’s affectionately known around here) is collecting magazines for Dan D. Rogers Elementary! Students at the school will use pictures from the magazines for various projects. Please remove your name and address from the magazines and then drop them in the collection box outside the church office.
Reconciling Ministries Update
Our Dallas-area Reconciling congregations will host a potluck at Greenland Hills UMC (5835 Penrose, 75206) on Saturday, August 19, to welcome Revs. Rachel Baughman, Patrick Littlefield, and Roy Atwood as new Reconciling Pastors! We will also work together to prepare for the Reconciling congregations' participation in the 2017 Pride Parade, which will take place on Sunday, September 17. Please come along for fellowship and bring a dish to share! Potluck begins at 6:30.
Oak Lawn UMC Reconciling Youth Dance
Oak Lawn UMC will host a dance for youth at Reconciling Congregations on the evening of Saturday, August 19! If your child is an incoming sixth grader, all the way up through a recently graduated senior, they are invited to attend! Oak Lawn is located at 3014 Oak Lawn Ave, 75219. For more information, contact Eva in the church office.
Happy Birthday to...
Herb Sheaner 8/12
Bob Neuroth 8/18
Gayle Landis 8/24
Gail Davis 8/27
Mark Ridlen 8/27
Kathryn Bagley-Whitson 8/29
This Month, We Pray for...
Katy Arbour; Elwinn Arrington; Gail Baldwin; Kathleen Baumann; Lynn Bruce; Rev. Bill Bryan; Judy Casley; Linda Castor; Jean Davis; Wilma Elrod; Mary Ann Finley; Linda Flowers; Jean Fowler; Erik Galvan; Adelaide Hart; Bernard Johnson; Jan Logan; Rev. W.W. McNeill; Carolyn Miracle; Marie Miranda; Mike Miranda; Susan Price; Elizabeth Robbins; Robin Robbins; Jeanne Scroppo; Linda Simmons; the family of Glen Sims; Alan Smith; Kelly Smith; Travis Smith; Barbara Venable; The Wade family; Betty Watson; Louise Williams; Martha Williams