As the new school year has gotten underway, the seasons are (hopefully) starting to change, and I am getting more and more settled here at Lakewood UMC, I have become more aware of rhythms of life. There are personal rhythms of work and rest, eating and sleeping, prayer and Netflix. But I have also noticed how we all share in some communal rhythms of worship and study, parades and dinners, giving and sharing. These rhythms hold us all together, giving us a foundation to grow with God and one another.
One rhythm I am excited to highlight is our small groups. Sunday school and mid-week small groups present an opportunity to structure our weeks around digging deeper into our faith and getting to know one another better. There’s one more small group starting in late October. I am calling it Lakewood Way, and there is more information about that below – please check it out and let me know if you’d like to be involved!
Looking forward, I am excited that our church is committing more time and energy into creating renewed rhythms for children. We will be starting children’s church in a couple of Sundays, giving the youngest among us a chance to learn and connect with one another more deeply. These children will still get to participate in the rhythms of worship with us each Sunday, and will have their own time during the sermon. I am excited to see how adding this new rhythm for children will enrich our own patterns of learning and growing together!
Saturday, September 30
7:00 p.m. Salaam Supper - RSVP to email@example.com or (469) 235-8747
Tuesday, October 3
7:00 p.m. Knitting Group
Thursday, December 5
6:00 p.m. Young Lives
Saturday, October 7
10:00 a.m. Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 8
First day of Children's Church! (see below)
Tuesday, October 10
6:30 p.m. UMW/Wesleyan Guild
Sunday, October 15
11:30 a.m. Children's Church volunteer lunch/training (see below)
Monday, October 16
6:00 p.m. Trustees
7:00 p.m. Administrative Council
Tuesday, October 17
6:00 p.m. Young Lives Bible Study
Sunday, October 22
6:00 p.m. Charge Conference at White Rock UMC
Monday, October 23
9:00 a.m. District Committee on Ordained Ministry
Saturday, October 28
Craft Fair! (See below)
You and your friends are invited to a free Salaam Supper, hosted by Lakewood UMC, in support of Refugee Services of Texas. Join us on Saturday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The purpose of our Salaam Supper is to raise awareness about refugees who have been displaced from their countries (many of whom live here in Dallas). We hope that you will come to share a meal, learn, and discover ways to welcome people who have been granted refugee status and who have come to this country in search of hope. RSVP by calling (469) 235-8747 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blessing of the Animals
Blessing of the Animals is a wonderfully fun opportunity to bring your furry friend up to church! This celebration is traditionally observed on or close to the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (the patron saint of animals). We are holding a short service for blessing pets on Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 a.m. We will sing a song, have a short devotion, and then each animal will have the opportunity to be blessed. Let your neighbors and your furry friends know, and I hope to see you all Saturday, October 7!
If you've got a dog who likes to try new activities, check out this list compiled by the Dallas Morning News (scroll way down for a list of dog-friendly patios around town).
A Festive Pride Weekend
We are pleased to have hosted a group of college students from around our conference during the Pride Parade weekend! They spent Saturday night, September 16, here at Lakewood and ate breakfast with us on Sunday morning. Thank you to John Gill, Nancy Fomby, Patrick Littlefield, Becky Heflin, and George Freeman for walking in the parade with the other Reconciling Congregations. The Reconciling Congregations won an award from the parade judges for "Best Social Commentary!"
Here is a note from Brittany Burrows about the Wesley groups' experience staying with us:
I just wanted to say again thank you *SO* much for hosting our Wesley students at the church this past weekend. This past Wednesday night when we gathered together again, students were sharing about some of the sweet people they met at breakfast Sunday and about how much they loved getting to be kids again at the children's sermon during worship! And the youth room is such a fun, perfect home on these overnight retreats. Brian Dieroff (the Campus Minister from A&M Commerce) and I talked about how much we loved just getting to worship on Sunday and not have to lead anything! It was wonderful. :) The weekend went really well thanks to your hospitality and generosity. Thank you so much!!
Children’s church will begin on Sunday, October 8. After the children’s time in the worship service, younger elementary aged children will be invited to a time in which they can learn and play together in ways that uniquely bring the stories of faith alive for them. Parents can pick up their children after worship in our children’s wing.
Children's church volunteers (or prospective volunteers) are invited to attend an after-worship lunch and training on Sunday, October 15.
Before they were called Christians, the earliest followers of Jesus were called followers of “The Way” (Acts 9:2). These early communities gained popularity because they lived a distinct lifestyle. Over the years as Christianity developed, we have continued to seek ways in which we might live after the example of Jesus and enliven our faith with certain rhythms of life. Lakewood Way is a new kind of discipleship opportunity we are starting that provides a framework for helping us to connect with the ancient tradition of following in the way of Jesus and how that way can be uniquely expressed through the values of Lakewood UMC. Participants in Lakewood Way will identify several individual goals that deepen spiritual growth, practice those goals for 5 months, and regularly check in with one another on how it is going.
Patrick will be leading 2 introductory meetings on October 29 and November 5, immediately after worship. Everyone who would like more information is invited to come to both of those meetings or contact Patrick. After those intro meetings, there will be one gathering each month and you do the rest of the program at your own pace, depending on your goals. This is very much an “in your hands” program, with occasional check-ins to make sure everyone is on track. We hope you will join us on this spiritual journey! For more information, contact Patrick at email@example.com.
It's not too late to join one of our Small Groups!
Join one of our Small Groups:
- Sundays 3:00 p.m., studying Disciple Fast Track
- Tuesdays 7:00 p.m., studying Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott
- Thursdays 7:00 p.m., studying Disciple 3
For more information on any of these groups, contact Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Office Hours
Beginning on Monday, October 2, the church office will be open on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will be closed on Fridays; if you have a pastoral emergency, please call Patrick at (903) 814-4173.
General Commission on the Status and Role of Women
In an effort to better understand the extent, nature, and trends of sexual misconduct across the denomination, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women has released the “2017 Sexual Harassment Survey.” It is designed to give voice to all people—male and female, clergy and lay—who work in or attend UM churches and offices. The survey will take between 5 and 20 minutes, depending on your experience with sexual harassment in the Church. Responses will be anonymous, with data tracked in the aggregate rather than individually. Since this survey is concerning sensitive information, it is voluntary, and you are invited to skip over any questions that are uncomfortable. However, the more complete your survey, the more we can learn from and understand the data. The deadline to submit your survey is October 3. Thank you for participating in this needed effort to ensure that the United Methodist Church is a safe place for all of us.
Happy birthday to...
Barbara Tumlinson 10/3
Ian McLaughlin 10/11
Lacy Smith 10/13
Elizabeth Raphael 10/17
Elouise Murphy 10/24
Kathy Nations 10/28
Brendan McLaughlin 10/29
Pat Norvell 10/30
This month we pray for...
Katy Arbour; Gail Baldwin; Kathleen Baumann; Lynn Bruce; the family of Rev. Bill Bryan; Judy Casley; Linda Castor; Jean Davis; Wilma Elrod; Mary Ann Finley; Jean Fowler; Erik Galvan; Adelaide Hart; Bernard Johnson; Harold Logan; Jan Logan; Rev. W.W. McNeill; Carolyn Miracle; Marie Miranda; Mike Miranda; Pat Norvell; Jorge Ortiz; Brandon Owen; Laneir Owens; Susan Price; Elizabeth Robbins; Robin Robbins; Jeanne Scroppo; Linda Simmons; Alan Smith; Kelly Smith; Travis Smith; Barbara Venable; Chris Venable; the Wade family; Betty Watson; Louise Williams