Commit 2018



Against the Current

Living intentionally is vitally important to our Christian journey. Following the unchecked “script” of modern life – without meaningful discernment – does not serve a healthy, vibrant spiritual life. Nowhere do I confront this reality more than in my role as a parent. Every day there seems to be a decision to make about which cultural values I uphold and which of them I challenge.  
 
Christians must swim against the current of pervasive entitlement in our families. Entitlement results from our material successes combined with a general misunderstanding of what truly makes us and our families happy. To put it another way, entitlement is when we misunderstand what we truly need versus what we might want. We begin to believe we deserve what we truly do not. And children – without guidance – will absorb the consumer entitlement culture around us.  
 
The Against the Current worship series centers the struggle for the souls of our life and family. We will examine the culture of entitlement and why we often do not understand what will make us happy. Then we’ll explore the Biblical method for determining what is truly productive for our souls. This series is intended for everyone. But I will particularly address how parents, teachers, grandparents, and mentors can help children lead grateful Christ-centered lives.
 
In Christ,
Pastor Andrew

Oct 15, 2017
Against the Current | Gratitude Adjustment
As we wrap-up our "Against the Current" series with this "Gratitude Adjustment" message, we will come full-circle by delving back into how Christ gave us all the tools necessary to live a truly fulfilled life with joy. I believe gratitude is the basis of our relationship with God and true gratitude transforms us and makes us who we are intended to be.
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  • Oct 15, 2017Against the Current | Gratitude Adjustment
    Oct 15, 2017
    Against the Current | Gratitude Adjustment
    As we wrap-up our "Against the Current" series with this "Gratitude Adjustment" message, we will come full-circle by delving back into how Christ gave us all the tools necessary to live a truly fulfilled life with joy. I believe gratitude is the basis of our relationship with God and true gratitude transforms us and makes us who we are intended to be.
  • Oct 8, 2017Yes… and No
    Oct 8, 2017
    Yes… and No
    "Yes... and No"
    Sometimes --- in our over-committed lives --- we have to prioritize our obligations and say, "No" to certain things in order to say, "Yes!" to God and family. If we put God first, everything else falls into place.
  • Oct 1, 2017It Really Is All About You…
    Oct 1, 2017
    It Really Is All About You…

    This week at Lakeside we will address finding self-worth and gratitude in a culture awash in pervasive comparison and entitlement. Join us as we look at how Christ calls us and our families to a deeper life of gratitude.

     
  • Sep 24, 2017But I Need It…
    Sep 24, 2017
    But I Need It…
    Matthew 7:13-20


No Services Sunday, 8-27

Dear Lakeside UMC Family,

I treasure every Sunday we gather for worship at Lakeside. It is a difficult thing for me to contemplate not worshiping together on Sunday morning. In my entire ministry, I have never cancelled worship services.

However, we are under a Flash Flood Warning through the morning and it is not safe to come to church. Therefore, we are cancelling all Sunday services this morning.

While you are at home with your families, I invite you to join me spiritually at 10:30 am by lifting our community, the Texas Gulf Coast and the lives that are in turmoil this morning in prayer. If technology permits, I will host a Facebook Live prayer via our public Facebook page (“Lakeside Church”, rather than this closed group page) at that same time.

In the coming days and weeks, Lakeside UMC will undoubtedly have the opportunity to be part of God’s answer to the many prayers being lifted up this morning. Our church staff will be looking for ways for us to serve, but please also look for ways for us to make a difference. Stay safe and God bless.

In Christ,
Pastor Andrew



Growing to Serve

As we embark upon addressing the prescriptions outlined in the initial recommendation phase of the Vibrant Church Initiative (VCI), we cordially invite you to join us for a special “Involvement Sunday” training workshop scheduled for Sunday, September 17 immediately following the 10:30 am service.

The primary purpose of this event will be to provide you and/or your family with an opportunity to receive training and learn exactly how you can further support our church family through your gifts of time and service in various areas. And in worship during the weeks leading up to “Involvement Sunday”, current lay leaders will provide a brief overview of their service areas with the hope you might be further intrigued and willing to assist these vital programs as we nurture our growth.

Service Areas of need include:

Worship Service Hospitality

including Greeters, Ushers & Welcome Center attendees (both services)

Media Team

to work the audio/video control booth (both services)

Church Office Volunteers

to assist with general church operations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, as needed

Fire & Iron Cooking Team

for those inclined to help feed the masses

Prayer Team

to provide support and coordinate the Facebook Prayer group page

Sunday School Teachers

for those desiring to help our Youth grow in their faith

Sanctuary Preparation

to assist with the readiness of the sanctuary prior to worship

Care Calendar

to coordinate meal service delivery for anyone in need

Groundskeeping

to assist with the beautification of the church grounds beyond our standard landscaping service with planting of flowers, weeding, pruning, etc.

Already eager to get INVOLVED?

Contact Brian Fisher (bfisher@thelakesideumc.org)

 



#KidQuestions 2017

Kids have a lot of questions, particularly about God. At Lakeside we take the questions of kids really seriously because we know how important it is for them to know that their questions matter. Each Week during this series we will answer a question from one of the kids in our congregation. 
 
 

Jul 23, 2017
YouthQuestions
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  • Jul 23, 2017YouthQuestions
    Jul 23, 2017
    YouthQuestions
  • Jul 16, 2017Why Did God Send Jesus to Earth
    Jul 16, 2017
    Why Did God Send Jesus to Earth


Walking the Line

Johnny Cash was one of the most famous people in the world. He was successful beyond most people’s wildest dreams. Yet as much  as a chased success, the more his life began to fall apart. Join as we look at Johnny Cash’s life and music as as he became lost, ran away from God and found God still waiting for him to return.
 
 
 
 

Jul 16, 2017
Why Me
Series: Cash
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  • Jul 16, 2017Why Me
    Jul 16, 2017
    Why Me
    Series: Cash
  • Jul 9, 2017Cut Down
    Jul 9, 2017
    Cut Down
    Series: Cash
  • Jul 2, 2017Ring of Fire
    Jul 2, 2017
    Ring of Fire
    Series: Cash
  • Jun 19, 2017I Walk the Line
    Jun 19, 2017
    I Walk the Line
    Series: Cash


5/21/2017 Small Group Questions

  • Read 1 Peter 4: 7-9 slowly. Does anything stick out to you?
  • Peter’s words are meant for the church, but apply to any relationship between Christians including marriage and family. Why is it important that our families be marked by forgiveness? What difference would that mean in your life?

 



5/14/2017 Small Group Questions

  • Read Ephesians chapter 5:21-33 slowly. Does anything stick out to you?
  • Passages like Ephesians 5:21-33 are called by scholars “household codes” and they are found in various places in the New Testament and in ancient literature from the time. For some they represent an “old way” and for others they represent the “right way.” Have a discussion in your group. What do you take from this passage? Is God speaking to you today?

 



Woven

Relationships are wonderful, difficult, beautiful, scary, messy and life-giving. Join us at Lakeside this May as we look at how strong relationships are woven by God.
 

 


Jun 4, 2017
Woven
Series: Woven
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  • Jun 4, 2017Woven
    Jun 4, 2017
    Woven
    Series: Woven
  • Jun 3, 2017Greg and Jan Ireton (interview)
    Jun 3, 2017
    Greg and Jan Ireton (interview)
    Series: Woven
  • May 22, 2017Forgiveness
    May 22, 2017
    Forgiveness
    Series: Woven
  • May 19, 2017Jim and Cheryl Harrison (Interview)
    May 19, 2017
    Jim and Cheryl Harrison (Interview)
    Series: Woven
  • May 14, 2017Tug of War
    May 14, 2017
    Tug of War
    Series: Woven

  • May 12, 2017Lonnie and Linda Helms (Interview)
    May 12, 2017
    Lonnie and Linda Helms (Interview)
    Series: Woven
    An Interview about Marriage with Lonnie and Linda Helms
  • May 7, 2017Woven by God
    May 7, 2017
    Woven by God
    Series: Woven

 

 

Week One: Woven by God

 
Our first week we looked at the foundation and purpose of marriage. God is the foundation of marriage which means that the purpose of marriage is God’s purpose for us. Marriage is a redemptive relationship, whereby we help each other draw closer to God and who we are called to be.
 

For Home

  • Commit to praying together every day throughout this series.
  • Ask your partner:  How do you need to grow closer to God? (For example, I need to know I am forgiven. I need to do something meaningful with my life. I need time to pray. I need  help with believing in God. I need to trust Jesus and his provision for my life.)
  • Try not to jump in, but let them talk. Does their answer surprise you? If so let them know.  Switch roles.
  • Pray for one another to grow closer to God. Being as specific to what they said in their answer as possible.
  • After praying talk about how you can support each other. 
 

Week Two: Tug of War

 
Our second week we look at how having a foundation in God effects how we relate, particularly in times of stress. We looked at how we are called to “come together” and are meant to help us get to our deepest needs. 

 

For Home

  • Commit to praying together every day throughout this series.
  • Fill out the five love languages questionnaire. You can fill out a form here (requires registration)  or download the PDF.
  • Compare your responses to that of your partner. What differences are there? What similarities? Have those differences caused you to miscommunicate?
  • Is there something in your marriage/relationship where you need to “pull together”
  • Pray about it together.

     

     
 
 
 
Week Three: Forgiveness
 
 

Commit to praying together every day throughout this series.

Reflect on the steps of forgiveness

 

 Steps to forgiveness
  • Denial  – We do not , or will not recognize that we have been hurt.
  • Self-blame – We blame ourselves for pain we feel.
  • Victim – We feel like the victim.
  • Indignation (anger) – We feel angry about being hurt.
  • Survivor – We begin letting go of the past and are ready to forgive because the change of our own hearts. 
  • Integration -We move on with our lives stronger for the work we have done.

 Is place where forgiveness is difficult for you. What step are you on?

Without rushing to false forgiveness, can you have an honest conversation with your partner about forgiveness of yourself or of them?  If not simply pray together for the power to forgive.

 



Easter Sunday

He is Risen! Encounter the Risen Christ at Lakeside on Easter morning! We will celebrate Christ’s resurrection with three services.

Times: 6:30 AM (Sunrise), 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM April 16th, 2017