Just taking a bit of leisurely time to pass along a few of the extra activities that go on at Lakewood. This is by no means the entire list (far from it), but just those items that catch my interest and I thought I'd pass along. Check the bulletin for more. My own added plug for each is included ...
Recovery Classes (Thursday)
Captive No More - Room 3021
Healthy Soul: Developing Healthy Life Strategies - Room 2044 C&D
Forgiveness 101 - Room 2029F
DNA of Relationships - Room 2042 A&B
The Dream Giver - Room 2028
Obviously, I'm a fan of Tina Underwood's "Captive No More" class. But one of these days, I'm going to make an excuse to check out Leo Tyler's "Healthy Souls" classes. Likewise, there's a few more classes on Monday, so if none of these spark an interest, check the fuller listing. Otherwise, just show up - good seats still available.
Celebrate Recovery (Fridays)
This Christ-centered 12-step program creates a safe place for individuals and familes to overcome addictive behaviors and experience vicotry in Jesus Christ. Dinners and desserts will be available in the cafe at 6:30 and 9pm. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713.491.1576
I had a brief conversation with Lakewood ministry guru Steve Austin a while back, who introduced the plans for this class to me. It's a variation of the Saddleback/Rick Warren approach to addiction recovery. I get the sense that there's big hopes for this class touching people's lives.
Discover Your Gifts - Finding Your Place in Ministry
Tuesday, September 19 & 26 - 7-9pm, Chapel
Join us as we explore the meaning of spiritual gifts and how they connect us to our God-given purpose.
Given Mike's excellent Compass Class teaching on Saturday, this might be a worthwhile compliment. The scheduling might need to be verified, though. The bulletin says Saturday, but the dates fall on Tuesdays - which make more sense.
"The SPOT" The Special Place of Truth (Fridays)
August 25-September 29, 7-9pm, Trailblazers Room
A 6-week support group for the entire single parent family. Activities include: topics unique to the single parent family, family outreaches with Beyond the Walls Ministry, and Parent Teen Seminar; for students grades 1-12; family graduation, Blessing Ceremony, and variety of age appropriate activities. Register by calling 713.491.1159 or email@example.com
Not my demographic, but a lot of Koinonia-ians do fit into this one. It's also another new activity that there seems to be a great deal of hope for.
Monday, September 11, 7:30-9:30pm, Chapel
Lakewood's Drama Team is offering a free acting workshop/audition for all interested parties 18 and older. No need to bring any materials or prepared monologues. Childcare not provided.
I'm as good as booked for this. I attended one of these a year ago or so and it was a great experience. Of course, I have no thespiatic chops to mention, so I have the luxury of knowing that I won't be on stage anytime soon. But I do find this to be a great way to test what little talent I have. Also, it's a great way to learn from others around you. And if nothing else, it's entertaining.
Lakewood's Creative Arts Connection
Tuesday, September 19, 7-9pm, The Loft
If you are high school age or older and interested in Drama, Dance, Video or Media Arts, join us for this important meeting. Childcare not provided.
Not entirely sure what to expect here, but the range of ministry activities strikes me as interesting. I may have to check this out for myself.
Free Beginners Dance Class
Fridays, 6:30-8pm, Room 4023
The Creative Arts Ministry is offering a beginner dance class for anyone 18 and older. this class offers instruction in ballet, jazz and lyrical styles. Childcare not available.
Seriously, I have little-to-no interest in jazz dancing. But I do know that Pastor Wendell's wife is one of the leaders of this ministry. Therefore, I'd be remiss to skip over it. I had the opportunity to share a table with her at a Koinonia once and we all learned a good deal about her hopes and plans for this ministry. So if nothing else, wish it well. And if you've got an urge to dance ... well, you can do that, too.
Men's Regional Breakfast
Saturday, September 9, 8:30-10am
Join other men in your area for a hearty breakfast and fellowship!
Southwest: Hilton Houston Southwest (Southwest Fwy/Hillcroft)
I can't believe I've never been to one of these before. What makes that especially egregious is that the southwest group meets across the highway from me. I may have to make a more concerted effort this Sunday.
Men's Victory Summit: Total Engagement
Friday, September 8, 7:30-9:30pm, The Loft
Where men gather together for a powerful night of Praise & Worship, Intercessory and Personal prayer, and Spiritual Encouragement. For men only. No childcare available. Jim Lewis, Men's Ministry Director 713.491.1277, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hmm ... if this comes across as anything like a Friday service of sorts, I may be game for this as well.
Quest for Authentic Manhood
Sundays, September 10-December 3, 5:30-7pm, The Warehouse
This 24-session journey is comprised of live, interactive teachings and small group times that equip men to live the life God intended for them. The cost is $5 for the entire course. 713.491.1277 or email: email@example.com
Another class that looks interesting. I'm a bit more partial to seeing something done with John Eldredge's material, of course. But those books are now registering as older and older. Lacking that, this will tempt me for now.