We love connecting with one another here! There are many different ways for you to find your place among the community of believers and build lasting relationships that encourage and empower you. If you are looking for a place to belong and would like to gather more information about our ministries, this is a great place to discover how you can begin your journey here.
LBC Young Adults
“Joining Young adults together to prepare them to face the world in fellowship with Christ”
Age group: 18-25 years old
At Young Adults, we strive to be intentional and authentic in our fellowship by sharing the highs and lows of our weeks with each other and choosing studies specific to the passions and desires of the group. We want to build each other up as we grow together in this strange but exciting transition from youth to adulthood. God intended for us to be in community with fellow believers, so we encourage any young adults looking for that to connect with us.
Group verse: “Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Small Group Fellowship & Bible Study
Off campus monthly meetings. For more details email Joshua Espasandin.
The purpose of Men’s Ministry is to develop a thriving, inter-generational community of Christian men who, together, are resisting passivity, accepting responsibility, living courageously, and investing eternally.
(1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NASB)
We believe that this community reflects a lifestyle of worship – glorifying God in all we do. This community is accomplished through the components of fellowship, evangelism, discipleship, service and leadership. We want to know God intimately, have the zeal to walk as Jesus walked, and to reach others for Christ.
Fellowship builds relationships
Doing things with other men brings a healthy balance to life. Age should make no difference. Whether it is attending a breakfast, going to a retreat such as Men’s Round Up or our yearly event sign up, you will be revived, inspired, and challenged to be a better friend, husband, father, and minister of the Gospel (Philippians 2:3 NASB).
The Gospel is Good News
Sharing what Jesus has done in your life can take place wherever you are at. Whether it is at home, school, the store, or on vacation, the key is to offer others the truth with grace (2 Timothy 1:9 NASB). Activities such as hiking, fishing, boating, hunting, sports, and camping are also non-threatening activities that can provide opportunities to share the gospel. A “7 for Heaven” card is a great tool to help reach those around you with this good news.
Growth is an On-going Process
Men are searching for answers to their “manhood” questions. Society is redefining what being a man should be. From responsibilities and roles to gender identification and sexual preferences, men are constantly being challenged with who they are and what model to follow. The biblical call is to renew the mind not simply follow the pattern of the world (Romans 12:2 NASB). Our quest must be to follow the biblical manhood modeled by Jesus Christ. The Men’s Fraternity 33 Series taking place on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8 pm in Module 2 is our current study to help us get there. Sign up or see the current calendar here.
Faith Cannot be Without Works
Jesus came to serve not to be served (Mark 10:45 NASB). Helping our widows, seniors, single moms, and other attendees of our church through practical things such as repairs, painting, and moving is a start. Supporting the church through workdays or the annual picnic or other ministries in their efforts is another. Combine these with helping friends, neighborhoods, schools, and communities outside of the church, all model loving Jesus and people.
Leadership is a learned skill
Men’s Leadership Class will train you in skills to lead in love and truth. Join in becoming a “band of brothers” through the year growing in both faith, strength, and commitment. Classes take place, as scheduled, on Sunday from 8-9 am and are kept to around 15 men. Putting knowledge into practice such as helping to lead Men’s Ministry and other ministries of the church is an investment today that will yield rich blessings later (Hebrews 6:10 NASB).
Encouraging the women of Laurelwood to love God, love people, and make disciples.
Winter 2021 Bible Studies
We believe the word of god is the foundation for our spiritual growth.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
In-person Classes (as allowed) @ LBC
Masks & social distancing apply, temperatures will be taken prior to entering class
Minor Prophets (Amos-Zephaniah)
Facilitator: Connie Pratt
Tuesdays 9:15 am in Room 303
Class begins 2/2
Book Link: Order
How can we translate our concern for our country and the world into effective action? This study explores the lives of four people in the Old Testament who also wanted to make a difference: Amos, who dared to stand for God’s truth against the highest officials in the nation; Obadiah, who explained why longstanding family feuds bring defeat and disgrace; Micah, who showed why the only hope for any nation is surrender to the Lord; and Zephaniah, who saw the coming Day of the Lord and told people how to get ready. Each of these prophets was called to deal courageously with the sin around them. Learn from them how to bring change to your own community and nation, starting where you are right now!
Facilitator: Allison DeViney
Thursdays 6:30 pm in Module 1 (Will be online via Zoom when in-person is unavailable)
Classes begin 1/14
Study Materials: Bible, journal; other materials will be provided
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 Reading the Bible is foundational to our growth as disciples of Christ. As we read, we learn more about God and what He has done which gives comfort and strength to those who believe in Him. In this class, we’ll share the joy and the challenges of reading scripture as we walk through the book of Ruth together. Whether you’re new to reading the Bible and feel overwhelmed or intimidated -OR- you’re already reading and would love to share what you’re learning with others, please join us! (We will follow the same format and schedule as the Wednesday Zoom class)
Online Classes (via Zoom)
Leaders will send out Zoom login information prior to the first class.
Flourish: Fruit of the Spirit
Facilitator: Melissa Gentile
Every other Monday 6:30 pm
Class begins 1/11
Books $20, available from Melissa
The title “Flourish” comes from Psalm 92:12-13 which says,”The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.” The palm tree lifestyle should describe every follower of Jesus. We weren’t made to just survive; we were made to flourish in Christ! In Flourish, you will dig deep and plant seeds of gospel truth as you study the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. Throughout this study, you will continually look to Jesus as the Creator and Sustainer of your life, to the Father as the Gardener of your soul, and to the Holy Spirit as your faithful guide, keeper, and tiller of the soil of your heart .
Facilitator: Connie Russell & Gloria Smith
Tuesdays 9:15 am
Class resumes 1/5, new ladies welcome any time!
Book Link: Order
“The people in the city of Philippi who received this letter from their friend, Paul, were suffering from two of Christianity’s greatest adversaries: self-sufficiency and complacency. While writing this letter from a Roman prison cell, Paul was able to provide a unique perspective on these enemies of our faith. Even as he faced horrific trials, Paul continued to encourage his brothers and sisters by declaring that his imprisonment was reason for joy. This letter also includes Paul’s concerns for the church regarding spiritual and practical matters, such as unity and false teachers. He urges the believers to maintain their spiritual commitment and integrity as well as to continue to grow in Christ
Lose Control: 1 Samuel
Facilitator: Carolyn Jeletich
Tuesdays 7 pm
Class resumes 1/4
Book Link: Order
“Have you ever thought you had life under control―until you didn’t? Perhaps thinking “God is in control” but living as if you are. It’s like walking around with a hot cup of coffee, afraid that with one wrong move it will spill and be a burning hot mess. Then you realize what little control you have and how dependent on God you truly are. In Lose Control, Mary Shannon Hoffpauir takes you on a journey through the Book of First Samuel, which is an epic story about a fight for control. Despite God’s warnings through the prophet Samuel, the nation of Israel was determined to take control by having their own king. As you dig into the saga of King Saul and David, who would become the next anointed king of Israel, you will discover that no plan or purpose of God can be thwarted by human beings. Even the worst of circumstances can be used by God to accomplish His purposes in your life.
Ruth – Online Only
Facilitator: Allison DeViney
Wednesdays 7:00 pm via ZOOM
Classes begin 1/13
Study Materials: Bible, journal; other materials will be provided
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 Reading the Bible is foundational to our growth as disciples of Christ. As we read, we learn more about God and what He has done which gives comfort and strength to those who believe in Him. In this class, we’ll share the joy and the challenges of reading scripture as we walk through the book of Ruth together. Whether you’re new to reading the Bible and feel overwhelmed or intimidated -OR- you’re already reading and would love to share what you’re learning with others, please join us! (We will follow the same format and schedule as the Thursday in-person class)
Contact: Miwa Satoh if you are interested in finding out more or speak with one of our women at the Women’s Kiosk
Mentoring is an intentional friendship among women of differing spiritual maturity. (Titus 2:3-5)
Through mentoring women invest in the lives of one another through encouragement, guidance, listening, laughing and loving one another.
Contact: Margie Ferris if you are interested in finding out more or speak with one of our women at the Women’s Kiosk
There are times in life when it’s important to meet with others to offer encouragement or to celebrate! (Romans 12:15)
Grace and Encouragement for Moms
2nd & 4th Thursday Sept 13 – May from 9:30-11:30 am. For moms looking for community, childcare for ages birth to 5 yrs.
LBC GEMS exists to empower, educate and equip moms as they encourage each other to cultivate excellence as wives, mothers, and members of our community. Listen to speakers on relevant topics, be encouraged and strengthened by other moms experiencing the same things you are, as well as from experienced moms offering advice, comfort and prayer.
Registration for Fall 2020 begins May 28 – $20 at registration, $40 in September. See the Women’s Kiosk for more information or contact Katie below.
Contact: Katie Doel if you are interested in finding out more or speak with one of our women at the Women’s Kiosk
A special support group for single women who have chosen to live VICTORIOUS LIVES IN CHRIST in spite of life’s circumstances. Meets every other month.
Contact: Elizabeth Hightower if you are interested in finding out more or speak with one of our women at the Women’s Kiosk
Bridal & Baby Showers
We love to celebrate the joy of new beginnings! Watch the e-bulletin or Facebook for announcements. Everyone is welcome to be an encouragement!
Contact: Natalie Wilde if you are interested in finding out more or speak with one of our women at the Women’s Kiosk
God created us for relationship. Throughout the year we offer opportunities for women to connect. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Contact: Allison DeViney
Fall & Spring Gatherings
A casual time to connect through testimony, discussion and worship.
Women’s Fall Retreat
Our annual weekend retreat allows women to get away and connect with God and each other.
Activities that bring us together to learn something new, try something you haven’t done for a while or to just have fun!
Laurelwood Seniors is comprised of an active retired & semi-retired senior age group of people who meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month (except November) for fellowship and support. We have a variety of luncheon programs and day trips within the local area. Our Christmas luncheon is usually scheduled early in December with a special speaker and is held at a local restaurant. We invite all retired & semi-retired friends and members of the church to be a part of our time together.
Fellowship and Support
1. Monthly meetings and day trips
2. Phone calls to seniors who don’t attend by active participants
3. Visit more of the people who can no longer attend church
Adopt a family
1. Find out needs of family
2. Available to advise
3. Pray for them on a regular basis
Currently, all activities are on hold.
Please contact the office for more information or questions about these ministries.