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.
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, 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.
Current Study (begins 1/12/22)
Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Living
Wednesday Mornings | 6:00 a.m. | Room 306
Dig deeper into what it means to step up and live a courageous life with Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Living video series. Based on his book by the same title, Dennis Rainey, along with Matt Chandler, Bill Bennett, Tony Dungy, Robert Lewis, Voddie Baucham, Stu Weber, and others unpack what biblical manhood looks like and what it means to be a godly, courageous man in today’s world. Sign up at the kiosk or online.
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.
Current Service Opportunities
- Prayer time for our church transition
Thursday Evenings | 6:30 pm | Module 2
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 Follow Jesus Together as we study the Word, as we establish and deepen relationships in community, and as we allow women to serve in areas that utilize their God given gifts and talents.
God created us for relationship. We have a number of opportunities throughout the year for women of all ages to connect. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
First Fridays l October-May @ 7 pm in the Worship Center
A casual time to connect through fellowship, testimony, and discussion. The first Friday of each month October-May at 7pm in the Worship Center. Details for each First Friday will be available one month prior, check back often for details!
Contact: Allison DeViney for more information
Did you miss one of the First Fridays? Though we’d love to have you there with us, we know sometimes life is busy. We’re now posting recordings of our past speakers on our YouTube channel so you won’t miss out on the encouragement. The only thing we can’t duplicate is the personal encouragement through relationships that happen when we meet in person, so we hope you’ll plan to join us next month!
You can view past First Friday events on our YouTube Channel.
Winter 2022 Bible Studies
We believe the word of God is the foundation for our spiritual growth.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Contact: Miwa Satoh for information on all Bible Studies
Tuesday Mornings l 9:30-11:30am l Laurelwood Worship Center
The Parables by John MacArthur facilitated by Connie Russell ($20) – resumes 1/11
Jesus was a master storyteller, and the parables He told were ingeniously simple word pictures. Some of them were not more than fleeting remarks about commonplace incidents, objects, or persons. In fact, the most compact of all Jesus’ short stories does not even fill a complete verse of Scripture. Yet they all were filled with profound spiritual lessons that He wanted His listeners to hear and understand. Jesus told these parables so they would clearly comprehend His message about the kingdom of God and the reason He had come to earth. Purchase the Book on Amazon
Daniel: Determining to Go God’s Direction by Warren Wiersbe facilitated by Connie Pratt
His name meant “God is my judge,” and his life bore witness to that fact. Daniel was a man who knew the Most High. An intimate friend of God, he realized simultaneously that friendship cost time kneeling in humility. He understood God’s sovereignty, even in pagan Babylon where the Jews were exiled, and he refused to compromise his faith. Daniel’s resolution meant sacrifice. It meant discipline in prayer, diplomacy with government leaders, and dedication to living “set apart.” It meant depending on an unchanging God to give him an unwavering vision.
Amid a pagan nation, an arrogant king, ravenous lions, and a blazing furnace, Daniel and his friends sought God and found Him in a way that will inspire and strengthen your journey. The same God who shut the lions’ mouths and rescued His men unscathed from the flames will consecrate you to dream His dreams and do His work if only you allow Him. Do you have what it takes?
2nd & 4th Tuesday Evenings l 7-9 pm l Offsite
Gideon by Priscilla Shirer facilitated by Joey Yraceburu ($17)—begins 1/25
When we hear the name Gideon, most of us think about his 300 soldiers or the fleece he laid out under the evening sky. But Gideon’s story is so much bigger than that—bigger than any one man and his mark on Israel’s history. Like everything else in the Bible, this is a story about God and His people. His love for them, as well as His strength operating in spite of their weakness—even through their weakness. And because God’s people includes you and me, Gideon’s story is also about us—our lives, our doubts, our struggles, and our possibilities as believers. From a state of fear, weakness, and insecurity, Gideon emerged as Israel’s hero, filled with God’s presence and His passion for deliverance. This study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life. In what ways do you feel insufficient? Those places create the greatest opportunity to experience the sufficiency of God. Instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, see them as the gifts that they are, given specifically and strategically by God to unlock the door of God’s strength. Purchase the Book on Amazon
Thursday Mornings l 10am-noon l LBC Worship Center | Childcare Provided
Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer facilitated by Katie Doel ($17)—begins 1/13
Through 7 sessions, discover the root to clear and daily communication with God—humble obedience. Learn how surrender unlocks His many blessings intended for us, centers us in His will, and helps us discern His voice in everyday life. Purchase the Book on Amazon
Women’s Retreat l Watch bulletin for details
Women’s Retreat l October 14-16, 2022 | Cannon Beach Conference Center
Cost: Determined by bed & room choice ($160-$210)
Speaker: Bo Stern (www.bostern.com)
Contact: Debby Coleman for more information
Mentoring & Encouragement
There are times in life when it’s important to meet with others to offer encouragement or to celebrate! (Romans 12:15)
Contact: Margie Ferris for more information
Mentoring is an intentional friendship among women of differing spiritual maturity. (Titus 2:3-5)
Are you interested in becoming a mentor? A mentor is a woman who is successfully navigating the seasons and experiences of life. She is a mature woman who is developing in faith and consistent in godly conduct.
Are you interested in being mentored? “Merea” is a Biblical Hebrew term that means young friend. A Merea is a woman who welcomes the insights and knowledge of a more mature woman. She desires to develop certain skills and/or strengths for her personal, spiritual journey.
Bridal and Baby Showers | Watch bulletin for upcoming showers
Contact: Sana Rheaume for more information
Our women love to celebrate the joys of new beginnings. EVERYONE is welcome to come and be an encouragement! We celebrate women who are engaged or expecting their first baby born while attending Laurelwood.
Victorious Sisterhood l See Calendar for details
Contact: Elizabeth Hightower for more information
A special group for single, divorced and widowed women who have chosen to live VICTORIOUS LIVES IN CHRIST in spite of life’s circumstances. Meets every-other month.
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
Typically meets the third Thursday of each month for various activities. Visit the announcements page for current events.
LBC Young Adults
“Joining Young adults together to prepare them to face the world in fellowship with Christ”
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
Please contact the office for more information or questions about these ministries.