upcoming sermons and speakers

Pastor Garrett begins a new sermon series, "Things I Forgot to Say to God" on Sundays, November 11-25

November 18:In this series, we learn from the Bible's own prayer book, the Psalms, about an important prayer we've been forgetting.

November 25: In this series, we learn from the Bible's own prayer book, the Psalms, about an important prayer for those who say things we later wish we hadn't.

Pastor Dan begins a new sermon series, "A Thriving Christmas" on Sundays, December 2-23 and concludes on Christmas Eve.

December 2: "Thriving Christmas Children - The Christ Child" | Anchoring on Zechariah's Canticle, Luke 1:67-80 and the proceeding verses pertaining to Zechariah's vision, we begin Advent presenting parents' hopes for their child. Parents and social ideologies desire children to thrive, which means flourish - succeed, be accepted and normalized. However, there is a downside to suburban parenting. Though children thrive according to acceptable and unperceived standards, this social-structure creates entitlement, which is both a huge advantage and lesser accepted disadvantage.

December 9: "Thriving Christmas Parents - Mary and Joseph" | Children are a gift of God. The gift deserves gratitude. There is no entitlement or privilege for parents. Parenting is a giving role, a role of descent. Parents are stewards of something they do not possess. Hannah understood God's gift (1 Samuel 2:1-10). Mary understood her role and was deemed faithful (Luke 1:46-55).

December 16: "Thriving Christmas Elders - Simeon and Anna" | Older church members and Christians are to be people of prophetic expectations fulfilled. How can grandparents leverage their stage of faith and life experiences to set up their children and grandchildren to thrive? This message provides the vision.

December 23: " Thriving Christmas God - Wise Men and Angels" | God rejoices and hopes along with us - Immanuel, "God with us" (Isaiah 7:13-15). It is this theology of the incarnate God that makes Christianity the most unique and powerful faith on the planet. This incarnation of God is both scandalous to some outside the faith but to the faithful, it is the transforming authority of the gospel. Our task therefore, is to follow God's lead and incarnate with the poor and voiceless. Christianity is marked by the incarnate body of Christ.

December 24: "Thriving World - "Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward All" | Proclaim and celebrate, Luke 2:13-14




Welcoming the Stranger Refugee Relief

Sundays, November 4-25 | Table in the West Lobby

The Welcoming the Stranger Refugee Relief group will be collecting items to be distributed by KC4Refugees. Lakelanders will collect and provide hygiene items that are listed on the sheet at the table in the lobby during the whole month of November. You can bring some items or all and then the group will go to the KC4Refugee office and provide items for local refugees.

Email Marta Gillilan with any questions at:

Newcomers Brunch

November 18 at 10:30a | Conference Room

Are you new to Lakeland? Do you have questions about our community that you would like to ask? You are invited to a Newcomers Brunch for breakfast, conversation and to meet other new people at Lakeland as well.

Email Pastor Marta with any questions at:

Congregational Meeting

November 18 after second service | Sanctuary

We are having a Congregational Meeting to vote on the 2019 budget and Pastor's Terms of Call. We will also discuss the addition of new elders at Lakeland. All are invited to attend. Only Fully Participating Members can vote. If you are not sure if you are a Fully Participating Member, please email Kelly Johnston at:

Guy Movie Night

November 19 at 8:15p | Upper Room

The guys of Lakeland are invited to watch "Ant Man and the Wasp". Popcorn provided!

Email Josh Ward with any questions at:

Hanging of the Greens

November 26 from 6p-9p | Lakeland

Join us the Monday after Thanksgiving as we decorate the church for the Christmas season! We have traditional Christmas decorating tasks plus some ladder-and-screw-gun construction projects. This is an open house event for the whole family, come and go as you need. Toddlers need to be supervised for safety at all times, older children and teens are free to join in the decorating fun!

Email Dan Wilburn with any questions at:

Mother and Baby Tea

December 2 at 9:30a | Infant Room

All moms of infants are invited to a Mother and Baby Tea. Come and spend some time with other moms and babies and enjoy breakfast treats. There is no cost for this event.

Email MIcki Elton with any questions at: