Our Emphasis

Nurture, Outreach & Witness​​

Sunday Services

     These three areas are part of our mission and we spend the vast majority of our time on them. First, we all pledge to support the Church with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness. We nurture each other and reflect God's love of all people as a Church and as individuals. Secondly we reach out to the people in our community and around the world to help those in need, in whatever way is called for. Thirdly, we gently share our own experiences in knowing God and how He works in our lives with those we meet as we go about our daily lives.
     In addition to nurturing our own Church family members and friends, we work outside the church to share God's promise.
Here in the Community
    Lakeside United Methodist is involved in several efforts that reach out to the Richland-Chambers Lake area and extended communities. These include the following:
LUMC's Children's Ministry offers such activities as annual         Easter- and Christmas-related celebrations, a Fall Get-together

for kids that celebrates harvest time, a Back-to-School Bash that provides school supplies for underprivileged kids, and a variety of other activities.
Carpenters for Christ is a group that does home repair and building for residents in the community who cannot otherwise afford to accomplish them. These might include such activities as stabilizing a deck, building a wheelchair ramp, repairing a sidewalk. The group also assists area churches with repair to their facilities and undertakes a portion of Habitat for Humanity projects from time to time.

Special Events
     Special events for children and adults in the R-C Lake community bring us together and share the Word through music, talks, activities for young people and much more. Among these events are the “Fifth Sunday Sing” concerts, the “Back to School Bash” and Christmas and Easter cantatas. Whether it's an adventure through a “cave” for youngsters or performances by world-renowned musicians or local singers, God's message comes through all that we do!

Prayer Shawl Ministry involves the creating of sewn, knitted or crocheted shawls or blankets as a gift of comfort to sick, injured or grieving members of the community.
Christian Youth Center, a cooperative project with New Hope Baptist Church, offers regularly scheduled activities for young people in a refurbished building adjacent to Lakeside, including after-school activities, special classes and counseling services.
     Through the Good Samaritan Program, members of LUMC are able to serve those in need in the south side Richland Chambers Lake communities. It's  an important ongoing effort in which the Church helps to provide funds for such things as utility bills, groceries and more. 
Clothing for Children provides hand-made clothing for children in Mexican villages  and other areas. Judy Byerly heads up this ministry, in which she and other LUMC women repurpose donated garments to provide much-needed clothing for youngsters in poor areas of the world.

River of Life Food Bank in Fairfield, TX is the recipient of canned goods and dried foods through LUMC's effort to collect those items from our membership each week and during certain special events, such as our Fifth Sunday Sings.
Operation Christmas Child boxes are lovingly packed each year and distributed world-wide through the efforts of Samaritan's Purse.
Beyond our Community
     Some of our outreach efforts extend beyond the immediate Richland Chambers Lake community. These include:
Stephen Ministry
     Stephen Ministry is a ministry in which trained and supervised lay persons, called Stephen Ministers, provide one-to-one Christian care for individuals facing life challenges or difficulties. They are trained to cover specialized topics such as ministering to the divorced, hospitalized, bereaved, and aging. They are not counselors; they are trained lay care givers.
     Confidentiality is a cornerstone of the Stephen Ministry. What a care receiver tells his or her Stephen Minister is kept in strictest confidence.
     Why the name Stephen? The name Stephen comes from St. Stephen, who was the first lay person commissioned by the apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need as recorded in Acts 6.
     At Lakeside Methodist we currently have six fully trained Stephen Ministers. These ministers have been able to help many people through various crises. Anyone who feels the need for a Stephen Minister can contact the church at 903-599-3080 and they will be put in touch with a Stephen Ministry Leader.
Kairos Prison Ministry-Boyd Unit
The mission of Kairos is to bring Christ's love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals, their families and those who work with them, and to assist the incarcerated in the transition to becoming a productive citizen. Volunteers from Lakeside United Methodist became active in the Kairos Prison Ministry in 1998, first working with the women's Mountain View Unit at Gatesville. In 2003, the Ministry was brought to the men's TDCI Boyd Unit near Teague, Texas. Today, Pat Holiday heads up the multi-faceted effort to share the good news about Jesus Christ with prisoners in this particular facility.
African Ministries
LUMC members Dennis and Linda Little regularly work as Volunteers-in-Mission to Swaziland, Africa. They work with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa to serve the needs of children there, and area that has a high incidence of HIV/SIDS in the world with approximately 40% of the population infected. Children subsequently are often orphaned and live in abject poverty. The Littles are involved with various projects, including a board school at Ebholi, new school construction in Lomngeletjane, water projects in Mahamba, orchard projects and a variety of nutrition improvement projects. One hundred percent of donations to this effort go to the children of Swaziland as the Littles do not ask for financial support.

8 am  Bible Study
9 am  Worship Service
10:15 am Sunday School for both Adults
and Children

Bible Studies

Carpenters for Christ complete another wheelchair ramp for an area resident.
A group of LUMC women create prayer shawls for sick, hospitalized or others who need comfort.
Judy Byerly shares some of the repurposed clothing that she and her group make for children in need around the world.
This group of Santa's Helpers packed 100 boxes for Operation Christmas Child on Sunday, November 13th.  These boxes of toys and love were then taken to Corsicana, TX and then on to the Distribution Center in Dallas where they will start their world-wide journeys to children all over the world!