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September 19, 2021 message: “Wi...

Words can hurt and harm – whether we’re speaking directly, sending a message, or sharing a post. Words can also heal, and we’re called to pay closer attention to our own speech. What does it say about our hearts? This is the third and final week in the series, “Mission: Possible.” Pastor Mary’s message is […]

September 12, 2021: “Faith that...

The connections between our words and actions matter, especially in our walk with Christ. Ours is a practical – or practiced – faith. Faith is more than what we say we believe; faith is also about how we live what we believe. This is the second week in the series, “Mission: Possible.” Pastor Mary’s message […]

September 5, 2021 message: “Doe...

This week is the first in a three week series, “Mission: Possible.” On of the five practices of fruitful living is risk-taking mission and service. Mission is not a trip. Rather, it is an opportunity to bless others as we’ve been blessed – and understand that we can be blessed by others. Mission is defined […]

2021 Worship Planning Retreat

For more than twenty years, Lake Harbor has taken a collaborative approach to planning worship. Planning for a whole year just takes this collaborative process to the next level. In September 2017, our Worship Connections Team gathered for a very productive two-day retreat to plan worship for 2018. It has become an annual event. Each […]

August 29, 2021 message: “Quest...

After stretching our spirits and loving more of the glorious creation and its peoples, we return home, but we are not the same. We have returned memories of new friends and new perspectives – and maybe even new convictions to be more active and loving citizens of humanity right where we reside. Jesus says “abide […]

August 22, 2021 message: “Quest...

When we begin to broaden our experience of other places and people, we face the reality of religious differences. If we continue to reflect and open our hearts, what feels so different may not be as far from us as we thought. Images like light and water are common themes across faith traditions as we […]

August 15, 2021 message: “Quest...

This is the fourth week in the series, “Quest: Travel as a Spiritual Act.” The youth group’s message is based on Amos 5: 24, John 4: 13-14, Isaiah 43: 18-21 and is a reflection the the places they served, people they encountered, and what they’ve seen thorough new eyes.   The service is available in […]

Worship Brainstorming August 18, 2021

“Mission: Possible” and “Building a Strong FAMILY of God” The worship brainstorming for 2 series (3 weeks and 6 weeks) will be held at Ivanov’s. Members of all ages and backgrounds are invited to participate in the one evening commitment. The ideas generated at the brainstorming are used in worship. We will have a picnic […]

August 8, 2021: “Quest – ...

Our spiritual lives and the body of Christ are shaped by the importance of community, sharing through selfless ways, and fellowship. Five years ago, Lakeside UMC and Lake Harbor UMC merged. Our Midwest District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford, joined us to deliver her message on the importance of community and recognize this anniversary.  This […]

August 1, 2021 message: “Quest ...

Jesus often crossed paths with others not from his “tribe.” He did not shy away, but often sought out these opportunities. He met people going about their daily lives and engaged with them at the point of their deepest yearning. When we seek out and are open to new encounters, new people, and new relationships, […]