Lakewood is a church that lives out its faith and helps others, whether it's stocking food pantries and repairing homes here in North Little Rock or sending school supply kits to Nepal. Read more to learn more, or if you're looking for a good cause with which to volunteer, email Michael O'Conner and we'll connect you!
Feeding the Hungry
Feeding the hungry is just one of the things that Lakewood does, whether it's stocking the shelves at Gardner Food Pantry, filling backpacks with weekend food for school children, raising money for the Arkansas Rice Depot, or cooking meals in our commercial kitchen and delivering them to our homeless brothers and sisters.
Come join us as we serve the message of Jesus Christ, who commanded us to love each other as much as He loved us.
Our newest ministry began when we noticed that many homeless people had dogs as their only family. During the first two months, the ministry dispensed 500 pounds of dog food; provided rabies, basic vaccinations, and flea/tick protection for dozens of dogs, spayed/neutered 4 dogs, and hospitalized another dog for surgery to repair a broken jaw.
Read more about the Pet Ministry and their needs here. On the street, there may be only two living beings who give a homeless person unconditional love: their dog, and Jesus Christ. The LUMC Pet Ministry does more than feed dogs -- it feeds souls. And no one goes without food so that animals can be fed -- no one, that is, except for those homeless people who share their limited food with the only true companion they may have.
Super Bold Sunday!
We surprised everyone on "Super Bold Sunday" last February, when we got together with the Pack Shack and packed 16,700 meals for the homeless and working poor in less than two hours! The Pack Shack is a Rogers-based non-profit that has developed an innovative way of addressing the growing number of Arkansans who suffer from hunger, like the homeless and working poor.
The energy was contagious. People were dancing to the music, young and old, all working together to prepare the meals under the able direction of The Pack Shack. The end result was an amazing amount of food and an amazing amount of fun.
We have many adoptive families as members and every year our Walk for the Waiting team grows as we work with Project Zero, the CALL, and Immerse, three local groups who work hard to find forever homes for the thousands of children waiting for adoption or in foster care.
We are a proud Partner in Education of Lakewood Elementary School, tutoring and supporting whatever we can. Our Men's Group recently hosted a Wild Game Dinner to raise funds for LWE's playground. We're also members of the Arkansas Rice Depot's Backpacks for Kids program
We recently began housing homeless families for a week through Family Promise. Many shelters cannot accept women and children. As part of a network of churches, we take our turn housing and feeding families with women and children to help them get on their feet (many have jobs) and get housing.
Ozark Mission Project
We are a founding member of the Ozark Mission Project, a summer camp where teenagers get out in the Arkansas heat to help people who are physically or financially unable to maintain their homes, by painting houses, building wheelchair ramps, or clearing brush. Five thousand homes later, OMP has a dozen camps where over six hundred campers live in churches, eat donated food, and borrow showers each evening.
Our Sisters n' Stitches prayer shawl group knits with loving hands for those in need of comfort and prayer. The shawls are blessed and given for times of illness, loss, recovery or any need requiring special prayer. They recently blessed their 1000th shawl!
Our Men's Group has also been known to build a wheelchair ramp or two, and we have an Emergency Response Team with First United Methodist of North Little Rock who stay busy after tornadoes.
Need more? Here's a partial list of the groups we work with:
Arkansas Food Bank
Catch the Vision
Habitat for Humanity
Heaven’s Baby Loft
JoAnn Caces Charity
Matt Horton Mission
Meals on Wheels
Methodist Family Health
Salvation Army Angel Tree
Savutos / Kenya Trip
School for the Deaf
UAMS Medical Nursery