Faith Formation Videos

Adult Faith Formation Class
What is a Matthew 25 Congregation?

This past January our church Session approved a plan to become a “Matthew 25” church. What does this mean? What are the implications? These questions will be explored during a four-part faith formation series following worship on May 1, 8, 15 and 22. The series will be led by our Matthew 25 exploratory task force — Brian Case, Cindy Dugan, Cinda Gorman, Jeff Ritter and Tedd Roos. Click here for more information on the class. (Please note: Sessions 1 and 2 are not available for online viewing.)

“What is a Matthew 25 Congregation?” – Part 3
“What is a Matthew 25 Congregation?” – Part 4

Adult Faith Formation Class
“What Happened?”

Dr. Jim Butler presents some of the common theories about the missing body of Jesus of Nazareth.

“The Resurrection in the Gospels”

Tuesday Evening Lenten Series
God’s Unifying Grace

Beginning Tuesday evening, March 8, LPC Pastor Jim Butler will lead a four-part series looking chiefly at the Christian doctrine of grace and its implications for racism and other issues that continue to divide the church. The series will also introduce the Belhar Confession to our LPC family. The 222nd (2016) General Assembly approved the adoption of the Belhar Confession, and it now joins eleven other historic Reformed confessional statements in the Presbyterian Book of Confessions.

The United Reformed Church of South Africa offered this confession to the world-wide Reformed family of churches following its long confrontation with racial disunity, injustice and Apartheid. The confession has five short sections that repudiate all manner of disunity and injustice with references to scripture and the Christian doctrine of grace. Each section is followed by clear “rejections of false doctrines” that accommodate racism and division in the church and culture. Dr. Butler will cover each of the five sections and provide time for questions and discussion.

The in-person and Zoom hybrid series will be held at 7 p.m. in the Reed Room. The series will continue March 15, 22 and 29.

“God’s Unifying Grace” – Part 1
“God’s Unifying Grace” – Part 2
“God’s Unifying Grace” – Part 3
“God’s Unifying Grace” – Part 4

Adult Faith Formation Class
Caring for Neighbors in Need”

As we begin our journey as a “Matthew 25 Church,” we will explore Jesus’ command to love our neighbors (Matthew 22:39) and to see him in people who are hungry, inadequately clothed and housed, imprisoned, and unwell in mind, body or spirit (Matthew 25). The four-part series will be held on Sundays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27 in Wright Chapel at 11:20 a.m.

The Rev. Dr. Cinda Gorman, a member of our Matthew 25 Taskforce, will begin on March 6 with a discussion of the biblical mandate to care for others. On March 13, Patty Napolitano, MSW, will speak on the growing problem of homelessness and how congregations can help. Our speaker on Sunday, March 20 will be Ken Harbaugh, a former US Navy Pilot and past president of Team Rubicon Global, a disaster relief organization that has helped retrain over 100,000 military veterans as emergency responders. He has served as a guest fellow at Yale University where he earned the JD degree, and written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Time Magazine. On March 27, Kathy Hartzell, an Elder at Rocky River Church and recent seminary graduate, will share her jail chaplaincy experience in Pittsburgh.

“Caring for Neighbors in Need” – Part 1
“Caring for Neighbors in Need” – Part 2
“Caring for Neighbors in Need” – Part 3
“Caring for Neighbors in Need” – Part 4

Adult Faith Formation Class
From Eros to Agape: Søren Kierkegaard’s The Work of Love” led by Aliyah Kennedy

What is love? It’s not all Valentines and chocolates. Love is indescribable, yet many philosophers and theologians have attempted to capture its essence. In his book Works of Love, Søren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher and father of existentialism, explores Agape, the Christian concept of unconditional love, Eros, preferential love, and phileo, love given to friends and family. Kierkegaard (1813-1855) is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher, but he was also a theologian, poet, social critic and religious author. His theological work often deals with Christian love. He compares and contrasts the infinite differences in the quality of mankind vs. that of God and the individual’s subjective relationship to Jesus through faith. Several biblical aspects of spiritual love are examined in relation to erotic love and friendship and moves from primal erotism to spiritual ecstasy. This study contemplates the unfathomable qualities of love, since “God is love.” The writing is also concerned with how love manifests itself in Christian life. Though he agrees with Luther that works do not earn us salvation, he proposes that works, grounded in love, are a necessary part of Christianity. Aliyah Kennedy will lead a study of these three types of love. Opportunity for discussion will take place in the chapel after worship on February 13, 20 and 27.

“From Eros to Agape” – Part 1
“From Eros to Agape” – Part 2
“From Eros to Agape” – Part 3

Adult Faith Formation Class
A Very Brief but Incredibly Interesting Look at Christian Worship” led by Rev. Dr. James Butler

LPC Pastor Jim Butler will lead a three-part series looking at public worship as a primary venue for forming faith that inspires action. The series begins on Sunday, December 5 with the story of the Magi who traveled a great distance bearing expensive gifts to worship the baby Jesus after they “observed his star in the east…” The series continues on Sunday, December 12 with a brief look at the origins of Christian worship as it emerged from Jewish synagogues. The series concludes on Sunday, December 19 with a fascinating look at the seemingly endless variety of Christian worship from Appalachian snake handlers, Pentecostals, the sacramentally focused traditions, to our own Reformed styles.

“An Interesting Look at Christian Worship” – Part 1
“An Interesting Look at Christian Worship” – Part 2
“An Interesting Look at Christian Worship” – Part 3

Adult Faith Formation Class
God’s Word/God’s Will” led by Rev. Dr. Steve Gorman

This year’s Faith and Action theme continues as LPC Parish Associate, the Rev. Dr. Steve Gorman, presents a four-part series, beginning November 7, that will help motivate participants to read the church’s ancient sacred library — The Bible — not just for intellectual curiosity, but to allow the scriptures to motivate us into actions of kindness and compassion, generosity and justice. We study the scriptures, but we must also allow them to speak and direct us into faithfully living — faith and action. The series will be both Bible study and discipleship study. Wherever you are on your journey, this series will challenge you to be “a good steward (manager) of God’s manifold grace” (I Peter 4:10). Adult Faith Formation convenes in Wright Chapel at 11:15 a.m. each Sunday. Come learn and then go forth to do! All are welcome.

God’s Word/God’s Will – Part 1
God’s Word/God’s Will – Part 2
God’s Word/God’s Will – Part 3
God’s Word/God’s Will – Part 4

Adult Faith Formation Class
How to Love All as God’s Beloved Children” led by Dr. Sheryl Buckley

Our 2021 Faith Formation theme of “Faith and Action” continues with a four-part series led by Dr. Sheryl Buckley focused on how we can actively demonstrate the love of Christ to everyone, even those who might consider us an enemy. See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valarie Kaur is an extraordinary work we will explore for four Sundays beginning October 10. She is a third generation American who is a Sikh and whose life has led her to conclude that the strongest force for redeeming the world is love. Although her religious tradition is not Christian, her vision of what “revolutionary love” means and her potentially life-changing map for facing problems stands squarely alongside the kind of love that Jesus commanded us, his followers, to practice.

How to Love All as God’s Beloved Children – Part 1
How to Love All as God’s Beloved Children – Part 2
How to Love All as God’s Beloved Children – Part 3
How to Love All as God’s Beloved Children – Part 4

Adult Faith Formation Class
Welcoming All as Beloved children of God” led by Dr. Jim Butler

On Sunday, September 19, LPC Pastor Jim Butler will kick off the year with a three-part series that looks at the reasons why Christians must be welcoming and hospitable to all people, and how we can practice it even to those who are not Christians or people who may be hostile to the particular tradition within Christianity we profess. One of his primary background resources will be Scott Sauls’ book, A Gentle Answer: Our ‘Secret Weapon’ in an Age of Us Against Them. The series will continue Sundays, September 26 and October 3. Each session will last about 45 minutes and include time for questions and comments.

Welcoming All as Beloved Children of God” – Part 1
Welcoming All as Beloved Children of God” – Part 2
Welcoming All as Beloved Children of God” – Part 3

Adult Faith Formation Class
Suitable for Adults Part II: The Women We Miss” led by Aliyah Kennedy

As adults, we often look back on traditional Bible stories and assume that what we learned as children was the whole story. We glean many moral lessons from Old Testament heroes like Abraham, Elijah or Joshua, but we often forget about the important women beside these figures. Aliyah Kennedy will continue to look at popular children’s Bible stories through an adult lens for our May Faith Formation series. This four-part series will look at many well-known stories from the point of view of the women within the stories. Delve deeper into the parts women played in our faith. The series will premier by 9 a.m. beginning Sunday, May 2.

Suitable for Adults Part II: The Women We Miss – Part 1
Suitable for Adults Part II: The Women We Miss – Part 2

Suitable for Adults Part II: The Women We Miss – Part 3
Suitable for Adults Part II: The Women We Miss – Part 4

Adult Faith Formation Class
Forgive and Forget? Being Faithful to Christ in an Unfair World” led by Dr. Jim Butler

What does forgiveness look like? Is it ever okay to forgive and not forget? Must I forgive _____!? How do I know that I am forgiven — by God or by those I have harmed? LPC Pastor Jim Butler will present a two-part video series on Sundays, April 18 and 25 that will explore the often troubling dynamics that come with undeserved harm and injury as we seek to follow the path of Jesus who taught and even commanded his followers to “forgive those who harm you” and never seek or desire vengeance or retaliation.

Forgive and Forget?” – Part 1
Forgive and Forget?” – Part 2


Mission in Malawi

STATIONS OF THE STREET: A Journey with Christ through the Eyes of those Living in Poverty

The artwork normally displayed at North Presbyterian Church during Lent brings us back to the “Stations of the Cross” created in various visuals by members of the North Church fellowship. Jan Soeder and Cinda Gorman give voice to the “Then and Now” of each Station in a special Faith Formation segment available this Sunday, April 11 on our website and YouTube page.

Stations of the Street

Stations of the Cross led by the children of LPC

Stations of the Cross – Parts 1 & 2
Stations of the Cross – Parts 3 & 4
Stations of the Cross – Parts 5 & 6
Stations of the Cross – Parts 7 & 8
Stations of the Cross – Parts 9 & 10
Stations of the Cross – Parts 11 & 12
Stations of the Cross – Parts 13 & 14

Adult Faith Formation Class
Caring for the Caregiver led by Robert Machovec

In this four-part video series beginning Sunday, March 7 and continuing on March 14, 21 and 28, we will explore the joys and challenges of caregiving. What does it mean to be a caregiver? What are the issues, challenges and stress points? What are the emotional and spiritual issues? What are some strategies for coping in being a caregiver? These are just some of the questions we will address in our time together. If you have specific questions that you’d like addressed, please click here to contact the church and we will attempt to address these in the sessions.

The presenter for this series is Robert (Bob) J. Machovec, Jr., a retired United Methodist minister (Elder), East Ohio Conference. He retired in 2016 after 35 years of active ministry. Currently, Bob is Chaplain/Bereavement Coordinator for Caring Hospice Services of Ohio. He and his wife Janet have been attending Lakewood Presbyterian for the past four years.

“Caring for the Caregiver” – Part 1
“Caring for the Caregiver” – Part 2
“Caring for the Caregiver” – Part 3
“Caring for the Caregiver” – Part 4

Adult Faith Formation Class
Divine Light: Stained Glass and the Church led by Aliyah Kennedy

The Light of God can transform us and reveal new beauties, just as colors glow throughout the church as the light passes through its windows. Join Director of Faith Formation Aliyah Kennedy on February 7, 14, 21 and 28 for the Faith Formation series, Divine Light: Stained Glass and the Church, which will be available on the church website Sundays by 9 a.m. This series will reveal the history and process of making stained glass. We will piece together the meanings found within the windows of Lakewood Presbyterian Church and those of historical European cathedrals. In medieval churches, the Bible was brought to life through sculpture and glass. Before the common person could read or have access to the scriptures, their first encounter might have been through the images illuminated in the windows of the church. Window makers and architects drew meaning not only from the images depicted in the glass, but also in the use of the glass itself. Take time with us this February to reflect on how God’s light shines through us as we study the beautiful windows of our church.

“Divine Light: Stained Glass and the Church” – Part 1
“Divine Light: Stained Glass and the Church” – Part 2
“Divine Light: Stained Glass and the Church” – Part 3
“Divine Light: Stained Glass and the Church” – Part 4

Adult Faith Formation Class
Jesus of Nazareth: The Essential Man, Message and Ministry led by Dr. Jim Butler

Many Christians have a sense of the church’s long and complicated path to a theology of Jesus — not what he said and did, but what the church slowly came to claim about the first century Jewish prophet. This is called Christology; it is a different sort of task than discovering what can be known about his cultural and religious background, his family and early life, his essential ethical and theological lessons, and his ministry of healing and exorcism.

LPC Pastor Jim Butler will lead a four-part series beginning Sunday, January 10, aimed at helping us gain a better sense of what many scholars call “the essential Jesus” based primarily on the four New Testament Gospels. The series will cover the cultural, political, and religious environment of first century Roman-occupied Palestine; Jesus’ family history and his religious up-bringing; the influence of John the baptizer and Jesus’ 40-day spiritual transformation in the wilderness; essential theological teachings about the kingdom of God; and his fascinating ministry of emotional and physical healing and deliverance from malevolent spiritual entities.

The series will be available for viewing on the church website on Sundays, January 10, 17, 24 and 31 by 9 a.m.

“Jesus of Nazareth” – Part 1
“Jesus of Nazareth” – Part 2
“Jesus of Nazareth” – Part 3
“Jesus of Nazareth” – Part 4

Adult Faith Formation Class
Still Christmas led by Aliyah Kennedy

“The world in solemn stillness lay,  to hear the angels sing…”

Join Faith Formation Director, Aliyah Kennedy, for a three-part series on the stillness of Christmas. With the challenges facing our community, many families are not gathering as they would in a normal year. This may leave some to experience a quieter Christmas than usual. For others shut in with children, balancing online learning, work and the holidays, it might be hard to find the stillness that we seek this Christmas. Whatever the type of Christmas one may find themselves in, it can be difficult to remember that Christmas is still here. In this series, we will look at examples of stillness in the first Christmas and find ways to connect to our Savior in the quiet or the chaos. This fireside study will premiere on the church website and YouTube by 9 a.m. on December 6, 13 and 20.

“Still Christmas” – Part 1
“Still Christmas” – Part 2
“Still Christmas” – Part 3

Adult Faith Formation Class
A Video Tour of LPC’s Two Organs led by Dr. Ruth Draper

Have you ever wondered what all those buttons are at the organ keyboard, or what the pipes that make each sound look like? Learn about the inner workings of LPC’s two organs with a video tour of the pipe chambers and console with commentary and demonstrations by Dr. Ruth Draper. The series will be available for viewing on the church website on Sundays, November 15 and 22.

How the Organ Works – Part 1
How the Organ Works – Part 2

Adult Faith Formation Class
When Tempers Flare: Staying Together in a Conflicted Time led by Dr. Jim Butler

Looking ahead to what might be a difficult month fraught with conflict, personally and collectively, the Faith Formation Ministry is planning a two-part video series in November on conflict management led by LPC pastor, Jim Butler. The series will be available for viewing on the church website on Sundays, November 1 and 8.

Besides determining who will be the President of the United States in January, the November 3 election will undoubtedly result in lots of angry people and lots of happy people. This has been a very divisive election season and the chances are good it will take months if not years for the tensions to ease and for greater unity to return to our nation. Tempers will flare. The potential for violence is real and very serious. How can we care for those who feel like they lost? What does humble rejoicing look like? How do we talk about it together in ways that foster understanding and healing? The time is right to reflect on how we can better manage conflicts and disagreements and agree to “stay together” even though we passionately disagree.

Pastor Butler will approach this from the perspective of Christian faith using the example of Jesus and the teachings of the Apostle Paul in his New Testament letters to conflicted congregations. He will also introduce a very helpful resource adopted by the 204th (1992) General Assembly, “Seeking to be Faithful Together: Guidelines for Presbyterians During Times of Disagreement.”

“When Tempers Flare” – Part 1
“When Tempers Flare” – Part 2