Faith Formation Videos

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

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