Community ministries including outreach and missions are another focus for us at Lakewood United Methodist Church as a way to serve God. We welcome all who are interested in serving God and learning more about the programs that we offer. Feel free to reach us at for questions concerning our community ministries.

How We Serve God

Africa University

Scholarship & Women’s Housing at Africa University

LUMC volunteers schedule events to raise money to fund LUMC’s scholarship at Africa University in Zimbabwe. Your participation in events and direct contributions to the scholarship fund are appreciated. LUMC also contributes financially to a number of other UMC related mission projects. There is an Africa University endowment that provides full scholarship (tution and room) for a student each year. LUMC has committed to raise $20,000 to provide safe housing for woman at Africa University in Zimbabwe.

Community Meals

All are welcome! LUMC hosts a community meal in Daniels Hall. Volunteers are always welcome to help with cooking, serving and cleanup. This is an excellent opportunity to serve the community as well as enjoy fellowship with others.

Community meals are served twice a month:

  • Second Saturday of the month (80 – 100 people served) – come at 4:00 pm to help out, and at 5:30 pm to eat / serve; or later to help clean up

  • Fourth Tuesday of the month (60 – 80 people served) – come at 4:00 pm to help out, and at 5:30 pm to eat / serve; or later to help clean up

Flat Rock

Flat Rock's mission is to provide outstanding services which transforms the lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and persons with critical needs through a dedication to caring and excellence that demonstrates Christian values.

Race at the Rock occurs every year, in memory of Dick Parks.

To find out more: click here

To Donate: click here – pick the Designation: Race at the Rock Family & Friends and in the Comments add #LUMC4PARKS 

Cleveland Foodbank

Most Monday mornings, a group of dedicated volunteers head to the Cleveland Foodbank to pack lunches. Come join in. Monday’s from 8:00am to 10:00am.

Meet at: 15500 S Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110

Contact Palmer Chin at to carpool.

Malachi House

Malachi House is a 15 bed facility created out of a Christian sense of ministry and serves the terminally ill without cost or regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin. It relies totally on the generosity of the community – it receives no government support. Questions, contact Doug Ely at Here are the items they need the most:

  • Launday detergent (liquid-rated for high energy machines)

  • Trash bags (13 & 30 gallon sizes)

  • Coffee (ground-regular or decaf, no flavors)

  • Broth (canned-beef, chicken & vegetable)

  • Jello (all flavors but no sugar frees)

  • Single serve sugar and creamer packets

  • Fruit juices (orange, apple or grape)

  • Dishwasher detergent (liquid only) & detergent rinse aid

  • Gift cards (Home Depot, Giant Eagle, Dave’s Market & Save-a-Lot)

  • First Class postage stamps

Shawl Ministry

The Shawl Ministry offers those who knit or crochet an opportunity to gather in fellowship and service on the second Saturday of each month.

Supplies 4 Success

The Supplies4Success drive through the Lakewood Schools Foundation has provided support for thousands of Lakewood families over the years. Karen Lee, coordinator, wanted her words shared with you: "We are extremely grateful for the years of support LUMC has given to this project. LUMC donations are part of the bedrock of this drive and we are grateful each year for your generosity. You all have truly made a difference in the lives of children and families in our community."

The next Supplies 4 Success drive will begin in August. Check back here for more details. Have questions? Contact Barb Morrison at

Trials For Hope

Trial size toiletries: soap, toothpaste, shampoo you may have packed them for a trip or used them in a hotel; Johnathan Gray ( was passing them out at homeless camps in Cleveland. The homeless were so appreciative of Johnathan’s outreach, that they remarked, “you give us hope." Johnathan formalized his outreach forming the non-profit, Trials for Hope. Nine years later, Trials for Hope is bringing fresh produce, non-perishables, and toiletries to hundreds of homeless and impoverished individuals/families every week.

LUMC supports Trials For Hope by helping with food collection, food packaging, and food distribution.

Trials For Hope Monthly Collection Schedule

  • January- Canned Soup/Chili

  • February- Noodles

  • March- Spaghetti Sauce

  • April- Canned Fruit/Applesauce

  • May- Tuna

  • June- Peanut Butter

  • July- Jelly

  • August- Macaroni and Cheese

  • September- Laundry Soap/Dish Soap

  • October- Canned Veggies

  • November – Noodles/Sauce

  • December- Canned Soup/Chili

Money donations is always accepted to buy meat and fresh vegetables.
Click here for more information.

Bike Hope Love

Bike Hope Love began in 1987 as a small group of Methodist cyclists called Pedaling Parsons that shared a passion for cycling, community and helping their vulnerable neighbors.

They had the idea that instead of just riding for fun and fitness, they could ride with a purpose. The vision of that founding group resulted in a decades-long movement that has pedaled over 18,000 miles and has raised over $900,000 for mission projects in the United States and around the world.

Click here for more information.