• (Updated) Mrs. Stephanie Van Loton called as teacher for 5th and up

    Update: Mrs. Van Loton returned the call, expressing her encouragement that Lakewood Lutheran has many great blessings from God, and that He is surely caring for our school as we anticipate the next school year.  At this point, the call window has closed for obtaining a list of teachers currently serving in other schools. We will submit a request for a teacher candidate from Martin Luther College. But there are similar needs at many congregations. If God does not provide a candidate for us, necessity will constrain us to make some compromises to continue offering high quality education in a way that fulfills the needs of our teachers and the mission of our church.

    Mrs. Van Loton currently serves at Peace Lutheran (WELS) in Livonia, Michigan. She and her husband, Steven, have two daughters. One is in high school and the other just started college. We pray for God’s blessing on her deliberation of this call.

  • Mrs. Terri Elder called as 5th-8th grade teacher for 2022-2023 (Returned)

    The church council in its capacity as the board of education for Lakewood Lutheran Church, met Wednesday, March 16, and extended a divine call to Mrs. Terri Elder. If she accepts this call, Mrs. Elder will teach the 5th through 8th grade classroom at Lakewood Lutheran School next year, and also serve as our director of athletics. She is currently teaching at Michigan Lutheran High School in St. Joseph, Michigan. This is a school similar to Evergreen Lutheran High School here in Tacoma. Mrs. Elder and her husband Benjamin have three children, ages 11, 9, and 4. We pray for her deliberation as she considers where she might best serve our Lord and His Church. “Gracious Lord Jesus, You have sent your Spirit to guard and keep your Church through Your Word. bless Mrs. Elder and her family as she weighs the opportunity you have presented for her to serve at Lakewood Lutheran. Bless our school and Michigan Lutheran High School as we make preparations for the coming school year.  We trust that You will provide, for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever. Amen.”

    Update: Mrs. Elder returned the call to Lakewood Lutheran on March 31, 2020. She is thankful for the opportunity to get to know our congregation and school, but has concluded that her work in Michigan is not yet finished. We pray for God’s blessing on her continuing work there, and that ask that He would provide what our school needs for the next school year.

  • LYA 2022
    LYA will be happening in 2022!
    Here is some preliminary info to forward onto your youth (promotional materials will be out in early Feb.):
    LYA 2022, “Out of Zion” 
    July 28-31 
    Held at Dixie State University (Utah Tech University), St. George, Utah
    (We will be making a trip to Zion National Park during the convention)
    Cost: $200
    (The Board for Youth Outreach has slashed the price in order to encourage as many to attend as possible! Cost would otherwise be around a hundred dollars more!)
    Registration will be opening Tuesday, February 8.
    Who can come?
    Open to confirmed youth (exceptions can be made for groups bringing those in confirmation).

    What about youth who missed out in 2020 & 2021?  They can attend as either a youth or youth leader based on your church’s circumstances.  Every church needs to send at least one youth leader/chaperone of the same gender as the students (consider paying their way as a church).  If your church is unable to send a youth leader/chaperone, consider partnering with another congregation.

  • Christianity 101 Wednesdays at 3:45-5:15 PM

    We have another opportunity for those who are less familiar with the beliefs and practices of Lakewood Lutheran Church and School to learn more! A class that covers this introduction is often called “Christianity 101,” but it’s not just a matter of studying information. Living a Christian life is just as much about what we do as what we believe. This class teaches the practice of receiving God’s spiritual gifts and applying them in our lives.  It is organized around Martin Luther’s Small Catechism that our students learn, so sometimes we call this “catechesis.”

    Pastor Jacobsen is starting a brand-new weekly “Christianity 101” series on Wednesday, January 19, meeting from 3:45-5:15. All are welcome. Our purpose is to be led by God through His Word to a strong, active, and joyful faith in Jesus Christ. There are 24 lessons, but rather than rushing through, we will encourage and support interactive participation, putting what we learn into action. Current Lakewood Lutheran members may also attend to support and refresh their own active faith.

  • Pastor Jacobsen is holding a divine call to Immanuel, Salem as school principal

    Pastor Jacobsen received a divine call this week to Immanuel Lutheran Church and School (WELS) in Salem, Oregon. The call is to serve as Principal, teaching the upper classroom (6th–8th) in the next school year. The church also has a vacancy in its 1st and 2nd grade classroom. He will deliberate this call for at least the next two weeks, and would appreciate your prayers and counsel. Especially helpful would be your ideas about the needs of Lakewood Lutheran, the work needed to achieve our goals, or how the Jacobsens might uniquely fit into that work. You may use the contact information on the service folder to reach him.

    UPDATE: Pastor Jacobsen announced that he returned the call on Sunday, January 16. He thanks all who have prayed for God’s blessings on his deliberation.

  • Lakewood Lutheran Church Celebrates 75 Years

    Seventy-five years ago on November 27, 28, and 29 services were held in Lakewood by missionaries representing the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Those gatherings grew into Lakewood Lutheran Church. We will celebrate God’s blessings over that time on Sunday, November 28, with a service at 3 PM using the forward-looking theme, “Thy Word Shall Fortify us Hence.” ELS President Glenn Obenberger will preach the sermon highlighting 75 years of teaching “children” to speak the praises of God. Friends of the congregation are encouraged to attend either in person or online. The livestream link will be published on the church’s Facebook page, or may be found at the YouTube channel when the service begins. In-person guests are invited to a catered dinner after the service, to be held in the church basement.

  • Lakewood Lutheran calls Miss Rachel M. Taasaas for the 2022-2023 school year

    On Tuesday, November 16, 2021 Lakewood Lutheran Church extended a teaching call to Miss Rachel M. Taasaas to teach in the following school year. She currently serves St. Matthew Lutheran Elementary School in Spokane, Washington. We pray for God’s blessing upon her deliberation of this call, hoping that she will be led to join Lakewood’s staff during the summer of 2022.

  • Quarterly Meeting Planned on Tuesday, October 12

    Members of Lakewood Lutheran Church will meet at 5 PM on October 12, 2021 for our next quarterly meeting. Items for consideration include our organization under a church council format, the potential calling of at least one teacher for the next school year, and maintenance needs on the property. There may be other items, but we will try to keep the meeting moving along and finish our business within an hour. To that end, officers and those who bring business for the meeting are asked to provide written reports by Sunday, October 10. That will allow attendees to read them ahead of time.


  • Strategic Planning

    Many members of Lakewood Lutheran have expressed a desire to see our congregation thrive. Can you be more specific about what you would like to see in the next 3-4 years or so? Please plan to attend a meeting Friday, August 20 to talk about the things we face: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Then after church on August 22, we will have a potluck as we discuss what goals we’d like to set. This process will be facilitated by Pastor Larry Wentzlaff, our synod’s Evangelism and Missions Counselor.

  • Summer, 2021 Rummage Sale

    Our community is invited to visit a rummage sale on August 5-7, 2021. Church members and school families are invited to support the sale including setup and cleanup. Donors of items may drop them off earlier in the week from August 2 through 4.