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Small Groups — Exploring God’s Word and our lives by meeting with friends while sharing laughs and food.
“Alone” isn’t a good way to live life—and it’s far from the rich life Jesus wants us to experience. Everything in life is better when shared. Celebration is richer. Sorrow is more bearable. Serving is more energized. Challenges are put in perspective. Decisions are wiser. We grow faster with people rooting for us, praying for us, and learning with us.
Lake Samm’s groups are great places to connect and grow. They are communities of 4 to 20 people where real life and biblical truth intersect.
We have groups that discuss how to apply the sermon to our lives, groups that study books, groups for various stages of your growth in faith, groups for men, groups for women, groups for different stages of life, and groups for various kinds of activities and interests. In short, we have no shortage of groups. Jump in and enjoy a group this week!
Find the right group for you.
Interested in beginning a Lake Samm Group?
If you want to host or facilitate a group, contact Wanda at 425-463-7000 or WandaF@LakeSamm.org
Serving — Taking on responsibilities to help others, which helps us exercise our faith.
A few years ago, the Lord began to reveal to us the difference between how Jesus took people to new levels in their walk of faith versus how we tend to do it in the modern church. In particular, He showed us how professional ministers tend to carry all the weight, and therefore get most of the growth, of the ministry, even if pastors build strong teams to help. Jesus’ way was to send his followers out in pairs to experience all the demands, needs, hardships, fears, uncertainties, politics, relational issues, etc., so that they could then experience Him in all His anointing, miracles, glories, provision and care as He moved through them. This is how God grows people, so we thought we’d follow suit.
Our ministries are run by volunteer Ministry Teams. They have the benefit of seasoned mentors and team builders, but in the end we take seriously that every person has a unique gift that must be expressed for His body – the church – to function in the fullness He intends.
We also believe that when people step into the things that God prepared for them since before the foundations of the world, they will become absolutely everything He intended them to be. This is the best possible life anyone can ever live.
Lastly, when we enter into the things He has for us, we learn much more deeply who He really is, which inevitably causes us to come into a much deeper love and relationship with Him. As a well-known Bible study says, “Experiencing God” in action is the only way to really come to know Him in fullness.
The opportunities to serve at Lake Samm are endless. From leading a small group to cooking meals for those in need, from leading worship to maintaining the building, from reaching out to those in our community to helping in the office, we have the next place for you to grow in Him.
Get plugged in and let us know where you’d like to share your gifts
Devotionals — Reading God’s Word, praying and just talking with Him daily.
Devos, short for devotionals, are first simply spending time with God in “relational prayer.” The car, the shower, a moment of crisis can all be excellent times to pray. But we also need to spend time alone with those we love. We call this relational prayer because it is spending time just talking with Him as we would our best friend.
This kind of prayer is not going through a checklist of obvious things, such as praying for a loved one who is ill. That prayer is important and can be part of your devotional. But first and foremost, devos are about spending time with God, so that you can discover more deeply why He is really your best friend. If you want to learn more about how to do devos, click here: How to do a Devo
The second element of devotionals is spending time in God’s Word. You can do this many ways, but we highly recommend a reading plan called S.O.A.P. that takes you through scripture in an organized way. To learn more about S.O.A.P., click here: What is S.O.A.P.?
Please note: When we refer to devotionals, we are not talking about reading a devotional book, such as one by Oswald Chambers. Those books can be excellent and very valuable to your walk of faith, but devotionals are primarily about spending time with God in prayer and in the Bible. If you want help please try S.O.A.P first and then feel free to contact us for any additional help.
To contact someone who can help you with “relational prayer” or S.O.A.P. Click here
3-Folds — Joining 3 to 5 people every week to share, care and pray.
Have you ever known the incredible value of having a trusted confidant? Someone to walk through life with in a way that made all the difference? That is what a 3-Fold is all about. These are groups of 3 to 5 people of the same gender who meet weekly. Participants are able to bring up any subject, at any time, for any reason, for the purpose of discussion and prayer.
The best way to form a 3-Fold is to invite someone you know or ask your Small Group or Ministry Team for assistance. If you still need help, contact the church office.
Outreach — Being Jesus’ hands, feet and heart to those who don’t yet know Him locally and around the world.
First, let us help you reach friends, family, co-workers and neighbors through opportunities like Sunday Church, Small Groups, inviting other to serve with you, etc.
Second, Lake Samm will fully equip you to be increasingly effective through Sunday Church, Small Groups, Serving, Devotionals, 3-Folds and much more.
Third, we have very rewarding, ongoing ministries that are touching lives throughout our community. Just contact us below with what you’d most like to do, and we’ll connect you to the right person. We are also deeply involved in Jubilee Reach Center, an incredible multi-church outreach. We’d be happy to make introductions.
We have designed a way for you to experience the lives of our Lake Samm missionaries. We call this our 2-Way Superhighway. It means connecting in some way with a missionary to help them minister, thereby growing your own faith as well, just as if you were on the mission field with them.
For example, using Skype you can participate in a 3-Fold, a Small Group study, etc. with someone across the world. In addition, we’ve had business people set up business arrangements with the people the missionary is serving. There are more ways we are developing all the time.
In essence, we are the missionary’s home-based staff. We meet with them regularly through Skype to brainstorm, pray, and experience the things God is doing through their ministry.
If we can be praying for you in a specific way, please let us know. If you would like to keep your prayer request confidential please idicate that. Click here to submit your prayer request, and know that you will be prayed for this week.
Worshiping God with all He’s given you!
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” [As you do this] God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
~2 Corinthians. 9:6-8.
The Lord established two kinds of giving: the Tithe and the Offering. In the Tithe, the Lord is doing something completely different than what is happening with an Offering.
The spirit of the tithe is Him asking us to faithfully give 10% of our income to acknowledge that He is the one who gave us all our provision. He tells us to give it to our church family so that our family has all the resources it needs to fully accomplish everything He wants us to do.
The tithe is not optional, according to the Lord, nor is the amount variable – tithe means 10% – nor do we have a choice where we give it. Instead the spirit of the tithe is our loving, cheerful, obedient response to our incredible God! In essence it is Him bringing sufficient resources into His house so that His body can manifest Him in a way that cannot happen individually.
For example, if the local church were fully resourced we would be doing things in the community to help people that would make everyone – non-Christians included – know much more fully God’s heart for the hurting. Lake Samm already does a lot of that, but nothing compared to what could be happening.
Right now, people in the overall American church only give about 1.7%. A really good church like Lake Samm will be something less than 3%. What could God do through us if we were fully resourced? Dream…and then be part of the solution – not only with your tithe, but with your heart, hands and feet. This is one of the prime ways that God desires to make Himself known, and it can only happen if we fulfill the full spirit of the tithe.
The Offering is totally different because it is fully under our control. It is our personal response to the Holy Spirit’s leading as He opens our hearts and minds to all sorts of wonderful opportunities. Our offerings are God letting us follow our holy passions!
Do you want to resource a missionary in the part of the world that God has laid on your heart? Perhaps you are especially moved to resource the outreach that is happening to the children in our neighborhood through Jubilee Reach and/or Youth for Christ? Maybe you’ve heard how much difference clean water can make, or maybe you have a passion to stop human trafficking?
The world is full of opportunities. The offering is the Lord’s way of allowing us to make a personal, unique contribution according to how He made us.
Feel free to give an offering for something Lake Samm is doing, or any other organization. Again, it is your choice!
If you are making a tithe or just giving a general gift, select General Fund in the dropdown. If you giving an Offering be sure to designate where you want it to go
• To give without a Login click on “Click Here to give without logging in”
• To give with a Login click on “Click Here to give by logging in”
If you are using a Login, you will have to set up a user name and password the first time you log on. If you use the email we have on file, then it will take one minute. If we don’t recognize your email, there will be an extra step that will take some time.
When you are logged on, click the “Give” tab and select one of the options. It is easy and fast and keeps your giving up to date automatically. You can also set it up to give a specified number of gifts, which is perfect for fulfilling your pledge!
NOTE: be sure to designate your giving by clicking the Dropdown labeled “Select One.”