Health Ministry is rooted in the teachings of John Wesley, founder of Methodism, on health promotion and disease prevention—teaching more than two centuries ahead of modern science.

Scientific studies demonstrate the relationship of body, mind, and spirit. More than 80 percent of illness could be prevented and is related to lifestyle and poverty. A positive correlation has been found between the number of social contacts and level of wellness.

 ​​​        What does Health Ministry look like?

Home, nursing home, and hospital visitation
Education-promoting wellness and spiritual support by      integrating faith and health, newsletter articles, bulletin boards.
Assisting-advocacy and finding resources in the area
Listening—health counseling, advocating personal responsibility, socialization to decrease isolation
Training—coordinating volunteers, organizing support groups
Health screenings—blood pressures


Suicide Prevention Crisis 988

Human Services Directory

Local agencies that provide social services, food help, retirement, elder care, and much more.    814-459-3663

Second Harvest Food Bank of NW Pa
Provides food assistance for seniors, families, school-children.
National Alliance of Mental Illness
Information on Mental Health Conditions and ways to support family dealing with mental health issues.
Mental Health Association of NW Pa.
Support groups and activities to help families dealing with mental health issues
National Institutes of Health
Health information, Clinical Research Trials
National Institute for Senior Health
Aging-related information for family members

Medline Plus health topics, drugs, supplements. Includes: Pictures, tutorials, medical dictionary and surgical videos.
Information and strategies to cope with various mental health issues.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Diseases and Conditions, Traveler’s Health, Vaccines and Immunizations
United Methodist Health Ministry Network Center for Health

Monthly listing of health awareness items.
National Institute on Aging at NIH

Nursing Home Abuse Advocacy Center

A complete resource center on abuse in nursing homes, offering any help possible.


The transportation team grew out of a need to assist some of our members get to medical appointments, grocery stores or church. If you are in need of a ride for any of these reasons, call the church office at 814-833-4131 to make arrangements.

Provide your name, address, phone number and time you would need to be picked up. Please schedule 48-72 hours in advance. The transportation coordinator will contact you to confirm and let you know who will be transporting you.  

      TRACY/Asbury BACKPACK 2022-23 School Year


                 I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.”

                                                                                         Matthew 25:35

The Tracy/Asbury Backpack program provides a weekend bag of food for 80-90 students at Tracy and Asbury Elementary School each week of the school year.  This program of the Second Harvest Food Bank is coordinated by the Health Ministry Team at Lakewood United Methodist Church and funded by Auto Racers for Kids. Eligible students receive 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and 2 snacks every Friday. Nutritious items include: cereal, juice, soup, snack bars, pretzels, fruit, and easy to heat meals in a cup.

                  Volunteers are needed to help in the following ways:

1. DRIVERS: Pick-up food from Second Harvest Food Bank
               Wednesday Morning at 10:30am 

2. PACKERS: Pack food bags at Lakewood UM Church. Teams of 4-5 people           needed for each of these time slots.

               Wednesday evening 6:30 pm (1st and 3rd weeks of the month)
               Wednesday morning 11:30 am (2nd & 4th week of the month)

3. DRIVERS: Deliver bags to Tracy and Asbury Schools

               Thursday 10:00am    

Join us as we work to provide food for children in our community. Your support can help 1 in 4 children locally who are in need. 


Bereavement Program: “Journeying Through Grief”

The Health Ministry Team oversees the “Journeying Through Grief” program. This Stephen Ministry bereavement program is a series of four short books that are sent to grieving people during the first year after a loved one has died. Each book focuses on the feelings and issues the person is likely to be experiencing at that point in his or her grief. A brief note or card accompanies each booklet. These expressions of love and support can help grieving people walk through their grief and experience a sense of hope and peace. We pray that this program will help our loved ones who are dealing with the loss of someone significant in their life.

In addition to the booklets, Faith Circle has expanded their card ministry to support those dealing with loss. If you know of someone in our congregation who could benefit from this support or if you want to know more about this ministry, contact the church office at 814-833-4131.          

Lakewood  United Methodist Church  3856 West 10th Street  814.833.4131 
                Rev. Kathleen Schoeneck, Pas​tor

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Lakewood volunteers continue to help with weekly food distributions at the Second Harvest Food Bank. We are currently serving 130 to 150 families each week. Eligible people can receive food one to two times each month. Residents must have income levels no greater than 150% of the federal poverty guidelines: 

Household of 1: no more than $2095/month 
Household of 2: no more than $2823/month 
Household of 3: no more than $3551/month 
Household of 4: nor more than $4278/month 

If you or someone you know is in need of food, you can contact the Second Harvest Food Bank at 814-459-3663.
If you would like to volunteer to help, contact Maria Spicher at or at 814-397-8545. 

Donations are gratefully accepted. Every dollar donated provides 5 meals.
Donate online at: or by check to: 
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania
1507 Grimm Drive
Erie, PA 16501 

Thank you to everyone who helps in any way!


​​​​​Lakewood  United Methodist Church

3856 West Tenth Street

Erie, PA  16505


 Pastor Kathleen Schoeneck 

Lakewood United Methodist Church Erie PA is a loving congregation 

focused  on helping people discover, experience and

know the love and presence of Jesus Christ. 

Wellness is much more than merely physical health, exercise or nutrition. It is the full integration of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Christ touches all dimensions of what it is to be human. Wellness itself is a holistic, expansive, and broad category, as indicated by the Wholeness Wheel portrayed here. Seeking wellness is central to being a disciple of Christ and is integral to effective and faithful leadership in a church in mission for the sake of the world.

The Wholeness Wheel was developed by the InterLutheran Coordinating Committee on Ministerial Health and Wellnes. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 

  ​ “I have come that you may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 

Our mission

of the Lakewood Health Ministry is to help members of our congregation achieve wholeness of body, mind and spirit.  This is accomplished by raising awareness of health issues, providing resources, advocacy and assistance so individuals and the church can improve and maintain wholistic health.


This is a program of fresh food distribution for those in need of food assistance.  It takes place on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 2:30pm and also the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 4:00pm at the Second Harvest Food Bank. If you are in need of fresh produce you must register at or call 814.459.3663, ext. 117

On pick up day, arrive no earlier than an hour before distribution and have your ID ready. 

For more information, call Suzie Rosendahl at 814-881-7783. 

We always need people to help distribute the food as well.