Current and Upcoming Classes
Men’s and Women’s Healing Care Groups (16 weeks)
The purpose of these small groups are to encounter the power of Christ in a personal way, specifically in areas of our lives where there are wounds and/or struggles. In these groups, we will begin the process of healing wounds, hearing Truth from God, and restoring us to the men and women that more closely resemble God’s original design.
To register for this Healing Care Group, please call 724-266-7576 or email: email@example.com and let us know what your are interested in participating in.
Thursday, April 5, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s church in Sewickley, PA.
Mark Ongley will be ministering, “The Naked Reality: Understanding God’s Design.”
Facing and Healing Life’s Hurts
This one day seminar will help you look at areas of your life in which you are aware of struggles with current and/or past hurts. Jesus desires us to encounter His healing presence in any area of our life where there is hurt, struggle, or defeat. Join us in learning how to face our wounds, and find healing through prayer.
To register for Facing and Healing Life’s Hurts, please call 724-266-7576 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what class or event you’re interested in registering for.
Listening for Heaven’s Sake
April 7 & 21, 2018 at Valley Church. Register by emailing email@example.com
A follow up class for those who went through the Healing Care Groups. This group is open only to those who have completed the Healing Care 16 week’s group. It is a nine-week study about the core longings we all have. Co-led by Valerie Vitunic and Fran Mccarthy and will be held at Church of the Savior in Ambridge beginning April 3. The current class is now closed. For more information regarding registering for Healing Pathways, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Course in Communications and Caring
Building Genuine Trust and Openness
April 7 and 21, 2018 from 9 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: O’Dell Merriman
The Freedom In Christ Retreat was an amazing time spent in the presence of God and being transformed through His healing touch. I was greatly blessed when I pushed past my fears, doubts and other barriers to attend the retreat.
A friend of mine told me about the FIC retreat and encouraged me to go. She knows that I have been struggling with past and present hurts and other issues. She felt that the retreat would be beneficial for me. I however was reluctant to sign up. I didn’t know anyone going on the trip and have never been on a retreat like this before. After talking to a few other friends who encouraged me to go, I signed up, with much trepidation.
I knew that I was meant to go to the retreat and that it would be a powerful time Thursday night, Sept. 21st. I had my suitcase opened and ready to start packing when I felt a darkness come over me. It wrapped me up as if there were many invisible ropes trying to hold me back. My mind suddenly seemed so muddled that I could not figure out what I was supposed to pack. I became so frustrated and emotional, that it paralyzed me from being able to do anything. My husband told me that I didn’t have to go on the retreat if it was going to frustrate me this much. At that moment, I knew that I had to go! I had to fight past whatever was holding me back. I said, “No, I am going!” Silently, I prayed, “God if you want me to go on this retreat you need to make me get ready. Take the ropes, frustrations and blockade away from me, so that I can do your will.” A warmth and peace spread through me. I was able to pack and get ready for the trip without any trouble.
Friday morning I carpooled to the retreat with another participant. We had never met before. She was a sweet and friendly woman. We talked the whole way to the retreat, getting to know each other a bit. As we chatted, we realized that there were a lot of similarities between the two of us. It was an enjoyable trip.
The location was so beautiful, welcoming us to join God in this place of His handiwork. A place to enjoy, relax and just be with Him. The retreat itself was amazing! The worship time alone was a blessing, where we were able to fully focus on the words that we were singing to God. To feel His presence with us and know that He wanted each of us there for a specific reason. Knowing that our Lord wanted to do something special in our lives that weekend. God seemed to be flowing through every aspect of the retreat. From the songs and the talks from the leaders, to the small groups that we shared with and the activities that moved us through the weekend, there were so many wonderful “God” moments mixed into the retreat.
The most profound aspect of the retreat for me was when I felt God lifting some of this “darkness and heaviness” that I have felt for a long time. First, I was praying with two of the leaders and dealing with some past hurts. I had so much pain, hurt, anger, confusion, self-blame and even hatred wrapped up in them. I been dealing with these for a long time, but as we prayed and talked, I could sense God wrapping his arms around me. He knew how much I hurt and how many tears I have cried. I could feel His love for me and He never intended for this pain to be part of my life. He would work through me and help me heal. It was like a warm wave washing over me, cleaning me. I felt so much lighter as I walked out of the room. Later that same day, I did a healing prayer time with two of the leaders. One happened to be one of the ladies that I had prayed with earlier. As I sat down, she asked how I was feeling after our earlier prayer. I told her I was feeling much better. She told me that I had a glow that I didn’t have before. It warmed my heart. As we did the healing prayer, I thought it would be more dealing with my past pain, but God changed courses. He had a different plan. We dealt with a different situation. Again, I could sense God was with me; He was standing with me in my safety place with His hand on my shoulder. The leaders and I prayed and talked about where God was directing me. Once again, God told me that the pain was not what He had wanted for me. He said that if I trusted Him, he would take care of this for me. I don’t know how or when He will “take care of this” but I know whatever His timing that He is here for me. Later when we gathered in our small group for the next to last time, two of the ladies said that there was something different with me. One said that I was glowing and peaceful appearing. That’s exactly how I felt. It amazed me that others could see this in me. I know I still have more to do in my life, but I am so grateful and happy that I took this first step and went on the Freedom In Christ retreat.
Just returned home from the Freedom in Christ weekend. Can’t express the feeling of the Holy spirit there from the great setting at life ministries to the wonderful staff who are truly warriors for Christ. What a powerful three days of prayer,worship and love,definately learned a lot about myself but have so much more work to do. Would recommend this to anyone who is searching for your Heavenly father also the lazarus center has many exciting classes log on to their page to explore more.
Before the Freedom in Christ (FIC) retreat, I had no idea what to expect and even felt a little reluctant to go, since I signed up by myself. But I can say with confidence that the retreat far exceeded what I could have even hoped! I experienced the healing power and grace of Jesus in ways that I know I will continue to unpack for a long time in what seems like the beginning of a real journey of wholeness. I truly believe that Jesus used The Lazarus Center (TLC) for his good work, and I can’t wait to see how he will continue to use TLC not only in my own life, but in the lives of so many others. Thank you for all your work to make this retreat happen!
Can I tell you what the Freedom in Christ Retreat meant to me? This weekend was all about positioning ourselves for the healing presence of Jesus to come in a very profound way!! And that happened to me! I believe God had prepared me in advance in many ways before I got to the FIC retreat. He had been teaching me to come to him in the “stuck” places—you know those areas where we all as disciples of Jesus get hung up—like painful memories, or the recurring negative thoughts that come like a tape-recorder over and over to our minds that we know, or don’t even realize, are contrary to what God says about us, or maybe emotional junk that trips us up and keeps us from being all God made us to be. Through Biblical teaching, amazing worship times, vulnerable testimonies of inner hearing, safe small group discussion, and leaders who were led by the holy Spirit in praying for and over the participants, the atmosphere allowed for a positioning of my heart to hear God’s voice in a very profound and REAL way. His voice to me is healing me and drawing me closer and closer to Him, and as a result He is leading me through those hard “stuck” places. I am so very grateful for his Grace to me in showing himself to me in such a personal way and I am forever changed. I believe it is for every Christ-follower…you will leave the FIC transformed as you encounter the living Jesus perhaps in a way you have never experienced Him before!
Thank you Lazarus Center Jodi Renner
The Lazarus Center
Statement of Faith
- We believe in one God existing in persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as attested to in the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds.
- We believe that salvation is a gift of God and can only be received through faith in Jesus Christ, his Son.
- We believe the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired word of God, to contain all things necessary for salvation and to be authoritative in all matters of morality.
- We believe that human beings are created in the image of God an, like God, are triune in nature: that, having a body, a soul, and a spirit which are inter-related.
- We believe that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, God is able to heal any and every human disease of body, soul, and spirit.
The Lazarus Center is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit ministry. When you sow into our ministry, it goes directly into continuing our healing ministry through classes, providing prayer for inner healing as part of our ministry and support, pastoral counseling. If you would like to donate to TLC, you can go to this link. Please consider a tax deductible gift. Thank you for your prayers and support.