Upcoming Events

Lakeside Annual Meetings, 2022

Sunday, Feb 20 / 9:00AM
Join us for our Annual Meetings following our 9:00 AM & 10:30 AM services on Sunday, February 20. These brief meetings are for all members of Lakeside 14 and older. We will supply you with our Annual Report booklet and give you the opportunity to affirm or decline the slate of elders and trustees recommended by our current elders for the 2022 year. Ten days prior to the annual meeting you should receive notification of the upcoming meeting and details by mail. On February 13, the elders recommended for 2022 will gather in the lobby for a Meet & Greet following services. Thank you for being an invested member of the Lakeside family.

New to Lakeside?

Starting Point Meal

Sunday, Jan 23 / 11:45AM
Interested in Lakeside but don’t know how to start getting involved? Join us at Starting Point and meet the staff over an informal meal.


Sunday, Jan 30 / 10:30AM
Pathway is a conversation for those who are interested in exploring a relationship with Jesus and responding to his grace and mercy. For those who have completed the class and would like to be baptized, we'd love to arrange this for you as well.

Welcome to Lakeside

Sunday, Feb 6 / 10:30AM
Welcome to Lakeside is a class to help you learn about who we are as a Church, what it means to be fully engaged at Lakeside, and to give you an opportunity to make Lakeside your church home.

News & Updates

Jr. High FORGE Conference (Oct. 29-30)

Our Jr. High students had a great time attending Lincoln Christian University's FORGE Conference. Sixteen students and five leaders were able to experience the awesome weekend! We learn about what it meant to be anchored in community and anchored in Christ through the main sessions. We also had the opportunity to attend breakout sessions about leadership, curiosity, missions, and self-care. The weekend was also filled with lots of fun activities and games! The students have already been talking about going again next year!

Groups & Classes for Winter/Spring

Groups and classes are a great way to become a deeper part of community at Lakeside while digging into God’s Word. This winter/spring we are offering several options for participants.

1. Sermon-Based Groups. Our sermon-based groups offered throughout the week as you will see in the schedule on our "Small Groups" page. Just listen to the weekly sermon from the gospel of John and complete a few study-guide questions each week before meeting to discuss, encourage, and sharpen one another. The sermon series will be called, "First Love".

2. Financial Peace University. Evan & Courtney Westlake will be leading through a nine-week class that will help you use your money in a God-honoring way while saving for emergencies, paying off debt, spending wisely and investing for your future. The class is limited to 15 participants. FPU will start February 2.

3. Forgiving What You Can’t Forget is a 12-week class for women who are ready to deal with the pain of carrying unforgiveness. Traci Hannah and Teresa Tudor will be facilitating this class which is limited to 10 participants.

4. The Spiritual Disciplines of Jesus. Eric Radecki will be leading a class about emulating the practices of Jesus each Wednesday from 6:00-7:30 PM in the Worship Center. This is a great chance for you to learn and practice disciplines as you cooperate with the Holy Spirit.

5. The Art of Marriage. This 7-week class is for couples of all ages who want to be at the heart of God's design for marriage. Meets Sundays at 9:00 AM in Room 128 with Paul & Sunny Boatman.

Sign up for a group or class by clicking on this link: lakesidechristian.com/Groups. Groups start up the week of January 12. Lakeside’s Kids Groups and Jr. Hi. Student Groups will be meeting each Wednesday from 5:45 to 7:45 which should be a help for parents interested in a group of their own. Below are more details about groups and classes.

Financial Peace University is a nine-week class designed to help you with a step-by-step plan to use your money in a God-honoring way. You will learn how to save for emergencies, pay off debt fast, spend wisely, and invest for your future. The class led by Evan & Courtney Westlake will feature video presentations with commonsense teaching of biblical money principles that work. We have room for a limited number of participants so sign up soon. The class will begin on Wednesday, February 2 at 6 pm at Lakeside Room 120. Children’s programming for birth through 5th Grade is also available.

The Spiritual Disciplines of Jesus is a 12-week class led by Eric Radecki and meeting in the Worship Center on Wednesdays at 6 pm. If we want to follow after Jesus and emulate his behaviors, then we ought to know what he did. Jesus was fully God, one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. The Gospels show us how Jesus, also fully human, modeled a partnership of the Spirit in practical behaviors for his followers to imitate. This class will delve into the spiritual disciplines practiced by Jesus and give us the opportunity to put them into practice ourselves. Children’s programming for birth through 5th Grade is also available.

Forgiving What You Can’t Forget is a 12-week class for women led by Traci Hannah and Teresa Tudor. The class is for those who are ready to deal with the pain of carrying unforgiveness. An investment of reading and personal study is required for the healing, growth, and freedom of this journey. This video-based class will begin on Thursday, January13 at Lakeside, Chapel. Book and study guide purchase of $20 will be required. Group size is limited to ten and is filling.

The Art of Marriage is a 7-week class for couples of all ages led by Paul & Sunny Boatman. Every marriage is a blending of colorful personalities textured by circumstances which God can turn into a masterpiece. This class will begin at 9:00 AM on Sunday, February 13 at Lakeside Room 128. A workbook purchase of $10 is required. [Some of you may have started this class in February 2020 when it was interrupted by Covid. If so, find your workbook and join us the class again.]

Lakeside Missions

Christian Student Fellowship

CSF exists to help students find their way back to God on the UIS campus. You can help by praying for the staff and the students they hope to reach this fall. Check out this Facebook (www.facebook.com/uiscsf) to keep up to date and direct your prayers. CFS Staff includes: Samuel & Renee Nassiff, David & Lindsey Lasley, and Gretchen Magruder. Below are some ways you might help this important ministry in the coming days and weeks. Also see: info@uiscsf.org 

1) Snacks. A group of 20-25 students will be gathering each Monday in the Fall/Spring semesters. Individually packaged chips, popcorn, sweet snack, candy,  or 24 packs of bottled water will be much appreciated.

2) Supplies. collapsible cart, reams of paper, blue pens, name tags

3) Gift Cards. These are used for prizes and student connections. $10 Door Dash, Walmart, Aldi, Steak N Shake, Starbucks and $25 for Walmart and area restaurants

4) Funds. Consider a special financial gift.  

5) Prayer. Pray for the students to remain committed to Jesus Christ and connect with small groups. Pray for the current school year and increased opportunities. Read 12 stories of ministry impact at uiscsf.org

6) Other Ways to Bless: Check out CFS's Amazon wish list: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1QXTH56ZYERZV/ref=hz_ls_biz_ex   

Thank You! Your donations provided furniture and home goods for our international students who often arrive without basic furnishings. Forty-six students were helped in furnishing their living spaces and participated in meal. It was a great start to a new school year and possibilities in discipling international students at UIS! In all, 200 new students made contact during our Welcome week! Lakeside was able to send a gift of $1,500 for the Year End Challenge to help meet CFS budget needs.

Make plans now to attend the CFS Annual Fundraising Event at Erin's Pavilion at 6:30 PM on April 2, 2022. It will be an evening of celebrating God's work in CSF over the last 28 years and looking forward to what He will do next.

Inner City Mission

ICM is all about helping the homeless find lasting stability. Their efforts are geared toward keeping the virus out of the house especially since the homeless are a high-risk population, often with compromised immune systems. They have a set of guidelines for quarantining.   

To help you can PRAY:  

  • Mental & physical health of residents and for opening of deeper conversations for sharing the Gospel.  
  • Request grace and patience for staff as well as the families who are “cooped up”.  
  • Donations: non-essential donations not being taken however, they WILL take food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies.   

Scott & Connie Payne finished their book, Unlocking a Broken World. The book gives a window into the homeless world and into the lives of the family and people working or volunteering at the Mission. The book now available. Contact the mission at innercitymission.net You can also read a multi-part article series on homelessness at: innercitymission.net/articles

Lewis Memorial Christian Village

Lewis Memorial Christian Village seeks to provide exceptional senior living and health care in a loving, Christian environment. LMCV strives to be a place where residents are honored and nurtured because every person is equally valued by God. LMCV is at 3400 W Washington Street in Springfield. You can visit their website at christianhorizonsliving.org/locations/lewis-memorial-christian-village 

Lakeside has had a supporting relationship with Lewis Memorial Christian Village for many years and many Lakesiders have resided there for short-term recovery or long-term care. We have a team of volunteers who serve monthly wrapping silverware and serving water in residents rooms. We desire to have enough Lakeside volunteers to assist on the 2nd Monday over each month. If you would like to help in any way, please contact the church office and we will connect you with our Co-Key Auxiliary Ladies Linda Rhodes and Carol Smith. Individual serving opportunities can be scheduled through Amy in the Activities Department or through Debi Menki our Volunteer Coordinator at 217-787-9600.  

You may also find out about serving at LMCV with other Lakesiders, by filling out the form at  https://www.lakesidechristian.com/TeamsConnect?OpportunityId=21  

Pioneer Bible Translators

Pioneer Bible’s worldwide is now a team of 573 working among 100.3 million people speaking 106 languages in 27 countries! Visit the PBT website at: pioneerbible.org 

Specifically, Jeff and Laura Wilhoit have news that the long process of translation for the Toma people has resulted in an accepted translation of the New Testament! Jeff will be heading back to Africa to help work on an audio recording of the NT in early 2022.  PBT is also working on publishing 20+ books of the Toma Bible electronically by the end of this year, bringing the total number of published books to over 40. 

  • Pray for all the people who will have the opportunity to hear and read the New Testament in their own heart language and be transformed by doing so.
  • Pray for the preparation and planning of a new Global Sending and Sign Language Center to be built on the PBT grounds through Jeff's leadership and oversight. 
  • For more frequent updates from Jeff & Laura as they work to complete and publish the Toma Bible, contact laura.wilhoit@pbti.org 
  • Pray for goals of NT Recording in early 2022 and publishing of the Bible by mid-2023. Pray for health of the participants and for a smooth process with God's protection.
  • Pray for a safe and productive trip to Africa for Jeff in early 2022.  

Restore Church Plant

Restore Christian Church is a church planted by Ignite Church Planting. It is located about an hour and a half south of Springfield in Highland, Illinois. With your help, Lakeside has been supporting this church plant as they meet every Sunday in person and online at 10:30 AM. Please pray for this young family of believers and their lead minister Aaron Kelso. Check out their website to see what is going on: restorechristianchurch.org or visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/restorechurchhighland.

In late November, Lakeside was able to send $1,500 to help with the repair of the truck used for weekly service set up. Pray for those who diligently set up and tear down everything needed for their weekly services and for those in the community whom might find Christ through their efforts.

Myanmar Hope

Please visit Myanmar Hope Christian Mission on their Facebook page and their website at myanmarhope.org to view pictures and hear all the ways our brothers and sisters in Christ were blessed with your generosity in their time of need. Thanks to you a gift of $3,000 was sent in early spring to help with food and necessities during the political upheaval faced by this ministry and many churches in the region. Pray for Palal and Kikim and all the national ministers who are serving in difficult times and for God's blessings on the many ministry initiatives they are establishing. May their faith increase and may God's Kingdom expand!

Political Situation Update: View the My Hope website for the newsletter with a brief history of government/military interactions and how the recent changes are affecting the Myanmar people. 


  • for godly wisdom for Palal and Kikim as they navigate mission priorities in unsettled circumstances
  • for the Christian leaders facing difficult challenges in various churches and programs
  • for how to operate schools safely and faithfully in the coming school year
  • for continued resourcing of rice for those without work and hungry 

Myanmar is now in a declared civil war. In September Lakeside was able to send an additional $859 to help the churches with much needed food relief. Thank you for your generosity encouraging Christians around the world.

  • Overall, Myanmar Hope helped over 14,000 people with food in 2021.
  • Palal continues to mentor and encourage pastors and those in refugee camps.
  • Lakeside sent a year end gift of $5,413 to help with the rebuilding of a ministry center

If you are interested in receiving periodic updates on the ministry with photos and details, contact Charles.cherry@mymyanmarhope.org

Lake Springfield Christian Assembly

Lake Springfield Christian Assembly concluded a busy summer camping season with almost 600 campers, 24 decisions for Christ, and no Covid. Fall and winter are a season of retreats and large group events. Check out the following events and opportunities at lscacamp.org or lscacamp.org/serve.

  • Praise for 24 decisions for baptism during summer camp sessions in 2021
  • Praise for $5,000 in offerings raised by campers for street children in Haiti
  • Over 100 attended fall Family Night Out
  • The Pre Teen Retreat had great reviews by students and their sponsors
  • Pray for the camp as they search for new staff 
  • New program director Hannah Akers will be starting part time in the Spring
  • LSCA is still in need of a great cook.
  • Lakesider volunteers Lola Garrison, Norm Smith ,and George Ware spent the summer keeping the grass mowed and the camp beautiful for ministry.
  • Brad Owen now serves on the Executive Board at LSCA.

Taking Christ to the Millions International

Would you like to know how to pray for TCM's efforts to equip men and women from 45+ nations for ministry? Visit www.tcmi.org/pray.

  • There are 1,500 students registered and working toward Masters of Arts or Masters of Divinity degrees as they work to become effective kingdom leaders in their churches, cultures and countries.
  • Also pray for the international student, Erion of Albania, who's schooling is supported by Lakeside. Pray that his example and testimony will touch many in his ministry location.
  • Visit vimeo.com/showcase/tcm to view some short videos detailing the ministry of TCM. 
  • Pray for Jozef as he shares Christian love between Romanians and Hungarians.
  • Pray for Sergei who began a YouTube channel called Voice of the Church as he shares about morality, justice and truth with the Belarusian people.
  • For 2022 TCMI has plans to increase to 155 the courses offered in Austria, Training Centers around the world and online. 
  • Pray for TCMI's hopes and efforts to renew the Higher Learning Commission accreditation for ten more years.
  • Pray for professors and students and all those who come to know Jesus through their efforts.
  • Pray for the students who are serving Afghan refugees with food, supplies, and Christ's love.

Pray for Paul & Sunny Boatman, Lakesiders serving at TCMI in Austria in January.

James Project

The James Project is a not-for-profit Christian ministry in Springfield, Illinois which provides homes and support for fostering families in Sangamon County. You can find out more about The James Project and how you can help and pray at thejamesproject127.com.  If you are interested in fostering or helping foster families, please check out the website for first steps.   

Current Happenings at The James Project:

  • Two new families have recently moved in to James Project houses to begin fostering.
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes is providing a birthday cake for every foster child in Sangamon County (around 625 children).
  • Currently TJP is housing 20 children in houses with families and 35 children in extended housing as well as caring for foster children and families in Sangamon county.
  • Interested in being a foster parent? Want to know how you can help? Please contact TJP and let them know! 
  • A couple in Australia, provided a $15,000 gift to TJP and are working to start a similar ministry down under. Please pray for both efforts to care for the orphans. 
  • Many foster parents need help with diapers. Considering donating a pack of diapers size 3-6 and dropping them off at 907 Clocktower Drive, Suite C in Springfield.
  • Pray for children suffering mental health issues and other disruptions to life that can make them feel unloved and unwanted.
  • Pray for foster parents to remain encouraged and motivated to express Jesus' love through hardships and difficult circumstances.
  • Lakeside's Men In Action put together a large swing-set for one of the foster homes. Thank you to Tom Hayes, Denny Tackett, and Jim Vetter for their work.

Love Packages Collection

Would you like to help Christians around the world while simplifying your life? In the month of February, we will locate a drop-off station for Christian materials at the Lakeside entry doors. Items collected will go to Love Packages, a local ministry fueling international missions work and sending the gospel to the ends of the earth by putting donated bibles and other Christian literature into the hands of people around the world. 

Below is a list of items you may drop off at Lakeside through February:

  • Bibles (New or used, any translation, New Testaments or other portions, individual gospel booklets)
  • Reference Material (Dictionaries, Bible dictionaries, concordances, commentaries, etc.)
  • Books (All Christian books – adult or children, non-fiction)
  • Magazines and Daily Devotionals (Any devotionals or magazine from a Christian publisher}
  • Sunday School Materials (Adult quarterlies and teacher manuals from all publishers; children’s quarterlies with the teacher’s manual and full student manuals.)
  • CDs, DVDs, BluRay (Music, movies, teaching from well known speakers [Billy Graham, Swindoll, etc.])
  • Tracts  (All tracts) 
  • Puppets, Nativity Sets, etc.
  • Bible games, biblical puzzles (anything that helps teach the gospel, especially to children)

Visit lovepackages.org or call 217-532-6701 to find out more about the ministry and how you can donate or help process donations. Be sure to view the "Nickle Tour" video on the website. The ministry is located at 220 Union St, Butler, IL 62015. 

Missions Events & Opportunities

Anytime: Pick a Sunday and worship at 10:30 am with our Restore Christian Church Plant at Weinheimer Community Center, 1100 Main St., Highland IL.

March 4: 24 Hours of Prayer for LSCA lscacamp.org/pray

March 19: Spring Service Day at Lake Springfield Christian Assembly lscacamp.org

April 2: Christian Student Fellowship Annual Fundraising Banquet at 6:30 PM at Erin's Pavilion, Springfield. info@uiscsf.org

April 22: Spring service Day at Lake Springfield Christian Assembly  lscacamp.org

May 21: Spring Service Day at Lake Springfield Christian Assembly lscacamp.org

Lincoln Christian University

Lincoln Christian University celebrates the largest incoming class in five years with 104 new traditional undergraduates, 57 new Seminary students, and 38 new non-traditional students. They have also had one of their best fundraising summers ever. Check out the LCU website, lincolnchristian.edu, for more information. LCU students participate in our services regularly and many serve in worship roles, student ministry roles, and kids ministry roles. They have been a great asset over the years.

  • Pray for professors, administration, and students as they teach and learn and practice ministry.
  • Pray for all those engage in internships leading toward ministry.
  • Learn more about LCU's Partnership with the Merold Institute

Year End 2021 Mission Gifts

Due to your generosity, our mission fund had enough remaining at the end of 2021 to provide extra gifts to a few of our mission partners.

  • Lewis Memorial Christian Village Auxiliary received $1,000 to provide residents with individual Christmas gifts.
  • Myanmar Hope received $5,413 toward the rebuilding of one of their much used ministry center buildings.
  • Christian Student Fellowship received $1,500 to help with year end budget needs and their Year End Challenge.
  • Restore Christian Church (church plant in Highland, IL) received $1,500 toward repair on the truck they use to set up their gathering space each week.

 Be praying for the ministry leaders and for those to whom they hold out the gospel of Christ.

Student Calendar

10:30AM - Student Classes

Sunday, Jan 23 / 10:30AM
On Sunday mornings at 10:30am, our Sr. High and Jr. High students have their own separate classes where we focus on studying the Bible and applying the things we learn into our daily lives. Students are invited to come early to hang out with each other and grab a breakfast snack.

Sr. High Youth Group

Sunday, Jan 23 / 6:00PM
This school year, we will be learning how God's story connects with our everyday lives as we work through ENCOUNTERS. Each week, as we wrestle with a passage, we'll also explore how we can live out the message in our own lives. We will move past from simply knowing the Word to living in God's truth. We plan to do this through times of worship, lessons, small groups, and games.

Student Ministry Super Bowl Party

Sunday, Feb 13 / 5:30PM
Sunday, Feb 13th, 5:30 PM-end of game | Football, games, food, and more! Students and their friends won't want to miss out on this night! This night is for more than just football lovers. We'll have things to do for everyone! Sides and desserts are welcome! The event will end when the football game is over.