Upcoming Events

The 4th on the 3rd

Sunday, Jul 3 / 12:00PM
Our annual 4th of July family fun event.

Rice Meal Packing

Friday, Jul 8 / 6:00PM
Lakeside is partnering with Midwest Mission Distribution Center by packing over 20,000 meals for those in need globally. Go to our Events Page to learn more!

Rice Meal Packing

Saturday, Jul 9 / 10:00AM
Lakeside is partnering with Midwest Mission Distribution Center by packing over 20,000 meals for those in need globally. Go to our Events Page to learn more!

New to Lakeside?


Sunday, Jun 26 / 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, Jul 10 / 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.

Starting Point Meal

Sunday, Jul 17 / 11:45AM
Interested in Lakeside but don’t know how to start getting involved? Join us at Starting Point on Sunday, July 17, and meet the staff over an informal meal.

News & Updates

Emily Byrne Joining Staff

We are thrilled to be welcoming Emily Byrne to our staff as a new children's minister. Emily and her husband, Dalton, will begin serving at Lakeside on Sunday, April 24. They will be available for a meet and greet following services in the lobby.

Emily comes to us from Decatur, IL, most recently serving as the children's minister at First Church of the Nazarene, and having previously completed internships at First Christian Church in Decatur. She attended Cincinnati Christian University before transferring to Grace College, where she received a BA in educational ministry in 2021. Emily is currently enrolled at Lincoln Christian Seminary.

Dalton is a senior at Lincoln Christian University. Emily & Dalton will be moving to Springfield from Lincoln in the near future.

The 4th on the 3rd

Join us on July 3rd to celebrate the July 4th holiday, enjoy all the fun... food from the grill, inflatables, zip line, climbing wall, dunk tank & so much more! Invite some friends or another family to come along. It all starts at Noon and goes until 3 PM. See on the 4th on the 3rd.

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

  • 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.
  • Supplies. collapsible cart, reams of paper, blue pens, name tags
  • 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
  • Funds. Consider a special financial gift.  
  • 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
  • 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 2021 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.

Twenty-four Lakesiders were part of the CFS Annual Fundraising Event at Erin's Pavilion 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.

Lee Elementary

The school 2022 school year is just about complete.

Lakeside celebrated the 2022 Teacher Appreciation with a week of homemade snacks, a Panera breakfast, handwritten notes of appreciation, Lakeside Notebooks, and a shiny apple for each teacher. 

To help you can PRAY:

1) For kids in low income homes who are under resourced and those living in neglect or abusive homes  

2) For teachers/staff who are serving children with a wide variety of needs and potentials 

3) For a good summer break for students and teachers and for health in Fall of 2022.

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? Drop off your unneeded Christian literature 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 :

  • 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.

Anytime: Pray for LSCA lscacamp.org/pray

May 15: LSCA Day at Lakeside.

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

June 5: Ignite Church Planting offering at Lakeside (Matching Funds)

November 3, 4, & 5: International Conference on Missions in Columbus, Ohio

November 13: Wilhoits from Pioneer Bible Translators Visit Lakeside

Lincoln Christian University

Lincoln Christian University celebrated the largest incoming class in five years with 104 new traditional undergraduates, 57 new Seminary students, and 38 new non-traditional students in 2021. 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 engaged in internships leading toward ministry.
  • Learn more about LCU's Partnership with the Merold Institute.
  • Keep the university, leadership, faculty, staff, students in prayer as they adapt their model of ministry for fall of 2022.

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

On Resurrection Sunday, April 17, ICM had three baptisms and two rededications!

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 completed a trip 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.
  • We anticipate a visit by the Wilhoits on November 13th!

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. Watch their Sunday services On Demand through Facebook.

In November 2021, 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 2021 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 2021 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 the 2021 summer camping season with almost 600 campers, 24 decisions for Christ, and no Covid! Summer camping for 2022 is now open so register as soon as possible. 

Praise for God's Blessings

  • 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 is in place. 
  • LSCA is still in need of a great cook.
  • Lakesider volunteers Lola Garrison, Norm Smith ,and George Ware spent the summer of 2021 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.

Praise that Lakesiders Paul & Sunny Boatman were able to serve at TCMI in Austria in January 2022.

In May, Fred Hansen, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at TCM was able to speak to ten Lakesiders about the ministry of TCMI and especially the disruption from the war in Ukraine. The ministry has been working through past and current students help refugees with emergency supplies and transportation. Refugees are also finding shelter and help as they passing through Haus Edelweiss in Heiligenkreuz, Austria. To learn more go to: www.tcmi.org/ukraine

Ignite Church Planting Offering

The mission of Ignite Church Planting is to bring the hope of Jesus to Chicagoland by starting churches. On June 5, Pentecost Sunday, we invite you to give an offering to help plant churches in the city of Chicago.

Each year, on this day, Ignite invites individuals and churches to participate in their Pentecost Offering to help Ignite start more churches. The focus for this year’s offering will be on starting churches in the city of Chicago. This world class city is home to more than 2.7 million people who come from a wide variety of backgrounds. These people live in 77 distinct community areas across the city and most of these areas are highly underchurched. People who know the city estimate that two-thirds of the population have no connection to Jesus or his church. We want to change that number.

A generous partner has committed $15,000 as a matching gift for this offering. Every dollar raised will be doubled so we can do more to start churches in Chicago. At Lakeside on June 5, you can give cash offerings in our designated “Ignite” offering buckets or make you contribution through the “Special Offering” in your online giving or in your giving envelope. The matching gift will double the impact of your giving! For more information: ignitechurchplanting.com

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.