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Sunday, Dec 5 / 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


Lakeside Christian Church parking lot will be the place to be October 31st 3:00-4:30 PM! Dozens of Lakeside families will transform their trunks into creative destinations for children to experience and receive a treat. Families will traverse from trunk to trunk. Bring the whole family to Lakeside's Trunk or Treat and enjoy creative trunks and loads of fall fun!

  • If you would like to host a TRUNK contact Shelley at
  • If you would like to donate individually wrapped CANDY, bring it to church any Sunday in October.  Also, you can drop it off during office hours Monday through Friday 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00.

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!

Lakeside Missions

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 

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 are also welcoming volunteers to help decorate the home for the Christmas season November 26, 29, or 30th. 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.  

Each year in December we collect an offering before Christmas to provide gifts and a message about the Good News of Jesus to the residents. Thanks to your previous generosity our Missions Fund has $1,000 ready to help provide some Christmas cheer. Thank you for praying for the residents and for your offerings already given which allow us to help with this project. You may also find out about serving at LMCV with other Lakesiders, by filling out the form at  

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Would you like a concrete way to bless a child somewhere in the world? Lakeside has provided 200 empty shoe boxes for pick up this month. The directions and website enclosed will guide you in lovingly filling your box with items for a child along with the Good News of Jesus. Only 30 boxes remain available. You may pick up a box, fill it and return it to Lakeside by November 14. There will also be an opportunity for a trip to help process the boxes at one of the OCC facilities. Check with Sunny at 217-891-3184. Check out the shoe box project at 

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 ( to keep up to date and direct your prayers. Below are some ways you might help this important ministry in the coming days and weeks. Also see: 

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, 20 medium sized pumpkins

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.

6) Other Ways to Bless: Check out CFS's Amazon wish list:   

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!

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:  

1) Mental & physical health of residents and for opening of deeper conversations for sharing the Gospel.  

2) Request grace and patience for staff as well as the families who are “cooped up”.  

3) 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 You can also read a multi-part article series on homelessness at:

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: 

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 
  • Pray for goals of NT Recording in early 2022 and publishing of the Bible by mid-2023.
  • Pray for a safe and productive trip to Africa for Jeff in early 2022.

Myanmar Hope

Please visit Myanmar Hope Christian Mission on their Facebook page and their website at 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.

If you are interested in receiving periodic updates on the ministry with photos and details, contact

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.

October 22: LSCA Fall Family Night Out at 6:30-8:00 PM. Contact the camp with your plans to attend this free event.

October 25-26: Midwest Minister's Retreat & Summit. 

October 29-30: The Forge Junior High Conference

October: Pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox. Pick one up in the Lakeside lobby.

November 6: Fall Service Day at LSCA from 8:30 AM -12 PM

November 12-14: Retreat for grades 3-5 at LSCA.

November 13: Taking Christ to the Millions International Prayer FAST.

November 14: Return filled Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes to Lakeside Lobby.

November 18-21: International Conference on Missions in Richmond, VA.

December 2-5 Lincoln Christian University presents Christmas in the Chapel.  Get your tickets early!

April 2, 2022: Christian Student Fellowship Annual Fundraising Banquet at 6:30 PM at Erin's Pavilion, Springfield.

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: or visit their Facebook page at

Lake Springfield Christian Assembly

Lake Springfield Christian Assembly concluded a busy summer camping season with almost 600 campers, 27 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 or

  • Fall Weekend Getaways for families on October 8-10 or 29-31 
  • Fall Family Night Out on October 22. Hayrides, hot dogs, cider from 6:30-8:00 PM
  • Fall Service Day Saturday, November 6 from 8:30 AM to noon help clean and winterize.
  • Pre-Teen Retreat on November 12-14 for grades 3-5.
  • Pray for the camp as they search for new staff 

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

  • There are 1,500 students registered and working toward Masters of Arts or Masters of Divinity degreees 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 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.
  • PrayerFast for TCM will take place November 13, 2021 from 9:00-11:00 AM. If you would like to help with this effort contact Sunny ASAP at 217-891-3184

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  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).
  • Upcoming events will include Thanksgiving Meals and an Adopt-a- Foster Child for Christmas program.
  • 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.

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, ,  for more information of the following LCU events:

  • James D. Strauss Worldview Lectureship on October 12
  • Midwest Minister's Retreat & Summit on October 25-26
  • The Forge Conference for junior high students on October 29-30
  • Christmas in the Chapel on December 2, 4, 5
  • Learn more about LCU's Partnership with the Merold Institute

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.

Student Calendar

Jr. High Christmas Party

Wednesday, Dec 1 / 5:45PM
Our Jr. High Ministry will be throwing a Christmas Party for all 6th-8th grade students! We've had a great semester of Jr. High Youth Group, and we want to finish with celebrating the birth of Christ! We'll play lots of fun games, eat some festive snacks, and do a fun gift exchange! Students should bring a $2 wrapped gift for the gift exchange. Festive attire is also highly suggested!

10:30AM - Student Classes

Sunday, Dec 5 / 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 Christmas Party

Sunday, Dec 5 / 6:00PM
Our Sr. High Ministry will be throwing a Christmas Party for all high school students! We've had a great semester of Sr. High Youth Group, and we want to finish with celebrating the birth of Christ! We'll play lots of fun games, eat some festive snacks, and do a fun gift exchange with regifted items! Students should bring a wrapped regifted item that they had lying around the house. Festive attire is also highly suggested!