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Sunday, Apr 25 / 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.


Sunday, May 30 / 10:30AM
Pathway is a class 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.

News & Updates

Meet our new Lakeside Kids Intern

Anna Brooks, a Lakesider from birth, is serving in Lakeside Kids this Spring. In addition to assisting in our pre-school, Anna will be helping Shelley & Jessica in with our weekly children's ministry preparation and programing.  Anna has also been a blessing in freshening the look in the large Lakeside Kids area.  Welcome aboard, Anna!

Men In Action, April 17, 2021

Lakeside's Men In Action group invites all Lakeside men to join them for breakfast on Saturday, April 17 at 7:30 am. We are looking forward to getting together to work on some projects. All men of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to join MIA as they seek to serve.

LSCA Pantry Project, April 18 -May 16

We are excited to know that Lake Springfield Christian Assembly is ready to reopen this summer with overnight camping for our youth. In addition to monthly support, one of the ways we support this ministry is through their LSCA Pantry Project. This year, due to Covid concerns, the camp will be using disposable containers for meals. Can you help us supply the pantry? The estimated summer need is for 5,400 containers at a total cost of $540.

UPDATE from April 11: Thank you for the wonderful response last week! We are well on our way to the total need for the containers. We will continue collecting for 2 more Sundays (April 19 & 26) for those who wish to participate; and anything received above what's needed for the containers will go to the many other pantry needs the camp has."  

• The containers can be purchased at Gordon Food Services in a pack of 75 for $9 or a box of 150 for $14 (notify cashiers that this is tax exempt for LSCA).

• The containers are medium sized, three compartment, “Hinged Carryout Foam Containers” with item number 831620. Samples and a donation drop off are available at the LSCA display in the Lakeside entryway starting April 11. Cash or check (made out to Lakeside) donations or GFS Gift Cards can be dropped in the LSCA tube in the entryway Sundays April 18 - May 16. If you give online, you may designate a gift to “Special Projects”.

• Visit for more information about this ministry and for information about serving opportunities including work mornings on April 17 and May 15.

Lakeside Missions

James Project Update

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

Current Happenings at The James Project:

  • Our Beyond Enough Campaign: This month we have been focusing on recruiting individuals and couples who are interested in being foster parents. As shared previously, there is a state of emergency within the foster care system in Sangamon County due to the pandemic. With an increase in kids in care and a decrease of families willing to accept children, we are desperate for willing foster families. If there is anyone in your congregation who is interested in being a foster parent, please let us know! We welcome an opportunity to meet with them.
  • This week we are interviewing a couple as an applicant for a James Project House. Please pray for us and with us as we discern whether or not they would be a good fit in our ministry.
  • We are applying for and receiving many grants in this season, so that is a blessing!
  • We are planning for a few events right now: a Candle Fundraiser in April, a Volunteer Day in April, and a Pickleball Tournament in September.
  • We celebrate Foster Awareness month in May! 

Considering donating a pack of diapers size 3-6 for foster families. Diapers can be dropped off at 907 Clocktower Drive, Suite C in Springfield.

Missions Events & Opportunities

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

April 10: Participate in the Christian Student Fellowship Annual Fundraising Banquet.

April 10: High School Students will be attending The Vine Conference at Lincoln Christian University.

April 16-17: Particpate in the Stone Campbell Conference at Lincoln Christian University.

April 17: Help with the Lake Springfield Christian Assembly work morning beginning at 8:30 am.

May 12: Particpate in the Lincoln Christian University Women's Conference.

May 15: Help with the Lake Springfield Christian Assembly work morning beginning at 8:30 am.

June: Check out Lake Springfield Christian Assembly summer camps with opportunities for children and youth to attend and for adults to serve.

See missions articles for more information on any of the above opportunities.

Restore Church Plant

Restore Christian Church is a church plant (with Ignite Church Planting) located about an hour and a half south in Highland, Illinois. With your help, Lakeside continues to support this church plant as they meet every Sunday in person and online at 10:30 a.m. Please pray for this young family of believers and their lead minister Aaron Kelso. Check out their website to see what is going on: On Pentecost Sunday, May 23rd, we will be collecting a special gift to help Restore with it's Kingdom efforts.

Myanmar Hope Update

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. So many precious bags of rice and village Christmas meals! 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 iniatives 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.

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. Erion has recently completed another course. Pray that his example and testimony will touch many in his ministry location. Visit to view some short videos detailing the ministry of TCM.

Honduran Food Relief Arrives

In November Lakeside sent $1,500 to Mercy International in Honduras to provide food for people suffering from Covid-19 and restrictions along with recovery from two recent Hurricanes. We have reports that food ration boxes were taken up the mountains through challenging and rainy weather...some of the distance involved carrying the heavy loads by foot. The Honduran people expressed their appreciation for these much needed relief supplies. Thank you for your generosity. Pray for the churches.

Love Packages Ministry

Thank you all for your contributions of Bibles and Christian Literature in the month of February. Two vehicle loads of materials were delivered to Love Packages in Butler, IL. Thanks to your offerings, Lakeside also included a check to help pay for transport over seas. Love Packages is 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. Visit 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. 

Below is a list of items you may drop off at Love Packages:

  • 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)

Partner with Christian Student Fellowship

Interested in helping Christian Student Fellowship in their ministry to college students? During this season of COVID restrictions there are fewer on-campus volunteer opportunities, but there are several ways you or your group or your class could help with tangible resources to enable ministry.

  • Outreach: Provide $5 gift cards (30) to Starbucks & Chick-Fil-A for giveaways, outreach opportunities and encouragement for students. 
  • Small Groups: Prepackaged snacks (40) to bless the Monday night student small groups meeting at Lakeside. 
  • Supplies: Large pump hand sanitizers (4-5) 
  • Resources: Books—The Fuel and the Flame (20 copies) as a follow up resource to gospel training for some core students ready to reach their peers on campus. 

If you or your group would like to help, email: and the CSF know how you would like to partner. Visit to see what CSF is up to and to help you as you pray for the ministry. 

Save the Date: The 27th Annual Fundraising Banquet will be April 11th at 4:00, 5:30, or 7:00 pm at Erin's Pavillion in Springfield. It is a fun night of hearing and celebrating the stories of how God is working through CSF staff and students. RSVP for the Banquest by April 4th at 217-248-3979.

Pioneer Bible Translators

Dear friends, your faithful support throughout the past months has caused us to thank the Lord in humble gratitude. We feel more than ever our dependence on Him, which in fact has always been the case. 

Jeff has spent vast amounts of time over the past months leading Pioneer Bible Translators’ Covid response, working with our teams on safety and maintaining ministry. Many plans have been disrupted and adjustments required. Yet we are praising the Lord that Pioneer Bible’s worldwide translation progress was greater in the first half of 2020 than ever before, as we processed over 180,000 verses of the Bible in our 99 translation projects. Also for the first time, our members around the world were able to participate in our weekly chapels, board meeting, and annual meeting, as Jeff and others organized them remotely. 

Your prayers for the progress of the Toma Bible have resulted in several translation consultants now working to help us complete the consultant check of the New Testament by the end of 2021 and of the Old Testament by the end of 2022. We are 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. 

Our Toma revision committee was unable to meet this past spring but they plan to meet in November to go over Jeremiah and Lamentations, since there have been no known coronavirus cases in their area in the past couple of months. They will meet one more time next spring to go over Ezekiel and Daniel, and then their part in the Toma translation process will be complete! They are thankful that their churches were able to reopen recently. 

Kayla returned to Texas A&M in August and is adjusting well to the many changes in college life. Eric continues to homeschool and is a junior this year. We are thankful that he is able to participate in the missionary kid youth group remotely. 

Thank you for your sacrificial partnership with Pioneer Bible Translators. We know this is a challenging time for everyone; please let us know what we can be praying for you about. 

In Christ, 

Jeff and Laura Wilhoit

Student Calendar

10:30AM - Core 52 Study

Sunday, Apr 25 / 10:30AM
On Sunday morning at 10:30am, our Sr. High and Jr. High students gather to worship and to have a formative time of discussion about a core Christian idea each week. Students are invited to come early to hang out with each other.

Sr. High Youth Group, every other Sunday 6:30-8pm

Sunday, Apr 25 / 6:30PM
Sr. High Youth Group is back in-person together on Sunday evenings! While we enjoyed being able to stay connected on Zoom, we are so excited to be back together in person! Throughout each night, we are focusing on living out our Christian faith by discussing how to love, care, and share about Jesus to those around us. They are meeting every other Sunday evening from 6:30-8pm.

Jr. High Youth Group, every other Sunday 6:30-8pm

Sunday, May 2 / 6:30PM
Jr. High Youth Group is back in-person together on Sunday evenings! While we enjoyed being able to stay connected on Zoom, we are so excited to be back together in person! Throughout each night, we are focusing on living out our Christian faith by discussing how to love, care, and share about Jesus to those around us. They are meeting every other Sunday evening from 6:30-8pm.