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16790 Van Wagoner St
Spring Lake, MI 49456
(616) 846-8556

Service Times
Sundays 9 & 10:45am
Sundays 10am 


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Some hear God’s Word and respond with a committed faith. But many others hear God’s Word and respond with a superficial faith or have none at all. Why does this happen? This Sunday we begin a new series titled, Illustrations of the Kingdom, with our message titled, “How’s the Soil of Your Heart?” based on Matthew 13:1-23.

Altar Flowers

The altar flowers celebrate the Steinke Family Birthday Blessings given by Ron and Peggy Steinke.

Sponsorships for 2015 Altar Flowers are now available to reserve at the Information Center.

Singers Wanted!

Age 5th grade through adult are invited to share the fun in the Easter Choir. Choir rehearsals will be Sundays after second service March 1-29. Returning singers, please watch your email for more information. New singers are invited to contact Joella VanOosterhout, Choir Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Mike Dorman, Worship Leader (616.846.8556) by Wednesday, February 25th. Come sing joyful songs as we celebrate Jesus' resurrection! 

Discovery Class

If you want to learn more about Lakeshore Fellowship and its values, are interested in membership here at Lakeshore Fellowship, or recently transferred here from another LCMS church, we welcome and encourage you to sign up! Pastor Chris will be hosting these classes on Wednesdays, March 4th – March 25th from 7-8:30pm. Please RSVP by calling the office (616-846-8566) or check your Connection Card this coming Sunday to say you’ll be there!

Corporate Prayer

Lakeshore Fellowship’s Prayer Team invites you to join us for a time of corporate prayer on Saturday, March 7th from 10-11:30am in the ARK. We are focusing on 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." If you are able, please take time to come & pray together.

Spring Forward

It's Time to Order Easter Lilies!

Please use the form in your Sunday Connection or you will find them at the Information Center. Lilies are once again $7.50 each. Deadline for ordering lilies is Sunday, March 15, 2015. You can place your order form and payment in the offering basket or in the basket at the Information Center.

2015 Directory Update

Many have been inquiring about when our new directories will be here. Our second proof book finally arrived, has been reviewed and was sent back to Lifetouch for production. Our estimated date of delivery is mid-March. Thanks for your patience. When the books arrive, they will be at the Information Center for families to pick up. If you were photographed, submitted a photo, or ordered a copy; you will have a directory with your name label on it. A few additional copies will be available for purchase ($5 each) and will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Women’s Connect Event

Women of Lakeshore are warmly welcome to join our Women’s Ministry Team for our first “Connect” event on Tuesday, March 17th at 7pm in the Worship Center. Please join us for an evening of fellowship, testimony and worship as we gather together to spend time with old friends and meet new ones! Please bring a dessert or hors d'oeurve to pass. Also, please let us know you will be there by sending your RSVP to Nancy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 616-453-6395. Our Women’s Ministry mission is "To joyfully connect the women of Lakeshore Fellowship to the love of Jesus through relationship and the truth of the Word”. Hope to see you there!

Captive Free Returning to Lakeshore Fellowship!

This is an exciting opportunity to have this Christian group stop by Lakeshore on their 2015 tour!  Captive Free is a relational music ministry team sponsored by Youth Encounter. People of ALL ages are invited to an inspiring time of Christian music, games, skits and personal sharing. Meet their team and enjoy a community meal together on Saturday, March 14th at 5:30pm. We will be providing soup, salad and sandwiches. A free will donation for dinner will go to support GoLocal missions here at Lakeshore. Program will begin at 7pm. You won’t want to miss out on this event! MOVE and Fray students – please invite your friends!! This will be an event you’ll never want to forget!! Captive Free will be here all weekend, staying at host homes (we still need host homes for 3 girls), and will facilitate both our Sunday services on March 15th! Please let us know you can come to dinner by RSVP on Sunday’s Connection Card or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community Group Challenge Results

Our Community Groups were challenged to help fund Supper House for 2015. We are happy to report we fully funded 4 months of support for this worthy local mission!

Thank You Note from the Kids Against Hunger Coalition

I want to thank you and the entire congregation of the Lakeshore Fellowship Church for, once again, stepping up and impacting the world in such a positive way. Only God knows how many lives we saved or souls we’ve touched on February 11th. You are truly a loving and compassionated people.
Blessings to you all!
Chuck Bailey

Need Prayer?

At the end of worship you are invited to come to the Prayer Room (the door in the Worship Center next to the Kitchen) and receive prayer for whatever need you may be facing. 

Pastoral Care

Are you going into the hospital for surgery? Are you experiencing a crisis in your life? Do you have a need for pastoral care? If you would like someone from the Elder and Deaconess Team, including Pastor Chris, to contact you by phone, have a prayer of healing with you, or make a visit with you to pray and support you with the Word of God, please contact Jayne at the church office (616-846-8556; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them…” James 5:14

Prayer Line

Lakeshore Fellowship greatly values the power of prayer and encourages the members to pray for each other! We have a prayer line that is managed by Marge Lembke. If you desire to pray for the needs of others, please indicate your wish to be added to the prayer line on this Sunday's Connection Card or contact Jayne in the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 616-846-8556).


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Audio Messages

Are now available on our website by as early as Monday (but no later than Wednesday) following Sunday's message! Check out this great tool at


ATTENTION All Expectant Parents (or New Parents)

Please let us know you are expecting a new bundle of JOY...we want to bless you with a complementary book "Pure Joy". (One book per family) Please contact Colleen Dierolf at 616-846-8556 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday Nursery

During our 9am worship service, we allow parents to use our unsupervised nursery. The room has speakers that allow you to hear all that is going on in the Worship Center. The nursery also has a private room designed for nursing mothers. During our 10:45am worship service, our nursery provides a safe, supervised, and loving environment for children, so that parents can feel comfortable as they attend worship. It is located in the ARK and is open during our 10:45am worship service for ages birth-18months.

BAM (Big Adventure Ministry)

Meets Sunday mornings at 10:45am in the ARK! Kids learn a Bible story, create a craft, sing songs, have a snack, and play games all while learning God's Word!!

Parents: Please pick your children up immediately after the service so that your child's teacher can have time to fellowship too.

Allergies or Special Needs

Parents we want to keep all our children safe. If your child has food allergies or special needs, please let us know so that we can make name tags with an alert on them and let your child’s teacher know. 

Extra Helpers Needed in BAM

If you could serve on Sunday per month with K-1 or 2-4 graders, please talk with Colleen. Thanks!

OneHouse "The Hangout"

Fray and MOVE students can HANOUT together between services on Sunday mornings. Enjoy a snack, play some games, have a beverage and spend time with friends!!!

2.52 Children's Ministry (Preschool - 4th Grade)

Join us each week for our series, Blast Off! The Outer Limits, where we are taking at trip our of this world to learn about some of God’s promises that are true for all time! Wednesdays starting with a $2 dinner at 5:30pm and event beginning at 6:15pm.

Mark Your Calendars! Faith Legacy Pre-Teen Retreats

Mother/Daughter Retreat (or special mentor) is scheduled for May 8th–9th with the blessing event on Mother’s Day, May 10th during 10:45am Worship Service. The Father/Son Retreat (or special mentor) will be June 19th–20th the blessing event on Father’s Day, June 21st during 10:45am Worship. Watch for more details!

FRAY Middle School Ministry

Continues with fun games and great fellowship as we learn more about "Who is God?" Wednesday 6:15-7:45pm.

Crossways Adult Bible Study

Meeting in the Worship Center on Mondays from 7-8:30pm.

Men's Prayer Breakfast and Bible Study

Meets every second Saturday of the month (March 14th) from 7-9am in the Atrium. All men are welcome to attend!

Women’s Bible Study 2015

Will continue to meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 10am at Nancy's home (601 Lakeview Lane, Spring Lake). They will continue to study from a book by Elyse Fitzpatrick, Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone. Call Nancy if you would like to join (616-453-6395).

GAP ~ God Answers Prayer

Meet on Wednesday nights at 7-8pm in Pastor's Office at Lakeshore. All welcome!


Talent Search

Mike Dorman (Worship Leader) is looking for additional talent! He is looking specifically for drummers, electric guitar and acoustical guitar players for our Sunday Morning Praise Team! If you know of someone (or play yourself) please contact Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 616-846-8556.

Sunday Nursery/Toddler Care

We would LOVE to be able to provide care for Nursery/Toddler at our 9am service time. If you are willing to be on the schedule occasionally, please contact Colleen Dierolf 616-846-8556. 

Meal Ministry Team

Needs additional helpers to make meals! We currently support a few families with much needed meals and could use a few more individuals willing to make meals! Please contact Dana Saunders at 616-847-0665.

Cookie Donations Are Always Welcome!

Donated cookies can be placed on the back counter near the fridge. Any homemade cookies should be dated and put in the freezer. Thank you!!

Opportunities to Serve in Children’s/Youth Ministries


  • Return your empty pop bottles to be donated to offset the cost of weekly dinners.
  • Someone to check the bin of bottles and handle returning the bottles for cash.
  • Organize Classroom Supplies by serving a couple hours during the week organizing children’s ministry supplies and setting up for class.
  • BAM Sunday Mornings at 10:45am ~ K–1st grade class or 2nd-4th grade class
  • Fray (Middle School Ministry on Wednesday Nights) need help with check-in and small group leaders. Contact the church office if you can help!


Honduras Trip Planned ~ July 7-14, 2015

Information and trip documents are available on our website (and at this link A $100 deposit is required to hold your spot and is accepted on a first come first serve basis. Questions please contact Pam about the La Cuesta trip via phone or email, 616-846-5109 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kathy Alsobrooks for the H.O.M.E. trip to La Union at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. TRIP MEETING on Sunday, March 1st at 10:15am in the Worship Center near the kitchen.

Members of Lakeshore

If you are in need of pantry items, do not need to wait for distribution days! Please contact the church office.

The Lord's Business (Finance)

Weekly Financial Report

Weekly General Budget Need (2015) $8,877

2/22/15:  General Fund: $ 6,996    IMPACT: $ 719    Other Funds: $ 3,085

Total giving thru January $32,571    Total expenses thru January $35,357

Prayer Requests & Praises

Remember in Your Prayers:

Prayers for those suffering sickness and the flu.

Jaxton Ruddick, praise that his surgery went well.

Beuschel family’s great niece, Lyndi waiting for a kidney and prayers for Nancylynn.

Prayers for members in need of healing: Paul Beuschel, Jenni Gesiakowski, William Ripple, Kaydence Beuschel, Shirley Williams, Marge Lembke, Paulette Boeger, and Gloria McAlpine.

Other News

Scrip ~ New in 2015! Scrip Purchases Can NOW Be Made Using Your Credit or Debit Card!

Please stop by the Information Center this Sunday to learn more about it…or call Jerry Goresch at 616-212-8967. Don’t know what Scrip is? Lakeshore Fellowship participates in the Great Lakes SCRIP non-profit fundraising program. We sell gift cards to dozens of local businesses and have access to order gift cards from thousands of national businesses! You pay nothing extra for the cards, but a small profit from the sale of each card stays at Lakeshore. We have many cards available in $5, $10 and $25 denominations.

Church Extension Fund Announces a Five Year Fixed Rate Note at 2.02%

With interest rates at historic lows, Church Extension Fund just raised their 5 year Fixed Rate Note to 2.02%.  It’s time to start investing again because your CEF investment dollars go a long way in providing financial resources for Michigan Lutheran Ministry. For more information, call 1-800-242-3944 or visit

Inclement Weather

If a service or any event is ever cancelled here at Lakeshore, we will post it on our website and let the news media know by 3pm Monday through Saturday and by 7am Sunday. You can check with the following media stations to know if the church will be closed due to bad weather conditions:

WCSG (91.3 fm or 103.3 fm in Grand Haven)   WaY fm (89.9 fm)

WGHN (92.1 fm or 1370 am)       WJQ99 (99.3 fm)

WOOD-TV       WOTV4        WXSP-TV        WZZM 13

Please Check Out Our Bulletin Board

 in the Atrium near the restrooms for additional upcoming events and news!

Member Directories

Member Directories will be provided upon request for those that are currently listed in our directory. This policy is to protect our Lakeshore Family’s privacy.