Lakeshore Lutheran Fellowship
16790 Van Wagoner Rd, Spring Lake, MI 49456

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Altar Flowers

April 2nd - In celebration of Kalvin & Linda Hoisington's 34th Anniversary!

Altar Flower Sponsorships are now available for 2023. Please stop by the Information Center to sign-up. Remaining dates in 2023 are; April 9, June 25, July 2 & 16, August 27, September 3, 17, 24 and November 5.  

First Communion Instruction

Attention all 5th graders (and older) who have not had First Communion Instruction. We will be hosting a FRIST COMMUNION class on Saturday, April 15th from 9-11:30 am. Please email the church office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know your child would like to attend. First Communion will take place the next morning on Sunday, April 16th at our 10 am service.

"Messiah's Triumphal Entry" presented to us by Chosen People Ministries

On Thursday, March 30th at 7 pm we will host Chosen People Ministries as they present; "Messiah's Triumphal Entry" into Jerusalem. The timing of this presentation will prepare our hearts and minds to understand what Jesus was going through when he entered Jerusalem just prior to Holy Week. What did the palms mean? Why did the people welcome Jesus like a king? How did everything actually happen on "Palm Sunday"? Our guest speaker, Neal Surasky, traveling from Columbia, Maryland will give us a historical picture of Jesus' entry to Jerusalem. You won't want to miss this very special evening.

Community Easter Egg Hunt (4/8/23 @ 10 am)

We are now collecting pre-filled plastic Easter Eggs (or small individually wrapped candies to go inside the plastic eggs we have). All donations can be dropped off in the Atrium. We are trying to collect 3-4,000 eggs! Please help us support this amazing community event. Thank you!

Community Easter Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, April 8th at 10 am. Volunteers will be needed. Connect with Vickie Deater if you want to help. 


We hope you can join us for Palm Sunday service on April 2nd at 10 am. Then, join us again on Maundy Thursday, April 6th at 7 pm to experience the Last Supper. On Good Friday, April 7th at 7 pm, we will meet again for remembering the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross. Finally, please join us on EASTER SUNDAY for service at 10 am. We will also have an Easter Breakfast from 9-9:50 am. So, come early! 


Our Nursery is staffed on Sunday mornings. The room is also open for parents to change diapers or to have a place to nurse while still being able to listen to the sermon via the in-room speaker system. If you have any questions or concerns, please connect with Shannon Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kidz Connection

Kidz Connection meets Sundays for PK-4th grade following praise songs. Kids should attend worship until the songs are done, then Pastor will release them to join in the ARK for Kidz Connection. (Activity bags will still be available for kids that want to stay in worship with their families.)

Questions, please see Shannon Johnson.

       Activity Bags

Are You in a Community Group?

At Lakeshore, we feel life is done better in circles than rows. Community groups are groups of 8-12 people who gather around their identity in Jesus to grow in Christ, care for one another, and join God on mission in the world. Community groups meet 2-4 times a month, typically at homes in the area. To join a community group, sign up on the connection card, or contact our church office at 616-846-8556 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Facebook Live Stream

Check us out on Facebook! We have our sermons posted LIVE there on Sunday mornings! You can also "Like" Lakeshore Fellowship on Facebook to receive notifications when we post LIVE!


YouTube video messages will be posted within 48 hours after service and can be found at this link. If you would like to watch our services when they are "live", please visit our Facebook Live link here!



Mother/Daughter Retreat

Mothers and Grandmothers are welcome to attend our Mother/Daughter Retreat on May 21st from 5-7 pm. This event will be for girls in the 5th-12th grades. The theme for this event is; Sweet Relationships. We will have a nice dinner and a cookie decorating class! Mark your calendars now, to save the date. Sign-ups will be sometime in Feb/March. Any questions, please connect with Shannon Johnson.


CREW is for all Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers! This group will meet every week on Sundays, following service until 2 pm. (Final CREW until fall will be Sunday, March 26th.) Lunch will be provided! Any questions, please connect with Shannon Johnson. 

Crew Seder Meal Event will be following service on Sunday, March 26th at the home of Joe & Laurie Kovacs. Text Shannon Johnson for details at 231-286-1517.

CREW Breakfast Club

High School Breakfast Club meets every Sunday at 9:15 am! All high schoolers AND COLLEGE STUDENTS welcome to join us in the DOCK! Questions, see Shannon Johnson.

College Ministry

We would like to connect with our college students by sending them a care package. If you have a student away at college, please email Shannon Johnson to let her know your student would love to receive a package from church! She will need their college address.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Women's Fellowship Hour

Women’s Fellowship Hour is open to all women on Wednesdays in the Prayer Room at 1 pm. Come next Wednesday to spend time together in community with other Christian women to support each other and to pray. Any questions, please see Vicki Deater.(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Theology on Tap

Men, join us for Theology on Tap with Pastor Chris, Jim Albright, and Kevin Kruger at Odd Side Ales in downtown Grand Haven. This is a place where we can freely discuss together questions about Christianity over a beer in a safe, non-threatening environment. Join us next month on Monday, April 3rd at 7 pm to enjoy some Theology on Tap!

Men's Huddle

Every Thursday morning at 8:30 am, a great group of guys meet for a time of coffee, fellowship, prayer and projects. These are the gentlemen that make sure the baptismal font is filled, the candles are set for Sunday, chairs/tables are managed as needed, and various other small tasks. Once they complete a few tasks, they meet for a time of fellowship, devotion and prayer. This group is open for any man that would like to join. The group is done generally by 9:30 am. Any questions, please connect with Randy Deater at 616-402-5248.

Men's Prayer Breakfast and Bible Study

Meets every second Saturday of the month from 7:30–8:30 am in the Atrium. All men are welcome to join April 9th! Any questions, please call Randy Deater at 616-402-5248.

Book of Revelation - Breaking the Apocalypse Code

Join us at 7-8:30 pm on Wednesday nights for the study of the book of Revelation: Breaking the Apocalypse Code. Study guide will be provided at each meeting. 

If you would like to go deeper in learning the book of Revelation well, Pastor highly recommends that you pick up a copy of the commentary, Revelation: A Shorter Commentary, by G.K. Beale.  Here are links to the book from; Christian Book Distributers Revelation: A Shorter Commentary: G. K. Beale: 9780802866219 - and/or Amazon Revelation: A Shorter Commentary: Beale, G. K., Campbell, David + Free Shipping (



Altar Guild

If you are looking for ways to serve the Lord by serving the family of Lakeshore, but want to do something "behind the scene", please consider being trained to assist on the Altar Guild.

We are looking for a few individuals to help us in 2023. The duties include setting-up for communion then stay after the service to clean-up. (It does not mean that you must be a part of the distribution of communion, but rather, just taking care of set-up and clean-up.)

This could be a great opportunity for a community group or a family to serve together one month out of the year. If you have any questions, see Bev Scheil or Jayne Platz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Join us for a group training session on Saturday, March 25th at 1 pm in the church's kitchen. (must be 21 years old or older)

Greeting Card Ministry

Custom handmade greeting cards have been donated to be used by the members of Lakeshore to send to Lakeshore's shut-ins, those who are ill, or recovering from surgery. We have these cards available to pick up at our Information Center along with a list of suggested recipients as well as Bible verse labels to include on the card. Thank you for your time filling out these notes of encouragement!



Household Necessity Pantry

The Household Necessities Pantry (HNP) will host pantry giveaways in 2023 on June 10, August 12, October 14 and December 9 at 9-9:30 am.
The HNP giveaways help our local community that is in need of personal care items. If you would like to donate toward this much needed outreach, please bring in any of the following items: Shampoo, Conditioner, Liquid Dish Soap, Toothpaste, Laundry Detergent (50+ oz liquid), Spray-Household Cleaner, Deodorant, Toilet Paper (6 pack) & Trash Bags (13 gallon). Other items we give away such as; toothbrushes and bar soap are in large there is no need for these in 2022. Thank you for your support!

Items needed are listed on cards at the Information Center or call the church office for details.

Supper House

On the second Monday of each month the members of Lakeshore Fellowship provide volunteers and funding to feed hungry guests at Supper House located in Muskegon Heights.

To support this mission or to serve, please call Carl Jessen, Volunteer (231-578-0998)


Prayer Requests and Praises

Remember in Your Prayers

Praise that Mary Eisenhauer had a successful pacemaker surgery on 3/22/23. Please continue to keep her in your prayers for continued recovery & healing. 

Steve Douglas for prayers that as he coaches MCC Track, that he will show them Christ in his actions, how he teaches sportsmanship and God's grace. 

Cliff & Connie Cook as Cliff is now under Hospice care at home. 

Prayer requests for this section of our Enews come from our members via email or phone. We would like to keep the prayer needs as up-to-date as possible by posting needs for 2 - 3 weeks at a time.

Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 616-846-8556. If you have a long-term prayer request, please contact us monthly with an update we can share.

Lakeshore Fellowship greatly values the power of prayer and encourages the members to pray for each other! If you desire to pray for the needs of others, please indicate your wish to be added to the PRAYER LINE by emailing Bonnie Pendell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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, please contact the church office (616-846-8556 or 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

Lakeshore's Weekly Prayer Theme

Prayer of the Week (5th Sunday in Lent)

Almighty God, by Your great goodness mercifully look upon Your people that we may be governed and preserved by Your loving hand evermore in body and soul. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 


The Lord's Business (Finances)

Weekly Financial Report

Contributions arrive through various methods, including online. We will report contributions on a weekly basis as a cumulative total for month to date (MTD).

Month to date (MTD)
General Contributions (3/1/23 thru 3/22/23) $26,404.64; Renew MTD is $15,720.00

Year to date (YTD) 2023
General Fund giving thru February 2023 $71,635.70 
General Fund expenses thru February 2023 $63,502.08
For information on how to give electronically, please click HERE.

RENEW Parking Lot donations currently equate to just over $175,000 (we anticipate the base project to be $181,110). So, while we still have a need, the news is great to have so much support! THANK YOU! We also found a few extra repairs needed for our sidewalks, lighting and our heated sidewalk (for an extra cost of $44,500). With these potential "extra" expenses, our goal is to have $225,610 by May of 2023. If you can help with this, please mark your donation for RENEW.


Other News

Volunteers Needed

Did you know that area elderly, who can no longer attend church, live in nursing homes or assisted living centers and would love for someone to read the Bible to them, pray with them and bring music so they can sing the old hymns again. If this is something you can do and have a heart to serve our community in this way...PLEASE connect with Dee Podehl at 616-842-0062. She would be happy to guide you on current needs in our area. Thank you! 

Camp Concordia

WHERE CAN YOUR CHILDREN: experience Christian growth while swimming, canoeing, shooting archery, riding horses, and zip-lining? At Camp Concordia! Don’t let your children miss the adventure, joy and wonder that a week at a Christian camp can bring. Camp nurtures faith inside of kids! The week of June 11-16 has a special rate of $380 for for those entering Grades 3-8! To read what parents have to say, please visit the camp’s website at or call the camp office for more information at 616-754-3785.

Unity Festival - Discounted Ticket Pre-Sales

Starting April 1st thru May 31st, we will offer discounted tickets and passes for the annual Unity Festival that takes place in downtown Muskegon, August 9-12, 2023. Please watch for details soon. 

Love in Action

Below is listed a date to support the ministries of Love in Action.

Saturday, March 25: Meijer Simply Give Double Match day to benefit their pantries

Inclement Weather / Emergency Closings

If a service or any event is ever cancelled here at Lakeshore, we will post on Facebook and our website at as well as let the news media know by 3pm Monday thru Saturday and by 8am Sunday. You can check with the following media stations to know if the church will be closed due to bad weather conditions: 

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

WOOD-TV       WOTV4       WXSP-TV       WZZM 13


Our Lost & Found bin is located at the Information Center.

Anniversaries and Birthdays (shared monthly)

Note: If your anniversary or birthday is missing from this list, please update the church office. Thank you! Here are the February Anniversaries and Birthdays...


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