This Week | March 17-23, 2023

March 19 | Genesis – Part 25 (Genesis 27:1-41): Receiving the Blessing of God

One thing that every human longs for is to be blessed. This is how God made and designed us. We are created to be under His blessing. But instead of looking to find that in the Lord, we usually look to find it elsewhere. The results are disastrous when that happens. In Genesis 25, we see two brothers who longed for their father’s blessing. They cheat, cut corners, become vengeful and mourn trying to attain it. It just creates more confusion and division. What they missed, and we miss as well, is the blessing of God that is free. Through Jesus Christ, God brings His true blessing to us that we all need and long for.

Genesis 21:6 – Ephesians 1:3 –  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

Worship Set List

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This Is Amazing Grace

Graves Into Gardens

I Stand Amazed

Holy Spirit

The Blessing

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What’s Happening?

Join us for Bible Trivia tonight, March 17th. You can come as a small group, make up your own team (optimal number of 6-8) or just show up (we will also be forming new teams the night of)! No sign up needed.

Please join us for another special ceremonial Seder Service on Good Friday (April 7th) at 7pm at Elegant Events (banquet hall next to our neighboring bowling alley), as our guests from Jews For Jesus guide us through the Passover meal (NOT a full meal!), and see how it points to our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who took our sins upon Himself! Read more about what the Seder is all about here.

Childcare will be provided for ages birth-Kindergarten at the 2nd floor of the church building. Children older than this are invited to participate in the service with their families.
If you are bringing guests, we ask that you register them all together!
 EASTER SUNDAY,  4/9 | 7:30, 9:30 or 11:30AM
On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the cornerstone of Christianity, the resurrection of Jesus and the new life He gives to us!

This year we will have THREE services, and we can’t wait to celebrate with each of you at one of them! Join us at 7:30am, 9:30am or 11:30AM, with Early Childhood care (birth-4) available in the 7:30  and full Lakes Children programming available in the 9:30 and 11:30!

We will also have baptisms at all services on Easter. Please fill out this form to let pastor Mark know if you are interested in getting baptized!


Baptism is the natural next step once we are saved! It represents the new life that Jesus’ resurrection gives us and is a public sign of our faith in Christ. If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, we invite you to take this opportunity to demonstrate your faith in Christ.

We will have an opportunity to get baptized at one of our services on Easter Sunday, April 9th. What a way to celebrate the resurrection of Christ!!

Please fill out this form to let me know you are interested in getting baptized or simply respond to this email.

Registration is open for our next Lakes Women Bible Study running on Wednesdays from April 12-May 24 on the upper level of the building. We will be diving into the study What Love Is – a study of 1, 2, 3 John by Kelly Minter.

These studies FILL UP! so take a moment to get registered now. Cost is $20 and covers the cost of the book.

Registration is now open for our upcoming marriage conference, Love & Respect on Friday, April 28, 2023: 6:30pm-10:00pm (doors open at 6pm) and Saturday, April 29, 2023: 8:45am-1:45pm (doors open at 8:15am).

This is a 2-day in-person conference for married couples and the admission fee includes both days. Register before April 17th to take advantage of early bird pricing ($15 per person), after which the cost will be $20 per person.

Be sure to always check our e-bulletin (updated weekly on Fridays) and calendar to stay tuned on everything coming up at The Lakes! 

A few more upcoming events to be aware of. More details to come, but for now, save these dates!:

4/8: Cars & Coffee – 1st of the season!

4/15: Next Women’s Chat-a-latte

5/19-21: Men’s Advance

7/28-30: Family Camp Out

Core Ministries – Weekly Update

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Early Childhood (Birth – Kindergarten) program available during the 9:30 and 11:30 Sunday services.

ELEMENTARY AGE (1st-5th grade) – Elementary age program available Sundays during The 9:30 and 11:30 services and Tuesday Kids Creek from 6:30-8pm during the school year! 

THIS WEEK – Jacob’s journey in Genesis is non-stop action! He was a liar, a cheater, and a deceiver. But he was gullible too – he was deceived by his mother and tricked by his uncle. But God would work through Jacob when no circumstances or characteristics made it seem possible! The kids will learn why Jacob was a surprising recipient of the privilege and opportunity God would give him.

UPCOMING EVENTS: – Next Friday Fun Night is March 24th!

THURSDAY YOUTH GROUP – Middle School and High School students meet on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm for a combined youth group service.

MONDAY HIGH SCHOOL GROW GROUPS – All high schoolers are invited to Grow Groups on Monday nights from 6:30-8:30pm. Contact Youth Pastor, Josh Broyles for the address!

Monthly Prayer | Lakes Women meet for prayer the first Saturday of each month from 9:30am to 11:00am!

Quarterly “Chat-a-latte” gathering | Coffee/Tea & fellowship in the lower level Atrium – next date is April 15th

April 12-May 24 (Wednesday nights): Women’s Bible Study (1, 2, 3 John) – registration now open!

Weekly Men’s Bible Study | Join the men of The Lakes upstairs on Saturday mornings from 8-9:30am as we study the Word and share life together.

Men’s Tuesday Bible Study | Please join us upstairs as Pastor Greg Alexander leads our weekly Bible study on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30am

Men’s Advance | May 19-21 – registration to open soon, stay tuned!