May 5:22 PM

That dirty "D" word

May 5:22 PM
May 5:22 PM

MAY 19, 2022

 

Lakeshore Friends—

Last Saturday was such a terrible day for Buffalo and Western NY.  Because of the acts of a clearly disturbed, racist person (against both Jewish and Black people), 10 precious lives were lost.  10 people who were created in the image of God will not come home to their families again on this earth just because of their skin color or their religious-ethnic heritage.

 

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May 6:22 PM

You can't argue with a changed life!

May 6:22 PM
May 6:22 PM

MAY 12, 2022

 

Lakeshore Friends—

This Sunday we will have more baptisms in our church— seven people to be exact.  And these are, in the words of Executive Pastor Frank De Luccio, “Payday for our church!”  Baptisms help us realize that God is at work here in our church by using all of us to help lives change...

 

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May 5:53 PM

Fear not!

May 5:53 PM
May 5:53 PM

MAY 5, 2022

 

Lakeshore Friends—

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day that brings out lots of feelings in lots of people.  I know because for 27 years around this time, people share their thoughts and feelings with me...

 

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Apr 7:59 PM

It's how you choose to see it that matters

Apr 7:59 PM
Apr 7:59 PM

APRIL 28, 2022

 

Lakeshore Friends—

Life is filled with problems.  Some of them we can avoid by living wisely, but others we can’t avoid because they are designed to help us live more wisely.  And the only way to see this is by getting God’s perspective on our problems...

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Apr 9:13 PM

A NOTE FROM PASTOR VINCE: APRIL 21, 2022

Apr 9:13 PM
Apr 9:13 PM

 

Lakeshore Friends—

This past weekend was a busy and crazy one for our church.  Between Good Friday service and our Easter services, we had 1,131 people which is up about 27 percent from last year (but still down from our pre-COVID numbers).  The staff did all we could to make the services meaningful and hopefully you found them to be just that.

I invited lots of people and while most did not attend, a surprise family I invited did.

In the midst of Holy Weekend, we had a birthday… ours!  So as not to distract from the Lord and Easter, we didn’t say anything during services, but on Saturday, April 16 we turned 27 years old!

It was April 16, 1995 and such an amazing day in our history!  

The weather was nice but chilly.  After three practice services the previous three Sundays, and after 14,464 direct mailers were sent out to all homeowners 54 years old and younger (I was only 33 years old back then), Lakeshore held its first public service... in a bar... at the Marriott hotel... that held 75 adults comfortably... The rest had to sit in a booth and watch the service... sideways (you paid a price for being late back then). On that day, 112 people showed up and three people became Christians in the somewhat beer-scented bar.  It was an exciting day for our family and many others.  Lakeshore Church was born! 

God has done amazing things since then:

  • 749 people have been baptized
  • About 1,200 people have professed a first-time faith in Christ
  • Just over half of our attenders are involved in serving somewhere in the church
  • We’ve given away well over $1.1 million dollars to world missions to impact our world for Jesus

Though time has passed, we are still passionate about reaching people in Rochester!  In truth, that’s not the norm because most churches gradually turn inward and focus on their needs.  I choose to believe that our best days are still ahead of us.  I hope you do too.

Thank you for your part and for being passionate about the unique mission that God has given us.  Sue and I thank God for you!  After God, you’re the reason why we’re still impacting people and helping them discover and develop a growing relationship with Jesus.  People still matter to God, and I know they still matter to so many of you.  That’s why we honor God when we invest in and invite others.

Happy birthday to you, to us!

Warmly,
Vince

 

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