Fellowship and Service Ministries

The Lakeside family offers numerous ways for you to serve God through your gifts, interests and relationships with others.

Altar Guild Preparing the altar for worship on Sundays and other special days is a fulfilling and fun way to serve your church. Preparing communion, changing the paraments -- all are easy tasks and you'll have plenty of guidance along with fun and fellowship. Please contact Marilyn Mack at 941-492-4949 for more information.


Audio/Video Ministry We record the Sanctuary Services on CDs. If you would like a copy of this week’s service or a previous service, or if you have a friend or homebound person who would benefit from this ministry, call or email the church office 941-493-5102, or see the Sound Room Technician in the Audio/Video booth after the service.

Bible Class

Bible Studies  Various Bible studies are held on Sunday and Wednesday mornings. Please check the weekly bulletin for information.

Bread Breakers These are small groups doing what the early Christians did after the day of Pentecost. St. Luke wrote, "They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people." (Acts 2:46-47) Join a friendly group of people to enjoy fellowship and fun once a month. The different Bread Breakers groups meet for four months and then form new groups! For more information, call or email Sharon Ladigoski941-460-6959.

Bulletin Assembly – Join us as we assemble the Sunday bulletins on Fridays in the Office Conference Room 10 a.m. – 12 noon.


Campbell Soup Labels – We are helping our Lakeside Preschool by saving the labels of all Campbell Soup products. At the bottom of the label is the bar code. When you cut it out, please try not to tear the bar code. With these labels, the Preschool is able to purchase classroom accessories, computers, games, science kits, physical education equipment, etc. There is a container for the labels on the right as you enter the Narthex and a list of the eligible products.

Wanted: Greeters  Smiling faces and warm handshakes to welcome all who enter our doors for worship. Greeters serve a valuable role in our ministry as they make visitors AND members feel they are truly welcome. You may serve as a greeter once a month or every week. Contact Shelly in the office for more information.

Handbells Let the music ring out as our handbell choirs play once a month in our traditional services. The ability to read music is nice, but not required. Contact Donna Smith, Music Minister.

Lay Readers  Share your love of the Bible as you read the appointed Scriptures during Sunday worship. Let our Office Administrator Shelly know at what service you would like to read.


Lunch Bunch Meets immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service at the restaurant listed in the bulletin. We are a happy bunch of people and would love to have you join us. Contact Helen Hull at 941-497-6100.

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Praise Band This group of singers and musicians rehearses Wednesdays from 8:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. and leads the music for the 9 a.m. services each Sunday. Want to join them? Contact Donna Smith.

Preschool Angels  Let your halos shine as you keep watch over our sleeping preschool children once a month while teachers have a one-hour meeting. Call the preschool office at 941-497-5858.

Prayer Chain We believe in the power of prayer to do miracles. Join with others in praying for the needs of our members and visitors. To join, contact Bernice Soderberg at 941-496-4351.



Property Maintenance Under the direction of our trustees, this team works to ensure that the facilities and equipment of our parish are readily available and properly maintained. Whether you are talented at fix-ups or just want to help, you are needed.


Quilters People who enjoy quilting or want to learn how to quilt meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays in Meyer Hall at 9:30 a.m., but does not meet during the summer months. Contact Elaine Burr at 941-918-8880.

Sanctuary Choir If you like to sing, you are welcome to join us! We meet in the choir room from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.The choir usually sings at the 7:45 a.m. worship service on the last Sunday of the month and every week at the 10:30 a.m. worship service from the end of October until the end of April.  If you like to sing, or you play an instrument, please contact Donna Smith 941-468-6096, drsmith90@comcast.net, or see her at church. We would love to have you share your God-given talents in worship.


Soc Concerns Social Concerns Committee – This group of dedicated servants distribute Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to families in need, collects and distributes food for the South County Food Pantry and contributes to the county's Backpack program which provides needed food for school children on weekends. Volunteers are needed to help with all these projects. Please contact Dorothy Nehls at 941-493-2924.

Stitch 'n Chatter  is a group of knitters, crocheters, embroiderers and seamstresses who meet every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. to enjoy fellowship and a lunch afterward. Donations of yarn or material are always welcome.

Sunday School Teachers/Volunteers Help out in our Sunday school and share your love and knowledge of Christ with the next generation.

Women's Guild/Lutheran Women's Missionary League We invite all ladies to come to our meetings on the first Thursday of every month from September to May and join in the mission and fellowship of the LWML. We have begun a new recycling program that will accept inkjet printer cartridges, both one-time use and empty remanufactured/refilled cartridges to provide funds for the work of our Guild. We also recycle used cell phones and used laser printer cartridges. Please place these items in the box above the food cabinet to the right as you enter the Narthex from the parking lot. For additional information, please contact Phylis Lehner, 941-429-5144, or Pat Wilcoxen, 941-416-4133.

Usher Teams Love to share a smile? Consider serving as an usher to facilitate our worship services.Contact James Hollis at 941-473-2381.


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Vacation Bible School Volunteers are needed in many capacities to make our annual, week-long Vacational Bible School a success. Contact Phyllis Hoffman at 941-488-7337.

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