BE PART OF A DIVERSE COMMUNITY
"In Christ All Are Embraced" is not just a tag line at LakeView Lutheran. It is one of our core beliefs.
LakeView Lutheran appreciates the gifts that come with an inclusive and diverse community.
Don't let our small size fool you! Through the varied gifts and skills of the congregation, LakeView Lutheran has created a supportive and nurturing community.
We are a community that rejoices in our diversity and shares a common commitment to grow and serve, to celebrate the gift of life and to use our individual gifts to make the world a better place.
We find a great deal of spiritual strength in the worship style of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and in our ministry with, and to, people often marginalized by society. Within this framework, worship takes shape, engaging mind, body, and spirit in the experience and celebration of God's presence in the world and in our lives.
Empowered by God's Spirit, we leave to live in sacrificial service to the world. Following Jesus' example, we strive to be an inclusive fellowship, breaking down all those barriers which divide us. We welcome all people regardless of age, race, religion, income or sexual life.
Music is a very important part of the services at LakeView Lutheran. We have a talented group of musicians and singers who perform, under the name Resurrection 835, from time to time during church services, as well as in the community at senior living facilities and Potbelly's at lunch time.
Although the congregation is too small to sustain a traditional choir, musical performances organized by church members have included singing excerpts from Handel's "Messiah," Jesus Christ Superstar, and a Palm Sunday service set to songs of The Beatles. And, every year there is Music Sunday, a service full of music of all types.
The Annual LakeView Lutheran Humor Sunday provides an opportunity for reflection in the guise of self-deprecation, corny jokes and puns, games, and on occasion, red clown noses.
We know that we are not called together for ourselves alone, but for offering to others and the world the peace that God had has given us. We are committed to sharing this gift through ministries that promote justice and mercy, in acts of kindness and prophetic witness.
Sundays at 10:30 AM
Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and Annual Humor Sunday
Gather with us to hear the words of scripture, offer our prayers and gifts, and share a meal.
Ministry is a job for all people, not just professionals. We encourage all Christians to take an active part in ministry, both in and outside of the church. For examples:
Lakeview Employment Group
LakeView Lutheran rooftop garden provides fresh vegetables to two local shelters.
My Story Counseling
Youth Empowerment Performance Project
Guest speakers have included members of homeless and transgender communities, who bring their message to the congregation, providing us insight and understanding.
We take pride in being part of the Annual Pride Parade
Tuesday Story Time via Facebook Live
Come join us every Tuesday at 4:00 pm for a live reading of a children's book.
“I have been a member of LakeView Lutheran Church for over ten years. I have had nothing but love for our pastor, Pastor Liala and all our congregants. Truly, LakeView is a welcoming community, full of love, humility, caring, and most importantly, a place where the Holy Spirit dwells."
Gregory Walker, Church Member
Pastor - Liala Beukema
Pastor Liala has led our congregation since 2005 and has served nearly all of her ministry in urban communities. Beukema earned her Master of Divinity at Western Theological Seminary in 1984 and Bachelor’s Degree at Augustana College.
In the last few years, Beukema has focused her ministry in the area of social justice
Pianist- Catherine Yang
Catherine is LVLC's pianist. Her musical talent fills the sanctuary each Sunday and is deeply appreciated. Outside of church Catherine does freelance media work, writes her own music, and takes care of her two adorable cats.
Pastoral Intern/Outreach- Joy Knoppel
Joy joined LVLC after moving to Chicago for graduate school. She is currently working on her Masters of Divinity and loves doing outreach work for the church. Her hobbies include travel, being outdoors, and eating lasagna.