There are people who are in the spotlight and those who like to be behind the spotlight. The kingdom of God needs both kinds of people. My friend Ian is one of those behind the spotlight. I met Ian several years ago and we've developed a fun friendship.
Becky Dale is a rockstar. She’s as outdoorsy and athletic as they come—on snow skis, hiking trails, kayaks, and dirt bikes. But, you’d also think she might be the love child of Bob Ross and Martha Stewart. She’s an artist and a hospitality queen with everything she touches.
Eunike Jonathan came to Lakeside in September of 2015—about the same time I came back to Lakeside after an 11-year commitment as a Michiganary (I lead a church in Jackson, MI). Eunike and her husband, Lego were some of the first people I met upon my return. We connected right away with similar interests—music, corporate worship, outreach, and a love for the community.
Sometimes we have an opportunity to meet people that impact us on profound levels that change our perspective and expectations. Sometimes we meet people that make it easy for us to laugh and see beauty where we never saw it before. Sometimes we meet people that inspire us to be better people and they become role models for us. Rarely do we meet people who are all these things at once. But, 2+ years ago . . . I met her.
One of my favorite views of the world happens when I stand in front of the church gathered on the weekend ready for worship. It’s a provocative view most of you don’t get to see. (Most of you don’t want to see it because it would mean you were going to give the message this weekend.) It is especially intriguing on Sunday mornings, because that’s when people most need coffee.
In 2016, the Corner Wall made its debut. The 8-foot tall, 28-foot long wall was built for us by Lakesider, Sean Cook during Lakeside’s Corner Faire. Since then, multiple artists have painted dozens of murals on the wall.
Each weekend, as people enter, hang out, and exit the lobby at Lakeside, there are teams of people who smile, say “hi,” answer questions, hand out information, make coffee, serve coffee, manage room temperature, clean, set furniture, pay attention to décor, and basically make sure that everything is in its place so that we're ready to welcome everyone to the weekend worship gatherings—52 weekends a year.
Sitting on the patio of Coffee Republic on a beautiful morning in June has got to be one of the greatest settings in Folsom. There is life, conversation, activity, and of course…coffee! This is a special morning, though. The patio has two of our communities heroes on it today. You probably don’t know who they are. That’s because they love meekness. What is meekness? Strength, power, authority, drive...all of it used to lift others up. These two heroes live this out as well as anyone I know. I want you to meet Zac and Alicia Griffith.
If you’ve ever been to the 10:45am weekend gathering at Lakeside, you’ve probably heard the giggles once or twice. I hear them every week and I LOVE IT! They are giggles of joy—a joy that runs deep through the veins of two extraordinary women who proudly and humbly call Lakeside home. They are no rookies to Church—in fact, on any given Sunday, they are two of the most experienced in the room which makes their love for Jesus and zest for life an example for the rest of us.