Lakeside Community Fellowship is no more—at least in name. Although it is still a warm group of people with faith centered on Jesus, offering love and hope to our world, there is something fresh happening in its midst. God is at work in people’s lives, in action in their hearts, and it is almost tangible. This type of exciting change demands a new name—LifePoint Church.
One delightful difference is that it will no longer be constrained to one site. There will be two locations— in Lake Stevens and in Everett. The vision is to increase sites in the future to reach out to the greater Snohomish County.
At both sites you will discover a community, a family of believers who live by faith, have a voice of hope, and who are known by love as they are part of the Free Methodist denomination.
John Wesley was founder of the Methodists, and there are several reasons for the “free” in Free Methodist. In 1860 they stood for freedom from slavery, and freedom to worship. There was also a widespread practice of selling or renting church pews that forced the poor to sit in the back. The Free Methodists, who always represent social justice, decided this was unfair and used tithes and offerings to support church ministry instead.
That said, the people of LifePoint come from many denominations and backgrounds, but strive to serve and worship God through a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. They care for their community, participating annually in events such as Carefest, City Serve, and summer camps for youth. They also care globally, sponsoring an orphanage in India, and raising funds for missions in their “Hands Around the World” auction held each fall.
There are a few things you won’t find at LifePoint. There are no I’s—no individual agendas. It’s clearly a team effort in which Pastor Eric Spangler, along with other pastors who serve faithfully there, look for guidance from God, and refer to Christ the “Senior Pastor.”
The church is one body united in helping to serve and love others. The only I’s are its goals to illuminate truth, inspire worship, and ignite prayer.
Also missing is judgment. It is definitely a “come as you are” place. There are no beautiful welcome mats, rather welcome people—who greet those who enter with dignity, respect, and love. Connecting to one another and meeting other’s needs begins with love and acceptance followed by action. Whether it’s a vital children’s ministry, dynamic youth program, support group, or food bank, LifePoint values and ministers to all.
As Christ loved all, the people of LifePoint walk in that warmth, making those who visit feel as though they have come home. If you do not already have a home of worship, come check it out.