The Rhein Center truly appreciates all of the wonderful people who lend a hand throughout the summer.

Here are a few ways to get involved this season:

  • The lawn chairs in front of Rhein Center need to be decoratively repainted
  • A driver is needed Weeks 4 & 5 to transport the plein air easels for lakefront classes
  • Volunteers may sign up to prepare a main dish for a Tuesday Luncheon for Instructors
  • Help maintain the garden on the south side of the building
  • On Sundays during the Registration Open House, volunteers can help on the front porch while guests wait to enter, assist guests with online registration on iPads & help staff reset the room for Monday classes at 3 p.m.
  • On Sundays, assistance is needed with the Art in the Park program from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • A driver is needed to transport easels to and from Sunday Art in the Park on selected weeks.

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You’re invited to take a ‘Journey through the Bible’ with Lakeside Chautauqua from February 9-19, 2018. Explore the land of Biblical history and discover the beauty of the places where Jesus walked and taught.

Lakeside is partnering with Education Opportunities Tour for an 11-day adventure. Arrive in Tel Aviv and travel to Bethlehem, Jericho, Qumran, Herodion, Caesarea, Mount Carmel, Tel Megiddo, The Galilee, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Bethsaida, Jordan River, Cana, Nazareth, Samaria, Jacob’s Well and Jerusalem. Read More

Lakeside Leadership Academy alumna Dakota Harkins has returned to Lakeside as the new Manager of Operations at the Lakeside Heritage Society (LHS), and she has Indiana Jones to thank for it.

“I’ve just always been attracted to history ever since I was younger,” she said. “It probably started with the movies I watched, movies like ‘Indiana Jones.’”

She had anticipated that her history studies would end with her becoming a teacher. But then she learned about different careers in public history and that course took over.

“The best definition for public history is any kind of history that is applied outside the classroom,” she said. “The jobs could be in museums, historical sites, parks, reenactments or historical societies, like the LHS.”

Harkins, originally from Canal Fulton, earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Toledo where she majored in history and anthropology. She then went on to Appalachian State where she earned her master’s degree in public history. Read More

Teaching around the U.S. at more than four seminaries, the Rev. Dr. Karoline M. Lewis will share the importance of relating biblical text to our lives today.

She will serve as Lakeside’s Preacher of the Week from June 18-22, during the 97th Annual Lutheran Chautauqua Week. She will preach at the Hoover Community Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 18 in Hoover Auditorium. Her sermon, “Neither on This Mountain Nor in Jerusalem,” is based on John 4:19-26.

The Rev. Dr. Lewis became a faculty member of the Luther Seminary in 2007, holding the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching. She has served in adjunct faculty positions at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Candler School of Theology in Atlanta and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.   Read More

Guest Blogger: John Noltner, will bring his multimedia exhibit “A Peace of My Mind” to Hoover Auditorium from June 17-24, 2017. He will also be speaking as part of the Chautauqua Lecture Series on June 20 (8:15 p.m.), June 21 (10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.) and June 22 (10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.)


He continues his writing on “A Peace of My Mind.” Read his first blog post here.

When I asked people the simple question of “What does peace mean to you?”

and began to listen, I started to hear little bits of wisdom… wisdom that gets lost in the noise of day to day life. A few examples:

Jarell Wilson started his interview by saying, “I am Black, gay, Christian and I live in Texas… by all measures, I should be miserable… but I see beauty everywhere.” Read More