Guest Blogger: Jill Oberer


Lakeside has been a part of my entire life. Of course, being a preacher’s daughter I didn’t have much choice but to attend the West Ohio Annual Conference.

I have two distinct “first” memories of Lakeside. One is lying in bed upstairs in the cottage across from Hoover Auditorium, as the big people streamed onto Walnut following evening sessions. There were so many of them talking, laughing and taking care of “important business.”

The other memory involves one of those “big people” from our church taking me to play putt-putt. As I recall, Mr. Liebersbach was an important businessman who always dressed in a suit and tie. But he seemed to have time to spend with me and my siblings. I’m so thankful God chose Mr. Liebersbach as my first Lakeside playmate.

About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Which of us is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Jesus called a small child over to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I assure you, unless you turn from your sins and become as little children, you will never get in the Kingdom of Heaven.” Therefore, anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who trusts in me to lose faith, it would be better for that person to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around the neck. – Matthew 18:1-6

On your next visit to Lakeside, may you play a round of putt-putt, lick a Patio ice cream cone and pump your legs on a swing until you touch the sky.