• Devotions for these times: “Looking at the Bright Side”

    Staff Blogger: The Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Philippians 4:4-9 It is hard to keep a positive attitude in these...

  • Devotions for these times: “Living in the Shelter”

    Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Psalm 91 These are trying times. Two months ago, “social distancing,” “sheltering in place”...

  • Lesser Celandine

    Staff Blogger: Loretta Wilken, Lakeside Chautauqua Master Gardener/Groundskeeper If you’ve recently strolled along the west end of Second Street in Lakeside, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the explosion of...

  • Devotions for these times: “Joy comes with the morning”

    Staff blogger: Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Psalm 30 We have often heard it said, “God will not give you...

  • Thank you for the delightful signs of spring

    Staff Blogger: Loretta Wilken, Lakeside Chautauqua Master Gardener/Groundskeeper Pockets of blooming hyacinths lovingly tucked into gardens, stretches of daffodils, whimsically decorated beds of early spring color –...

  • Devotions for these times: “How long, O Lord? How long?”

    Staff blogger: The Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Psalm 13 During this time of “sheltering in place” and quarantine, have...

  • Lakeside in Poetry

    Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator There’s truly an art to selecting and arranging words. The rhythm, alliteration and imagery of our choices may provide...

  • Devotions for these times: Hold on to hope!

    Staff blogger: The Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach This week’s devotion is based on an excerpt from a book by the...

  • Devotions for These Times: Our Easter Assurance

    Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Lakeside Chautauqua Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach Read Mark 16:1-7 The Easter story is recorded in all four Gospels,...

  • Connect with your Lakeside friends through a Virtual Social!

    Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement & Communications Assistant Do you miss your Lakeside friends? Stay connected by organizing a virtual get-together on Zoom, an online conferencing service....

Staff blogger: The Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach


Read Psalm 13

During this time of “sheltering in place” and quarantine, have you found yourself living the five stages of grief that Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and others say we all experience when we face loss?

First, there is denial. When I first heard the news, I couldn’t believe what I was being told. Surely it can’t be that bad! Then there was anger. We Americans are not used to being restricted and told what we can and cannot do. Who does Governor DeWine think he is? He cannot stop me from doing what I want! Then there is bargaining. Ok, I’ll wear a mask if that’s what it takes to escape the worst of it.

Has depression set in? A friend recently wrote on her Facebook page, “I am feeling it. A lot of anger about not seeing people, especially my grandkids. Anxiety that my loved ones will become ill. My mom is 90, and my youngest grandchild is 3. Fear that food will run out.”

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Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator


There’s truly an art to selecting and arranging words. The rhythm, alliteration and imagery of our choices may provide another level of interest and meaning. We can create moods, set scenes and build characters with paper and pen (or computer and fingers…) and a little careful thought.

One of the more vivid ways of creating art with words is through poetry.

April is designated National Poetry Month. As we move towards warmer and more pleasant weather, spend some time outside, and let your thoughts drift. Send them down through your arm to a waiting pencil, and wax poetic on what you see, hear and feel.

Poetry, in general, requires no specific rules. It may rhyme; it may not. It may count syllables; it may not. It may be rhythmic; it may not.

Through the centuries, people have written and studied many defined types of poetry, but there are endless possibilities yet to be created.

Described and demonstrated below are a few of the shorter established styles, with a little Lakeside flair. May they inspire you.

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Staff blogger: The Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach


This week’s devotion is based on an excerpt from a book by the popular Texas author and pastor, James W. Moore, who was Lakeside’s Preacher of the Week several summers in the past.

His book is entitled Lord, Give Me Patience!… And Give It to Me Right Now! I thought it seemed especially appropriate for our present circumstances as we grow weary of quarantine and isolation from each other.

“We know that in everything God works for good with those who love God, who are called according to God’s purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

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Staff Blogger: Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Lakeside Chautauqua Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach


Read Mark 16:1-7

The Easter story is recorded in all four Gospels, but each tells the story differently. It’s like learning about the contemporary crisis via Fox News, CNN, NBC and ABC. Each tells the story with a slightly different bias.

In Mark’s version, the women rise early on the first day of the week and take spices to anoint the (supposed) dead body of Jesus. On their way, they worry: who will roll away the stone from the entrance to the tomb? Certainly, they’re not going to be able to do it. When they arrive, they find the stone, which is very large, has already been rolled away! The problem that they were worrying about has already been taken care of. God has been one step ahead of them!  God has already provided a solution to their problem.

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Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement & Communications Assistant


Do you miss your Lakeside friends? Stay connected by organizing a virtual get-together on Zoom, an online conferencing service.

Lakeside is a special place because of its people, and even though we can’t be together physically right now, let’s continue to connect and be social with each other in the spirit of Chautauqua.

Many groups in Lakeside have taken part in these virtual socials, and we encourage you to organize a virtual social with your group. Get together with your Lakeside friends to talk, laugh, reminisce and feel a little extra Lakeside love during this time.

You can set up the call yourself, or we can help you connect with your Lakeside tribe. If you would like assistance in setting up the gathering on Zoom, contact the Advancement Office by emailing advancement@lakesideohio.com.

We hope that you decide to participate in an interactive and unique experience to catch up with your Lakeside friends!

Note: Even if facilitated by Lakeside, these gatherings are meant to be purely social. If you want to stay informed about Lakeside happenings and our response to COVID-19, visit lakesideohio.com/news.

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