Lake Pointe Church celebrates 30 years with community service projects

Lake Pointe Church has been “Sharing Christ, Building Believers” for 30 years now in the Lake Ray Hubbard area.

To celebrate, the church is mobilizing its membership to serve the community June 13 and 14, the weekend marking its 30th anniversary. The celebration stretches across five area campuses located in Rockwall, Garland, Mesquite, Sulphur Springs, and Royse City.

Plans are in place to continue to share and build as Lake Pointe members take to the streets, parks, and neighborhoods to collect food for area food pantries, perform community clean up and continue construction within the Lake Rockwall Estates community, according spokesperson Amy Van Vleck.

Many members also are planning to serve the week of June 15-19 at Lake Pointe’s Vacation Bible School (VBS), she said.

“We have never sought to be a large church but rather to be a healthy one that adds value to our community by sharing the love of God in word and deed,” said Lead Pastor Steve Stroope.

Perhaps the largest initiative is their goal to collect 30,000 pounds of non-perishable food for local food pantries.

Lake Pointe members will seek to collect this quantity by going door-to-door in all campus communities. If someone knocks on your door asking for canned good donations—and they are wearing a black t-shirt with multi-colored shovels on it—please donate what you can, said Van Vleck.

“We have the wonderful blessing to touch lives that are in need with both physical support and the word of God,” said Kyle Sanders, team leader for Lake Pointe Town East’s Food Drive.

“It’s not often that a project comes along that the entire church family can be part of. It’s an awesome celebration of fellowship and servitude.”

Another part of the weekend celebration will focus on construction and landscaping within the Lake Rockwall Estates community.

“These residents deserve a place where they can let their children play, gather for fellowship, and have ‘community,’ just like the rest of the residents of Rockwall,” said Mike Henry, project coordinator.

Lake Pointe volunteers also will dedicate an entire week for VBS.

“More than 700 people graciously donate their time and talents and many of them take time off from full-time jobs because they know the value of pouring into our kids in this important way,” said Sherrie Giles, Lake Pointe’s VBS director.

“It is an energetic and amazingly fun week that many area families plan their summer around.” (To register your child for Vacation Bible School, completed grades K-5, visit lpkids.com)

About 11,000 people attend Lake Pointe Church on an average weekend at its Rockwall, Town East, Firewheel, Cross Creek, and Sulphur Springs campuses. Lake Pointe also holds weekly church services at Dawson State Prison in Dallas.

But it wasn’t always that way.

In the beginning, there were seven families. As those families spread the word about a new church meeting in a bait house on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard, they anxiously awaited visitors each week and gathered at the front door to greet those who attended worship.

The kind of church that Lake Pointe would become was on display one Sunday morning after a freezing rain. Without realizing what the other seven families were doing, each of the founding families surprised one another as they arrived at the church carrying a shovel, to clear the path and the steps to the building.

These seven shovels represent service, a foundational component of what is now known as Lake Pointe Church.

For more information about this weekend serving initiative and celebration, and to hear the history of Lake Pointe Church, visit http://www.igotmyshovel.com

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