Some Turkey Fun at L.U.C.Y. tonight! (November 25)


Great fun at youth programs! Check out these two video. Click here to view photos from tonight's event.






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The Giving Tree - helping local families this Christmas!


We are excited that we are again helping local families in need this Christmas! There are two families, one from Kimball and one from Annandale. 

A tag for each item requested by the families is hanging on the wall by the serving counter near the kitchen. Grab a tag or tags and purchase the gift/card and return to the church (unwrapped, with the tag taped to it) by the 9 am service on December 13. Please place the gift under the Christmas tree in the sanctuary. Please put gift cards in the box near the tree marked as such!

If you take a tag and find you are unable to fill that for any reason, just return it to the hanging tree so someone else can grab it.

Thank you for sharing the love of Jesus Christ with others this Christmas!

Questions?  Contact Michal Jude, Missions Team leader. (Click here to email her.)

RSVP for November 29

We will have two services, at 9 & 10:30 am. We are meeting the state requirement of 50% capacity and social distancing. Therefore, we have 75 seats available at each service. To make this work, we are asking everyone to RSVP. It only takes a minute, and it helps us make room for everyone!  

Click here to RSVP/sign up.

Lake Beauty Bible Camp invitation to licensed health care professionals

An opportunity to join God in His ministry at Lake Beauty Bible Camp


We are inviting our licensed health care professionals a chance to come and enjoy a week of camp!

If you are an RN, EMT, or licensed practitioner, we would love for you to help care for our campers! In order for us to run a week of camp, we must have a licensed health care professional available throughout the week.

Also - we would love to offer you one free week of camp for a camper as a thank you for volunteering your time with us this summer!

A quick look at the 2021 Summer Camps:

- June 13-18 (Junior High 1)

- June 20-24 (Trailblazer 1 = 3rd-5th graders)

- June 27-July 1 (Trailblazers 2)

- July 11-15 (Frontier Kids = 1st-2nd graders)

- July 18-23 (Junior High 2)

- July 25-29 (Trailblazers 3)

- August 1-6 (Senior High)

Please give us a call at (320)732-3218 or email Phil at - to get all the details.



Important update from Leadership Team, November 15


The Lake Union Church Leadership Team decided, in the midst of COVID, to continue Sunday worship services and Wednesday L.U.C.Y. (youth) programs as is. On Sundays, the church does have requirements as to masks and they differ as to the service you are attending. Please click this link as you consider attending church and which service based on your mask preference. RSVPs for our November 22 service are now open (click here to RSVP)

The Leadership Team is, however, cancelling all small group gatherings (e.g. Sisters in Spirit, all Bible studies, and Health and Nutrition classes) for the foreseeable future. Please do not plan any small group gatherings at church without contacting the church office. The Leadership Team will continue to evaluate and adjust these decisions as appropriate to maintain a safe environment.

The church’s cautionary approach is to limit small group gatherings while maintaining Sunday worship and youth programs. Lake Union Church believes that religious worship has particularly profound significance to communities and individuals. With that in mind, we will continue to operate as effectively and safely as possible keeping our focus on the bigger call of growing in faith, growing His Kingdom and reflecting His grace and love.

If you have questions, please contact anyone on the Leadership Team or the church office.

Mask update, November 3


Due to strong feelings and divergent views on the mask mandate, the Leadership Team took action to modify our requirements for in-house church services.

9 AM service: Masks are mandated for the full service including during singing. (You may want to leave your coffee or other beverage in your car.) 

10:30 service: Masks are required upon entering and exiting the building and the wearing of a mask during the service is recommended

If you do not wear a mask continually at the 9 AM service, it will be recommended that you consider attending the 10:30 service. Also, any visiting done in the fellowship hall or outside should include social distancing. Our concern is to keep everyone as safe as possible but also as comfortable as possible as we worship together.

Lake Union Leadership Team

"Safe Families for Children" opportunity


What is Safe Families for Children? (Click here to see their flyer.)

Safe Families create extended family-like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by faith to keep children safe and keep families intact.

Families Helping Families
When a crisis strikes, many of us rely on relatives and friends for support. But for some parents, this is not an option. Safe Families seeks to come alongside parents in crisis while they get back on their feet by providing a loving, temporary home for children. Hosting can last for as little as a couple of days to several months.

How does Safe Families works?
Through a network of volunteers, Safe Families host children of at-risk families in approved homes for an average of 6 weeks. Through the church's partnership with Safe Families, we invite everyone in our church family to consider being a host family for children of an at-risk family. 

Make a difference
Let's be the hands and feet of Christ and show compassion for our local families in need. We have an opportunity to put our words into action and change society for the better.

Want to hear/know more?
There are two events where you can meet and talk with people who can help you as you learn more and consider this opportunity.

  • November 14, 9 am to noon - Safe Families Event in Annandale (Click here to view the flyer.)
  • Early January - Amy Peterson, Community Coordinator West, Safe Families for Children will be at Lake Union Church

Your Amazon purchases can made a difference!


Did you know your purchases can make a difference? AmazonSmile donates to Lake Union Church when you do your holiday shopping at

Lake Union Church is now set up through as a charitable organization that can receive money back (.5% of eligible purchases).

This is a great way to help the church! Please consider bookmarking the link and using this entry point whenever you make an Amazon purchase. 

Thank you!

Support Shelby Bainey...and Lake Beauty Bible Camp!


If you like the shirts that Shelby and Brad are sporting in this photo, you can get your own!

Not only will is it a reminder to pray for Mom through this journey, but you'll be supporting something really close to her heart - church camp! ❤️ She found the Lord at Camp Koronis Bible Camp in Paynesville, MN when she was 12 and wants all T-shirt proceeds to go to the camp her church supports, Lake Beauty Bible Camp.

You'll also be supporting a local small business. T-Shirts are $20 and can be shipped to you, or if you're in the local area, you can order by phone and pick them up at Grey Duck Screen Printing and Apparel in Annandale.

Here is the link to get your shirt!

Missed the service? Or want to hear it again?


If you missed the service or want to hear it again, you have options. We upload the audio of the message each week and you can find it on the website "Media" tab.

We also provide a video of the full service on our YouTube channel. Here is a link to our videos:
We also post the video under our Media tab with a link to YouTube (right hand side of the web page).

Audio and video are generally uploaded by Monday afternoon, if not sooner. We always appreciate feedback! Email us if you have comments or suggestions!



New Sunday service feature, "Faith and Family Focus"


We are super excited about a new kids section of our Sunday worship, "Faith and Family Focus." Each Sunday, there will be a different element during this section such as a "Why Question," or a surprise topic or incorporate a holiday that falls on a Sunday. 

Engaging and incorporating the kids in our Sunday worship will be amazing!

Fall Youth (L.U.C.Y.) Programs begin at Lake Union on September 23!


Missed the Youth Programs Kickoff on September 16?  We have pics! (Click here to see them all.)

Wednesday nights at Lake Union now belong to our kids, all of them! From kindergarten through twelfth grade, we have them all covered. K-5th grade ministry will happen from 5:30-7:00. From 7:00-8:30 we will be hosting all the 6th – 12th grade students.

You can still sign up by clicking this link and filling out the oline form. Questions? Contact Abby Salmela, Kim Hempel or Pastor Mark. Need contact info? Contact the church at


Exciting Fall News @ Lake Union!

Dear Lake Union Family,

There are so many exciting changes coming to Lake Union this fall. Before we dive into the future, let’s celebrate what we have been through this year. In the midst of a global pandemic, your church did not shut down. Yes, there was time when we were not able to gather together in person, but the church did NOT stop being the church for even a moment. We worshipped, we studied the Word, and we came together to meet the needs of our people.

Since we have been able to regather, it has been so exciting to see so many of you each week. Socially distanced, the worship center at half capacity, and even wearing masks, every Sunday is still a celebration of God’s faithfulness. It has also been great to see some new families joining us each week. As your pastor I pray constantly that Lake Union can be a place where we love God, love people and serve the world, and God has been answering that prayer in great ways.

This fall there will be some changes to our ministries, and I want to share the details of what is happening.
  • We will be starting a new teaching series, “Thrive,” on Sunday September 13. One thing that God truly taught me as we were quarantined and staying home is that He has a great plan for all of our lives. God does not want you to just survive, He wants you to thrive. Casting Crowns has a great song called Thrive, and you may want to check it out here. We will be singing this song each week during the series, and it will be a great anchor for our time together each week.
  • We will NOT be having our normal rally day BBQ kickoff party. With the current health and safety concerns regarding COVID, we made the choice to be safe.
  • For the same reasons we are not having the party, we will not be doing Sunday school for the little kids. There were so many concerns and challenges to doing it right and keeping the kids safe, our team realized we needed to find another way to care for and minister to all of our kids at Lake Union. So…
  • We have a new name that covers all of our ministry to kids. L.U.C.Y.! It stands for Lake Union Church Youth, and it will help you keep up on all the great things we will be doing this year. Just look for LUCY.
  • Wednesday nights at Lake Union now belong to our kids, all of them! From kindergarten through twelfth grade, we have them all covered. K-5th grade ministry will happen from 5:30-7:00. From 7:00-8:30 we will be hosting all the 6th – 12th grade students. We invite you to come check it out on our kickoff night, September 16th. There will food, games and a chance to get to know each other. Try and come at the time when your kids would normally attend, so we can show them what they will be seeing each week. For you families with kids in each group, think about coming at 6:30 and staying for about an hour, so each of your kids can see what is being offered.
  • Starting Sunday September 13th, we are introducing an exciting new element to our worship service. It’s going to be a surprise, but I can tell you it’s focused on our kids, it will be interesting for all of us, and it will be something you will look forward to each week. Make sure you are with us on the 13th to see for yourself!
  • We are reimagining our confirmation program. If your child has been in confirmation, I have connected with you already or will connect with you when I return from vacation after Labor Day. We will be having a confirmation service on Sunday November 1st. If your child has been part of the program but is not ready to be confirmed you will be getting information from me soon about how their last year of confirmation will take place. If your kids were in the program, or were going to be starting this year, make sure they come out on Wednesday night. Each week will be a fun, faith filled night for all of our kids.
In God’s grip,
Pastor Mark

From the heart - Siloam in Uganda


Everyday, Pastor Peter and I communicate about many things...things related to the teachers, the students, families associated with Siloam, the school building, church families, community struggles, country politics and pandemic. It is hard for me to imagine the challenges people in Uganda go through each day securing food, funds for shelter and clothing and safety. And this is an average day for them.  They are now dealing with a pandemic, as we are, and leaving their home is illegal and possibly life threatening. It is even harder for me to convey that reality to you. 

But we, at Lake Union Church, are doing something about it at a micro level. We are doing all that we can for those that we know and love in Uganda. We are thankful to answer the call, grateful for the relationship, and committed to helping. Thank you, church, and thank you to all those who designate giving to this important mission/ministry!

Toward praise and thanks, here is where the giving is at for Siloam. 

As of 8/31/2020, here is an overview of giving to date.

  • Mission trip (airfare needed for team of six - $9,285)  = $6,178.20
    • More fundraisers are on the drawing board!
  • Cement-bag Fundraiser (top need is the veranda - $675) = $236.44
  • Sponsor Program (goal of 45 or 1/3 of the students attending) = 21 students sponsored! 🥳
  • Devices and eyeglasses (you can still donate!) =
    • Hundreds of eyeglasses (many with cases)!
    • 4 iPads, 2 iPhones, other Android, etc. cell phones

Thank you for your love and generosity toward Siloam! You bring hope and encouragement...a scarce commodity in Uganda.

Lynette Sherer, Siloam Ministry Leader

Update your info in the online directory


If you are seeing this, the chances are high that you are in our online directory (

Can you take a few minutes and check your profile and make sure the information is accurate? With all that is going on, people also want to put a face to a name. So, please upload/include a current picture. This goes for youth also!  We are recognizing birthdays and anniversaries, so include that info also (no "year" is needed).

Email the church at when your entire family is entered in the directory, and we will create a "Couples and Family" entry by pointing to the individual profiles.

If you want us to take a picture, snag Lynette Sherer (admin asst) at the end of a church service and she will get your info and photo.

Remember, no one can view this information without login access (and we monitor this). 

Thank you!

Get our new app shortcut for your device!


There are plenty of apps to get things done on your IOS or Android devices.

You can also use a website as an app on your device! Our logo/icon is now ready and available for you to create a shortcut to our website.  Here is the info:


  • Open Safari and head to our website:
  • Then tap the Share icon at the bottom.
  • Then tap "Add to Home Screen" from the menu (scroll down a little) 
  • You may need to wait a few seconds for the icon to switch to our fish logo.
  • Click "Add"
  • That's it!


  • Launch "Chrome" app
  • Open our website,
  • Tap THE menu icon (3 dots in upper right-hand corner) 
  • Tap "Add to homescreen"
  • You may need to wait a few seconds for the icon to switch to our fish logo.
  • Click "Add"
  • That's it!

The name "LakeUnionChurch" should automatically appear with the icon. If you have questions, email us at

If you created a generic app earlier for our website, you will want to delete that and create a new one with our logo/icon.

Get on our email/text lists to stay in-the-know

You can easily sign up one of two ways.

Click on the "Login" tab and it will walk you through setting up a profile including your email, cell number (for texts), etc.

or click on the Connect Card to the left and provide your contact info and we will reach out to you to help set this up.

Power of Prayer




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What is weighing on your mind and heart today? At Lake Union, we firmly believe in the power of prayer and we know God sees you and loves you. We invite you to send in your requests so that our Prayer Team members can uphold you in prayer. Click this link to submit any prayer request you may have.


Questions about the church's operations?


There are many moving parts to the operation of a church. And our Leadership Team wants to be transparent about those moving parts.  Giving. Expenditures. Budget. Attendance. Governance. More.

Summaries of this information are uploaded on a recurring basis and available for you to view anytime by clicking on the "Login" tab on our website. Because this information is considered "sensitive," you will need access to this tab.

If you are reading this and don't currently have access, follow the website's instructions and set yourself up.  This tab also includes an online directory and including yourself in the online directory enables you to receive email and text messages from the church. 

Questions?  Email the church.

Lake Union's 2020 Leaders


Here are your Leadership Team, Mutual Ministry Committee and Ministry Leaders.  If you need help getting in touch with any of these individuals, please email the church office ( and we will share contact info.

You can view pics of our leadership team by clicking here.

Lake Union Church Leadership

Leadership Team 2020

Nathan Bayerl, Chair
Connie Rossman, Vice Chair
Nancy Friesen, Financial Officer
Jake Olson, Secretary
Leslie Hoffman (Liaison to Nominating Committee)
Open (Liaison to MMC)
Mark Andrews, Pastor

Mutual Ministry Committee 2020

Open (Leadership Team representative)
Mike Nelson
Heidi Wurm, Chair
Mark Andrews, Pastor

Ministry Team Leaders
(and Leadership Team Liaison)

Communion - Susie Salmela (Nathan Bayerl)
Confirmation - Pastor Mark Andrews (Jake Olson)
Count Team - Gloria Olson (Nancy Friesen)
Events - Jess Dahlen (Leslie Hoffman)
Funeral Lunches - Joann Strand and Lori Steele (Connie)
Missions/Outreach - Michal Jude (Pastor Mark)
Operation Christmas Child - Sheryl Olson (Pastor Mark)
Praise Team - Karla Andrews (Leslie)
Prayer Team - Trent Olson (Connie)
Property Management - Larry Sherer (Nathan)
Siloam/Uganda Partners in Christ - Lynette Sherer (Pastor Mark)
Sisters in Spirit - Grace Norgren (Nancy)
Sunday Refreshments - Keith and Barb Madson (Jake)
Sunday School - Abby Salmela (Mark)
Tech Team - Lynette Sherer
Welcome Team - Brad and Shelby Bainey 
Women's Adventure Club - Melinda Pedersen  (Leslie)
Youth Group - Pastor Mark Andrews (Jake)

Volunteer Coordinator

Shelly Mikel

Ministry Team areas and here to view