The Lakeside Regional Church, with campuses in Hague and Ticonderoga, will present financial planning and marriage seminars. Skip Trembley is the pastor.
continued “We’re not going to talk Christian-ese,” he said. “We’ll present material that people of all backgrounds will be able to put to use.
“We see ourselves as agents of change,” he said. “We want to have an impact on the community, we want to make it a better place.”
Trembley believes the solutions to today’s social ills lie in the Bible.
“In our world it seem normal to be in debt, to have relationship problems, to have strife in families, to deal with addiction,” the pastor said. “The Bible offers an opportunity to live an ‘un-normal’ life, to be happy.”
Ockrin hopes people will attend the seminars.
“There are many people who don’t believe a church can be relevant in culture today,” he said. “Out challenge is to show our relevance.”
Trembley said the Lakeside Regional Church has plans to remain active in the community. Several other projects are being planned for 2014, he said, and the church will again participate in the Ticonderoga Streetfest this summer.
“There is much more planned for the months to come,” Ockrin said. “We are excited about the potential and power that exists in the word of God. We are commited to helping people to take control of their lives, and make the necessary changes that will literally transform our community into a safer and infinitely more fertile environment for people to grow and prosper.
“We are convinced that people are hungry for change,” he said. “We believe that with targeted support and the right tools they will take action. And that such action, once begun, will inevitably lead to a flowering of opportunity, possibility and prosperity that will be the envy of our neighboring communities.”
Lakeside Regional Church is the former Hague Wesleyan Church. It holds its services the second Sunday of each month at the Best Western Inn in Ticonderoga and other Sundays at the Hague church. Services are at 10 a.m. and are streamed online.
The Hague Wesleyan Church became the Lakeside Regional Church about three years ago, Trembley said. The church membership had grown to include people from Westport to Brant Lake, so the Hague moniker no longer seemed appropriate, he said.
“We see ourselves as a regional church and changed our name to reflect that,” Ockrin said. “Ticonderoga is the commercial center of the region, so we decide to open a campus.”
The church has about 110 members, Trembley said.