The Lakeside Regional Church, with campuses in Hague and Ticonderoga, will present financial planning and marriage seminars. Skip Trembley is the pastor.
A local church has planned a pair of seminars designed to improve the quality of life for area residents.
The Lakeside Regional Church, with campuses in Hague and Ticonderoga, will present financial planning and marriage seminars.
“We believe the Bible has answers to help people deal with many of the problems they face today,” Pastor Skip Trembley said. “We feel we can help address a number of social needs.”
“The Bible has principles to help people budget their money, build strong families, create vibrant and prosperous communities,” John Ockrin, church director of assimilation and operations, said. “We want to share those principles. We want to be a resource for people.”
“Money Matters” will be a four-part seminar on personal finance. It will address issues such as financial goals, budgeting, debt, investing and more.
The seminar will begin with the church’s 10 a.m. service Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Best Western Inn in Ticonderoga and will continue the following Thursdays 6 to 8 p.m. at the church’s Ti campus, located at 106 Montcalm St. It is free and open to everyone.
Todd and Kellie Bilow will facilitate the seminars, which are built around materials from Dave Ramsey, a financial author, radio host, television personality and motivational speaker.
“The Art of Marriage” will be presented Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15. It will include six, one-hour sessions addressing relationships, parenting and issues relating to marriage.
The seminar will be led by John and Nancy Ockrin. John Ockrin is supervising psychologist at Saratoga Bridges, which serves people with developmental disabilities.
The cost of the seminar is $45 a couple and includes all materials and lunch on Saturday.
People can register for both seminars online at the church website, www.lakesideregionalchurch.org, or by calling the church at 543-4594.
While the seminars are faith-based, Ockrin stressed they are open to everyone.
“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.