Public Witness

Beyond Barriers: Soaring in the Spirit

Allison Tanner

July 9, 2021

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Is. 40:31, NIV)

I invite you to join me in attending Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America – Bautistas por la paz‘s (BPFNA) Virtual Summer Conference on August 28, at 2 p.m. Pacific. The Rev. Doug Avilesbernal, Executive Minister of Evergreen Baptist Association, will be the keynote speaker. Lakeshore has purchased a group “watch party” package. Please contact me (Pastor Allison) for the code, which will cover registration fees. 

Lakeshore has long been a partner congregation with BPFNA, an organization whose mission is “witnessing to God’s peace through justice, working together until it comes.” This international gathering will span continents and cultures, uniting local communities and spanning language differences to center us in the ongoing, life-giving work of the Spirit in which we participate.

Leading up to their Summer Conference, BPFNA is hosting 40 days of fellowship and learning. In addition to lots of great workshops, panels, discussions and fellowship, Lakeshore’s Sanctuary Working Group will lead a workshop titled Sanctuary For All on July 23 at 2 p.m. Registration is separate for these events, and you can register for this workshop here. Our (zoom) workshop will feature Lakeshore’s Sanctuary work over the last four years and encourage other congregations to get involved. Please join us to learn more about all we’ve accomplished in the past few years and be inspired by how this work has allowed us to soar with God’s spirit of redemption and renewal.

I hope you can join me and the BPFNA family this summer as we move beyond barriers and soar in the Spirit!


Pastor Allison

PS – I’m excited to announce that I am a newly elected Board Member of BPFNA.