Lakeview Lutheran Church is a warm and caring community of God’s servants ministering through worship, learning and sharing. We are people of God in Christ and empowered by the Spirit to bear witness to God’s creative, redeeming and sanctifying activity in the world. For 150 years Lakeview Lutheran Church has been committed to a faithful proclamation of the gospel through word and sacrament and through a passionate network of social and outreach ministries in Madison and beyond.


200 Pairs of Underwear

Our goal this year in Lent is to donate 200 pairs of men’s and women’s underwear.  The collection begins this weekend, March 9/10.  All must be NEW.  Bring in all sizes and styles of men’s underwear, which will be donated to Porchlight’s Homeless programs after Easter.  Bring in all styles of women’s underwear but size 5 or under.  This will be donated to Annunciation House in El Paso Texas for Pastor Mary Pharmer to take down there this summer.  Bring your underwear donations to worship.  There will be designated spot for you to place them. 

Lent-Overcoming Obstacles

This Sunday, March 10 Pastor Dean will begin a weekly Sunday morning study from 10:00 to 11:00 am in the Fellowship Room.  This study will look at how we might respond to people who are immigrants, refugees and undocumented in our nation.  We will use biblical texts and talk about history and tradition as things that can guide us to understand and change the immigration process that has occurred in America in more recent years.  Pastor Dean has prepared by reading many books on the topic and he will make those titles available to you in the study.  He will also use the ELCA Social Messages about Immigration and Living in a Peaceful World.  You may wish to bring a Bible, but it is not required.  

Mid-Week Lenten Gatherings

You are invited to join us on the 5 Wednesday evenings in Lent for special guest presentations that reflect on the theme of “Overcoming Obstacles.”  Each guest will have a unique life circumstance to share about how they have had to overcome obstacles and break down barriers to be who they are today.  This is important for us to hear as Jesus calls on us to break down barriers and find our way around obstacles to assure that all people can have a life of value and fulfillment.  These informative presentations, with time for questions, will be in the sanctuary from 6:30 to 7:30 each week.  These are teaching presentations.  They are not times for us to take issue or to put a presenter on the defensive.  We are grateful that each person is willing to come here and share their story so that we can learn and grow in our own discipleship.

March 13, come and hear from a woman who survived a brain injury in 1977 when struck by an uninsured drunk driver. Coping with her trauma, she returned to the nursing and teaching professions and continues to entertain with encouragement from many people.  She is committed to helping others of all ages find their strengths and abilities to cope with changes and to enjoy life by using music. She will share her music as part of her presentation. 

March 20 we will hear from a local pastor who grew up in the ELCA but because she identified as a gay woman, she knew she would not be able to be ordained in the ELCA (times have changed in the ELCA since then).  This presenter graduated from a UCC Seminary and currently serves as the senior pastor in a large protestant congregation.  She is married and has 3 children.

March 27 we will hear from a young man with a partner and young child who is dark skinned and Haitian-born.  He was adopted and raised in a white mid-western family home, in the predominantly white community of Madison and within the very white European Lutheran Church.  Today he works in the social services field providing support to others.

April 3 we will hear from the person who holds the second highest government position in our state.  This young man will talk about the obstacles he has had to overcome and continues to address as a dark skinned man in a high-level government position who came from a struggling Milwaukee neighborhood. 

April 10 on this final evening we will hear from a man who recently brought his wife and children to this nation seeking safety and asylum from persecution after leaving Syria.  This man and his family are of the Muslim faith tradition and he will talk about the situation in Syria, how the asylum process worked for him and what things he has to struggle with as he and his family make a new home in a foreign land.

Bus Trip to Milwaukee

There are still spots available on the bus trip to Milwaukee on March 19.  Cost is $33 per person plus your food and beverages.  This trip does not include intensive walking.  We will be dropped off at the ground level at St. Josaphat’s Basilica and take the elevator to the sanctuary.  The bus will drop off at the door to the Milwaukee Public Market and everything is on one level—lots of interesting food stands to purchase spice, bakery, wine, candy, produce, meat, fish etc.  We are taking a cooler with ice just in case someone wants to buy some seafood—it’s a very tempting stall.  Then on to lunch at Rock Bottom where again drop off and pick up is at the door—enjoy views of the frozen Milwaukee River!  The Black History Museum is a small facility.  It is NOT like walking about the Milwaukee Public Museum or the Art Museum.  The museum is in a former Milwaukee Fire Station and the building was built in 1898.  This is the ONLY museum dedicated to black history in Wisconsin.  They suggest it will take 30 to 60 minutes to see the museum.  The final stop is at Gilles Original Custard stand at 76th and Bluemound Road.  The bus can drop off at the door and there are no steps.  There is indoor seating in this historic custard stand.  On this trip, you will experience some Milwaukee history at the basilica (and Polish immigrant neighborhood), Rock Bottom brewery, the museum and Gilles Custard.  And of course, you will have fun with a wonderful group of folks from Lakeview.  While we call this a “senior” trip because we set it up to be friendly to folks who are not able to walk great distances, anyone can certainly come on the trip.  

Bible vs Quran

The noon Bible study, led by Pastor Dean, has resumed in the Fellowship Room, It is a comparative study of the Bible and the Quran.  We are looking at how the books are alike and how they differ.  This study is open to anyone. It is a weekly event.  Coffee is served.  Sometimes other treats are available.  Some folks bring a lunch.  Participants should bring a Bible.  If you own a Quran, it would be good to bring it but you don’t need to purchase one for this study.   The group tries to end at 1:00 but that often depends on how much discussion and conversation is happening.

Office Closed

Remember that the church office is not open on Fridays.

Vanco Give+

Click here to access our Vanco Give+ portal, which allows you to securely and conveniently support Lakeview online. You can give one time or set up an account to give regularly.

You can also download the Vanco Give+ App to your mobile device.  Members and visitors can search “GivePlus Church” in The App Store or Google Play to quickly find and download the app. To give to Lakeview, simply type Lakeview Lutheran Church into the App, once it is downloaded, double check that it is the one on Mandrake Rd. in Madison, WI, and select.

Online Directory Link to Access Profile


Members may use this link to access your Realm profile in the online directory and sign-in, once you have received the invitation via email to create a profile and follow the instructions to do so.

Interested in Membership?

It is not difficult to become a member at Lakeview. If you wish to join this congregation, you should call Pastor Dean in the church office to set up a meeting with him. The meeting is about one hour in length. He will review who we are as a congregation and what our ministry is about. He will talk about how our ministry is supported through the annual budget and about how each of us is called to support that budget with our dollars and our time and talents. Each family member joining will have an information sheet to complete (parents on behalf of children) and when that completed information is received by Laura, she will input it into the membership computer program and you will be an active member of Lakeview Lutheran Church. It all starts with a phone call.

Lakeview Food Pantry

The Lakeview Food Pantry is open every Monday evening from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm on the east end of the lower level of our building.  It is a walk-in pantry – please bring an ID and proof of address.

Upcoming Events

March 17, 2019
  • Worship
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: 10:00 am

  • Education
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: 11:00 am

  • Immigrants, Refugees, and Undocumented
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: 11:00 am

March 18, 2019
  • Office Open
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: 4:00 pm

  • Food Pantry
    Starts: 4:30 pm
    Ends: 6:30 pm

March 19, 2019
  • Grace Meal
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: 11:59 pm

  • Office Open
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: 4:00 pm

  • Milwaukee Bus Trip Departs
    Starts: 8:30 am
    Ends: 9:30 am

March 20, 2019
  • Office Open
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: 2:00 pm

  • Bible Study
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: 1:00 pm

  • Lenten Devotions
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: 7:30 pm

March 21, 2019
  • Office Open
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: 4:00 pm