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Historical Timeline

June 10, 1997 - Start a New Work Picnic - Sponsored by the Lake County Baptist Association

July-August 1997 - New work meetings held at the church parsonage / church name chosen / enlistment of 100 people to pray weekly / co-pastorship established

September 7,1997 - Lighthouse holds first worship service

September 29, 1997 - Lighthouse Yard Sale - all proceeds went to the Antioch Rescue Squad

November 2-8, 1997 - Lighthouse co-sponsors annual Antioch Food Drive

October 1, 1997 - First issue of The Signal Light newsletter distributed

October 11, 1997 - Church Renovation-Cleaning-Painting Day

December 20, 1997 - Musical "Christmas Fantasia" performed by 1st Southern Baptist Church

April 12, 1998 - Outdoor Easter Sunrise Service / 3 baptized in Fox Lake

May 30, 1998 - 3 baptized

June 6, 1998 - Lighthouse Tape Ministry begins recording Pastor Tom's sermons

July 18, 1998 - Pastor Tom's Ordination Service

August 2, 1998 - Lighthouse Community Car Wash

August 13, 1998 - Adventure Club for Kids & Fundamentals of the Faith holds its first class

August 28, 1998 - First Family Nite Out at Lighthouse

August 30, 1998 - Lighthouse Day of Prayer - 20 people commit to pray for an hour that day

September 5, 1998 - 1st Year Anniversary Celebration Service and Feast

September 7, 1998 - Monday Night Bible Adult Bible Study holds its first class

September 26, 1998 - New baptismal heater installed in baptistry

October 3, 1998 - 4 baptized / Pastor Tom becomes solo pastor of Lighthouse

October 11, 1998 - Beacon Bus Ministry begins

October 31, 1998 - First Annual Business Meeting / David Beiswenger licensed by the church as associate pastor

November 20, 1998 - Lighthouse Website online

November 23, 1998 - Pastor Tom and his wife Sharon move into the church parsonage

November 28, 1998 - Evangelism Explosion training established at Lighthouse

December 18, 1998 - Christmas Caroling Nite

December 31, 1998 - 3 baptized

January 7, 1999 - Lighthouse opens it doors for weekly AA meetings

January 31, 1999 - Two rooms in the church basement torn down to make a larger fellowship hall

February 13, 1999 - Special meeting called to begin drafting a church constitution

February 14, 1999 - Special Agent Induction Night for Mission Pentecost

February 21, 1999 - Mission Pentecost launched with Operation Jericho

March 13, 1999 - 3 baptized

March 21, 1999 - Lighthouse incorporates and petitions for membership in the SBC

March 27, 1999 - Lighthouse Constitution Service / 3 baptized / Property deeded to church membership / Church Get's New name: Lighthouse Church of Antioch

April 4, 1999 - Easter Sunrise Service

April 24, 1999 - 5 baptized

May 29, 1999 - 2 baptized

July 25, 1999 - Church Picnic at Chain'O'Lakes State Park

July 31, 1999 - 2 baptized

August 7, 1999 - 1 baptized

August 7-8, 1999 - Lighthouse Church's eventful white-water rafting outing on the Peshtigo River

August 27-29, 1999 - Church Campout at Bong Recreational Park

September 23, 1999 - Dave Beiswenger resigns as associate pastor

September 26, 1999 - Outing to the Chicago Science and Industry Museum

October 9, 1999 - Mission Pentecost reaches Half-way Goal: 1500 home contacts

October 17, 1999 - Outing to the Waconda Apple Orchards

October 30, 1999 - Second Annual Business Meeting

November 13, 1999 - Premiere of "Terror on the Peshtigo"

November 20, 1999 - Old Fashioned Saturday Service and Pot-luck Dinner

December 11, 1999 - Filming begins of new movie "Mission Pentecost"

December 17, 1999 - Christmas Caroling

December 19, 1999 - Church Outing to Kris Kringle's Mark dowtown Chicago

January 1, 2000 - 1 baptized

February 19, 2000 - Unique worship/wedding service (Michael Anderson and Lynn Gaffney)

March 16-23, 2000 - Pastor Tom and his wife Sharon, and Ken Ferguson attend EE training clinic in Phoenix, AZ 

March 25, 2000 - 1 baptized

March 31, 2000 - Congregation treated to a preview of the up-coming movie "Mission Pentecost"

April 2, 2000 - Outing to see the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Chicago Museum of Natural History

April 15, 2000 - 2 baptized

April 22, 2000 - 1 baptized

May 20, 2000 - Church Yard Sale - 300 informational flyers handed out

May 27, 2000 - Mission Pentecost reaches goal of 3000 contacts / Premiere of Mission Pentecost:The Movie

June 10, 2000 - 1 baptized

June 16-17, 2000 - Lighthouse Church members participate in an evangelistic Big Top Circus event in Island Lake, IL

July 1-3, 2000 - Work days to re-shingle the entire roof of the church building

July 22, 2000 - Premiere of the video documentary "The Roofing"

August 1-7, 2000 - Lighthouse Church's very first VBS "Family Puppet Workshop"

August 26, 2000 - 1 baptized

September 16, 2000 - 1 baptized

September 19, 2000 - Church member Patrick Peterson passed away

September 24, 2000 - Filming begins for new movie "Baptistman"

October 8, 2000 - "Gone Fishin" premiered at the Annual LCBA meeting at Meadowridge Baptist Church

October 29, 2000 - Third Annual Business Meeting

November 18, 2000 - Old-fashioned Saturday Service and Pot-luck Dinner

December 8, 2000 - Lighthouse Church hosts annual Pastors & Wives Christmas Dinner "A Night of Elegance"

December 30, 2000 - 1 baptized

January 17, 2001 - Church member Connie Charlton died unexpectedly

February 10, 2001 - Valentine's Banquet after worship service

February 17, 2001 - New ceiling fans/lights installed in church auditorium

March 17, 2001 - 1 baptized

April 15, 2001 - Outdoor Easter Sunrise Service at Petersen Park

May 11-12, 2001 - Women's retreat at Illinois Beach State Park

May 18-20, 2001 - Work project: roof of parsonage is reshingled

June 2, 2001 - Church Yard Sale

June 16, 2001 - 2 baptized

June 25-29, 2001 - Vacation Bible School "You Oughta Be in Pictures"

June 30, 2001 - "Saturday Safari" for pre-school aged children begins on Saturday Nights

July 4, 2001 - The cast of the up-coming movie "Baptistman" marches in Antioch's 4th of July Parade

September 1, 2001 - Church's new website domain name:  www.lighthousechurch.info

September 29, 2001 - "Baptistman" premieres to a packed out church

October 13, 2001 - The band "Chrism" gives a special concert after the service

October 27, 2001 - Fourth Annual Business Meeting - church affirms Lance Rengel as an elder

November 24, 2001 - Old-fashioned service and pot-luck dinner

December 23, 2001 - Christmas Caroling

January 22, 2002 - D-Day Discipleship Training begins - Tuesday Nights

March 2, 2002 - Major renovation of the church auditorium begins - services are held in the fellowship hall

March 31, 2002 - Outdoor Easter Sunrise Service at Petersen Park

April 27, 2002 - Dedication Service for newly renovated auditorium

May 4, 2002 - 2 baptized

June 8, 2002 - Church Yard Sale

June 17-21, 2002 - Vacation Bible School "The Fabulous Fun Fair"

June 29, 2002 - Presentation of "The Fabulous Fun Fair" video

June 30, 2002 - Baptistman and Baptistboy represent Lighthouse Church as they enter the Annual Antioch Soapbox Derby

July 6, 2002 - Our very first Men's monthly prayer breakfast / video presentation of "Baptistman's Big Race" after the service

July 19-21, 2002 - Church Campout at Bong Recreational Park

October 5, 2002 - Chrism returns to lead the worship service and provides a special concert thereafter

October 13, 2002 - Construction of The Back Door Coffee House (fellowship hall) begins

October 26th, 2002 - Fifth Annual Business Meeting and Celebration

November 2, 2002 - Renovation of fellowship hall completed

November 23, 2002 - Old-fashioned Saturday service and pot-luck dinner

December 6, 2002 - Lighthouse Church hosts the annual Pastors & Pastor's Wives Christmas Dinner

December 13, 2002 - The Back Door Coffee House opens

March 8, 2003 - 2 baptized

April 20, 2003 - Outdoor Easter Sunrise Service at Petersen Park

May 18, 2003 - Church outing to the Milwaukee Zoo

May 31, 2003 - 1 baptized

June 27, 2003 - Upstream Christian Blues Band at The Back Door Coffee House

July 25, 2003 - Guitarist Gary Altercott at The Back Door Coffee House

August 9, 2003 - 1 baptized

August 29, 2003 - Chrism plays at The Back Door Coffee House

September 26, 2003 - The Amazing Impeccable (Christian Ska Band) play at The Back Door

September 27, 2003 - Guest Speaker Robert Brock, missionary from Voice of the Martyrs

October 2, 2003 - First Women of Faith meeting (monthly event)

October 17, 2003 - First "An Evening of Prayer"  prayer & worship service (monthly event)

October 25, 2003 - Sixth Annual Business Meeting & Potluck Dinner

October 31, 2003 - Classical guitarist William Bachochin plays at The Back Door Coffee House

November 16, 2003 - "Bring It Around Town" Outreach Event

December 5, 2003 - A Coffee House Christmas, featuring the music of The Bartmer Brothers

December 31, 2003 - New Year's Eve Service and Celebration

February 15, 2004 - Church outing to the Milwaukee Public Museum

March 26, 2004 - Ammi in Concert at The Back Door Coffee House

April 11, 2004 - Easter Sunrise Service at Petersen Park

May 11, 2004 - The Tugboats go to Monster Golf

May 23, 2004 - Lighthouse Church Potluck Picnic at Centennial Park

July 10, 2004 - Church Yard Sale - All proceeds benefit the Baptist Children's Home

August 1, 2004 - Lighthouse Church represents the LCBA outreach booth at the Lake County Fair

October 3, 2004 - Church Outing to the Edible Harvest Festival

October 30, 2004 - Seventh Annual Meeting / Operation Invitation Begins

November 9, 2004 - Tugboats Youth Group Food Drive For Needy Families

March 1, 2005 - New basement furnace installed

March 12, 2005 - 2 baptized

July 30, 2005 - The Christmas Story Project begins for December 2005

October 29th, 2005 - Eighth Annual Meeting and Celebration

November 26, 2005 - The Christmas Story Project Up and Running for Christmas Season

December 13, 2005 - 1 baptized

April 1, 2006 - 1 baptized

April 15, 2006 - Showing of the movie "The Passion of the Christ"

May 27, 2006 - Church Yard Sale -- All Proceeds Go to Benefit the Baptist Children's Home

October 28, 2006 - Ninth Annual Meeting and Celebration

December 2, 2006 - 1 baptized

January 15, 2007 - Church member Virginia Frieza passed away

February 3, 2007 - 1 baptized

April 22, 2007 - Church Outing to Miller Park

July 22, 2007 - Church member Dorothy Ronnquist passed away

July 28, 2007 - Lighthouse Church represents the LCBA outreach booth at the Lake County Fair

August 6-10, 2007 - Lighthouse Church Puppet Workshop (VBS)

September 8, 2007 - Premiere of the DVD Movie: The Lighthouse Puppet Workshop

October 27, 2007 - 10th Annual Meeting and Celebration

April 5, 2008 - 2 baptized

May 31, 2008 - Church Yard Sale

July 13, 2008 - Church Picnic at Bong Recreational Area

October 25, 2008 - 11th Annual Meeting and Celebration

December 20, 2008 - Christmas Dinner before the Worship Service

February 7, 2009 - The Lighthouse Bait Shop (food pantry) opens

February 14, 2009 - Valentine's Day Dinner

February 28, 2009 - Church's water heater replaced

March 7, 2009 - The Lighthouse Video Collection (all short films from 1999-2002) available on DVD

March 14, 2009 - New gutters installed on church and parsonage

April 12, 2009 - Easter Sunrise Service & Breakfast

April 24 - May 8, 2009 - Landscaping project for church building (installed stone retaining wall and shrubbery)

May 3-19, 2009 - Installed new blacktop driveway, porch and walkway for parsonage

June 24-27, 2009 - Crazy County Fair VBS

July 20, 2009 - Lighthouse Church hosts the LCBA Executive Board Meeting

August 2, 2009 - Lighthouse Church represents the LCBA evangelism booth at the County Fair

August 30, 2009 - Church Clean-up Day and Picnic / New washroom sinks installed / new paint for exterior trim

September 21, 2009 - Church basement windows replaced

October 12, 2009 - The church website (www.lighthousechurch.info) is updated to a new and improved format

October 31, 2009 - 12th Annual Meeting and Celebration

November 3, 2009 - New art glass windows installed in church auditorium

February 21, 2010 - Church Outing to the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Milwaukee Museum

April 4, 2010 - Easter Sunrise Service & Fellowship Breakfast

July 11, 2010 - Church Picnic at Bong Recreational Area

October 30, 2010 - 13th Annual Meeting and Celebration

February 11, 2011 - Valentine Banquet

March 19, 2011 - 2 baptized                 

April 24, 2011 - Easter Sunrise Service & Fellowship Breakfast

June 4, 2011 - 1 baptized

June 8, 2011 - New Church Sign Installed

June 29 - July 2nd, 2011 - Lighthouse Beach Blast Vacation Bible School

September 9, 2011 - New Furnace Installed

September 17, 2011 - Church Outing to Apple Picking Farm

October 29, 2011 - 14th Annual Meeting & Celebration

March 10, 2012 - Pastor Tom and Sharon move out of parsonage to their new home in Bristol,WI: Bear Valley Farm

April 14th, 2012 - Easter Sunrise Service & Breakfast Fellowship

June 24th, 2012 - First Church Picnic at Bear Valley Farm

September 8, 2012 - Second Church Picnic at Bear Valley Farm

October 29, 2012 - 15th Annual Meeting and Celebration

February 2, 2013 - Supper Before the Service Ministry Begins

May 26, 2013 - Church Picnic at Bear Valley Farm

July 10-12, 2013 - It's Showtime VBS

August 10, 2013 - Premiere of the "It's Showtime" Movie

September 14, 2013 - Church Cleaning Day & Potluck Dinner

October 18-19, 2013 - Women's Retreat to Blue Harbor Resort

October 26, 2013 - 16th Annual Meeting & Celebration

November 9, 2013 - Our Big Dead Spruce Tree is Taken Down

February 15, 2014 - Special Valentine's Day Dinner After the Service

April 20, 2014 - Resurrection Sunday Service w/breakfast to follow

May 25, 2014 - Church Picnic at Bear Valley Farm

July 9, 10, 11 - Team Sports Vacation Bible School

August 20, 2014 - New Back Door Porch Stoop Installed

October 3-4, 2014 - Women's Retreat

October 25, 2014 - 17th Annual Meeting & Celebration

December 6, 2014 - Christmas Dinner & Fellowship

April 5, 2015 - Resurrection Sunday Service w/breakfast to follow

April 25, 2015 - Kick-Off of Saturday Supper MInistry

May 16, 2015 - 1 Baptized

May 24, 2015 - Church Picnic at Bear Valley Farm

May 31, 2015 - Women's Tea

July 15-17, 2015 - Vacation Bible School "Master Chef"

October 2-3, 2015 - Women's Retreat to Timber Ridge Lodge

October 31, 2015 - 18th Annual Meeting and Celebration

January 30, 2016 - 1 baptized

March 27, 2016 - Easter Sunrise Service

May 22, 2016 - Women's Tea

May 29, 2016 - Church Picnic at Bear Valley Farm

July 6-9, 2016 - Vacation Bible School "ARTPALOOZA"

August 26, 2016 - Ladies' Luau

November 13, 2016 - "We Are Men" Ministry Kick-Off

April 16, 2017 - Resurrection Sunday Morning Service w/ breakfast to follow

May 19, 2017 - Christine Mauri went home to be the Lord

May 28, 2017 - Annual Church Picnic at Bear Valley Farm

October 6-7, 2017 - Women's Retreat to Bear Valley Farm & The Elegant Farmer

October 28, 2017 - 20th Annual Meeting and Celebration