Advent Study

With Lakeside Chautauqua’s 150th Anniversary just around the corner, we’re excited to introduce you to Lakeside Onlinea new way to connect with friends year-round, explore the Chautauqua experience from the comfort of home and catch a sneak peek of what’s in store for the Sesquicentennial Celebration next summer.  

From December through April, discuss books written by next summer’s visiting authors and keynote speakers, participate in virtual conversations with the Chautauqua Pillar Directors and make the holiday season meaningful with an Advent Study.

Advent Study with Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost
Wednesdays, Nov. 30 & Dec. 7, 14 & 21 | 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Would you like to connect with Lakesiders across the miles during the “most wonderful time of the year?” If so, plan to take part in this year’s virtual Advent Study, led by the Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Lakeside Chautauqua’s Senior Director of Religious Life & Pastoral Care.   

The 4-week study is based on the brand-new book, The Angels of Christmas, by Susan Robb. Whether or not you believe in the existence of divine beings who can assume human appearance, this study will assert that God reaches out to each of us through messengers. Each week it will focus on the angelic appearance to one or more of the characters in the Christmas Story: Zechariah (father of John the Baptist), Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men, and finally, the shepherds in the field. 

We will explore how we go from being shepherds who receive the good news to angels who share it. How is God calling us to help allay the fears that are so rampant in our world today? Join Yoost each week for a lively and thoughtful presentation and discussion. Pre-registration required. 


For the inaugural year of Lakeside Online, programs will be free-of-charge. Donations are gratefully accepted to support these mission-driven programs. Visit to make a contribution. Sign up for one or all of the experiences. Zoom links will be sent via email 48 hours in advance of each program. For questions, contact Jeannie Fleming-Gifford, Vice President of Programming, at

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Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost

The Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost is Lakeside Chautauqua’s Senior Director of Religious Life & Pastoral Care, a position he has held since September 2018.   

After 17 years as Senior Pastor of Church of the Saviour, a 1,500-member United Methodist Church (UMC) congregation in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Yoost became Pastor Emeritus in 2015. He has also served as District Superintendent and Dean of the Cabinet, Senior Pastor of Church Hill UMC, and Pastor of Northampton UMC in the East Ohio Conference.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron, Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry from Boston University School of Theology.  

Yoost was the Conference Preacher for the West Michigan Annual Conference in 2009 and for his home Conference in 2015. He has served as the Preacher of the Week at Bay View Association in Michigan and Lakeside Chautauqua. He also served on staff at the Lakeside Institute for senior high youth for 25 years.  He was a trustee of Ohio Northern University for 23 years, and a director of the General Board of Discipleship of the UMC for eight years. Yoost also served on the Lakeside Association Board of Directors.   

A delegate to three General Conferences and the World Methodist Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Yoost is the author of numerous publications, including Daily Bible Study and the New International Lesson Annual. He served as Interim Pastor at Lakewood UMC in 2016 and was Associate for Care at the Old Stone Church (Presbyterian) in downtown Cleveland from 2018-2021.   

His wife, Barbara, is a nurse educator and author of several nursing textbooks. The couple has two married sons and six grandchildren. In his spare time, Yoost enjoys playing the piano and reading. 

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Dec 21, 2022


7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Religious Life

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