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A Message from Ed

October 14, 2020

October 14, 2020

Romans 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Dear FLPC family,

When we begin a worship service, we typically say the following: “We continue to be a congregation dedicated to the transformation of our heads, hearts, and hands in the service of Jesus Christ.” Even though we are in the midst of trying times, examples of FLPC members modeling this transformation abound!

A few weeks ago, one of our members contacted the church because he needed someone to help him clear some debris from his yard. Within an hour, several of our FLPC family began communicating over email to figure out the logistics, and the project was completed just a few days later. These helpers are all part of the newly revitalized HOPE (Helping Other Presbyterians Everyday) Team.

Do you have an interest in helping others in the Forest Lake community but don’t really know how to get started? Join the HOPE Team! The HOPE Team is a branch of the Board of Deacons, which is tasked with congregational care and being the Body of Christ at work within our family. We have the privilege of being the Body of Christ, and as a disciple of Christ, we are called to lift up one another in times of need.

On Saturday, October 24, the HOPE Team will sponsor its first ever Service Saturday Blitz. We hope to have as many FLPC members as possible sign up to help, but perhaps more importantly, we need some projects! Manageable yard work? We can do that! Change a light bulb? We can do that, too! Service Saturday Blitz is intended to be a family-friendly, minimal time commitment opportunity to serve those with whom we share a pew. All participants will need to wear a mask, and all volunteers and project recipients will be reminded to maintain proper social distance protocol.

Ellen has been identifying positive and faithful things that we can do to stem the tide of frustration and negativity that seems to be hanging over many of us. If you are tired of Zoom meetings or feeling like there is not much you can do, choose to volunteer or to give us a project to work on. Choosing to make a measurable positive difference is something that we all can do. Even if you cannot climb a ladder or hammer a nail, you can still contribute! If you want to help, we will find you a way to make a positive difference. THIS marks us as followers of Jesus – both receiving and giving help.

WHERE DO YOU START? Google Docs for project and volunteer recruitment are located in the “News and Events” section of the church’s website. If you have any questions, please contact the HOPE Team chair, Frank DiSilvestro at

Thanks for considering,


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