Blog: Forest Lake Talks

A Message from Ellen

February 8, 2019

February 6, 2019 Dear Friends, Sometimes the most important signs of growth and deepening faith are the easiest to miss.  Like a good gardener, we need to be adept at looking at all that is happening around us and being able to tell a good plant from a weed and to know what good plants need to grow and thrive.  At church this means that we all need to be on watch for signs of growth that need to be encouraged, and for “weeds” that need to be checked.  And, sometimes those signs of growth happen in small groups or…

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A message from Ellen

January 23, 2019

Dear Friends, The Church of Jesus Christ is supposed to be like a light, set on a lamp stand, so that all in the house have light and are encouraged by what they see in us.  (Matthew 5:14)  When we live according to the Kingdom of God, we will be like yeast; only a little bit will cause the whole loaf to rise.  (Matthew 13:33) The Forest Lake Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund was established to encourage and to allow Forest Lake Presbyterian Church to affect the community and the world in positive ways; to be like light and leaven to…

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A Message From Dan Holloway

January 9, 2019

Dear Friends, It has been a remarkable privilege to be a part of the Forest Lake Presbyterian church family for the last year. Forest Lake is a warm and caring community of faith that demonstrates a deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ while also welcoming people from many different backgrounds and theological perspectives. You demonstrate your faith through significant community outreach but also support one another in the most practical ways possible. It has been my joy to join you in your shared ministry and I have learned much from you about what it means to be the church.…

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Christmas Day! The Christ Child

December 25, 2018

Worship at FLPC is enriched during Advent and Christmas by Worship Banners that were designed and created by Margaret McKinnon Harris and given to FLPC to the glory of God in 2016. Each week another pair of banners will be hung in the sanctuary that invite us into the ancient story of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth and into the current call to be transformed into a disciple of Jesus Christ.  We hope these banners will enhance your worship on Sundays and will invite you into the journey of discipleship every day of the week.  Artist’s Notes: It’s a…

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Advent Season – Week 4 – Shepherds

December 23, 2018

Worship at FLPC is enriched during Advent and Christmas by Worship Banners that were designed and created by Margaret McKinnon Harris and given to FLPC to the glory of God in 2016. Each week another pair of banners will be hung in the sanctuary that invite us into the ancient story of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth and into the current call to be transformed into a disciple of Jesus Christ.  We hope these banners will enhance your worship on Sundays and will invite you into the journey of discipleship every day of the week.  Fourth Week of Advent…

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Joy! Tom Leclair

December 20, 2018

Joy is  “Elf” Jackie Cominotti . . . Distributing Elf Tree Gifts! 150 children received presents from FLPC members, and 20 unaccompanied youth received gift cards to make their holiday a little brighter! JOY!!  

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A Message from Ellen

December 19, 2018

Dear Friends, Months ago, the staff decided to follow the lead of our Officers’ Retreat and to focus on JOY as our theme for Advent.  And we invited the staff, officers and congregation to submit instances of where they see or find joy in their lives.  And I have loved the responses! If you’d like to submit an entry, there is still time.  Email it to us at contactus@flpc.org . If you have not yet gone to our church’s website and scrolled to the very bottom to look at the Church’s Blog, please do so.  When you see the Lamb…

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Joy!

December 18, 2018

It is joyous for me to be surrounded and embraced by the abounding love at FLPC!  God’s Joy and Love is experienced everywhere in our church… from the pulpit, choir and congregation…from the staff and committees facilitating our heads, hearts, and hands in the service of Christ ….from the caring friendships and pastoral care! It is truly joy to be a part of FLPC!   Lee Pippen

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Advent Season – Week 3 – Mary and Joseph

December 16, 2018

Worship at FLPC is enriched during Advent and Christmas by Worship Banners that were designed and created by Margaret McKinnon Harris and given to FLPC to the glory of God in 2016. Each week another pair of banners will be hung in the sanctuary that invite us into the ancient story of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth and into the current call to be transformed into a disciple of Jesus Christ.  We hope these banners will enhance your worship on Sundays and will invite you into the journey of discipleship every day of the week.  Third Week of Advent…

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Joy! A Surprise Gift!

December 16, 2018

After a long day of working, I walked through the house thinking of how I wish I had the gift for and love of decorating (or just keeping house for that matter!), and how it would be nice to have some decorations out for Christmas when the girls come home.  I looked longingly at the front door, where the wreaths would go IF I just went into the attic to get them.  And a flash of red caught my eye.  I wondered if it were a package (I did order some presents!).  And there, on our front porch . .…

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Joy! By Stuart Hunter

December 15, 2018

I’m sitting alone in a coffee shop in West Harlem, NY reading our new Elders’ and Deacon’s Faith Statements, and George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” is playing, really loud. This is Joy. Stuart Hunter

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Elf Tree Gifts – JOY

December 14, 2018

It is a joy to look around at all the Elf Tree gifts arriving this week. When the Christmas trees are set up and covered with tags to choose from, it seems as if there are more children than we can serve. But watching members and families stand around the tree and chose carefully the child or children they want to buy gifts for is a joyful sight.  I admit, this takes a bit of choosing on my part as well.  I like to look for a little boy that reminds me of who my children were in their younger…

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JOY

December 14, 2018

I find joy in the love behind homemade gifts year after year. Lynda Lee

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Joy! By: Eddie Bolton

December 11, 2018

These are a few of the things that bring me joy: My wife and family Witnessing a baptism, especially a baby’s baptism Children playing Elderly folks laughing with younger folks Flowers Serving the Lord in his Church Music   All of these have become more and more special as I have been able to learn more about the fact that God created all of these for our enjoyment and care.   By:  Elder Eddie Bolton

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Advent Season – Week 2 – Prophets

December 10, 2018

Advent Week 2 – Prophets Worship at FLPC is enriched during Advent and Christmas by Worship Banners that were designed and created by Margaret McKinnon Harris and given to FLPC to the glory of God in 2016. Each week another pair of banners will be hung in the sanctuary that invite us into the ancient story of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth and into the current call to be transformed into a disciple of Jesus Christ.  We hope these banners will enhance your worship on Sundays and will invite you into the journey of discipleship every day of the…

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