Fall faith formation offerings

The education ministry is happy to present the fall 2023 faith formation lineup. Click here to review, and notice Kirk Night is coming back! Contact Ed Black with questions: edblack@flpc.org

Kirk Night October 4

Join us for Kirk Night on Wednesday, October 4! Dinner starts at 6 PM, and programming follows.

Register here for the Kirk Night dinner. To see the programming lineup, please click here. You do not need to register for dinner if you only plan to attend programming.

Cost for dinner is the following: $5 for a child/$8 for an adult/$30 family cap. Contact Ed Black with questions. Want to help in the kitchen? Laura Wannamaker would love to have your help. Contact her here.

FLPC Youth Basketball

Registration is open for our FLPC youth basketball teams. We are accepting registrations for boys and girls in grades 2nd - 12th. Practices will be held at the Shandon Presbyterian Church gym, times tbd. Please contact Stephen McCrae with any questions. Invite your friends to register too! Go here for more information and registration.


October 4

Join the Daytrippers on a trip to the Yawkey Wildlife Center in Georgetown. The Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center includes more than 24,000 acres of marshes, wetlands, forests and beaches. It is home to hundreds of species of wildlife and is a habitat for migratory birds, eagles, alligators and other endangered species. Call the church office to reserve your spot as space is limited. We'll leave the church at 7am for our 10:00 tour. Bring your lunch to eat on the bus as you tour one of the largest land donations to the the state of SC.

Service Project with Home Works of America

Saturday, October 14, 9am - 12pm

Join a team of volunteers from FLPC to help provide minor home repairs to a homeowner in need. Activities include: scraping/sanding/painting exterior trim, minor repair work, weeding and gardening. Home Works America is a Christ-centered ministry that provides home repairs to low income homeowners.

When: Saturday, October 14h, 9am- 12pm
Where: Sandhills neighborhood (10-15 minutes from FLPC)
Who: Anyone 13 and older is welcome to join. No specific repair skills or tools are required. HomeWorks provides all materials for the project.

Register by Oct.10 here  Questions: email Frank DiSilvestro

Men's Retreat - Man's Search for Meaning

October 27-28

Join us for our Men’s Retreat, "Man’s Search for Meaning," at Camp Fellowship facilitated by Eric Skidmore. Eric will focus on "The Search for Meaning" using the scholarship and experience of Victor Frankl, survivor of Auschwitz, Richard Rice, Professor of Religion at Loma Linda University and Capt. Charlie Plumb, USN Aviator shot down over Vietnam.Frankl said in his now famous text Man’s Search for Meaning: “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.”

Join us for a discussion of this essential human quest, the Search for Meaning.

We will plan to arrive to Camp Fellowship, 457 Camp Fellowship Rd, Waterloo between 5-7pm Friday followed by dinner and devotional. Saturday morning our discussion session will be led by Eric Skidmore. The event will finish by noon on Saturday the 28th. Cost for the retreat: $75. More information and registration here. Register today and bring a friend!

Men's Prayer Breakfast

Tuesdays and Thursdays, Ongoing

Men of the church, we have two prayer breakfasts for you! On Thursdays at 6:30am, starting September 14, bagels and book discussion at Bruegger's Bagels on Forest Dr. Contact Frank DiSilvestro, for more information. And on Tuesdays at 7:30am, starting September 12, discussion and breakfast at church ($3). Contact Steve Etheredge, for more information.

COMPASS: The Decker Collective, Bridging the Boulevard

Our Compass project with Serve and Connect has an official name: The Decker Collective, Bridging the Boulevard! The mission is to promote safety in the Decker Boulevard community by building trust, strengthening connections, and increasing access to local resources. We have lots coming up ~ Come be part of the Decker Collective!

Friday, October 20 - Richland Northeast High School Football Tailgate - Come by between 5-7:30 to support our local high school and football team. Stay for the game if you can, kickoff at 7:30. If you would like to bake a pickup type of dessert for this event, please contact Jodi Beckham.
Saturday, October 21 9:00-12:00 - We'll meet at Petersen Presbyterian Church, 8131 Brookfield Rd, to help clean out the building making room for Serve and Connect to move their offices into the building. All hands, all ages needed - come for an hour or stay as long as you'd like!
Tuesday, October 24, 4:30 - Decker Collective planning meeting, FLPC parlor
Saturday, October 28, 9:00-12:00 - Decker Collective Visioning Day, Richland Northeast High School cafeteria - Residents, law enforcement, community officials, and the media will be invited to learn more about the Decker Collective! Come be part of this day as we publicly launch this project!

Gleaning Retreat

November 3-5

Register now for our intergenerational gleaning retreat weekend in Chapel Hill, NC. We will work with the gleaning organization, Society of St Andrew, gleaning produce at First Fruits Farm, owned by former NFL player Jason Brown. The cost for the weekend is $125 per person. Children 8 and up must have a parent/guardian attend.  Go here for more information and registration or contact Jodi Beckham.

OA Meeting

Overeaters Anonymous meets for one hour at 8:00 am on Fridays in room E102.

All are welcome.


The FLPC Education Ministry has made it possible for FLPC to begin to experiment with podcasts to get the Good News out into the world beyond our walls.  Ed and Ellen are working on two separate podcasts!  See below for descriptions and how to find them. We hope you will listen and subscribe to these two podcasts! Let us know what you think. Stay tuned!


FLPC’s podcast is where we are invited to talk frankly about what needs to change in us, in the Church and in the world, even as we follow and worship a God who doesn’t change.  We say that our Church’s purpose is “transforming head, heart, and hands in the service of Jesus Christ!”  What does this transformation look like?  On Spotify.com or Google Podcasts, search for “Forest Lake Presbyterian Church” or “Transforming Faith.”  Or click this link:  https://open.spotify.com/show/2M8f8qPl5voN2YWA2tTEVn


Ellen Skidmore, Rabbi Jonathan Case, and Imam Omar Shaheed have joined forces to continue our tradition of interfaith conversations in creating a second podcast series.  The Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faith all share Abraham as a father of our faith, and we invite you to a lively and respectful interfaith discussion. We do not always agree, but we all love God, and we recognize that every human being is made in God’s image.  Join us as we talk about issues that affect our everyday lives.  From spiritual disciplines and Scriptural instructions for living, to discussions of immigration and mental health, please join us at Abraham’s Table.  On Spotify.com or Apple Podcasts search for “Abraham’s Table”.   Or click this link:  https://open.spotify.com/show/6GOlaVIBFa0z6JfAfKH1N8

Now Collecting:

Non-perishable Food - We have an ongoing collection of non-perishable food for Rehoboth United Methodist Food Pantry. Pasta, mac and cheese are always needed, but any meal/pantry staple is greatly appreciated. There is a collection box downstairs at church.

Recycling - Our Environmental Stewardship team keeps this church focused on the ways we can take care of God's Creation. We accept dental hygiene items to be recycled. Please make sure they are clean: used toothbrushes, empty dental floss containers, empty toothpaste tubes, toothbrush and toothpaste outer packaging. These items will be recycled through Terracycle, and Environmental Stewardship will be paid a small stipend for these products.

We also recycle ink jet cartridges (no toner cartridges please) and clean solo cups ( #6 rigid plastic cups only). All of these are items that are not recyclable in your curbside recycling program. These items can be left at church in the recycling closet found downstairs on the right before the library.

Café Justo Coffee

You can order Café Justo coffee locally! This coffee cooperative is supported by our mission partner, Frontera de Cristo. Café Justo is a Grower owned Coffee Cooperative based in southern Chiapas Mexico, formed to address the poverty and migration from Mexico to the U.S.A. By supporting this coffee cooperative, you bring more money to the coffee farmers of Mexico - even more than Fair Trade!

Coffee can be purchase locally from Rowena Nylund.  This organic coffee is available in whole bean or ground and your choice of Arabica Decaf, 100% Arabica mild roast, 50% Arabica 50% Robusta, 100% Robusta (strongest), and 50% Arabica Decaf and 50% Arabica. If you want to reduce your caffeine intake, try the half decaf and half Arabica!

The coffee is $11 per bag for the 100% and $12 per bag for 50/50 and decaf. Gift certificates are also available.