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Attention Parents!

Join us for Protecting Children Online, a presentation sponsored by the South Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children, on March 3 at 5 PM in the fellowship hall. In this presentation, we’ll learn about setting guidelines, online privacy, inappropriate content, cyberbullying, online enticement, sexting, sextortion, and what to do. Click here to register.

Kirk Night!

Join us for Kirk Night on Wednesday, February 28! Dinner starts at 6 PM, and programming follows. 

Please register here by Sunday, February 25 in order to help us know how much food to order. If you do not RSVP by Sunday but would still like to come, please call no later than Monday to check availability: 803-787-5672. Cost for dinner is the following: $5 for a child/$8 for an adult/$30 family cap. Questions? Please contact Ed Black: edblack@flpc.org

Decker Collective Partnership Meeting

February 27, 4:30

The next planning meeting for the Decker Collective is Tuesday, February 27 at 4:30 at the Serve and Connect offices, 8131 Brookfield Rd.  All are welcome and encouraged to be part of our next steps in planning. Come help us build trust and strengthen connections in the Woodfield community!

FLPC Endowment - Help Us Help the Community!

Know a great non-profit that needs money for its mission? Local non-profits, whose mission is consistent with Christ’s mission, are encouraged to apply for grants from the FLPC Endowment Fund. Click here for the application.

The purpose of the FLPC Endowment Fund is “to expand and enrich the mission of the Church.” Help us get this word to local non-profits who carry out Christ’s mission of mercy and justice in our community. More information here. The application deadline is April 2, 2024.

Food Insecurity Walk and Press Conference

Saturday, March 2nd, 2:00-3:30

More than 65,000 resident in Richland County lack the access, ability, or income to acquire healthy, safe, culturally appropriate food. Join us as we walk through the Greenview Community and share the stories of those who are directly impacted by food insecurity.
The event will begin at the MORE Justice Office, 709 Gabriel Street, with testimonies given by community members followed by a walk to the nearest grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, 6325 N Main St. The event will conclude back at the MORE Justice office with a time of reflection.

Day Trippers Carolina Jazz Society

Sunday, March 3rd

All are welcome to come enjoy traditional jazz from Carolina Jazz Society. The concert begins at 2:30 and goes until 5:00 at Heyward Street United Methodist Church, 2501 Heyward Street 29205. Meet at church at 2:00 if you want to carpool or meet us there. We'll have dinner afterwards at Backstreets Grill on Devine Street. Cost of the concert is $10 per person. Please call the church office to let us know if you plan to attend.

Men's Prayer Breakfast

Ongoing

There are two opportunities for men of the church to meet weekly for devotion, discussion and breakfast. Tuesday mornings, 7:30, Fellowship Hall at church and Thursday mornings 6:30 at Bruegger's Bagels, Forest Dr.

Women's Retreat

February 24-25, 2024, Camp Fellowship

All women ages 18+ are invited to an overnight retreat at Camp Fellowship on February 24-25, 2024. This year's retreat will have a new Saturday to Sunday format. We will start on Saturday with lunch, and the retreat will finish by 11:30 am on Sunday morning. Ellen Skidmore will be our retreat speaker.
Cost of the retreat is $100 and includes lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. There will be a sign-up to bring a food item for Saturday night's dinner. Contact Adriane Radeker or Ginny Jones with questions. Go here for registration and more information. Need-based scholarships for discounted registration rates are available. Sign up today, guests welcome!

Congregational Retreat - Come Away: Listening for God and Finding Community

April 12-14, 2024, Montreat, NC

If you feel overwhelmed by life and far from God; if you are tired of the yelling and fighting and long for quiet peace; if you feel lonely and disconnected and want to be seen and heard...
Come away with us to Montreat for a weekend! In the beautiful setting of the Montreat Conference Center, we will listen to Scripture and to each other in search of connection, peace, and community. Please go here for more information and registration. Questions, please contact Jodi Beckham. Register by January 7 before the price increases!

OA Meeting

Overeaters Anonymous meets for one hour at 7:30 am on Fridays in the Community Room.

All are welcome.

FLPC PODCASTS!!?

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!

TRANSFORMING FAITH

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

ABRAHAM’S TABLE

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.

The following items can be recycled in our recycling closet found downstairs on the right before the library.

Dental hygiene items - Please make sure they are clean: used toothbrushes, empty dental floss containers, empty toothpaste tubes, toothbrush and toothpaste outer packaging.

Razor blades, razors and their plastic packaging of any brand.

Socks - Old clothing is a huge portion of landfill space, so socks are an easy way to reduce what we send to landfills!  These can be used knee socks, sport socks/footies, or other socks of any fabric. The only exception is tights/stockings/panty hose which are not accepted. They do not need to paired up, and holey socks are fine - just submit them clean and dry, please!

These items will be recycled through Terracycle, and Environmental Stewardship will be paid a small stipend for these products that is used to fund our Kid's Garden.

We also recycle ink jet cartridges (no toner cartridges please). These are donated to Fellowship Camp and Conference Center.

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.