Thornwell Special Collection

Hal and and Ed Black would like to introduce you to Tom the Turkey. Tom the Turkey is one way our congregation supports Thornwell. Over the next few weeks, we will be celebrating Thornwell Emphasis Month with a single focus: “Family Takes All of Us.”

With a legacy of hope and healing that began in the heart of a young pastor in 1875, Thornwell serves to prevent child abuse and neglect, build up and reunite families, and support healthy communities in the name of Jesus Christ. They offer a Christ-centered continuum of care featuring programs for teen moms, infants, toddlers, preschool children, young kids, teenagers, young adults, and families.

When the ministry started, the first funds came from a young boy. Thornwell Emphasis Month honors this legacy by inviting each of us to contribute what we can to Thornwell, whether this contribution is a donation through Tom the Turkey or mailing a check to our church. Family takes all of us and all of our gifts.

The epistle of James reminds us to care for the widow and the orphan. If we are to be people of faith, we must care deeply about giving everyone the opportunity to belong to a thriving family.

So, how can you help Thornwell? Several ways:

If you or your family want your very own Tom the Turkey, simply email Ed: edblack@flpc.org. The church will then mail you one.

Ed will also leave some at the mailboxes at the Welcome Center, so if you happen to be at the church, you’re welcome to grab one.

Or, if you wish to mail a check, that’s fine. Just mail a check to Forest Lake, make it out to Forest Lake Presbyterian Church, and put “Thornwell Collection” in the memo.

Thornwell Collection Sunday for our church is Sunday, November 22, so please either drop off your turkeys or mail your donation by November 22.

Sandwich Blitz

December 6th, 4:00

Grab a jar of peanut butter, jelly, bread and some ziplock bags and join us via Zoom on December 6th at 4pm. We will see how many sandwiches we can make as a congregation. Then, bring the bagged sandwiches to church at 5:30 for our Wreath Lighting and Caroling (Parlor parking lot). We will deliver the sandwiches to local soup kitchens Monday morning. Together, let's make a difference in hunger in Columbia!

Food Donations for Rehoboth Food Pantry are Always Needed

Thank you the FLPC family for your support of the Rehoboth Food Pantry. Each week we deliver food to the Rehoboth Food Pantry, but they can always use more! Here's a quick video to learn more about the Rehoboth Food Pantry.

Soup Drive Has Begun!

If you plan to make some soup or chili at any point this fall or winter, consider grabbing a soup container from the "old kitchen" in the Fellowship Hall, filling it up, and then placing your soup in the “Homemade Soup” freezer in the old kitchen.

We have lots of people in our family who would love to have some homemade soup brought to their house! If you bring soup to FLPC, please make sure you fill out the label included in the container to let us know the date you dropped it off and the ingredients. Questions? Please contact Ed: edblack@flpc.org

Nightly Prayer 

Join Ed Black via Zoom to share prayer requests and to pray for our community and world. 

Please email Ed (edblack@flpc.org) for the passcode.

Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30 PM. Click here for the Zoom link. 

Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 PM. Click here for the Zoom link.

Help Make Christmas Bright for Those in Need

It is Elf Tree time again. Children on our Elf Tree have been identified by Richland 2 social workers as families in need of helping make Christmas happen. One mom recently told us her children would not have Christmas presents if it weren't for the gifts we gave them. Most of the children are elementary age but Richland Northeast High School provides us with names of their homeless and at risk of homelessness youth as well. Would you please help this year? The Elf Tree will be downstairs at church between November 14-December 4. Select a name(s) and you will find gift suggestions on the tag. Return your wrapped gifts to church by December 4th. If you are unable to come to church to select a name or if you have questions, please contact Tom Leclair, tjllsl@earthlink.net.

Give the Gift of Coffee!

Café Justo makes a lovely gift this Christmas! 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. For gifts, these colorful handcrafted eco-friendly reusable cotton gift bags are available.  The coffee is $10 per bag with no charge for gift bag (but if you choose to make a gift bag donation, those contributions will also go to members of the Café Justo Cooperative). Gift certificates are also available. This organic coffee is available in whole bean or ground and your choice of Arabica Decaf, 100% Arabica mild roast, 50% Arabica 50% Robusta, or 100% Robusta (strongest).