Called Congregational Meeting

January 26, 10:15 in the Sanctuary

Purpose of this meeting:
  • To elect the 2020 Congregational Nominating Committee
  • To elect two Trustees
  • To approve the terms of call for Ellen F. Skidmore
  • To hear the Annual Report of Session
  • To educate the congregation about the Feasibility Study and the possibility of a future Capital Campaign

Chili Cook-Off

January 29 - Kirk Night

Got a secret chili recipe? Here's your chance to show it off. Chili cookers (and cornbread bakers) are needed for our chili cook-off on Wednesday, Jan 29. Meat or meatless pots are welcome. Don't care to cook a pot? No  problem, just come support our dinner. All proceeds from the evening will go toward our Outreach Project Meal Packaging event in April. If you are bringing a pot of chili or would like to bake cornbread, please sign up at the Connecting Point or downstairs desks. Make your reservation for dinner by contacting the church office by noon on the 28th.

Kirk Night Programs for January - Mental Health Issues

January 15 - Nancy Smith, Dir and Counselor at Live Oak Counseling, will speak about anxiety, mindfulness and emotion regulation.
January 22 - Marc Shook, Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at USC will speak about Generation Z: Fears, Challenges and Hopes.
January 29 - Eric Skidmore, Chaplain for SLED, will share information about how trauma can shape our lives.
Kirk Night Schedule:
Preschool & Children’s Choir—6-6:30pm
Adult Programs—6:15—7:30pm
Nursery Available—5:30—7:30pm

Interfaith Discussion Series

February 2020

Masjid As-Salaam, Beth Shalom Synagogue and Forest Lake Presbyterian Church are sponsoring an interfaith discussion on three Thursdays (6:30-8:30pm) in February 2020. Imam Omar Shaheed, Rabbi Jonathan Case and Rev. Ellen Fowler Skidmore invite you to participate in a three part, interfaith discussion to celebrate what we share (as the world’s three Abrahamic, monotheistic faiths), to learn more about our different beliefs and practices, and to build relationships with our Columbia neighbors. Dr. Walter Edgar, (USC Professor Emeritus) will be our moderator for each evening.
Thursday, February 13 – Beth Shalom Synagogue
5827 N. Trenholm Road Columbia 29206
Thursday, February 20 – Masjid As-Salaam
@ Lutheran Theological Seminary – Stavros Auditorium
1010 Wildwood Ave. Columbia 29203
Thursday, February 27 – Forest Lake Presbyterian Church
6500 N. Trenholm Road Columbia 20296
Please read the full description of this event here. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and each individual can reserve as many as three tickets for each night, but every ticket must be associated with the name of the person attending, which will be confirmed at the door. To reserve your tickets CALL the church office beginning on January 6th. Questions that you would like to have addressed should be emailed to ellenskidmore@flpc.org with “Interfaith Discussion” in the subject line.

Unplugged - Spring Intergenerational Retreat; Montreat, NC

March 6-8, 2020

We talk about mindfulness and about being present, but we don’t have much experience in how to do this.  Ellen Skidmore will lead us in discussion aiming to provide a balance between learning and doing.  Mindfulness is not paying attention harder, but paying attention is a different way.  We hope you will come home with some practices that will help your mindfulness of God make a difference in your everyday life.

All ages are welcome, members and guests of the church! Registration forms may be found on the Connecting Point and downstairs desks or here. There will be programming for youth. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration. Deadline to register is January 31.

FLY (Forest Lake Youth) Upcoming Events

January 14th – Middle School Bible Study 6:00pm-7:00pm Rebecca Timmons’ house

January 16th – High School Bible Study 6:00pm-7:00pm at Bill Wannamaker’s house

January 19th – Sunday night of Fun. Off Site TBD

January 23rd – FLY Eats 6:00pm-7:00pm

January 26th - Youth Advisory meeting 4:30pm-5:30pm

January 26th – Sunday Night FLY 5:30pm – 7:15pm


Also: Sign ups have started for Summer Trips. Let Bill Wannamaker know if you are interested in going to:

High School Montreat: ($100.00 deposit required) July 11-July 18

Middle School Montreat ($100.00 deposit required) July 15- July 19

Memphis, TN Mission Trip - August 1- August 8