Articles Posted in the " Pastor’s Notes " Category

  • A Note from Our New Pastor

    My family and I are truly excited to be coming to Forest Lake UMC! We are well aware of your strong history of ministry, and we are honored to be joining in the work there. With God’s help, I am certain that our best days are still ahead of us! I have been married to […]


  • My Mom’s Piano

    In the living room of the parsonage is the piano I played under as a child. Instead of a dining room, we had a music room filled by this baby grand piano and music ranging from a collection of old hymnals to classical choral music. Over the years we added onto the house, built a […]


  • Our Shared Covenant Of Itinerancy

    “Great is the art of beginning, but greater the art is of ending.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Ordination in the United Methodist Church includes a commitment to itinerancy. Before a person is ordained as an Elder, one of the questions they must answer to the satisfaction of the Board of Ordained Ministry is, “Do you […]


  • A Week of Prayer

    To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them. – John Calvin “Pray for …” the request begins. It can be a health issue, a broken relationship, the possibility of bad news, or personal chaos that leads to ask for prayer. Seldom does […]


  • Remembering With God

    As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him. For he knows how we were made; he remembers that we are dust. Psalm 103:13 – 14 (NRSV) As darkness descended outside, the sanctuary filled with adults, children, and youth. The congregation gathered for a somber service […]