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Inviters and Includers

The master said to the servant, “Go to the highways and back alleys and urge people to come in so that my house will be filled.” Luke 14:23 Have you ever thrown a party and nobody showed up? In Luke 14 Jesus tells a story about a man who planned a feast for his friends…

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Pre-Emergent

A few years back I noticed a sign in front of the local landscape business that read “Time for Pre-emergent.” The sign was a helpful reminder to prepare our dormant lawns and gardens for the lush, vibrant new growth of Spring. For those who are serious “Yardeners” this was the time to treat the lawn,…

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FLUM Men’s Ministry

What a wonderful way to start February off; with the first Bible, Egg, and Cheese. We gathered the morning of the 7th to enjoy a robust meal cooked by our leaders of the Men’s Ministry. Also, Tommy Hester made his famous Breakfast Casserole and homemade jams. After a delightful meal and fellowship, everyone sat down…

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New Priorities for a New Year

On January 10-11, 2014, the 2014 Lay Leadership of Forest Lake UMC gathered in the Fellowship Hall in order to establish priorities for the year. The priorities discerned by the group grew out of a time identifying Forest Lake UMC’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. Enhance Communications In any organization, communicating clearly and intentionally is…

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Prayer for a New Year

Through resolutions and detailed plans we try to harness the wild, unpredictable future. My 2014 calendar is rapidly filling up, and I will adopt 2013’s resolutions for 2014. But, life has a way of interrupting my careful planning and wrecking my meticulously crafted calendar. I am reminded of the truth and wisdom of an old…