Articles Posted in the " Pastor’s Notes " Category

  • Keep Christ in Christmas… Really

    “Keep Christ in Christmas!” It’s a rally cry for many who are upset with the growing secularization of Christmas. Every “Happy Holidays” banner or “Merry Xmas” sign is met with protests and a flurry of Facebook statuses demanding we “keep Christ in Christmas!” The season of Advent and Christmas is an ideal time for faithful […]


  • Being Grateful

    Praise the Lord! O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 106:1 (NRSV) The 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge is a recent twist on the old song, “Count Your Blessings.” The challenge is to daily identify one thing for which you are thankful, and give a […]


  • The Transforming Power of Commitment

    Your commitments can develop you, or they can destroy you, but either way, they will define you. – Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life In our family – maybe yours too – we often see earlier generations reflected in the latest. As a child, our daughter Maggie bore an uncanny resemblance to both […]


  • Missions & Ministry – A Note from Melody

    What a blessing to be a part of Forest Lake UMC. The goals of the church are simple- worship, make disciples, and care for the least of these. Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself. Pretty easy yet difficult to do each day. On Sundays we worship God through music, preaching, […]


  • FAQ: Adult Sunday School

    At home, friends and family knew to use the side door, which led to the kitchen and family den.. Our front door opened to a seldom used space ironically called the “living room.” The name is ironic because in our home, the living room was an environment where we welcomed guests, but real living happened […]