Articles Posted in the " Pastor’s Notes " Category

  • 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 […]


  • In Formation

    There’s a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1, CEB — My life and my calendar have agreed to disagree about when the year begins. August is embedded in the rhythm of my life as the first month of the year despite the calendar’s protest. The brief, loosely […]


  • What Did We Learn From The READINESS 360 Survey?

    READINESS 360 is a tool designed to help prepare congregations to reach new people in new ways, by assessing the missional readiness of the church. After studying Biblical, historical, and present day rapidly growing Christian movements, the creators of READINESS 360 identified four characteristics present in every movement. Spiritual Intensity. All of the great church […]