april 06, 2024



Will Benton, Organ

It Is Well With My Soul – Eleanor Whitsett


Pastor Julie Maclafferty


Sanctuary Choir | Brass | Bells | Piano | Organ

Because He Lives – Joel Raney


Christ the Lord Is Risen Today – Metzger / Rutter


Carlos Martin


Forest Bells | Mark Becker, Director

Halle, Halle, Halle – arr Benjamin Tucker


Caitlin Alves

Offering: Local Church Budget


Sounds of Brass | Vince Boelter, director


Ruben and Shirley Flores


Sanctuary Choir | Piano | Sounds of Brass

See, What a Morning – Greer


Pastor Matt Smith

You Choose!

Song of Response

Jeremy Morada, vocal | Will Benton, piano

How Great Thou Art – arr. Dan Forrest


Pastor Matt Smith


Will Benton, Organ

Toccata on Amazing Grace – Christopher Pardini



Matt Smith – Lead Pastor

Justin Alabata – Worship Pastor

Jennifer Bergherm – Children & Family Ministries Pastor

Candy DeVore – Counseling Coordinator

Julie MacLafferty – Connections Pastor

Juan Martinez – Collegiate/Young Adult Pastor

Jeremy Morada – Music Director

Mark Reams – Youth Pastor

Steve Sherman – Visitation Pastor

If you would like to be involved in our worship services, please contact Jeremy Morada.



Tim Nichols (wife – Shiree), Executive Pastor of Forest Lake Church, passed away on Sunday, March 24.  A Memorial Service was held on Monday, April 1, at Forest Lake Church. In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to the Tim Nichols Legacy Fund at Forest Lake Church.  This fund will be used to support developing leaders who live the vision of helping people in the local community to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Lee Liwag passed away on Friday, February 2. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mel. There will be a Memorial Service at Forest Lake Church on Sunday, April 7, at 4 p.m. 

Mardian Blair (wife – Joan), Former President of Adventist Health System, passed away on Tuesday, March 26. There will be a Memorial Service on Sabbath, April 13, at 4 p.m. at Forest Lake Church. Service will be streamed.

Please join us for a Celebration of Life for Albert Ellis on April 27th at 2:00 p.m. at the Mount Pisgah Academy SDA Church (21 Academy Drive, Candler, NC).  If you cannot attend, but would like to be part of the day, it can be viewed on their livestream at or their YouTube channel at Mount Pisgah Academy Seventh-day Adventist Church.


Dive deeper into next quarter's Sabbath School study of The Great Controversy by joining a class on Daniel & Revelation. 

Tuesdays at 7 pm – will meet weekly in Room 5.

Presenter: Jorge Pinto


Join us every Saturday morning in Room 6 from 8–8:25 to pray for our church, ministries, and the people God is sending us! 

MEMBERSHIP TRANSFERS                                                         


1st  Reading:

Anwar Bowes from First SDA Church of West Palm Beach – FL & Belinda Bowes from Los Banos Hispanic SDA – CA

Serhil & Iryna Hunko from Kryvyi Rih SDA #10 – Ukraine

Alexey & Svetlana Naryzhny from WholeLife Seventh-day Adventist Church – Orlando, FL

Laverne Williams & son, Ewan Morgan from Highland SDA – Portland, TN

2nd  Reading:                                                                   

Orlando Spencer from Harbour View Adventist Church – St Andrew, Jamaica


2nd Reading:

Frank Leonardo Guitierrez to Forest City Spanish SDA – Orlando, FL

Vincent Hicks to Altamonte Springs SDA – FL

Ruben & Etti Martinez  and adult children Karina Martinez & Layla Martinez; Jay Morgan to WholeLife Seventh-day Adventist Church – Orlando, FL


The sanctuary flowers (pulpit) are given in memory of Raleigh Hazen with love from his family.

The sanctuary flowers (organ) are lovingly given by Forest Bells in memory of Lee Liwag, whose memorial service is tomorrow.

Help make our church beautiful by sponsoring a flower arrangement in honor of a special event in your life!  

Contact Mark Becker at  Please include the following information: name, phone number, email address, date you would like to sponsor, occasion/message. 


The Staff at Forest Lake Church is always praying for you, but if there are specific prayer requests you would like mentioned during our worship services, please contact the church office at (407) 869-0680.

Need Prayer??

Interactive Prayer Room

Located right of sanctuary on exit

Daily Prayer Line: 425.436.6321 at 7:15 am/pm Access Code: 763000#

Prayer Requests: Fill out card in pew or email


Apr 06: Local Church Budget

Apr 13: Hope Channel International, Inc (GC)

Apr 20: Local Church Budget

Apr 27: Florida Advance



Hurricanes and Other Losses: Navigating Grief and Embracing Healing

Presented by Alicia Patterson

April 25, 20246 p.m. to 9 p.m.  |  Forest Lake Church Lobby

One cannot get through life without pain. . . What we can do is choose how to use the pain life presents to us. –Bernie S. Siegel

Living means losing. There are so many good things in life, but there is always change. And change means loss. Even positive change can bring loss. You have a baby, for example, and it’s wonderful! But you will not do a “quick run to the store” for decades, you will lose sleep, and “free time” will quickly fade from your vocabulary!

Then there are the devastating losses. Unexpected. Unwanted. How do we survive? Is living a fulfilling life again even possible? This seminar is designed to guide you through healthy responses to grief and provide you with the courage to embrace the journey of healing

Key Insights:

Embracing change and loss: Understanding that life's changes, even the painful ones, can be opportunities for growth and transformation.

Finding resilience in the face of adversity: Developing the inner strength and tools to navigate the storms of life and emerge stronger on the other side.

florida conference  &  Community events


Enrollment is Open for the 2024-25 School Year! 

Apply online now at For a questions or to request a tour, contact Victoria Emde at

An Adventist faith-based community on 13 1⁄2acres. It is a quiet oasis where friends become family. Our community is alcohol and smoke freepet free, and the cozy apartments are affordable. All utilities are included with your rent. Efficiencies as well as one- and two-bedroom apartments are available.
You’ll find shopping, clinics, dining, entertainment venues, as well as state-of-the-art hospitals, golfing clubs, fitness centers, pharmacies, and two airports nearby.
Florida Living is owned and operated by Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.


Small groups and Sabbath School classes are the heart of the church. Connect your heart with a group and strengthen your walk with Jesus.

  • New groups starting!  For a list of our current groups, Click here for more information.  If you have questions, please contact Candy DeVore at

    Are you interested in leading out in this ministry? Contact Candy DeVore at 407-717-9335 for more information.


    1st Monday of the Month

    7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Forest Lake Church, Room 4


    A space for families with LGBTQIA loved ones

    Call or text Candy DeVore at 407.717.9335, or email at


    Tuesday evenings, May 16 to August 15

    7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Classroom 3

    Facilitator: Janet Lynn King, PhD.

    To register:


    This 13-week group is open to anyone who is separated, going through a divorce, or who has survived a divorce. 

    There is a minimal charge for this group, but financial help is available for those who need it.

    Beginning May 4 at 6:30-8:00pm  |  Online only

    For more information: 407-869-0680  |

    or Register at:


    There aren’t many people who truly understand the unique challenges single parents face. You deeply desire to do what’s best for your kids, but sometimes it’s all you can do to survive from one day to the next. Single & Parenting is a special group that will bring hope to your life. We’d love for you to join us.

    Meets once a month on the 4th Sabbath 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning March 25, 2023.

    Location: Pastor Matt Smith's office   |   Facilitator: Jeanie Fundora

  • House of Prayer

    Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. in Main Sanctuary

    Contact Pr. Julie at for more info. 

    Young Adults (18-24):  Kaylyn Halley & Pr. Julie MacLafferty

    Mondays  7:00 p.m.  in Room 24 at the Forest Lake Church

    Contact Kaylyn at for more info. 

    Women's Small Group :  Kirshline Fleuristal

    Friday night 6:30 p.m. monthly

    Contact Kirshline at for more info. 

    Friendship Café: Pr. Steve Sherman

    Tuesdays 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Forest Lake Church Main Lobby

    Contact Pr. Steve at for more info. 

    Oasis Bible Study: Pr. Steve Sherman

    Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in Room 5 at the Forest Lake Church

    Contact Pr. Steve at for more info. 

    Peace n' Pizza: Carlos & Melissa Martin

    Tuesdays 6:15 p.m. at Martin home

    Contact Melissa at for more info. 

    Prayers for FLA: Christina Algeo

    Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 a.m. during Parents in Prayer call

    Starting August 2023

    Contact Christina (407) 501-9752 for more info.

  • 10:00 a.m.

    *Friendship Circle: (10:15–11:15) Room 2

    Pinto/Sheppard: Room 3

    Burns/Lind/Vasquez: Room 4

    Bridge Builders: Room 5

    Sharing the Word: Room 6

    *Gordon/Jones: Room 11

    Walking in the Word: Pastor Steve Sherman’s office

    Russian-Speaking: (Elda's Place - Quilting Room)

    McCoy/Shed: Room 14

    Fervent: Room 15

    *Gen neXt: Room 16

    Grace and Truth: Room 25

    Friends Talking Faith: Room 26

    Life & Teachings of Jesus: Room 27

    Seekers: Room 28

    Community (Parents' class): Children's Ministry Center

    Brazilian-Speaking: Left side of the balcony

    Spanish-Speaking: right side of the balcony

    *Also available virtually

  • Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

    Join for worship and fellowship in making quilts for those in times of crisis. 

    For more information or to request a quilt, please contact

    Ruth Smith: (407) 538-1862

    Carmen Cooper 407.252.4527

Ongoing Ministries


If you missed our ministry fair or wanted to follow up, it's not too late! Click here for more information on our ministries and how you can get involved!


Our Health Ministry team highly recommends the PlantWise Film, a new documentary now streaming FREE at


If you, or someone you know, needs a visit (home visit, care card, or phone call) contact us at


Join us Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm — in the church sanctuary or via our livestream — to pray for our church and community as we study "Worship, Family, Togetherness, Service, and Testimony."


Do you have a passion for the spiritual lives of our students? High school can be a time of tremendous growth, but also anxiety. Every Wednesday, we write personalized notes (and add a cookie!)  to the high school students in our church to let them know they are loved, valued, and prayed for. Join us at 8:15 in the Connection Center off the main lobby to help. If you have a student who does not attend FLA that you would like us to send a note to, please contact Christina Algeo at


Sabbaths, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, East Lobby


For weekly updates on what is happening at the Forest Lake Church, sign up here for our weekly newsletter!


BIBLES for Local Inmates — We are collecting Bibles to share with inmates at the Orange County jail. If you have any lightly used or new Bibles please place them in the Container provided in the church lobby Connections Room. Preferred Bibles would have soft covers, newer versions such as NIV or NKJV, and larger size print. Thank you for your faithful support of the Prison Ministries activities.

stewardship report