april 13, 2024



FLEC Wind Ensemble | Dustin Gold, director

Prelude on a German Hymnsong – Matt Conaway


Linka Dyer-Farrell


FLEC Wind Ensemble | Dustin Gold, director

A Childhood Hymn – David Holsinger


Julie Hill

BAPTISM (11:30)

Kaye Isabelle Protacio


Praise to the Lord – Hymn #1


FLEC Wind Ensemble | Dustin Gold, director

Variants on an American Hymn – Michael Sweeney


Jeff Foote

Offering: Hope Channel International, Inc. (GC)


FLEC Wind Ensemble | Dustin Gold, director

Music of the Spheres – arr. Gary P. Gilroy


Marti Jones


FLEC Wind Ensemble | Dustin Gold, director

Nearer, My God, to Thee – arr. Michael Brown


Pastor Matt Smith

You Choose! Part 2


Pastor Matt Smith


FLEC Wind Ensemble | Dustin Gold, director

Lead On, O King Eternal – arr. James Swearingen



Matt Smith – Lead Pastor

Justin Alabata – Worship Pastor

Jennifer Bergherm – Children & Family Ministries Pastor

Candy DeVore – Counseling Pastor

Julie MacLafferty – Connections Pastor

Juan Martinez – Collegiate/Young Adult Pastor

Jeremy Morada – Music Pastor

Mark Reams – Youth Pastor

Steve Sherman – Visitation Pastor

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



Mardian Blair (wife – Joan), Former President of Adventist Health Systempassed 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.

Shirley Burns, long time church and choir member, passed away on Sunday, April 7.  A Memorial Service was held at Forest Lake Church on Friday, April 12, 2024.

Kathleen Meekma, mother of Steve Meekma, passed away on Thursday, March 14. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter. There will be a Memorial Service on Sunday, April 21, at 10 a.m. at Forest Lake Church.

Roger Anderson, former Forest Lake Church Administrator, passed away on Tuesday, March 19. There will be a Memorial Service on Sabbath, June 1, at 3:30 p.m. at the Forest Lake Church.
I want to Thank everyone for the wonderful food that saved us for 3 weeks, so we didn't have to prepare food as we were busy every moment with Roger. Thank you to everyone that brought food on the meal train. It was a wonderful program and the food was delicious; a wonderful asset to our church. Thank you church for flowers, gifts, visits—special visits to Roger while in the hospital and personal visits with him at home on hospice. That meant so much to him. Hallelujah! Our Church family is amazing and I Love every one of you. — Carolyn Anderson


You are valuable to our church family, and we want to serve you!  

If you know someone who is homebound  or if you are homebound and would like to be served communion at home by one of our church pastors or elders, please share the appropriate contact information with us by emailing or calling the church office at 407-869-0680.  Don’t hesitate to leave a message if no one answers.  

Communion Sabbath - April 20


We have a few openings remaining for our annual Church Retreat at Camp Kulaqua! 

Check out our Facebook page for registration and updated information.


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                                                         



Nilda Gutierrez

2nd  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


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 13: Hope Channel International, Inc (GC)

Apr 20: Local Church Budget

Apr 27: Florida Advance

May 2: Local Church Budget



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


On May 19th, in the Forest Lake Church Lobby, Watching Women Win will be hosting an event for women and girls to become "Crowned in Confidence" and step into the fullness of their identity as daughters of God. Everything Watching Women Win does is to empower God's daughters to step confidently into their calling with boldness and courage, and this event will be no different. Included in the event are messages that will shift your understanding of identity, confidence and calling, a beautiful brunch spread, mocktail bar and the opportunity to connect with other sisters in Christ. Purchase your ticket now as space is limited!

Tickets are $49 per person or $89 per mother/ daughter duo and can be purchased by sending an email to


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.

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