APRIL 08, 2023


No Sanctuary or Warehouse Community Church Services

No adult or children's Sabbath School Classes



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

Tim Nichols – Executive Pastor

Sonia Perez – 5th to 8th Grade Pastor

Mark Reams – Youth Pastor

Steve Sherman – Visitation Pastor

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



Please note: there will be no regular Sanctuary, SS, or Warehouse services April 8 due to Risen Experience.


We are saddened to announce the passing of our beloved mother Marion F. Kierstead on March 25.  Her beautiful life will be remembered on April 8 at 4:00pm at the Plymouth-Sorrento Church, 2844 W Ponkan Rd., Apopka, FL. 


The Young At Heart meeting scheduled for April 10 has been cancelled!


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


April 08: Hope Channel International, Inc (GC)

April 15: Local Church Budget

April 22: Florida Advance

April 29: Local Church Budget


"For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt." Deut. 10:17-19

Every week finds new families coming to our community from Eastern Europe, particularly Russian and Ukrainian immigrants and refugees looking to escape the conflict and provide a better life for their children.  We have a desperate need for housing. Many families are able to rent but have a difficult time getting into local housing quickly enough due to extensive documentation requirements often beyond the limited papers the families are initially provided. 

Do you have a home, apartment, or space in your home that you would be willing to open and rent to one of these families?

If you know of anything, please contact Olga Melnik at or Pastor Julie at

ROKU and APPLE TV App Users 

It has come to our attention that number of our online viewers can no longer conveniently access our Sanctuary Services through our Roku and Apple TV apps. We have been working hard on resolving this issue. In the meantime, you can access our livestream by going to the YouTube app (found in the same place where you found the Forest Lake Church) and searching for "Forest Lake SDA Church." We also stream to Facebook and our website. If you need any help, please reach out to the church office, and we will try to do our best to find a solution that works for you. Stay tuned as we hope to find a solution very soon!



Saturday, April 29


S.A.L.T. Ministry: 9 AM – 1 PM  Activities include sorting/tagging clothing donations, assisting with mailing, cleaning/organizing barber room, etc.
Orlando Children's Church:
8 AM – 12 PM  Volunteers will be assisting in organizing and playing games, setting up and serving breakfast, and showing the love of Jesus to the children.

Groups & Classes

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


    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.


    Anxiety Is Manageable Support Group

    This 7-week group meets every Thursday, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. beginning February 16 and runs through April 21, 2023. 

    Classroom 5 (note new room number)
    Facilitator: Janet Lynn King, PhD.

    For more information:


    This 13-week support group is open to anyone who has lost a loved one from death. 

    Meeting every Tuesday 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning February 7 and runs through May 2, 2023. 

    Classroom 3 (note new room number)

    Facilitator: Janet Lynn King, PhD. 

    For more information: findsupport@gmail.comClick here to register.


    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


    Looking for a group for those on the journey of parenting? Facilitated by Pastor Steve.

  • Grow with Jesus in community and have a place to invite neighbors and work friends! These 10-12 week groups are either activity or study-based and meet weekly. 

    For more information or to join a group, click here /connect/life-groups.

    HIGH SCHOOL MOM'S:  Tameika Liciaga — 1st Wednesday of the month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

    PEACE N' PIZZA: Melissa and Carlos Martin — Wednesdays 6:15 pm

    OASIS:  Pastor Steve Sherman — Wednesdays 10 am

    FRIENDSHIP CAFÉ: Pastor Steve Sherman — Tuesdays at 2:00 pm

    5th GRADE MOM'S: Shelly Gray & Leslie Hazen — 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 8:15 am

    PRAYERS FOR FLA: Christina Algeo — Wednesdays 8:00 am

    WOMEN OF GOD: Ali Mohammaed — Tuesdays 7:45 pm  bimonthly

    YOUNG ADULT VESPERS:  Abby Hubbard — Monthly

  • 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

    *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

    Lee Liwag: (407) 399-8717

    Ruth Smith: (407) 538-1862

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."


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.

florida conference  &  Community events


August 7 – 13 , 2023

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Mission Trip to Dominican Republic Monday through Friday and Friday and Saturday is a retreat for singles.

The mission trip consists of bringing a VBS to over 400 children.

Departure from Orlando, FL

Space is Limited!  REGISTER NOW!



Orlando, Florida  |  August 24-27

Special Teen Track with Erica Jones

Information and Registration


September 8–21, 2023

Two 2023 Great Controversy Tours to Europe! Both tours are similar, and will have as guide, Dr. Gerard Damsteegt, specialist in church history and prophetic interpretation. See Daniel and Revelation come alive! Visit Rome and the Reformation sites in the Waldensian Valleys, Switzerland, Germany, and France. This will give you a new vision for how to prepare for Jesus’ coming. A most exciting experience! For more information call 269-815-8624, or email: 

stewardship report