December 16, 2023



Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Will Benton, Organ

Welcome & Announcements

Pastor Matt Smith

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Sounds of Brass

Behold Him

Dance in the Dawn

Joyful Noise (11:30)

Carols Part I

Litany I

Kris Gray

Joy to the World

Sanctuary Choir

Congregation | Orchestra

Litany II

Kris Gray

Away in a Manger

Mei Li Ellis, solo

Sanctuary Choir | Congregation | Orchestra

Litany III

Kris Gray

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Sanctuary Choir

Congregation | Orchestra

Litany IV

Kris Gray

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Sanctuary Choir

Congregation | Orchestra

Call to Giving

Olesea Azevedo


Huron Carol

Sounds of Brass

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - arr. Kevin Bryant

Coventry Carol - arr. Julie Stitt

Forest Bells

Carols Part II

Litany V

Kris Gray

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Jacob Delacruz, solo

Sanctuary Choir | Congregation | Orchestra

Luke 2:8-18

Kris Gray

The First Noel

Sanctuary Choir

Congregation | Orchestra

Litany VI

Kris Gray

Silent Night

Sanctuary Choir

Congregation | Orchestra

Behold Him

Dance in the Dawn

Joyful Noise (8:45)

Litany VII

Kris Gray

Joy to the World - Reprise

Sanctuary Choir

Congregation | Orchestra


March Pontifical – Robert Lau

Will Benton, Organ



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

Mark Reams – Youth Pastor

Steve Sherman – Visitation Pastor

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



Colonel Sandy Graves, father of our Pastor Candy DeVore, passed away on Tuesday, December 5. He served at Forest Lake Church as a therapist for 20 years after serving in the U.S. Air Force in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam and celebrated his 100th birthday here this past August. Dr. Graves and his late wife, Bedi Graves, will be interred at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington Virginia at a future date.

Paul Wells (wife is Vera) passed away on There will be a Celebration of Life service on Sunday, December 17 at 5 p.m. at Forest Lake Church.

Homer Grove (Connie) passed away on Wednesday, December 13. There will be a graveside service on Sunday, December 17, at 2 p.m. at Highland Memory Gardens in Apopka.

A memorial service for George Clarence Ekvall and Reatha Venden Ekvall, beloved parents of Bonnie Quigley, will be held on Sabbath, December 16 at 4:00 pm at the Markham Woods SDA Church.  It will also be live streamed at





1st  Reading:

Sheiryzza Alvarez; Pastor Omar Flores and adult sons, David Flores & Daniel Flores; Hecmer Lopez from Forest City Spanish SDA – Orlando, FL

Cale & Clarissa Burkett; Diane Ellington and daughters Nasaya Joseph, Niara Joseph & Nya Joseph from WholeLife Seventh-day Adventist Church – Orlando, FL

Edeimer & Irsaury Johnson; Ciro Tabera; David Villareal, Sr from Sheeler Oaks Spanish SDA – Apopka, FL

Timothy & Magally Putt from Markham Woods SDA – Longwood, FL


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. 


Dec 16: Local Church Budget

Dec 23: Florida Advance

Dec 30: FL Adventist Community Service Fund


With rental rates being at an all-time high, the church office is getting frequent requests for affordable housing. 

If you own a rental or know of someone with a home, apartment or even just a room for rent, please let us know ASAP.

Most renters are looking for something in the $600–$1200 range.

Email Debbie at and provide as much detail as possible. Thank you!!


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



A Child is Born: Join us Wednesday Dec. 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary for a service of prayer, music, and the Word focusing on the hope and light of Jesus that shatters our darkness. All ages and families are invited! 

florida conference  &  Community events


ENGLISH TEACHER NEEDED: Forest Lake Academy is in need of a long-term substitute English teacher for February-May. If you would like more information or are interested, please contact Susan Becker at 407.862.8411 or Thank you.

The Rob Fulbright Panther Classic – March 24, 2024 – Save the Date! 

We’ve got a new location. Sign-ups coming soon. Sponsorships opportunities available as well. Contact Heidi Salazar at for more information.

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


Mondays, 8:30 AM & 6:30 PM @ the Lower Youth Center

This class focuses on restorative body movement while actively worshiping Jesus’ heart, soul, mind, and strength creating a fitness that meets us at our core. Each class participant can expect to experience different positions and postures to strengthen, tone, and improve flexibility and balance all the while gaining a release of anxiety and stress. To maximize the benefits of this class, please bring a mat and a bottle of water.

Leader: Maria Touchard


RISEN Experience: MARCH 30, 2024

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


    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

    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."


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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