January 20, 2024



Will Benton, Organ

Procession – Charles Callahan


Pastor Julie MacLafferty


Adam Harmon, Charlotte Merritt, Lucas Smith, Marvel Patterson, Asher Rodgers, Nico Pino


Sanctuary Choir

Surely the Lord Is in This Place – Douglas Wagner


I Love to Tell the Story – Hymn #457


Jullie Hill


Savion St. Fleur

Offering: Local Church Budget


Richard Mohammed, Solo  |  Debbie Pinto, Piano

Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace – arr. Howard Helvey  


Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow


Pastor Julie MacLafferty & Mark Nieymeyer


Sanctuary Choir  |  Deanna Giron, Solo

True Light – Hampton


Pastor Matt Smith

Be: The Mission


Pastor Matt Smith


Will Benton, Organ

Grand Choeur – Théodore Dubois



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.



A memorial service for Beth Branum Bursey, noted administrator and educator in the Florida conference from 2000-2016, is planned for 1:30 pm, Sunday, February 4, at the Forest Lake Seventh-day Adventist church, 515 Harley Lester Lane Apopka, FL  32703. Her service including 7 years of administration and educational leadership at Forest Lake Elementary Education Center (FLEC).  She brought 25 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in the Northwest prior to arriving in Florida in 2000.   She died on July 22, 2023 in Apopka, FL following a long battle with debilitating illness.

MEMBERSHIP TRANSFERS                                                         


Profession of Faith:

Elthon Pacheco & Francine Louzada


2nd Reading:

Maite Louzada Pacheco & Luigi Louzada Pacheco from Igreja Adventista da Penha – Brazil

Artem Strochkin & Anna Strochkina from Soko Adventist Church – Russian Federation



1st Reading:

Julie Ann Cook; Alex Kotlyarov to DeBary-Orange SDA – Orange City, FL

Andrea Morales-Correa to Winter Park Spanish SDA – FL

Sean & Michelle Robinson to Maranatha SDA – Apopka, FL

Lidia Rose Schumann to Florida Living SDA – Apopka, FL

Benjamin Valera to East Pasco SDA – Zephyrhills, FL

Sardis Caises Duany; Antonio Marinez Barrera to Scottsdale Thunderbird SDA – Scottsdale, AZ

Robert & Patricia Curren to Waynesville SDA – NC

Harim & Jessica Peña to Kettering SDA – OH


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 Mission Impurseable purse campaign is back! Since its inception over 5 years ago, we have donated purses to women's shelter facilities filled with personal items to show compassion and encourage women during hard times that they are loved and not alone. Should you choose to accept this mission and participate, it would require that you give away a gently used purse(s) filled with personal items that homeless women can use to meet their daily personal needs. This gesture will serve as a tangible expression of God's love for them on Valentine's Day—a day that they may feel forgotten.

Ask your school, friends, neighbors, classmates, and family members to participate by also filling a purse(s) with the items listed by scanning the QR Code. When the purse is completed, please place your purse(s) in the containers provided at the Forest Lake Church or make arrangements for pick-up by texting your request and location to Pam at (407) 353-9013. This year our donations will benefit SALT Outreach, Inc. Ministry of Orlando Florida. To get the donations to the facility on time, we need to receive all donations by Saturday, February 10, 2024, for packaging, processing, and delivery on Sunday, February 11, 2024. THE GOAL FOR 2024 IS 150 PURSES.  By scanning the QR Code, you can access additional ways to participate, donate, volunteer, or earn volunteer hours for your school. The mission has started and 10 purses have already come in—leaving only 140 more purses to go. Will you join us in making a difference in someone's life and being the answer to someone's prayers today?

Forest Lake Church Women's Ministries


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


Jan 20: Local Church Budget

Jan 27: Florida Advance

Feb 03: Local Church Budget

Feb 10: Adventist Television Minstries Evangelism (NAD)


florida conference  &  Community events


The Rob Fulbright Panther Classic – March 22, 2024 – Registration is OPEN 

The sign-up is live for those wishing to join in the fun at the FLA Rob Fulbright Panther Classic on March 22. Individuals , foursomes, or sponsors can sign up at For information, email

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


Andrews University will be hosting a Brunch for alumni and prospective students in the Orlando area on Sunday, January 28, at 10am, at the Highland Manor in Apopka.  Enjoy networking with fellow alums, as well as learning about current news and future events.   For more details and to reserve your spot (it's free), contact us at, call 269-471-3591, or email us at  We hope to see you there!


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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