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Church Resources

The church is a place where we celebrate some of life’s most important times together. From baptisms to confirmation, graduation, weddings and funerals; we want to help you prepare a meaningful and memorable experience. Please call the church office at 651-464-5249 or email office@foresthillsumc.net for more information about how to plan and schedule your event.  Click below to get required forms for your event.
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Helpful Links

United Methodist Church – Link to the nation-wide United Methodist website.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church – Link to the United Methodist website for the State of Minnesota.
Chuck Knows Church – Link to short videos that offer funny and helpful explanations of church related topics.
 

Worship – Love

“God is love.” -1 John 4:8
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” -Jesus (John 13:34)
 
Love. Grow. Serve. These three focus everything that Forest Hills is and does. They are biblical expressions of God’s character, and they identify God’s people in community.
God is love. In Jesus God perfectly showed His perfect love for all people. By giving the Holy Spirit to live within God’s people, we have God’s love in us, shaping us, and flowing out through us.
 
Worship is a form of this love. When we are connected to God in a loving relationship, God takes over our hearts, and we grow in our love for God and for others. It’s like we are the spokes of a wheel, and God is the hub. The closer we get to the hub, the closer the spokes come together. Likewise, the closer we grow to one another, the closer we grow to God. (Illustration used by Dorotheus of Gaza in the 6th century) This is how Love (God) works.
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Finding God’s Joy

Another day of errands. Same cycle every week. Work. Grocery store. Gas station. Pick up kid. Target. I get annoyed on with long days of the same thing. I whine about the fun and exciting things I can’t do because of the mundane tasks I have to do. The more I whine the more it makes my day and those around me miserable. But one particular week, God interrupted my ordinary with the extraordinary. You know, one of those moments when it seems God speaks directly to you … as if He has heard the banter in your head and addresses it head on?
 
I saw a post on Instagram, where the poster commented that she was finding the Extraordinary in her Ordinary. She stated how she is in a season of errands, chauffeuring and asking herself does she look for the extraordinary in the midst of her everyday. It got me asking; Do I look for God given joy in the midst of my ordinary? I realized No, I don’t. I just want the mundane over so I can get on with my day, week, month.

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If She/He’s the One, Why Should We Still Wait?

I want to tackle now head on the temptation to engage in sex with a partner you’re engaged to, or you know you’ll marry. Since this is “the one,” you’ve been keeping yourself for, then now, why wait (until the actual marriage)? Here are four reasons you need to continue to abstain: God said so. Even though some of the arguments I’ve given in previous blogs apply only to sex between people who will never marry, that still doesn’t negate the principle. God says wait until you are married. Just because you’re engaged doesn’t mean that all the reasons to wait are gone. Besides, it’s really about obedience, and believing God’s plan is better, even when we don’t understand it. We don’t obey only when we know, understand, and accept the reasons. This is a form of pride, which I referenced earlier. But there are some reasons we can see…(keep reading).


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Outreach – Serve

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” -1 Peter
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Love. Grow. Serve. These three focus everything that Forest Hills is and does. They are biblical expressions of God’s character, and they identify God’s people in community.
God gives us the Holy Spirit to live within us, changing us from the inside out. The Holy Spirit gives us interests, abilities, and grace, and it is through these that we serve God by serving others. What are the gifts the Holy Spirit has worked into you? We are gifted, you know. God calls us to use our resources (interests, abilities, time, possessions, etc.) to make the world a better place. God calls His people to invest in others.
 
One of the best ways to show love to someone who is a parent is to help her kids. Same with God. One of the best ways to show love to God is to help God’s kids. That’s all the other people around you. We are all called to invest into others what God has first invested into us.
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