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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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Wisdom in a World Gone Mad

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
All who follow his precepts have good understanding.”
  • Psalm 111:10

 

Wisdom is precious and becoming more so as years march on.  It is a rarity to come across one who is wise.  We are much more liable to find those who are angry or offended, those fueled by emotion or obsessed with a crippled form of justice.  Most people are agenda driven, close-minded and less than willing to point the finger at themselves.

 

Many define wisdom has being in possession of facts.  But simply knowing information does not guide one on how to live.  Take Batman for example.  He is actually not even a superhero.  He is a brave billionaire with amazing gadgets and weapons at his disposal.  But the only way Batman can fight crime is by knowing how to use each and every device in the most effective way.  One misstep or mistake could do him in.  In the same way, we might be armed with facts, but do we have the wisdom to know how and when to employ them?

 

Many define wisdom as being in tune with oneself.  The idea would be that if I know myself well enough, then I can bring the wisdom of my experience into the world.  I should be an expert on myself and willing to share my perspective. But then what do I do with the things that are beyond myself?   


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Summer Goals

The school year has come to a close for the most of the teens, meaning it’s SUMMER TIME! For most teens this means its a time for sleeping in, hanging out and binge watching shows. But when it comes to your spiritual lives it starts to look like the dusty backpack in the corner of of your rooms.

During the summer, youth group takes a break and vacations make church attendance hit or miss. Without a weekly connection to your church community, the focus on spiritual growth starts to fade.

Throughout the school year, youth group and church gives the youth a place to grow and dig deep into their relationship with Christ. It’s a place where they learn, ask questions and encourage one another. Then summer starts and that all goes away.

So how can you stay connected?


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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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