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Forest Lutheran Church

1663 SE 183rd Ave. Road

Silver Springs, Florida 34488

Lutheran Cross

How we reach out to the Forest Community

We have become known in the community for our projects and activities. We accept funds and donations and partner with other local organizations as much as possible to reach into the community with an invitation to hear the Gospel.

School Supply - Backpack Givaway

   Our biggest activity is our partnership with the HELP Agency on their annual school supply/backpack give-away just before school starts in August

   We gather and purchase school supplies which are assembled in our parish hall, then distributed on the Saturday before school starts.

   Our county Thrivent Board has been very helpful in funding this project

Free Community Meals

   Once each month, on the 3rd Saturday, we provide a free meal to the community.

Ice Cream and Socialize

Every Friday afternoon from 2:00 - 4:00

This is open to the community. Everyone who comes receives a free dish of ice cream with toppings.

We've scheduled the time so that school children can get off the bus and still come for ice cream.

We prepare special treats for children on the holidays.

People can stay and visit and/or play games or cards for a couple of hours. For some, it is the only opportunity to get out and socialize with other people.

Socks and Underwear

Each year we partner with East Marion Elementary School, here in the Forest, to provide socks and or underwear for children that come to school without, or who have an accident and need replacements.

This year we assembled 463 packages containing two socks along with a note saying they came from the church's Thrivent project.

HELP Agency Food Pantry

   We also partner with the only food pantry in the forest, the HELP Agency.

   We have monthly collections of food and canned goods.

   Another annual project is our Thrivent activity to assemble packages containing two bars of soap and a washcloth. These are presented to clients of the food bank and distributed by the HELP Agency.

Advent by Candlelight

The theme changes each year. Through songs and readings members and guests enjoy the blessings of the Advent and Christmas seasons and are able to prepare their hearts with the true meaning of Christmas.

Our ladies celebrate an Advent By Candlelight program where they invite friends and neighbors to hear the Christmas story and enjoy hors d'oevres

Over half of those that attend are non-members. It is now held in the church sanctuary.

Christmas Carol Sing

Our congregation is now the host of the annual Christmas Carol Sing. The community is invited to come and join in singing carols. It is held outdoors. We serve cookies and cocoa. The Sheriff's Department Bagpipers will play and Santa will make an appearance.

Trunk or Treat

   This Halloween, we participated with the neighborhood activity at the Community Center and Library. Annie (and her friend) was our host and provided the trunk as we passed out candy and invitations to Sunday School and church. Her trunk was decorated and church posters were prominently displayed.

Business Expot

   For the first time, the new Forest Business Coalition held a business exposition for local groups to inform the community about their group and activities.

   We had a table, distributed materials, and talked with people about our church and actvities.

Ladies Activities

For the size of our congregation, our Women's Friendship Circle / LWML is very active' Our ladies hosted the Zone Spring Rally in April. Our "Gifts from the Heart" recipient was the HELP Agency of the Forest. Director David Houck spoke on how difficult it is for adults and children living in the Forest. Many don't have electricity and running water, some have dirt floors. The ladies assembled 1,200 soap and wash cloths as well as food gifts to the food bank.

Five ladies from our congregation attended the District LWML retreat in Norcross, Georgia. Our Zone President, Treasurer and Pastoral Counselor are from the ladies circle. President Carol Lynn is missing from the picture'


Peggy has begun a new quilting group for Lutheran World Relief. We've just begun, but already we have five quilts done towards a goal of ten quilts.

Fund Raising Dinners

Several times each year our members and friends in the community gather together for a "Fund Raising Dinner". These dinners help us to offset the cost of our other community activities during the year.