FHBC CommUnity News December 13, 2013

From the Pulpit:

Because of Bethelehem
Christmas Cantata

Need to Know Information:

Weekend Emergency Pastoral Care Number

Office Hours
Office is open Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Extended Session

Dec 22  Susan Wray, Deana Hite, Tempe Chapman, Carol/Gwen Reece, Phillip Frye, Leigh McDonald, Jessica Harris, Melissa Griffith

Dec 29 Beth Eakes, Frances Overby, Mary Weaver, Vicki Hollowell, Beth Chandler, Christian Zuburg

Wednesday Night Dinner, December 18th

Oven Bake Eggs
Sausage links
Banana Bread
Cinnamon Rolls
$5.00 Adults
Kids 12 and Under eat free
Dinner Time 5:00 p.m.         
No Reservations Needed

Last Wednesday Night Meal/Activity for 2013

Christmas at Forest Hills

Sunday, December 15 at 11:00am
The Choir will present Because of Bethlehem

Wednesday, December 18 at 6:00pm
Children's Music Presentation in the Sanctuary

Sunday, December 22 at 11:00am
Worship in the Sanctuary

Tuesday, December 24 at 5:30pm
Christmas Eve Communion and Candlelight Service in the Sanctuary

Wednesday, December 25
Merry Christmas!

A Note of Appreciation

A Big THANK YOU to all those who came out to decorate our sanctuary and the church for Christmas.  We had more than a dozen volunteers that hung wreaths and garland, decorated windows, and put up the tree.  We also wish to thank those who made a donation to help cover the cost of the beautiful poinsettias.  We are grateful to the Boy Scouts who donated the Christmas wreaths for the exterior doors.  Christmas blessings to All !
~  Jean Muse and Pam Rusnak

Coming Soon--Church Wide Dinner Groups

Make plans to be part of this Forest Hills intergenerational event where groups of 8 will gather for fellowship and meals. The kickoff will be a dinner at the church on Friday, January 24th. SAVE THE DATE!

2013 Contributions

2013 Contributions need to be hand delivered to the Financial Office by December 31 at noon.  All other contributions must be postmarked by 12/31/13 to be
applied to your 2013 Contribution Statement. If you have any questions feel free to contact Wendy Garrett at ext. 101.

Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, Forest Hills Baptist Church follows Wake County Public Schools policy. Please check your local news stations for updates and announcements regarding school delays or closings.

Holiday Office Hours

Tuesday, December 17
  -Office closed from 10:30am -1:30pm for Staff Christmas Lunch
Tuesday, December 24
  -Office closed for Christmas Eve
  -Christmas Eve Worship Service 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 25
  -Office closed for Christmas

Youth Ministry

Wacky Tacky Christmas Sweater Show

The youth are hosting a Wacky Tacky Christmas Sweater Fashion Show at the Christmas Lock-in on Friday, December 20.  All are welcome to attend and participate.  There will be prizes for the winners of the fashion show competition.  The lock-in will be packed with all sorts of games and activities as well as 'underground church' and a festive surprise later in the evening.  Breakfast will be served in the morning.  The cost of admission will be a creative Christmas decoration that will be used during the lock-in.  Be as creative as you wish.

FHBC Youth December Events

December 15 - Sunday AM Help with Birthday Party for Jesus (Dining Hall)
                         4:30pm Praise Band (Attic)
                         6:00-8:00pm Oasis (Attic)
                         Fifth Payment of $100 due for Cuba Mission Trip Participants ($650)

December 18 - 6:00pm Children's Christmas Concert (Sanctuary)

December 20 - Youth Christmas Lock-In (Attic)
                          Details in future communications

December 21 - January 1 - Christmas Break - No School

December 22 - No Praise Band or Oasis

December 25 - No Wednesday Night Bible Study (MERRY CHRISTMAS)

December 29 - No Praise Band or Oasis


Children's Ministry

Wednesday Night Children's Events

Dec 18, 2013 - Children's Christmas Music Performance, 6:00 pm followed by Happy Birthday Jesus Party
No Children's activities Dec. 25, 2013 or Jan. 1, 2014 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Jan 8, 2014 - Children's activities begin for new year
Note: Children's music and missions activities begin at 6:00 pm. S.L.A.M. is currently not meeting at 5:45 pm.

International Ministry

During the International Christmas Celebration last week at Forest Hills, 170 people from China, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Ethiopia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, S. Korea, and the U.S.A. enjoyed a delicious meal together, sang with the 1st International Children's Choir, and gained a deeper understanding of the true meaning of Christmas Symbols: the birth of Jesus Christ, Savior for all mankind.  Wow, a wonderful night!  Several commented that it was "a wonderful experience for my children and wife. They enjoyed sharing," and "thank you all for the great meal served for us," and "they learned a lot about the meaning of Christmas."  To God be the glory and honor!  A huge thank you to all who helped with the details - THANKS, and truly, Merry CHRISTmas!
International Ministry OPEN HOUSE is this Sat., Dec. 14 at the Reeces'- an opportunity for many to see the inside of a N. American home decorated for Christmas for the first time!
Contact Jason for more details or if you need a ride.
Gung Hay Fat Choy ~ Hauoli Makahiki Hou ~ Feliz Año Nuevo ~ Bonne Année ~ Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu ~ Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun ~ Sal e no mobarak!  Welcome 2014 on New Year's Eve together with the International Ministry in the Annex, Tues. Dec. 31, 2013 from 8:00pm-12:00am, 2014!   
Would you like to participate in training to be an English as a Second Language volunteer teacher?  Forest Hills is hosting ESL Basic Teacher Training on January 23-25, 2014. This is an ideal way to get started!  Please register with Jason@foresthills.org before January 15.

Janna Edwards