FHBC CommUNITY News, February 10

Ash Wednesday and Lent    

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 13. We will gather in the Fellowship Hall/dining hall at 6:00 pm for an Ash Wednesday service.

Lent includes the forty days before Easter (not counting the Sundays). Lent is a time Christians use to prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, and spiritual discipline, a time of reflection regarding our relationship with Jesus Christ as we ponder his life, ministry, death, and resurrection.

Like many of you, I grew up in a tradition that did not observe Ash Wednesday or Lent. However, as I began to think more and more about the season, I had to admit that observing Lent, as described in the previous paragraph, was a worthy exercise for someone seeking to be a faithful follower of Jesus.

At the Ash Wednesday service, we will impose ashes, as has been the custom of Christ's Church for centuries. Ashes are a biblical symbol of mourning and penance. In Bible times the custom was to fast, wear sackcloth, sit in dust and ashes, and put dust and ashes on one's head. While we no longer normally wear sackcloth or sit in dust and ashes, the customs of fasting and putting ashes on one's forehead as a sign of mourning and penance have survived to this day.

The ashes also symbolize death and so remind us of our mortality. Thus when the pastor uses the thumb to sign one with the ashes, the pastor says, "Remember, you are dust and to dust you shall return," which is modeled after God's address to Adam (Genesis 3:19; cf. Job 34:15, Psalms 90:3, 104:29, Ecclesiastes 3:20). This also echoes the words at a burial, "Ashes to ashes; dust to dust," which is based on God's words to Adam in Genesis 3 and Abraham's confession, "I am nothing but dust and ashes" (Genesis 18:27). I hope you will join us for this meaningful service.

The Season of Lent

Wednesday, February 13 - Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday Service, 6pm, Dining Hall

 Sunday, February 17 - First Sunday of Lent
Mosaic Worship, 11am

Wednesday, February 20
Will of God Study

Sunday, February 24 - Second Sunday of Lent

Wednesday, February 27
Will of God Study

Sunday, March 3 Third Sunday of Lent

Wednesday, March 6
Voices from the Margin-Rahab

Sunday, March 10 - Fourth Sunday of Lent

Wednesday, March 13
Voices from the Margin-Hannah

Sunday, March 17 - Fifth Sunday of Lent
College Led Worship 11am

Wednesday, March 20
Voices from the Margin-Dinah

Sunday, March 24 - Palm Sunday
Cantata -The Power of the Cross,
One Worship Service 11am

Wednesday, March 27 - No Activities

Thursday, March 28 - Maundy Thursday, Lord's Supper, Dining Hall

Friday, March 29 - Good Friday
Good Friday Service 12noon, Dining Hall

Sunday, March 31 - Easter
Sunrise Service-Meredith College
Flowers for the Cross

Mosaic Service

MOSAIC Service
Sunday, February 17th, 11:00am
United African Baptist Church
Chinese Baptist Church
Farsi Fellowship
Forest Hills Baptist Church
Music, Scripture, Prayer and Word

Soup-er Bowl Sunday Results  

Last week, through the generous donation and support of the congregation of Wake Forest Baptist Church, the youth and college ministries helped to raise $943.95 and 231 canned-food products for the Raleigh branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The Food Bank serves 13 counties throughout central North Carolina, providing sustenance to those in need.  Last year, over 19.9 million pounds of food was distributed through the Food Bank.  Your gracious donations will soon be aiding to keep families nourished in our state.  May God bless all those who helped to make the Soup-er Bowl Sunday a success, whether through the giving of money, giving of soup, or giving of time. 

February Youth Events  

February 13 - Ash Wednesday Service (6 pm)

February 15 - Early Release for Traditional WCPSS

February 16 - Winter Jam in Greensboro (Cost $10 plus meals for the day)

February 17 - Youth Event (TBD)

                           No Youth Activities

February 18 - No School for Traditional WCPSS

February 20 - Wednesday Night Activities (6 pm)

February 24 - Praise Band (3:30 pm)/Generations Choir (5 pm)Oasis (6-8 pm)

                           $75 Non-refundable deposit due for NYC Mission Trip

                            Requests for scholarships must be submitted

February 27 - Wednesday Night Activities (6 pm)

Forest Hills-A "Home Away from Home" for College Students 

From time to time, we have students who are away from home, who desire to connect more closely with a family here. If you are interested in "adopting" a student, please contact Alta at alta@foresthills.org.

Help Needed for College Bible Study 

Need help providing dinner to students for Tuesday Night College Bible Study. If you, your SS class, team, or family would be willing to provide a meal for one Tuesday night, please contact Alta by phone or email: (919) 828-6161 ext 113, alta@foresthills.org

International Ministry at Five Points 

International Ministry will be highlighted this Sunday at the Five Points Area.  Please stop by and look at our pictures, and whisper a prayer for us.  We continue to build relationships with the Internationals, and share the love of God as best we can. Thank you for your support.  We still need teachers and co-workers. 

This past Sunday Night we had an International Super Bowl party.  Couldn't stream the game, but we had a great time anyway. So much laughter at the games tables, and so much joy.  It was a roaring success with David Rusnak explaining the terminology and the rules to the game. Big thanks to him.

Sunday Morning Community Time 

With our new Sunday schedule, time has been allotted between Sunday School and Worship for community time.  We hope that you are finding ways to "have community" with those within your Sunday School, within your Department, and throughout the church.  Consider dropping by the Five Points area to discover the highlighted ministry team for the week and other happenings at FHBC.  Also, everyone is welcome to stop by the Fellowship Hall at 10:30 to enjoy fellowship with one another prior to worship.  Those who are attending the traditional service are welcome to stay and participate in the first worship song of the contemporary service before heading upstairs to the sanctuary for the 11:00 service.

A Place for Community

Now that a basic design has been agreed upon, the team has formed 4 sub-teams to focus on the next level of detail.  The sub-teams are technology, interior design, financial planning and construction implementation.  Additionally, members of this team will be meeting with the Library and Hospitality teams to get their input to refine the proposed design.

Four listening sessions have been scheduled to give church members an opportunity to get more information about the proposed design. 

The dates are:

- Wednesday,  Feb 6th, from 4:30 - 7:00 pm in the Dining Hall

- Sunday, Feb 10th, Before Sunday School (9:00-9:30), during Community Time (10:30-11:00) and after workshop (12:00-12:30)

- Wednesday, Feb 13th, from 4:30 - 7:00 pm in the Dining Hall

- Sunday, March 3rd, Before Sunday School (9:00-9:30), during Community Time (10:30-11:00) and after workshop (12:00-12:30)

If you have any questions contact Tom Revak or Taylor Freeman.


February Wednesday Night Menus

February 13

Garlic Bread
Nutty Buddy Pie

February 20

Pulled Pork
Buttered Red Skin Potatoes
Baked Beans
Hush Puppies
Pig Pickin' Cake

February 27

Chuck Roast
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
English Peas
Fruit Salad
Banana Pudding 

WMU Focus Week Feb. 11-17 

Theme:  The Story Lives On  Celebrate  Connect  Commit

WMU is celebrating 125 years of missions education and involvement this year.

The WMU story is based on the Great Commission, the biblical mandate for doing missions. Thank you to all of the dedicated leaders of all of the age-level missions organizations!

 How Do You Serve 150 People? 

It starts with five loaves and two fishes. From the scriptures of John 6:1-14, we read how the disciples could not see any possible way of feeding the multitudes that followed Jesus in the wilderness. Yet, in Jesus's Miracle of feeding them with only these meager provisions provided by a small boy, Jesus was testing the disciples' faith and training them to serve. It may seem that we are not able to do much, but even our words of kindness, our tears of sympathy, our expression of love, God can use to do great good to the weak and weary before us.

The Hospitality team relies heavily on volunteers to serve one another and bring families and guests together around the dinner table on Wednesday nights. We could not do this without all the many church members that have volunteered to prep, cook, serve, and greet our dinner guests.   Recent volunteers include: members from the Cornerstone choir, George and Carol Allen's Sunday School class, Leslie Boyd's Sunday School class, Adult 4 Sunday School Department, Dennis Berwyn's Sunday School class, and the many individuals that faithfully serve each Wednesday.  Volunteers from the Men's Intergenerational Sunday School class will be serving the meal on Feb. 13. THANK YOU for your faith and commitment! We could not consistently serve the 150 plus members and guests that come through our doors each Wednesday night without you! Our biggest needs are 8 servers to serve food from 5 to 5:45 pm and 1 to 2 people to help prep the food and set the tables during the day on Wednesday. If you have a suggestion, we want to hear from you! Please see our suggestion box in the dining hall, or you can call or email Jeannie Hutton below. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jeannie Hutton at 919-434-9422 or Jeannie@JeannieHutton.com.

Media Library Corner

"Glenbrooke" series by Robin Jones Gunn


Beginning her new life in a small Oregon town, high school English teacher Jessica tries desperately to hide the details of her past. Yet two individuals remain determined to discover the painful truth: the jealous woman who is Jessica's immediate superior, and Kyle Buchanan, a handsome, compassionate paramedic and dreamer. Will Jessica's past destroy her future? Or can she find a deeper peace that will end her need to keep Secrets?


Teri Moreno went to Maui hoping to start one special relationship. But romance takes a complicated twist when the Spanish teacher from Glenbrooke, Oregon, finds herself enjoying the attentions of three men: the handsome marine biologist who called her to the islands, a charming old crush from high school, and a clumsy, endearing Australian with a wild past. Swept up by her feelings, yet determined to make the right choice, Teri makes powerful discoveries about God's law and His grace.

And, there are six other books (each revolving around Glenbrooke, Oregon) in the Glenbrooke series.

You may find all eight books in the "Glenbrooke" series (Secrets, Whispers, Echoes, Sunsets, Clouds, Waterfalls, Woodlands, and Wildflowers) in your Media Library at the corner.

Kate Weaver