FHBC CommUNITY News, February 17

The Lenten Season     

Lent was not a part of my vocabulary and experience growing up. However, I have come to understand these forty days (not counting Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday as an important part of a rich and meaningful experience of the Resurrection.

Lent is a time for us to examine our discipleship, our faithfulness to Christ and His Gospel. In light of that examination, we always are held in the balances and found wanting. The Good News for us as we travel this season can be found in the Lord's words to Paul (in another context but appropriate for our journey towards Jerusalem, the crucifixion, and finally the resurrection): My grace is sufficient for you, for power* is made perfect in weakness. - 2 Corinthians 12:9

Some choose to give up/abstain from something during this season to help them prepare. What would make this time more meaningful for you? What do you need to do? Do you need to let go of something? Or do you need to take something on, add something (a discipline or practice) that can help you examine yourself and prepare?

The Season of Lent

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

Adult Handbell Festival, Feb. 22-23

Our Chapel Bells (Adult Handbell Choir) will be participating in the NC Baptist Handbell Festival on Friday and Saturday, February 22-23, 2013. The festival will be held at Salem Baptist Church in Apex and concludes with a concert at 2:00pm on Saturday, February 23rd - this concert is open to the public. 

February Youth Events  

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)

College Bible Study Dinner on Tuesday Nights

Students enjoy a meal together at 7:00PM, before their Bible study at 7:30PM.  If you, your SS class, team, or family would be willing to provide a meal for one Tuesday night (March and April dates still available), please contact Alta by phone or email: (919) 828-6161 ext 113, alta@foresthills.org.  Many thanks to Suzie Goodell, Charles Sloan, Harmony-Fidelis and Celia Middleton Sunday School classes for the February meals!

Calling All Spring Break Mission Trip Alum 

If you have ever been on a FHBC college Spring Break MT (there are a lot of you out there), please join our MT Choir Sunday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m. On that morning, meet in the choir suite at 10:30 a.m. to practice.

Spring Break Mission Trip Collection

College Students are preparing for Spring Break Mission Trip. Please join them on mission by helping collect peanut butter and canned meats for Manna FoodBank, one of the work sites in Asheville. A collection bin is located in the "five points" area.

Thank You Luncheon, February 24   

The Interim Steering Team invites you to a lunch in the Fellowship Hall at the close of the morning worship services on February 24. This luncheon will provide an opportunity for the IST to do at least three things:

  •  To say "THANK YOU" to you, the congregation, for your investment and participation in the five focus points of the interim process, Heritage, Mission and   Vision, Leadership, Connections, and Future.
  •  To offer feedback to you on the pastoral profile survey and to make a final report to you regarding the work you have done.
  • To update you on what to look forward to in coming weeks and months from the two implementation teams (Staff and Lay) and from the Pastor Search Committee.

Spain Mission Trip 

The Spain Mission Team is organizing and welcomes all who are interested in helping spread the gospel through the Iglesia Cristiana del Garraf (the Chrisitan Church of Garraf) in Vilanova, Spain.  Volunteers are needed - those who can go to Spain to conduct an English camp for children, as well as volunteers to help with the pre-trip planning in Raleigh.  The camp will be June 25-July 5, 2013.  Contact Cathey Andrews (919-614-3829 or jayandrews@aol.com) for more information and/or to express your interest in being part of this team.

February Wednesday Night Menus

February 20

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

February 27

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

Media Library Corner

"Seaport Suspense" series by Kathy Herman

A Shred of Evidence

Former newspaper editor Ellen Jones enjoys a leisurely lunch at a Seaport restaurant where she overhears a private

conversation at the table next to her-and disturbing accusations of pedophilia involving the husband of a woman she's recently befriended.

Ellen's head is reeling. She's hesitant to confront her friend with hearsay, but her attachment to the woman's two-year-old daughter won't let her leave it alone. Ellen knows where the husband works and decides to confront his employer. But when the employer evades her questions and asks her to leave, Ellen is convinced that something is amiss.

She gets on the Internet and checks to see if her friend's husband is a registered sex offender. When that leads to a dead end, she digs through old newspaper articles and stumbles onto information that gives her cold chills-information too frightening to keep to herself.

Ellen confronts the police chief with what she's discovered, but no one is prepared for what happens next!

This first book in the Seaport Suspense series explores the many disguises of gossip.

You may find all four books in the "Seaport Suspense" series (A shred of evidence, Eye of the beholder, All things hidden, and Not by chance) in your Media Library at the corner.

Kate Weaver