FHBC CommUNITY News, March 17

Report from March 10 Church Conference
The church, in business session, took the following actions:
    •     Approved all nominees for the Nominating Committee as presented
    •     Approved entering into a contract for approximately $108,000 to renovate and   repair the church steeple.
    •     Approved transfer of $100,000 to Capital Reserves account from budget checking to offset most of steeple repair expense.
    •     Administration and Support Council announced that all the challenge items in the 2013 Resource plan have been allocated due to the generous giving of members in 2012.
    •     Approved calling Julia Bauman as part-time Interim Pastor to Children and Families (Julia begins her ministry on April 8).
    •     Voted to authorize a $350,000 capital campaign to underwrite the cost of renovation and expansion of the Five Points area to create the Gathering Place.
    •    Received the Staff Leadership Implementation Team report which withdrew the recommendation regarding pastoral staff restructuring (see article in another section of newsletter)

S.L.A.M. Children's Spring Music
Wednesday, March 20 - S.L.A.M. Children's Spring Music begins
The children will begin Spring Music Wednesday, March 20.  
Choirs will meet immediately following S.L.A.M. We are excited about the opportunities for all of our children to learn new music and share their gifts!
Save the Date!  Young at Art Camp
Friday, July 26-Sunday, July 28, 2013
Young at Art Camp is an opportunity for your child to create original works of art in an environment that encourages creativity, exploration and individual expression. More details coming soon!

Youth Calendar

March 20
6:00 Wednesday Night Activities

March 23
6:00 Evening with Friends - Youth arrive at 5:00pm!

March 24
6:00 Pizza and a Movie - No Praise Band
         Youth Parents will meet to evaluate EWF

March 27
No Youth Activities

March 28-29
No school for traditional WCPSS (spring break)

March 31
No Youth Activities (Easter Sunday)

College Ministry Celebration Lunch
On Sunday, March 17, college students and their families are invited to a College Ministry Celebration Lunch. Please help us by providing desserts for the occasion. Cakes, cookies, brownies are all favorites, and homemade goodies are especially appreciated. Desserts in disposable containers may be brought to the dining hall anytime that morning, before 10:45A.

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.

Antiques Roadshow
March 19, 10:30 AM
"Lunch and Learn Program"
Mini antiques roadshow, featuring J.C.Knowles. $5.00 per person. Don't forget to bring an item to be appraised!

Easter Sunrise Service at Meredith College
Join us for the annual Easter Sunrise service at the Meredith College Amphitheater on March 31, 7:00 am with our brothers and sisters in Christ from Hayes-Barton Baptist, Ridge Road Baptist, and Ephesus Baptist.

Special Guests this Coming Wednesday
This coming Wednesday, March 20, 6:00 pm, we will have special guests Kim and Marc Wyatt, who are missionaries serving the refugee communities in Ottawa, Canada. Some of you will remember the Wyatts from their stay in our missionary residence several years ago. While Kim and Marc won't be here in person, they will be here by way of an online presentation (providing the technology works right).
From the Staff Leadership Implementation Team  
We would like to thank the church for participating in the recent Q & A sessions. Based on the feedback we have received, our sub team did not put our recommendation forward as a motion at the church conference on Sunday, March 10. We will be considering the feedback that we have received and determine if another recommendation would better suit the implementation of the staffing model the church adopted.
The Gathering Place Capital Campaign
We are pleased to announced that the church in conference on Sunday approved moving forward with a capital campaign to raise approximately $350,000 for The Gathering Place, the official name for the planned renovation of the library and office area into a welcoming place for us to gather, have fellowship and build community. There will be a luncheon on April 7 to kick-off the fundraising campaign. However, between now and then we are conducting a "silent campaign," with the hope of raising a good portion of the funds needed before the official kick-off. If you would like to help get this exciting  campaign off to a strong start, please contact Dora Cornwell or Duff Freeman.
Dora Cornwell and Duff Freeman, Co-Chairs
Taylor Freeman
Alex Holmes
AG Bullard
Cheryl Hibbs
Chuck Taylor
Update from Pastor Search Committee
Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for our next Senior Pastor?  If so, the time has come!  The Senior Pastor Search Committee has completed a Pastor Profile for future candidates.
We will soon have our Pastor Search website complete which will include the Pastor Profile, Church Profile, and other important information about Forest Hills. See the following link for the profile, and please feel free to pass along to any who may be interested.  There are also copies available in the church office.   
Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network
It's time again for us to show our hospitality to the families being served through Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network, an organization of area churches pulling together to support homeless families that are determined to be self-reliant again.  We will partner with West
Raleigh Presbyterian Church during the week of March 17 - March 24.  Meals, van drivers and overnight hosts are needed, as well as abled bodies to help with bed set up and breakdown.  Begin to talk with your Sunday School class about this. Perhaps God is calling you to this ministry opportunity.  Perhaps He's calling your class to serve in this way.  Our help is needed Sunday, March 17;  Monday, March 18: Wednesday, March 20; Friday, March 22; and Sunday, March 24.  Contact George Allen if you have questions or are wanting to reserve your spot! 

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  for more information and/or to express your interest in being part of this team.  
There will be no Wednesday night meal or activities on March 27 due to Maundy Thursday dinner and Good Friday lunch.
Media Library Corner
"Desert Roses" series by Tracie Peterson
Shadows of the Canyon
Working as a Harvey Girl at the luxury resort of El Tovar, located on the south rim of the Grand Canyon, Alexandra Keegan feels she is in a dream come true. But when her father's indiscretions come to light and her mother is suspected of murder, Alex finds herself the center of some unwelcome attention. Will she soon find herself alone in the world?
Across the Years
The last ten years have been difficult for Ashley Reynolds. Living with her grandfather and raising her daughter, Ashley has finally found an element of peace while working as a Harvey Girl in Winslow, Arizona. When a crew of architects come to build a massive resort hotel, bringing a mysterious man into her life, her world unexpectedly changes.
Beneath a Harvest Sky
As a Harvey tour guide, Rainy Gordon spends her days in the magnificent landscape of New Mexico. Having already fled a tainted past, Rainy is alarmed when she becomes a suspect in an investigation of stolen Hopi Indian artifacts. The man she loves has been secretly asked to assist the law enforcement groups in finding the thief. When all evidence points in her direction, will the truth be revealed in time?
You may find all three books in the "Desert Roses" series (Shadows of the Canyon, Across the Years, and Beneath a Harvest Sky) in your Media Library at the corner.

Kate Weaver