FHBC CommUnity News January 19, 2014


Beginning in February, The commUNITY newsletter will be sent out on the 1st and 15th of the month.   Updates and submissions should be sent to communications@foresthills.org.

Church Conference

Church Conference this Sunday, January 19
Soup and salad lunch will be served in the Dining Hall.

Sunday's Worship Service - Youth Led!

This week's Sunday worship service will be entirely led by the youth of our church.  Please be in prayer for our youth as they prepare to share their gifts in song, scripture, testimony, and more.  

When & Where?:  Sunday, January 19, at 11am in the Sanctuary.

Mosaic Baptism Service

The Mosaic Baptism Service will be on January 26th at 11:00am in the Sanctuary.  Come join us and our language churches for a memorable mosaic and baptismal service. 
Following this service the Chinese church welcomes us all to join them in a meal celebrating the Chinese New Year. We will meet in the Dining Hall. 

Invitation For Chinese New Year Lunch!

We at Chinese Baptist Church welcome you to join us in celebrating the Chinese New Year on 1/26 after Sunday Mosaic Baptismal Worship. 

The Chinese culture has 12 animals zodiac in our lunar calendar. This year is the year of the Horse. We will celebrate in the dining hall with Chinese lunch, and if you are interested in having your names written in Chinese, we will have some expert calligraphers on hand.
Please email to chinese@foresthills.org for number of people in your group so that we can adequately prepare tasty Chinese meal for all.

Happy Chinese New Year to all 新年快乐!

Wednesday Nights - Following Jesus In a Facebook World

What does it look like to follow Jesus in a Facebook world?  Adults of all ages are encouraged to participate in this new series on Wednesday nights beginning January 8.  The goal of this series is to create opportunities for meaningful dialogue across generations within our church family about what it means to be the church in the 21st century.

When & Where?:  Every Wednesday from 6-7pm in the Dining Hall.  (Dinner from 5-6pm, $5)

Women on Mission

Women on Mission!!! Come hear Margaret Harding, Adult Specialist with the WMU of NC, speak on "We've a Story to Tell".  Luncheon meeting in the dining hall on February 4 at 11:30am.  Lunch provided at $5.

Breaking Bread

Introducing Breaking Bread, the exciting small group opportunity kicking off in January 2014. We will be forming groups of 7-8 for small dinner groups that will last for 4 months per grouping. 

If you are interested in participating you will need to either complete a survey form by using the link below or fill out a hard copy that may be found in the Gathering Place and returned to the desk on Sunday. 

Questions? Talk to Billie Freeman, Courtney Lindsey Frye, Derek Graham, Laura Lee Graham or Beverly Edwards.

Use one of these links:


Mission Friend Helpers

Wednesday Night Mission Friends Helpers are needed for our children.  Please contact Susan Wray (sandtwray@mindspring.com) to volunteer!  

Upcoming Parent/Child Dedication

We are tentatively planning to have a parent-child dedication on the morning of Sunday, February 23rd.  If you would like your family to be recognized during the service, please contact Dr. Westbrook (neil@foresthills.org).

Arty Party Exhibit

Attention all Forest Hills Artists!! Our art group has been asked to participate in an art exhibit at West Raleigh Presbyterian Church. The exhibit is called  "Voice of the Spirit".  There will be an opening reception held on Saturday, January 18th from 5-7 p.m. and is open to participating churches, their guests and the community.  A notice will appear in the N&O and neighborhood chat sites.  The exhibit will run from January 19 - March 16.

The Arty Party group would like to invite our congregation to support our group by attending. 

Formation of Worship Strategy Team 

In October, the Leadership Team announced that FHBC would offer a single worship service beginning Oct. 13.  During this time, a re-visioning process for the Contemporary Service would be undertaken with a target date of February 1st as a date by which to return with a plan or to restart the Contemporary Service. Dr. Westbrook has met with several church lay leaders over the last month and it has become evident that there is a need for a complete evaluation of all worship at FHBC.
Therefore, a Worship Strategy Team (WST) has been formed to evaluate and develop a comprehensive worship strategy for FHBC. The WST is currently meeting and has been charged with presenting its recommendations to the Seek Council and Diaconate by March 15, 2014.  The WST will provide regular updates on their progress and work with the staff to setup several opportunities for education about worship, congregational input and discussion.   In the interim, FHBC will offer a contemporary service in place of the traditional service at 11:00 am one Sunday each month.  
Worship Strategy Team Members:  
Julie Boyles,  Stephen Edwards, Elizabeth Murray,  Frances Overby, Henry Su, Donnie Wiltshire, Neil Westbrook, Senior Pastor,  Joy Phillips, Seek Council Chair. Please keep these team members and their work in your prayers as they seek God's guidance for worship at FHBC.

Wonderful Meals!  Abundant Thanks!

An abundance of thanks goes out to Jerry Hester for a scrumptious Wednesday night meal at the beginning of the year, as well as thanks to the Hospitality Team who prepares meals each week!  Yum!

Women on Missions - Valentine Cookie Project

Volunteers are needed to bake 3-dozen cookies (no nuts & no peanut butter) and to help deliver them to shut-ins and persons with special needs in our church family, as well as in the community.

Cookies should be at the church dining hall by 9:30am on Tuesday, February 4th.  They will be packaged and ready for delivery by noon that same day.

Sponsored by the Kaleidoscope Group of Women on Missions.  Contact Geneva Humphries at 919-851-1249 for more information.

When & Where?:  Tuesday, February 4th at 9:30am in the Dining Hall.

Notice to Deacons

All members of Forest Hills Baptist Church who have been ordained as deacons, but are not presently active, are asked to notify the Church Clerk, Wilson Laney, by phone  (919-833-4514) or sending an email to him at rallaneys@nc.rr.com.
Service opportunities are available to fulfill Sunday deacon duties, and your help is needed. Thank you.

Hold the Door!

Are you interested in greeting members and guests outside the church doors on Sunday mornings? 
Regular, or substitute, or "when it gets warmer" greeters are needed from 9:00 to 9:45 AM.
Contact: derekgraham99@earthlink.net

Homebound Ministry Opportunity

At FHBC we have many HOMEBOUND members who have attended church all of their lives, but now find attending difficult and sometimes impossible, due to changing circumstances of age and health.
There are a number of ways to help these members feel connected: Ongoing Ministry: phone calls, visits and cards On-Occasion Ministry: Valentine cookie and poinsettia delivery and communion.
If you are willing to help minister to these faithful brothers and sisters in Christ, please contact one of the deacon leaders for the Homebound Ministry Care Team: Hamlin Landis (jlandis2@nc.rr.com) & Judy Skaggs (rwaynejudy@bellsouth.net).

Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, Forest Hills Baptist Church follows Wake County Public Schools policy. Please check WRAL, Facebook, and E-Mail for updates and announcements regarding delays or closings.

College Ministry

We're excited to kick off some exciting new opportunities for the Spring with our college students. Check out what's going on with our Tuesday small group and other activities for the spring. We're in the middle of finalizing some dates for local missions so be on the lookout for those soon!

FHBC College Ministry 2014 Spring Calendar

Sat, Jan 18 - NCSU vs Duke Watch Party
Mon, Jan 20 - College Arty Party
Sat-Sun, Feb 1-2 - CBFNC Mid-Winter Retreat at Mundo Vista
Sat, Feb 8 - Duck Dynasty Dinner & Viewing Party
March 9-15 - Spring Break Mission Trip To Guyan Valley, WV
Tues, March 18 - Mission Trip Report/Debriefing
Sat-Sun, March 29-30 - Overnight Camping at Jordan Lake
Sat-Sun, April 12-13 - Spring Beach Retreat
Thurs, April 24 - Reading Day Trip to Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
Sun, April 27 - Senior Toast & Blessing Celebration
Tues, April 29 - Break’n for Bacon Exam Break

Find Updated/Expanded Calendar at:

Or on Facebook:  Forest Hills Baptist Church College Ministry

International Ministry 

The International Ministry is in need of more teachers!  What a great need!  Over the last week, 11 NEW International Students have joined ESL Classes, and the classes are overflowing.  The timing is perfect, now is the time to respond if the Lord has been moving you to get involved.  We will have training NEXT week. Please RSVP to Jason today in order to reserve your spot in the Workshop! 

ESL Basic Training Workshop

January 23, 24, 25
Thursday and Friday from 6:00 to 9:15PM
Saturday from 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM 
Forest Hills Room E350
Registration closes January 17, please RSVP to Jason@foresthills.org,

Super Bowl Party With The International Ministry

When:  Super Bowl Sunday February 2, 2014 from 6:00pm - Game End.
Where:  Dining Hall
What:  Internationals will eat together while watching and learning about American football.  Please contact Jason@foresthills.org if you would like to help and/or fellowship, welcoming our international neighbors!


Youth Ministry

FHBC Youth January Events

Jan 19 - 4:30pm Praise Band (The Attic) 
             6-8pm Oasis (The Attic)
             Sixth Payment of $50 due for Cuba Mission Trip Participants ($700)
Jan 20-21 - No School for Traditional WCPSS
Jan 22 - 6pm Wednesday Night Bible Study (The Attic)
Jan 24-25 - Ski Trip - Details in future communications
Jan 26 - 4:30pm Praise Band (The Attic)
               6-8pm Oasis (The Attic)
               Sign up for Summer Mission Trip - Details in future communications
               Non refundable $50 deposit & application are due for Summer Mission Trip
               Spring Semester Scholarship Form is due!!
Jan 29 - 6pm Wednesday Night Bible Study (The Attic)

What's New On The Web?

Come out and support our youth basketball teams. Schedules for the boys and girls teams are posted at www.foresthills.org under Ministries/Youth.

Janna Edwards