FHBC CommUnity News October 1st, 2014

Presenting the first E3 Conference at Forest Hills Baptist Church: "Growing Forward with Sunday School"

October 24th-25th  

This conference is open to the entire church and will be led by Tony  Brooks, Sunday School Specialist with the Virginia Baptist Mission Board. The Friday night session is specially designed for teachers of all age groups, as Tony will focus on teaching strategies and techniques. On Saturday morning, all Sunday School members, leaders, and teachers are encouraged to come as Tony leads sessions on Sunday School Health and Sunday School Growth.

If you want to see your Sunday School class grow, then this is the conference for you!

There is a cost ($5) only if you plan to attend the meal on Friday night. Registration is requested, as are reservations for the meal. To register or to make a dinner reservation, call the Church Office or CLICK HERE to visit our webpage. Childcare will be available both Friday and Saturday (nursery - 5th grade). 

Kudzu Ramblers Concert:  Friday, October 10th

Please join us for a night of music, fun and fellowship as the Kudzu Ramblers entertain us with bluegrass and gospel music.  The have performed at the NC State Fair and the Allegany County Fiddler's Convention.

Forest Hills Baptist Church
Friday, October 10th
6:00pm Dinner in Dining Hall
7:00pm Program
$10 per person

*Reservations required.  Contact John and Dora Cornwell or the church office.*

Faith and Life Tracks

Wednesdays at 6pm

Spend your Wednesday nights with us as we discover new ways to deepen our faith together. A variety of classes and groups will be available for all age groups, so take your pick! For a full listing of the classes being offered this fall, CLICK HERE.

Don't forget to join us for dinner at 5 p.m. before you meet with your small groups!

A Message From Wendy

Please continue to send Facility Requests to don@foresthills.org. We are checking this email daily; however, we ask that you allow a few days to process your request. Also, please continue to use the Calendar Request and Work Request forms on the church website. Thank you.

Office/Receptionist Volunteers

Do you enjoy talking on the phone? Do you like pushing people's buttons? If so, you are the perfect candidate to help in the Church Office! Dr. Westbrook would like to assemble a team of volunteers to help out in the Church Office for just a couple of hours a few days each week. Responsibilities include answering the phone, taking messages, and unlocking the door for visitors. Exact times and days are still to be determined.

If you are interested in leading and organizing this team or just helping out, please contact Dr. Westbrook directly, either by phone or email. Your willingness to help out, even for just two hours per week or month, will make a tremendous impact.

City of Oaks Marathon - Water Station

FHBC will again be supporting a water station for the City of Oaks Marathon on the morning of November 2nd. If you are interested in helping to serve the runners of our community and spending a couple of hours with your friends in a relaxed atmosphere, contact Donald Griffith to sign up. Also, look here for more information on how to get to the church that morning, as the two primary entrances to our parking lot will not be available during the race.

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

The Sanctuary Choir has begun rehearsing its Christmas music. If you love to sing, but can't make a full time commitment to the choir, or you would like to just try us out, now is the perfect time to come sing with the choir! Rehearsals are every Wednesday from 7:00-8:15 p.m. in the music suite. All are welcome, and no audition is needed!

FHBC 2015 Resource Planning

The Deacons, Councils, Committees, and Staff are in the middle of the resource planning process, to develop the Resource Plan for 2015. As part of this process, there will be two Information Sessions to provide early visibility of the proposed plan. These sessions are designed for the draft plan to be presented and an 
opportunity for the congregation to provide feedback. 

Information Session I - Wednesday, Oct. 8th, at 7:00 p.m.
Information Session II - Sunday, Oct. 19th, at 5:00 p.m.

Tom Revak, FHBC Deacon Chair

Children's Ministry

Teachers Needed!

All preschoolers and children through 5th grade promoted to new classrooms on Sunday, August 24th. It was a very exciting day, and we are thankful for all of our Sunday School teachers! However, there is still an URGENT need for 3 preschool teachers on Sunday mornings:

   -One teacher for the 2-year-olds class
   -Two teachers for the 3- and 4-year-olds class

Please prayerfully consider teaching in one of the above classrooms. If you are interested or have questions, contact Susan Wray or Mary Weaver.

Extended Session Schedule

10/5   Infants - Sue Farr, Holly Xu
           Crawlers - Jane Revak, Judy Williams
           2A - Ann Curlee, Paul Smith
           2B - Suzie Goodell, Aaron Goulding
10/12  Infants - Beverly Spencer, Deana Hite
           Crawlers - Whitney Westbrook, Debora/Samantha Thomas
           2A - Meredith Parker, Terry Wray
           2B - Tom Hollowell, Terri Green
10/19  Infants - Cathey Andrews, Britney Layton
           Crawlers - Harriet Davis
           2A - Jessica Harris, Mary Lynn Kidd
           2B - Tripp Ake, Anna Freeman
10/26  Infants - Courtney Frye, Sandra Manning
            Crawlers - Melissa Griffith, Carol/Gwen Reece
            2A - Haley Spell, Erin Weldon
            2B - Kristi Flowers, John G. Spencer

Attention All 3rd, 4th, & 5th Graders!

You're invited to Camp Willow Run from Friday, October 17th to Sunday, October 19th. Contact Jane Revak for more information.

Donuts With Pastor Neil

The Forest Hills Children's Ministry and Deacons' Family Ministry Team invite children K-5th grade to Donuts with Pastor Neil on October 5th from 9:30-10:00 a.m. This event will be held in the Adventure Room of the children's hall across from the Dining Hall. Please join us for a time of fun so that you can get to know Pastor Neil. Children, do you have a question you would like to ask Pastor Neil? Feel free to submit any questions ahead of time to Elizabeth Murray.

Youth Ministry

The youth group thoroughly enjoyed spending time and ministering at the Palms Apartments on Sept. 14th. This past weekend we hosted an in-town retreat with our middle schoolers, as well as a Youth Classroom Paint Day on Saturday with our high schoolers. God is at work in and with our youth at FHBC! 

Upcoming Events

10/1       6 p.m. - Wednesday Night Reut
10/5      4 p.m. - Praise Band (8th - 12th grade)
               5:30 p.m. - Free College Financing Seminar
               5:30 p.m. - Middle School Oasis
               6:15 p.m. - Dinner and Fellowship
               7 p.m. - High School Oasis
10/8      6 p.m. - Wednesday Night Reut
10/12     4 p.m. - Praise Band (8th - 12th grade)
               5:30 p.m. - Middle School Oasis
               6:15 p.m. - Dinner and Fellowship
               7 p.m. - High School Oasis
**Non-refundable deposit of $50 due for high school retreat
10/15     6 p.m. - Wednesday Night Reut
10/19     8:30 a.m. - Youth Council Meeting
               4 p.m. - Praise Band (8th - 12th grade)
               5:30 p.m. - Middle School Oasis
               6:15 p.m. - Dinner and Fellowship
               7 p.m. - High School Oasis 
10/22    6 p.m. - Wednesday Night Reut
10/26    4 p.m. - Praise Band (8th - 12th grade)
               5:30 p.m. - Middle School Oasis
               6:15 p.m. - Dinner and Fellowship
               7 p.m. - High School Oasis 
10/29    6 p.m. - Wednesday Night Reut 

College Ministry

College Small Group 

College Small Group and Dinner is in full swing! We meet each Tuesday night in the college room (S-308) and are currently going through the book "Jesus Is ______" by Jonah Smith. We have open dates for meal donations later in the Fall. Please contact Tyler Ward if you are interested in providing dinner on any of these dates: Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Nov. 18. 

Homegrowns And Young Adults Meetup:  October 9th

Are you done with college, looking for a job, or navigating your first career? We'll be hosting a meetup for homegrowns and young adults on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cameron Village Chick-Fil-A. Grab your food and join us upstairs as we get to know one another and plan other possible meetups for the future. For more information, contact Tyler Ward.

International Ministry

International Ministry Update

"We do not have a plan yet, we do not know which way to turn..." This was the response of the majority met at the Palms Apartment Housing Fair last week. Highland United Methodist Church and Forest Hills partnered to sponsor this event, and youth groups and multiple wonderful volunteers participated. A wholehearted THANK YOU, to all who prayed and took part in connecting and learning how we can help our neighbors! 

More than 160 people attended, and 150 people from 12 countries (Algeria to Vietnam) signed-up for additional help with moving, planning, apartment searching, and school enrollments. Last Monday, Team Leader Buck Goode and Donna from HUMC began meeting with residents at the Palms to discover individual needs, and already one family has received assistance moving. You can still help, contact Buck or Jason for more information.

God is moving us as we help in practical ways, building relationships that lead to spiritual fruitfulness. It is exciting to join God where He is at work in our community!


Women on Mission Luncheon: Tuesday,  October 7th

Attention all women! You are invited to the WOM luncheon meeting on Tuesday, October 7th, at 11:30 a.m. in the Gathering Place. Come hear Mike Creswell, former missionary and current Senior Consultant of Cooperative Program Development for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, speak on the topic, "On Mission."

Adult Ministry

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 10
        6:00 p.m.        Dinner
        7:00 p.m.        The Kudzu Ramblers (Bluegrass Music)

Tuesday, November 11
        10:30 a.m.       Lunch
        "Lunch and Learn" with Amy Jo Wood Pasquini,     Development Director of "Our State" Magazine

Friday, December 5
        6:00 p.m.        Dinner
        7:00 p.m.        Forest Hills Christmas Gathering

Overnight to Myrtle Beach

The Forest Hills Adult Ministry will join the Movers & Shakers of Hayes Barton Baptist Church on an overnight adventure to Myrtle Beach on November 17-18. The trip will include a stay at the Hilton Kingston Plantation, a show at the Alabama Theater, and transportation on a deluxe motorcoach.

The cost is $130 for a double room or $170 for a single. To reserve your spot on this trip, return a registration form to John and Dora Cornwell or to the Church Office.

We Have a Form for That!

In order to streamline the communications process here at FHBC, we've created a couple of forms to help ensure that all announcements and events are distributed in the best possible way. Please be sure that you have cleared your event or announcement with your Council Chair before submitting a form.  Let us know if you have any questions about the forms!

Communications Request Form

If you would like to submit an announcement or event for 
publication in the e-news, newsletter, bulletin insert, website, or social media, please use the new form, which is now available HERE.

Project Request Form

If you have a design or administrative project that needs to be completed for your ministry or group, please use one of these forms. Hard copies are available in the Church Office, and the form can also be found HERE. These forms must be submitted IN PERSON so that they can be approved by a member of the church staff.

Career Opportunities at FHBC 

Forest Hills is currently accepting applications for the following positions. Clicking on the titles below will direct you to a PDF of the full job description. 

Minister for Serving Christ
Contemporary Worship Leader
Facilities Director

Please share with those who might be interested in learning more about these exciting new positions at FHBC!

Thank You Note

Forest Hills has received a thank-you note from the Chinese Language School that was hosted by the church for several years. This card, along with a newspaper article that also expresses thanks to Forest Hills, are displayed in the hallway where the Sunday School boxes are located.

Janna Edwards