FHBC CommUnity News February 1, 2014

God At Work In Our Church!

Following our Mosaic/Baptism Service on January 26th, FHBC was featured in an article by the News & Observer!  God is truly at work in our Church!

Click here for the link to the article.  Please share with family and friends.

Communion Service 

There is a communion service planned for March 9th. Join us in celebrating our Lord's Resurrection.

Attention FHBC  

There are about 8 umbrellas and 4-5 coats outside the Dining Hall that will be donated if not claimed by someone by 2-15-14.

Parent/Child Dedication

We are Going to have a parent-child dedication on the morning of Sunday, February 23rd. If you are a member, and would like to participate, please contact Dr. Westbrook (neil@foresthills.org).

Greetings Mike!

During the interim, the church office is pleased to introduce to you Mike Marshall who is working in the front office as receptionist and office assistant in a temporary capacity.  Give him a warm Forest Hills greeting when he answers your calls.

Mission Friends Helpers Needed

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

Welcome Gabriella Woodson!

The FHBC Hospitality Team is excited to introduce you to Gabriella Woodson, our new Church Chef.

Gabriella is an honor graduate of Wake Technical Community College with degrees in Culinary Arts and Restaurant/Hotel Management.  She is an experienced cook having served as the Research and Development Chef for House-Autry Mills where she was responsible for recipe development.  In addition, Gabriella was a pantry and line chef at McCormick and Schmicks Seafood Restaurant in Raleigh.  Gabriella has a strong Christian background, and is creative, energetic and people oriented with a great work ethic.  

Gabriella begins work this week and will prepare the WMU lunch on February 4 and our Wednesday night dinner on February 5.  Please give Gabriella a warm welcome as she joins us on our journey to seek, serve and share Christ through hospitality!

Faith and Life Tracks

What are Faith & Life Tracks?  New and diverse opportunities for Wednesday evenings, beginning February 5.  Our traditional Wednesday Night Prayer and Bible Study will be one of the Faith & Life Tracks you may choose.

What Tracks are Being Offered?
Financial Peace University               The Five Love Languages
Coffee & Crafts                                  Bible Study - The Book of James
Holy Friendships                               Girls With Swords
Arty Party

What Time?  Beginning February 5, here's the new schedule:
5:00-6:00PM  Church Family Dinner
5:45-5:55PM  Church Family Celebration
6:00-7:00PM  Faith & Life Tracks

Registration Now Open.  For more information, email alta@foresthills.org.   Click here for the Faith & Life tracks album on our Facebook page.

Forest Hills Yard Sale

When:  Saturday, May 31st
Time:  8:00am-12:00pm
Where:  Church Dining Hall
All proceeds will be applied towards the construction loan of the Forest Hill's "The Gathering Place"

Donation/delivery times (Location: Church Dining Hall) Thursday 05/29 & Friday 05/30 (1:00pm until 8:00pm)

Accepting donations of: Small appliances, kitchen ware, household furnishings/items, small furniture, indoor tools, outdoor tools, yard items, games, childrens toys, books, gently used clothing.  For more information, click here to go to our Facebook page.

The "In Crowd"

The "In Crowd" Care Ministry Tream, formerly known as "Homebound Ministry", needs new boxes of greeting cards, such as those available in Christian bookstores.  We hope to get an assortment of cards:  Thinking of you, Praying for you, Birthday, Sympathy, etc.  Please bring cards to the church office, marked for the "In Crowd" Ministry Care Team.

This ministry also welcomes volunteers who are willing to spread joy and love by writing and visiting our "In Crowd" members.  For more information, please contact Hamlin Landis at jlandis2@nc.rr.com or Judy Skaggs at rwaynejudy@bellsouth.net.

A Gathering of Appreciation

A Time for Forest Hills to give thanks to Sunday School Teachers.

Date:  Sunday, February 16  9:00am-9:30am
Location:  The Gathering Place

Please Bring:  Breakfast finger foods in disposable containers!
Coffee and jucie will be provided!

As we gather to express our appreciation to our Sunday School teachers, may we celebrate God's blessing within our Forest Hills family!

Please direct questions to any Sunday School Council member:
Tom Bowers, Cliff Bennett, Debbie Capps, Hamlin Landis, Glenda Reece, Ann Singleton, or Bobby Vick.

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.


Adult Ministry

Saturday, February 15th - Elvis in Concert

Staring Keith Henderson. The Special Valentines Dinner is at 6pm and Elvis will perform at 7pm. $10 per person. Signup in Sunday School Classes, Church Office, Wednesday night dinner, or by calling John and Dora Cornwell, 919-851-1191.

Mark Your Calendars For These Dates

Tuesday - March 11th,  - "Lunch and Learn Program" will feature Alan Hoal, "The Storyteller".  Alan is a teller of historical adventures, personal experiences, and tall tales.  The program begins at 10:30 am and the lunch at Noon.   $5.00 per person.   Reservations are not required.  You can learn more about Alan by visiting his web site at http://www.thehoalstory.com/.
Alan is a highly energetic and animated storyteller who has taken home numerous storytelling awards.  He travels throughout the US telling stories at festivals and retreats as well as at colleges, schools, churches and libraries.  He has a diverse repertoire from the hilarious, to the heartwarming and inspirational.  You will enjoy!
Friday - April 11th at 6pm -  VocalMotion, Is an all volunteer performance group sponsored by SAS Institute in Cary, NC.  They will bring their energy and enthusiasm to the stage as they present their 22nd annual show Can't Stop the Music! to Forest Hills.  It will be a musical journey that includes the ragtime beat of Mississippi Mud, the bluesy sound of Kansas City, and even a stop-over at Moon River.  And many other favorites in a fun-filled performance that will leave you with delightful memories of the adventure.  Dinner at 6pm, and program at 7pm. $10 per person.  Reservations required.

College Ministry

Special thanks to Jerry Hester for hosting the College Arty Party on January 20th, we had a great time!

A portion of our college crowd attended the CBFNC Mid Winter Retreat at Camp Mundo Vista this weekend! For pictures from the retreat, click here!

FHBC College Ministry 2014 Spring Calendar

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

Youth Ministry

During the month of February, the Youth are collecting donations for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.  

Most Needed Items:
- Protein
- Grains
- Fruits
- Kid-friendly items
- Baby Products
- Hygiene Items
- Paper Products

~Collection boxes will be located throughout the church.

Evening With Friends

Want to enjoy a sit down dinner served by your Forest Hills youth and a silent auction? Then you need to plan to attend the 2014 Evening With Friends event on March 22.

Evening With Friends is an annual fundraising event for Youth Missions. This year the juniors and seniors will be traveling to Cuba and the entire youth group will be traveling to Wilkes County, NC. The proceeds from Evening With Friends will help defray some of the costs of the trip. You can participate and support your FHBC Youth by making plans to attend this year's event by donating items for the silent auction. Tickets for the event cost $17.50 and will be on sale on Sundays and Wednesdays starting in early February.
Donations for the silent auction will be collected in the coming weeks. Donations can include custom crafts, vacation homes, dinners, personal services (babysitting, yard work, handyman work etc.), art work, photography, tickets to sporting events or gift certificates. Please contact Paul Smith, psmith@wkdickson.com, or Derek Graham, derekgraham99@earthlink.com, if you have any questions regarding auction items.
On behalf of the Youth group, thank you for your generous support of Youth Missions.
Kristi Flowers, Chair of Fundraising, Youth Lead Team, kpflowers@aol.com.

February Youth Events

February 2 - No Praise Band and Oasis
                     6 pm - Super Bowl Party at the Smith Home
February 5 - 6 pm - Wednesday Night Activities
February 9 - 3:30 pm - Praise Band
                      6-8 pm - Oasis
February 13 - 6 pm - Wednesday Night Activities
February 14 - Early Release for Traditional WCPSS
                      Defy Gravity
February 16 - 3:30 pm - Praise Band
                       6-8 pm - Oasis
                       Seventh Payment of $100 due for Cuba Mission Trip Participants ($800)
February 19 - 6 pm - Wednesday Night Activities
February 22 - 3:30 pm - Praise Band
                        6-8 pm - Oasis
                       $50 Non-refundable deposit due for Wilkes Co. Deep Impact Mission Trip
                       ***** Spring Semester Scholarship Form is due!!!*****
February 26 - 6 pm - Wednesday Night Activities

Click HERE to access the Google Calendar for Youth activities.

International Ministry

What a week of rejoicing after a worshipful service of baptisms!
A Chinese family of three who are involved in the ESL classes, the Chinese Church, and were ministered to by a "stranger" at Niagara Falls, all accepted Christ as their Savior and were baptized.  God be glorified!
Three kids from Africa whose family escaped persecution, resettled as refugees in Raleigh, and were ministered to by a Sunday School class and many others, accepted Christ and were baptized.  Heaven rejoices!
Last weekend, 12 people from the county participated in Basic ESL Training at FHBC - 9 received certification.  They are now equipped to teach English as a Second Language, reaching internationals in their midst.  God accomplishes His purpose through His vessels - our job = listen, yield, and follow.  This is Kingdom work!
Please pray for:
- Discipleship journey of these new believers   
- ESL teachers as they prepare and share with internationals this week
- Activities that present opportunities to share Christ's love (Super Bowl Party this weekend and Valentine's coming soon). 

Janna Edwards