FHBC CommUnity News September 1st, 2014

Faith and Life Tracks

Beginning on September 3, 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! These are the classes being offered this Fall:

Financial Peace University
Forest Hills will be hosting a course in Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. Topics include: super saving, dumping debt, insurance, investments, retirement, and more. Click HERE for more information. This class will begin on September 17.  

Through biblical teaching and real-life application, this study teaches that believers do not have to live in weakness. God is stronger than every struggle you will ever face. Facilitated by Whitney Goulding, this women's Bible study lasts 7 weeks; cost is $14.

Just Walk Across the Room
Just a few steps and a friendly hello may be all it takes to change someone's life - and their eternity! And the good news is, it has more to do with taking a genuine interest in another person and listening to their story than it does with learning evangelism tactics and techniques. Led by Neil Westbrook, this study lasts 7 weeks.

Arty Party
Would you like to learn to paint or create other art forms? Arty Party encourages participants to create original works of art in a fun environment! All levels of experience are welcome, and instruction is provided. Led by Jerry Hester, this class meets in the Shepherd Studio (Hood House) from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Out and About
Looking to get out and about on Wednesday nights? Bring your walking shoes, strollers, and some friends as we get moving and check out some of the neat sights in our Forest Hills neighborhood that are within walking distance from the church. Walking, talking, and more! Led by Tyler Ward, this class lasts 7 weeks.

Picnic-Style Dinner:  Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.

We're kicking off the new season of Faith and Life Tracks with a picnic- style dinner on Wed., Sept. 3. Stop by the Dining Hall and pick up your dinner in a bag (sandwich, chips, cookies, and drink), and then choose a spot in the church to enjoy your meal. Tables will be set up in the Gathering Place, Attic, Children's Area, etc. Take this opportunity to share a fun meal and fellowship with one another.  We hope to see you then!

Intergenerational Ladies' Bible Study

Our Friday morning Intergenerational Ladies' Bible Study will begin Friday, September 19th, and last until the spring. We will be studying Beth Moore's newest Bible Study: Children of the Day, a study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. We will meet from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Parlor, just off the Gathering Place. Our study will be led by Charlotte Holmes. Please contact Cheryl Hibbs at cheryl.hibbs@att.net for more information or to sign up.

Open House: Gallery Show & Studio Tour

Shepherd's Studio
Wednesday, Sept. 10th 
5:30-8:30 p.m.

We're excited to show you the new home of the FHBC Arts Ministry! Come create and enjoy a delicious banana split. Then tour the special exhibit, which will be featuring paintings of ice cream and desserts. You'll see where we paint and perhaps find a place just for you at Shepherd's Studio. We'll be looking for you there!  

WIT Dining Hall Update

Have you seen the Dining Hall recently? There have been over 200 hours of volunteer labor spent painting the hallway, installing and painting baseboards, removing the stage, cleaning and prepping the walls for painting, along with various other tasks. Thank you to all of the volunteers!

Painting in the Dining Hall began the week of August 24th. We are excited about the progress that has occurred. Next time you come to the church, take a few minutes to look at the work that has been accomplished!

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.

Playground Party!

To celebrate this new school year, the Forest Hills Children's Ministry invites you to a playground party on Sunday, Sept. 7th. Children and their families can come to the playground after worship for food, fun, and fellowship. Sandwiches will be provided for lunch, and there will be popsicles for dessert.  We hope to see you there!

Extended Session Schedule: September

9/7    Infants - Ann Suber, Curtis Weaver; 
         Crawlers - Meredith Vick, Mary Anderson; 
         2A - Whitney Goulding, Pam Rusnak; 
         2B - Carla Smith, Debbie Capps
9/14  Infants - Beth Eakes, Susan Wray
         Crawlers - Sara Williams, Pam Scott
         2A - Amy Edwards, Robert Parker
         2B - Matt Foley, Cristina Dorne
9/21  Infants - Elizabeth Murray, Jane Stokes
         Crawlers - Patti Bowers, Kate Marshall
         2A - Lindsey Polk, Luke Harris
         2B - Dan Clinton, Renee Ake
9/28  Infants - Janna Edwards, Kathy Hancock
         Crawlers - Stephanie Spencer, Candy Farrell
         2A - Larry and Jerry Hester, Denise Young
         2B - Joy Phillips, Phillip Frye

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.

Youth Ministry

Upcoming Events

9/3      Wednesday Night Gathering
9/7       6-8 p.m. - Block Party
9/10     6 p.m. - Wednesday Night Escape
9/14     4 p.m. - Praise Band Practice
              5:30 p.m. - Middle School Oasis
              6:15 p.m. - Supper/Fellowship
              7 p.m. - High School Oasis
9/17     6 p.m. - Wednesday Night Escape
9/21     4 p.m. - Praise Band Practice
              5:30 p.m. - Middle School Oasis
              6:15 p.m. - Supper/Fellowship
              7 p.m. - High School Oasis
9/24     6 p.m. - Wednesday Night Escape
9/26-28 - Middle School Retreat (cost: $30)
9/27     High School Paint Day
9/28     4 p.m. - Praise Band Practice
             6 p.m. - High School Gathering at Moe's in Cameron Village

The FHBC Youth Group is off to an exciting start with school back in session! We have our Annual Block Party coming up on September 7th, and all sorts of events to come this fall as well. 

Be on the look out for a postcard with these event reminders!

College Ministry

Donations for College Room

With the school year back in session, we're excited about welcoming college students back to church! To help make their experience literally more comfortable, we're seeking donations of  comfortable seating (sofas, loveseats, chairs) for the college room. To donate your gently-used  items, please contact Tyler Ward.

International Ministry

Upcoming Events

9/6     2-5 p.m. - International Fall Picnic at Pullen Park
9/27    10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Mule Days Field Trip

Wednesdays at 6 p.m. - ELS and American Culture Class
Sundays at 9:15 a.m. - ESL/Bible Class

Volunteers Needed: Professional Business English

Are you a business woman or man?  Do you ever notice the nuances of vocabulary, tone, and delivery of the English you speak every day?  Many Internationals are eager to practice Professional Business English in conversation.  This is an open door to build relationships and share the love of Christ through meeting a need with a specialized skill YOU have!

We have developed a curriculum and are looking for a business person to co-teach this class Wednesdays from 6pm-7:45pm through the school year. Please pray as the ESL Team is searching to meet this need. If you are interested in assisting with this ministry opportunity, contact Jason Payne.

Local Missions Opportunity

A local missions opportunity has come to us where we can help  our neighbors only 2.3 miles away. The Palms Apartments are scheduled for demolition and re-development at the end of this year, and the largely immigrant community living there needs help relocating, transferring children to new schools, and prayer.

Please contact Jason as soon as possible to help lead this international ministry opportunity and reach out to the neighbors in our own backyard!


Women on Mission

Attention all women! You are invited to the WOM luncheon meeting on Tuesday, September 2, at 11:30 a.m in the Attic, Room A-300. Come hear Ngoma and some of the mission team share about their recent experiences in the Congo!  Lunch will be $5.

September is NC Missions Emphasis

September is State Missions month. A portion of our gifts to the Great Commission Offering is a vital lifeline to support a number of ministry and missions initiatives, such as NC Baptist Men who provide disaster relief, medical/dental clinics, and aviation ministry; Deep Impact mission camps; and church planting.

The theme is "Choose Now," based on Luke 21:10-13: "There will be great earthquakes and in various places famines... terrors and great signs from heaven... This will be your opportunity to bear witness." Giving to State Missions is a strategic way NC Baptists can show God's grace to a lost world. 

Ukraine Missions Opportunity

In 2004 Forest Hills began partnering with the Ark children's rehabilitation facility in Kiev, Ukraine. Due to the war in Ukraine, we can no longer send teams to Kiev. However, we can provide urgent financial assistance.

The buildings on the Ark campus have traditionally been heated using hot water supplied by a city-owned boiler plant, which will not operate this winter! The Ark must find another means of heating. The Ark management has selected a new system. The only issue is the very high capital expense. Forest Hills can help.

Our church has a history of helping during crises, whether supplying labor for cleanup after a hurricane or donating to the Sri Lankan tsunami relief effort.

Forest Hills will promote a special offering throughout September to assist the Ark in supplying heat for this upcoming winter. To  participate, make your check out to FHBC and write Ukraine Fund on the memo line.

Please help the Ark keep the children warm this winter!  For questions, contact Rogers Farr.

Thank You Notes

The Forest Hills family has received two thank you notes, one from each of the most recent residents of the missionary house: the Williams family and the Wyatt family. These notes are displayed in the hallway where the Sunday School boxes are located.

Outreach Opportunity at Fred Olds Elementary

A new school year is here! Being directly across the street from Fred Olds Elementary School, Forest Hills has a wonderful opportunity to provide staff and student support for the school year. This support will take various forms, including mentoring and tutoring students. Please prayerfuly consider joining this ministry as we share Christ's love to our neighbors. To volunteer or to learn more, please contact Shannon Bellamy.

Adult Ministry

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 19
        6:00 p.m.        Dinner
        7:00 p.m.        Dr. Elliot Engel - "A North Carolina Star Is Born: the Life of Ava Gardner"

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

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.

Personnel Committee Update

Forest Hills is currently accepting applications for the positions of Minister for Serving Christ and Contemporary Worship Leader. Full descriptions of these positions can be found HERE, or by contacting the church office.

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

What's on the Web?

Did you know that you can log into the Forest Hills ACS portal? Here you can have access to:
  -The on-line church directory.
  -Your profile and giving history, including change of phone number / address.
  -The Church-wide Calendar.
To access ACS, visit www.foresthills.org, click on the INFO tab, then select "MEMBER LOGIN: ACS".

Janna Edwards