FHBC CommUnity News October 1st, 2015

70th Anniversary Serve Blitz Day

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our 70th anniversary Serve Blitz Day! Together, you gave 344 hours of service on September 19th. You helped to prepare 11,700 meals at the food bank, set up an apartment for a refugee family arriving this week, organized 1,055 pieces of clothing to give to children in need, spread 600 square feet of mulch to spruce up our neighborhood park, and much more. Your time, energy, and willingness made a difference in Raleigh, and was a great way to celebrate 70 years of ministry at Forest Hills!

Forward In Faith Campaign

The Forward in Faith campaign will encompass a celebration of our 70 years, a new online giving platform, mission trip to Haiti, Stop Hunger Now, Visitor's Day, sermon series based off of Psalm 100 called A Season of Thanksgiving, seminars on finances through Financial Peace University as well as estate planning, end of year giving, Serve Blitz and Harvest Day.
Online Giving is now up and ready on our website.  For those who don't write checks or are interested in another convenient and easy way to give, take a moment and check it out.  You can access it by clicking on the "Give" button on the home page.  If you have questions, please call the church office. Be on the lookout as we will be posting a tutorial video about online giving and how to use it.

Mark Your Calendars!

10/10  Silver Compassion Seminar
10/11   Bereavement Team Information Meeting
10/13  Bloomsbury Boys Dixieland Band
10/15  Caregiver Support Group
10/16  3-5 Grade Retreat To Camp Willow Run
10/16  NC Literacy Missions Conference - Camp Caraway
10/25  International Ministry Fall Retreat - Blowing Rock
10/25  Community Trunk or Treat

Children's Ministry

Upcoming Events

Oct 7, 6:30 PM    Children in Action Mission Party
Oct 14, 6:30 PM   Start date for children's music
Oct 16-18         Camp Willow Run for 3rd-5th Graders
Oct 25, 5:00 PM   Community Trunk or Treat
Dec 16, 6:30 PM   Children's Music Presentation
Dec 20, 9:30 AM   Happy Birthday Jesus

Community Trunk Or Treat

Kids of all ages, and their parents, are invited to our Community Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 25, 5:00pm-7:30 pm. Join us in the Forest Hills Parking Lot for a free evening of fall fun in a festival atmosphere. There will be candy, games, a chili cook-off, a hot dog dinner, and much more! Families and SS classes are encouraged to sign up for a trunk at foresthills.org/trunkortreat.

3rd-5th Grade Retreat

Join us for our annual 3rd-5th Grade Retreat at Camp Willow Run from October 16th-18th. We'll grow closer to God and one another through games, outdoor activities, and Bible study. Registration forms can be found online at foresthills.org/willowrun or in the literature racks around the church. The cost is $100; scholarships are available. Bring a friend!

Friday Morning Play Group

Join us on the Forest Hills Baptist Church Playground on Friday mornings at 10:00am, beginning on September 4, for a weekly playgroup! Meet other local moms and enjoy free play with your little one on the playground including bubbles and a snack! Invite a friend to come with you! Come, rain or shine! 

Children's Message

We are excited about resuming a Children's Message on the first Sunday of each month in traditional worship. If your family alternates between traditional and contemporary worship, please consider attending the traditional service on the first Sunday of the month to support the children's message there. The first Children's Message will be October 4th.

Adult Ministry

Upcoming Events

Bloomsbury Boys Dixieland Band - 10/13
Come join us for a delightful performance by the Bloomsbury Boys Dixieland Band, and enjoy some fellowship after for lunch!
10:30am: Program in fellowship hall;
Lunch Immediately Following
$5 per person

The Fall Bazaar 11/6-11/7
Come start your holiday shopping with us! With 38 vendors of handcrafted items & a few direct sales companies you are guaranteed to find the perfect gifts for those on your list. You'll also want to enjoy some treats at the Forest Hills' 
Cafe. Admission is free!

Quail Ridge Bookstore Presentation - 11/10
Come to hear a presentation from Quail Ridge Book Store, learn about books, events, and running a book store.
10:30am: Program in fellowship hall;
Lunch Immediately Following 

A Christmas Gathering- 12/4
Come celebrate the season of Christmas with us through a special dinner and musical presentation by Justin & Jamie Posser, Nashville recording artists as they bring Christmas to Raleigh!
7pm: Program in Fellowship Hall; $10/person

Silver Compassion

Our next Silver Compassion Seminar, which explores thriving in the second half of life, will be October 10th, 8:30am-4:00pm. The cost is $20 per person, which includes lunch, snacks, childcare, and all materials. At this seminar we are particularly trying to encourage attendance by guests of Forest Hills, so please share the word with those you know. Register at foresthills.org/silvercompassion.

Fall Bazaar

Mark your calendars! Join us on Friday, November 6th from 10am - 5pm and Saturday, November 7th 9am-2pm. Come start your holiday shopping with us! With 34 vendors of handcrafted items and a few direct sales companies, you are guaranteed to find the perfect gifts for those on your list. While shopping, you can also take a break and enjoy some treats at the Cafe. Admission is free!

International Ministry

Haiti Mission Trip

October 3-11, a team of 10 from Forest Hills will serve in Cap Haitien, Haiti alongside Living Water International and a team of local builders to dig a well for safe water.  The funds for this trip and well came from YOU during our churchwide Living Water missions emphasis, Advent Conspiracy, during Christmas time. Kevin and Shannon Bellamy, Cheryl Hibbs, Jeff Johnson, Michael Murray, Jason Payne, Pam Rusnak,  Graham Spencer, Neil Westbrook, and Paul Taulman deeply appreciate your prayer for the people we will meet, safety in travel, and God's will to be done in and through all our steps.  To God be the glory! 

Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water, and to experience "living water"-the gospel of Jesus Christ-which alone satisfies the deepest thirst. In 1990 they set out to help the church in North America be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor. More than a billion people in the world live on less than a dollar a day. At least 663 million people lack access to safe drinking water. Their work empowers communities through hygiene and sanitation education and sustainability strategies to keep water flowing, for life, in Jesus' name.

Hosting International Students

Tom and Vickie Hollowell recently opened their home to four undergrad students visiting NC State from Nagoya University in Japan. The students had one week left,  so this was their opportunity to have dinner in an American home.  And what fun they had actually preparing the whole meal! Thanks Tom and Vickie!
Are you interested in hosting an international student for a meal, or helping out someone in immediate need? Please let Jason Payne or someone on the International Ministry Team know.


Women On Mission

Join us for the Women on Mission luncheon at 11:30am on October 6th. Hear Ngoma Masiala and the African Team, share about their experiences on this summer's mission trip to the Congo. Lunch is $5.

Stop Hunger Now

Join us as we package 20,000 meals at our eighth annual Stop Hunger Now event on Wednesday, November 4th. Hot dog and chip supper will be at 5:00 pm, and meal packaging from 6:00-7:30 pm. Financial contributions can be put in the money jug in the Gathering Place; checks can be written to FHBC, with "Stop Hunger Now" in the memo line.

Service Opportunities

Opportunity To Serve Bereaved Families

There will be an information meeting about how you can help our church care for families during times of loss. Attend Sunday, October 11th at 9:00-9:30am in the parlor. There are opportunities for both working and non-working adults, such as coordinating with families, setting up or serving a meal, cleanup, and inventory control. If you are interested but cannot attend, contact Beverly Edwards (neusebrats@aol.com / 919.845.8801).

Wednesday Night Suppers Volunteers Needed

Looking for an opportunity to serve others, meet new people and in the process share God's love?  Did you know that it takes over 35 hours of volunteer time each week to help prepare, serve and clean-up in support of the Wednesday Night meals?  The meal, fellowship time and prayer/bible study have always been an important part of the ministries of FHBC.  To support this we are looking for some regular volunteers (once a month) to help Greet, Serve and/or Clean-Up.  Come lend a hand, enjoy the fellowship and experience the satisfaction of serving your brothers and sisters in Christ.  Please contact Tom Revak for more information.  

Contemporary Worship Volunteers Needed

Got 30 minutes on Sunday?  The Contemporary Worship Team is looking for a few volunteers to help setup and cleanup after the worship service each Sunday.  The duties involve setting up the chairs, preparing the coffee, putting signs up around the church, and then putting things away afterwards.  Most of the tasks can be completed in 15-30 minutes and help to make the worship a comfortable and welcoming environment, and it's a simple way to contribute to the worship experience of the FHBC Community. To sign up, visit the board in the Fellowship Hall. Please contact Tom Revak for more information.

Ushers Needed

The Ushers team is seeking additional smiling faces and warm hearts to greet worshipers and pass out bulletins as they arrive for the 11:00 AM worship service in the Sanctuary. It's a simple, yet very important task as the ushers are the first faces that guests and members see going into the Sanctuary. Those wishing to help can do so on a rotational basis, being at a door by 10:40 AM. Please contact Ms. Eileen Brinkley for more information about helping with the Ushers team.  

Visuals Ministry Volunteers Needed

Did you see that?! Yes, visuals are a prime means of communication in today's world, and the Visuals Ministry aids both the Contemporary and Sanctuary worship services with an array of visuals to make the services more engaging to participants. But this team is in need of helpers to provide these visuals. No previous experience required, and training will be provided. Please contact Ms. Janna Edwards for more information about helping with the Visuals Ministry.

Volunteer Needed To Maintain Rose Garden 

Volunteers are needed on a regular basis to maintain the rose garden that we all enjoy. Training is avaliable to anyone who is willing to help keep Forest Hills beautiful.  Contact Ben for more information.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee needs your input! Please either pick up a ballot in The Gathering Place or visit foresthills.org/nominate and nominate members who you think would serve and fit well on our current standing committees. The Nominating Committee will review and consider the congregation's selections and vote on nominees at the November church conference. If you have any questions please contact the chair of the Nominating Committee, Janna Edwards at jannaedwards@gmail.com. Please return nominations by Wednesday, October 7th to the box in Gathering Place or by filling out a form online. 

Janna Edwards