FHBC CommUnity News November 1st, 2015

Trunk Or Treat Was A Big Hit!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered at our Trunk or Treat! This event would not have been possible without those who sponsored a trunk, entered chili in the cook-off, helped in the kitchen, directed traffic, and more. We had about 125 children and youth come through our parking lot, including Forest Hills families, friends of FHBC members, families from Connections Preschool, and visitors from the neighborhood. Thanks for helping us be good neighbors and reach out to our community!

Fall Bazaar

Come start your holiday shopping with us! With 30+ 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! 

Your help is needed for the Fall Bazaar!  Visit here to sign up for volunteer opportunities.

Mark Your Calendars!

11/4     Stop Hunger Now
11/4     2016 Resource Plan Listening Session
11/6-8  High School Retreat
11/6-7   Fall Bazaar
11/8      2016 Resource Plan Listening Session
11/10    Quail Ridge Bookstore Presentation
11/10    Estate Planning Seminar, Presented by The Baptist Foundation of NC
11/11     Shepherd's Studio Presents The Tints of Autumn
11/11     Haiti Team Report
11/15    Church Conference
11/22   Harvest Sunday
11/25   No Wednesday Night Services
11/26   Church Offices Closed
11/26   Church Offices Closed

Children's Ministry

Upcoming Events

December 16th, 6:30pm  Children's Music Presentation
December 20th, 9:30am  Happy Birthday Jesus

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. 

Youth Ministry

High School Retreat

Our High School Retreat will be November 6th-8th at Chestnut Ridge in Efland, NC. We will also be making a visit to the Intentional Christian Community "Anthony's Plot" in Winston Salem to learn more about living as a community of faith. We are truly excited about all that God will do in the lives of our teenagers on this retreat!

Adult Ministry

Upcoming Events

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 Prosser, Nashville recording artists, as they bring Christmas to Raleigh!
7pm: Program in Fellowship Hall; $10/person

Shepherd's Studio

Shepherd's Studio is presenting their fall art show - The Tints of Autumn on November 11th from 4-8pm. It will feature the work of Maria Lestyan. 

International Ministry

Last weekend the International Ministry visited beautiful Blowing Rock and experienced God through marveling at the wonders of His creation.  We were humbled to know that the Lord God Almighty has revealed His thoughts to us!  People from China, Brazil, Honduras, India, and Iran built friendships while exploring the foggy, busy streets of Blowing Rock, Moses Cone Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and even while relaxing at the beautiful conference center.  God was with us as seeds were planted.  Thank you for your prayers, and for helping to water these seeds of the Gospel.
We are already preparing in advance for the Spring Trip to the beach, and you could help water seeds by coming with us! Van drivers are needed.  Please pray about driving a van and coming with us May 13th-15th, 2016.   

Service Opportunities

Christmas Decorations

Can you believe it?  The Christmas season in once again rapidly approaching, and we will soon be seeing decorations for this special time of the year appearing before our eyes!  But those decorations don't just magically pop up like they seem to do in the Christmas movies!  It takes many hands and hearts to set up the decorations across the church. The Seek Council is looking for those with a "decorative gift" to help set up the decorations the first part of Thanksgiving week just before the start of the Advent season.  Please let Curtis Weaver or Joy Phillips know if you would be willing to help decorate for the season.  The more, the merrier!  For more information, email jcurtisweaver@gmail.com.

Furniture Needed

Do you have an unused bookcase or set of chest of drawers? Both these items would be of great assistance to a family that the Children's Essentials ministry is serving. Contact Sandra Haskins if you have one to donate.

Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness? The Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network is looking for volunteers to handle 3-hour volunteer shifts at the welcome desk on Saturdays and Sundays. This opportunity is not labor intensive, but is very important to the work of WIHN. Email Andrew for more information.

Other Announcements

Harvest Sunday

Harvest Sunday We will continue our Forward In Faith campaign with a special worship emphasis and sermon series entitled, "A Season of Giving Thanks."  The series will culminate on Sun, Nov 22 with Harvest Sunday, when we will have a Service of Giving Thanks in both worship services.  On that day, we would like to ask you to prayerfully consider your commitment to Forest Hills for 2016.  Commitment cards have been mailed out to members and will be presented on that Harvest Sunday during the service.

Financial and Estate Planning Seminar

Financial and Estate Planning Seminar on November 10 at 6pm in Room E250.  The NC Baptist Foundation will be presenting a seminar on "Top 10 Ways to Benefit From An Estate Plan and NC Baptist Foundation"  Presented in a Top Ten Format, this seminar will explore the basics of creating an estate plan and the tools that are available to individuals in doing so. This seminar will also introduce biblical concepts and tools that can be used to create a plan that includes income and assets for individuals, families, and ministries.  

Christmas Wreath Making Class

Are you ready for Christmas? Join us Saturday November 14th in Room E250 at 12pm for our Christmas Wreath Making Class! Class is only $30.00 and includes all materials and you take your wreath home the same day! This year we are making Christmas Tree wreaths! Please sign up and prepay $30 before November 9th  to Chef Gabriella (919) 828-6161 ext.: 115 or Chef@foresthills.org
Bring a friend and get a FREE GIFT!

Christmas Greenery

Forest Hills' own Boy Scout Troop 207 is selling greenery again this year. For many years, the troop has donated wreaths to the church to decorate our church for Advent. There are four sizes of wreaths available for pre-order, ranging in price from $10 to $40. There is also a beautiful mixed wreath with pinecones for $20 and Fraser fir and pine roping. Forms are available in The Gathering Place. Please see Alex Hibbs or Matthew Broniak to place your order by Nov. 22. Greenery will be delivered the first weekend of December.

Operation Christmas Child

Forest Hills is participating in Operation Christmas Child again this year. Last year we filled 330 shoeboxes with small gifts for needy children around the world. This year our goal is 400 boxes. Please pick up boxes and brochures from one of our displays in The Gathering Place or the Fellowship Hall. Please return filled boxes to the Conference Room or the table in the back of the Fellowship Hall by Sunday, November 22nd. This is a wonderful tradition for our church, and we hope you will join us this year in sharing Christ's love with children who have so little that a shoebox means a lot. For more information, contact Cheryl Hibbs or Charlotte Holmes.


Janna Edwards