FHBC CommUnity News April 15th, 2015

Mark Your Calendars

4/22   Planning Meeting For The Fall Bazaar
5/3    Worship Night at Soapstone United Methodist Church
5/30   Silver Compassion Seminar

Children's Ministry

Family Outing To Durham Bulls

There will be a Family Outing to the Durham Bulls Game on May 16th at 5:00 pm.  Come watch the Durham Bulls take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders!  We have a block of seats together, so there will be plenty of opportunity to hang out with your church family and friends.  This is also Star Wars Night at the ballpark, and between innings you can meet costumed characters from a galaxy far, far away. Tickets are $8 per person. To reserve yours, visit foresthills.org/durhambullsouting.

Upcoming Events

Wednesdays April 15-May 27, 5:45-7:00pm:  Children's Music Tour
5/8-9  GA Mother/Daughter Camp @ Camp Mundo Vista
5/16   5:00pm:  Family Outing to Durham Bulls Game
6/3    6:00pm:  Children's Music Presentation
Sundays June 7-August 16, 9:30-10:30am:  Vacation Bible School during the Sunday School Hour
6/27   9:00am-5:00pm:  Children's Art Camp
8/23   9:30-10:30am:  Promotion Sunday
8/20   9:30am:  Rotation Sunday School Begins

Youth Ministry

April Upcoming Events

4/24-25  Save The Date, Falls Lake, Raleigh, NC
                Parent/Youth Camping Trip
                Hiking, Fishing, Etc
                1 Night
                All youth families invited, more details to come
4/26       3:30pm Praise Band Practice
                5:30pm MS Oasis
                6:15pm Supper/Worship
                7:00pm HS Oasis
4/29       6:00pm Youth Reut 

Adult Ministry

Silver Compassion

You're invited to a Silver Compassion Seminar on Saturday, May 30th, from 9:30am-3:30pm.  You'll learn how to create a life plan to help you navigate the complex world of aging in America. The cost is $20, which includes lunch, materials, and childcare. Signup on Sundays in the Gathering Place before and after worship, or Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall during dinner.  If you have questions about the seminar, you're invited to meet the speaker, Dr. George Fuller, on May 3rd from 5:00-6:30 pm in E-260.

Spring Wreath Making Class

April 25th at 2pm in Room E250.  Only $30.00.  Join us in making a beautiful Spring wreath. Class includes all materials and you take your wreath home the same day! Please sign up and prepay $30 before April 14th to either of the following contacts: 
Chef Gabriella- (919) 522-3133, Chef@foresthills.org
Dora Cornwell- (919) 609-2275, ddrcornwell@aol.com

International Ministry

Pray for Jane Pan's China Mission Trip

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Please pray for Jane Pan's mission trip to China. She and her team will be going to China from 5/4-6/4. The seven cities where she is invited to speak are Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Zejiang, Qingdao, Weihai, Yantai, and Beijing for prayer tour.
In China there are two types of Christian churches. The Three-Self Patriotic Movement is the government controlled church almost equivalent to the Soviet Protestant Council for Religious Affairs. Most of them are fairly large, some can seat to 8-9,000. Because churches are not as abundant as we have in America, all churches are packed with many standing for worship.
The second type of church is the "house church" This church remained separate from the government-controlled religious movement for spiritual, not political reasons. They can be as small to dozen members to as large as 1000 members.
We pray that upon our return, we will share with you a good report of what God is doing in China!

International Ministry Christian Information Retreat at NC Coast

The International Ministry Beach Retreat is in the planning stages now, preparing for the trip, May 15-17.  Your involvement is needed to drive vans and help with children.  Please pray about joining us, and how you will be a part of sharing Christ's love.  Contact Glenda or Jason to help!  


Mission Trip to Iglesia Cristiana del Garraf, Villanova, Spain 

6/22-7/3 (Dates to be determined when purchasing airline tickets) 
Is the Lord leading you to spend two weeks teaching English this summer at the Christian Church of Garraf (Iglesia Cristiana del Garraf, or ICG)? This summer, ICG will be conducting an English camp for children in their area of Villanova, Spain. Forest Hills has partnered with ICG several times in the past to help conduct this camp. ICG members are planning the curriculum and would love to have native American English speakers to assist. The Forest Hills volunteers pay for their own airfare, while our church provides for their expenses while on the mission trip. For more information, please contact Jay or Cathey Andrews at jayandrews@aol.com.

Haiti Missions Trip

Interested in going on a Missions Trip To Haiti, October 3rd-10th?  One more informational meeting will be held on April 29th at 6pm in Room E-260.  You may also contact Paul Taulman or Rogers Farr for more information.

General Announcements

Food Roundup for Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina

"Feeding North Carolina's largest family is no small task." 
During the month of April, Forest Hills will join other churches in collecting food and supplies for children that cannot count on having food to eat regularly. It takes a lot of food to provide 700,000 meals and snacks to the BCH residents across the state.
Please bring the following items to the Gathering Place at the wall below the windows outside the library during the month of April: Paper products, dry cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, Mac and Cheese, spaghetti and lasagna pasta, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, brownie and cookie mix, and Saltine, Ritz and Graham crackers.  


The office has recently found a Delta Kappa Epsilon lapel pin. If this is yours, or you know whose it is, please stop by the church office to retrieve the item.

Service Blitz Day

Last year the service ministries of Forest Hills made a huge impact. W ould you like to make a difference in your church and community in 2015? Save the date for our Serve Blitz Day on the morning of June 13, and watch for more details in the coming weeks.

2015 Fall Bazaar 

Your help is needed! Come to the first Planning Meeting for the Fall Bazaar! The team is looking for volunteers to join as we work with potential vendors, advertise the event, etc. The leaders are in place and now we are looking for additional hands to pull off another successful event. Join us on Wednesday, April 22nd at 7PM in E-250. Questions? Email bazaar@foresthills.org.

Vendor applications are now available for the Fall Bazaar (November 6-7) online or in the Gathering Place. Church members and past vendors will have priority acceptance. Please return your application and booth fee by May 10th. After May 10th, we will open up to other vendors. 

Worship At Soapstone United Methodist Church

Join us at Soapstone United Methodist Church on Sunday May 3rd, at 3 p.m. as award-winning composer, arranger and conductor Mark Hayes leads nine area churches in elevating spirits with song while benefiting Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network.  Hayes is well-known for his Christian choral pieces and believes in worshiping with the whole body - with movement, joyfulness, shouting, rejoicing, and clapping.  Admission, parking and on-site childcare are free; attendees will be invited to make a donation to WIHN.  Soapstone UMC is located at 12837 Norwood Road in Raleigh.  Call 919-846-2212 for more information.

Children's Message During Sunday Worship

Many of you have asked about the status of the children's message during Sunday morning worship. Currently, we are only having a children's message during contemporary worship; however, we would like to resume the children's time in the traditional service, too.

The ministry staff made this decision mainly from the standpoint of visitors and guests in the traditional service. We are trying to be very, very intentional about attracting new people to both worship services, and we are seeing new faces in both services each week. We want to send a positive impression to visitors in traditional worship that this is a healthy intergenerational church. The children's message is one factor to consider. With fewer children attending the traditional service, we could have a potentially embarrassing moment if only a few children (or none at all) come forward for the children's time in the traditional service. A family that is visiting or watching on TV might get the wrong idea about our congregation and assume that we have few children and families involved.

We do hope to work back to children's message in the traditional service, but it will be a long-term process of growing that worship service until we consistently have a strong group of children who will come forward for the children's message. In the mean time, we are looking for ways to give children a greater role in leading the traditional service. We want to balance the need to value our children in worship while also putting our best foot forward to our guests.

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Janna Edwards