FHBC CommUnity News April 1st, 2015

Mark Your Calendars

4/12   Children's Pancake Breakfast
4/15   Shepherd's Studio Spring Arts Show
4/17   Celebrating The Spring With The Little German Band and Folk Dancers
4/19   College Celebration Sunday & Luncheon

What's Cooking?

Family Dinner Menu 4/8:
-Sausage, Spinach and Tomato Pasta topped with Pepper Jack Cheese
-Chick Pea, Grape Tomato, and Feta Side Salad
-French Bread 
-Not Your Traditional Cookie Cake 
(Chocolate cake topped with a chocolate cookie, drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with whipped cream and cherries)

Youth Ministry

April Upcoming Events

4/1        Youth Reut 6:00pm
4/12       Final payments for HS & MS Mission Trips $50.
              3:30pm Praise Band Practice
              5:30pm MS Oasis
              6:15pm Supper/Worship
              7:00pm HS Oasis
4/15       Youth Reut 6:00pm
4/19       8:30am-9:30am Youth Council Meeting
              3:30pm Praise Band Practice
              5:30pm MS Oasis
              6:15pm Supper/Worship
              7:00pm HS Oasis
4/22       Youth Reut 6:00pm
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

Children's Ministry

Pancake Breakfast

Thanks to a generous donor at Evening With Friends, we'll have a Children's Ministry Pancake Breakfast during the Sunday School hour on April 12.  Children 2 years old and up can be dropped off by their parents in the annex at 9:30 AM, and picked up in their normal classrooms at 10:30.

Children's Message Volunteers

We want children to feel valued and included in worship! We need volunteers to prepare and lead a brief (3-5 minute) children's message during the contemporary service. We'll work with you to coordinate with the day's biblical text and the sermon, and help you with ideas if you feel stuck. If you're interested, please contact Andrew (andrew@foresthills.org / 919-828-6161 x 108).

Upcoming Events

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
Wednesdays July1-August 26, 6:00-7:00pm:  Children's Music Tour

Adult Ministry

Aging Well In The Love Of Christ

Start Now! April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 in the Fellowship Hall. Join Dr. George Fuller with Silver Compassion as we think about the power we have to shape a legacy that loves the world and honors Christ. Dr. Fuller's class is inclusive of people in all stages of life--adults thinking about their own aging process, children caring for aging parents, and anyone who wants to begin thinking about the life journey that we are all on. Topics to be covered include "The Joy of Aging" (Phil 4:4-9), "Today is Where God Lives" (Matthew 20:1-16), "How to Plan for Eternal Life: A Fresh Perspective" (Proverbs 9), and more! 

Breaking Bread

It's time to sign up for Breaking Bread dinner groups for May - August. Breaking Bread is a church wide opportunity that gives you a chance to spend time with friends, old and new, over dinner. Groups of 7-8 folks dine monthly for a period of four months. Sign up in the Gathering Place or online.  

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

Celebrate Spring With The Little German Band and Folk Dancers

Come join us as we Celebrate Spring with The Little German Band and Folk Dancers on April 17th.   Dinner is at 6pm and program is at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall. Cost is $10.00 per person. Contact Dora Cornwell for reservations. 

International Ministry

God Is At Work!

God is at work!  English and Culture Classes on Wednesday and ESL/Bible Classes on Sunday serve as an entry point and service to the internationals in our community.  Through these classes, needs are met, friendships are built, and understanding of the church, Christianity, and Jesus Christ are developed.  We humbly seek God and His Holy Spirit to keep moving.
Last Sunday morning there were 55 internationals in attendance, so many that we started a new class!  Wednesday night continues strong as new leaders are coming alongside to help with children on our Kids International Team (KIT), and to be co-teachers.  Praise God! 
Please join us in prayer for the Beach Retreat this May:
*Prepare the hearts of those who will attend
*Clarity and finalization of theme/agenda/logistical details
*And that all would listen and yield to God's direction in all aspects of this event

College Ministry

College Celebration Sunday & Luncheon

Our annual celebration and recognition of college students in worship will be on Sunday, April 19 in the Contemporary Worship Service. If you've made a special connection with any of our students, especially our seniors, please join us for this special service and time of recognition. Following worship, there will be a luncheon for our students and their friends/families. Side dishes/desserts are requested of the church and can be dropped off in the fellowship hall prior to Sunday School. To volunteer to help with the luncheon, please contact Tyler Ward.


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.

Women On Mission Luncheon

April 7th, Lunch at 11:30am, followed by program on "Ministering to Internationals at Forest Hills." Come hear Glenda Reece, Stella Currin, Barbara Martin and Jason Payne share their unique ministries with Internationals. 

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.  

Road Closures

There will be road closures near the church on Sunday, April 13 during  the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & Half Marathon. The church is north of the race course, but members will still need to know how to circumnavigate road closures to reach your location.  For a notice with alternate directions to get to the church that Sunday visit here.

Shepherd's Studio Spring Art Show 

April 15th from 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Art will be showcased from arts ministries at Forest Hills; Needles and Prayers, Coffee and Crafts and paintings from Arty Party.

Thank You From Jessie & Andrew

We are deeply grateful for the love and care that you've shown for us and our new child. So many of you have offered words of support, helpful advice, and generous gifts that make the prospect of parenthood much less daunting. Thank you again for your concern for us. We cherish your prayers during this exciting time in our family!

Hospitality Team Thanks!

The Hospitality Team would like thank Ray and Sue Tucker, Leon Neal, Linda Norris, Lyla Kloos, Lois Bullard, Robert and Ann Singleton, Sue Farr, Thelma Churchill, Gail Laney, John Cornwell, Steve and Ann Curlee, Joyce McIntyre, Hilda Patterson, Ann Brock, Fred and Ruth Hockaday, Henry and Jeannie Hutton, Crowell and Jane Bowers, Tom and Jane Revak, Terry and Susan Wray, Buck Goode, Kathy Hancock, John and Dora Cornwell, Vickie Hollowell, and Abby Giorgis for serving during March to make the Wednesday Night Family Meal possible.

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Note From The Pastor

Dear Forest Hills Family,  

Just three short months ago we stepped out in faith and began a new worship strategy at Forest Hills. One of the purposes of this new strategy was to enable us to "cast a wider net" to help us reach more people in the University Park area as well as greater Raleigh.

By all accounts so far our new worship strategy is working very well. Both worship services are thriving and we continue to have first-time guests in one or both worship services each week! Since implementing the new worship strategy in January, we have averaged 225 people in worship in the traditional service and about 125 in the contemporary service.

As we move into the summer months, it is especially important for the health and growth of the new contemporary worship service to continue without interruptions or cancellations. For this reason, we will continue to hold both worship services without interruption at least through June. (Maybe longer.) Once the new worship service has had time to grow its roots a little deeper, then we will consider special occasions where it might be beneficial or meaningful to combine services and worship together.   

Also, even though the contemporary worship service is the "new" service, I want to emphasize that both of our worship services, traditional and contemporary, are equally important for the growth and vitality of our church as we continue to try to reach an increasingly diverse and unchurched population.  

As we go forward, let's remember that it is not the worship style or type of music that defines genuine worship, but that we all worship "in spirit and in truth!" (John 4:24)

-Neil Westbrook, Sr. Pastor

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Janna Edwards