FHBC CommUnity News May 15th, 2015
Serve Blitz Day
Join us for our Serve Blitz Day on June 13th! We have 7 opportunities to serve our church and our community: Race for the Cure Water Station, Needles & Prayers, Habitat for Humanity, Forest Hills Community Garden, Clean up at Forest Hills, Field Gleaning, and In-Crowd visits. There is something for everyone, so please be in prayer about how you'd like to be in service with our entire church body on this date. This is also a great entry point for someone who's new to Forest Hills, so consider inviting a friend! Registration forms can be found in the literature racks around the church; please return them to the box in the Gathering Place. You can also register online at foresthills.org/serveblitzday.
Mark Your Calendars!
5/15 International Ministry Beach Retreat
5/17 Student Ministry Melon Smask
5/20 Men's Ministry Interest Meeting
5/30 Student Ministry End of Year Ball
5/30 Silver Compassion Seminar
6/13 Serve Blitz Day
Family Dinner Menu 5/20
-Popcorn Shrimp Po Boys
-Chocolate Brownie Bite Pie
*Due to product availability, menus are subject to change*
Wednesdays April 15-May 27, 5:45-7:00pm: Children's Music Tour
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
6/14 6:30pm: Family ice cream fellowship at Ben & Jerry's (3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, across from Meredith College)
6/27 9:00am-5:00pm: Children's Art Camp
7/19 6:30pm: Family ice cream fellowship at Menchie's (5613 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh)
8/16 6:30pm: Family ice cream fellowship at Sweet Frog (1105 Tryon Village Dr #301, Cary)
8/23 9:30-10:30am: Promotion Sunday
8/30 9:30am: Rotation Sunday School Begins
Children's Leadership in Traditional Worship
Would your child like to help lead worship during the 11:00am traditional service? We have some non-speaking roles available for any age, including passing out bulletins and helping to pass the offering plates. There are also opportunities for a child to read a short scripture on May 24 and June 28. If your child is interested, please contact Andrew (firstname.lastname@example.org /919-828-6161 x 108).
On Sunday May 17th, the Music Ministry of Forest Hills will present an anthem to honor the memory of Stella Marie Liberto, daughter of Jenna and Jeff Liberto. This anthem, composed by Pat Boozer, will be sung by our Children's Choir in the Traditonal Service; all are invited to attend.
Our great preschool is open for registration! This is our year to focus on community! Classes are filling up quickly; 2 year old class is full. Few spots are available in the 1 year, 3 year, and 4 year classes. Find out more and print a flyer at foresthills.org/connections-preschool/.
May Upcoming Events
5/16 Senior Day Trip
5/17 12:20pm - Lunch Youth Council Meeting
6:00pm-8:00pm - Youth Melon Smash to Celebrate Class of 2015 @ Bellamy's
5/20 6:00pm - Wednesday Night Reut
5/27 6:00pm - Wednesday Night Reut
5/30 7:00pm-9:00pm - End Of Year Ball, Middle & High School
Graduation - Melon Smash
This Sunday, May 17th, our youth group will be celebrating our seniors at The Bellamy's house for Melon Smash. (Contact Gavin for address). We will be fellowshipping and enjoying a meal together (already provided), and our seniors will be reflecting back on their experiences and time spent in our Youth Group. This event is for All Families of the Youth group, not just Seniors.
End Of Year Ball
May 30th is the night of our annual End of Year Ball. Our ball will be held in the attic this year and will begin at 7pm and end at 9pm. This is also a family event. Each family will be asked to bring an hors d'oeuvre to share. Gavin's friend David will be returning to be our dance instructor for the evening. Come dressed for an evening of fun and Dance the Night Away! There is no sign up for this! Just come and enjoy the evening.
Nowruz Persian New Year, Friday March 27th
During celebration of Nowruz, Persian New Year 1394, the Farsi Fellowship and the International Ministry hosted a dinner and celebration for the Iranian community and others.
People came! One hundred and fifty seven people came to the Forest Hills Fellowship Hall and celebrated culture and life, while also hearing the Word of the Lord read both in Farsi and English!
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Galatians 5:13-14 This is an example of both being present with internationals and practicing God's love by sharing hospitality with the community. It is our prayer that hearts were touched that night, and relationships established and continued will be used by God to lead people to Jesus. Amen!
Please Pray For:
-Beach Retreat - May 15th-17th - 80 people going to Caswell!
-What's Going On - International Ministry Presentation Wednesday May 20th
-Global Bible Study For Interntationals - Starting June 10th
Sunday ESL/Bible Classes/Teachers/Current and Future International Students
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. Sign up on Sundays in the Gathering Place before and after worship, or Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall during dinner.
Dr. Westbrook would like to invite men of all ages to attend a MEN'S MINISTRY INTEREST MEETING on Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm. The purpose of this meeting is to bring the men of the church together for a time of prayer and to have a conversation about what types of ministries could benefit the men in our church. Please contact Dr. Westbrook if you have any questions or suggestions.
Summer Lunch Bunch
We will be starting Summer Lunches June 10th through August 26th at 11:45am. We will resume Wednesday night dinners September 2nd. The cost of lunch is $5.
Family Weekend At Fort Caswell
Join other families from Forest Hills at the annual Labor Day Family Weekend to be held September 4-6, 2015. This is a weekend of Christian fellowship, fun in the sun and worship. Arrive Friday and stay until Sunday ($90 per person) or Monday ($130 per person). Cost includes 3 meals on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday, and breakfast on Monday. Children 2-5 are half price. Under 2 - Free! Questions email email@example.com. Check for 50% is due by June 15th payable to Forest Hills but given to or mailed to Derek Graham. Y'all come!!
George Ake Memorial Fund
With the approval of Ann and Tripp Ake, the Deacons have established The George Ake Memorial Fund for Missions. This fund will be established and maintained in the same manner as the church's other named endowment funds, housed for convenience and invested at the North Carolina Baptist Foundation. It will be subject to the same guidelines as other endowment funds, which generally involve no more than 5% annual distributions for their specific purposes. The initial funding for the Ake Fund will be memorial contributions made to the church in George's memory. Please consider a generous contribution to this fund in the memory of one of our church's most respected leaders. Contributions may be sent to Wendy Garrett with specification to the Ake Fund.
Did you know that the church has access to a program that will allow you to check your giving history, change your address, and access the church calendar and directory all online? Simply click on the "Resources" Tab on our website foresthills.org and click on "Member Login: ACS". If you haven't received a login yet, click on the "Need a login" Button. We also have access to The Church Life App which will give you access to the Calendar and Directory from your phone.
Rex Rehab Worship Service
For many years, a group of members from Forest Hills has provided a regular worship service for about a dozen people in Rex Rehab. The service is held two Thursdays a month at 3:00pm, for 30-45 minutes. There is no set lesson plan, so volunteers bring their own Bible knowledge, musical skills, or other talent to the service. If you would like to be involved in this opportunity to share God's love with those in need, please contact Pauline Wilder at 919-481-2623.
Thank you for making our April Wednesday Night Meals possible: Rudy Shaw, Terry Wray, Tom Revak, Larry Hancock, Bobby Vick, Joyce Boyles, Vickie Hollowell, Abby Giorgis, Andrew and Jessie Garnett, Gavin and Hayley Spell, Thelma Churchill, Pauline Wilder, Buck Goode, Laura Lee Graham, Gail Laney, Ann Ake, Mary Anderson, Betty Barber, Ann Brock, Shirley Abbott, Fred and Ruth Hockaday, Lyla Kloos, Leon and Betty Neal, Jim and Lou Young, John and Dora Cornwell, Ray and Sue Tucker.
Calling All Would-Be Landscapers and Gardeners
The church needs approximately 15-20 volunteers for weekly landscape duties around the church and surrounding properties. All skill levels welcome as some training will be provided. Year-round duties including leaf management in the fall. We are also seeking volunteers to take care of the rose garden. Contact Graham Spencer for details.
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