FHBC CommUnity News September 1st, 2015

Forest Hills Celebrates 70 Years!

70th Anniversary Celebration - Sunday, September 20th

On Sunday, September 20th, Forest Hills will gather together as one body to celebrate our 70th anniversary! There will be one service in the Sanctuary at 11:00am and all are encouraged to take this opportunity to invite friends, family, and former church members back to celebrate this milestone and to look ahead to what God is calling us to do in the years to come. Following worship, there will be a luncheon in the Fellowship Hall - all are invited to attend. The church will provide BBQ and beverages. All are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert for the meal. Food can be dropped off in the kitchen prior to Sunday School. 

Serve Blitz Day

Serve Blitz Day is back and it's bigger and better than ever! In honor of 70 years of service by Forest Hills, we're serving around Raleigh on Saturday, Sept 19. We have 9 great projects available, from prayer walking to serving children in need. Register for the Anniversary Serve Blitz Day using one of the registration forms around the church, or online at foresthills.org/serveblitzday.

Forward In Faith

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 just to name a few.
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 andcheck 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!

9/2   New Faith and Life Tracks Start
9/3   Caregiver Support Group
9/4   Friday Morning Playgroup Starts
9/16  Connections Preschool Ice Cream Truck Visit
9/17  Caregiver Support Group
9/19  Serve Blitz Day
9/20  70th Anniversary Service and Celebration
9/25  Senior Adult Event - The Tortured Genius of Edgar Allan Poe
9/26  Children In Action Volunteering at NC Food Bank
9/26  Singles Department Reunion
9/20  Children In Action World Walk

Children's Ministry

Upcoming Events

Sept 26, 2:00 PM  Children in Action volunteering at NC Food Bank
Sept 30, 6:30 PM  Children in Action World Walk
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

Children In Action

Formerly RAs & GAs, will be volunteering at the NC Food Bank on Sept 26 at 2:00 PM. This is a great opportunity for parents and children to serve together. Contact Luke Harris to complete the foodbank's volunteer form.

Friday Morning Play Group

Join us on the Forest Hills Baptist Church Playground on Friday mornings at 10:00am, beginning on September 4th, 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! 

3rd-5th Grade Retreat

Join us for our annual 3rd-5th Grade Retreat at Camp Willow Run from Oct 16-18. 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!

Connections Preschool Ice Cream Truck Visit

Connections Preschool is kicking off this school year with a visit from the Kona Ice Truck on September 16th.  This is our Year of Community and we are excited to celebrate the wonderful community in which we live!  There are still a few openings in each class, ages 1-4.  Please contact Stephanie Massey at preschool@foresthills.org for more information. 

College Ministry

SS classes, families, and individuals are encouraged to sign up now to provide meals for our college small group this Fall. Meals are served at 6:30pm prior to our small group and we ask all food to be dropped off by 6:15pm. To sign up to provide a meal, please contact Tyler Ward.

Adult Ministry

Upcoming Events

The Tortured Genius of Edgar Allan Poe - 9/25 
A Light and Enlightening Literary Program. Dr. Engel reveals Poe's extraordinary and tragic life and how it influenced his haunting fiction and poetry. 
6:00 pm: Dinner in Dining Hall  
7:00: Program  
$10/person. Reservations required. Contact John and Dora Cornwell 919-851-1191

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

Women's Bible Study

All ladies are invited to join us this year for our 12th Annual Intergenerational Ladies' Bible Study, which meets on Friday mornings at 10:00. This year we will be studying Beth Moore's revised study on David entitled David: Seeking a Heart Like His.  The study will be led by Charlotte Holmes, it starts September 4th and will last until May.

Singles Department Reunion

Calling all past and present members of the Singles Department at Forest Hills! We are having our first reunion Sept. 26th! Please join old and new friends as we gather to share memories. Everyone is asked to bring a finger food (dessert or appetizer), a beverage to share, and pictures to share also!  For more information, go to Facebook, Forest Hills Singles Alumnae.

International Ministry

Needed - Willingness To Help!

Advanced Level English Class - Wednesdays 6:00pm-7:45pm
Beginner ESL Bible Class - Sundays 9:15am-10:45am

Thank you for your prayers!  Over the last two weeks during Wednesday Night English and American Culture classes, the International Ministry welcomed 46 new students from Brazil, China, Congo, Honduras, India, Iran, Japan, South Korea - 8 countries, as well as two new teachers (Cecelia Barker and Brad Hibbs)! We are off to a wonderful start, praise the Lord! More  are coming as "word of mouth," God's love, and the prodding of the Holy Spirit draws them to Forest Hills.  Business English class starts soon, and another advanced class is desperately required to meet the need.  Follow the leading and encouragement of God - just come along - we have teaching material you can use.   Contact Jason Payne for more information.

Service Opportunities

Children's Leadership Team Volunteers Needed

Our ministry would not be possible without our Children's Leadership Team. We're currently looking for two team members--someone to take special responsibility for Sunday School, and someone to take the lead on events. Would you like to explore the possibility of leading the children's ministry? Do you know someone who might be a good fit? Please contact andrew@foresthills.org to learn more. Whether you would like to serve or not, please be in prayer for this team as they give so much of their time and energy to our children!

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.

General Announcements

Tyler Ward and Benny Goetz Ordination

It is with pleasure that we announce the beginning of a review process to determine the readiness of Tyler Ward and Benny Goetz for ordination to ministry. After some discussion, a small team consisting of Ministerial Staff and Deacons has been assembled and our first request to you is to share any affirmations or concerns with Dr. Westbrook (neil@foresthills.org or 919.828.6161) regarding the candidacy of Tyler and Benny to this call. Please note that comments shared will be identifiable to candidates as part of an open and fair process. We are excited about the work God is doing at Forest Hills as He leads both Tyler and Benny to this important step in their lives.

A Farewell And Welcome

Please join the Missionary Residence Team in saying goodbye to Eric and Julie Maas and their children, Ciera, Josiah, and Zac, as they move out of our missionary residence on August 29, 2015. The family has enjoyed a summer break from their fieldwork in Belize, Central America, while they've visited family, friends, and supporting churches in North Carolina. Eric, a licensed contractor in our state, left the house in better shape than he found it by installing a new cabinet, sink, and lighting in the first floor bathroom. Thank you very much, Eric!
On August 30, we welcome a new missionary family to the house. Jerry (Jay) and Lori Smoot are apprentice/career missionaries with the International Mission Board. They have served a brief time in both India and South Africa and are now taking a medical leave of absence due to their youngest son's heart condition. The four Smoot children are Roman (who'll turn 9 on September 9), Isabel (age 7), Clara (age 4), and Thelo (age 2). The Smoot family plans to be with us through May 2016.


Bryan & Charlotte Duff welcomed their daughter, Claire Anne, into the world on August 25, 2015. Charlotte is the daughter of Buck & Cindy Goode. Please keep them in your prayers as they grow together as a family!

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