CommUnity News May 15th, 2016

Ordination Calls

It is with pleasure that we announce the beginning of a review process to determine the readiness of Andrew Garnett and Gavin Spell for ordination to ministry. After some discussion, a small team of ministerial staff and Deacons has been assembled and our first request to you is to share any affirmations or concerns with Dr. Westbrook regarding the candidacy of Andrew and Gavin 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 Andrew and Gavin to this important step in their lives.

What's Cookin'?

Family Dinner Menu 5/18

-Spaghetti and Meatballs
-Garlic Bread
-Assorted desserts

Mark Your Calendars!

5/15  Pentecost Sunday
5/15  Youth Melon Smash
5/15  Children's Art Class
5/20  Camp Forest Hills Registration Deadline
5/22  Youth Laser Tag Trip
5/22  Children's Art Class
5/23  The Christian Life Bible Study Begins
6/5   Graduation Sunday
6/7   Women on Mission Luncheon
6/15  Men's Bible Study Kickoff Cookout

Children's Ministry

Upcoming Events

June 8:  Children's Choir Presentation

Camp Forest Hills, Young At Art, and VBS

Deadlines for registration are this Friday, May 20th!  We will not be able to take late registrations because we are hiring counselors based on the number of campers. Camp Forest Hills is an 8 week summer camp on 7/13-8/12, featuring 4 two-week sessions. Each session includes a specific focus, and all sessions include other activities like games, water works, and service projects. Choose as many or as few sessions of camp as you would like. Camp will be half day with aftercare available, open to children age 3-grade 5. Pick up a brochure from the church or visit for more information. Questions?  Email

Children's Art Class

1st-5th graders are invited to a Sunday night Children's Art Class led by Jerry Hester in the Shepherd's Studio (102 Shepherd Street, Raleigh). The last classes will be 5/15 and 5/22, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Each week includes a snack supper, an art lesson, and a project; dress to get a little messy. Space is limited, so it is essential to RSVP to 919-810-8748 or

Youth Ministry

Laser Tag Trip

We are going to be having an end of year Celebration at Hard Knocks laser tag in North Raleigh on 5/22. This event was planned by our High School Youth Council! The event will be from 12:30-4pm. We will be providing Lunch at Hard Knocks, so meet us there after Church. Cost is $10 per Youth. Contact Gavin if you are interested.

Graduation Sunday

On June 5th, we will be recognizing our 2016 High School Graduates in the Traditional Service as they finish their time in the FHBC Youth Ministry. Join us in celebration as our students take part in leading worship, and are charged with continuing the Gospel as they depart.

Adult Ministry

Men's Summer Bible Study Kickoff

The Men's Ministry Summer Bible Study is back! Please join us on Wednesday nights from 6/15-7/27, from 7:00pm-8:30 pm, for a time of fellowship and studying God's Word. We'll meet in the backyard of the Missionary House (110 Shepherd St); if it rains, we will meet in the attic (youth ministry room). Please bring a bible, your favorite camp chair, and a friend! This will be an informal gathering, so dress casual. On 6/15 at 6:30 pm, there will be a cookout to kick-off the summer--so come hungry!

New Bible Study Opportunity

Join a small group wanting to study The Christian Life, by Cecelia Middleton. The group will start 5/23, and will meet in E250 from 1:30- 3:00pm on Mondays. For more info, contact Glenda Reece.

Strawberry Canning Classes

Are you or your Sunday School class interested in making homemade Strawberry Jam?  Contact Dora Cornwell to schedule classes around your schedule!  


Women On Mission  

You are invited to join us for the Women on Mission Luncheon and General Meeting on June 7th at 11:30am in the Fellowship Hall. The speaker will be Carol Schwartz of Urban Ministries of Wake County. 

Service  Opportunities 

International Ministry Retreat

You are invited to bake a dozen+ cookies to be enjoyed by 72 people from 8 countries headed to Fort Caswell for the International Ministry Beach Trip! Please bring cookies to the office by Wednesday, May 25th. Thank you for your prayers!

International Ministry

Prayer Support For The International Ministry

Would your Sunday school class or group "sponsor" one of four International Ministry events between now and December? Invite Jason to speak with your Sunday School Class or group for 3 to 30 minutes about these International Ministry opportunities! 

General Announcements 

2016 Fall Bazaar Vendors 

Fall Bazaar vendor applications are now being accepted. Looking for knitters, card makers, quilters, and more. We want you to join us for the Fall Bazaar on November 4th-5th.. Applications are now available in The Gathering Place or at Church members and past vendors are given priority until May 15. If you have any questions, email

Attention All Adult SS Teachers

Your presence is requested on Suunday, June 12th for a lunch with the Discipleship Team immediately after church.  We want to dialogue with you about your needs as teachers, help you get ready for the Fall, Advent, and the church calendar year.  We also want to discuss how we can take discipleship to the next level at Forest Hills.  Lunch will be Subway sandwiches for $5.  Please RSVP to by Wednesday, June 9th. Thank you!

Ministry Spotlight:  Student Ministry

I have been going to Forest Hills my whole life and joined the youth group when I was in seventh grade. Since then the youth group has helped shaped my life in a variety of ways. While in the youth group, I had the privilege of meeting many great people, joining the praise band, and going on various retreats and mission trips. These people and experiences provided me a way to build my relationship with Christ while also helping me to become a better person. As a seventh grader I began my experience in the youth group with the youth praise band. I started as a singer and soon learned many different contemporary worship songs. Through singing, I was able to worship God in a way that I rarely did outside of Sunday morning because of our Sunday evening practices and performances. Additionally, I grew to like many of the songs and listened to them outside of church. These songs spoke to me in a way that I could truly relate to. It was also very encouraging to see how other youth could bond and share in worshiping God. Since seventh grade, I have learned to play guitar and grown closer with all of those who have been a part of the youth praise band. I also had the privilege to go on many retreats and mission trips. This gave me an opportunity to further my relationship with God. I especially liked directly helping people in need on mission trips. On most of the mission trips, I worked with children through sports camps. I was able to meet many fun children and enjoyed getting to know them. It was very satisfying to become close friends with all the kids I worked with. My friendships with those in my youth group also grew on many of these retreats. Many of my most meaningful memories of youth group came from these trips. I especially remember growing closer with the older youth guys by talking with each other for hours after lights out each night. The trips that I went on allowed me to grow closer to all the people involved in the youth group. These people that I have met are truly a blessing in my life. When in school, it can be hard to find a good Christian community. The youth group has helped me to meet many great friends who share my beliefs and know the difficulties that I am experiencing whether they be religious difficulties or not. I have gotten to know many great friends along with the four youth ministers that have been at Forest Hills during my time in the youth. Tom Beam, Brian Foreman, Brad Erickson, and Gavin Spell have all helped me grow spiritually in ways that I could not have imagined. Each of them contributed to my spiritual life a great deal while also becoming great friends. The love that I have felt from this my friends and mentors in this youth group and all of Forest Hills is something that could rarely be matched by any other group of people. This community that has grown to be an essential part of my life will be greatly missed as I move on into my adult life.
-Michael Rusnak, Class of 2016

Janna Edwards