CommUnity News May 1st, 2016
May 15th is Pentecost Sunday, observing the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and the other followers of Jesus. That morning we will celebrate Pentecost, a Mosaic Service (all of our international congregations will join us for worship), baptism and more. There will only be one service, meeting in the sanctuary, and everyone is invited to wear red as it's the color of Pentecost. So join us on May 15th as we celebrate the birthday of the Church!
Pentecost Serve Blitz Day
On Pentecost Sunday, May 15th, we celebrate both the diversity and the unity of the church with a mosaic service. Join us on May 14th for a day when all the churches meeting at the Forest Hills campus come together to serve our community. Projects include a Habitat for Humanity build, inventorying items for Connections Preschool, cleaning up a home for refugees, and much more. To view our list of projects and register, visit foresthills.org/serveblitzday.
Mark Your Calendars!
5/1 Discipleship Meeting
5/1 Spain Mission Trip Information Meeting
5/3 Women on Missions Luncheon
5/7 Congo Missions Donations Deadline
5/14 Pentecost Serve Blitz Day
5/15 Pentecost Sunday
6/15 Men's Bible Study Kickoff Cookout
Congo Mission Support
This year UABC members will travel to the Congo to support local communities and churches, as well as take part in the ordination of several new ministers. Donations are being accepted for the Congo Mission Trip, July 5-19. Items needed for this trip include garden seeds, new/gently-used children's clothing, and financial contributions. Donations accepted until 5/11. Please drop off donated items at the Congo Mission Trip table in The Gathering Place.
Mission To Spain Information Meeting
There will be a Spain Mission Trip Information Session on Sunday, 5/1, in The Gathering Place at 12:00 pm, after the worship service. Spaces are available for two more volunteers for this summer's Spain Mission Trip, helping lead an English camp for children in Vilanova, Spain, 6/19-7/2. For more information, stop by the information meeting or contact Jay or Cathey Andrews at 919-614-3829 or 919-614-5612 if the Lord is leading you to participate.
Pentecost Serve Blitz Day
On Pentecost Sunday,, 5/15 we celebrate both the diversity and the unity of the church with a mosaic service. Join us on 5/14 for a day when all the churches meeting at the Forest Hills campus come together to serve our community. Projects include a Habitat for Humanity build, inventorying items for Connections Preschool, cleaning up a home for refugees, and much more. To view our list of projects and register, visit foresthills.org/serveblitzday.
During the Pentecost Serve Blitz Day, volunteers will be collecting old electronics for recycling. If you have old computers, phones, or other items to recycle, you may bring them to The Gathering Place between Noon-2:00 PM on 5/14. If you need someone to pick up your items, please contact Andrew.
June 8: Children's Choir Presentation
Camp Forest Hills
Camp Forest Hills deadline for registration is Friday, May 20! 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 foresthills.org/campforesthills for more information. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children's Art Class
1st-5th graders are invited to a Sun. night Children's Art Class led by Jerry Hester in the Shepherd's Studio (102 Shepherd Street, Raleigh). Classes meet most Sun. nights, 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 email@example.com.
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 7:00-8:30 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!
Prayer For 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!
Pray for the Beach Retreat On May 27-29 when internationals from around the world will visit Fort Caswell, make new friends, learn about English, Christianity. Please pray for safety, God's guidance, and for lives to be changed!
Fall Bazaar Vendors 2016
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 11/4-5. Applications are now available in The Gathering Place or at foresthills.org/fallbazaar. Church members and past vendors are given priority until May 15. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Is The Mission Of Forest Hills?
According to Google Trends (2000-2016), Google users over across the world have been interested in defining mission. Among all of the countries in the world, the US is the top ranked for searches on mission and within those searches, users have been the most likely to search for mission statements.
We use and refer to mission statements often in the US and often we are engaging these mission statements in secular settings thinking about how they inform the work of companies, non-profits, or service organizations. Sometimes we are pretty serious about them as companies engage in tremendous strategic planning events with focus groups, trending data, and metrics to measure the impact in multiple markets to determine what decisions are made. Sometimes we know that they exist, but have very little investment or connection to it and it seems more of a bunch of words that someone made up sometime instead of something meaningful.
From my view, Jesus provided us with a mission many years ago and we often refer to this mission as the "Great Commission."
Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV) "Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Over the past several years, it is clear that Forest Hills Baptist Church is on a mission with Jesus. It is clear that we want to take our mission seriously...we want to know it if people ask us...and we actually want to think about our work as a church through the lens of our stated mission in terms of what God calls to do as a church given the gifts, talents, and resources He has given us.
From my viewpoint, this is how our current mission statement we are using comes in. Through prayer, scripture, discussion, soul searching, we as a congregation agreed that the way we best tie into this Great Commission as a congregation is to ..."Seek Christ and to Serve Christ and to Share Christ."
We even organized our ministries and staff through this mission to help us stay focused on what Christ was calling our congregation to do. In order to understand and live out this mission better, we are writing a series of blog posts focused on what each of these means.
In addition, it is important to note that each of these areas of focus have scripture as a basis for their inclusion and members spent a significant amount of time talking about how these best fit our congregation. For more information on the scripture and current vision statement, please visit foresthills.org/mission-values.
-Tripp Ake, Deacon Chair