FHBC CommUnity News December 20, 2013

Need to Know Information:

Weekend Emergency 
Pastoral Care Number
919-899-6873

Office Hours
Office is open Mon-Fri
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Extended Session

Dec 29 Beth Eakes, Frances Overby, Mary Weaver, Vicki Hollowell, Beth Chandler, Christian Zuburg 

Jan 4  Ann Suber, Elizabeth Murray, Meredith Vick, Whitney Goulding, Amanda Mallory, Pam Rusnak, Carla Smith, Tom Hollowell
 

Christmas at Forest Hills

Tuesday, December 24 @ 5:30PM

Christmas Eve Communion and Candlelight Service. Sanctuary.

Wednesday, December 25
Merry Christmas! 

Christmas Eve Photos

For brief times before and after the Christmas Eve service, photographers will be on hand to take family photos.  We hope to accommodate as many families as possible, but it will be necessary to adhere to the times set below:
 
From 4:50PM - 5:10PM and from 6:30PM - 7:00PM, photographers will be in four designated areas:
· By the piano
· By the Christmas Tree
· At the stairs leading to the balcony (Narthex)
· In the Gathering Place
 
If you wish to have your photograph taken, please have all of your family     together and take a number at your preferred set.
 
Photographs will be taken on a first come, first served basis; and photographers will begin and end promptly at the times stated above.
 

Following Jesus in a Facebook World

Each year there are new trends that impact who we are and how we live. From what's fashionable to the kind of food we eat to what we do for fun, cultural and societal trends change us and shape us year over year and decade over decade!
There are even bigger trends that are longer lasting and that impact us in more significant ways. For example, in December 2003 the average price of gas was $1.49 per gallon. What about today? In the 1950's the average price for a cup of coffee was 10 cents! In 2011 the average cost of a cup of coffee was $1.38. Have you been to Starbucks lately? The average lifespan of a person born in 1980 is 70 years, but the average lifespan of a person born in 2010 is 81!
What about church? How do trends in our society and culture impact our church? How do they impact us as believers? How do we follow Jesus faithfully and share the message of Christ with others in a world that is becoming more and more secularized and pluralistic?  
Dr. Westbrook will offer a series on Wednesday nights (6-7pm) beginning in January entitled Following Jesus in a Facebook World. The goal of this series is to create opportunities for meaningful dialogue across generations within our church family about what it means to be and do church in the 21st century. This is a church-wide opportunity and adults of all ages are encouraged to participate!

Coming Soon--Church Wide Dinner Groups

Make plans to be part of this Forest Hills intergenerational event where groups of 8 will gather for fellowship and meals. The kickoff will be a dinner at the church on    Friday, January 24th. SAVE THE DATE!  

2013 Contributions

2013 Contributions need to be hand delivered to the Financial Office by December 31 at noon.  All other contributions must be postmarked by 12/31/13 to be applied to your 2013 Contribution Statement. If you have any questions feel free to contact Wendy Garrett at ext. 101.

Women on Mission Meeting--Jan. 7

Women, you will want to hear our own Dr. Neil Westbrook speak on his missions vision for Forest Hills on Tuesday, January 7.
Lunch will be provided at 11:30 at a cost of $5.  

Notice to Deacons

All members of Forest Hills Baptist Church who have been ordained as deacons, but are not presently active deacons, are asked to notify Church Clerk Wilson Laney by either calling him (919-833-4514) or sending an email to him rallaneys@nc.rr.com. Wilson and Parker Flowers need the information.  Thank you.

Formation of Worship Strategy Team

In October, the Leadership Team announced that FHBC would offer a single worship service beginning Oct. 13.  During this time, a revisioning process for the Contemporary Service would be undertaken with a target date of February 1st as a date by which to return with a plan or to restart the Contemporary Service.  Dr. Westbrook has met with several church lay leaders over the last month and it has become evident that there is a need for a complete evaluation of all worship at FHBC.  Therefore, a Worship Strategy Team (WST) has been formed to evaluate and develop a comprehensive worship strategy for FHBC. The WST is currently meeting and has been charged with presenting its recommendations to the Seek Council and Diaconate by March 15, 2014.  The WST will provide regular updates on their progress and work with the staff to setup several opportunities for education about worship, congregational input and discussion.  In the interim, FHBC will offer a contemporary service at 11:00 am one Sunday each month.
Worship Strategy Team Members:  Julie Boyles,  Stephen Edwards, Elizabeth Murray,  Frances Overby, Henry Su, Donnie Wiltshire, Neil Westbrook, Senior Pastor,  Joy Phillips, Seek Council Chair
Please keep these team members and their work in your prayers as they seek God's guidance for worship at FHBC. 

Welcome to Mark, Sara, and Eli Williams!

The Missionary Residence Team is excited to announce that Mark, Sara, and Eli Williams are the newest occupants of the FHBC missionary residence! Mark and Sara are members of Forest Hills who responded to God's call to the mission field. In 2010, they were commissioned as self-funded Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel and have been serving in Emmaus, South Africa, and vicinity for the last three years. The Williams family will live in the missionary house through the end of June 2014.
Mark earned a Master of Divinity degree from Campbell University and plans to do additional study there while on off-field assignment in Raleigh. Sara has a Master of Social Work degree from East Carolina University and will take online courses from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond to complete her Master of Divinity degree while in Raleigh. Also, Mark and Sara plan to speak in churches and with mission groups. In addition, they will be praying and discerning God's will for the next steps of their ministry.
As if studying, speaking, and praying weren't enough to keep them busy, these young parents will help two-year-old Eli learn about life in America and about the role of a big brother. Sara is due to deliver the second Williams baby at the end of March or early April 2014. To our knowledge, this baby will be the first one born while the parents were living in our missionary house!
Eli and his parents will be visiting both sets of grandparents as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins during the Christmas holidays. Forest Hills members Susan and Terry Wray and daughters fall into that group, as Susan is Sara's sister. Consequently, we may not see much of the Williams family until the new year arrives. Whenever you see them, however, give them a warm hello!  

Spotlight on Africa

God is touching lives in Africa, and He is graciously using Forest Hills folks as part of his plan. In three different countries, South Africa, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Niger, Forest Hills is connecting with missionaries on the field. Wednesday night, Dec. 11, was a great evening of celebration as we enjoyed an authentic African meal, moved to the music from the African Praise Band, and heard testimonies from Terry Wray, Ngoma Masiala and  John Pambu, and Cameron Liner. What a privilege it was for all who were there. 

Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, Forest Hills Baptist Church follows Wake County Public Schools policy. Please check your local news stations for updates and announcements regarding school delays or closings.

Holiday Office Hours

Tuesday, December 24 - Office closed for Christmas Eve
            - Christmas Eve Worship Service 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 25 - Office closed for Christmas
Thursday, December 26 - Office closed
Friday, December 27 - Office closed 
Wednesday, January 1 - Office closed  
 

COLLEGE MINISTRY

Break'n for Bacon Exam Break

We had a wonderful time providing a much needed study break for our college students last Tuesday night (Dec. 10th). Around 20 students came out to enjoy a delicious spread of bacon and pancakes cooked and served by a number of our gracious church members. Please remember our students in your prayers as they are home for their breaks!

Spring Calendar

With our last days in 2013 quickly coming to an end, it's time to look ahead to 2014! We have a number of exciting opportunities coming up in the spring for our students and church members to be a part of. The calendar below gives a glimpse of what we'll be up to. We're still firming up details for our local service/missions events for the spring and will add them when we have definite dates.

FHBC College Ministry 2014 Spring Calendar

Tues, Jan 7 - Tuesday Small Group Begins (meets weekly)
Wed, Jan 8 - Diggin' Deep Bible Study Begins (meets weekly)
Sat, Jan 18 - NCSU vs Duke Watch Party
Mon, Jan 20 - College Arty Party
Sat-Sun, Feb 1-2 - CBFNC Mid-Winter Retreat at Mundo Vista
Sat, Feb 8 - Duck Dynasty Dinner & Viewing Party
March 9-15 - Spring Break Mission Trip To Guyan Valley, WV
Tues, March 18 - Mission Trip Report/Debriefing
Sat-Sun, March 29-30 - Overnight Camping at Jordan Lake
Sat-Sun, April 12-13 - Spring Beach Retreat
Thurs, April 24 - Reading Day Trip to Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
Sun, April 27 - Senior Toast & Blessing Celebration
Tues, April 29 - Break’n for Bacon Exam Break
 

YOUTH MINISTRY

FHBC Youth December Events

December 21 - January 1 - Christmas Break - No School

December 22 - No Praise Band or Oasis

December 25 - No Wednesday Night Bible Study (MERRY CHRISTMAS)

December 29 - No Praise Band or Oasis
  

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Wednesday Night Children's Events

No Children's activities Dec. 25, 2013 or Jan. 1, 2014 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Jan 8, 2014 - Children's activities begin for new year
 
Note: Children's music and missions activities begin at 6:00 pm. S.L.A.M. is currently not meeting at 5:45 pm.

Help Needed in Extended Session

We are in need of help in extended session for the next four Sundays. If you are able to help, please contact Meredith Parker @ meredith.tuttle@gmail.com.
 

INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY

Gung Hay Fat Choy ~ Hauoli Makahiki Hou ~ Feliz Año Nuevo ~ Bonne Année ~ Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu ~ Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun ~ Sal e no mobarak!  Welcome 2014 on New Year's Eve together with the International Ministry in the Annex, Tues. Dec. 31, 2013 from 8:00pm-12:00am, 2014!   Please call or email Jason if you plan to attend. 
   
Would you like to participate in training to be an English as a Second Language volunteer teacher?  Forest Hills is hosting ESL Basic Teacher Training on January 23-25, 2014. This is an ideal way to get started!  Please register with Jason@foresthills.org before January 15.

Janna Edwards