FHBC CommUNITY News, March 24

Holy Week Is Here  
Why is it called "holy?" - Because it is different than any other week in the year, it is "holy," which means "set apart" or consecrated for a special purpose (the focus being on God's redeeming love that we experience in the life, ministry, suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus). It's one of the few Christian observances that has not been hijacked by Hallmark. Suffering and crucifixion themes don't make for attractive cards. It's a week that offers us the opportunity to focus on the truly important. I invite you to join me in doing so. While you will read of these opportunities in another article, I want to share them with you here:
    •     Maundy Thursday, March 28, 6:00 pm - a simple soup meal served around the tables followed by communion.
    •     Good Friday, March 29, 11:00 am - The FHBC Pastors will go to Morningside Assisted Living to lead them in a Good Friday service
    •     Good Friday, March 29, 12 noon - Lunch and Good Friday service in dining hall
    •     Easter Sunrise Service, March 31, 7:00 am - Meredith College Amphitheater - We join three other Baptist communities of faith in providing this gift to our city. FHBC will provide the preaching and the ushers. NOTE: If you are willing to serve as an usher, please contact me ASAP.
    •     Easter/Resurrection Sunday Worship, March 31, 10:45 and 11:00 am
A personal word: As you know by now, Doug Thompson, sensing God's call to a new place of ministry, has resigned his position as Associate Pastor of Worship and Music. Doug has served this church and our Lord faithfully and well. We will miss him as a congregation. I will miss Doug personally. Plans are being made for a reception (sometime in April) to express our gratitude to Doug (and Sharon as well)!

The Season of Lent
 
Wednesday, March 27 - No Activities
 
Thursday, March 28 - Maundy Thursday, Lord's Supper, Dining Hall 6pm
 
Friday, March 29 - Good Friday
Good Friday Service 12noon, Dining Hall
 
Sunday, March 31 - Easter
Sunrise Service-Meredith College 7am

Flowers for the Cross
 
Save the Date!
Young at Art Camp
Friday, July 26-Sunday, July 28, 2013
Young at Art Camp is an opportunity for your child to create original works of art in an environment that encourages creativity, exploration and individual expression. More details coming soon!

Connections Preschool Registration
Connections Registration continues for Fall 2013. Classes are available for Ones, Twos,  Threes, and Fours. For more information call 828-6161 ext 123 ,or email connectionspreschool@gmail.com.

Connections Summer Camps are open for registration. Session 1 is June 17-21, "A Rainforest Adventure", and Session 2 is July 15-19, "Down by the Pond". Classes are available for Rising 2s, Rising 3s, Rising 4s, and Rising K and 1st Grade. For more information call 828-6161 ext 123, or email connectionspreschool@gmail.com.

Youth Calendar
March 27
No Youth Activities

March 28-29
No school for traditional WCPSS (spring break)

March 31
No Youth Activities (Easter Sunday)

College Bible Study Dinner on Tuesday Nights  
Students enjoy dinner together at 7:00PM, before their Bible study at 7:30PM. There are two weeks available (April 2 and April 16), if you, your SS class, team, or family want to provide a meal. Please contact Alta to sign up (alta@foresthills.org).
 
T-Shirt Blanket  
College Ministry needs to add several Mission Trip T-shirts to their Mission Trip T-shirt blanket. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Alta (alta@foresthills.org).

International Ministry Day Trip to Pilot Mountain
Our International Ministry Day Trip  to Pilot Mountain was exciting. We had a total of  70 people! The weather was warm and wonderful, and all the people had a great time of fellowship and fun.  We had attendees from the African, Chinese and Farsi groups, plus the majority from the ESL/Bible and regular Wednesday ESL class. Thanks to all our drivers! It was love in action all day long.  As he does every day, God blessed us greatly on March 16th.

We begin planning now for the Spring Beach Retreat in May.  Please pray for us as we continue to work with those God sends to Forest Hills. Also, pray about teachers and helpers for trips, teaching and administrating this program.  A workshop is planned for July 25-27 for those who are willing to take training to teach. This ministry builds a bridge for Christ.  Is God calling you?  
 
Update from the Staff Leadership Implementation Team  
The Staff Implementation Team composed of representatives from IST and Personnel is continuing its work to bring a recommendation forward to the church at a future conference. The team has been incorporating the feedback received from the church Q&A sessions to deliver a future recommendation that addresses the points below.
1) Provide more definition for the Seek, Serve and Share Associate Pastor job descriptions, as well as future staff roles.
2) Establish stability for Forest Hills Baptist Church in the routine functions and services found within our church during the time of transition to a new Senior Pastor.
 
New Website and Social Media Policy   
The Leadership Team recently approved a new website and social media policy. The primary purpose of this policy is to do all we can to be good and positive witnesses to the Good News of Jesus Christ through electronic media. In very basic terms, the policy limits placing pictures of adults with their full names on the website and social media without their written permission. The policy is even more restrictive, as you would expect, regarding minors. We currently are working to bring our practice in line with our policies. Please help us by completing the appropriate forms that you will be seeing.
 
Don't Be Shocked! Just Be Ready!   
Don't be shocked? - In coming weeks, you will notice a significant deficit in year to date giving! Don't panic! This "apparent" significant deficit is due to the vote in the most recent church conference to transfer $100,000 to Capital Reserves account from budget checking to offset most of steeple repair expense.
 
Be ready? - Yes, steeple repair is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 2, these repairs will take several weeks to be completed. We ask for your patience during this time of much-needed repair and be on the lookout for future updates.
   
 
The Gathering Place Capital Campaign
We are pleased to announced that the church in conference on Sunday approved moving forward with a capital campaign to raise approximately $350,000 for The Gathering Place, the official name for the planned renovation of the library and office area into a welcoming place for us to gather, have fellowship and build community. There will be a luncheon on April 21 to kick-off the fundraising campaign. However, between now and then we are conducting a "silent campaign," with the hope of raising a good portion of the funds needed before the official kick-off. If you would like to help get this exciting  campaign off to a strong start, please contact Dora Cornwell or Duff Freeman.
Dora Cornwell and Duff Freeman, Co-Chairs
Taylor Freeman        Alex Holmes
AG Bullard                  Cheryl Hibbs
Chuck Taylor

Update from Pastor Search Committee
Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for our next Senior Pastor?  If so, the time has come!  The Senior Pastor Search Committee has completed a Pastor Profile for future candidates.  We will soon have our Pastor Search website complete which will include the Pastor Profile, Church Profile, and other important information about Forest Hills. See the following link for the profile, and please feel free to pass along to any who may be interested.  There are also copies available in the church office.  http://foresthills.org/pastorsearch 
 
Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network
On behalf of Wake Interfaith Interfaith Network, many thanks to those in our church that have ministered to area homeless families this week  through their involvement in this collaborative outreach ministry.  Thank you for nurturing the hope and determination of these families as they continue to seek independent living.  Should you want to know more about this ministry opportunity, please see George Allen.
 
March Wednesday Night Menus
There will be no Wednesday night meal or activities on March 27 due to Maundy Thursday dinner and Good Friday lunch.  
 
Good Friday Luncheon Menu
Chicken and Rice
Cranberry Frozen Salad
Green Beans
Rolls
Strawberry Cake
 
Media Library Corner
The following books have been recently donated to the FHBC Media
Library:
 
Humility: The Journey toward Holiness by Andrew Murray
 
During this time when we remember the humble birth of our Lord and Messiah, we also need to be reminded that humility is not only a virtue, but also an absolute trait of one who follows Jesus. This glimpse at the wonderful little work by a classic writer of Christian devotion is a great place to start on our journey to be more like our Savior.
 
This book was given in memory of Celia Middleton by the Celia Middleton Sunday School class.
 
A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs
 
Reluctantly returning home for the holidays, Meg Campbell receives a frosty reception from her family and decides to leave for Edinburgh. Delayed by a snowstorm, she pours out her heart to a secretly hurting traveler named Gordon, who asks all the right questions. Can they find healing in each other---and perhaps something more?
 
This book was given in memory of Matt Stokes by Jane Stokes.
 
Coming Home by Karen Kingsbury
 
This is a novel about tremendous victory and unprecedented loss, a story of faith and a forever kind of love, love that will stay with you long after the last page. The Baxters make plans to come together for a summer lakeside reunion, a celebration like they haven't had in years. But before the big day, the unthinkable happens. Ultimately, in this portrait of family love, the Baxters cling to each other and to God's promise of forever.
 
This book was given in memory of Matt Stokes by Jane Stokes.
 
You may find all three books in your Media Library at the corner.

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