FHBC CommUNITY News, July 10

Important Construction News--PLEASE READ!!!
 
Great news!  Construction has started on the Gathering Place!  What that means is that all of us will need to be flexible during these exciting days.  The first opportunity for flexibility comes with the news that the Dixie Trail entrance to the building will be closed to us until further notice.  Here's what we have in place right now (Remember!  We must be flexible so this is subject to change!):
 
· The dining/fellowship hall door will be the primary entrance into the church building, especially during the week.
 
· We have created new handicap parking places by that entrance to make up for those we are losing at the Dixie Trail entrance.
 
· We have a greeting/welcoming plan in place to assist you in making the transition!
 
· Also, we've had to move the "black box"/"money box" from its previous location in the reception area.  It now resides just outside Wendy's office (the financial office).
 
· Finding the offices! - Once you enter the church building and get to Five Points (the elevator  area), follow the signs down the hall to get into the offices.
 
· S.S. boxes - They will be located in the hallway leading to the new, temporary office entrance (the hallway that leads to Conf. Rooms #2 and #3).

The Gathering Place Update

Well, it's now clear that The Gathering Place is going to be a reality. What was  only a dream and the inspiration for a tremendous effort by everyone on the planning team is now a work in progress. What remains on the financial side is to fund this investment in t

he future of Forest Hills Baptist Church without leaving the church in debt.
 
You have currently pledged $251,663. In order to avoid using debt financing it is currently estimated that we still need to raise the original goal of $350,000. If you have not made your commitment please pray about your role and  return your pledge card  to Wendy Garrett in the church office as soon as possible. Please also consider whether you are in a position to increase your commitment by submitting an amended pledge card. Finally, as your circumstances permit please consider fulfilling part or all of your pledge as soon as possible in order to help us manage the cash flow of the project.
 
If you have any questions please contact any member of the project finance team: Dora Cornwell, Duff Freeman, Cheryl Hibbs, Taylor Freeman, A.G. Bullard or Alex Holmes.

Children's Ministry Summer Calendar  

July 7th-13th (Sun-Sat) - Scout Summer Camp
July 15th-19th (Mon-Fri) - Connections Summer Camp, Session 2
July 21st (Sun) - Durham Bulls Game @ 5 p.m. with Durham Memorial Baptist Church, followed by all kids getting to run the bases!  (Reserve your tickets with Julia.)
July 21st-25th (Sun-Thurs) - World Tour Vacation Bible School @ Longview Baptist Church from 6-8:30 p.m.
July 26th-28th (Fri-Sun) - Young at Art Camp (Register at foresthills.org/young-at-art)
August 25th (Sun) - Promotion Sunday
Sept. 4th (Wed) - Fall Children's Programming starts back @ 5:45-7 pm
TBD - Back to School Water Bash!

Children's Ministry T-Shirts

ORDER YOUR SHIRTS NOW! Sign up on the preschool or children's hallways for your $12 shirt in Youth and Adult sizes. The deadline is JULY 7th!!!
You'll need to pay by July 21st when the shirts come in. We invite you to wear the shirts to the Durham Bulls Baseball game at 5 p.m. on July 21st.

Children's Summer Sunday Funday
On July 14th, we will Chill out in Cary!  Meet us at 6:30 p.m. at Yopop Frozen Yogurt at Cary Crossroads.  Choose your favorite froyo and toppings and enjoy a tasty treat with friends and family at 212 Crossroads Blvd., Cary, NC 27518. See you there! Bring your friends!

College Sunday School Teacher(s) Needed This Fall
 
If you are interested in teaching College Sunday School, beginning in August, please contact alta@foresthills.org for more information. 

Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal Break
 
The Sanctuary Choir will be taking a break from Wednesday evening rehearsals during the month of July.  Choral selections for the month will include easier pieces that the choir has sung in recent previous services.  Also, the last few rehearsals in June have been lengthened by fifteen minutes in order to enable the singers to become reacquainted with the selections.  
The July Sunday morning pre-service rehearsals will begin at 10:30 for choir members who do not teach Sunday School classes. Thanks for this schedule change.  Students who are home for the summer and others who are interested in singing during the summer months are invited to join us.  For additional information, please call Lee Webb at 919-567-0673, or send an email to lnpwebb@nc.rr.com.
Thanks and "Come before God with joyful singing."  (Psalm 100:2.) 

Welcome Dr. Lolley
 
We are happy to welcome Dr. William Randall Lolley to Forest Hills Baptist Church as our Senior Pastor in the Interim and his lovely wife Lou.
 
Dr. Lolley has been a pastor in Texas and North Carolina and has served as President of Southeastern Baptist Seminary.
 
We look forward to his guidance and leadership during this transition period.
 
Lost Keys?

Found:  A set of keys was found in the Sanctuary center aisle.  Please contact Don Hayden at the church office 919-828-6161 .
 
Sign Up for Fresh Expressions Today!
 
What is Fresh Expressions?
 
A Fresh Expression is a form of being the church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of those who are not yet part of any church.  How can we be the visible, tangible presence of Christ in the Raleigh community in ways that touch those who may never come through our doors?  The Fresh Expression Vision Day offers FHBC members the opportunity to be a part of this exciting venture of learning, faith, and Gospel-sharing!
 
WHEN? - Friday, August 16, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
WHERE? - Forest Hills Baptist Church Dining Hall/Fellowship Hall
WHO? - The Fresh Expressions Team from Virginia will be leading - assisted by K'athy Gore Chappell, former Associate    Pastor at FHBC
HOW MUCH? - $10.00 for lunch (cost for non-members is $30)
HOW MANY? - Limited to 130 - the one in Greensboro (attended by more than a dozen from FHBC) filled up quickly
WEBSITE? - www.freshexpressionsus.org
 
A BONUS!
The Fresh Expressions Team has offered to meet with FHBC members on Thursday evening, August 15, for a roundtable discussions about the Fresh Expressions movement and how FHBC might participate.  Cost? - NOTHING - but limited to the first 35.
 
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SIGN UP, GO ON THE WEBSITE AND USE THE CODE "host"...www.freshexpressions.org


LLIT Update: Deacon Nomination Process
 
The July Conference will include a number of recommended motions concerning the lay leadership restructuring of our church. One of the motions will recommend changes to the Deacon Nomination Process to gain a broad age demographic.
 
Generally, the changes include:
 
    1.    August will have a "talents/gifts" focus. Offering your talents to the leadership of God's church will be more important than ever.
    2.    Congregation will offer deacon nominations, just as before. The nomination form will be similar although there will be 3 age categories as well as the at-large category to encourage a broad age demographic.
    3.    Nominees will be organized by the number of nominations received, with those having the most nominations being contacted first, until an ample number of candidates fill each of the categories.
    4.    Contact will be by phone rather than a mailed form letter.
    5.    Contacted Nominees who agree to consider deacon service to the church will be requested to attend an information session "Diaconate 101" to learn more about the needs, roles, responsibilities and expectations.
    6.    A slate of candidates will be offered to the congregation for voting. The candidate with the largest number of votes in each age group category will be elected first with the at large category being filled by the remaining candidates with the most votes.
Look for handouts placed around the church and feel free to share your comments or questions with any member of the LLIT. All comments are welcomed as we seek God's plan for FHBC. LLIT Members: Jane Revak, AG Bullard, Ben Cochran, Wilson Laney, Stephen Edwards, Derek Graham, Michael Murray, Kenn Gardner, Taylor Freeman, Curtis Weaver, Tom Revak.

Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network

On behalf of Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network, many thanks to those in our church that ministered to area homeless families last 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 or any of the following that participated last week:
Phyllis Waggoner, Melissa and Donald Griffith, Betty Neal's Sunday School class, Derek Graham, Carol and John Reece, Ann Ake, Ellen Zuburg, Jerry Hester, Mary and Curtis Weaver, Mary and David Anderson, Joy Phillips, Buck Goode, Hope Christian, Wendy Clinton and Terry and Nicole Wray.


First Annual FHBC Fall Bazaar

Calligraphers, woodworkers, jewelry makers, painters, artists and crafters of all stripes! Bring your handmade items for sale.  Bazaar to be held in the church dining hall on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.  To reserve a booth, get your application and $50 nonrefundable booth fee in by August 1, 2013.  Applications available on the FHBC website, in the church office, or at Five Points.   All money raised by booth rentals will be given to the Children's Ministries for improvement of their Sunday School area.  For further information, contact Dora Cornwell, Beverly Edwards, or Sherry Cochran.

Kate Weaver