FHBC CommUNITY News, July 29

Important Information during the Gathering Place Construction
 
Great news!  Construction is well underway on the Gathering Place!  What that means is that all of us will need to be flexible during these exciting days.  So, be aware that:
 
· On Sundays, the Dixie Trail entrance will be open and available, especially for those that need to be dropped off or need to park as close as possible to the entrance. (Just be careful as you go through the construction zone!)
 
· 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 near the Dining/Fellowship entrance.
 
· During the regular office hours, M-F 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., we ask that you please buzz the office to be let in the building.
 
· The "black box"/"money box"has been moved 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).
 
Also, please keep in mind that, if you have no trouble walking the length of the parking lot, you might consider leaving the closer parking spaces for those that benefit from using them. Thanks!
   
The Gathering Place Update ($253,263 pledged to date)

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
TBD-Family Missions Day
 
August 11th (Sun) - Frankie's Fun Park (Register at Julia@foresthills.org   More details to come!
 
August 25th (Sun) - Promotion Sunday
 
Sept. 4th (Wed) - Fall Children's Programming kicks off @ 5:45-7 pm

Children's Ministry Teachers Needed  
Children are gifts from God entrusted to us to protect and raise in the love of Christ.  Please pray about this opportunity to teach or assist in the preschool or children's ministries.  We will provide training and ask for a minimum commitment of 3 months.
 
We have openings in preschool and elementary Sunday School Classes, Wednesday night G.A.'s ("Girls in Action" missions group), and Wednesday night music.  See Julia Bauman with questions or to request a volunteer application and background check form.

"But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus."  2 Timothy 3:14-15

Youth Ministry Future Events
Be on the lookout for information regarding Lake Day as well as the Information about the 2014 Cuban Mission Trip for Juniors and Seniors!
 
Youth Sunday School Teachers  Needed
The Forest Hills Youth Group is in need of a few teachers who are willing to teach our youth on Sunday mornings. You would be co-teaching with an experienced teacher. In addition to teaching, these individuals would also devote time to building relationships with the youth that they teach. Please contact Carla Smith for more information. 

College Summer Sunday School

College students have enjoyed excellent Bible Study and fellowship over lunch this summer.  Thank you David Jordan! We appreciate so much your love for the Word of God and for your commitment to teach. Thank you Host Families for opening up your homes and providing such great lunches.
 
CRAIGSLIST Traders--College Ministry Needs You!
 
The Gathering Place has afforded all of us a great opportunity to clean up and clean out! College Ministry has uncovered a number of things no longer used. If you will help sell these items, please contact alta@foresthills.org. All proceeds will go to The Gathering Place Campaign.

Adult Ministry News

The Kudzu Ramblers
September 13, 2013
Dinner at 7:00 PM
$10 per person

The Kudzu Ramblers are a bluegrass and gospel group of six Raleigh area residents who have been playing together for about 8 years. The group has provided opening ceremonies at the NC State Fair and other events. Make reservations with Karen at 919-828-6161.

International Ministry News

Congo Mission Trip
 
Wow!  United African Baptist Church group has returned from the
Congo.  Thank you for prayers and all other support.  We all look forward to the news they will bring us.
 
New ESL Intern
 
In cooperation with NCSU, ESL/Bible has been a training place for their TESL certificate students. This spring, Noreen Duffy interned with us quite successfully.  She has now discovered a place of ministry here at FHBC and will be a part of ESL in both the Sunday morning and Wednesday night programs.  This Sunday, we have a new intern starting.  His name is David, and we pray he will also have a good experience with us.
 
Fall is on Its Way
 
We are currently preparing for Fall. International students are on the way, and we want to be ready for them. Thank you for supporting all our ministries. Glenda.
 
Chinese Baptist Church--Position Open
 
Chinese church is looking for a part-time children's director to work with our children and youth. We are looking for a compassionate and gifted children's coordinator for our Junior Church to serve mainly on Sundays. Please refer all inquiries to Pastor Jane Pan of Chinese Baptist Church.

World Religions Class

What an opportunity!  YOU are invited to take a World Religions Class at no charge.
 
Place: Campbell University Law School at 225 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh.
Time and Dates: Monday evenings from 6:00PM until 7:40PM from August 26 to Dec. 2. No class on Sept. 2nd.
Teacher: Dr. George Braswell.
Sponsor: World Religions and Global Cultures Center from the Campbell University Divinity School.
See: Glenda Reece for more information.
Pray: The world is all around us, and a good part of it isn't
Christian.  What can you learn about your neighbors?
 
Many of you have asked about more opportunities to learn about other cultures and religions. Well, it would be great if FHBC could send a group to this class that Dr. Braswell is offering. He is a world class leader in his field and author of several books. Do pray about this and decide to make the effort to expand your world view. It's a great class!

FHBC Community News 

WOM Meeting, August 6

Women you will want to hear Missionary Melody Harrell speak at the WOM General Meeting on August 6 at 11:30 am in the dining hall.  Melody will speak on "The Harrells Story in  Kenya".
Lunch will be provided at $5.
 
 
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

Fall Bazaar

FHBC Dining Hall 
November 8 & 9

Application available here: http://foresthills.org/forms/ 

Library News
 
In June, as part of the preparation for the Gathering Place construction, library materials were boxed up, moved with the library furniture to a temporary location in Room 260, and then unboxed and reshelved. Inventorying of the collection started in July. To facilitate that process, the Discipleship and Nurture Ministry Council, under which the library operates, has approved the library's closing for the summer. If you have books or materials checked out, please return them to the circulation desk in Room 260 on or before their due dates.
After the inventory is finished, the congregation will have an opportunity to provide input about what they'd like the church library to contain. The library's collection development policy will then be reviewed and modified as needed. The updated policy will become the basis for withdrawing items that are out-of-date, worn-out, or no longer fall within the collection guidelines.
While closed, the library will gladly accept monetary donations in honor of or as memorials for loved ones or friends. Acceptance of books or audiovisuals will be suspended until the revised collection development policy is complete.
Questions? Please contact Sue Farr.

Kate Weaver