FHBC CommUnity News January, 12 2014

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 after year and decade after 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!

Hold the Door! 

Are you interested in greeting members and guests outside the church doors on Sunday mornings?
Regular, or substitute, or "when it gets warmer" greeters are needed from 9:00 to 9:45 AM.
Contact: derekgraham99@earthlink.net

Notice to Deacons

All members of Forest Hills Baptist Church who have been ordained as deacons, but are not presently active, are asked to notify the Church Clerk, Wilson Laney, by phone (919-833-4514) or sending an email to him at rallaneys@nc.rr.com.
 
Service opportunities are available to fulfill Sunday deacon duties, and your help is needed. Thank you.

Breaking Bread

Introducing Breaking Bread, the exciting small group opportunity kicking off in January 2014. We will be forming groups of 7-8 for small dinner groups that will last for 4 months per grouping. 

If you are interested in participating you will need to either complete a survey form by using the link below or fill out a hard copy that may be found in the Gathering Place and returned to the desk on Sunday. 

Questions? Talk to Billie Freeman, Courtney Lindsey Frye, Derek Graham, Laura Lee Graham or Beverly Edwards.

Use one of these links:

www.foresthills.org/breakingbread
http://foresthills.org/breakingbread

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 re-visioning 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 in place of the traditional 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.

Inclement Weather Policy 

In the event of inclement weather, Forest Hills Baptist Church follows Wake County Public Schools policy. Please check WRAL, Facebook, and E-Mail for   updates and announcements regarding
delays or closings.

Homebound Ministry Opportunity

At FHBC we have many HOMEBOUND members who have attended church all of their lives, but now find attending difficult and sometimes impossible, due to changing circumstances of age and health.
 
There are a number of ways to help these members feel connected: Ongoing Ministry: phone calls, visits and cards On-Occasion Ministry: Valentine cookie and poinsettia delivery and communion.
 
If you are willing to help minister to these faithful brothers and sisters in Christ, please contact one of the deacon leaders for the Homebound Ministry Care Team: Hamlin Landis (jlandis2@nc.rr.com) & Judy Skaggs (rwaynejudy@bellsouth.net).

Upcoming Parent/Child Dedication

We are tentatively planning to have a parent-child dedication on the morning of Sunday, February 23rd.  If you would like your family to be recognized during the service, please contact Dr. Westbrook (neil@foresthills.org).

Adult Lunch and Learn

The Wake County Sheriff's Office will offer a K-9 Unit presentation and demonstration during the lunch and learn next week in the dining hall.

When & Where?:  Tuesday, January 14th at 10:30am in the Dining Hall (Cost $5)

Women on Missions - Valentine Cookie Project

Volunteers are needed to bake 3-dozen cookies (no nuts & no peanut butter) and to help deliver them to shut-ins and persons with special needs in our church family, as well as in the community.

Cookies should be at the church dining hall by 9:30am on Tuesday, February 4th.  They will be packaged and ready for delivery by noon that same day.

Sponsored by the Kaleidoscope Group of Women on Missions.  Contact Geneva Humphries at 919-851-1249 for more information.

When & Where?:  Tuesday, February 4th at 9:30am in the Dining Hall.

LLIT Efforts To Date

The Lay Leadership Implementation Team (LLIT) met on three occasions in December to begin the process of developing a plan to implement the new organizational structure recommended by the IST and approved in early November by the church membership in conference vote.  In its latest meeting, the LLIT began to consider an overall framework for the model, which will lay the groundwork for further discussions in the coming weeks about the details that will need to be considered in implementing the new model.
 
The LLIT also ran through an exercise in the most recent meeting to identify key words that will reflect the new organizational model, enabling the church as a whole to better serve God in future years of ministry.  Members of the LLIT suggested the following words as a start:
(ADMINISTRATIVE) Governance, process, function, efficient, nimble, streamlined, energizing, dynamic, scalable, accountable, trust building, supporting change, consistent, consensus building, straight-forward, bold, transparent, clear
(SPIRITUAL) Seeking, discerning God's Will, maximizes ministry, minimizes leadership [number of positions required], agile, vibrant, engaging, encouraging, catalyst, activation
What words would you add to reflect how the new organizational structure should be characterized once implemented?   
 
Please feel free to make suggestions to the LLIT.  Please also know the LLIT is committed to discerning God's will in this implementation plan, asking you to be in prayer along with us in the coming weeks as plans are developed.
The LLIT will continue to provide updates as implementation plans come into focus.

Next Sunday's Worship Service - Youth Led!

Next week's Sunday worship service will be entirely led by the youth of our church.  Please be in prayer for our youth as they prepare to share their gifts in song, scripture, testimony, and more.  

When & Where?:  Next Sunday, January 19, at 11am in the Sanctuary.

Mosaic Baptism Service

The Mosaic Baptism Service will be on Jan 26th. Come Join us and our language churches for a memorable mosaic and baptismal service. 
 
Following this service the Chinese church welcomes us all to join them in a meal celebrating the Chinese New Year. We will meet in the Dining Hall. 

 

College Ministry

We're excited to kick off some exciting new opportunities for the Spring with our college students. Check out what's going on with our Tuesday small group and other activities for the spring. We're in the middle of finalizing some dates for local missions so be on the lookout for those soon!

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

 

International Ministry 

The New Year is full of hope and expectation, especially for two men who attended the New Year's Eve Celebration with the International Ministry earlier this week. These two men had arrived in the U.S.A. only 10 days earlier!  The December 31, 2013 celebration at Forest Hills was their first introduction to the Church, local and globally!  They are both visiting Plant Biology Scholars from south west China, and they were delighted to be welcomed so warmly.  One of the men said he was already looking forward to coming back to church on Sunday morning to practice English with native speakers in the ESL Bible classes!  Praise the Lord!
  
Have you ever wanted to serve the Lord with the gifts, talents and abilities He has afforded you?  Speaking with trusted native English speakers is a strong desire for so many international people in the US.  As a native English speaker, you have a gift to share.  Come learn how to share Jesus through practicing English with new friends from around the World!  Please RSVP to Jason today in order to reserve your spot in the Workshop!
 
ESL Basic Training Workshop
 
January 23, 24, 25
Thursday and Friday from 6:00 to 9:15PM
Saturday from 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM 
Forest Hills Room E350
 
Registration closes January 17, please RSVP to Jason@foresthills.org.

Super Bowl Party With The International Ministry

Internationals will eat together while watching and learning about american football - with cultural lessons from the commercials. We need you to teach us about American Football. If you are interested, Contact Jason at Jason@foresthills.org

 

Youth Ministry

FHBC Youth January Events

Jan 12 - 4:30pm Praise Band (The Attic)
              6-8pm  Oasis (The Attic)
              6-8pm FOR PARENTS - Evening With Friends Meeting with Dinner
Jan 15 - 6pm Wednesday Night Bible Study (The Attic)
Jan 17 - Early Release for Traditional WCPSS
Jan 19 - 4:30pm Praise Band (The Attic) 
              6-8pm Oasis (The Attic)
              Sixth Payment of $50 due for Cuba Mission Trip Participants ($700)
Jan 20-21 - No School for Traditional WCPSS
Jan 22 - 6pm Wednesday Night Bible Study (The Attic)
Jan 24-25 - Ski Trip - Details in future communications
Jan 26 - 4:30pm Praise Band (The Attic)
               6-8pm Oasis (The Attic)
               Sign up for Summer Mission Trip - Details in future communications
               Non refundable $50 deposit & application are due for Summer Mission Trip
               Spring Semester Scholarship Form is due!!
Jan 29 - 6pm Wednesday Night Bible Study (The Attic)

What's New On The Web?

Come out and support our youth basketball teams. Schedules for the boys and girls teams are posted at www.foresthills.org under Ministries / Youth.

Update

The commUNITY newsletter will now be sent out twice a month instead of weekly. 
Updates and submissions should be sent to communications@foresthills.org.

Janna Edwards