FHBC CommUnity News November 15th, 2015

Stop Hunger Now

Forest Hills packaged 20,000 meals on November 4th. We are so thankful for all who came out to pack meals and for God providing for us to send them! 

Thank You From The Fall Bazaar Team!

Many hands make a project go easy. There were well over 50 hands that came together to help with the Fall Bazaar that was held on November 6-7. From packing goodie bags, tying ribbon, setting up the fellowship hall, greeting, cooking, serving, and resetting the fellowship hall - many hands came together. For those two days, we welcomed over 35 vendors to our church and over 250 shoppers! It was a great weekend and we say THANK YOU for your help! 

Mark Your Calendars

11/25   No Wednesday Night Services
11/25   Deadline For Ordering Poinsettias
11/26   Church Offices Closed
11/27   Church Offices Closed
12/4    A Christmas Gathering
12/13   Fantasia Noel

Children's Ministry

Upcoming Events

December 16, 6:30pm  Children's Music Presentation
December 20, 9:30am  Happy Birthday Jesus

Adult Ministry

Upcoming Events

A Christmas Gathering - 12/4. Come celebrate the season of Christmas with us through a special dinner and musical presentation by Justin & Jamie Prosser, Nashville recording artists, as they bring Christmas to Raleigh!
7pm: Program in Fellowship Hall; $10/person

International Ministry

The International Ministry had FUN with US Culture when we all carved pumpkins and learned about fall traditions.  The Wednesday Night English and US Culture classes introduce newcomers from around the world to church by meeting a real need of language learning and conversation practice.  Would you like to have English conversations with global citizens?  Your time and help is needed, this is a fun and enlightening way to serve!

Service Opportunities

Christmas Decorations

Can you believe it?  The Christmas season in once again rapidly approaching, and we will soon be seeing decorations for this special time of the year appearing before our eyes!  But those decorations don't just magically pop up like they seem to do in the Christmas movies!  It takes many hands and hearts to set up the decorations across the church. The Seek Council is looking for those with a "decorative gift" to help set up the decorations the first part of Thanksgiving week just before the start of the Advent season.  Please let Curtis Weaver or Joy Phillips know if you would be willing to help decorate for the season.  The more, the merrier!  

Furniture Needed

Do you have an unused bookcase or set of chest of drawers? Both these items would be of great assistance to a family that the Children's Essentials ministry is serving. Contact Sandra Haskins if you have one to donate.

Children's Messages

We'd like to increase the number of children's messages in traditional worship, but to do so we need additional volunteers to lead it. Would you be willing? We'll help you coordinate with the sermon, and help you with ideas if you feel stuck. Contact Andrew for more information.

Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness? The Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network is looking for volunteers to handle 3-hour volunteer shifts at the welcome desk on Saturdays and Sundays. This opportunity is not labor intensive, but is very important to the work of WIHN. Email Andrew for more information.

Van Driver For International Ministry

"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." -Romans 15:7
Are you available the weekend of May 13-15, 2016 - that's right, next year?  Please prayerfully consider being a Van Driver and real life Christian example during the International Ministry Beach Retreat.  Contact Jason and we can help you to become an approved Van Driver too! 

African Family Arrived - Help!

Last Sunday a family from Africa arrived, two parents and four children.  They have the blessing of being "Green Card" Lottery Winners, which means they have documentation and can stay in the US indefinitely - but that's it!
They are currently staying with Pastor Ngoma's brother.  They need:
1. An affordable apartment
2. And also the furniture: beds, mattresses, clothes, chairs, table and so forth

Can you help with a immediately with a housing lead or furniture donations? Would you like to be on a team to help this family? If so, please email Jason or Pastor Ngoma

Announcements

Online Giving

Wow!  What a response to our online giving.  We are pleased to say that the online giving platform is running very well and we've had a tremendous response.  If you haven't tried it yet, please take a look.  We have included a tutorial for everyone to use as well as different ways to give using our online platform.
Remember, it's an easy tool to use.  For more information or if you have questions, check out the "Give" button at the top of our website, or you can call the church office for specific questions. 

Wednesday Evenings During The Holidays

Check out what's happening on Wednesday evenings during this holiday season! 

11/18- A Time to Give Thanks
11/25- Thanksgiving Break, No Programming
12/2-WMU Missions Banquet
12/9- Cookies and Carols (Sanctuary) 
12/16- Children's Christmas Program

Property Management 

The Property Management Committee would like to thank Harrison Shaw for his Eagle Project, which was landscaping around Shepherd's Studio. Harrison is the grandson of Rudy & Barbara Shaw.

Poinsettias

Once again we will be decorating the Sanctuary with beautiful poinsettias in honor of those who have shared the joys of the season with us in the past. These poinsettias will be displayed in December and will be available to take home after the service on December 27th. A donation of $10.00/per poinsettia is recommended. Please return completed forms to the church office or order online at foresthills.org/poinsettia by 11/25.

Fantasia Noel

Come hear the Sanctuary Choir on Sunday morning, December 13th, as they present Fantasia Noel, a collection of exciting arrangements designed to soar, lifted by the hearts and voices that sing them.  At the same time, its message keeps us firmly grounded and anchored by the message of love, hope and redemption that is the heart of Christmas. To think that God would show His love for us by providing a Savior...an extravagant thought describing an extravagant love.  Join us in celebration of His coming!

Janna Edwards