FHBC CommUnity News July 15th, 2015
Report From China
Forest Hills, thank you for praying for our team that was in China from May to June. Along with our team, Nannette Godwin joined us for part of our journey. I was able to give three sermons and twenty Marriage and Family Enrichment workshops as we traveled to eight cities. The churches we visited were mostly churches under the auspices of the Chinese Christian Council of the Chinese Government. This was an unusual and special thing as American pastors are rarely invited to preach and give workshops in government-controlled churches.
One particular story I'll share with you from our journey is about a young man named RongJi that we met in Dongying. After an abusive childhood, he had quit college and decided to run away from everything he had worked for. After facing addiction, depression, and suicide, a Christian lady in Dongying met him. Adopted by her church family, we met him after a workshop and he needed help. He was nearly non-communicable. After praying for him, he was released from his muteness and was able to acknowledge his sins and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Over the course of the next several days, God was able to work through this situation and ultimately, the young man came to forgive his biological parents and they too accepted Jesus Christ into their hearts. Praise God for His marvelous work!
Thank you again brothers and sisters in Christ. God is working both in China as well as in America. God loves His people and salvation is available to all who calls upon His name!
Pastor, Chinese Baptist Church
Mark Your Calendars!
7/25 Way To Gogh Art Camp
7/26 Silver Compassion Class
7/27 Story Time With Sue
8/2 Faith and Film
7/25 Way To Gogh Art Camp
7/26 Silver Compassion Class
7/27 Story Time With Sue
8/2 Faith and Film
6/7-8/16, 9:30-10:30am: Vacation Bible School during the Sunday School Hour
7/25 9:00am-5:00pm: Children's Art Camp
7/27 10:30am: Story Time with Sue
8/10 10:30am: Story Time with Sue
8/16 6:30pm: Family ice cream fellowship at Sweet Frog (1105 Tryon Village Dr #301, Cary)
8/23 9:30-10:30am: Promotion Sunday
8/23 11:00am: 1st Grade Bible Sunday
Story Time With Sue
This summer, preschoolers and parents are invited to the church for a story and activity time. Each week, Sue Farr (the team leader for our church library) will read a story in the Gathering Place. Then we'll have a craft or activity, and a light snack. Our organized activities will last 30 or 40 minutes, but you're welcome to hang out in the Gathering Place or the church playground as long as you like. Feel free to bring a friend and make it a play date! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Way to Gogh!
Kindergartners-6th graders are invited to Way to Gogh, an art camp for children of all ability levels. Jerry Hester and her team will encourage children to discover their God-given gifts and creativity. Pick up a registration form in the literature racks, or at foresthills.org/artcamp. Saturday, July 25, 9:00-4:00, $30 per child.
G-Force Vacation Bible School
At G-Force Vacation Bible School, we'll learn that "in God we live, move, and exist" (Acts 17:28)! Kids will explore how to put their faith into action, how to fuel up, and how to move in and through life with God. We'll host VBS during the Sunday School hour (9:30-10:45) from June 14-August 16. If you can help with VBS, either by chaperoning kids or leading a 20 minute lesson, please signup at foresthills.org/vbs.
Faith And Film
This summer our teenagers will be watching films and discussing how they might intersect with our faith. Movies are so impactful, and they catch our attention while speaking into our lives. This summer we aim to take a movie, ask good questions about what we might learn from it, and how it might speak to us as people of faith. Dates are June 28th, July 12th, August 2nd, and August 16th from 5pm-8pm.
High School Mission Trip - Atlanta, GA July 19-25
This past Sunday our high schoolers headed to Atlanta for our Summer Mission Trip. We will work with inner city kids doing literacy and education work. We're praying that God will use us to glorify His kingdom and do his work. Please be praying for us as well.
Adopt A College Student
Wouldn't it be nice to have a family away from home who is there to care, encourage, and support you during your time in college? With College Student Adoption at Forest Hills, you'll be carefully and thoughtfully placed with a family who will support and encourage you during your time in college.
Just think about it! Home-cooked meals, encouraging notes and text messages, spiritual mentorship, and the knowledge that a group of people here support you unconditionally!
Looking to adopt a college student? Looking to be adopted? Register at foresthills.org/college.
Financial Peace University
Through video teaching, class discussions, and interactive small group activities, FPU presents Biblical practical steps to get from where you are to where you've only dreamed you could be. For more information contact email@example.com.
Classes begin Wednesday, September 2 and will meet weekly from 6:30-8pm for 9 weeks. Cost for the course is $93 per individual or couple.
Raspberry Jam Canning Class
Join us July 31st at 11am for our Raspberry Jam Canning Class! Cost is $5.00 and you leave with a jar of jam (all supplies included). Please RSVP by July 27th to Chef Gabriella at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to canning with you!
The Power You Have Today
Sunday, July 26, 2015, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Room 260, Forest Hills Baptist Church
Interested in shaping your future? Dr. Fuller will cover highlights of healthy aging, brain science, life style choices, and life planning to help you thrive as you grow older.
What I Need from Mom and Dad Now
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Learn from Dr. Fuller how to talk and plan with your parents about supporting them before they have a health crisis and before the end of life.
Caregiver Support Group
If you are a caregiver-someone who helps another person perform daily activities-you're invited to join the Caregiver Support Group we are forming. The first meeting will be at the home of Sherry Cochran (3224 Bedford Ave, Raleigh, 27607) on July 28, 7:00 PM.
Summer Lunch Bunch
Spiritually recharge yourself over your lunch hour! Summer Lunch Bunch will be on Wednesdays at 11:30am followed at by a 30 minute devotional now through August 26th. The cost is $5. Summer Lunch Bunch will take the place of Wednesday dinners through the summer.
Pray For Congo Mission Trip
Pastor Ngoma and Brother Armel from the United African Baptist Church are serving in Congo Brazzaville and Congo Kinshasa from Saturday July 11 through Sunday, July 26.
Forest Hills, let's join them in prayer!
They will be serving the Lord through visiting and strengthening churches in both countries and by delivering:
Reading Glasses - all of immense value and otherwise unattainable in Congo
Local language Bibles to give away in country
Please pray especially for the Church in Congo, the safety of these men, and for efficiency in travel and light traffic as they travel the only road that enters the city. Traffic on this single road can turn an already lengthy bumpy trip into an arduous day-long journey.
May God bless and use every experience they encounter for Glory to God and His Kingdom!
Immediate Opportunity To Bless Others
Would you like to encounter the world on our doorstep? Do you have a heart for missions and are looking for a way to serve?
Well, the International Ministry has an urgent, immediate need for a Sunday morning ESL/Bible Class Teacher. The teacher is needed for a new Beginners English as a Second Language / Bible Class. You can do it!
Please pray about serving and helping to meet the needs of students who are ready and waiting. Not sure if you have been trained? Well then make sure to see the following opportunity for training coming up with the Raleigh Baptist Association in July.
Please seriously pray about helping us meet this need and helping someone communicate in English for the first time! You will be blessed, that is promised!
Musical Keyboard Evangelism
Musical Keyboard Evangelism (MKE) at Forest Hills will begin Wednesday, September 2nd! MKE is a form of evangelism where free piano lessons are offered to people in our community. MKE students will learn to play and will present a recital following the session of classes, while also being introduced to the Gospel.
Help is needed to make this mission successful. First and most importantly, prayer is needed. If all you can do is pray, we'd love to have you praying for this ministry!
Also, since many of our students will be underage, we're in need of additional volunteers to sit in the room with teachers during practice sessions in compliance with church safety policies. If enough people can volunteer for this need, we'd only need volunteers to sit in once or twice a month.
Classes are open to all ages 8 and up (including adults).Please pray about how you can help with this important ministry that will be used to spread the Gospel to our friends in the community. We can only accomplish this with your help! To volunteer to be a prayer warrior for this ministry or to find out more about volunteering by sitting in on lessons, please contact Nannette Godwin at email@example.com.
Fall Bazaar - Vendor Applications
Vendor applications are now available for the Fall Bazaar (November 6-7) online at foresthills.org/fallbazaar or in the Gathering Place. We are accepting both Church members, past vendors, and new vendors at this time. If you or you know someone that would like to participate, please pass along the application information. Return your application and booth fee to the Church Office as soon as possible.