FHBC CommUnity News January 1st, 2016

Thankful For God's Gift Of Christmas

Our Christmas Eve service last month saw hundreds of people fill the sanctuary as they worshiped, sang carols, observed the Lord's Supper and celebrated baptism.  Additionally, over $8,900 was collected for two local organizations that minister to refugees in the Raleigh area.  A spirit of worship and celebration was truly felt as those present prepared to welcome the Christ Child once again.

Mark Your Calendars!

1/15    Youth Winter Retreat
1/19  Lunch and Learn With Pastor Neil
1/24   Children's Essentials Baby Shower Starts
2/3     Children In Action Mission Project
2/12    FHBC Adult Series:  Valentine's Celebration

Children's Ministry

Upcoming Events

Jan 6: First Week of Children in Action
Feb 3: Children in Action Mission Project--Valentine Cards for In-Crowd
Feb 19-20: Girls Lock-in with Children in Action
Feb 26-27: Pinewood Derby
Feb TBA: Boys Activity TBD with Children in Action
March 9: Children in Action Mission Party
March 16: First Week of Children's Choir
March 26: Easter Egg Hunt
April 29-30: Mother-Daughter Camp at Camp Mundo Vista
June 8: Children's Choir Presentation

Summer Camp

Summer Camp will be offered at Forest Hills this summer! Buy any or all sessions as a gift for your children and grand children.  Ages 3-Grade 5. All camps are half day with aftercare available.  Bring your own lunch daily. Please pick up a brochure from the church, fill out a registration form, and pay a $10.00 registration fee per session. Questions?  Email us at summercamp@foresthills.org.  Payment plans are available. 
Sessions include Art, Music Camp, Kitchen Camp with Gabriella Woodson, and Bible Camp with our summer director. Other weeks include fun and games, water works, and service projects.

Youth Ministry

High School and Middle School Retreat

Our HS/MS Winter Retreat is going to be January 15-17 at Chestnut Ridge! More details to come! Cost is $50 due ASAP. Sign up at foresthills.org/youth.

Adult Ministry

Silver Compassion

The Silver Compassion team is offering you time to meet with Dr. George Fuller, one-on-one and free of charge, to look at your plans or to discuss issues of thriving in the second half of life. There are 10 places available, each offering up to 3 hours with Dr. Fuller. If you would like an appointment, contact Rogers & Sue Farr or Andrew Garnett.

Valentines Celebration

Come celebrate Valentine's day with us on Friday, February 12, 6:00pm dinner, program at 7:00pm. Gather with friends this Valentine's Day to hear the Trinity Laymen Mens Quartet. $10.00 per person, reservations required. Invite your friends! For more info or to RSVP, visit foresthills.org/adults.

Lunch And Learn With Pastor Neil

Come to hear from Pastor Neil as he presents the latest in our Lunch and Learn Series on 1/19. This is a great opportunity to invite friends! The Program is in the Fellowship Hall at 10:30am; lunch is immediately following. Cost is $5 per person.

New Faith And Life Tracks

Learning ProPresenter
Have you ever wondered how the images and words you see on the screens appear?  Join us for a 4 week course on the software program ProPresenter.  In this course you will learn the essentials of how to use the program.  With it you can create slides with images, song lyrics, Bible verses, run video clips, and so much more that can be used to enhance worship.  If interested or you would like more information, please contact Janna Edwards at jannaedwards@gmail.com. This class will meet in the Sanctuary. 

Wednesday Night Bible Study
Led by Neil Westbrook, this Bible Study and reflections from various Scriptures will meet each week through February 3rd. It will meet in the Fellowship Hall. 

HammerTime With Ben
Do you like to work with your hands?  Would you enjoy a tangible, hands-on way to give to Forest Hills?  Ben Kaplan, our Facilities Director, will be leading HammerTime with Ben on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. through February 3.  Change a light bulb, replace an electric receptacle, fix a door knob and more!  Ben will have all materials and supplies needed for light repairs to help keep Forest Hills in tip-top shape.  If interested, contact Ben Kaplan at ben@foresthills.org.

From Ninevah To Rome:  Putting Jesus' Land In Context
The Judea that Jesus walked in, taught in, died and rose in was a key crossroad in the Roman Empire.  This brief survey looks at the 700 years of historical changes between the fall of the Israelite kingdoms and Jesus' birth in order to help understand how his audience understood his teaching and his role.  Learn why the Samaritans and Jews despised one another, who the Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes were, and how the Romans came to govern Jerusalem.   The books of Kings, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezra, Esther, Daniel and some of the apocrypha will be used as well as other historical and archaeological sources.  Taught by John Reece.

Arty Party
Would you like to learn to paint or create other art forms?  Arty Party encourages participants to create original works of art in a fun environment!  All levels of experience are welcome, and instruction is provided.  Led by Jerry Hester, this class meets every Wednesday in the Shepherd Studio (Hood House) from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Children In Action
Children In Action is a mission focused group for boys and girls in grades K-5.  They meet every Wednesday night 1/6 - 3/9, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Come join them as they study missionaries and ministry groups, make crafts, play games, and participate in mission projects and the Pinewood Derby.  RA's/GA's will meet on the Children's Hall across from the Fellowship Hall. 

International Ministry

International Ministry Open House

Your home decorated for Christmas is a gift that can be offered to Internationals!  Many have never been invited into a North American Home, and even fewer have been invited during Christmas to enjoy the declarations that tell the story of our Savior's birth.  This year we are so thankful to Pat and Asad Hashemi who opened their house for the International Ministry Christmas Open House!  About 50 people from around the world visited, sang songs led by Hope Christian, played games led by Pat, and enjoyed fellowship together!  Just as the unsung heros who offered their barn and manger to Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, we're thankful for those who open their homes and welcome strangers with God's love and the Light of the World!

Joyeux Noel!

Did you know that the United African Baptist Church has a tradition of holding a Christmas Worship Service on Christmas Day in the Bunn Olive Chapel?  This year the Youth lead in song, and the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was proclaimed!  Hallelujah! For pictures, visit the International Ministry Facebook Page!  

Service Opportunities

Children's Essentials Baby Shower

Children's Essentials is having a baby shower! Each year Children's Essentials supports mothers in need of the most basic items for their children. You can help by picking up a baby bottle to fill with your spare change, or by donating needed items. To pick up your baby bottle or list of needed items, visit the displays in The Gathering Place and outside the fellowship hall or visit the website! The displays will be available on January 24, January 31, and February 7.

Upcoming Sunday!

On Sunday, January 10th, all Sunday School classes will meet as usual. There will be one service that will meet at 11:00am in the Sanctuary, as we ordain new deacons.

Janna Edwards