FHBC CommUnity News Februa

New Lent Sermon Series

From Ash Wednesday until Easter, Christians around the world celebrate the season of Lent. It's a season of preparation and sacrifice, as we meditate and reflect on Christ's final days and the ultimate sacrifice He made for all of us on the cross. This year, our Lenten theme is "Journey to the Cross: Meditations on the Meaning of Lent." In both traditional and contemporary worship services, we'll be invited to journey inward as we reflect on these themes of sacrifice and preparation and live life alongside Christ as He prepares Himself and His disciples for what's to come. What does Lent mean to you? Come journey with us as we discover and live out these themes together.

Mark Your Calendars!

2/19  GA's Girls Lock-In
2/20  Step-by-Step Disciple-Making
2/27  Church-Wide Pinewood Derby
3/1   Women On Mission Luncheon
3/5   Evening With Friends
3/8   Lunch and Learn With Dr. Tarpy
3/12  Children and Youth Serve Blitz Day

Children's Ministry

Upcoming Events

Feb. 19-20: Girls Lock-In with Children in Action
Feb. 27: Pinewood Derby
Mar. 9: Children in Action Mission Party
Mar. 12: Children & Youth Serve Blitz Day
Mar. 16: First Week of Children's Choir
Mar. 26: Easter Egg Hunt
Apr. 29-30: Mother-Daughter Camp at Camp Mundo Vista
Jun. 8: Children's Choir Presentation

Camp Forest Hills

Get excited for Camp Forest Hills from June 13-August 12! Camp Forest Hills is an 8-week summer camp featuring four 2-week sessions. Each session includes a specific focus, and all sessions include other activities like games, water works, and service projects. Choose as many or as few sessions of camp as you would like. Camp will be half day with aftercare available, open to children age 3-5th grade. Pick up a brochure from the church or visit foresthills.org/campforesthills for more information. Questions? Email summercamp@foresthills.org.

Children In Action - GAs Girls Lock-In

K-5th grade girls are invited to join us for our GA's Girls Lock-In. We'll be having fun at the church from 6:00 pm, February 19, to 9:00 am, February 20. If your girl would like to attend, please contact Suzie Goodell.

Youth Ministry

Evening With Friends

Join our youth group on March 5th for the annual Evening with Friends fundraiser. Tickets for the event cost $20.00 and will be on sale in the Gathering Place. Donations for the silent auction are being collected now. Please fill out a donation form and drop your donation off at the church office by February 29th. For more information visit foresthills.org/eveningwithfriends or email Gavin.

Adult Ministry

Lunch and Learn With Dr. David Tarpy

Come to hear about Honey Bees Mythology and Religion, in our latest Lunch and Learn Series on March 8th. It will be presented by Dr. David Tarpy, NCSU Professor. The program is at 10:30am, with lunch immediately following. The cost is $5.00 per person; no reservation required.

International Ministry

International Ministry - Prayers Are Appreciated!

English as a Second Language classes happen Wednesday evenings at 6pm, and Sunday mornings at 9:15am, with other one-on-one studies, outreach all week.
Please pray for the people coming to Forest Hills classes weekly and the teachers who share lessons, and invite someone you know to Forest Hills! We are now preparing for the Spring Beach Trip May 27-29.  Please pray for theme development, and for the people who will come and learn about Jesus, and all the many helpers who are needed. "So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:11

Missions

Women On Missions Luncheon

Please join us for lunch on Tuesday, March 1 at 11:30 am in the Fellowship Hall for the Women on Missions Luncheon.

Mission To Spain

Four volunteers are needed to help the Iglesia Cristiana del Garraf (Christian Church of Garraf) with the English Camp for children, June 22 - July 1. Forest Hills has a long history of partnering with this church to assist with this event. Volunteers pay for their own transportation to Spain, while the church pays for the costs during the time in Spain. Please contact Cathey or Jay Andrews at jayandrews@aol.com for more info.

Service Opportunities

Children and Youth Serve Blitz Day

At Forest Hills, we believe that people of all ages can serve Christ. Join us on March 12 from 10:30am - 12:00pm for a morning of service projects specially designed for children, youth, and their families. We will have multiple projects located around the church, and you can move through them at your own pace. Come and invite a friend! Register using one of the forms in the literature racks around the church, or online at foresthills.org/serveblitzday.

Children In Action

Children in Action, our K-5 grade mission program, is collecting new or gently used books for refugee children. If you have books to donate, please put them in the box outside room E-160.

Guest Relations Team

Got 45 minutes a month? With our new Guest Relations team, that's all you'll need to give each month to help greet visitors and make them feel welcome at Forest Hills! All ages are invited to sign up, and we hope to have rotating teams up and going by Easter Sunday! Here's all you have to do on your Sunday to greet: come in before worship, pray, and offer a cheerful greeting to those entering worship. Then, right before worship ends, take your position and hand out visitor bags to guests as they depart. And right before you leave, grab guest's information and write them a little follow-up note. See, how simple is that?! To register online, visit foresthills.org/visitorteam. For more information, contact Tyler Ward.

Piano Ministry Volunteers

Our Piano Lessons ministry is in need of volunteers! If you know how to read music and play the piano, this is a great opportunity to serve our community. Please contact Nannette Godwin for more information.

Toiletries Collection

Do you travel for work? Do you ever wonder what to do with unused toiletries in the hotel room? You can use them to support our Children & Youth Serve Blitz Day! We will be assembling 100+ bags for homeless women at The Helen Wright Center. We are looking for donations of travel-sized toiletries. If you have some, please put them in the box in The Gathering Place by the library.

Faith & Life Tracks - Beginning February 17th

Faith and Film
Have you ever had a movie speak to you? In movies of all genres, we find spiritual themes being discussed, even if they are hidden beneath the main plot. In our Faith & Film series, you're invited to watch movie clips each week which highlight spiritual longings and struggles, all the while thinking theologically about what the human experience and spirituality have in common on the big screen. This group is taught by Tyler Ward and will meet in the Fellowship Hall.

24 Hours that Changed the World
This small group Bible study will focus on the last 24 hours of Jesus' life. Each week a brief video will explore the geographical and historical setting of the events on that fateful day of Jesus' crucifixion. Together, we will reflect on and explore the significance of these events for our lives. This group will meet in E250. Led by Neil Westbrook.

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
GA's (Girls in Action) and RA's (Royal Ambassadors) are mission focused groups for boys and girls in grades K-5.  They meet every Wednesday night 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 in the Children's Hall across from the Fellowship Hall.

From Nineveh to Rome: Putting Jesus' Land in Context
The Judea that Jesus walked in, taught in, died, and rose again 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 us 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 in E260.

General Announcements

Members please join us for our quarterly Church Conference immediately following the service this Sunday, February 21st. Lunch will be provided for $5.

All are invited to Celebrate the Ordination of Bennie Goetze at 3:30pm in the Sanctuary on February 21st. Light refreshments to follow in the Gathering Place.

A "Thank You" From Tyler

In the words of a former professor, January 31st was a "high and holy day" in my life and I can't begin to express my thanks to all of you who helped make it possible. I know that day was a full day and many of you never left between Sunday School and our Discipleship Dinner. Nevertheless, your presence, prayers, and encouragement made this day one of the most meaningful in all my life. I'll always remember the love you showed me, the prayers you whispered, and the way you embraced my family and friends who joined us in worship. I'm honored to be one of your ministers and even more so, humbled to be called to the Gospel ministry. I'd like to offer a special "thank you" to all those who helped with the reception following the service as well. I'm always amazed by the gifts of hospitality that this church has constantly shown to me and countless others!

Janna Edwards