CommUnity News March 15th, 2016

Evening With Friends

This year's Evening With Friends Youth Fundraiser has come and gone, and it was a great success because of our Forest Hills family! On behalf of the youth group, the EWF Fundraising teams, and the Youth Leadership Team, we would like to say a big thank you to our entire church. The funds raised at this event make it possible for our teenagers to go on mission trips, retreats, and many other activities and events. Essentially, Evening With Friends makes the ministry we do with our teenagers possible on the financial side of things. The totals have not been finalized, but on the night of the event, we raised over $14,000 from the auction alone.

Because of you, our teens will be able to go to Honduras this summer, as well as Shelby, NC. We will also be able to aid our teens financially in taking part in all the many discipleship oriented retreats and activities. For this, and many other countless ways you show your support for our youth group, we say, "Thank you!"

The Season Of EASTER

Journey To the Cross - Meditations On The Meaning Of Lent

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.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before He was crucified. Palm Sunday is known as such because Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of Him as a sign of homage. Join us as for worship as we begin our reflection on the final week of Jesus' life. Join us on March 20th at 11:00am.

Good Friday

Forest Hills will have a Good Friday Service on March 25th, beginning at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary. This service will focus on the Seven Last Words of Christ. Following the service there will be a presentation by the Art Ministry of The Stations of The Cross, which depict Jesus on the day of His crucifixion. All are invited as we reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us on the cross.

Easter Egg Hunt

Children from birth-5th grade are invited to join us for our Easter Egg Hunt on March 26th at 10:30 am. Meet in the fellowship hall for Easter activities, the Easter story, and of course the egg hunt. A parent/guardian should accompany children during the event. To RSVP, visit foresthills.org/egghunt. Please note that rain will cancel the event; visit foresthills.org/egghunt for weather updates.

Easter Sunday

Come celebrate the resurrection with us on Easter Sunday March 27th at 11:00 am! This is a wonderful occasion to invite family and friends to join us in either of our worship services as we celebrate the most important event in our faith, Christ's victory over the grave.

Mark Your Calendars!

3/16   Mission To Haiti Info Meeting
3/16   First Week of Children's Choir
3/18   Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Of NC Gathering
3/25   Good Friday Service
3/26   Easter Egg Hunt
3/27   Easter Sunday
3/28   Office Closed
4/15   Spring Into Spring

Children's Ministry

Upcoming Events

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

Camp Forest Hills

Get excited for Camp Forest Hills from June 13th - August 12th! 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 3rd-5th grade. Pick up a brochure from the church or visit foresthills.org/campforesthills for more information. Questions? Email summercamp@foresthills.org.

Adult Ministry

Spring Into Spring

Spring into spring with the Sounds of the Trinity Laymen Quartet on Friday, April 15. We will have dinner at 6:00 pm followed by a program at 7:00 pm. We would love for you to come, and to invite a friend! For info on transferring your Valentines Celebration reservation, visit foresthills.org/adults.

International Ministry

Sunday School Sponsored Events

Did you know your Sunday School Class can sponsor one of three International Ministry Events in 2016?!  Please invite Jason Payne or someone from the International Ministry Team to share a short presentation with your class on Sunday.  Time is of the essence.

Missions

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 Andrews or Tyler Ward for more info.

Mission To Haiti

Partnership Missions is excited to announce a Mission Trip to Haiti, 11/5-12, partnering with Living Water International. Mission opportunities include drilling a well, providing health/hygiene education and teaching Bible stories to children. Interested in learning more? An informational meeting will be held on March 16th at 6:30 p.m. in E-360. This meeting will be led by Chris Winter from Living Water International. Come hear about this exciting opportunity!

General Announcements

Children's Essentials Thank You

The Children's Essential Committee would like to thank the Forest Hills family for making the Baby Shower Event a resounding success. Our ministry received over $1,400 in cash contributions and numerous gifts including 6 Pack-n-Play sheets, 31 washcloths, 22 pairs of socks, 10 packages of diapers, 16 packages of baby wipes, 26 receiving blankets, 6 bibs, 2 strollers, 12 girls 0-6 months outfits, hats and booties, and other baby items. Because of your generosity we are well equipped to assist babies, young children and their families for 2016.

Celebrating Terry and Mr. C

We would like to take a minute and recognize Terry Person.  As most of you know, Terry has been here with us at Forest Hills a long time helping to keep our church clean and looking its best.  Terry has now moved to a full time position with us as Housekeeping Supervisor, and you will be seeing her around the church more often.  Please make sure you congratulate Terry when you see her.

We would also like to give special recognition to Mr. C and his crew.  They have been helping to take care of us a long time with cleaning and security.  Mr. C is a wonderful blessing to all of us here.  His schedule has now changed a bit, and he will be here only set designated hours.  If you see him, make sure you say hello.  Please note, that if you have special requests or need assistance with something for an event prior to or during your event regarding cleaning or for facilities set up/clean up, contact the church office and we can assist you.

A Note From The Church Office

Our church office is working hard to improve our polices! We wanted to let everyone know that there have been some changes to the wedding policy.  If you have a wedding or event coming up, please touch base with the church office, and we can share any changes that might affect your event.  A copy of the policy is available in the church office.

A new facility use policy is also in the works.  It is currently under review and should be approved shortly.  A copy will be made available once it is approved and you can pick it up in the church office.  Feel free to contact the church office or a member of property management with questions.

Office Closure

Please note the office will be closed on Monday, March 28th, and there will be no Wednesday night programming on March 30th in observance of Easter and Spring Break.

Upcoming Church Conference Dates

Please take note that the upcoming Church Conference dates have changed. The May 15th meeting was changed to May 22nd, the August 21st meeting was changed to August 28th,  and the November 20th meeting was changed to November 13th. We would love for all our members to attend!

Lighter Options

Due to lack of demand we will no longer be offering Lighter Options for Wednesday night dinners; however, if you have a dietary request please submit your request online 1 week prior.

Is The Easter Bunny OK For Christians?

The Easter Bunny was introduced to the United States all the way back in the 1700s, when German immigrants first brought stories about the about the "Osterhase" (Easter Hare) to Pennsylvania. Since that time, Christians have come to different conclusions about the Easter Bunny; is the bunny a negative distraction from the meaning of Easter, or is he a bit of harmless fun for children? As you weigh up the Easter Bunny's role in your Easter celebration, keep these thoughts in mind:
     Parents shouldn't lose too much sleep over the Easter Bunny. Many parents report that their children don't seem too affected by the Easter Bunny, and empirical research also suggests that the stakes are not too high. For example, one study found that children were more likely to believe in the Easter Bunny if their parents encourage them to do so-but also that belief in Santa or the Easter Bunny did not affect a child's interest in other fantasies (Prentice NM, et al. "Imaginary Figures of Early Childhood." American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 48(4):618-28). Another study found that even young children believe much more strongly in invisible realities like germs than they believe in the Easter Bunny (Harris PL, et al. "Germs and Angels." Developmental Science. 9(1):76-96). A child's belief in the Easter Bunny is unlikely to have any harmful long-term effects.
     If you do not want to embrace the Easter Bunny, consider non-traditional ways of dealing with him. Many parents feel forced into a choice between denying the Easter Bunny (and having their child be the one who spoils the fun for others), or embracing the Easter Bunny (which they might be uncomfortable with). But there are other possibilities; for example, parents can raise children without mentioning the Easter Bunny. When children do become aware of the bunny and ask about it, parents can give the Easter Bunny a very limited role in the holiday; they can also explain that there is a secret about the Easter Bunny, and children should ask mom and dad when they think they have discovered it. Eventually, children will realize the secret-the Easter Bunny is not real. This strategy prevents children from "spoiling" the surprise for other children, but children know from the outset that there is a surprise about the bunny that they need to discover.
     Respect the views of others. On my desk, I keep a copy of a very old motto that has been adopted by the Moravian Church: "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, love." Most of us would agree that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is essential to the Christian faith. Most of us would probably agree that the Easter Bunny is not essential. If that's the case, we should be prepared to extend a little freedom to other Christians to deal with the Easter Bunny a see fit and love other Christians regardless of their convictions about that bunny.

-Andrew Garnett

 

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