CommUnity News April 1st, 2016

Celebrating Easter - A Holy Week Recap

Forest Hills had a packed Holy Week, filled with opportunities for worship, reflection, and fellowship.

Our Good Friday service centered around the traditional seven last words of Jesus on the cross. Each word followed a similar pattern: first the scripture, then a 2 or 3 minute homily on each word, then the extinguishing of one of the seven candles on the altar, and finally a musical piece reflecting on that scripture. After the service, the art ministry hosted a viewing of art installations depicting the stations of the cross.

Saturday morning brought the children's egg hunt; we invited friends and neighbors for crafts, the Easter story, and an opportunity to find the 1400 eggs hidden around the church campus. 75 children attended, of whom 40 were guests; all of them received information about Forest Hills, and 13 new families asked to join the children's ministry email list.

Easter Sunday was a time of meaningful worship in both the traditional and contemporary services. In the contemporary service, worship began with a combined children and youth choir leading the congregation in Chris Tomlin's "I Will Rise." The traditional service featured a flower cross, and Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" ended worship.

If you missed any part of our Easter celebration, it's not too late to catch up. Check out foresthills.org/blog for staff reflections on the resurrection, the Easter story, and even the Easter bunny. Finally, visit the church Facebook page (facebook.com/FHBCRaleigh) to see more photos of our Easter celebrations.

Mark Your Calendars!

4/3    Children's Art Class
4/5    Women On Mission Luncheon
4/10   Rock N Roll Marathon Detours
4/15    Spring Into Spring
4/24   Breaking Bread Sign Up Deadline
5/1      Discipleship Meeting
5/7     Barn Theater Trip
5/14    Pentecost Serve Blitz Day

Children's Ministry

Upcoming Events

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.

Children's Art Class

1st-5th graders are invited to a Sunday night Children's Art Class led by Jerry Hester in the Shepherd's Studio (102 Shepherd Street, Raleigh). The class is April 3rd 5:30-7:30 PM, and includes a snack supper, an art lesson, and a project; dress to get a little messy. Space is limited, so it is essential to RSVP to 919-810-8748 or jerrymhester@bellsouth.net.

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.

Breaking Bread

It is time to sign up for the May - August Breaking Bread dinner groups. Sign up by April 24th in the Gathering Place or at foresthills.org/breakingbread. Questions? Talk to Laura Lee or Derek Graham (919-469-8139) or Beverly Edwards (919-413-3616).

Barn Dinner Theater

Come join us on May 7th as we travel to the Barn Dinner Theater for lunch and the play "Smoke on the Mountain." The cost of $46 per person includes transportation, show and lunch buffet. RSVP to foresthills.org/adults. We hope you'll join us and invite a friend!

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.

Service Opportunities

Pentecost Serve Blitz Day

On Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate both the diversity and the unity of the church. Join us for a day when all the churches meeting at the Forest Hills campus come together to serve our community. To view our list of projects and register, visit foresthills.org/serveblitzday.

Food Roundup For The Baptist Children's Home

Forest Hills is having a food Roundup for the Baptist Children's Homes! Please help by bringing these items to church during the month of April and leaving them in boxes outside the library in the Gathering Place: paper products, dry cereal, dry pasta, spaghetti sauce, popcorn, stuffing mix, hot chocolate mix, jello, pop tarts, foil and plastic wrap, rice, mac and cheese, or instant potatoes. For more info, visit foresthills.org/foodroundup.

General Announcements

Discipleship Meeting

The Discipleship Team has recently sponsored several events focused on relational discipleship.  These events have helped many at Forest Hills become aware of Christ's command to disciple, as well as receive some basic "Step-by-Step" training in discipling other believers. On Sunday, May 1st, the Discipleship Team will hold another follow-up meeting for anyone who wants to take the next step in disciplemaking or who just wants to learn more about it.  At this meeting we will describe how to start a disciplemaking triad, we will give an overview of some possible curriculums, and we will seek to answer your questions about disciplemaking triads.
This meeting will begin right after church.   We will have a quick lunch of Subway sandwiches and chips.  The cost is $5 at the door.  Our plan is to meet together for about an hour and a half, which we think will prove to be a strategic time in the life of our church.  Please RSVP at foresthills.org/discipleship, so that we will have an accurate amount of food! We hope you join us;  we believe we are on a disciple-shift journey of great importance!

Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Road Closures

The Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh Marathon is returning on Sunday, April 10th this year. The church is north of the race course, but members will still need to know how to circumnavigate road closures to reach your location. Visit foresthills.org/roadclosures for the course map, a street by street list of road closure times, and alternate directions to get to the church that Sunday. More detailed information is available on our community website.

Celebrating Chef Gabriella

Our very beloved Chef Gabriella is getting married! The church is throwing her a Bridal Shower on April 10th from 2-4pm in The Gathering Place. She is registered at Macy's, Bed Bath and Beyond,  and Crate and Barrel.

Ministry Spotlight - Connections Preschool

Connections Preschool Ministry has a wonderful opportunity to come alongside young families. We have been praying for each of our preschool families and have been overwhelmed at what God is doing in our hearts and in our ministry.  As a staff, we meet before preschool begins as a time to focus on Christ, remember who we are, and why we are here.  During this time we also focus on a child and his or her family to discuss ways we can help, encourage, and support them.  Some of the families are language learning families, some are struggling with illness, others have foster or adoption situations.  It is truly a privilege to come alongside the families at Connections Preschool and see what God is doing in and through this ministry.  When Thomas' mother came to us for an impromptu tour 2 years ago, she needed a place for her newly adopted son to learn, grow, and thrive.  Here is her story:

"My husband and I adopted our son, Thomas, from Korea in the spring of 2014. As new parents of a four year old child who did not speak English, we felt overwhelmed. After just one meeting, the team at Connections Preschool graciously accepted our son into their school. They worked with us over two years to provide a curriculum that progressed along with his needs. As he adjusted to a new culture and language, they provided him with the skills required to thrive in his environment and offered new challenges to keep him engaged. We have watched Thomas blossom under the supportive, child-centric, nurturing care of the teachers and administration. The principles of culture, creativity, and community are demonstrated each day in his words and actions. He is truly a different child than the one who began with Connections two years ago. We have so much love for the teachers who helped our family through this journey."  
-Stephanie Massey, Connections Preschool Director

Janna Edwards