Update from the Co-Pastors

December 14, 2021 Antoinette Richardson

Dear Friends, 

As of Sunday, December 12, we will no longer require registrations for in-person worship attendance.  Livestream worship on our YouTube channel will continue! 

Please read the following expectations: 
-Masks are required. 
-Please, if you are able, get your vaccine and booster.  This is the best way to protect yourself and others. 
-DO NOT ATTEND IN-PERSON WORSHIP if you are ill or even feeling a bit under the weather.  
-SPREAD OUT!  Every other pew will be roped off. Of course, family units can sit together! 
-There will be an overflow viewing area in South Hall.  We have a large TV screen, and the Livestream service will be broadcast. 

You will still be asked to sign in when you enter the building, and ushers will hand out bulletins and communion elements when needed.  If you can volunteer to be an usher, please get in touch with Deb Erwin and/or Twanda Patterson. You may also sign up here: https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/ab8a54.

We are planning an In-Person Christmas Eve service at 5:00 p.m. on December 24. All are welcome. This will be a service of Lessons and Carols and all the choirs will be participating.  

We are watching carefully the news of both the Delta and Omicron variants and plans may change overnight.  We will keep you informed.  

Faithfully yours,  

Pastors Veronica and John 

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Christmas Eve Service

December 13, 2021 Antoinette Richardson

Hello Friends!

This year we will only have the 5 pm service. We welcome everyone! Masks are required while attending in-person worship. Live-stream of the service will also be available on our Youtube channel.

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Hope, from the curriculum, Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living

November 22, 2021 Ann Williams

Facilitators:  Ann Williams and Ron Zimmerman When: Four Sunday mornings, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, and 19, 9:30-10:30 Format: On Zoom only. We will send a Zoom link to everyone who signs up for the class. Resource text: Hope: Adult Reflection Guide, available in the church office for $8. Also available online in Kindle format, link here Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living: Hope Class description: The first candle on a traditional Advent wreath represents Hope. We will focus on Hope for the entire month of Advent this year. The “Hope” classes in the Follow Me curriculum combine Bible study and group discussion. Working together with specific scripture passages, we as group members will help each other grow into a deeper understanding of Hope as a Biblical practice. We will identify where in our own lives we have already experienced hope. Then we will envision how we can practice seeing, hearing, offering and receiving, and proclaiming hope more deeply to one another. To sign up:  Click here https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/7843252481
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The Birth of Jesus

November 19, 2021 Ann Williams

Teachers/Facilitators:  Co-Pastors Veronica Goines and John Lentz

When: Sundays December 5, 12, and 19, 9:30-10:30 AM.

*Please note that this class will NOT meet on the first Sunday of Advent, November 28.

Format and Place: Hybrid format, i.e., BOTH in-person in South Hall AND on Zoom. Please indicate your preference when you register for the class.

Resource text(s): A Bible is helpful. No book or any purchase is necessary. The class will be watching two sessions of the “Saving Jesus” DVD published by Living the Questions.

Class Description: This class will first study the two birth narratives in the New Testament. Then, we will take a deep dive into the “world into which Jesus was born,” setting the historical, cultural, and religious context of the first century.  Finally, we will unpack the theology of the Incarnation. The class will be watching two sessions of the “Saving Jesus” DVD published by Living the Questions.

To sign up: Click here

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How to decide which class is right for you?

November 18, 2021 Ann Williams

Both classes will help people to prepare themselves to focus on the meaning of Jesus coming to live with us when he is born on Christmas Day, and both include plenty of discussion among the class members. But they are designed for people with different learning needs and styles.

“Hope” focuses on each of us hearing and seeing hope in scripture and in our lives, and on sharing hope and proclaiming hope to each other. Learning in this class relies on, first, class members preparing for the class by reading and reflecting on scripture and a selection from the book; next, on sharing with each other in the group session; and finally, after class, practicing what we learned during the time between group sessions. It is especially good for people who learn well through group discussion, deep group sharing, and doing things in their lives.

Please note: This class will cover an adult version of similar topics being presented in the children’s classes, so parents may enjoy learning along with their children. But it is not for parents only! The adult version is for ALL adults. The materials are flexible enough to use with a wide variety of learners.

“The Birth of Jesus” is a more traditional type of class, with a presentation followed by discussion. It is especially good for people who yearn to know more of the background behind the Biblical narratives of Jesus’s birth, especially more of the historical, cultural, and religious background. It is also particularly good for people who want to explore the theology that we can draw from understanding the birth stories and their context more thoroughly.

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November 17, 2021 Antoinette Richardson

Worship Ministry has placed our annual order for poinsettias for the sanctuary for Christmas. If you would like to order a plant for $20 to donate or take home please use this form: https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/641db770625536.

Plants that are being taken home can be picked up after the church service on Dec. 26 or at the church on Tues. Dec. 28. Please place your order by Dec. 15.

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Discuss “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent” by Isabel Wilkerson

November 8, 2021 Elizabeth Shaw

The Black Caucus Book Club will lead a discussion of “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents”, by Isabel Wilkerson on Saturday January 8, 2022, 10:30 AM to Noon.”

In this book the author “explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.”

Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, has become a leading figure in narrative nonfiction, an interpreter of the human condition, and an impassioned voice for demonstrating how history can help us understand ourselves, our country, and our current era of upheaval.

This discussion will be through Zoom. Please email blackcaucus@fhcpresb.org for the ZOOM link.

All are welcome to join.

Image of book cover – Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson

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Immigration Task Force (ITF) Minutes-October 17, 2021

October 26, 2021 Julie Lustic

Attending: Anne, Charity, Gary, Jeff, Julie, Quentin, Sharon, Steve, Virginia

Quentin Smith, as a representative of the FHC Black Caucus, has joined the Task Force with this being his first meeting. Welcome Q, glad you are part of the team!

Leonor and family

On October 16, 2021, Leonor and Jose were married by their home in Akron by Pastor John Lentz. Many from FHC attended the celebration. As a married couple, it will be easier for Jose to attain U.S. citizenship. When Leonor gets her U-Visa, she can then submit papers for her naturalization process. Jose can be included on the application whereby he too can become a U.S. citizen. The procedure is complicated. Letters of support are needed for Jose. The Task Force will submit such a letter.

Based upon their input, the Garcia family continues to receive financial support from the Sanctuary Fund. Jose and Leonor will discuss the use of the Sanctuary Fund and get back to us about this matter.

PCUSA request

Amanda Craft, from the PCUSA immigration office is working on an advent devotional to focus on immigration this year. They want immigration voices to be featured and reached out to Pastor Lentz who passed the request on to the Task Force. The devotional is to be about two and half pages and be based on the lectionary of the day. Jeff and Charity offered to work on this and have it ready by the due date of November 5. 

Tour of the Border

The Task Force had yet another robust discussion about creating a tour of the U.S./Mexico border as part of our efforts to educate the congregation at FHC and other interested persons about the ongoing injustices being perpetrated there and how we can respond effectively. The tour is in cooperation with the Mennonite Central Committee. Funds through the FHC Ministry of Justice and Mission have been pledged for scholarship support for those who wish to participate in a virtual border tour but have limited finances. Sharon and Steve will discuss what to do with the tour and prepare a plan to be presented at the next meeting.

Further task force meetings

The group decided to alternate between meeting in person and on Zoom. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Smith’s home.

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Youth Group Reaches New Heights!

October 26, 2021 Amy Wheatley

Forest Hill Youth Group members (and three brave adults) had fun climbing at Shaker Rocks on Sunday Oct 24!

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Columbus Dispatch Writes about Plight of Asylum Seekers

October 4, 2021 Julie Lustic

Forest Hill Church guests, Issoufou Lembane, Idrissa Kiema, and Emmanuel Sabo, are asylum seekers from Burkina Faso in West Africa. Their asylum cases were denied in January of 2020. They have been living at the church for almost two years while they await their appeals. Read more about their stories in the Columbus Dispatch at the link below.


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