Extended News and Announcements

June 22, 2013: Mobile Health Fair

A free Mobile Health Fair offering free health screenings and education will be held at the church on Saturday, June 22, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The health screenings will include measurements of: blood pressure; height, weight, and body mass index; vision, including glaucoma, random dot E, near visual and distance acuity; basic hearing; oral screenings for dental issues; and glucose testing.

The Central Ohio Diabetes Association will follow up with any high glucose readings. A limited number of free glucose monitors and test strips will be available to known diabetics. The Vision Screening will include forms for free eyewear and eye exams for those who qualify.

Following the screening, participants will meet with one of our volunteer physicians or registered nurses who will answer questions, interpret screening results, and make referrals if necessary. No diagnosis or treatment will be made, but participants needing follow-up will be matched with local agencies that can provide that care. Lists of free/low cost clinics in the area will be available, along with information on dental clinics and benefits for low-income children.

Free health and hygiene kits will be given out, and information will be available on dental care, nutrition and exercise, cancer, high blood pressure/hypertension and heart disease, family planning and sexually transmitted diseases, maternal and child health, mental health and family life issues, substance abuse, diabetes, and asthma/COPD.


June 3, 2012: The Micah Initiative

The Ministry of Justice & Mission launched a major new initiative for justice in our community – offering micro-funding for Forest Hill groups discerning a call to action. As Elder Laura Steiner explained, it’s a “a project to empower small groups to listen to the Spirit’s calling and follow the words of Micah 6:8 to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God, right now in this time and place.” Click here to view the Micah Initiative Flyer.


April 10 – 16, 2012 Information Gathering Trip to Haiti (For more info on this completed trip, see International Connections – Haiti.)

With the support of the Ministry of Justice and Mission, a team of FHC members traveled to Haiti to explore establishing an ongoing partnership with a Haitian community or organization.

With the help of Pix Mahler, the World Mission (PCUSA) partnership facilitator for Haiti, team members observed projects in the Hinche central plateau area north of Port Au Prince, including an Eco-village, clinic, school, orphanage, hospital and midwife training center. The Presbyterian Church (USA) is involved in various projects, including the Peasants’ Movement of Papaye (MPP). MPP creates eco-villages offering agricultural skills to urban citizens moving into the rural areas after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Ralph Jean-Mary first envisioned the trip to Haiti. As a graduate of the “Faith Leader” program, Ralph’s Personal Plan for Ministry is to establish a medical clinic in Haiti. Ralph grew up in Haiti and has a unique perspective. His parents live in Pandiassou and operate a hotel where the group will be staying.

Ralph’s vision brought the other team members together. Deanne Lentz, a Justice and Mission Ministry Elder, has always wanted Forest Hill to offer adult work trips. She shared that “Mission trips were a formative part of my faith development during my teenage and young adult years. I can only imagine that to travel to Haiti with adults will be even more powerful and transformative. All my years at FHC, I hoped we could start an ongoing international partnership. Forest Hill does everything else!”

Keep team members Deanne and John Lentz, Kermit Lind, Ralph Jean-Mary, Anne and Jeff Smith, Steve Sedam and Virginia Weiss in your prayers as they seek to broaden our church’s commitment to justice and equity locally and globally.


February, 2012: Black History Month Sunday Events & Schedule

Feb. 5: 12:30 – 1:30pm: SGORR Workshop ~ Approximately 300 students from Shaker Hts. High are involved in the SGORR (Student Group On Race Relations) program promoting good social relations among all people, and have introduced the program to high school students and adults through the Cleve.City Club, the National Conf. on Community and Justice, and Shaker PTO meetings. Their primary focus is workshops for elementary and middle school students in the Shaker schools.

Feb. 12: Movie ~ “Gifted Hands” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.  From Amazon.com: “Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. stars in this true story about a renowned brain surgeon who overcame obstacles to change the course of medicine forever.” (Immediately  after worship until 2 pm)

Feb. 19: Speaker ~ Noted human rights advocate, scholar and author, Professor Maghan Keita (Villanova University).

Feb. 26: Book discussion on Kindred by Octavia Butler ~ From Amazon.com: “Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her 26th birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.”


November 13, 2011: Converge – A New Kind of Worship Experience – Launches!

Youth Director Kristen Otte had a vision of a new kind of worship experience for Forest Hill youth. But she was dreaming bigger than just Forest Hill. And soon more than a dozen other churches and their youth directors and pastors had signed on to Converge ~ A New Kind of Worship Experience for This Generation.With a full band (drums, electric guitar, keys) and a relevant message for youth, Converge launched Sunday, Nov. 13 @ 7pm. Services will be held at First Baptist Church on Fairmount Blvd in Shaker Heights. Learn more about the services, the participating churches, and how to get involved on the Converge webpage.


August 26, 2011: Fall 2011 Kerygma Bible Study small groups forming now

Once again, the Adult Education team is offering Kerygma Bible Study small groups. Four different group options are described in detail here. The Fall classes will focus on Exodus, whose stories lay the foundation for the covenant relationship between God and humans that underlies the entire Bible.


August 21, 2011: Discernment Task Force seeks congregational input

Especially in today’s economy, it’s vital for an organization’s budget to reflect its deepest core values. To ensure our 2012 budget reflects our core values, Session asked the Discernment Task Force to ascertain the goals and desires that inform our values – to discern who, what, when, where and how God is calling Forest Hill to “do church.” Surveys mailed by the ask Force are due back August 21. You may also complete the survey online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ForestHillChurch.


August 7, 2011: FHC Softball Team wins 5th consecutive championship

Congratulations to the Forest Hill Softball Team for their Heights Church League Softball Championship. This is the 5th consecutive year Forest Hill has claimed the Championship. Thanks to all who participated in this year’s most successful season!


July 1 – July 31, 2011: Portraits of Homelessness Exhibit on display in Fellowship Hall

As part of our year-long focus on homelessness, the Ministry of Justice & Mission sponsored Portraits of Homelessness, on display through the end of July in Fellowship Hall. These images and stories were created by photographer and writer Lydia Bailey in partnership with Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s 2100 Lakeside Men’s Emergency Shelter.

The LMM Web site quotes Bailey, Coordinator of Volunteers at the shelter, as she explains that “these men not as an abstract problem, but as individuals with concerns and hopes like yours and mine.” Her goal was to “convey their gifts and vital personalities as well as the hopeless, confusing, fearful, human elements of homelessness.”  Be sure to set aside time to view these poignant images and stories.


May 27, 2011: Forest Hill Church one of two Ohio congregations to earn PC(USA)’s Earth Care Congregation designation

Forest Hill has been designated an Earth Care Congregation under the PC(USA)’s stringent requirements. Our Earth Care Team”s Mission Statement: Care of the Earth is central to all discipleship and stewardship in our lives and is achieved through encouragement and education, enabling change within our individual lifestyle, church and greater community. The  team is busy planning activities and programs to encourage and assist our congregation in fulfilling this mission as the months proceed. Read more about Forest Hill’s commitment to safeguarding our planet here.


May 22, 2011: Two national Presbyterian advocates together at Forest Hill Church

PC(USA) Moderator Cynthia Bolbach and Rev. Tricia Dykers-Koenig

PC(USA) Moderator Cynthia Bolbach and Rev. Tricia Dykers-Koenig

It was a great privilege to welcome Cynthia (Cindy) Bolbach, Moderator of the national Presbyterian Church (USA) to our pulpit and an honor to have her recognize our Parish Associate, Rev. Tricia Dykers-Koenig, for her unceasing efforts to shepherd the acceptance and ratification of G-6.0106b of our Book of Order. As a congregation and as a denomination we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Rev. Dykers-Koenig.


May 1, 2011: Change in the Book of Order

A majority of the PC(USA)’s presbyteries ratified an amendment to our constitution replacing G-6.0106b. As a result of the vote, local church sessions and presbyteries will have more flexibility in ordaining elders, deacons, and pastors. Specifically, persons in a same-gender relationship can be considered for ordination. The new wording states:

Standards for ordained service reflect the church’s desire to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life. The governing body responsible for ordination and/or installation shall examine each candidate’s calling, gifts, preparation and suitability for the responsibilities of office. The examination shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and commitment to fulfill all the requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation. Governing bodies shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual candidates.

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