August 31, 2022 Antoinette Richardson
The Ministry of Adult Spiritual Growth
For the Fall of 2022, the Ministry of Adult Spiritual Growth is pleased to announce the following classes.
We have tried to balance our offerings of classes in a variety of areas of Spiritual Growth:
We hope these classes will help people connect with each other, while building our community of faith.
About Sunday Morning Class times:
Please notice that the starting time has changed to 9:15 AM. This allows us to accommodate the many people who attend classes and have to be available for something related to our worship service at 10:30.
If you intend to participate in a Sunday morning class, please be ready to begin class promptly at 9:15 AM.
About Books for the Classes
All of the books used in the following classes, except for the Follow Me classes, are widely available through local public libraries and major online booksellers. Many are available in audio format.
Inexpensive, used copies can be purchased through used booksellers like AbeBooks.com, Biblio.com, or ThriftBooks.com.
Books for the Follow Me classes will be purchased by the Ministry of Adult Spiritual Growth. If you can, please donate $8 per book to Forest Hill Church, specifying that it is for books for a class. But if this expense would be difficult for you, please consider the book to be our gift to you.
Also coming this fall:
Intergenerational Gathering – An opportunity for adults and children to neet together, facilitated by Amy Wheatley and members of the Ministry of Family, Youth, and Children; dates to be announced
Immigration Task Force Forum – in November
Developing Your SuperPowers: Disrupting Interpersonal Racism Series – in November and DecemberTags: Adult Ed, community, Worship
December 14, 2021 Antoinette Richardson
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.
Pastors Veronica and JohnTags: community, Worship
December 13, 2021 Antoinette Richardson
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.Tags: community, faith, Worship
August 12, 2018 Peg Weissbrod
A year ago this weekend the country was transfixed by the protests that rocked the town of Charlottesville, VA. The deadly violence there lifted the national consciousness and brought into focus in a broader way the nation’s struggle with white fragility and privilege. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: 1 Corinthians 12:27-31, anthropologist, community, compassion, Desmond Tutu, divisiveness, Front Porch, I am because we are and we are because I am, King David, Montreat, Psalm 150, Scripture interprets scripture, Shirley Guthrie, Ubunto, United Voices
July 29, 2018 Peg Weissbrod
Robin Craig, a member of this Presbytery who was ordained out of Forest Hill Church, recently reignited my practice of gratitude with a little exercise she’s been doing on Facebook called “5 Great Things About Today.” Read the rest of this entry »Tags: 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24, abundance, balance, community, Diana Butler Bass, Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart, grateful, gratitude, gratitude muscle, John 6: 5-14, resilience, scarcity
July 8, 2018 Peg Weissbrod
Susan was afraid to go to her boss and tell him that his suggestive humor was offensive. John didn’t like the way that the leader of the committee always interrupted and put people down. Barb was hurt because in the ministry meeting she never seemed to be listened to. But Susan, John and Barb didn’t say anything. They didn’t confront. They didn’t want to rock the boat, or cause trouble. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: 6 steps to get over conflict avoidance, Amy Morin, community, conflict, confrontation, exegete, Matthew 18:15-20, Psychology Today, reconciliation, relationships, speaking truth in love
July 1, 2018 Peg Weissbrod
One evening last week Lisa Vahey told this story at the meeting of those who volunteer their time to be with Leonor, Adan and Louis Mario as they live with us in Sanctuary. She shared with us that often she takes Adan (who is four) to the Stone Oven on Lee for a cookie. So Adan and Lisa enter Stone Oven and apparently there are two tables filled with Forest Hill members and Adan goes right up and says hello, starts working the crowd as only he can. He knows people that Lisa doesn’t. And as she completed this story she became choked up and said: “Adan feels at home in this world, he feels welcomed!” Read the rest of this entry »Tags: 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 3: 16-17, anchor, biblical justification, biblical truths, borders, children, community, compassion, divine intention, Dr. Martin Luther King, due process, hope, imagination, Immigration Task Force, Isaiah, justice, oppression, reconciliation, separation, shore, status quo, the alien, the marginalized, the oppressed, the outcast, the poor, welcome
May 6, 2018 Peg Weissbrod
Several times, when Deanne and I lived in Scotland, we were invited to “Bide a wee.” Stay a little longer – have a wee dram before returning to the city. It was an expression of warm friendship and hospitality. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: beloved, Bide a wee, communion, community, friends, friendship, John 15: 7-17, prayer, trust
December 10, 2017 Peg Weissbrod
There was once a young preacher who was given this advice: If, in the middle of your sermon, you forget your train of thought, just step back, pound the podium, and repeat the title of the sermon – and that will get you back on track! Read the rest of this entry »Tags: acting, action, advent, beloved, Christmas, comfort, community, dis-ease, discomfort, ease, fear, hope, Isaiah 40:1-11, love, Mark 1:1-8, Right in Your Lap, tension, waiting
December 3, 2017 Peg Weissbrod
Happy New Year! I bet you didn’t see that coming, did you? But you know today’s the first day of the new worship year. Indeed, the church calendar begins in Advent and runs through the year until Christ the King Sunday, or the celebration of the rule of Christ which we marked last week. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: advent, Advent 1, communion, community, faith community, First Sunday in Advent, Happy New Year, hope, liturgical year, Mark 13: 24-37, Parker Palmer, Stay Awake, suffering, support, tension