Upcoming Events

March 21, 2021


Coffee Hour

Please join us every Sunday in Fellowship Hall after worship service for coffee and refreshments!  ~Deacons

Library Corner

If you have been reading this weekly Library Corner since the beginning of the summer,  you know about specific books and categories of books that you can find at the Meg Cameron Memorial Library in the Church.  This week, I encourage you to stop by the library to browse through the selection of magazines that […]

FHC Connected

Are you interested in an opportunity to connect with other members of the Forest Hill Church Community? FHC Connected – is just that! FHC Connected started when a couple of FHC members moved from the Cleveland area. Though they remained faithful and attended the YouTube Sunday service, they missed the fellowship and relationships they had […]

Upcoming Events

Sunday Morning

Strength to Love

Facilitators: Quentin Smith and Ron ZimmermanDates and Times: Sundays, September 11 through November 20, 9:15-10:15 AMFormat: Zoom onlyResource Text: Strength to Love, by Martin Luther King, Jr.Class Description: The class will examine King’s philosophies and principles in resisting the evils of this world – poverty, racism, and war – through a study of his book […]

Study of the Book of Wisdom

Facilitators: Kathryn Eloff and Tom ZychDates and Times: Sundays, September 11 through November 20, 9:15-10:15 AMFormat: Hybrid (both in person at church and on Zoom)Resource Text: Each week, the facilitators will send an email containing reflections and suggested readingsClass Description: This class continues our long tradition of Sunday morning Bible study. By popular demand, Kathryn […]

Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living

Facilitators: Pat Jenkins and Ann WilliamsDates and Time: Sundays, September 18 through December 18, 9:15-110:15 AMPossibly also 4:00-5:15 PM, if there is enough interestFormat: Meeting by Zoom only.Resource Texts: One Follow Me book for each month and your own BibleSeptember – Honoring God’s Diversity October – Practice GenerosityNovember – Make Peace December (Advent) – Go […]

Praying with Others Through the Challenges of Life

Facilitator: Leslie ClementDates and Times: Five days in the Fall, with dates and times to be determined by participantsClass Description: Do you long to deepen your prayer life in company with others who have the same longing? Leslie will be sharing a five-part series written by faculty, program directors, and leaders from the Pittsburgh Theological […]

Racial Equity Book Club

Facilitator: Quentin SmithDates and Times: Many (not all) Saturday mornings from October through June, 10:30 AM to 12:00 NoonClass Description: Join this book club to discuss amazing texts by Black women with fellow FHC and community members. We’ll read the books in advance and come together by Zoom, with discussion prompts and opportunities to reflect, […]

Other Times

Probing the Parables

Facilitator: John LentzDates and Times: Sundays, September 26 through December 5, 4:00-5:30 PMFormat: In person at church, with an option for Zoom participation of neededResource Text: Short Stories by Jesus, by Amy-Jill Levine, and your own BibleClass Description: Using the book Short Stories by Jesus as a guide, we will explore Jesus’s most popular teaching […]

Coming Soon

Exploring Racial Equity Buddies

Exploring Racial Equity Buddies The racial equity buddies concept was introduced to Forest Hill Church (“FHC”) about four years ago, by a frequent visitor and friend of FHC, Professor Mark Joseph*.  Saturday morning, September 17, via ZOOM (10:30 to noon), Mark will lead us as we meet to continue this program. Those wishing to attend […]

Fall Festival

Mark your calendars for Sunday, SEPTEMBER 18th. We will have a picnic lunch ready for you after church. Yummy food, games for the kids, and a wonderful time with members.  If you and your family would like to join, please RSVP using this link: https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/40ce9179. ~Kitty McWilliams

Classes and Groups for Fall 2022

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: Learning about contemporary approaches to scriptures Growing in our ability to follow Jesus Demonstrating […]

Fiber and Fellowship

We are looking for machine sewers to join us to complete reusable shopping bags for the food bank. Knitters are welcome as well- we have prayer shawl patterns and yarn available.  We will not be meeting in August!  For more information or questions, please get in touch with Carol Gifford.

Recent Events

Voter Registration

Yes!! There is another Primary Election on August 2, 2022Purpose: To select candidates for the Ohio House, Ohio Senate and State Central Committee to appear on the 2022 November ballot. Voting districts and some poll locations have been changed due to recent redistricting. Vote-by-Mail applications are in the church lobby. To find your ballot go to: www.443vote.us or https://Ballotpedia.org or […]

Celebration of life for Doris Brandt

Cindy Newton and her family will be having a celebration of life for her mother, Doris Brandt, a long-time FHC member who passed away on November 18, 2020. Cindy extends an invitation to the FHC family to join her family in remembering Doris on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at 11:30 AM in the sanctuary.

Minutes of April 19, 2022 FHC Immigration Task Force Meeting

The presentation Anne Smith and Sharon Shumaker made at a recent Inter-Religious Task Force on Central America conference went well. They received a $100 donation for their time. These funds were deposited in the FHC Sanctuary Fund.  The government of Canada is giving Idrissa and Issoufou $700/month until they receive work permits which should take […]

“The Sum of Us” Book Discussion

Heather McGhee wonders at the beginning of the book why we can’t have nice things. By that she means policies and systems that work for all of us. Her exploration of that question produced a book that examines all of the ways that the zero-sum game prevents us from creating thriving communities that work for everyone.

Allied Organizations

Heights Friends of Immigrants (HFOI) Heights Friends of Immigrants supports migrants and refugees locally in NE Ohio.  It provides education and takes action on various initiatives in defense and support of our immigrant sisters and brothers. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday evening of each month in rotation at St. Dominic Church, Forest Hill […]

Black Caucus Book Club Will Discuss”Some of My Friends Are…” Saturday, June 18.

Our final book discussion before we break for summer will take place  (via Zoom)  Saturday morning, June 18 from 10:30 to 12 noon. We will be discussing Professor Deborah Plummer’s book “Some of My Friends Are…The Daunting Challenges and Untapped Benefits of Cross-Racial Friendships“. Why do neighborhoods tend to be primarily of one race? Why do […]

History and Reflections: our Journey as a Church into Interfaith Social Justice 

When: Sunday, May 22, 9:30-10:30 AM, before Sunday worship Facilitator: Pastor John Lentz Where: Hybrid in South Hall and on ZoomDescription: An informal discussion of our journey as a church into interfaith work towards social justice. Pastor John Lentz will share his memories of involvement with Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope and Greater Cleveland Congregations. There will be time […]

Bringing the Border Home

Sunday, April 24 & Sunday, May 1, 2022; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” — Matthew 25:35 The Immigration Task Force of Forest Hill Church Presbyterian invites you to attend “Bringing the Border […]

Open our Eyes and Hearts to Racial Injustice

Noting that FHC has boldly declared herself a Matthew 25 church, the class asks what does that mean and, more importantly, how does it manifest itself when we also consider Micah 6:8 and Mark 12:28–34.

Immigration Task Force

The Forest Hill Church Immigration Task Force would like to hear from you! The task force seeks to welcome the stranger by 1) providing support for Emmanuel, Idrissa, and Issoufou from Burkina Faso who live in the church while awaiting asylum and 2) Educating and mobilizing the church members and friends about the conditions and […]

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

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 […]

The Men’s Group – “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life” by Richard Rohr

Men of the FHC congregation get together early in the morning for a lively group discussion.

The Underground Church:  Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus by Robin Meyers

The Underground Church proposes that the faithful recapture the spirit of the early church with its emphasis on what Christians do rather than what they believe. Robin Meyers proposes that the best way to recapture the spirit of the early Christian church is to recognize that Jesus-following was and must be again subversive in the best sense of the word because the gospel taken seriously turns the world upside down.

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

The first candle on a traditional Advent wreath represents Hope. We will focus on Hope for the entire month of Advent this year.

The Birth of Jesus

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.

How to decide which class is right for you?

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 […]

Update from the Co-Pastors

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 […]

Christmas Eve Service

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.

Saving Jesus Redux

Ever feel like Jesus has been kidnapped by the Christian Right and discarded by the Secular Left?  “Saving Jesus Redux is a 12-Session small group exploration of the credible Jesus for the third millennium.

Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living

How does faith develop? How do lives change? How do communities transform?   The process is a lifelong journey. Faith develops as we practice following what Jesus did, embodied, and taught. We learn to love God and others as we study the Bible both individually and within a group setting.


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 […]

Women of FHC

Come and join us each Saturday morning to walk through Acacia Metropark Reservation off Cedar Road near Richmond. We meet at 8:00 am and are usually done by 9:00 to leave plenty of time for all the OTHER things you need to do on Saturdays. All are welcome! We are all about building community, and […]

Columbus Dispatch Writes about Plight of Asylum Seekers

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 […]

Discuss “White Rage” on Oct. 23 with the Black Caucus Book Club

Join the Black Caucus (via zoom) Saturday Morning, October 23 from 10:30 a.m to noon, October 23 to discuss “White Rage” by Carol Andersen. This is an important and insightful book on race and racism. To receive the ZOOM link contact us at blackcaucus@fhcpresb.org. All people of goodwill are welcome.

Youth Group Trip to Cedar Point is Aug 21st!

Family Summer Splash is July 24th!

You’re invited to our FAMILY SUMMER SPLASH event on Saturday, July 24th from 1pm – 3:30pm on the church lawn. There will be WATER FUN for children of all ages, including a 28-ft inflatable Slip ‘n Slide! We’ll also have water balloons, kiddie pools, a sponge run, spray bottle tag, water painting, and a rubber […]

Black Caucus Online Book Club Choices Announced

All are invited to join our Black Caucus Book Club discussions. Register with office to receive Zoom info for the April discussion of Toni Morrison’s The Origin of Others, & in June: Jemar Tisby’s The Color of Compromise.

Black Caucus Book Club – The Color of Compromise, Saturday, June 5, 2021, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

All are invited to join a discussion of “The Color of Compromise” by Jemar Tisby, on Saturday, June 5, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. In this book, the author writes about the roots of sustained racism and injustice in the American church. He presents a historical survey of the role of race in American Christianity, […]

Black Caucus-Racial Inequality/Reparations Series Saturday, May 22, 10:30AM-12:00PM

This series is includes presentations and small group discussions on the history of racial inequality in this nation and lays the foundation for consideration of appropriate reparations. The discussion resumes with a focus on the period of time from the Civil Rights Movement up to the present day. Send an email to BlackCaucus@FHCpresb.org to receive […]

Spring 2021 Adult Ed Offerings

Two new Adult Ed offerings are coming up. The 1st, from Mar 14-28, will focus on the parables about plants and growth in the Book of Luke, and will be led by Pat Jenkins & Ann Williams. The 2nd, from Apr 11-May 23, will explore ways to pray focused on the Lord’s Prayer. Two groups […]

Huge Online Jam Sale for Camp Lilac

Help Camp Lilac, a camp for transgender youth supported by FHC, by purchasing Ann Williams’ homemade jams online at Grandma Makes Stuff, by phone (216) 470-0074 or email. Sale prices for Blueberry, Cherry, Pear-Spice, Peach, Plum, Raspberry, Strawberry, Tropical Fruit jams; Apple Butter (small only); Apricot-Ginger Spread; & Grape Jelly: Prices: $3 – Small 8 […]

Join the Talk about Reparations: a 5-part series ~ Sat Mar 27

Are reparations part of the solution to the seemingly intractable question of racial inequality? On Sat Mar 27, the Black Caucus will begin a 5-part series of ZOOM discussions on this prickly question. All are invited and encouraged to attend. The 1st meeting will focus on the Declaration of Independence & U.S. Constitution; the slave […]

One Great Hour of Sharing

This Lenten season, please give generously to One Great Hour of Sharing. One Great Hour of Sharing is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world by sharing God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Click through for a video by member Danielle Cosgrove on the […]

Maundy Thursday Service

Please join our Maundy Thursday Service on Zoom! Time: Apr 1, 2021, 07:00 PM Eastern Time (the US and Canada) Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/85499936691 Meeting ID: 854 9993 6691 One tap mobile1-301-715-8592

“The Story of Shuffle Along” Free for February

Karamu House and the Musical Theater Project are offering The Story of Shuffle Along online for free for the entire month of February! Register here to receive access to watch it free for the entire month. Member Treva Offutt collaborated on the show as both a performer and choreographer.

Lenten Fellowship Zoom Movie Discussion: The Young Messiah ~ Wed Mar 17, @ 7pm

Sign up through the office to participate in our Zoom movie review of The Young Messiah, Wed Mar 17 @ 7pm. Watch the film on Netflix beforehand and then join your church friends in reflecting on the experience.

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