Pastor Jay's Mid-Week Memo – January 25, 2023

Dear Church family,

I hope your week is going well! I’m away from the office this week and could not do a video, but wanted to get a message to you because so many wonderful things are happening at Forest Hills right now!

Looking back to Sunday, we can celebrate an incredible time of worship in both services and so much more! The Holy Spirit moved powerfully among us during and after both services. I’m convinced a big reason why He is moving so evidently is because so many are praying fervently. We had lots of guests, several key decisions for Christ, and people eager to connect in Sunday School classes in all ages. God is moving – can’t wait to see how He will move this Sunday!

Our midweek discipleship opportunities are in full swing with Wednesday nights cranking back up last week, plus all the other studies and groups happening throughout the week. The energy across campus was off the charts last week as people of all ages gathered to grow in Christ! In fact, 100 more people engaged in discipleship classes/groups last week than the same time a year ago. Praise God! I hope you’ll be there tonight – it’s not too late to join a class. You’ll be glad you did!

Make sure our Night of Prayer and Worship on February 5 is on your calendar. We’ll gather at 4:00pm for what will be a powerful night as we formally conclude our 28 Days of Prayer emphasis by crying out to God for restoration and renewal in us, in our city, in our nation, and among the nations. We desperately need God to move, so join us as we seek Him in prayer and worship.

Each week, there are so many things to celebrate and look forward to. Each week I am reminded that is a gift that we should not take for granted. God is uniquely and powerfully moving among us, so let’s thank Him, seek Him, and eagerly join Him in how He is leading us forward!

Love you, church family, and I will see you soon.

You Are Sent,

Pastor Jay

Posted by Jay Hardwick

Pastor Jay's Mid-Week Memo – November 16, 2022

Dear Forest Hills Family,

I’m writing to you from Memphis as several of us from Forest Hills are here as messengers for the Tennessee Baptist Convention meeting at the historic Bellevue Baptist Church. It has been a great couple of days of meetings, worship, and preaching united and focused on the Great Commission. I’m glad to be a Tennessee Baptist and glad to serve a church that is a leader in our state!

Wanted to share 3 things with you today:

1.  We are celebrating a wonderful Family Gathering this past Sunday as we presented our 2023 Ministry Budget and as I cast vision for several key strategic actions we will prayerfully take over the next couple of months to move Forward Together. If you missed the meeting, please check your email for the recap which also includes a video of the vision presentation here. 

2.  This Sunday is a big day as we conclude our year-long sermon series through Acts on Sunday morning and then gather for our churchwide Thanksgiving meal and service Sunday evening. I hope you will make every effort to be here Sunday morning and Sunday evening – it’s going to be a really great day!
3.  Finally, we are looking forward to the launch of Christmas at Forest Hills on Sunday, November 27! We will begin our Christmas sermon series, Songs of Christmas, and look forward to an exciting celebration of special events and opportunities. Christmas is a great time to worship, serve and to invite friends and family to church – take advantage of every opportunity you can to do all three this Christmas season!

I love what God is doing in our church right now and love being on mission with you. I hope to see you tonight and if not, I’ll look forward to seeing and worshipping with you on Sunday!

Live Sent,
Pastor Jay

Posted by Jay Hardwick