Pastor Jay's Mid-Week Memo – October 5, 2022

Dear Church Family,

Hello from Fayetteville, Arkansas! Thank you so much for your support and encouragement for Molly and our family as she makes her college debut this week. She and her Ole Miss teammates are in great position heading into the final round today! (Photo courtesy of Ole Miss.)

What an incredible Engage Global Celebration we had experienced together last weekend! I am so grateful for our partners, their ministries, and the opportunity we had to be inspired and challenged this weekend. Chad Mize, our staff and Missions Committee did an incredible job organizing and leading us through the weekend. And, we had the most successful Engage Golf Tournament we’ve ever had to kickoff the weekend!

As we move forward from Engage, we need to be considering three questions:

  1. How is God calling me to GO personally every day?
  2. How is God calling me to GO short-term?
  3. How is God calling me to GO long-term?
    • Is God calling you to give a longer period, like a summer, or a year, or even your life to serve on mission? We would love to help you take your next step to pursue this calling!

Bottom line – we want to be known as a people and a church that GOES personally, locally and globally!

This Sunday is big as we officially welcome Bradley Morris, our new Minister of Modern Worship, and as we dive back in to Acts, specifically Acts 20. If I had to pick a life verse, it would be Acts 20:24, so this passage is near and dear to my heart. I know many will be traveling on Fall Break, but I hope you will make every effort to worship with us in person or online.

As we look ahead, Trunk or Treat is rapidly approaching! Be praying for this event, invite people to attend, sign-up for a trunk and bring candy to be given out that night! We’re planning for 2,000 people to attend and need everyone participating to make this event a success.

 Love you church and so grateful for what God is doing! See you soon!

 We Are Sent,

Pastor Jay

Posted by Jay Hardwick

Pastor Jay's Mid-Week Memo – August 17, 2022

Dear Church Family,

We are grateful for your prayers and encouragement as we moved Molly in at Ole Miss this week! (Here's a photo from her signing day last fall.) We are proud of her and all of our FHBC college students that are beginning or continuing their college careers this month. Pray for them and their families! And, we are excited to welcome back all of our students returning to Belmont, Vanderbilt, Lipscomb and other Nashville-area schools. It’s an exciting time in the lives of these students, their families and our church family! 

We are celebrating an outstanding Fall Kickoff carnival last Wednesday with hundreds attending, including many new faces, in spite of the weather challenges. I’m proud of our team doing a great job to move everything indoors and especially appreciate you being there and bringing friends. Every week is someone’s first week at Forest Hills, so always be on the lookout for opportunities to give a warm welcome, and keep inviting your friends as everyone gets into new routines for the fall.

TONIGHT is the launch of Wednesday nights at Forest Hills! I hope you and your family will join us for a delicious meal followed by our midweek opportunities for kids, students and adults. There are still spaces available in our Equip classes for adults – I highly recommend you taking a step to engage with others in studying the Bible together this fall. Tonight will be an exciting kickoff for kids and students as well. Students will be in the ELEVATE Worship Center with a special guest they will not want to miss! It’s a great time to jump in – I hope you will be here!

This Sunday, August 21, we dive back into the book of Acts! I can’t wait, as we will literally see the gospel spread to the ends of the earth as we journey through the second half of Acts this fall. In preparation, I encourage you to read Acts 13-14, which I will be preaching and teaching through on Sunday. I will focus the sermon on a couple of key passages, but I want you to see the full context of what's going on in these critical chapters. Can’t wait to dive back in – be here and be ready to go!

Can’t wait to see you tonight!

Until All Hear,