Forest Hills is an intentionally intergenerational congregation.
Our mission statement:
Together we help each other find and use our God-given gifts to REACH the world with God's good news, to EQUIP each other as disciples and to RESPOND "here I am" when the Spirit calls.
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Come see us at 836 W. Lexington Avenue, High Point, NC 27262 (just 2/10 mile off Westchester Drive.)
July 5...Congregational meeting after worship to elect officers for the class of 2018 and the Nominating committee for the coming year.
10:00 a.m.--all ages together, light breakfast provided. Come explore faith and life with all generations...
Men's D-Team Bible Study Saturday's @ 7:30 a.m.
Richard Rohr talks about the Eastern Orthodox doctrine of theosis, a common practice of the Eastern church, but one ignored or even denied here in the West. Rohr says:
The Eastern fathers of the Church believed we could experience real and transformative union with God. This is in fact the supreme goal of human life and the very meaning of salvation...
That's the message we at FHPC hear Jesus try and get through our heads. We hear that farmore clearly than "believe in Jesus and be baptized so you won't go to hell." (Though we know some will send us to hell for that!)
"Follow me" and be changed is what we hear. It's what we see in the stories of the gospels and the early church. Rohr says:
Salvation isn't about replacing our human nature with a fully divine nature, but growing within our very earthiness and embodiedness to live more and more in the ways of love and grace, so that it comes "naturally" to us and is our deepest nature. This does not mean we are humanly or perfectly whole or psychologically unwounded, but it has to do with an objective identity in God that we can always call upon and return to without fail... Full salvation is finally universal belonging and universal connecting. Our word for that is "heaven."
Perhaps most significant to us is salvation being communal--not at all what we do to ensure our individual well-being or future fate. Universal belonging and universal connecting draws us into community and compels us to action. As we grow into our belonging we must do so with all other people, otherwise we're still not connected fully in the ways of love and grace.
That's the invitation to us from God and from us to you. We don't need you to come into the church to fix you or to fix the church. We need you to come into the church, because you have something to teach us and we have something to teach you. We need you to belong to us, and we need to belong to you.