Wake Forest Presbyterian Leaflets
For Friday, August 11, 2017
OfficersbLogWFPC Officers' Column
In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus tells us not to worry; not to worry about our life, what we'll eat, etc. It's a popular verse which I'm sure you've heard. Personally, my favorite part is the end of verse 26 when He says, "Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" There are parts of the Bible that can be pretty confusing, but Jesus is pretty clear in these verses. Yet, this is where we, as imperfect humans, struggle the most. We worry about all sorts of things: money, health, whether people will like us -- heck, we even worry about our favorite sports teams. Plain and simple, we worry about EVERYTHING! Personally, our family has been worrying quite a bit about a family member who's been in the ICU for over a week, and although these words provide comfort that God has everything under control, we still worry. Probably because we sometimes don't like the potential outcomes. But our lives and our relationship with God go way beyond whether or not we get this job or make this team, and it even goes beyond our certain death. In fact, it's infinite. We get to be with Him forever. What if we thought of our lives and our relationships in this way -- as never ending. Would we worry as much?

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Dear Lord,
Although we continually fall short, thank you for your forgiveness and unending love. Remind us that despite all of our failures, you are with us for eternity. Help us to view our lives in that eternity and give us everlasting peace. Amen


Jon Gutekunst
Elder of Facilities
thusanangA Letter from South Africa - Thusanang Program
Dear Brothers and Sisters at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church,
I am sorry I haven't written sooner to thank your wonderful church for the most welcome donations of $2,000 (US) which you send us every quarter. We are so delighted to receive your great help as we continue the feeding scheme for over 800 families in our area. Some of these families are dreadfully needy and rely very much on the provisions which you enable us to purchase. The number of trainees needing a lunch each day has grown this year and the Thusanang staff cook a healthy meal for all of them. The vegetable gardens are doing very well as we have had good rains so all in all we have a happy story to relate.
Your generous gifts are always so welcome and bring much joy and hope to all. Please know that we pray for you and we ask God to bless you and to reward your amazing kindness and generosity to us. Please tell all your parishioners that we are deeply grateful and send love and prayers.
May God Bless you all,
Sister St. John and all in Winterveldt
exploreExploration Sunday - August 27
Come and explore all the different ministries at WFPC! You'll get the chance to wander through displays highlighting all areas of church life, and then we will host our very first Ministry Speed Dating Game! Areas represented will include:
  • adult discipleship
    • women's and men's bible studies
    • Sunday school
  • children's ministry
  • youth ministry
  • mission and outreach
  • facilities
dignityLiving with Grace, Dying with Dignity
(Making and Sharing End-of-Life Decisions)
Ever think about what will really matter to you and your loved ones as the end of life approaches? Have you considered how to communicate what's important, not just through written documents, but through open and caring conversations? The Body and Soul Ministry team cordially invites everyone to participate in a ten-week end-of-life planning class beginning Wednesday, September 13, after dinner. These one-hour classes will feature presenters who are both WFPC members and external subject matter experts. The goal is to provide information that is both practical and to the point, while offering a forum for fellowship and discussion. The class topic schedule, location and preliminary sign-up sheet for how many packets we'll need to prepare can be found at our table on Exploration Sunday, August 27, in the CLC. We look forward to beginning these conversations with you in an effort to make end-of-life planning discussions easier for everyone.
updateUpdate from Two PCUSA Missionaries
Some of you may remember a visit from our missionaries, Alan and Ellen Smith, a while back. Just to update you, Al and Ellen are still serving in eastern Europe. Ellen continues her work as a regional liaison, facilitating support from the PCUSA for partner programs, relationships and activities. Ellen reported at length to us about her efforts to assist Father Vladimir Klimzo, in the small Russian village of Davydovo, with his ministry for special needs children. Al maintains his contacts with the Roma people in Carpatho-Ukraine, working with a Roma pastor to help them experience full inclusion in the church and society.

Ellen writes regular letters for the Presbyterian Mission website. You can access her letters at this address: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/alan-and-ellen-smith/. In her most recent letter, she described a visit to Kiev and other parts of the Ukraine. The war there rages on and many are experiencing dire circumstances. Please pray for these people as well as Al and Ellen.

We can look forward to another visit with the Smiths sometime this fall. Their USA home is in Fayetteville. Please watch for an announcement.
chickflicksChick Flicks in August
Please join us for fellowship, fun, and a great movie on the third Friday of each month. This month, we will meet on August 18 to watch "Black or White." We will gather between 6:30 and 7:00 and start the movie around 7:15 at the home of Diane Terrell. Please bring an appetizer and beverage of your choice. RSVP to Trish Floyd ( pjfloyd90@gmail.com) or Diane Terrell ( dianegterrell@gmail.com). 
scoutsBoy Scouts Trip
Wake Forest Presbyterian is the Charter Organization for Boy Scout Troop V.  As the Charter Organization, we support them in very practical ways.  One of those ways is through our prayers. This past Thursday, members of Boy Scout Troop V headed  to Key West, where they are participating on their Journey to Seabase.  We are with them through our prayers: prayers for safe travel; that the logistics all line up as planned; for safety and health for our Scouts (Keith, Greg, Brett, Jake, Jeddy and Nicholas) AND the staff serving at Seabase; for the Scouts to enjoy the trip; learn about themselves and the environment etc.; live the Scout Oath and Law AND  bless others on our Journey.  They will return this coming Friday.
mandsMission and Service
Save the Date!
The Mission and Outreach Golf Outing is scheduled for Saturday, October 7. More details to follow!

CROP Hunger Walk
On September 24, Wake Forest Presbyterian Church is going to Walk, Give, and Change the World! So far, we have twenty people pledging a total of $520 for the CROP Walk! Now we need walkers to see that this pledged money helps feed the hungry, provides jerry cans so small villages can transport water from community wells, trains farmers, and supplies seeds and gardening supplies for community gardens. To walk or give, please contact Millie Seiler at agseiler@outlook.com.

BackPack Buddies Fundraiser
Come and join Kendra Scott Jewelry, 4321 Lassiter at North Hills Ave, Stuie F100 in Raleigh, this Saturday from 1 to 4 PM. Bring along a nonperishable item to donate to the BackPack Buddy Food Drive and you'll be entered to win a free piece of jewelry. Twenty percent of all proceeds will benefit Northeast Wake BackPack Buddies!
bodysoulBody & Soul Ministry
"Everyone is waiting for someone else to start" is the subtitle of another section of the results of the conversation Project National Survey. One-fifth of Americans included in the survey reported that they haven't broached the topic of end-of-life care because they are waiting for their loved ones to bring the topic up first. Yet, almost 100% of those surveyed said that they would have a conversation about their wishes for end-of-life care if asked about them. Forty eight percent said they would welcome this discussion and be relieved by it. Another 41% say they would be willing to have this conversation, even though it might be a difficult thing to do.

Caregiver Resources
  • Dementia Education Programming Series - Thursday, August 17; and Thursday, September 21, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St, Wake Forest. You may attend one or both sessions; registration is required. Click here to register, or call 919-435-9458
  • Information on Being a Caregiver - Click here for access to articles, a newsletter, and other resources for caregivers, regardless of the diagnosis of the person for whom you are caring.
  • "OK Now What? A Caregiver's Guide to What Matters" written by Sue Collins, RN, and Nancy Taylor Robson. The book deals with focusing on what really matters "while taking care of the business of living at the end of life." For further description, click here. Available through AARP and on Amazon.

 

HisKidsHis Kids News
THIS WEEK IN HIS KIDS WORSHIP, our children are exploring  Micah 6:6-8 (What Is Good?) . Next week, we'll be looking at Matthew 25:31-40 (Lord, When Was It?) All children ages 4 through 5th grade are invited out to Holywood (Mod Red, Room 1) after our Time With the Youngest Disciples for their own service.


~Katherine Peiper, Director of Children, Families and Youth Ministries |
YouthNewsYouth News
WE NEED SINGERS!  We will be combining with the Chancel Choir to sing in church on August 20. We will be singing the South African greeting song that we sang for our Youth Gala back in the spring! Please join us for rehearsal in the sanctuary on Wednesday, August 16, from 7:00 - 7:45 PM. Contact Janet if you have any questions.

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THE YOUTH KICK-OFF AND POTLUCK DINNER will be on September 10 at 5:30 PM.  Be on the lookout for more details in the coming weeks, but for now, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  This is a fun event for families of all 6th through 12th graders.  We are looking forward to a great year!  

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YOUTH: WE NEED YOUR HELP! The playground is getting new mulch, and many hands make light work. Come help us spread the mulch on the playground to get it ready for the coming school year!
Saturday, August 19
Meet in the CLC at 8 AM for a delicious breakfast
Work in the playground at 9 AM



~Janet Briley, Assistant Director of Youth Ministries youth@wakeforestpres.org 
ScriptureSermonMusicAugust 13 Scripture, Sermon and Music
Sunday, August136, our Scripture comes from Exodus 3:106. Pastor Rebekah Maul will share her sermon, "Standing on Holy Ground."

Click here  to check out our Music Ministry's selections.

Summer Worship Schedule ~ July 2 through September 3
9:00    Intergenerational Discipleship Hour in the CLC
10:15  Worship in the sanctuary
Tithes and Offerings
Numbers

2017 Annual Budget
$883,212.00
Year-to-date Budgeted (July)
$506,457.00
Year-to-date Actual (July)
$500,131.62
Year-to-date 
$6,325.38

August Budget
$72,351.00
August Tithes and Offerings (thru 8/6/17) $20,251.46

August 6, 2017
Tithes and Offerings $20,251.46
Designated Gifts $1,845.00
Debt Elimination Gifts $615.00


Sunday School Attendance
50
10:15 Attendance 233



Debt Elimination Monthly Budget
$8,000.00
Debt Elimination Received (thru 8/6/17) $615.00

give
...all shall give as they are able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you.
Deuteronomy 16:17
Calendar
WFPC Calendar Highlights
Saturday, August 12
7:00 AM | CLC Youth Room | Iron Sharpens Iron

Sunday, August 13
9:00 AM | CLC | Discipleship Hour
10:15 AM | Sanctuary | Worship Service

Monday, August 14
6:00 PM | CLC | FaithFit

Tuesday, August 15
6:30 PM | CLC | Praise Team Rehearsal

Wednesday, August 16
6:30 PM | CLC B017  | Iron Sharpens Iron
6:30 PM | Music Room | Hand Bells

Thursday, August 17
5:30 PM | CLC | FaithFit
7:00 PM | CLC | Session

Friday, August 18
6:30 PM | Offsite | Chick Flicks
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12605 Capital Blvd
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