Both services this Sunday, December 3, will be held in the sanctuary (due to the Walk Through Bethlehem setup.)
Wake Forest Presbyterian Leaflets
For Friday, December 1, 2017

OfficersbLogWFPC Officers' Column
"Thanksgiving is over, right?"

Notice all you have been given and thank the Giver.
Notice God at work and thank the Giver.
Notice God beside you and thank the Giver.
Notice God inside you and thank the Giver.
Notice God in others and thank the Giver.
Notice God in nature and thank the Giver.
Notice the need around you, open your arms to share, and thank the Giver.
Notice.
Just look around where you are right now.
And thank the Giver.
~~Excerpt from a recent daily devotion by Ann Whitfield Carter (d365)

2 Corinthians 9:11-12  You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous on every occasion, which is producing through us thanksgiving to God, because the service of this ministry is not only providing for the needs of the saints but is also overflowing with many thanks to God.

Dear Lord: help us to notice and be thankful, not just one day but every day. Amen.

Marty Wakefield
Elder, Discipleship
wfppPreschool Ministry Update
The preschool ministry is off to a great start this school year! Several classes took field trips to the fire station, Page 158 Books, the Raleigh farmer's market, and the native American exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. Our storyteller, Carol Van Hise, came to visit and shared some stories and poems about fall with the children.

During the Fall Festival in October our kids enjoyed a costume parade and games. We enjoyed a delicious family lunch at the annual Thankful Feast with over 300 folks attending.   Our preschoolers donated 195 food items to  Tri -Area Ministries in November!  The preschool Christmas programs will be  December 13 and 14  at  11:30  in the sanctuary.  

Preschool registration for the upcoming school year will be  January 16-19 for children ages 2 through 5 as of September 1, 2018. If you'd like more information, please contact Dawn Brown at 919-488-1820.

Preschool Scholarship Fundraiser
You are invited to join us at Milton's Pizza and Pasta in Wakefield on Tuesday, December 5, for great food, fun, and fellowship! You may dine in or carry out between 5 and 10 PM. A portion of all sales will benefit the scholarship fund for WFPP when you tell your server that you are with Wake Forest Presbyterian Preschool. We hope you don't miss out on this opportunity to support a great cause!
 coatsCoat Drive December 10
WOW (Women of the Word) Bible Study is collecting clean coats and warm clothing on Sunday, December 10. Joint Bible study groups will be serving dinner to those in need of a warm meal that afternoon, and we would like to also provide some warm clothing. There will be bins in the narthex and the CLC for you to drop off any items. Please bring items ONLY on December 10. Contact Sandie Buda (sandiebuda@nc.rr.com) with questions. Thank you for helping us help others!
joyJOY Group Christmas Brunch
December 9, 9:0 AM
The JOY Group will meet on Saturday, December 9. We will gather in the CLC at 9:30 and enjoy our holiday brunch at 10:00. Edie and Warren Melhado will be our hosts. Please contact Edie at emelhado@nc.rr.com with your RSVP and potluck brunch offering. Everyone is invited to bring a Secret Santa edible gift to exchange (individual or as a couple), with a $10 limit.
 wtbWalk Through Bethlehem
December 1,  6:00-9:00
December 2,  5:00-9:00
December 3,  5:00-8:00

What goes up must come down!
Many thanks to all the members of WFPC who are involved in the 2017 production of Walk Through Bethlehem. Without your efforts, WFPC would not have been able to give this fine gift to our community. But soon, just like Christmas decorations, we must take down the set and the props and then store them until next year. On Saturday, December 9, we will be packing up Bethlehem for storage. For the early risers some will be starting at 8:30, but any time that you have will be appreciated. We plan to finish by noon.
mandsMission and Service
Giving Tree
This year Mission and Outreach is doing a new thing -- we have two Christmas trees set out that have "ornaments" for you to take home. They highlight three missions of the church to which you and your family can give gifts: Christmas Angel, Back Pack Buddies, and the PC USA Giving Catalog. You pick an ornament that will have instructions on how to help; we will "de-decorate" our trees all the way up to Christmas Eve.  There's a table with instructions next to the trees. Please note: if you take a Christmas Angel, the gifts being distributed through the Boys and Girls Club need to be returned by Sunday, December 17.
bodysoulBody & Soul Ministry
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Blood Pressure Screening
Because of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the blood pressure screenings for November and December will be combined. Screenings will be held on Sunday, December 10, following both services.
HisKidsHis Kids News
DECEMBER FIRST FRIDAYS FOR FAMILIES will take place on December 8 (to accommodate Walk Through Bethlehem). We will be meeting a bit earlier than usual -- 5:30 instead of 6:00. We'll be making Advent prayer chains, eating pizza, and watching "The Muppet Christmas Carol!" Please RSVP to Amy Cebrick at amycebrick@yahoo.com by noon on Friday.

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SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EVE FAMILY SERVICE:  WFPC Children's Ministry invites you and your child to join us in a beautiful new tradition...a Christmas Eve pageant! ALL children have a role in the pageant, no rehearsal required! All families are encouraged to join us in the CLC on Sunday, December 24, at 9:00 AM as the children of the church present the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. 

You will have the opportunity to sign your child up for one of the following roles:

Animal - We will have animal masks for children to wear if they choose to be an animal! And animal costumes from home are welcomed!

Angel - Angels wear tinsel halos, which are provided. Wear white leggings or tights.

Shepherd - Shepherds provide their own bathrobes; headpieces are provided. Please have the children wear Tevas or summer sandals.

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UPCOMING DATES TO PUT ON YOUR CALENDAR:
Walk Through Bethlehem on December 1, 2, and 3
First Fridays Movie Night on December 8

~Katherine Peiper, Director of Children, Families and Youth Ministries |
YouthNewsYouth News
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: It's that time again! WFPC Youth are heading out into our community to do nice things for people. Mark your calendars for December 10 from 4:00 - 7:00. We will start at the church by stuffing stockings for the participants in the Meals on Wheels program that meet in our church daily. We will then divide into cars and head out for our random acts. We will meet back at the church to share dinner and stories from the evening. Be on the lookout for the form to sign up! It is imperative that you sign up so we know how many drivers to secure.

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WE NEED SINGERS!  All middle school and high school youth are invited to join a choir to sing at the 9:00 AM service on Christmas Eve (arriving at 8:15). Rehearsals will be on 12/6, 12/13 and 12/20 from 5:30 until 6:00 in the CLC. If you are interested or have any questions, contact Lisa Dolfi at lisadolfi@gmail.com.

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LITURGICAL DANCE: All youth are invited to join Liturgical Dance on December 10. If you are interested, please plan on rehearsing this Sunday from 12:30-1:30 and on December 8 from 7:00-8:00. Contact Lynn Briones at lbhousefull@gmail.com.

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UPCOMING YOUTH DATES:
December 3 Walk Through Bethlehem (No Youth Group)
December 10 Random Acts of Kindness (We will need adults too!)
December 17 Middle School Christmas Party
High School Class Dinners
Decemer 24 No Youth Group
December 31 No Youth Group

~Janet Briley, Assistant Director of Youth Ministries youth@wakeforestpres.org 
ScriptureSermonMusicDecember 3 Scripture, Sermon and Music
Our Scripture will be Romans 8:33-39. Pastor Rebekah Maul will share her sermon, "Intercession." 

Click here  to check out our Music Ministry's selections.
Tithes and Offerings
Numbers

2017 Annual Budget
$883,212.00
Year-to-date Budgeted (October)
$727,510.00
Year-to-date Actual (October)
$689,247.47
Year-to-date 
$38,262.53

November Budget
$77,351.00
November Tithes and Offerings (thru 11/26/17) $78,972.29

November 26, 2017
Tithes and Offerings $16,117.72
Designated Gifts $250.00
Debt Elimination Gifts $660.00


Sunday School Attendance
112
9:00 Attendance 156
11:15 Attendance 157

Debt Elimination Monthly Budget
$8,000.00
Debt Elimination Received (thru 11/26/17) $5,382.00

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
Friday, December 1
6:15 AM | CLC B017 | Friday Morning Men's Bible Study
6:00 PM | CLC | Walk Through Bethlehem (ends at 9 PM)

Saturday, December 2
7:00 AM | CLC Youth Room | Iron Sharpens Iron
10:00 AM | Forest Ridge Park | Naptime Playtime
5:00 PM | CLC | Walk Through Bethlehem (ends at 9 PM)

Sunday, December 3
9:00 AM | CLC | Contemporary Worship
10:00 AM | Campus Wide | Discipleship Hour
11:15 AM | Sanctuary | Traditional Worship
5:00 PM | CLC | Walk Through Bethlehem (ends at 8 PM)

Monday, December 4
6:00 PM | CLC | FaithFit
7:00 PM | Campus Wide | Boy Scouts

Tuesday, December 5
5:00 PM | Off Campus | HOPE Tutoring
6:45 PM | CLC | Praise Team Rehearsal
7:00 PM | B103 | SALT

Wednesday, December 6
5:30 AM | CLC | FaithFit Morning
6:30 PM | Youth Room | Iron Sharpens Iron
7:00 PM | Sanctuary | Chancel Choir Rehearsal
7:00 PM | CLC | Liturgical Dance

Thursday, December 7
5:30 PM | CLC | FaithFit
7:00 PM | CLC | Ministry Team Night
Wake Forest Presbyterian Church
12605 Capital Blvd
Wake Forest, NC 27587
919-556-7777
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