Friday, April 30, 2021
Officer's Column
I have always seemed to be able to focus on what was at hand, the issue or problem that I needed to solve. I am almost always successful alone, but when I lean on my co-workers, I seldom fail. Occasionally I would wake up in some dark hour of the night or early morning with the solution of some issue that was plaguing me. I always felt this was Divine assistance, since with God, all things are possible.

Since the beginning stages of the pandemic, this ability seemed to be starting to wane. When I am at work, I can stay on task and usually overcome the problems that arise. They seem to affect me more than they used to though. Several months ago, I began to feel as though I was almost outside my thoughts at times, but I was usually able to quickly come back around and “come to my senses."

The world around me seemed a bit out of sorts-- a touch out of ordinary, and not what it seems.

The past few I have tried to take some time for myself, stepping out of the constant barrage of social media, news and noise and turning instead to additional prayer and meditation in an effort to re-center myself and focus on the here and now. Trying to recover my focus and bringing real life back into view, it has made an amazing difference. Never doubt the power of Prayer; when we communicate with the Divine, we elevate ourselves a little closer to Him.

I really think the gradual reopening of the church campus has made a difference as well. Being able to see (although usually just the eyes) of familiar faces lifts my spirits.

Philippians 3:15-16 says “So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision — you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.”

Prayer: Dear Lord, please continue to sustain us through this trial. We can see the hopeful end, but sometimes it seems to keep moving farther away. We have met in person and will soon meet even more in person. Keep the Faithful Faithful. We trust in You and Your vision of our future.

Jim Wills
Co-Facilities Elder
Worship at WFPC
Sundays at 9 a.m. (in-person) and 10:30 a.m. (in-person and online)
Join us in person or online this Sunday as Pastor Rebekah Maul returns to share her sermon, "Power and Glory Forever." Our Scripture comes from Psalm 145:10-13

You can print a bulletin to use at home here. Bulletins will be provided for those attending in-person.

9 A.M. In-Person Worship in the CLC next week
10:30 A.M. In-Person Worship in the Sanctuary (also online)
We have capacity for up to 80 folks to attend each of our our in-person worship services, held each Sunday at 9:00 and 10:30. Guidelines have been established for safety and are all explained on the reservations page for each week. If you'd like to attend, you must have a reservation by 9 a.m. Saturday. We're sorry that we cannot accommodate walk-ups. You can check availability and make your reservation by using the following links: (If you need help signing up, please contact Kathy Drake at 919-880-5382.)

  • Sunday, May 2 (with communion) for either 9:00 in the CLC or 10:30 in the sanctuary
  • Sunday, May 9 for either 9:00 in the CLC or 10:30 in the sanctuary


Our 10:30 a.m. worship service is livestreamed on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.
A Letter from Pastor Rebekah
Earlier this week, we mailed a letter to all members of our church from Pastor Rebekah. Below is an excerpt from that letter:

The Teacher in the Book of Ecclesiastes wrote that there is a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens (Ecc.3:1). For me this is very applicable. I am excited and at the same time sad that my season as your pastor is coming to a close. I will be retiring as your pastor after our worship together on August 1st. If I could have mail-ordered the perfect church to conclude my ministry through… well, God knew exactly what the perfect church would be for me – Wake Forest Presbyterian Church.

When I arrived nearly eight years ago, our church home was emerging out of a defining season of life together, often referred to as a “wilderness” time. Yes, there had been upheaval and lots of anger and grief to bear… but we came through. As the storm clouds cleared, it was obvious that those who I met when I arrived, wanted to be here… to be the life that took our church into a future marked with a growing sense of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. You approached any ministry opportunity with an open mind and heart and claimed the changes that were hard, but necessary. All I did during that first year was to remind us that the church belongs to God… not to an ideology; not to just a certain “type” of Christian; not to a theological litmus test; not as an entity that needs to protect God. God pretty much protects God’s self. God calls us to be faithful, as God is faithful to us. Wake Forest Presbyterian has been faithful, and the most meaningful aspect of our life together is the amount of Joy that is ours in sharing our call to follow Jesus.

This congregation is well seasoned; unified in Christ; outward focused; more welcoming… ready for whatever comes next. You are strong and courageous with wonderful servant leaders on the Session and Diaconate. I think this has been one of the lessons of Covid19... we have been forced to refocus how we do ministry and how we serve as the light of Christ in our greater community and world. Your creativity and willingness to shift have all prepared us for the next chapter of Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. It’s going to be great!

What happens next? Questions will have to be asked and answered. The Presbytery of New Hope will help guide us with all the processes and tasks ahead, and they will be meeting with the current Diaconate and Session in May. One of the reasons I love our denomination is that we are truly a connectional church that loves the Lord, and our mutual support of one another makes us all stronger.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta -- Welcome Back Wednesday
Wednesday, May 5 at 5:30 pm
Reservations are now open for the Wednesday, May 5, dinner and fiesta! Click here to reserve your spot. Kitchen manager Dana Wills and her dedicated team will offer burritos (bean, chicken and beef), Spanish rice, chips and salsa. As you make your reservation, you will be prompted to choose your meal and pre-pay online (preferred) or designate you will pay on arrival. Reservations are required. Please bring a picnic blanket and chairs as our fiesta takes place on the lawn near the Rose Garden. In case of inclement weather, meals will be provided "to go" only. Te veo pronto! (See you soon!). Questions or have trouble making a reservation? Contact Sarah Chapman at 919-274-1969 or sarahmckeonchapman@gmail.com.

Choice A Vegetarian
Bean burrito
Avocado salad
Spanish rice
Chips and salsa

Choice B Chicken
2 chicken burritos
Spanish rice
Chips and salsa

Choice C Combo
1 beef burrito
2 chicken burrito
Spanish rice
Chips and Salsa
Calling All Seniors (High School and College)
We want to celebrate you! Send Janet a picture along with information about your next steps...where are you graduating from? Are you going to college (if so, where)? Do you have a job lined up? Grad school? Gap year? We want to know what you are looking forward to! Send Janet your picture and information by May 9 to youth@wakeforestpres.org. We also want to celebrate you with our “Graduate Recognition” on Sunday, May 23, at the 10:30 worship service. There is a limited number of people attending the worship services, so we need to get you and your family signed up! When you email your information, please let Janet know the names of all family members that will be attending that day. We look forward to helping you celebrate your achievements on May 23.
Memorial Rose Garden Maintenance
Our Memorial Rose Garden serves as a place of comfort, peace and reflection for our church and its members, and once again we need volunteers to help keep it in good condition and health. Please consider volunteering for this important task. Training will be provided. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0545a5a723a46-wfpc2
Thank You for Your Support!
The youth would like to say a big “thank you” for your support on Youth Sunday. Whether you were with us in person, or you watched the service at home, we are grateful for your presence and guidance. We hope that our service was meaningful and that you felt God’s presence and love.
JOY Group Get-Together
The JOY Group will be having their first in-person get-together for lunch on Friday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m. at the Village Grill in Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Rd (at Falls of Neuse). We will order off the menu and be in a separate room. (If we have a good turn-out, the room can be private for us.)  The program will simply be a chance to renew old acquaintances and share what has been going on in your life this last year.

For reservations, contact Dean Tryon, 919-562-4660 or DGTryon2516@gmail.com .
Mission and Outreach
This evening April 30th: WFPC Drive-Through Food Drive for Glory Tabernacle Food Pantry is happening from 5-7 p.m.
Please bring any of the following:
*Peanut Butter * Jelly * Hot cereal * Green Beans * Canned Fruit *
*Beans * Rice * Mac n Cheese *Mixed Veggies* Canned Meats*
Our JOY seniors will be waiting to unload from your cars at the front entrance of our church. You can also support our JOY food drive by writing a check to Glory Tabernacle with “Food Pantry” on the check’s memo/donation line. Checks can be dropped off during the food drive on April 30th or mailed to Glory Tabernacle, PO Box 999, Youngsville, NC 27596. Monetary donations enable the pantry to purchase eggs and dairy products!
Questions? Contact Millie Seiler 585-202-4442 or agseiler@outlook.com.


Two ways to be part of the Hardy Estate Auction to support WFPC Missions and WFPC Youth Ministries: Volunteer and Bid away!
If you would like to volunteer to help on the day of customer pickups (Saturday, May 8th), we have three openings and need your help. Please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0545a5a723a46-mission
Then don’t forget to sign up and begin bidding on the Ebid Local online auction found at: https://auction.ebidlocal.com/cgi-bin/mmdetails.cgi?staples569 Visit www.ebidlocal.com, register as a bidder and join in the fun. There is a lot of great stuff!
In person Preview: Saturday, May 1st: 3:00-6:00PM 15 Willows Den Court, Youngsville
Auction Close: Wednesday, May 5th, beginning at 10:00AM – “Rolling Close” (see site for details)
Pickup: Saturday, May 8, 9:00AM-3:00PM 15 Willows Den Court, Youngsville
Private Preview and Pickup can be scheduled by contacting Robin Roper at rgroper@gmail.com. You may also direct any questions regarding the auction to Robin.
Note: All proceeds are going to M&O and Youth minus a small percentage fee required to the Ebid platform. No commission is being charged on this auction.


CWS HYGIENE KITS
Despite restrictions due to the pandemic, in the past year Church World Services distributed more than 27,000 hygiene kits to help our brothers and sisters in crisis. Most recently, more than 2,000 hygiene kits were sent to Texas in response to the damaging winter weather and 1,500 kits to Alabama after the recent tornados.  The need is great and ongoing.
WFPC will again participate in this mission by putting together hygiene kits. Each kit consists of one hand towel measuring approximately 16”x32” (no fingertip, bath, dish or microfiber), one wash cloth, one wide-tooth comb (removed from package), one fingernail or toenail clipper (removed from package), one toothbrush in the original package, one bath size bar of soap, and ten standard size Band-aids. These items are to be placed in a gallon-sized zip lock bag.
Donation boxes will be in the CLC and the narthex. Collection will end May 6.
Questions? Contact Sue Crawford (jcrawford53@nc.rr.com)


Don't Forget! Backpack Buddies Packing Event Tonight at 6:30!
The next scheduled packing event at WFPC for our Backpack Buddies program has been moved to Friday, April 30. We follow all required COVID safety measures, and signing up in advance is required. Assigned volunteer times begin at 6:30 p.m., but please contact Heather Wheeler to volunteer and get more information at heathersb73@yahoo.com Thank you for your support!

Serving our Veterans
Have you ever thought that food insecurity would affect some of the men and women that we honor on Memorial Day and Veterans Day? Well, it does on an everyday basis. Our church sends shelf-stable food for breakfast or dinner every month to keep our veterans going during their hard times.

The Veteran's Assistance team is in the process of planning an upcoming annual VA food drive for Saturday, May 29, at Lowes Food (12524 Capital Blvd.). Click here to sign up to help out! If you are interested in more information, please contact Bonnie or Benny Hoots at 919-529-4373.


Options, Options, Options! - Donations to support Tri-Area Ministry (TAM) has never been easier
You now have the convenient option to drop off food donations at WFPC on Sunday mornings while onsite for the 9 a.m. in-person service. A bin labeled Tri-Area Ministry is available by the main entrance to the CLC. If you wish you may also continue to donate directly to the food pantry located at 149 E. Holding Ave. downtown Wake Forest. Donations can be dropped off on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second and third Saturdays of each month (same times). A convenient 24/7 drop-off box out is located out front if you can’t drop-off donations during the open business hours. Please contact Armin Harrell at alharrell48@gmail.com for more information.


The Giving Garden SignUpGenius has been updated through July, 2021
Opportunities to volunteer include Saturday mornings 8-11 a.m., Tuesday mornings 9-11 a.m., and Wednesday evenings 6-8 p.m. In addition to these, there are tasks for a variety of skill levels and interests that can be done at other times/days. Please contact us if you are interested!
Mark Your Calendar:
Next Garden Leadership Team meeting: Monday, May 3, 7p.m. (Zoom)
No workday on Mother’s Day/Graduation weekend, Saturday, May 7
Wednesday evening work sessions starting May 19, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Garden Email Addresswfpcgivinggarden@gmail.com
Point of Contact: Pam Schulze, 919-522-3146



If you are interested in more information about how to get involved with any of our mission opportunities, please contact your Mission and Outreach elders with questions. Contact Randy Parrish at rparrish2146@gmail.com and Sabrina Patton at sabrinapatton10@gmail.com.
Children's Ministry News
VBS 2021 Registration Opens Next Friday!
There will be a link in Leaflets NEXT Friday, and a special children's email going out so you have plenty of opportunities to register! SPACE IS LMITED, so make sure to register early!

Katherine Peiper
Youth Ministry News
Youth Group
See you on Sunday, May 2 for our normal Youth Group gatherings. Middle school 4:00 - 5:00, and high school 5:00 - 6:00!

Janet Briley
Titles and Offerings
2021 Annual Budget...............................$902,500.00
2021 Year-to-date Actual........................$288,420.00

Year-to-date Budget (March)..................$221,100.00
Year-to-date Actual (March)....................$221,209.00

April 2021 Budget....................................$73,700.00
April MTD Offerings.................................$67,212.00
April Debt Elimination Budget..................$5,000.00
April MTD Debt Elim Gifts........................$2,325.00

April 25, 2021
Tithes and Offerings................................$14,928.00
Designated Gifts.....................................n/a
Debt Elimination Gifts.............................$260.00

9:00 In-Person Worship Attendance........77
10:30 In-Person Worship Attendance......76
Online Worship Attendance.....................199+
Sunday School.........................................59
Prayer List
Please keep the following members of our church family in your prayers:
Jody Alston
Jennie Banco
Betty Hay
Genie Hunt
Joan Jones
Don McCorkle
Ed Ray
Si Seiler
Charlene Shaffer
WFPC Calendar Highlights
Friday, April 30
6:15 am Friday Morning Men's Bible Study
5:00 pm Drive Through Food Drive
6:00 pm Backpack Buddy Packing

Saturday, May 1
7:15 am Iron Sharpens Iron
8:00 am Giving Garden Workday

Sunday, May 2
9:00 am In-Person Worship Service
10:30 am In-Person and Online Worship
11:30 am Prep for Worship
4:00 pm Middle School Youth Group
5:00 pm High School Youth Group

Monday, May 3
7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Tuesday, May 4
7:00 pm Praise Team Rehearsal

Wednesday, May 5
4:00 pm Grief Share
5:30 pm Welcome Back Wednesdays Cinco de Mayo
6:30 pm Iron Sharpens Iron
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm Fathers Who Aren't in Heaven
8:00 pm NAPTIME

Thursday, May 6
6:30 pm Senior Bible Study
7:00 pm Ministry Team Night