Friday, August 5, 2022
Officer's Column
During this past week, my husband and I decided to take a “much needed” vacation and head to Roanoke, in the mountains of Virginia. We hiked, went to the zoo, heard some great music, and had some delicious food! We had been there a few years ago and really liked it. It was great once again, but we couldn’t help but notice how there was a pretty big homeless population for such a small city.
On our last day there, we decided to stop for lunch before the three-hour drive home. We went to a nice restaurant in City Market and decided to sit outside, since the weather was so beautiful. Once we got to our table, there were several homeless people sitting and lying on tables near the restaurant. They were a very close-knit community and seemed to get along well, talking, sharing the food that they had, and taking care of each other.

I was consumed. I asked Ed, “Where would they get their next meal?” ”Where would they sleep tonight?” “What caused them to be homeless?” and “Why couldn’t they find a job? “ These questions kept circling in my mind and are still weighing heavily today.

I had two “takeaways” from this experience. (1) I am so blessed to have a job, house, food, and the resources I need to keep me comfortable, and (2) I love the way that our church supports people in need! The homeless – through Family Promise and Habitat; the food-insecure – through Backpack Buddies, Tri-area Ministry, and the Community Garden; and much more. I love the way that we reach out to the community to help others. That is one reason that I was called to serve on the Mission & Outreach Team. I knew what a difference WFPC makes!!! Thanks to everyone who supports our missions whether via volunteering or monetary contributions. With all of us working together, we can make things better!!!

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40

Heavenly Father, we thank You because Your Word says that because You love us, You gave Your only begotten Son to die for us. So, we thank You that Your love extends to every ethnic group, all genders, and all race, color, and socio-economic classifications.
We offer this prayer for the homeless, the poor, and the hungry. We pray that You will bless all men, women, and children who may be without shelter across the globe. Also, we pray for divine covering and blessing upon those who have no one to take them in.
We pray that Your Holy Spirit will flood them with warmth, security, protection, and strength in Jesus’ name. And we declare Psalm 46, that You will be their “refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” We commit this prayer to You, in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Kathy Tharrington
Elder, Mission and Outreach
Worship at WFPC
Sundays at 10:00 a.m. (in-person and online)
August 7
Our August sermons will each focus on a piece of literature. This week's book is The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. Our Scripture comes from I Corinthians 14:33-40. Marguerite will share her sermon, "Indecent and Out of Order."

10:00 in the Sanctuary
Our 10:00 a.m. worship service is livestreamed on our YouTube channel.
If you're joining us online, you can print an 10:00 service bulletin here.
From the Mission Study Team
The Mission Study Team wants to remind everyone to complete the Holy Cow! Church Assessment Survey Tool (CAT). It’s not hard and takes between 20 and 30 minutes. Your response is very important to help determine the future of WFPC. This was sent to you via email on July 15 and resent July 28. We thank those of you who have responded already (more than 100). If you have any questions please contact, Rick Mayo or Lisa Solomon
Mission Study Team Presentations and Dinners:
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Summer Sundays at WFPC — now through Labor Day
We are closing out our Summer Sundays with sermons focusing on literature. We invite you to join us in our summer reading:
August 7: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
August 14: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
August 21: Drawing God by Karen Keifer (Children’s Sunday)
August 28: Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
September 4: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings
Dementia Caregivers Support Group
Wednesday, August 17 at 10 a.m.
The Dementia Caregiver Class continues to meet via Zoom. We are planning to resume in-person classes beginning in October, but will continue to offer the Zoom classes so that caregivers who cannot meet with us in-person can attend the classes. More information on the specifics of these plans will follow.

This month’s class will be on Wednesday, August 17, at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Trey Bateman, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Wake Forest School of Medicine and Clinical Co-Director of the Wake Forest Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, will be our speaker.  His topic will be “Treatments for Alzheimers, Vascular and Mixed Dementias.” Dr. Bateman is an excellent speaker and always provides practical and up-to-date information. Anyone who wishes to attend the Zoom class and who is not already on our mailing list may contact Pat Snyder via email ( to receive a link for the class. Classes are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about care for individuals with any type of dementia.
Open Gym
Sunday, August 7, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Adults and high school youth are invited to join us in the CLC gym this evening for some fun and fellowship. From 5:00-7:00 we’ll be playing volleyball, and from 7:00-9:00 we’ll play basketball.

If you're an adult (especially one who's been vetted as a children's/youth volunteer at WFP) and you're willing to help supervise open gym night for volleyball/basketball, please let us know! Any questions, please get in touch with Mike Honkomp (919) 606-7520 or
Wake Forest Survivors of Suicide
Where: Wake Forest Christian Church (701 S Main Street)
When: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:00 beginning August 17
Cost: None
Contact: Janis Matthews or 919-594-3405

The Wake Forest SOS Support Group will provide peer-led support for those who are left behind in the wake of the suicide of a loved one.

Suicide grief has many unique features that can be very difficult. By sharing our experiences and listening to the experiences of others going through similar circumstances, we can find some healing on this sometimes lonely, painful, and confusing journey.

The SOS group will be held in the fellowship hall of Wake Forest Christian Church, a free-standing building located in the middle of the parking lot in the back of the church.
Mission and Outreach
Backpack Buddies
Our annual BACK-TO-SCHOOL FOOD DRIVE will be held on Sunday, August 21, during the 10 a.m. worship service. We are excited about the upcoming 2022-23 school drive and look forward to a wonderful year! Please help restore our inventory with your food donations — which will be blessed at the service — as we enter the upcoming school year. Here are some of the most needed food items for the families we serve:  Vienna sausages, Beanee Weenees, vegetable cans (single serving), pudding, canned pasta, Pop-Tarts, canned chicken or tuna, and instant breakfast packets. Thank you for your contributions!

Attention Golfers
WFPC Golf Tournament October 1st!: Our annual golf tournament to benefit Mission and Outreach is returning this fall. The outing will be held at the Wendell Country Club on October 1st followed by a dinner that evening in the clubhouse. We are changing the name of this event to the Si Seiler Memorial Golf Tournament in honor of Si and all he meant to our Mission and Outreach teams. More details will be announced in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please reach out to Denny Ide or Kevin Sharpe

Tri Area Ministry (TAM)
With school out and children needing extra meals at home, TAM is serving more families than ever. In June TAM served over 1,300 families! By comparison, a pre-pandemic busy month was 800. Please donate non-perishable items such as boxed cereal, pasta, and canned goods. Baby and adult diapers are also needed. Bins are located by the CLC doors and in the narthex closet or, if it’s easier for you, TAM has two large bins at the food pantry, 149 E. Holding Avenue. Additionally, financial donations can be made on the TAM website, Thanks again for your continued support.

Community Garden
Help Wanted: Tomato pickers! We harvested a total of 151 pounds of tomatoes last week, and 164 pounds on Tuesday of this week! We’re likely to have that many more tomorrow. We need lots of pickers to help us power through tomato season so we can provide this delightful, nutritious fruit to 142 families who depend on our harvests. SignUpGenius:  Please call, text or email Pam Schulze if you have questions (919)-522-3146

Want to know more about Mission and Outreach at WFPC? Please contact Kathy Tharrington at or Randy Parrish at
Children's Ministries
Children's Sunday is August 21!
This annual worship service, if you haven't experienced it before, is a special Sunday where we offer most of the leadership of our worship to our youngest disciples! Children will lead our liturgy including: call to worship, scripture reading, affirmation of faith, call to offering, prayers of the people, carrying in/out the light of God, and singing! We would like any and all children who want to participate to be a part of this special service, so please email to let us know your child's availability and interest BY TUESDAY, AUGUST 9!

VBS Reunion Splash Day
Directly following our Children's Sunday service on August 21, we will have a VBS reunion splash day! We will gather on the lawn by the rose garden from 11-12:30 for water play, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, snacks and fun! Pack a bathing suit and towel for your child that day and get ready to have some VBS fun!!

In hope and in love,
Katherine and Amy
Youth Ministries
Youth Kickoff
Rising 6th-12th grade youth and families…mark your calendars now for Sunday, September 11! Times and details will be shared soon, but for now, get that date on your calendar. You will not want to miss our YOUTH KICK OFF EVENT that afternoon/evening. We can’t wait to see you!

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 Youth Leadership Team!
Some of our high school youth submitted applications and were chosen to be a part of the Youth Leadership Team (YLT) for the upcoming school year! The YLT creates a theme for the youth year and works hard to plan and lead multiple parts of youth activities throughout the year. We are excited about this amazing group of youth and look forward to working with them this year! Help us welcome and congratulate the following youth:
Reagan Blalock
Jackson Briley
Danielle Cebrick
Katie Duffort
Jacob Fields
Matthew Flores
Drew Herman
Avery Keen
Logan Lowery
Julia Seymour
Nick Valentino

Confirmation 2022-2023
Are you a rising 8th or 9th grader and interested in joining WFPC? Our confirmation class will start in October and run through May. Registration and more details will be coming soon! If you know you are interested, email Janet Briley so that she can send you information when it is available.

Janet Briley
Director of Youth Ministries
Prayer List
Please keep the following members of our church family in your prayers:
Jody Alston
Eddie Glasscock
Jean Futrell
Helen Halva
Charlie Jones
Don McCorkle
Rebekah Maul
David and Grace Maul
Peggy Newsome
Evelyn Patton
Wayne Pratt
Marcia Rhoten
Don and Sally Shupe
Daniel Valentino
WFPC Calendar Highlights
Saturday, August 6
8:00 am Iron Sharpens Iron
8:00 am Garden workday

Sunday, August 7
10:00 am Summer Worship in the sanctuary
5:00 pm Open Gym Volleyball
7:00 pm Open Gym Basketball

Monday, August 8
7:00 pm Mission Study Team

Tuesday, August 9
6:30 pm Praise Team

Wednesday, August 10
5:45 pm Handbell Rehearsal
7:00 pm Chancel Choir

Thursday, August 11
7:00 pm Diaconate
WFPC Financial Update
WFPC Tithes/Offerings vs. Expenses for 2022
Current Month: $29,645
YTD: $451,347
Current Month: $17,829
YTD: $412,025
Current Month: $11,816
YTD: $39,322
WFPC Deacons

Class of 2022
Paul Ballance, Welcome
George Dudley, Branch Ministry
Pat Snyder, Compassion

Class of 2023
Ann Brackett, Branch Ministry
Sarah Chapman, Fellowship
Bonnie Habicht, Fellowship

Class of 2024
Karla Frye, Welcome
Mike Honkomp, Fellowship
Traci Marchand, Compassion
Carol Noble, Fellowship

Lucy Deeprose, Clerk of Diaconate
WFPC Session

Class of 2022
Dania Borowitz, Discipleship (Children)
Trish Floyd, Congregational Care
Sharon Lineberry, Discipleship (Adult)
Randy Parrish, Mission & Outreach
Ed Pulliam, Finance
Jim Wills, Facilities

Class of 2023
Kathy Drake, Worship & Music
Denny Ide, Facilities
Sarah Kirby, Clerk
Amanda McCabe, Personnel
Chad Robertson, IT/Communications

Class of 2024
John Akerman, Generosity
Joni Amerson, Worship
Norm Brown, MEG
Seamus Duerr, IT/Communications
Dawn Myers, Discipleship (Youth)
Harold Panel, Personnel
Kathy Tharrington, Mission & Outreach