For Friday, February 12, 2021
Well, it's been a year since the pandemic came charging into our lives. Who would have thought that our lives would have been interrupted for so many months?
As I pause and look back through the year, I see many things that are delightful to me -- my grandchildren continuing to grow, to be full of laughter and willing to try different ways of doing things. As life has slowed down a little, I have had unexpected time with my husband. I have had to look at things from different perspectives. There have also been many tears shed by myself and others over things that we have missed or lost.
In cleaning out and picking up my "drop spots" around the house I came across a list of favorite scriptures.
I just love the verse - Zephaniah 3:17 - "The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."
This verse provides so many reminders of how much God loves me and you as well --
He is with us no matter what.
He saves us - in many different ways.
He delights in us -- We bring Him joy.
He calms our souls -- We have needed that a lot this year.
He rejoices over each of us -- I picture Him dancing and singing to each of us.
I feel protected, enabled to face life and its trials, and I feel comforted and loved. All of this makes me stronger in Him and in my walk.
Pray with me -
Jesus, surround us with your compassion and love. Help us feel your presence in our lives. Guide us toward you.
Elder for Worship
Worship Watch Party
Sunday, February 21, at 10 am
We will begin small virtual worship watch parties in the CLC beginning February 21. Our worship leaders will be leading worship from the sanctuary, and we'll stream it down to the CLC. There is a 50-person limit, so registration is required. Each week, an invitation will be sent to three branches. After those branches have a chance to sign up, if there are still spots available, it will be opened up for everyone else. We hope this will give everyone a chance to participate. We will bring our own chairs and stay with our families. We are excited about the opportunity to SEE one another and worship together in person. The virtual service will not change, so if you are not ready to come in person, no worries! Continue to log in as you have been for your virtual worship experience.
Ash Wednesday Worship
February 17 at 7 pm
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. During this liturgical season, we are reminded of our humanness, our sin, and the knowledge that we are called to shed off our old lives so that we might live into new life with Christ. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the journey toward Easter. In this time, we're invited to change directions from self-serving toward the self-giving way of the cross.
Our service this year will be streamed, and there will be creative ways for you to participate. The "imposition of ashes" is a central part of the service. Typically, we are invited to come forward to receive the ashes on our forehead or hand. In Scripture, ashes serve both as a symbol of mortality and as a sign of mourning and repentance. But this year, find a black crayon, a magic marker (water based), or ashes from your fireplace or grill. We will then put the sign of the cross on our foreheads or hands, together.
Come and worship with us! Click here to print a bulletin at home!
Lenten Bible Study
Wednesdays, beginning February 24, at 7 pm
This year's Lenten Bible Study will begin on February 24 and will run for five weeks. It will explore the intricacies of the Book of Ruth. It is more than meets the casual eye!
- Read the Book of Ruth. It is only 4 chapters long.
- Read through the book one more time, but this time, underline particular words that keep popping up.
- Look beyond the romance and ask yourself... "Why is this Book included in the Old Testament?" And, ask yourself, "So what?"
The study will begin at 7:00 each Wednesday, February 24 - March 24, on the church's Facebook
page and is led by Pastor Rebekah Maul.
Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is going well, and we continue to enroll children while we have space available.
Thank you for your prayers and referrals, and please continue to spread the word that the preschool has openings for children two years of age through transitional kindergarten!
Housing and Race: Zoom Discussion
February 23, 7:00-8:00, and March 4
Wake Forest Presbyterian is a mission partner with Habitat for Humanity, and since we can't volunteer to build due to the pandemic, Habitat has encouraged every coalition member to learn. To that end there are two special opportunities to talk about the intersections of housing and race. Much work is still to be done on equality and access for secure housing and the passing on of wealth to the next generation. Join us on February 23, 7:00 - 8:00 pm when we'll discuss the role housing policy has played in our nation's racial disparities and the role it must play in solving them, the history of race and housing, and five policy solutions to advance racial equity in housing. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87409943295?pwd=Ym9JRVo0b3RhNWduOEV3Q2k3REp1Zz09
On March 4 we'll zoom with the whole Wake County Habitat coalition where we'll discuss housing and race in breakout rooms as well as watch the documentary "Segregated By Design" (trailer is here: https://vimeo.com/326638704).
Please RSVP to John Fawcett by February 14. We need five participants minimum to hold the gathering for fruitful conversation! firstname.lastname@example.org
Dementia Caregiver Class
February 17 and March 17 at 10 am
We are very excited to have Dr. Andrea Bozoki, new Director of the UNC Memory Disorders Clinic, join us for both our February and March caregiver classes! The classes will be an "Ask the Doctor" format with Dr. Bozoki answering some of the questions that are asked by caregivers. The February 17 class will focus on Alzheimer's Disease and vascular dementia. The March 17 class will focus on Lewy Body Dementia. Both classes will be held virtually from 10:00 until 11:30 a.m. We encourage dementia caregivers to attend both sessions because it is very common for individuals to have more than one type of dementia. And you always learn something new when you are exposed to any information regarding dementia care regardless of your loved one's specific diagnosis.
To get the link for the Zoom meeting on February 17, please call or email Pat Snyder if you are not already receiving emails about our classes. Her cell phone is 828-429-7905, and her email address is email@example.com
. You can reach Lynette Wilson at 252-671-6523 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Feel free to share this information with anyone whom you think might benefit from support in their caregiving journey.
Baptism of Iris Sedona Wheeler
On December 13, 2020, we welcomed Iris Sedona Wheeler into the life of the church through the sacrament of baptism! Iris is the daughter of Heather and Nathan Wheeler, and the sister of Riley and Emma. Let us celebrate with joy!
Please join us in offering love and sympathy to the following:
Bonnie Habicht and Mindy Hidenfelter, on the loss of Robert Rehborn on February 6. Mr. Rehborn was Bonnie's father and Mindy's grandfather.
Dee Dee Cochran, on the loss of her mother this past Tuesday, February 9.
Mary Beichner, on the loss of her brother, Bob Holmes, on February 4.
Tell Me More
Mondays, 7 pm, postponed to March 1
Join Pastor Rebekah Maul for a three-week course for anyone interested in learning more about Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, with the option to become a full member after the course is complete. Contact email@example.com
if you're interested!
Mission and Outreach
WAKE Up and Read's 8th Annual Book Drive: January 23 - February 28, 9 am-2 pm
WAKE Up and Read is a community coalition made up of 30+ committed organizations working together toward one common goal -- improving childhood literacy. Between 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, please bring children's books by the church and leave them in the marked bins at the front doors. Books that are needed are:
books that babies through 5th grade will want to read
books that pique a child's interest
books that are new or gently read
books that reflect a diverse population
VA Ministry Update
Our WFPC Veteran's Assistance Ministry is a ministry that supplies requested shelf -stable food items to the Durham VA on a monthly basis. It is one of several missions that we organize with a focus on food insecurity. Our Veteran's Assistance team is now being led by Bonnie and Benny Hoots, along with energetic support from Dana Wills, Melanie Floyd, Millie Seiler, and Audrey and Bruce Kemp. The team is looking ahead to Memorial Day weekend in hopes of resuming our annual food drive at Lowes Foods. Planning is underway, so please stay tuned for more information as the time gets closer.
Please note that due to COVID-19 safety procedures of the Durham VA, our annual Valentine's Day carnation delivery to patients is canceled. We hope to resume this outreach of the ministry next year with support from our congregation. Meanwhile, please keep our veterans in your thoughts and prayers.
February Blood Drive is Rescheduled
The February Blood Drive at WFPC has been rescheduled to March 21 due to the surge in COVID cases. If you signed up for an appointment at the last drive you will be contacted via email with rescheduling information. Please contact Amanda McCabe with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tri Area Ministry (TAM)
Donations to TAM are down in January, and as a result they are in need of feminine hygiene products, canned beans, canned meat and fruit, baby wipes and size 6 children diapers. Donations can be dropped off at 149 E. Holding Ave. downtown Wake Forest every Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and the second and third Saturdays of each month (same times). In addition, there is a convenient 24/7 drop-off box out front if you can't drop off donations during the open business hours. Did you know that you can download a full list of all requested food and personal care items on the Tri Area Ministry website at https://triareaministry.com/donate/? They even provide a link to their Amazon wishlist to make shopping even easier! Check it out.
We have exciting news from our WFPC Backpack Buddies program to share! On March 1 the team will return to delivering the weekend bags of food to our three local schools: Wakefield Elementary, Wakefield Middle, and North Forest Pines Elementary. This is a step in returning back to pre-COVID operations for the team. Please contact Heather Wheeler at email@example.com if you are interested in helping with bag deliveries to one or more schools.
Also, on Saturday, March 6, the team will return to the WFPC campus for their meal packing event. Since the onset of COVID restrictions, the team has been working offsite. To help with this packing event you must sign up to participate, and each volunteer will be assigned a specific time to volunteer. Please contact Heather Wheeler if you are interested in participating.
As always, if you would like to donate food items, please contact Ed Tharrington at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Thank you for your support!
If you would like any information on how you can get involved or what is happening with a specific ministry, please feel free to contact your Mission and Outreach elders with questions. Contact Randy at email@example.com and Sabrina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please keep the following members of our church family in your prayers:
If you have a prayer request, you may let us know online here.
Children's Ministry News
SHINE Adventures (5-6 pm every other Wednesday)
We are SO excited to SEE your children's sweet faces in the coming weeks and months as we dip our toes into small group gatherings again! We will do things SAFELY, and have a wonderful time learning about God and fellowshipping with one another!
We will meet from 5:00 -6:00 p.m. every other Wednesday (next gathering is February 24); we will have 20 minutes of fun, no-touch games, 10 minutes of sit-down scripture and devotion time, and 30 minutes of activities that will support local missions!
In order to ensure safety:
1. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! We cannot exceed 25 people for active gatherings, per the task force protocols, so it is extremely important that you register your child for each week you plan to attend! (see link below)
2. MASKS REQUIRED! Please send your child with a mask each time they attend any event or activity at the church, indoors or out!
3. Drop off at CLC doors NO EARLIER than 5:00, pick up at CLC doors NO LATER than 6:00.
4. Please review COVID questions that will be sent to you several days prior to event, and if you answer yes to any question, please keep your child home!
Palm Sunday EGGSTRAVAGANZA!!
Sunday, March 28
Outside on WFPC campus
Egg hunts, games, crafts all in a SAFE gathering!
Time, details and registration coming soon!
~Katherine Peiper, Director of Children, Family and Youth Ministires
We WILL be having Youth Group this week (February 14). At the moment, the predicted high is only in the mid 40s, so we will most likely meet inside. I will send an email on Sunday by noon so that you know for sure. Last week was awesome, and I appreciate you all working hard to follow guidelines to keep everyone safe. As always, bring your chair and mask. We will meet you at the double doors to the CLC (bottom of the hill) for our temperature checks and sanitizer.
Middle school 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
High school 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (high school youth, please wait outside until the middle school group has come out)
God's Girls, Lil' Preach, and Movies & Missions will start back on February 17!
These groups will meet every other Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Please meet at the double doors to the CLC (bottom of the hill) for check in and instructions on where each group will be meeting. Please continue to bring your chair and mask for these gatherings as well. If the weather allows, we will meet outside.
~Janet Briley, Director of Youth Ministries
|February 14 Web Worship
Join us as Pastor Rebekah Maul leads our worship service this Sunday. Our Scripture comes from Mark 9:14-29 and the sermon is "Tranformation to Doubt." Click here
to print a bulletin at home.
Online services can be seen on Facebook
|2021 Annual Budget|
|2021 Year-to-Date Actual||$99,079.75|
|Year to Date Budget (February)|
Year to Date Actual (February)
|February Tithes and Offerings (thru 2/7/21)||$21,054.50|
|February 7, 2021|
|Tithes and Offerings (Mail/Online)||$21,054.50|
|Debt Elimination Gifts||$1,765.00|
|Web Worship Attendance (Views)||237+|
|Sunday School Attendance||70|
|Debt Elimination Monthly Budget|
|Debt Elimination Received (thru 2/7/21)||$1,765.00|
...all shall give as they are able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you.
|WFPC Calendar Highlights
Friday, February 12
6:15 am Friday Morning Men's Bible Study
Saturday, February 13
7:15 am Iron Sharpens Iron
Sunday, February 14
9:00 am Adult Sunday School
10:00 am Online Worship Service
11:00 am Adult Sunday School
11:30 am Confirmation Class
4:00 pm Middle School Youth Group (CLC/outside)
5:00 pm High School Youth Group (CLC/outside)
Monday, February 15
7:00 pm Boy Scouts online
Tuesday, February 16
7:00 pm Praise Team (sanctuary)
Wednesday, February 17
9:30 am Mornings With Christ
4:00 pm GriefShare
5:00 pm God's Girls/Lil' Preach/Movies & Mission (CLC)
6:00 pm Handbell Rehearsal (sanctuary)
6:30 pm Iron Sharpens Iron
7:00 pm Fathers Who Aren't in Heaven (CLC)
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal (sanctuary)
7:00 pm Ash Wednesday Service on Facebook/YouTube
8:00 pm NAPTIME
Thursday, February 18
10:00 am Morning Glory Circle
7:00 pm Diaconate Meeting
for a full calendar, including all small groups!