Friday, January 13, 2023

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Words Reflecting the Word

Instead of the officer’s column, we’re going to take a couple months to share with WFPC the responses to Scripture that participants in our congregational gatherings wrote down in Bible study. The Mission Study Team felt that these responses were so Spirit-filled we wanted you to share in reading them.

October 5 Passage: Matthew 5:13-16

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

How does the outside world see your good works?

  • Through our ministries.
  • WFPC does not broadly broadcast what we do. Giving Garden. The church is hard to find, they do not know we are here.
  • Veterans Day in front of Lowes, Farmers Market, Community events, we don’t need the recognition just the light is out there. Community involvement in our good works.
  • Visible by works
  • “Curious,” checking us out. New families seem to be visiting and joining
  • WTB, Tri-Area Ministry, LBGT community accepted
  • Garden going to farmers market. Journeys group. Mission trips. Habitat for Humanity. Family Promise. Durham Vets (food, underwear). Backpack buddies. VBS. Preschool.
  • How we are perceived by others through our actions and beliefs. Generous, caring.
  • Good works – faithfulness, support for mission, outreach, online worship.
  • WTB, community garden (ecumenical too!), backpack buddies, food outreach, a full parking lot on Sundays is reflective of what we do – great location for visibility
  • Feedback from WTB – people outside WFPC look forward to it; food recipients are appreciative and can feed more people; VBS participants have started coming to church
  • Intentionally living in a Christ Like manner. Being “seen” shouldn’t be our purpose for our good works but rather be an overflow of our genuine faith.
  • Schools and the community saw how much the church loved Hannah Viall. Same with Andrew Hale's funeral. Showing up in a pinch. Very accepting and not judgmental of others’ faith.
  • Through the high visibility ministries such as WTB, VBS, preschool. Youth we send to Montreat, and the agencies that we donate to when we do the collecting (VA, food pantries etc). Also mission trips, places like Turnberry. The way we as members interact with others when we go out of here. We also do a great job looking after the needs of our congregation, and outside people see that too.
  • The feeling of the community is very positive, but we are really reaching a small percentage of the community.
Worship at WFPC
Sundays at 10:00 a.m. (in-person and online)

January 15

This week we will begin a closer look at our vision statement: To follow Christ by welcoming all as we seek to listen, understand, and learn how to serve our church and community with love and hope. 

Marguerite will share her sermon, "To Follow Christ" inspired by our Scripture from Exodus 3:1-6 and Mark 1:16-20.

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 a bulletin here: January 15

Premise Keepers 2023 Kickoff

Saturday, January 21, 8:00 a.m.

The Premise Keepers will be kicking off the new year with a gathering on Saturday, January 21, at 8:00 a.m. in the CLC. We will share a hot breakfast and fellowship, then discuss our plans for work on the WFPC facilities and grounds in the coming year. We have a few indoor projects lined up for the day as well. All are welcome! No skills are necessary, just your time and energy to work towards keeping our beautiful church in tip-top condition. Questions? Contact Denny Ide ( or Mindy Hidenfelter (

Souper Bowl Sunday

Sunday, February 12

Please join the Fellowship and Events team on Sunday, February 12, immediately after the 10 a.m. service for a bowl of homemade soup and all the fixings. Be sure to wear your team’s colors and be prepared to enjoy fellowship with your teammates at WFPC. Donations will be accepted for lunch as well as a collection of nonperishable food items for donation to area food pantries. Sign up on SignUpGenius to reserve your bowl of soup!

Theology on Tap

2nd and 4th Wednesday, 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Norse Brewing

Theology on Tap is a gathering for adults to explore what it means to be Christian in the modern world while discussing a range of topics on how we put our faith into practice. What does it even mean to be Christian these days? We will cover that questions as well as topics like

  • racism
  • nationalism
  • cultural pressure to have children in America
  • LGBTQ+
  • does God let bad things happen to good people?

We meet 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7—8 p.m. at Norse Brewing (inside front door, to the right). RSVP to Rev. John Fawcett with your interest: 

JOY Group

Friday, January 20, at 11:30 a.m.

The next JOY group lunch and meeting will be - Friday, January 20, at 11:30 a.m.

Lunch will be at a new restaurant "Hartura" in the Markets of Wake Forest, 12239 Capital, (where Food Lion used to be), at the intersection of Capital and old 98.   

After lunch, we will go to the Wake Forest Historical Museum on North Main St. at 1:30 p.m.  Ed Morris will greet us, and we will have a chance to see a good 15-minute video about the history of the college and Wake Forest, especially in the mid-1950s when the college moved to Winston-Salem.  After that, we can browse the museum that has many new exhibits.

Reservations for lunch should be in to Dean by Wed 1/18 please. Lunch will be on your own; order off the extensive menu.   

Wake Forest Presbyterian Preschool Registration

Registration for the 2023/2024 preschool year will be held Tuesday, January 17, beginning at 9:15 a.m. and ending Friday, January 20, at 12:15 p.m. We offer half-day developmentally appropriate classes for two-year-olds through our transitional kindergarten. Contact Dawn Brown at or 919-488-1820. Check out the preschool website,, for a virtual tour, registration forms, and more information.

Please Pray for our Youth Leadership Team

Our Youth Leadership Team is heading to Lake Gaston this weekend for their annual retreat. The main purpose of this retreat is to plan Youth Sunday. We ask for your prayers for safe travels, as well as leaning on God to help discern His will for this special service. Please pray for the following youth and the adults that will be with them on this journey: Reagan Blalock, Jackson Briley, Danielle Cebrick, Katie Duffort, Jacob Fields, Matthew Flores, Avery Keen, Logan Lowery, Julia Seymour, Nick Valentino, Shannon Blalock, David Briley, Janet Briley, and Katherine Peiper.  

Youth Sponsored Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, January 29, 8:00-10:00

Join us in the CLC on January 29, 2023 for our annual youth-sponsored PANCAKE BREAKFAST!!! Come anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. for a delicious breakfast before you attend Sunday school and worship. Donations are welcome! All donations help subsidize our youth mission trips and faith formation retreats! We appreciate your support so much!  

Congregational Meeting

Sunday, January 15

We will hold a Congregational Meeting after worship on January 15 for the purpose of electing two at-large members to the Officer Nominating Team: Ellen Cutler and Bill Seymour. The Officer Nominating Team is the group of folks who will put forth a slate for our Pastor Nominating Committee, so they have important work ahead of them!

Tell Me More

Sundays, January 15, 22, 29 at 9:00

If you are visiting, new to our congregation, or just want a refresher on the structure of the Presbyterian church and how it began, please consider attending the upcoming Tell Me More class scheduled for January 15, 22, and 29 at 9 a.m. in the CLC, room B017 (downstairs). For additional information regarding this class, contact Norm Brown at or 919-618-5849. 

A Safety Note from WFPC Facilities

Please be aware that the CLC kitchen safety is of utmost importance here at WFPC. In the past year, we have twice dealt with a situation in which the gas oven, or a gas valve, has been left on for an unknown amount of time. Each time, people coming into the CLC discovering this had to discern whether they were dealing with a crisis. We've been fortunate that no crisis has materialized, but clearly, we want to make sure it never does. Please, if you want to use the kitchen, you MUST reserve the kitchen and receive proper training in appliance use before using it in any capacity. Contact the church office for the latest kitchen policy and reservation form. Thank you! 

Dementia Caregiver Class

Over the next several months, we will be offering classes covering the fundamental knowledge and skills to support proactive and positive problem-solving throughout the dementia journey. Class dates and topics for the next four months include: 

• January 18 – Dementia and the Brain. A simple explanation of the brain's structure and how dementia impacts it. Examples of why you may see various symptoms are included.

• February 15 – Choose Your Attitude. How you approach your role as caregiver can make all the difference. Includes specific tips for making the journey easier.

• March 15 – Improving Communication with Others Involved in Care. Conversations with family members, medical professionals, and other key people on the dementia journey can be challenging. Tips on how to improve your chances for better outcomes.

• April 19 – Improving Communication with the Person Living with Dementia. Practical things you can do to create better communication with your loved one who lives with dementia which, in return, reduces stress for both of you. 

All classes will be held in person from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Room B017 of the CLC. The same class will be held from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. Classes are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about care for individuals with any type of dementia. Those who wish to attend the Zoom class and are not already on our mailing list may contact Pat Snyder via email ( to receive a link for the class. 

Mission and Outreach

Family Promise

Last week (January 1 - 8) was our week to host Family Promise. We were able to provide dinners and groceries for four families, as well as some household supplies needed to keep their apartments up to date. Thank you to the Explorations and Stumbling Disciples Sunday School Classes, WOW Bible Study, Charlene Shaffer and her co-workers, and Kathy and Ed Tharrington for providing dinners. Our next week to host will be June 11-18.

Help Us Meet the Need at the February 5 Blood Drive

The next WFPC Blood Drive will be held on Sunday, February 5th, from 12:00 to 5:00 in the CLC. Partnering with The Blood Connection, we collect blood to be used by local hospitals. WFPC also receives $10 per donation for our Mission & Outreach Ministries. Each pint of blood donated can assist up to three people in need of blood due to an accident or medical procedure. New donors over 16 years old are encouraged to join us! For more information contact or 919-402-3697. To donate blood, to volunteer, or to donate snacks: Blood Donors / WFPC Blood Drive snacks & volunteers ( 

Backpack Buddies

We had a successful event on Sunday, January 8. We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Practical Christianity Sunday School class for helping with the packing that day. Our next packing event will be on Saturday, February 11, at 9:30 in the Red mod. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Heather Wheeler at Any and all help is greatly appreciated!!!


Want to know more about Mission and Outreach at WFPC? Please contact Kathy Tharrington at or Carol Winans-Geiser at

Children's Ministries

Upcoming Events in Children's Ministry

We have lots of great things planned for the children of WFPC coming up in the next few months! If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Katherine Peiper at You can see our calendar at a glance by clicking here.

Youth Ministries

Youth gatherings are back and we would love for you to join us! Here is what we have to offer each week:


  • Sunday school: 9:00 - 10:00 (youth room)
  • Worship: 10:00 - 11:00 (sanctuary)
  • Middle school youth: 4:30 - 6:00 (youth room and CLC)
  • High school youth: 6:00 - 7:30 (Youth room and CLC)
  • Youth band: 7:30 - 8:30 (CLC)

Wednesdays starting January 18

  • Movies and Missions is back: 6:00 - 7:00 (youth room) This is open to all middle and high school youth. Some weeks we will watch a movie together, and other weeks we will focus on a mission project. Come join us! 
  • Open gym: 7:00 - 8:00 (CLC) After movies and missions, join Mr. Kevin downstairs for a pick up game of basketball!  
Prayer List

Please keep the following members of our church family in your prayers:

Jody Alston

John Cebrick

Eddie Glasscock

Helen Halva

Benny Hoots

Deb Keller

Don McCorkle

Grace Maul

Evelyn Patton

Marcia Rhoten

Don and Sally Shupe

Mitch Weinberger

WFPC Calendar Highlights

Friday, January 13

6:15 am Son Risers

Saturday, January 14

8:00 am Iron Sharpens Iron Saturdays

Sunday, January 15

9:00 am Sunday School

10:00 am Sunday Worship

4:30 pm Middle school youth group

6:00 pm High school youth group

7:30 pm Youth band

Monday, January 16

Office Closed (MLK Jr. Day)

7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Tuesday, January 17

5:30 pm beginner hand bells

6:30 pm Praise Team rehearsal

Wednesday, January 18

10:00 am Morning Glory Circle

5:00 pm Alleluia Children's Choir rehearsal

5:30 pm Grace Notes hand bells rehearsal

6:00 pm Movies and Mission

6:30 pm Iron Sharpens Iron Wednesdays

7:00 pm Youth Open Gym

7:00 pm Cub Scouts

7:00 pm Chancel Choir rehearsal

Thursday, January 19

7:00 pm Session

WFPC Contributions and Attendance

December 25, 2022 attendance: 42

January 1, 2023 attendance: 93

January 8, 2023 attendance: 237

WFPC Deacons

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

Class of 2025

Joy Blanton, Compassion

Eric Earle, Welcome

Lucy Deeprose, Clerk of Diaconate

WFPC Session

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

Class of 2025

Andy Dunlap, Discipleship (Adult)

Mindy Hidenfelter, Facilities

Keith Thomas, Finance

Jacky Wilson, Discipleship (Children)

Carol Winans-Geiser, Mission & Outreach