Friday, January 21, 2022
Officer's Column
In writing about snow days, Rick Hamlin says, “A snowy day feels like a message from God saying: Slow down. Savor my creation. You don’t have to rush, rush, rush. Watch the sky. Look at how I can paint my world.” For all the awfulness that COVID has brought us, it also brought us the ability to stay connected when we would normally be apart. This Sunday, it was wonderful to sit in the quiet warmth of my home and listen to Pastor Marguerite's words about our interim time of waiting and transition. Just as God tells us to slow down during a snow day, she reminded us that He is encouraging us to slow down, reflect, prepare, and wait for what He will do next in the life of this church. While this is an uncertain time, it is also an exciting time. This is a time for us to come together and discern God’s amazing plans for us. It is easy to become impatient and want to move things along, but then we aren’t honoring the process or doing the work we need to be fully ready for our next pastor. The interim time requires us to be intentional in our preparation. Most of all, it requires us to have faith in knowing that no matter what lies ahead of us, God is already there.

This is what God says, the God who builds a road right through the ocean, 
who carves a path through pounding waves, 
The God who summons horses and chariots 
and armies—they lie down and then can’t get up; 
they’re snuffed out like so many candles: 
“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. 
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. 
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? 
(Isaiah 43:16- 19 - The Message Bible)

Thank God for Snow Days by Rick Hamlin in Guideposts, 2-6-2018.
On Calling a Pastor, PCUSA Church Leadership Connection, 3-2015

Sarah Kirby
Clerk of Session
Worship at WFPC
Sundays at 9:00 a.m. (in-person) and 11:00 a.m. (in-person and online)
January 23
Wilderness can be a Biblical metaphor for our experience of reality...difficult to get through and uncomfortable while in it. Wilderness/reality is HARD and makes us want to go back to memories/fantasy of what it was/should be. It's hard to get through – lots of wandering – because it takes a lot to discern and understand reality as opposed to simply relying on our opinion/perception.

Our Scripture comes from Exodus 13:18-22 and Luke 3:1-6. Marguerite Sirrine, will share her sermon, "Pretty Wild." To print an at-home bulletin, click here: January 23

Bulletins will be provided for those attending in-person. Masks are encouraged at 9:00 and mandatory at 11:00.

Our 11:00 a.m. worship service is livestreamed on our YouTube channel.
Announcing a New Email Sermon Discussion Group
When Marguerite preaches, everyone on the group email list will receive a sermon outline during the week leading up to each Sunday, on either Tuesday or Wednesday. You are invited (but not required) to read the outline and respond with your comments, so that the Spirit may move among our community through the sermon preparation process. To join, send email to margueritesirrine@wakeforestpres.org.
Wake Forest Presbyterian Preschool News
Registration Week
Registration Week for the 2022-2023 preschool year will end today, Friday, January 21, at 12:15 p.m. We offer half-day developmentally appropriate classes for two-year-olds through our transitional kindergarten.  Please share this information with your friends, family, and neighbors! Contact Dawn Brown at preschooldirector@wakeforestpres.org or 919-488-1820. Check out the preschool website, wakeforestpres.org/preschool for a virtual tour, registration forms, and more information.
Fireside Fellowship
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30, now through March 23
Come one, come all to the beautiful, open field next to our preschool to enjoy some fires and spend time with your church family of all ages. We'll be staying warm these winter months while creatively making use of our campus to fellowship with one another. There will be one centering activity at the beginning of the fire for a couple of minutes, but these gatherings will have different aspects week to week. Sometimes it'll be s'mores (let's be real -- every time), games, intergenerational (friendly) competition, and faith discussions. All are invited. No reservation is necessary; just dress warm and bring a chair to sit in! For specifics on our plans, you can click here! Questions? johnfawcett@wakeforestpres.org
Join Marguerite on Zoom this Sunday!
Due to safety concerns, we have called off the planned reception for Marguerite this Sunday. Instead, please join us on Zoom at 1:00 p.m. to listen in as Marguerite educates us on the transition process in a Presbyterian Church. Using Zoom will allow you to ask questions and interact. To attend, please use this link:
Sympathy
Please join us in offering love and sympathy to

Carol Swartz on the passing of her brother, Doug Keller, on January 16.
Anita Mummert on the passing of her grandmother, Edna Chappell, on January 17.
Youth Pancake Breakfast Date Change
March 27, 8:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Due to the current surge in COVID and the results from our recent church wide survey, we have made the decision to move our Pancake Breakfast to March 27th! We are looking forward to serving you and sharing this special event with you then!
Mission and Outreach
Want to know more about Mission and Outreach at WFPC? Please contact Randy Parrish at rparrish2146@gmail.com or Kathy Tharrington at kathleenekirschner@gmail.com.

The Need Remains Great - Blood Drive February 6!
It’s important to remember the need for live-saving blood for patients suffering from illnesses and accidents unrelated to the Covid-19 pandemic. Blood transfusions save lives, and there is an urgent need for blood donations. Sign up to be a donor at our drive on Sunday, February 6, in the CLC. Pandemic precautions are in place, and we hope you will give serious consideration to making an appointment or volunteering. Call/Email Amanda McCabe 919-522-6571 or asmccabe27587@gmail.com

WAKE Up and Read’s 8th Annual Book Drive: January 29 - February 28
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 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., 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

Community Garden - Brrrr!
Thanks to several members of Premise Keepers for installing row covers on the onions last Saturday. Tonight’s hard freeze will be a challenge for some of our veggies, but they should bounce back by late winter. It may be cold in the garden, but we’re already planning for spring, and there are many ways to help the garden without getting frostbite or dirty fingernails. We have several behind-the-scenes tasks for those who like to do arts and crafts, work with computers, write, or be part of the planning process. Please contact Pam Schulze for more information (919)-522-3146 or wfpcgivinggarden@gmail.com
Children's Ministries
Alleluia Choir
Choir rehearsals each Wednesday from 6-6:45 in the sanctuary. Children, please come in masks! If your child would like to participate and learn, but you aren't comfortable yet with in person, we will have a Zoom meeting running for each rehearsal! Please use the link below to log into the meeting. 


Club 4/5 Resumes Sunday, January 30, and We Are Going BOWLING!
We have a GREAT spring semester planned for Club 4/5, starting with bowling!! Look out for an email with specifics on time and food/etc. 


In hope and in love,
Katherine and Amy
Youth Ministries
Youth Bowling
We are bowling this Sunday (January 23) at Strike and Barrel in Wake Forest. Middle school from 4:30 - 6:00; high school from 6:00 - 7:30. Please bring $5 cash and give that to Janet when you arrive to help cover the cost of the bowling, pizza, and sodas. To ensure we have enough lanes and food, please RSVP on the form sent in the weekly youth email. If you did not receive that, email Janet at youth@wakeforestpres.org to RSVP.

Wednesday Evening Youth Gatherings!
Join us each Wednesday from 6:30 - 7:30 for some youth fellowship time. God’s Girls (middle school girls), Lil’ Preach (middle school boys), and Movies & Missions (high school youth) would love to have you! For more information, contact Janet at youth@wakeforestpres.org.

Pancake Breakfast
The pancake breakfast has been moved to March 27! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for updates closer to that date!

Janet Briley
Director of Youth Ministries
Tithes and Offerings
Joanne is on a well-earned vacation, so these numbers have not been updated!

2021 Annual Budget................................$902,500.00
2021 Year-to-date Actual.........................$878,695.57

Year-to-date Budget (Nov).......................$816,750.00
Year-to-date Actual (Nov).........................$794,446.00

Dec 2021 Budget.................................$85,750.00
Dec MTD Offerings..............................$84,710.57
Dec Debt Elimination Budget...............$5,000.00
Dec MTD Debt Elim Gifts.....................$4,500.00

December 26, 2021
Tithes and Offerings..................................$32,426.40
Designated Gifts........................................$3,600.00
Debt Elimination Gifts................................$2,860.00

11:00 In-Person Worship Attendance......100
Online Worship Attendance.....................n/a
Sunday School........................................n/a
Prayer List
Please keep the following members of our church family in your prayers:
Jody Alston
Jennie Banco
Peyton Berger
Genie Hunt
Charlie Jones
Joan Jones
Don McCorkle
Wayne Pratt
Ed Ray
Marcia Rhoten
Don and Sally Shupe
WFPC Calendar Highlights
Friday, January 21
6:15 am Son Risers Bible Study
9:30 am Naptime Bible Study

Saturday, January 22
8:00 am Iron Sharpens Iron

Sunday, January 23
9:00 am Contemporary Worship
10:00 am Sunday School for all ages
11:00 am Traditional Worship
4:30 pm Middle School Youth Group Bowling
6:00 pm High School Youth Group Bowling
7:30 pm Youth Band

Monday, January 24
7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Tuesday, January 25
7:00 pm Praise Team Rehearsal
7:00 pm Stephen Ministry

Wednesday, January 26
6:00 pm Children's Choir
6:30 pm Iron Sharpens Iron
6:30 pm Fireside Fellowship
7:00 pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, January 27
10:00 am Morning Glory Circle
5:45 pm Handbell Rehearsal