For Friday, January 22, 2020
As we navigate through tough times, we are sometimes in need of a listening ear, someone to walk with us through the challenge. Wake Forest Presbyterian Church has Stephen Ministers who are available to be with you through your situation. Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry where a trained Stephen Minister will be matched with you to provide care, prayer and help as you process your challenge. Stephen Ministers are prepared to work with you safely during the pandemic. If you are overwhelmed yet think that your situation isn't serious enough for a Stephen Minister, consider reaching out to one of our Pastors or our Stephen Leaders who can begin a referral for you and help begin your process of moving through your situation. Our Stephen Leaders are Armin Harrell (email@example.com or 919-441-0529), Barbara Winch (919-870-5918) and Jenny Carrington (firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-215-8809.)
Our Heavenly Father, who is always with us, help us feel your presence when we are feeling lonely or overwhelmed. Help us be open to your spirit and help us seek your guidance in all circumstances. Let us reach out when we are in need and lean on something or someone other than ourselves. Thank you for your unfailing love. Amen,
Kathy Dudley, Stephen Minister (outgoing Clerk of Session)
A congregational meeting will take place the last week of January via email, for the purpose of electing an elder for worship. Be on the lookout for further details.
Tell Me More
Mondays, 7 pm, beginning February 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!
Recognizing Service at WFPC
Melodee Frasier has been a tireless teacher of young minds through our Prep for Worship class for many many years! She has guided 3rd graders through the whats, the hows and the whys of worship in the Presbyterian tradition, and she has guided so many on their faith journey to being more well-rounded, thinking Christians. Melodee is retiring from her post as Prep for Worship teacher, and we could not be more grateful for her years and years of service to God through the teaching of children. Melodee, we are sad to see you go, but we are so very honored by your years of service and wish you all the best as you find new ways to serve God!
Deidra Powell has retired from leadership of Ministry2Military Care Packages after 10+ years of service. A sincere and heartfelt thanks to Deidra for her service and leadership! Care Packages started when Deidra's sons were deployed in military service and had fellow service people who weren't receiving care packages from home. Through her leadership, many service men and women have received support over the years in their deployments. The M2M Care Package mission will remain a part of the ministries of WFPC under the Compassion and Encouragement Deacon Ministry Team. Thank you Deidra for your service!
We would like to recognize and thank both Laura Murphy and Millie Seiler for dedicating their time and talent to leading our Mission and Outreach Veterans Assistance team and activities. Laura eagerly accepted the role of team lead in late 2019 offering her energy and enthusiasm for missions. Staying in contact with the Durham VA and coordinating the purchasing and delivery of requested food items was one of her monthly responsibilities.
We would also like to thank Millie Seiler who played a key role to organize the Memorial Day and Veterans Day Food Drives in conjunction with Lowes Foods. Going forward we are blessed that the duo of Bennie and Bonnie Hoots has graciously volunteered to lead this mission!
Our Epiphany tree is FULL of stars! How wonderful that so many have taken an intentional step to live into a promise of God's love in new ways in the coming year! The Epiphany words and stars will be up until Tuesday, January 26, so if you have not come by to pick your word, please do so soon!
Although the prayer stations have been taken down, we are leaving the labyrinth in place for a little longer. Please feel free to stop by and experience that if you haven't had the chance (or you have already done it and want to do it again)!
We are putting a booklet together for the youth that will include favorite scriptures from our church members. We will use this to create devotions for our time together and give the youth opportunities to dig in to God's word! Our prayer is that this will be something special that they can keep and refer back to for years to come. Please send your favorite scripture and a sentence or two explaining why it is your favorite to Janet Briley at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not add names so that you can remain anonymous. If you would like for us to include your name with the scripture, let Janet know!
Please join us in offering love and sympathy to Pastor Rebekah Maul and family on the passing of her sister, Rachel Dawn McMahan, on January 14. Pastor Rebekah was able to be with her sister during her final days.
Mission and Outreach
WAKE Up and Read's 8th Annual Book Drive: January 23 - February 28, 9a-2p
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 am -2 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
February Blood Drive is Rescheduled
The February Blood Drive at WFPC has been rescheduled until late March 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 (email@example.com).
Tri Area Ministry (TAM)
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 wish list to make shopping even easier! Check it out. Donations can be dropped off at 149 E. Holding Ave. downtown Wake Forest every Monday and Wednesdays from 10 am to 1pm 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.
Our WFPC Backpack Buddies program continues to operate off campus through weekly meal packing and deliveries to The Wake Forest Boys and Girls Club. If you would like to donate food items, please contact Ed Tharrington at firstname.lastname@example.org or to volunteer, contact Heather Wheeler at email@example.com. Thank you for your support!
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity had its kickoff meeting this past Monday, bringing together seven faith coalitions in the greater Raleigh area. New homes are still being constructed, but due to COVID only professional contractors and Habitat employees are permitted to work on Habitat sites. Hopefully in a few months we will be able to start volunteering again! Stay tuned for future updates!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Sabrina at email@example.com.
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
Things to Look Forward To:
SHINE Adventures Wednesdays, Feb 10, 24, March 10, 24 in the CLC (registration required) We sure hope that you'll join us every other Wednesday for some SHinE fun! We will focus our efforts this winter on doing things that will benefit our local mission partners! (PS- You might see some fun, familiar Sunday School teacher faces!!)
Take-Out and Talking Sundays, Feb. 28, March 21, April 25 We invite you to our Take-Out and Talking picnic for families! Just good old, socially distanced fellowship! Grab your favorite take-out or pack a picnic lunch and a blanket and we'll gather outside on church grounds to just SEE one another and catch up a bit, safely!
First Fridays for Families Fridays, Feb. 5, March 5, April 9 We're taking it outside! Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket or chairs and meet us outside for a family-friendly movie! Pre-packaged desserts will be provided.
Gardening with God (registration required) HOPEFULLY the end of March will bring us good, warm weather, and we can begin our Wednesday Gardening with God again! Stay tuned for dates, times, and specifics!
Club 4/5 (registration required) Our 4th and 5th graders have not gotten the joy of meeting as we would like this year, but our Club 4/5 Leadership team will be planning at least 1-2 activities in the spring to gather together and enjoy fellowship!
~Katherine Peiper, Director of Children, Family and Youth Ministires
Youth Group This Sunday, January 24
We had a great time last Sunday with a bonfire and 9-square! Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep everyone safe! It was awesome to have that time of fellowship together! We will meet again this Sunday (Middle school from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and high school from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)!! Our meeting spot last week blocked out the traffic noise, so we are going to meet there again! Bundle up, bring your chair and mask, follow the red "new adventure" signs, and be ready for a wonderful hour of fellowship! See you Sunday!
~Janet Briley, Director of Youth Ministries
|January 24 Web Worship
Join us as Pastor John Fawcett delivers our message this week. Our Scripture comes from Isaiah 40:3-8. Click here
to print a bulletin at home.
Online services can be seen on Facebook
|2021 Annual Budget|
|2021 Year-to-Date Actual||$52,268.75|
|Year to Date Budget (January)|
Year to Date Actual (January)
|January Tithes and Offerings (thru 1/17/21)||$52,268.75|
|January 17, 2021|
|Tithes and Offerings (Mail/Online)||$12,612.50|
|Debt Elimination Gifts||$755.00|
|Web Worship Attendance (Views)||196+|
|Sunday School Attendance||77|
|Debt Elimination Monthly Budget|
|Debt Elimination Received (thru 1/17/21)||$8,990.00|
...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, January 22
6:15 am Friday Morning Men's Bible Study online
Saturday, January 23
7:15 am Iron Sharpens Iron online
Sunday, January 24
9:00 am Adult Sunday School online
10:00 am Online Worship Service
11:00 am Adult Sunday School online
11:30 am Confirmation Class online
4:00 pm Middle School Youth Group outside at WFPC
5:00 pm High School Youth Group outside at WFPC
Monday, January 25
7:00 pm Boy Scouts online
Tuesday, January 26
7:00 pm WOW Bible Study online
Wednesday, January 27
9:30 am Mornings With Christ
4:00 pm GriefShare online
6:30 pm Iron Sharpens Iron online
7:00 pm Fathers Who Aren't in Heaven offsite
Thursday, January 28
10:00 am Morning Glory Circle
for a full calendar, including all small groups!