For Friday, January 31, 2020
|WFPC Officers' Column
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see the musical
Come from Away at DPAC. The musical tells the true story of the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, which on 9/11 became the emergency landing spot for 38 jetliners that were forced to end their flights as quickly as possible following the attacks. Until U.S. airspace was opened several days later, the passengers and crews of the planes -- a total of more than 6,500 people from all over the world -- were forced to stay in Gander, nearly doubling the town's population. Rather than being overwhelmed by this influx of travelers, many of whom spoke different languages and all of whom were stressed and frightened, the townspeople did everything possible to welcome them. They opened shelters, invited them to stay in their homes, fed them, provided clothes and arranged for entertainment ranging from barbecues to sight-seeing and even moose-hunting. By the time the planes left, the passengers and Newfoundlanders had formed lasting friendships. This is a clear example of radical hospitality.
Radical hospitality is a concept increasingly emphasized in church communities, one that we at WFPC are working to embrace. In this sense, hospitality doesn't refer to merely providing warm greetings to newcomers (although our Welcome and Hospitality team does this magnificently!) and it doesn't require a crisis of international proportions like in Gander. Instead, it means doing whatever we can to truly connect with others, even those very different from us, and to join with them in meaningful ways. In an article posted on the United Methodist Church website, the Rev. Ryan Dunn puts it this way: "
Radical hospitality sends a message beyond, 'you are welcome to join us.' It says, "We see you and want to join you, wherever you are.'" Like any other significant act of relationship building, radical hospitality isn't easy. It can be messy, uncomfortable, unsettling -- but the process represents the church in its purest form.
In the same article, Rev. Dunn provides his interpretation of the Biblical basis for practicing radical hospitality: "
It is arguable that Jesus Christ is the ultimate expression of radical hospitality. Christians believe that God created our universe and that the same God who created the universe showed up in human history in the form of Jesus Christ -- forsaking the God experience to have a human experience. God entered our story instead of simply demanding that we enter God's story. Perhaps that is what best defines radical hospitality: when we practice it we say 'I want to become a part of your story more than I hope you will become a part of mine.'"
If you want a chance to explore the concept of radical hospitality in a more detailed and creative way, be sure to attend the All-Church Retreat Saturday, March 7, on the WFPC campus. The Rev. Lisle Garrity, a Presbyterian minister and artist, will lead us in workshops and art projects based on this theme. It will be a great opportunity to join with one another as we take steps to widen our embrace of our neighbors both in Wake Forest and throughout the world. Hope to see you there!
Elder for Discipleship
|All-Church Retreat at WFPC Campus!
We are revamping the 2020 All-Church Retreat to make it as affordable and accessible as possible -- we are going to "
" retreat this year!
A Sanctified Art
, will be joining us here at WFPC for a full day of learning, playing, fellowship, art, and more! It will be a VERY family-friendly event with something for all ages to enjoy!
$20 per person includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and supplies.
|WOW (Women of the Word) Bible Study
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7:00 in the CLC B103
Starting Tuesday, February 11, WOW will begin a new study. Please join us as we study, pray and eat our way through Rhonda Harrington Kelley's,
Life Lessons from Women in the Bible
. In six sessions the author will take us on a fascinating journey into the personal lives, culture and circumstances of more than 30 Bible women. The godly women in the Bible hold valuable lessons for women today -- lessons of hope, wisdom, generosity, love, integrity, courage and humility. Join us the second and fourth Tuesdays through May. We meet in B104 in the CLC at 7:00 pm. All levels of Biblical knowledge are welcome. Questions, please contact Mary Beichner,
, Athy Robinson,
, or Sandie Buda,
. Purchase your own book online or ask one of us to order through Amazon Prime for you.
February 14 at 6 PM in the CLC
Our Feb 14 JOY dinner and meeting will be held in the CLC at 6PM. Dinner will be a variety of lasagnas, planned and cooked at church by Les Tryon (so no pot luck this month). Salad and dessert are included for the $5/person charge. Our host is Carol Swartz, but reservations can be sent to Dean & Les Tryon (email@example.com).
Church members Lynette Wilson and Pat Snyder will present a discussion on "Aging in Place: Planning Today for Tomorrow." The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as "the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level." Approximately 90% of those over 65 years of age say that they would prefer to remain in their home as they age. Join us to learn about ways you can increase your chances of being able to age successfully in your home.
|Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, February 22, 7:30-10:30 in the CLC
Wake Forest Presbyterian Church's Boy Scout Troop 5 is holding a Pancake Breakfast
Fundraiser on Saturday, February 22, in the CLC. Tickets are $8 per person; kids 3 and under eat free! Breakfast will be open between 7:30 and 10:30. Pancakes with chocolate, strawberry, and blueberry toppings are all-you-care-to-eat, but sausage patties are limited to two per person. There will be coffee, orange juice, and water. Please come out and support our Scout troop to help with their monthly dues and summer camp expenses. The Scouts will be selling tickets at WFPC on Sunday morning, February 16.
|Venture Crew Open House
Monday, February 3, 7:00 in the Youth Room
Wake Forest Presbyterian's Venture crew
is holding an open house this Monday, February 3, at 7 PM in the youth room. Venturing is a program of the Scouts BSA for young women and men aged 14-21 (or 13 for those who have completed the eigth grade).
Its purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults, with an emphasis on adventure, leadership, personal growth, and service. They go on adventures that are chosen and planned by the youth with the direction of adult advisors. Drop in and see what we have to offer!
A huge thank you to WFPC for your support at the youth pancake breakfast! It was a wonderful time of fellowship for our church family, and we hope that you enjoyed your meal as well. Because of your generous donations, we have $1,600 that will help with the youth mission trips and faith formation retreats. We are so grateful to have amazing support from our church family. The youth of WFPC say "THANKS!"
Mission and Outreach
Have Fun Volunteering with BackPack Buddies: Saturday, February 1
We need your help! Come join the fun this Saturday, Feb. 1st from 9-11 am in the CLC, rooms B017/B018 to help pack six weeks' worth of weekend meals for our Backpack Buddies children. This is open to all ages, families, and new volunteers. If you would like to know more about our Backpack Buddies program, please contact Heather Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Spring Adult Mission Trip
Save the date: April 19-24! We have been invited to return to the Wilmington area to continue our rebuild efforts with Cape Fear Habitat. We have also reserved the week at Matthew House, hosted by Little Chapel on the Boardwalk Presbyterian Church in Wrightsville Beach. If you have questions or want to join our team, please contact Judy Finch Ide at email@example.com.
Thank you to all who donated
to our Veterans Ministry Valentine Outreach. We have reached our goal of $113 to purchase 200 red carnations to be given to hospitalized veterans and the Durham VA. Thank you also to Carol Swartz for her dedicated service to M2M and the Veteran's Ministry over the past three years.
"Souper" Bowl Sunday
On Super Bowl Sunday (February 2),
we will be collecting cans of soup to support Tri-Area Ministry. Cans of soup may be dropped off in the collection bins located in the CLC and the donation closet in the main building.
Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Opportunities
Kickoff to the Spring 2020
Habitat for Humanity build is set for Saturday, February 15. This is promising to be another exciting day and busy build season! Wall Build activities will be held during the morning and early afternoon at 2615 Westinghouse Boulevard in Raleigh followed by wall raising activities held from 3:00- 3:30 pm at the construction site on Caddel St. Wake Forest.
In addition, a Wake
Baffle event for children's participation
will run concurrent with the wall building and raising events on Saturday, February 15. It will be hosted by Olive Branch Baptist Church in its fellowship hall from 9-11 am. The finished baffles will be part of the dedication ceremony at 3 pm at the Caddel St. location. Contact Katherine Peiper for details (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Help make the Wake Habitat Coalition Baffle project for children a huge success! We are seeking two volunteers to help prepare for the Feb 15th, 9-11 am mission event at Olive Branch Baptist Church in Wake Forest: 1) Refreshment volunteer to oversee food and beverages and 2) Cardboard collection volunteer to solicit, pick-up, and deliver large cardboard for the attic baffles that will be decorated by the children at the event. If available and interested in helping please contact Katherine Peiper at email@example.com.
WFPC Habitat Wake Forest work days
are set for March 21 and April 4. Youth 16 years of age to 18 may participate with parental consent (through Habitat program requirements). We are looking for five volunteers for each of the February 15 wall building sessions and 15 volunteers for the March 21 and April 4 WFPC workdays. Go to http://vhub.at/northernwake to register or contact Randy Parrish (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Blood Drive February 9
Thank you to all who have scheduled to donate at our upcoming drive, February 9. We still have appointments available after 2 pm and encourage you to become a donor. Some of our members have been regular donors for over 40 years. Give it a try! You never know if you will need the gift of life-saving blood, and it's regular blood donors who make it possible.
We invite you to be part of it by
by bringing in snacks/drinks or working at the drive. Child care will be provided.
Wake Up and Read Book Drive
will collect new and gently used books from now through February 15. These books for children from birth through age 12 will be distributed to over 8,000 children in 13 Wake County public schools and 17 childcare centers. Our goal this year is to collect 130,000 books! WFPC is a collection site, so look for the Wake Up and Read boxes in the narthex/hallway. Last year, WFPC donated 716 books! Let's do it again! Many thanks!
WFPC Community Garden Saturday Workdays Resume in March
We are continuing to harvest broccoli, cabbage, collards, and kale weekly for donation to Glory Tabernacle's Food Pantry, a pantry located just north of Tractor Supply that now serves from 24 to 33 families per week. We plan to plant red potatoes and more cool season vegetables in early to mid-March, followed by tomatoes and other warm season vegetables starting in May and sweet potatoes in June. Regular Saturday workdays (8am-11am) will resume in March, and this year we plan to add a regular Wednesday workday (4pm-dark) starting in April. Do you have ideas for or questions about the garden? Are you on the distribution list for volunteering? For garden news? Email your contact information to Melanie
. We have a variety of tasks for young and young-at-heart, physically fit and not-so-much, experienced or newbie. Come join us!
for a more complete listing of all our Mission & Outreach opportunities!
Wednesday Night Menu for February 5
soup and sub night
vegetarian veggie soup, beef veggie, or chicken soup
Chips Ahoy yummy dessert lasagna
Meals are just $5 for anyone 12 and over, $3 for ages 3-11. To make a reservation, please email
by Sunday evening. Please note any special dietary needs. If you must cancel, please let us know before Tuesday morning.
His Kids News
Habitat for Humanity Family Baffle Project
On Saturday, February 15, we invite families to the Habitat Baffle Project!
Join the Northern Wake Coalition of Churches from 9-11 AM at Olive Branch Baptist Church in Wake Forest. We'll enjoy coffee, juice, and donuts and get to work cutting, painting, and decorating baffles for our new Habitat homes! Click here for more details.
First Friday for Families
We'll be gathering for pizza at 6:00 and then enjoy a movie on the big screen. Bring your blankets, pillows, chairs... whatever you need to get comfortable and join us for "The Big Trip." No charge, but donations are accepted! RSVP to email@example.com.
~Katherine Peiper, Director of Children, Families and Youth Ministries |
Super Bowl Sunday
This Sunday is the Super Bowl! We are having a youth pre-game party in the CLC! Middle school AND high school will meet in the CLC from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. We will have super bowl snacks, games (4-square, basketball, 9-square, cards, board games, etc.), and watch some pre-game shows on the big screen! You don't want to miss the fun!!! High school youth group will NOT meet from 6:00-7:30 -- both groups will be done at 6:00 p.m.
February Youth at a glance
Super Bowl Pre-Game Party
Wednesday night ministries
Wednesday night ministries
Wednesday night ministries
Ash Wednesday (Service at 7:00 - no regular class meetings)
29 Middle School Faith and Sexuality Part 3 (9:00-2:00 at WFPC)
~Janet Briley, Assistant Director of Youth Ministries | firstname.lastname@example.org
|February 2, 2020 Scripture and Sermon
Our Scripture this week comes from Micah 6:6-8. Pastor Rebekah Maul will share her sermon, "Love Kindness."
|2019 Annual Budget
|2020 Year-to-Date Actual
|Year to Date Budget (January)
Year to Date Actual (January)
|January Budget (2019)
|January Tithes and Offerings (thru 1/26/20)
|January 26, 2020
|Tithes and Offerings
|Debt Elimination Gifts
Sunday School Attendance
|Debt Elimination Monthly Budget
|Debt Elimination Received (thru 1/26/20)
...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 31
6:30 AM | CLC | Friday Morning Men's Bible Study
9:30 AM | CLC Youth Room
| Naptime Bible Study
Saturday, February 1
7:00 AM |
CLC Youth Room | Iron Sharpens Iron
9:00 AM |
CLC B017 | BackPack Buddy Packing
Sunday, February 2
9:00 AM |
| Contemporary Worship
10:00 AM | Campus Wide | Sunday School
11:15 AM |
Sanctuary | Traditional Worship
4:30 PM |
CLC | Youth Super Bowl Pre-Game
Monday, February 3
7:00 PM |
WFPC Campus | Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
7:00 PM |
CLC Youth Room | Venture Crew Open House
Tuesday, February 4
6:45 PM | CLC | Praise Team Rehearsal
Wednesday, February 5
5:30 PM |
6:00 PM | CLC Music Room | Adult Hand Bells
6:30 PM | Campus Wide | Small Groups
7:00 PM | Sanctuary | Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, February 6
1:00 PM |
CLC Youth Room | Knit and Crochet Ministry
7:00 PM |
CLC | Ministry Team Night