For Friday, January 8, 2020
The notification ding caught me off guard as I browsed Facebook on my IPad while eating breakfast Sunday morning: "Elder of the Day at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church." I had completely forgotten.
Of course, I didn't need to stop mid-bite to rush to church to go about the business of unlocking doors, adjusting thermostats and turning on lights. But even though the pandemic has eliminated the need for onsite duties, the designated elder of the week is still responsible for writing the Leaflets article for the coming week, meaning that I had three short days to complete my column. Since I consider myself somewhat of a theological lightweight, I generally need to start thinking of a topic far in advance and let my thoughts simmer, percolate and ferment before crafting them into a final draft that is worthy of publication. That, due to my forgetfulness, would not happen this time.
"I've lost my rhythm," I mused to myself as I finished my breakfast and continued browsing Facebook. The problem, I'm sure, has affected many of us in the months since the pandemic began. Before the lockdown, life was full of appointments, activities, events and commitments that created a scheduled structure and kept things flowing. Now, I often neglect to even look at my calendar - after all, not much is written there.
Then a Facebook post from a former student caught my eye:
"I'm filling my new 2021 planner with scripture. What's your favorite go-to verse? I need 52! Also, I'm going to write your name in that week as a reminder to pray for you at that time."
And there, suddenly, was a solution to my problems. Most immediately, I found a topic for this article. In the longer term, I discovered something meaningful to write in my calendar and to create a structure that would help me connect to God and others.
So I first responded to the post with one of my favorite verses. (In case you're wondering, it's Micah 6:8 - "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.") I followed up by copying and sharing the post on the WFPC Facebook Group so that I could read your favorite verses, add them to my planner and remember you in thought and prayer through the coming months. Perhaps you will want to do the same. (If you're not a Facebook user, feel free to email me instead).
I am truly looking forward to the time when I will be able to fill my calendar with the events and activities that dominated it a year ago. But I also hope that I will remember that the true structure of my life should be my connection with God and others, not the daily busy-ness of appointments and meetings. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
Elder, Discipleship (Adults)
Just a Reminder
In this time of an increase in COVID cases we all need to be more vigilant in our habits. Masks have been proven to be effective in reducing the spread of the virus. Hand washing and keeping our distance help as well. When on campus participating in ministry or just stopping by to drop something off at WFPC, PLEASE WEAR YOUR MASKS!
Epiphany words are ready and waiting for you!! Stop by the front of the church any time, choose your word for the year, and add a plain white star to the tree as a promise to work to live into God's promise through your word in the coming year! No picking through to choose a word; let the Spirit lead you to live with intention into the word you choose at random. Let's all live into the promise of a new year with the intention of building God's Kingdom in new ways!
Registration for the 2021/2022 preschool year will be held Tuesday, January 19, beginning at 9:15 AM through Friday, January 22, at 12:15. We offer half-day developmentally appropriate classes for two-year-olds through our transitional kindergarten. Contact Dawn Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 919-488-1820. Check out the preschool website, wakeforestpres.org/preschool, for a virtual tour, registration forms, and more information.
Please Share Your Stories!
The youth hope that you enjoyed participating in Random Acts of Kindness for December! Don't stop now! Keep it going...be intentional about being God's light in the world. If you have stories from your acts of kindness that you would like to share, please send them to Janet (you can type it up or video yourself) at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
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!).
Mission and Outreach
Happy New Year! 2021 promises to offer more meaningful ways to share the love of Christ through our Mission and Outreach activities. 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 Family Promise participants, staff and volunteers in your prayers, as the challenges of homelessness are compounded in these COVID times. Once again, during our assigned host week January 3-10, we will not have families stay at our church home. The organization is continuing to use a different model where the families experiencing homelessness are housed in an apartment building rather than going to churches. During that week we will support through donations of food and meals. Due to the generous offerings of our WFPC family during our June host week, we have enough money left to cover this for January. Our next host week is scheduled for May 30- June 6. Hopefully by then we will be able to support and welcome families in person.
Tri Area Ministry (TAM)
Our local Tri Area Ministry in downtown Wake Forest at 149 E. Holding Ave. has seen unprecedented need for food assistance during COVID-19. They are continuing to find new ways to meet the needs. Making it easy for donors is also part of their mission. If the days and times that TAM is open don't work for you, just raise the lid to our 24/7 donation box located at the front of the building and leave your donation there. In addition, volunteers are onsite every Monday and Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm and the second and third Saturdays of each month (same times).
The number of families served on a monthly basis has continued to climb. In the month of December, TAM served 1,194 households reaching 2,896 people. For all of 2020 TAM distributed approximately 961,200 lbs of food!! Your support of our local food pantry continues to be needed. A full list of all requested items can be found at https://triareaministry.com/donate/ Thank you for your support!
The Wake Forest Presbyterian Backpack Buddies program is funded by grants and generous donations from our church members. The year-round outreach is organized by a team of four leaders: Lisa Solomon, Heather Wheeler, Kathy Kirschner, and Ed Tharrington. No matter how big or small, every donation and minute of volunteering to support Backpack Buddies makes a difference!
Our WFPC Backpack Buddies program supplies 50 children with nutritious, child-friendly, self-serve food designed to put in a 'backpack' and feed a child over the weekend. 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!
Photographs and Memories - A Look Back at 2020:
Shots of Mission work pre and post Covid!
Blood Drive:154 units donated!
BackPack Buddies: 50 meals packed every week for the Boys & Girls Club of Wake Forest!
Mission2Military: Care packages assembled for service personnel!
WFPC Community Garden: Over 3,500 pounds of produce grown and donated!
Habitat: $6,500 donated, baffles created and wall raising ceremony completed
Turnberry: Mornings With Christ providing food deliveries
Glory Tabernacle Food Pantry: Before and after our Adult Mission Team's work!
CROP Walk: Six miles walked at WFPC and $885 raised for those facing global poverty
Giving Tree: Partnership with the Northern Regional Center -- Christmas presents were bought and donated to six families in need
*Not pictured, but still active in 2020:
Veterans Ministry: Ongoing, monthly food donations to the Durham VA Hospital for food-insecure vets and their families.
Christmas Angel: Christmas presents are bought and donated to identified families through Wake County Social Services.
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.
No Youth Group meetings on January 10th
Exams are coming up for our high school youth, and everyone is getting back into their school routines after the holidays. We will kick off our year on January 17th with a bonfire and game of 9-square! Look for more details in the weekly youth email from Janet!
Share Your RAK Stories!
How did your month of Random Acts of Kindness go? We would love to hear your stories! Get a quick video of yourself telling some of your stories, or type them up! Send both to Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can't wait to hear your stories! And your 2021 challenge is to keep that going! Don't stop! Be intentional about being God's light in this world!
~Janet Briley, Director of Youth Ministries
|January 10 Web Worship
Join us as Pastor Rebekah Maul delivers our message this week. Click here
to print a bulletin at home.
Online services can be seen on Facebook
|2021 Annual Budget|
|2021 Year-to-Date Actual||$21,423.60|
|Year to Date Budget (January)||
Year to Date Actual (January)
|January Tithes and Offerings (thru 1/3/21)||$21,423.60|
|January 3, 2021|
|Tithes and Offerings (Mail/Online)||$21,423.60|
|Debt Elimination Gifts||$2,325.00|
|Web Worship Attendance (Views)||190+|
|Sunday School Attendance||49|
|Debt Elimination Monthly Budget|
|Debt Elimination Received (thru 1/3/21)||$2,325.00|
...all shall give as they are able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you.
|WFPC Calendar Highlights
Saturday, January 9
7:15 am Iron Sharpens Iron
Sunday, January 10
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
Monday, January 11
7:00 pm Boy Scouts online
Tuesday, January 12
7:00 pm Women of the Word online
7:00 pm Stephen Ministry
Wednesday, January 13
9:30 am Mornings With Christ
4:00 pm GriefShare online
6:30 pm Iron Sharpens Iron online
Thursday, January 14
10:00 am Morning Glory Circle
7:00 pm Diaconate online
for a full calendar, including all small groups!