Both services will be in the sanctuary this Sunday!
Friday, July 30, 2021
Officer's Column
Life is like a box of chocolates!

This is a line from the movie Forrest Gump and is one of my favorite “Top Ten” as Rebekah would say. It’s the scene where Forrest (Tom Hanks) is sitting on the park bench with a young lady who he’s never met before, and he offers her a piece of chocolate. She politely declines, and then he proceeds to tell her that his momma always said that “Life is like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get.”

Over the past couple of months, I have felt like I’m eating from life’s box of chocolates – some good things happened, some bad things and some things are well, bittersweet, I guess. I have lost some friends recently including some within our church family and have had others diagnosed with serious illnesses.  I know it’s part of life but it’s still painful. A strong reminder that life is precious and at times doesn’t feel fair. It’s like that piece of chocolate that looks ok on the outside but it’s filled with some kind of pink goo. You know, the one that no one wants! The one you take one bite and wish you had picked the one next to it!

Then something wonderful happens. Like when our son, who lives in Portland Oregon, told us that they would be visiting us for two weeks. Two whole weeks to spoil the grandkids!! How wonderful is that! Now, that’s a piece of chocolate with rich dark chocolate inside!! It’s gone before you know it and wish you had another piece just like it!

And then there are events that we have mixed emotions about. Like when I heard that Rebekah was retiring. Selfishly, I don’t want her to leave WFPC because she has been a true blessing for our church and has personally challenged me in many meaningful ways. At the same time, I want her to be happy and for her and Derek to get time to do the things they have always wanted to do. Maybe that’s a piece in the box that you like but it’s not one of your favorites, sort of bittersweet.  You know that there’s always going to be some of those pieces in your box of chocolate.

As we deal with life’s ups and downs and all its surprises, I do believe that there is one constant – that God is always with us. He knows what we are dealing with. He is with us when we celebrate the wonderful things in life, and He is with us to help us get through the difficult things that we have to face. We are never alone!

Fear not, for I am with you:
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

Randy Parrish
Elder, Mission and Outreach
Worship at WFPC
Sundays at 9 a.m. (in-person) and 10:30 a.m. (in-person and online)
On Sunday, August 1, Pastor Rebekah Maul will share her last sermon before retirement. She will share her #10 of Her Top Bible Passage, Ephesians 3:14-12, Benediction.

You can print a bulletin to use at home here: August 1
Bulletins will be provided for those attending in-person.

9 A.M. In-Person Worship in the Sanctuary
10:30 A.M. In-Person Worship in the Sanctuary (also online)

We no longer require reservations for Sunday worship services!

Our 10:30 a.m. worship service is livestreamed on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Nursery Reopening!
Sunday, August 1 at 9:00 and 10:30
Nursery is open to any and all children from birth through age 4, and will be open for both worship services! The nursery room is staffed by two fully background checked paid staff who are ready to love on any children in need of a space where they can move, squirm, squeal, etc.!

Please note -- the nursery will NOT be available during the Reception for Rebekah's Retirement which follows our 10:30 service.

The nursery is in room A127 of the Children's Wing. Please contact Katherine Peiper, Director of Children, Family and Youth Ministries with any questions! (
Thank You!
Thank you so much for your prayers last week while our high school youth were at the Montreat Youth Conference. The theme was “Called to Connect,” and they did just that! Our youth are honest, vulnerable, brave, dedicated, loving, authentic, and truly all around amazing young people! We learned how we are all interconnected because the same God created us and the same Holy Spirit is in all of us. Sometimes disconnection is a good thing...God will help us with the reconnection! We are well connected with one another — we need each other; where I am weak, you are strong. And how beautiful is it that we are biconnected? That means we can’t be disconnected. Because of our faith, we will never be disconnected! By the way, if you haven’t had a chance to sit down and chat with a young person lately, I highly encourage it! You will be blessed! Thanks again for your support of the youth of WFPC and your prayers during our trips to Massanetta and Montreat this summer.
Mornings With Christ -- A Celebration and Tribute
Mornings With Christ has officially retired as a Discipleship Small Group after decades of fellowship and learning. We want to give a big shout out and thanksgiving to Loretta Highfield – the final leader of that group – for leading and serving faithfully for years with those women. The group has had many leaders since its inception.

Mornings began in Paula Goodson and Fran Sowisdral’s homes, and has had many leaders over the years including Leslie Olmo, Ann Brackett, Deb Keller, and Loretta Highfield. Mornings has faithfully partnered with Turnberry Housing in a missional way and has brought food, fellowship, and tremendous happiness to the residents who live there. Turnberry has even come to WFPC for Wednesday Night Dinners in the past as well. The mission of Mornings with Turnberry will live on and stay intact even as the group comes to a gracious completion. The picture is a food delivery to Turnberry.

Thank you Mornings for creating a space for discipleship, fellowship, and ultimately faith to grow and be lived out! We will miss you!
Rebekah's Retirement
Pastor Rebekah's last Sunday with us is approaching very quickly! On August 1 we will celebrate her last Sunday after 40 years in ministry.

  • Between services we will be planting a tree in her honor on the WFPC grounds.
  • After the 10:30 worship service, we will hold a luncheon celebration in her honor in the CLC. If you have not yet made reservations, we are sorry but it is now too late. We invite you to attend worship service and contact Rebekah personally to wish her well.

During the luncheon, we will hear from several important folks in Pastor Rebekah's life, including those from her previous churches. Rebekah will also have some final thoughts to share with us before she goes, and we have some special music to share with her as well. We hope you will be able to join us to celebrate Rebekah and to wish her and Derek the very best as they enter retirement!

If you would like to honor Rebekah further:
  • A letter box can be found in the Narthex for personal notes and will be presented to her at the retirement luncheon on August 1.
  • For those who prefer digital means, upload photos (or any video or gif) and words of thanks to our Kudoboard. She will get a computer link to the board, and it will be published into a memory book for the coffee table. There is no need to create an account. Just click here and proceed as a guest.
  • Should you wish to send a monetary gift, you are welcome to do so. Pastor Rebekah and Derek expect to travel during retirement, and we will pool those gifts together to be presented at the luncheon. You may use Breeze online and select "Rebekah's Retirement Gift" as the giving category or send a check to WFPC designating the gift fund in the memo field.
2021/2022 Liturgist Team
Do you have the gift of public speaking and worship leadership? Please consider joining the team of liturgists who serve during the second worship service at WFPC. Liturgists prepare and deliver the Prayer of Dedication following the offering. They also lead liturgy prepared by the pastor. Training and guidance are available. Each liturgist typically serves one to two times per year. If you are interested in joining the team, contact Kathy Dudley at or 919-539-7732.
Please join us in extending love and sympathy to Dawn Wilson and family. Dawn's father, Rick Prevette, passed away on July 28, 2021.
Mission and Outreach
Community Garden
It’s tomato harvest time! We’re averaging 200 lbs. of juicy red tomatoes a week! Plucking these jewels of summer from the vine with their glossy skins and sweet grassy fragrance is simply delightful. Come join the fun on Tuesday and/or Saturday mornings in the garden. 
Garden Email Address: 
Point of Contact: Pam Schulze, 919-522-3146

WFPC Backpack Buddies
We are gearing up for the return to school with our next packing event on Saturday, August 7, at 9:30 a.m. in B017 of the CLC. All ages are welcomed to come out and help. Then we will restock our shelves with our Back to School Food Drive on Sunday, August 8th. We welcome your participation and support.. For more information contact Heather Wheeler at
Veterans Assistance
The Durham VA Food Pantry is happy to see the WFPC donations roll up and unload every month. Your generous support through monthly monetary or food donations is keeping our mission of providing food to our food-insecure veterans alive. This month the team included some bonus clothing donations! If you would like to learn more about this mission or become part of the team contact Bennie and Bonnie Hoots at
There REALLY is a place for everyone in our WFPC Mission and Outreach, including a place for you. Let your elders help you connect with opportunities that fit your interests, schedule, and talents. Please contact Randy Parrish at and Sabrina Patton at to learn more.
Youth Ministries
Youth Kickoff
Mark your calendars now for September 12th! Times and details will be shared soon, but for now, get that date on your calendar. You will not want to miss our YOUTH KICK OFF EVENT that afternoon/evening. We can’t wait to see you!

Janet Briley
Director of Youth Ministries
Tithes and Offerings
2021 Annual Budget...............................$902,500.00
2021 Year-to-date Actual........................$488,301.00

Year-to-date Budget (June)......................$442,000.00
Year-to-date Actual (June)........................$429,920.00

July 2021 Budget.....................................$73,700.00
July MTD Offerings..................................$59,360.50
July Debt Elimination Budget...................$5,000.00
July MTD Debt Elim Gifts.........................$4,625.00

July 25, 2021
Tithes and Offerings................................$11,380.00
Designated Gifts......................................$1,495.00
Debt Elimination Gifts..............................$2,310.00

9:00 In-Person Worship Attendance........70
10:30 In-Person Worship Attendance......146
Online Worship Attendance.....................97+
Prayer List
Please keep the following members of our church family in your prayers:
Jody Alston
Jennie Banco
Betty Hay
Genie Hunt
Joan Jones
Don McCorkle
Ed Ray
Si Seiler
Charlene Shaffer
WFPC Calendar Highlights
Saturday, July 30
7:15 am Iron Sharpens Iron (B103)
8:00 am Giving Garden Workday

Sunday, August 1
9:00 am In-Person Worship Service (Sanctuary)
--tree planting between services
10:30 am In-Person and Online Worship (Sanctuary)
--Rebekah's Retirement Luncheon in the CLC

Monday, August 2
7:00 pm Boy Scouts (CLC)

Tuesday, August 3
7:00 pm Praise Team (CLC)

Wednesday, August 4
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
7:00 pm Daughters of the King (Zoom)
7:00 pm Fathers Who Aren't in Heaven (offsite)
8:00 pm NAPTIME (Zoom)

Thursday, August 5
7:00 pm Ministry Team Night in the CLC