Friday, June 17, 2022
Officer's Column
Numbers 6:25 “The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.”
 
It won’t be much longer before the sunflowers are out and in full bloom at Dorthea Dix Park. I have always loved sunflowers – they seem so happy and always seem to bring a smile to my face. The sunflower fields remind me of a devotional and middle school Sunday school lesson I taught some years ago about the sunflower and what characteristics we, as Christians, can learn from this simple, happy flower. The lesson was based on a devotional from Julia Bettencourt and among the lessons she said sunflowers can teach us:
 
Follow the sun: From morning until dusk, the flowering sunflower follows the sun.  The flower head actually tracks the position of the sun, beginning in the east and ending in the west, tilting so that it receives the greatest amount of sunlight throughout the day. As Christians, we too should be following the Son each and every day -- setting aside the distractions of the world and keeping our eyes fully upon Christ.
 
Produce seeds: The sunflower produces many seeds. In fact, a single flower can produce between 1000 – 2000 seeds. These are healthy seeds that provide nutrition for people across the globe. As Christians, we also produce seeds in the form of Christ’s love and grace. These seeds we produce nourish our children, our friends, as well as those we encounter and serve in our community and mission field.
 
Look like whom you follow: The sunflower is named for and looks like the sun.  As Christians, we take our name from Christ, we are created in His likeness and we should resemble Him in our actions.  Christ has given us numerous examples of how we should be, but most importantly His example showed us how to love God and to love each other.
 
What a wonderful example this field of sunflowers sets for us, by continuing to follow the true light and life.  

Sarah Kirby
Clerk of Session
Worship at WFPC
Sundays at 10:00 a.m. (in-person and online)
June 19
As we continue to focus on music during the month of June, this Sunday we will have a hymn sing, with some of your favorite hymns! Our Scripture comes from Exodus 15:19-21 and Acts 16:19-26. John Fawcett will share his sermon, "Joyful Noise."

10:00 in the Sanctuary
Our 10:00 a.m. worship service is livestreamed on our YouTube channel.
If you're joining us online, you can print an 10:00 service bulletin here.
Pastor Marguerite Attends 225th General Assembly as New Hope Commissioner
Dear WFPC Family,
I will miss being with you June 19 for our hymn sing! That will be a wonderful occasion for celebrating and raising our voices in song and praise.

But my flight to Louisville, KY leaves Friday morning, and I’m scheduled to return to RDU June 23. During that time, I will fulfill my role as New Hope Presbytery Commissioner and member of the Rules of Discipline committee, working on recommendations and motions to bring before the church’s entire General Assembly during our plenary sessions July 5-9.

What is the General Assembly, you may ask? It’s a meeting of elected representatives from across the country’s PCUSA churches. It happens every two years. From GA’s web page:

The General Assembly consists of commissioners elected by presbyteries. Half of the commissioners will be ruling elders, half will be teaching elders. Few will ever have been commissioners to the General Assembly before, but most will have served in one of the other governing bodies of our church: the session, which provides care and oversight of a local congregation; the presbytery, which provides care and oversight of a group of congregations; or the synod which provides care and oversight of several presbyteries.
It reviews the work of synods, resolves controversies in the church, is responsible for matters of common concern for the whole church, and serves as a symbol of unity for the church.
The General Assembly has several specific responsibilities outlined in Chapter 3 of the Book of Order. The assembly seeks to protect our church from errors in faith and practice, is responsible for assuring that the expression of our theology remains true to the biblical standards in our historic confessions. The General Assembly presents a witness for truth and justice in our community and in the world community. It sets priorities for the church and establishes relationships with other churches or ecumenical bodies.
This year’s GA theme is titled “From Lament to Hope.” Learn more at https://ga-pcusa.org/

My committee is tasked with replacing the third section of our Book of Order (Part II of our Constitution) called the Rules of Discipline. This section outlines the steps the PCUSA councils take when allegations of misconduct surface against councils such as Sessions or Presbyteries, and against individual ordained individuals in the church. Recently the General Assembly updated the two other sections of the Book of Order, the Form of Government and the Directory for Worship. Now it will update the final section.
While that is the work of my committee, I will also be voting as elected representative of our Presbytery on recommendations from all the committees of the General Assembly.  There are GA committees that have been working on PCUSA responses to climate change and gun violence, and will bring recommendations to action for the whole church to unite around initiatives dealing with these issues. There will be votes on matters of polity and procedure. There will be votes on who will be the new moderators of the GA for the next two years. There will be worship, and a special Juneteenth celebration June 19.
I appreciate any prayers you may have as I travel and work at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville, gaining access through my QR code that was issued once all my vaccinations and boosters were verified! Committees will be masked for the entirety of their work, so COVID continues to “take the fun out of everything;” even so we will carry on with the task before us: moving from lament to hope. May we do that at GA and in every congregation, including WFPC, throughout these challenging times.
 
Blessings,
Marguerite
VBS Registration Deadine is this Wednesday, June 22!
June 26-30
What is God Like?  VBS 2022
“Whenever you aren’t sure what God is like, think about what makes you feel safe, what makes you feel brave, and what makes you feel loved. That’s what God is like.”
When: Sunday, June 26 - Wednesday, June 29, 6-8 p.m.

***Family dinner and celebration on Thursday, June 30, 6-7:30

NEW!! 4th & 5th graders will have a new format this year -DINNER instead of just a snack, and more in-depth content and smaller groups to make it special as they age out of VBS participant status. AND- special night-owl movie party for just the 4th/5th graders (7:30-9 Thursday, June 30).


Registration closes Wednesday, June 22, so register now!! Tell your friends!!

You can support VBS by helping provide supplies from our Amazon wish list!
Thanks for helping to provide a great week for these kids! You can choose an item and purchase it here:
New Media and A/V Director
Please help us extend a warm welcome to our newly hired Media and A/V Director, Jermaine Taylor. Jermaine brings extensive experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to Wake Forest Presbyterian. For the first few weeks he will be working with Courtney Cissel, our member who graciously stepped in to temporarily fill the vacancy. We are excited that Jermaine has the technical skills and creative insight to help us share the Lord's message and the ministries of WFPC. Welcome, Jermaine!
Preschool End of Year Wrap Up
The preschool ministry has wrapped up another school year. We served 67 students this year in our morning weekday program. This was the first time away from home for many of our students because of COVID. The children learned so much more than ABC's and 123's!  They learned about God's love and came to the sanctuary each week for a Bible story. They learned how to be a good friend and how to share. Through developmentally appropriate learning, they built a firm foundation for future academics.
There are a few openings for the upcoming school year in the three year old class and in the transitional kindergarten class. If you would like more information about the preschool please send Dawn an email at preschooldirector@wakeforestpres.org or call at 919-488-1820. Thank you for your prayers and support of the preschool ministry!
Summer Sundays at WFPC — July through Labor Day
During our July Summer Sundays, we will be focusing on the visual arts. In addition to our normal worship service, we will have a congregational art show and interactive art/prayer stations for you to engage with each week.
 
July 3: Staying Rooted 
“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” (Dolly Parton).
Draw the ground line about a third of the way down and then the lines for a tree trunk. Begin the process of drawing roots from top to bottom of the page. Notice your breathing as you draw each root. Notice the way they connect and also move in different directions. Create as many roots as you desire.
Then pause and think about the things that keep you rooted to self, others, and the moment. Write each one on a tree root.
When you’re finished, take a look at all of the roots and choose one to do in the next couple of hours. Repeat as needed…and feel free to add more roots or begin a second tree if you run out of room! Sometimes we need a forest.
 
July 10: Parament Square Making 
Kathy Drake and Joni Amerson are excited to invite the congregation to help make the next paraments that go on the communion table in the sanctuary. Everyone will be invited to draw a symbol that is meaningful to them (examples of PCUSA symbols will be provided for inspiration) on a square of fabric that will be sewn with all other congregant squares to make a beautiful new parament! 

July 17: Dissolving Anxiety with Prayer: Be Still and Know
Each congregant will be invited to take a sheet of paper and spend a moment thinking on the things that are worrying them, or making them feel anxious or fretful. Everyone is invited to write down any and all worries they choose on that piece of paper and spend a moment simply being still and knowing that God is in that moment with them. Then each person is invited to place their paper in a bowl of water on the table, and watch the paper dissolve away, hopefully carrying some anxiety and worry with it. 

July 24: Thankful Praying: Fill in the Blanks with Thanks!
Small 4x6 canvases will be available to folks after worship. Create a design by putting masking tape on whatever areas of the canvas you do not want color. (see picture above). Once tape is removed and color is set, use the blank lines to write things you want to thank God for!! 

July 31: Where Did You See God Today???  
God sightings wall : We will have a large piece of butcher paper attached to one of the partitions from the CLC… a table will be set with materials to either draw or write where you’ve seen God in worship today. Everyone is invited to write or draw one way they have seen God during worship and tape their art to the wall! We can leave the God sightings up for several weeks as a reminder of how to continue looking for God in even the smallest of moments. 
 
 
We will close out our Summer Sundays with sermons focusing on literature. We invite you to get a head start now and join us in our summer reading:
August 7: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
August 14: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
August 21: Drawing God by Karen Keifer (Children’s Sunday)
August 28: Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
September 4: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings
Calling for Artwork!
Starting July 3, we will focus our services on visual art and worship. So we're inviting you to help us celebrate by having a congregational art show July 3 - August 7. Please allow us to display your painting, sculpture, drawing, fabric art, whatever you would like to share. We're especially interested in any works you have on the themes of: America, Still Life, The Mountains to the Coast, Seeing God, and Light. Get your artist's cap on and look for more information about when to drop off your works in June.
Mission and Outreach
Community Garden
A special thanks to all who helped plant out Plot One with sweet potato slips last Saturday. Plot Three is fully planted with tomatoes. Plot Two contains pole beans, cucumbers, carrots, peppers, and squash, and we’ll be planting zucchini and sweet corn, as well as more squash and cucumbers in this area tomorrow. We’ll also plant watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melons, pumpkins, and winter squash in the Edible Forest on the hill. Peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers are making their debut, and we’ll soon have a steady supply of produce to feed the food insecure in our community who depend on our help. We depend on your help to make this happen, so we hope you’ll join us in the garden tomorrow morning! The pollinator garden is in full bloom with a vibrant array of roses and perennials. Our “Butterfly Diner” menu offers a variety of pollinators, their assorted colors and fragrances enticing butterflies to feast in the garden. SignUpGenius:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F4EABA62FAB9-2022.  Please call, text or email Pam Schulze if you have questions (919)-522-3146  wfpcgivinggarden@gmail.com

Want to know more about Mission and Outreach at WFPC? Please contact Kathy Tharrington at kathleenekirschner@gmail.com or Randy Parrish at rparrish2146@gmail.com
Children's Ministries
VBS REGISTRATION TIME!! Registration Deadline is June 22
What is God Like?  VBS 2022
“Whenever you aren’t sure what God is like, think about what makes you feel safe, what makes you feel brave, and what makes you feel loved. That’s what God is like.”
When: Sunday, June 26th - Thursday, June 30th, 6-8 p.m.

Register to volunteer AND for participants with the link below!! We are SO excited to bring back a five-night VBS, with Day 5 being a dinner and celebration for the whole family!!! So much will look like it has before, so much will be new and different!

The 4th & 5th graders will have a new format this year -- DINNER instead of just a snack, and more in-depth content and smaller groups to make it special as they age out of VBS participant status. AND, after the family celebration on the last day there will be a special night-owl movie party for just the 4th/5th graders (7:30-9). 4th and 5th grade is limited to 30, so register early!!!

In hope and in love,
Katherine and Amy
Youth Ministries
Summer Pop Up Gatherings
Hey youth! Be on the lookout for pop up gatherings and missions this summer! Stay tuned to the weekly email and announcements for details! Can’t wait to see you! In the meantime…have a great summer!!!

A Look Ahead:
July 17-23 Montreat High School Youth Conference

Janet Briley
Director of Youth Ministries
Prayer List
Please keep the following members of our church family in your prayers:
Jody Alston
Jean Futrell
Helen Halva
Charlie Jones
Don McCorkle
Rebekah Maul
David and Grace Maul
Peggy Newsome
Evelyn Patton
Wayne Pratt
Ed Ray
Marcia Rhoten
Don and Sally Shupe
Daniel Valentino
WFPC Calendar Highlights
Saturday, June 18
8:00 am Iron Sharpens Iron

Sunday, June 19
10:00 am Summer Worship in the sanctuary

Tuesday, June 21
5:45 pm Beginner Handbells in blue mod room 3
6:30 pm Praise Team Rehearsal in the sanctuary

Wednesday, June 22
5:45 pm Handbell Rehearsal
7:00 pm Chancel Choir

Thursday, June 23
7:00 pm Montreat Meeting in the sanctuary