For Friday, March 20, 2020
|WFPC Officers' Column
An inspiring little story popped up on social media this week from HouseBeautiful.com about a growing trend to light up our houses with Christmas lights. (Christmas in March!) People are reportedly using this as a way to add some light back into their neighborhoods. Those who are shut-in can look out and enjoy the twinkling lights of their neighbors. Families can hop in the car and ride around to look at lights as a means of getting out of the house. Our homes can be bright with light inside and out, as it serves to make us and others cheerful. Great idea and yes, it's different.
This brought to mind one of Jesus' teachings found in Matthew 5:6
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Our light is how we live for Christ, showing others what Christ is like. What our own lights look like can take on many forms during these days of ever-changing circumstances around the coronavirus pandemic. For some, our light is focusing on our families as our schedules are turned upside down with kids out of school along with our modified work schedules. For others, our light is offering our time to support area food and cleaning supply collections directed to our vulnerable neighbors. In addition, our wonderful WFPC Branch Ministry offers opportunities to make deliveries to our fellow members who are unable to venture out. The list is endless. Where and how do you feel called to respond?
Our light can also be staying positive, despite the circumstances, and embracing new ways of connecting with one another. Sunday's virtual worship service was a perfect example of embracing the change, finding a creative response to continue to worship together, and fostering relationships. While we are asked to respect social distancing, we can reach one another through a more deliberate approach using the technology and tools that are available. Don't forget that a good old-fashioned phone call can go a long way to reach family and neighbors, too! I encourage you to find your avenue to shine your light and grow in your faith as we move forward. We are stronger together in Christ.
Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, while we wrestle with a pandemic that surrounds us, remind us that you are the great "I am," always with us and never changing. You know our every need and your love is constant. Give us resiliency and courage to embrace the change and respond with love. Help us to reflect your image to others and be a beacon of light through our words and actions. May your peace be felt in the hearts of us all. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Elder, Mission and Outreach
Elder for Mission and Outreach
WFPC Online Resources During the Pandemic
Things are changing quickly these days, so we've built a special page on our website that will contain information about all the ways we're being the church (including worship) on the web. Just click here or choose "WFPC on the Web" on our website. We will keep that current with options and, as needed, tutorials. If there's a tutorial you'd like to see, please reply to this newsletter and let us know! We, too, are learning as we go and exploring new opportunties, and we appreciate your patience!
A Note from Rebekah Maul, Senior Pastor
Dearest socially distanced church family,
I hope that you all are holding up well. Our children... from little to nearly grown... are at a loss. Preschools and regular schools are canceled for the foreseeable future. This means, of course, that many of our parents are at a loss being torn between educating their children at home and going to work. Job security is all of a sudden on shaky ground. We're hearing words like "Recession", and "Depression"... and let's not forget the ever crucial fight for toilet paper. Mercy! How is all this supposed to work? Well... we don't know exactly... but it's going to be all right. We are not alone (even though we may be separated by at least 6-8 feet).
Sunday at our 10:00 Web Worship service, I'm going to talk about "
anxiety," and the Bible has a few things to say about it. The scripture I'll be referring to the most comes from Philippians 4:4-9.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again. Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sister, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable... if anything is excellent or praiseworthy... think about such things. Whatever you have learned, or received, or heard from me or seen in me... put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Read it in preparation. Place it in your hearts. Listen to it as though it is God speaking to you. It's one of my favorite passages. I hope it becomes one of yours.
We're figuring it out together. I'm even learning how to get comfortable with Zoom, and Derek is trying to get me to learn how to do video blogging. Sounds doable... so stay tuned, and the God of peace be with you.
Much love and prayer for you.
A Note from John Fawcett, Associate Pastor
We are certainly in uncharted waters these weeks! Any in-person gathering of Adult Discipleship groups, like all church gatherings on site at Wake Forest Presbyterian, has been cancelled. But, we are exploring some innovative ways to remain connected! Some adult groups have already moved to online-based platforms and have taken the video conferencing approach to keep connected as a group. Our elder for IT, Antia Mummert, has been working on locating a specific platform and software that the whole church can use so that classes can have a form of connection with each other.
I will be working on a Bible study video on the book of Acts and will be starting the first installment in that series starting next week. The "first wave" of Christian communities met in homes to try and figure out how to do the 'house church thing,' and likewise we are meeting in our homes trying to figure out how to keep our faith vibrant in these times! Links to the videos will be shared with the church family. Stay tuned for it as we remember that even in the midst of these times, we still have good work to do on growing our faith and knowledge of scripture!
Several missions have been put on hold due to the virus and the need for safety: Adult Mission Trip (Wlimington area), Habitat build, and Feeding The Hungry. But, the missional work of being hands and feet continues and there are groups who have "flexed" in this time and are staging items at their homes so missions can continue: Backpack Buddies has moved all their food offsite for March so they can still provide meals for the food insecure children of our area. Veterans' Ministry has moved their food offsite so they too can help fight food insecurity for the veterans who go to Durham VA hospital seeking assistance.
A Note from Kim Glassock, Director of Music Ministries
New Challenges offer New Opportunities --
The music ministry realizes how music is such a vital part of worship. We will creatively offer music via Live Stream during Sunday Morning Worship with solos, small ensembles, and instrumentals. A small studio has been set up in Rebekah's office for Worship and Music. Special Music will also be provided Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
Our Tech Guru, Anita Mummert has created a church account with "Zoom," a video conferencing app. I will start next week, Tuesday at 7:00 for Praise Vocals and Wednesday at 7:15 for Choir, to run through music. We will see how it goes. Instructions will come through email
and on our group Facebook pages. Be on the lookout!
A Note from Katherine Peiper, Director of Children, Family and Youth Ministries
This is quite a tumultuous time we are in, with no real answers and no real knowledge of the way forward, but we are NOT alone in this process! God's steady hand is in all things, and we can rely on each other to be reminders of the Divine presence!
For Families and Children
- Tune in to the WFPC Facebook page each WEDNESDAY at 6:00 (or anytime after 6) for Devotion Time with Katherine. We will talk about our feelings, how God is in everything, and how we can love each other well even in the worst of times! I might have some fun looking faces each week, so tune in to find out!
- Sunday mornings we will gather during our virtual worship and have our special time with the Youngest Disciples as always! We will also have special songs sometimes, and other things that are special to kids! Join us at 10 am each Sunday morning!
- We will be trying for a kid "hang out" time each week via our ZOOM online meeting platform, where kids and I can do a story and activity together virtually while parents prep dinner or just have about 30 minutes of down time! More details to come soon!!!
- In the weekly children's email, I will begin sending virtual Sunday school lessons and resources for families to utilize at home to continue faith development!
-Our Sunday school teachers will be getting contact information so kids will get notes from the special people in their church family... we can't gather in person, but we can sure love one another from afar!
One thing we can ALWAYS do without the need for any technology is PRAY for each other, and for this whole world that is scared right now... we can pray for those keeping us safe, pray for those who are working to keep us healthy, pray for patience as we all struggle to understand the new time we are in!
Blessings, hope and love!
A Note from Janet Briley, Director of Youth Ministries
By now you have heard that the church as a whole is being creative about ways to stay connected and keep our ministries going. In Youth Ministries, I am including a video in which I talk to the youth in the weekly youth email that goes to youth and families each week. We have created a private group for youth and families on our church Facebook page as a way to stay in touch. We are currently looking into ways of doing a virtual youth group, as well as virtual meetings for the Senior Bible Study. Youth Sunday is on hold at the moment, but we are brainstorming ways that we can still bring the amazing parts of that worship to you in the event that we are not able to have a Youth Sunday this year. We will continue to explore ideas and options for creative ways to stay connected and continue to grow together in our faith.
We are also working on ways to connect our college youth now that many of them have had to come home early. College youth, stay tuned for ways to connect with one another and receive support from your church family during this very different time!
Easter Lilies Memorial and Honorariums
Our nursery supplier has canceled this year's Easter Lily order. If you have already placed on online order, the church will issue you a refund. We are sorry for this, and recognize that this is a very meaningful ministry for many of you.
Mission and Outreach
Mission and Outreach supporters: While many gatherings associated with our WFPC mission and outreach are suspended due to impacts of the coronavirus, we are surrounded by endless opportunities to give in our Wake Forest Community and beyond. Thank you for your generous spirits and being diligent to find ways to serve others during these unusual times.
WFPC Community Garden Workdays: March 21 and 28 at 8 am
authorized volunteers only
Volunteers are continuing to maintain our garden throughout the week and weekends, and we welcome the help of new healthy volunteers. However, for everyone's protection, we ask the following:
1. Email, call, or text Melanie in advance to sign up for a time to work during the week or on the weekend firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Stay home if you are sick or suspect exposure, even if you are signed up to work.
3. Use a restroom offsite before coming to work in the garden. Volunteers will not be allowed in the church while it is closed.
4. Sign in and sign out of your garden work shift.
5. If you suspect or develop an illness after working in the garden, notify Melanie immediately; she will advise other volunteers if appropriate while protecting your privacy.
6. Wash or sanitize your hands before and after working in the garden.
7. Bring and wear your own work gloves.
8. Bring your own water bottle.
9. Limit close contact with others while working: no hugs or shaking hands; stay 6 feet apart.
10. Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
We want to be able to continue growing food for donation to our neighbors in need, especially now. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with these precautions.
Please keep the following members of our church family in your prayers:
And those who are currently deployed:
If you have a prayer request, you may let us know
|Children's Ministries News
NEW!! NEW!! NEW !!!
COMING EACH WEDNESDAY-
FAMILY DEVOTION TIME WITH KATHERINE!
Each Wednesday at 6 pm, you can join Katherine on the Wake Forest Presbyterian Facebook page for a short video devotion time for kids and families! Not a good time for you? NO WORRIES! Videos will also be available on the church's Youtube channel as well! Make sure you tune in...Katherine just might have some interesting "looks" during devotion in coming weeks...
Need help accessing these online tools? Check out
that will walk you through!
~Katherine Peiper, Director of Children, Family & Youth Ministries | email@example.com
We are working on ways to bring our youth group gatherings to you in a virtual platform. Stay tuned to the weekly youth emails for details soon!
Together We Rise
The supplies for our bike-building event have arrived! Once we are able to meet together in groups again, we will get a new date scheduled! Stay tuned for details in the near future!
Since we will still be meeting via our web worship on March 29, we are looking at a new date for Youth Sunday. We will have to be patient and flexible as we do not know exactly what the next few months will look like.
Senior Bible Study
We are in the process of moving our Senior Bible Study to a virtual platform. If you are a Senior and you are interested, check the emails from Janet. If you do not get the emails and would like to receive them, let Janet know
|March 22, 2020 Web Worship
This week Pastor Rebekah will lead us in exploring this week's Scripture, Philippians 4:6. Derek Maul will present our Offertory.
We will go live at 10 AM on our Facebook page,
You can download and print
lyrics to our songs here
if you'd like to sing along at home.
|2020 Annual Budget
|2020 Year-to-Date Actual
|Year to Date Budget (February)
Year to Date Actual (February)
|March Tithes and Offerings (thru 3/15/20)
|March 15, 2020
|Tithes and Offerings
|Debt Elimination Gifts
|Web Worship Attendance (Facebook Views)
|Debt Elimination Monthly Budget
|Debt Elimination Received (thru 3/15/20)
...all shall give as they are able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you.
WFPC Calendar Highlights
Saturday, March 21
8:00 AM |
Sunday, March 22
10:00 AM |
| Web Worship Service
Wednesday, March 25
6:00 PM |
| Family Devotion Time with Katherine