Friday, March 26, 2021
Officer's Column
Isaiah 35:1-2 “Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon. There the Lord will display his glory, the splendor of our God.”


Spring is a time of anticipation and renewal. It is time when everything comes back to life and color returns to our world. The days become longer and brighter, the trees bud with leaves, and even the birds sing more. It is only fitting that our church welcomes back in-person worship during the life-affirming springtime. We’ve been holding our collective breath, waiting for this season of apartness to change. It has now arrived, and we return in hope.

In his prayer, Be with Me in My Unfolding, Ted Loder writes of spring as an unfolding and as a promise. The closing of his prayer captures the feeling of spring and our return to our church home:

It is spring, Lord
And something stirs in me,
reaching, stretching,         
groping for words,
peeking through my defenses,
beckoning in my laughter,
riding on past my fears,
           pulsing in my music.
And there is the mystery
           and the smile of it.
Be with me in my reaching
           so I will touch or be touched,
                       this time,
                                   by a grace, a warmth, a light,
                       to unfold my life to a new beginning,
                                   a fresh budding,
                                               a spring within as well as around me.
O Lord, you have sketched the lines of spring,
Be with me in my reaching. 

From Guerrillas of Grace, Prayers for the Battle by Ted Loder

Sarah Kirby
Clerk of Session
Worship at WFPC
Sundays at 9 a.m. (in-person) and 10:30 a.m. (online)
Sunday, March 28, our Scripture comes from Mark 11:1-11. Pastor John Fawcett will share his sermon, "Jerusalem Tomorrow."

You can print a bulletin at home here: 9:00 in-person bulletin 10:30 online bulletin

9 A.M. In-Person Worship
We have capacity for up to 80 folks to attend our in-person worship service, held each Sunday at 9 a.m. in the CLC. Guidelines have been established for safety and are all explained on the reservations page for each week. If you'd like to attend, you make have a reservation by 9 a.m. Saturday. We're sorry that we cannot accommodate walk-ups. You can check availability and make your reservation by using the following links:


10:30 A.M. Online Worship
Our 10:30 a.m. worship service is livestreamed on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Don't forget, this week our online worship will shift to 10:30 AM! We are making this change to give us a little more time in our 9:00 service before our worship leaders have to run up to start our livestream.
Easter Sunday
April 4
9 A.M. In-Person Worship
We have capacity for up to 80 folks to attend our in-person worship service, held each Sunday at 9 a.m. in the Christian Life Center. If you would like to attend in person, you can make a reservation here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aadaf2faafd0-april

10:30 A.M. Online Worship
Please note -- as of March 28 our online service time is shifting (see above)! Our 10:30 a.m. worship service is livestreamed on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Maundy Thursday/Good Friday - Online Worship
April 1 at 7 pm
This year we will hear the Passion story from the Gospel of Matthew. It will be read by an intergenerational group of WFPC members! - Marv Baker, Bob Beichner, Reagan Blalock, Grace Pulliam, Katherine Peiper, and Lynette Wilson. Please tune in on the WFPC Facebook page at 7 p.m. to worship and hear the story of Jesus' last couple of days on earth before he was crucified and resurrected. Come worship with us!
Check Your Contact Information!
The church office has received several call from folks who have not gotten their giving statements. It may be because we do not have up-to-date information on how to get in touch with you. Please log in to Breeze and check that we have your correct email and address! If you need any help, Cindy will be happy to help you. You can email her at officeadmin@wakeforestpres.org or call the church office at 919-556-7777 Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thank You!
Dear WFPC family,

We want to thank everyone who came out to help with the spring campus clean up this past weekend. We had a great turnout, and the church campus looks great! A special thanks to Larry and Powell Roper for cutting down trees and shrubs and hauling off all the debris. Thanks also to the Boy Scouts for coming out to help.

Denny Ide and Jim Wills
Facilities Elders
Contribution Envelopes
If you are receiving giving envelopes in the mail and no longer need them, please let us know, and we will take you off the list! Contact Joanne at financials@wakeforestpres.org or 919-556-7777.
Flowering Cross
Easter 2021
Flowering the Easter Cross has become a tradition at WFPC. You are invited again this year to bring your own fresh flowers (or even silk ones) to help decorate the cross in the front circle on Saturday, April 3. There will be a greenery base and folks may stand before the cross to place their flower(s) on it with reflection and reverence. The cross becomes beautiful, new and alive in celebration of the Resurrections of Christ. Did you know, symbolic flowering crosses can be found in Christian art as early as the sixth century?

On Easter Sunday you are invited to come by for photos. The cross will remain up until April 6.
Who Wants to Be EGG'd and Support WFPC Youth?
Get in touch with Yard Party, order one of their “You’ve Been EGG’d” packages, mention WFPC Youth, and for each order, Yard Party will donate a portion back to the youth! The $45 package includes a fun Easter sign in the yard along with 24 filled Easter eggs. What children do you know that would love this? How about a friend that needs a little joy? Contact Yard Party to place your order. Spaces are limited, so don’t wait! Yard Party will set up the sign, hide the eggs, and come back 24 hours later to collect the sign. To place your order, email yardpartync@gmail.com, or call Shannon Blalock at 919-649-3009. Questions? Contact Janet Briley at youth@wakeforestpres.org .
Mission and Outreach
Doing Anything April 26 - April 30?!?
Help us build a fence for the Giving Garden at WFPC!: We’re going to build a permanent fence for our community garden to keep the deer out!!; We need several able-bodied (not necessarily experienced) folks to help construct the fence. So, if you can commit to the whole week (Monday - Friday), great; if you can commit to one or a few days, great! You can sign up through Signup Genius by using this link; https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4EA8A92EA4FB6-community If you have any questions please contact Randy Parrish at rparrish2146@gmail.com.

Glory Tabernacle Food Pantry
Glory Tabernacle Food Pantry is seeking volunteers who can lift 25 pounds to load, unload, and sort groceries donated by various food retailers in our area. For these collections, an SUV with a 3rd row or a pickup truck is needed. These are recurring volunteer opportunities. The schedule is below:
  • Mondays & Thursdays: 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Pick up at Food Lion (405 S. Main St., Rolesville)
  • Tuesdays: 11:15 a.m.-12:00 noon. Pick up at Target (12000 Retail Dr., Wake Forest)
  • Fridays: 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Pick up at Food Lion (7905 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh)
  • Saturdays & Sundays: 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Pick up at Wegmans (1200 Wake Towne Dr., Raleigh)
  • Sundays only: 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Pick up at Food Lion (7905 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh)       
The pantry also welcomes volunteers on Tuesday afternoons to prepare and distribute food to those in need. Volunteer times are 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. to prepare food items and 2:30 -5:00 p.m. to distribute food items. Glory Tabernacle Food Pantry is located at 120 Weathers St., Youngsville. Weathers Street is the street immediately after Tractor Supply on U.S. Highway 1. Masks are required for all volunteer activities. For more information or to sign up for a volunteer trial run, please contact Millie Seiler 585-202-4442 or agseiler@outlook.com .

Giving Garden at WFPC
It’s almost harvest time already! The kale, collards, and chard planted in the ground before Christmas and the lettuce and spinach planted in the table planters three weeks ago will be a welcome and nutritious addition to the packaged foods donated most frequently to our local food pantries. To maximize benefit, we harvest multiple times from each plant, taking a few outer leaves each time. Let us know if you would like to help harvest and/or deliver.

Shed users, unite! Pam recently reorganized our communal storage space. Let’s help each other keep it safe and functional! Return tools and supplies to their assigned locations, and notify Pam if you notice something needs fixing, replacing, or refilling.

COMMUNICATION/PUBLICITY VOLUNTEER: Interested in helping with Leaflets, Facebook, Instagram, e-newsletter, and/or other means of communicating about the Giving Garden? Please email wfpcgivinggarden@gmail.com or contact Pam (see below).


NEW GARDEN EMAIL ADDRESS: wfpcgivinggarden@gmail.com

NEW POINT OF CONTACT: Pam Schulze, 919-522-3146

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
No workday on Easter weekend, Saturday, April 3
Next Garden Leadership Team meeting: Monday, April 4, 7 p.m. (Zoom)
First warm-season planting: April 17 (tomatoes)
Wednesday evening work sessions: starting May 12, 6 p.m. - dark

Tri Area Ministry (TAM)
Donations to support our local Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry continue to operate through member drop-offs directly to the food pantry located at 149 E. Holding Ave. in downtown Wake Forest. Donations can be dropped off on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the second and third Saturdays of each month (same times). In addition, there is a convenient 24/7 drop-off box out front if you can’t drop off donations during the open business hours.
A full list of all requested food and personal care items can be found on the Tri Area Ministry website at https://triareaministry.com/donate/. They even provide a link to their Amazon wishlist to make shopping even easier! Check it out.

Backpack Buddies On-Campus Packing and Food Collection Resumes
The next packing event for our Backpack Buddies recipients will be held Saturday, April 3rd in B017/B018 of the CLC. If you like to learn more about how to get involved with packing or bag deliveries, please contact Heather Wheeler at heathersb73@yahoo.com. Volunteers must sign up in advance and follow all safety policies in place.

The team is also excited to resume on-campus food collections in the CLC on Sunday mornings or in the Narthex donations closet weekdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Requested items include the following:


  • Cans of soup, Ravioli, Spaghetti O’s, etc. (Pop top is preferred)
  • Canned Tuna or Chicken
  • Ramen Noodles, Easy Mac, Knorr Pasta Sides
  • Small cans of fruits and vegetables (Pop top is preferred)
  • PopTarts, Single Pack Oatmeal
  • Carnation Instant Breakfast Single Serve Packets, 100% Fruit Juice Single Serve Options
  • Single Pack Snack Crackers, Pretzels
  • Pudding, Jello/Gelatin or Applesauce Cups
  • Individual Raisin Boxes
  • Peanut Butter Singles/Cups

You may also contact Kathy Kirschner and Ed Tharrington at etharrington@gmail.com for more information regarding what food donations they need. Thank you for your support!



If you are interested in more information about how to get involved with any of our mission opportunities, please contact your Mission and Outreach elders with questions. Contact Randy Parrish at rparrish2146@gmail.com and Sabrina Patton at sabrinapatton10@gmail.com.
Children's Ministry News
Palm Sunday EGGSTRAVAGANZA!!
Sunday, March 28
Outside on WFPC campus
We will kick off our Holy Week celebrations with our annual EGG HUNT and craft fun!!! Check out the link below for specifics and times for different age groups!!

Prep For Worship
Do you have a child currently in 3rd grade? Or perhaps your child missed out on our Prep for Worship Class in the past? If you have not already received an email about this class, please read below!! Please complete the attached form by April 8!

Details:
DAYS:  Sundays, April 25-May 23 (we will talk about an alternative meeting date for Mother's Day)
TIME: 11:30-12:30 -- kids may bring a lunch to eat during our time together, and we will provide prepackaged desserts each week! (bring your own chair, masks will be required when not eating).
PLACE: We will meet in the field by the rose garden in good weather, in the breezeway in rainy weather, or in the CLC if it's storming.



Katherine Peiper
Youth Ministry News
No Youth Group
We will not have youth group gatherings on March 28 or April 4. Enjoy your Holy Week, Easter, and Spring Break! We will resume our normal weekly meetings on April 11.

Youth Sunday
Youth Sunday is coming up on April 25! Between now and then, there will be a lot of preparations taking place. Many parts of the service will be live, but there will also be some pre-recorded sections. There are many different ways that you can participate! Stay tuned for details and opportunities!

Who Are You Going to EGG?
Remember to spread the word about our Yard Party “You’ve Been EGG’d” promotion! Check your email for more details! Promotion ends April 4!


Janet Briley
Titles and Offerings
2021 Annual Budget...............................$902,500.00
2021 Year-to-date Actual........................$202,669.25

Year-to-date Budget (February)..............$147,400.00
Year-to-date Actual (February)...............$127,048.75

March 2021 Budget.................................$73,700.00
March MTD Offerings..............................$75,620.50
March Debt Elimination Budget..............$5,000.00
March MTD Debt Elim Gifts....................$4,630.00

March 21, 2021
Tithes and Offerings................................$14,557.00
Designated Gifts.....................................$1,760.00
Debt Elimination Gifts.............................$2,500.00

9:00 In-Person Worship Attendance........47
10:00 Online Worship Attendance...........168+
Sunday School.........................................61
Prayer List
Please keep the following members of our church family in your prayers:
Jody Alston
Jennie Banco
Roger Craig
Jean Futrell
Betty Hay
Genie Hunt
Joan Jones
Don McCorkle
Ed Ray
Linda Roberson
Charlene Shaffer
Will Siler
Dave Telep
Nathan Wheeler
Roy Wilson
WFPC Calendar Highlights
Friday, March 26
6:15 am Friday Morning Men's Bible Study

Saturday, March 27
7:15 am Iron Sharpens Iron
8:00 am Giving Garden Workday

Sunday, March 28
9:00 am In-Person Worship Service
10:30 am Online Worship Livestream
11:30 am Confirmation Class
11:45 am Rose Garden Ceremony
2:45 pm Eggstravaganza

Monday, March 29
7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Tuesday, March 30
7:00 pm Praise Team Rehearsal
7:00 pm Stephen Ministry
7:00 pm WOW Bible Study

Wednesday, March 31
9:30 am Mornings With Christ
4:00 pm Grief Share
6:30 pm Iron Sharpens Iron
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm Lenten Ruth Bible Study
7:00 pm Fathers Who Aren't in Heaven
8:00 pm NAPTIME

Thursday, April 1
7:00 pm Maundy Thursday/Good Friday Service online