Friday, May 13, 2022
Officer's Column
I have loved sports (all sports) since I was a little boy and continue to enjoy the competition I get to witness. I am also a lover of underdogs, so seeing the thoroughbred Rich Strike come from dead last to winning the Kentucky Derby (at 80-1 odds) this past Saturday was particularly satisfying. Watching the jockey maneuver and move to the inside for the last 200 yard sprint was a thing of beauty.

Come to think of it, God loves underdogs as well, and the Bible provides a rich history of people who overcame tremendous odds to survive, and thrive. A few that come to mind are Noah and the flood and Moses leading the Jews from bondage. Ruth and Naomi. Jonah. And one of my all-time favorites, David slaying the giant Goliath.

There are times we all feel like underdogs, and the last two years have certainly been challenging. Even before COVID, struggles with work, family, friends and just day to day living can overwhelm and challenge us to the point where we feel like we are fighting our own giants. But God is there for us and will always be there. The Psalmist says in 37:24 “though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”

So friends, have faith and run the race like Rich Strike did. Be bold and courageous. God is there for us.

In Christ,
Ed Pulliam
Elder for Finance
Worship at WFPC
Sundays at 9:00 a.m. (in-person) and 11:00 a.m. (in-person and online)
May 15
Our Scripture comes from Exodus 18:13-24 and Luke 2:13-15. Marguerite will continue her sermon series with "Getting Reacquainted: Power."

9:00 in the CLC
11:00 in the Sanctuary
Our 11:00 a.m. worship service is livestreamed on our YouTube channel.
If you're joining us online, you can print an 11:00 service bulletin here.

Masks are now encouraged but optional at both worship services (and all other events at WFPC).
A Note from the Contemporary Worship Vision Team
Thank you so much for taking time to thoughtfully respond to the survey sent to you from the Contemporary Worship Vision Team. We had 158 responses from our amazing church family, and we are so appreciative!! As we read through your responses, we noticed a few themes that kept coming up as important parts of your worship experience…the sermon, the music, and the community/fellowship with your WFPC family! 43% of the responses said that time was the main deciding factor in determining which service you attend. 24% listed music as the prime reason for attending your worship service of choice, 16.5% said location, and another 16.5% chose “other”. The “other” section included music, the sermon, community, and a combination of reasons, just to name a few. We are using your feedback to help us generate a list of qualifications that we feel are necessary and important for a contemporary worship leader. We will also share the survey results with the mission study team for their research. The Contemporary Worship Vision Team plans to offer a time when we can answer your questions and discuss other feedback from the survey. Be on the lookout for this in future announcements. Again, thank you so much for your time and thoughtfulness!

With much appreciation and gratitude,
Reagan Blalock, Janet Briley, Trish Floyd, Kim Newton, Brett Patton, Debbie Pearce, and Marguerite Sirrine
WFPC Outstanding Older Adult 2022 -- Millie Seiler
It is with pride that we announce to the church family that Session voted to nominate Millie Seiler as this year’s Outstanding Older Adult. This yearly award goes to a member of the church family who serves the Lord in many above-and-beyond places in the ministry life of the church. Millie joined WFPC in 2014 and quickly established herself as a passionate leader who jumped in to ministry in many arenas: Elder for Mission and Outreach, leader of the Daughters of The King Sunday School, leader of the Giving Tree, volunteering in the Community Garden, volunteering for Walk Through Bethlehem, creating and nurturing our connection to Glory Tabernacle Food Pantry – and this is not the exhaustive list. Millie’s husband, Si Seiler, who is in God’s glory in heaven, received this award a few years back. Millie – we are proud of you and grateful for all you do for WFPC!

There will be a reception of recognition for all Outstanding Older Adults in New Hope Presbytery on Sunday, May 22, 3 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church Rocky Mount.
The Rumors Are True!
On April 21, the Session of Wake Forest Presbyterian Church passed the “Resolution Regarding the Retirement of the $1.387 Million Debt” to memorialize the completion of the “retire the debt campaign.” Our Church is DEBT-FREE!

To celebrate this historic event, the congregation and community are called to join together on Wednesday, June 1st with food, fun, fellowship and festivities! The evening will culminate with a debt retirement ceremony. At the ceremony, we will share the story of our journey from our humble beginning to today and will mark the conclusion of this obligation. Church leadership will also share the exciting vision of our new journey as we look at life and service “beyond the debt.”

Watch for details in the Sunday bulletins and online, and we hope to see you and your family on June 1!
Calling All Seniors (High School and College)
We want to celebrate you! Send Janet a picture along with information about your next steps...where are you graduating from? Are you going to college (if so, where)? Do you have a job lined up? Grad school? Gap year? We want to know what you are looking forward to! Send Janet your picture and information by May 8 to youth@wakeforestpres.org. We also want to celebrate you at our “Graduate Recognition” on Sunday, May 22 at the 9:00 worship service. Wear your cap and gown, bring your families, and let’s celebrate your achievements! When you email Janet your information, let her know if you will be able to come to the service, so we will know how many graduates to expect. We look forward to seeing you on May 22!
Thank You, WFPC Family!
The Keen family would like to express our immense gratitude to our Wake Forest Presbyterian Church family for your constant support as we continue to navigate living with ALS. Your constant prayers and words of encouragement have buoyed us through the many ups and downs we’ve faced in the past 3½ years.

Most recently, you showed up in force dressed in your Randall’s Ralliers t-shirts at the 2022 Walk to Defeat ALS in downtown Raleigh. Along with your presence and participation at the Walk, you were extremely generous with your monetary donations to support the NC ALS Association and their efforts to find a cure for this disease. The Randall’s Ralliers team was represented at the Walk by at least 128 people, and we have raised $24,950 so far for the ALS Association.
We are forever thankful for your love and support. Thank you. May God continue to bless you and WFPC.
Randall, Melinda, Samantha, Avery, and Stella
Confirmation Sunday
Sunday, May 15, at 11 a.m.
Join us on May 15 at the 11:00 service as we welcome our 8th and 9th grade confirmation class as members of WFPC!
Music Notes
Calling All Former Choir Members!
If you were ever in the Chancel Choir and would like to be a part of it again, the opportunity is here. In June, we are having a Sunday filled with the Choir’s “Favorites.” Since they are loved by so many in the choir, chances are you know them too. This is a great chance to be with your fellow choir members and make a “joyful noise” to praise God. We meet Wednesdays at 7 o’clock in the sanctuary. We look forward to seeing you there.

Did You Ever Wonder What It Was Like to Ring a Handbell?
For the month of June, we will have a Beginner’s Class for high schoolers and adults on Tuesdays from 5:45 to 6:45 in the Blue Mod. You do NOT need to read music, just have a desire to learn the skills involved with ringing and producing beautiful music. Please let me know if you are interested in being a part of this group at karenreardon@wakeforestpres.org. This will help me prepare the appropriate amount of music.
Rose Garden Maintenance
It’s that time of year again! The Rose Garden needs regular maintenance to encourage the growth of healthy roses that will produce many flowers for years to come. Pruning old blooms is one of the key factors in promoting new buds, strengthening the plants, and preventing disease. Please join us and volunteer through this SignUpGenius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4EA8A72CABFACF8-wfpc
If you have any questions, please text, call or email Traci Marchand 919.271.2714 or tracimarchand@icloud.com
Mission and Outreach
Family Promise Update
We just received this update from Family Promise, regarding our hosting families the week of June 12:
Our slow emergence from the past two years coupled with the uncertainty of a COVID spike or a new variant has made it a challenge for everyone to recruit volunteers to host our families on site. Therefore, starting this Sunday, we are pausing the church host rotation model of shelter services until Sunday, July 10t. Any new families that enter our shelter program going forward will shelter next door where families have been since March 2020. As of now, our plan is for families who enter our program closer to our projected return to rotation date of July 10 will begin to shelter next door and then rotate to our host churches. We are all disappointed to pause the host rotation schedule, but I know you will agree that this is what is best for our families at this time. We are very appreciative of your support over the past two years. Our families will continue to need your support through nightly dinners and weekend groceries. With the return of our warmer weather, we now have opportunities in which you can schedule cookouts, evening activities at the Day Center and other weekend activities for you to engage with our families in a safe manner. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we slowly emerge from this drawn-out pandemic. 

Community Garden
Our strawberries are ripe and exquisitely delicious! Those who help harvest these ruby red gems can take home a pint of juicy sweet strawberries! You must register for one of two slots available on SignUpGenius to participate. It’s time to plant more summer veggies! We’ve done two rounds of tomato plantings and the next big planting will be on Saturday, May 28. We’ll need a lot of help! Please register on SUG. As the weather warms up, we’ll be planting and harvesting more frequently. Please consider volunteering for an hour or more on Tues. and/or Sat. mornings. Thank you! 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

We Need You - Serving Our Veterans by Volunteering
The Veteran's Assistance team is planning a food drive for the Durham VA Food Pantry on Saturday, May 28th at Lowes Food (12524 Capital Blvd) from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. We hope to get donations to help the men and women that we honor on Memorial Day and Veterans Day who are experiencing food insecurity. Volunteers are needed to work in shifts at the entrance to invite customers who are shopping to consider purchasing items on a list (that will be provided). Volunteers will also be needed at the church (red mod) to check dates on food items, and then shelve food in cabinets. 
CLICK HERE https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0449AEAC2BA1FA7-vaministry to sign up to help out! If you are interested and need more information, please contact Benny or Bonnie Hoots at 919 529 4373.

The Need Remains Great -- Blood Drive June 5
Life-saving blood is needed for patients suffering from illnesses and accidents. Blood transfusions save lives, and there is an urgent need for blood donations. Sign up to be a donor at our drive on Sunday, June 5 in the CLC. New donors are always welcome! We encourage you to make an appointment or volunteer. Call/Email Amanda McCabe 919-522-6571 or asmccabe27587@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!!
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!!!

Sunday School End of Year Party -May 22!!
Our final Sunday school class of the semester is Sunday, May 22, and we want to celebrate our year together!
ALL Elementary classes will meet in the 2nd/3rd grade classroom at 10 a.m. that day for a breakfast Holywood party! We will have fun breakfast items to munch on, celebrate all we've learned and thank our WONDERFUL teachers, and watch one last Holywood video together.

**Sunday school will break for the summer, Memorial Day (May 29) - Labor Day (Sept 4).

In hope and in love,
Katherine and Amy
Youth Ministries
Youth Group
Join us on May 15 for our End of Year Celebrations! Stay tuned to the weekly email for more details about that day!

A Look Ahead:
May 15 - Confirmation Sunday at 11:00 service
May 15 - End of year youth group celebrations! (Middle school 4:30 - 6:00; High school 6:00 -7:30)
May 22 - Graduate recognition at the 9:00 service
June 5 - High school confirmation at the 10:00 service

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
Wayne Pratt
Ed Ray
Marcia Rhoten
Don and Sally Shupe
WFPC Calendar Highlights
Friday, May 13
6:15 am Son Risers Bible Study
9:30 am Naptime Bible Study
11:30 am JOY Group Luncheon

Saturday, May 14
8:00 am Iron Sharpens Iron

Sunday, May 15
9:00 am Contemporary Worship in the CLC
10:00 am Sunday School for all ages
11:00 am Traditional Worship in the sanctuary

Monday, May 16
7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Tuesday, May 17
Elections at WFPC

Wednesday, May 18
5:45 pm Handbell Rehearsal
6:30 pm Praise Team Rehearsal
7:00 pm Chancel Choir

Thursday, May 19
5:00 pm Grief Share
7:00 pm Session