Friday, May 19, 2023

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Officers' Column

First, Credit Where Credit is Due

If you read last week’s Officers’ Column about King Saul, that was actually written by Chad Robertson. Well done, my brother.


She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31:26-27

Last Sunday we celebrated Mother’s Day. At some point folks began chiming in on one of our family group text message threads, and my brother sent his well wishes to all the mothers and ended with “I’d be lost without Jen.” (His wife.)

I can relate. I’d be lost without my wife and mother of our two boys, Summer, too. Chef. Event planner. Chauffeur. Life coach. Locator of any of her boys’ (myself included) misplaced items within seconds. The list goes on, and all while successfully navigating a full-time career. She is truly a blessing from God.

Sadly, my own mother isn’t on our family group chat. She has been afflicted with advanced Alzheimer’s disease for years now. And my heart goes out to anyone who may be in a similar situation. But, as my brother, sister and father will attest, she was (is) the best mom we could have ever dreamed of. And we can’t possibly be thankful enough for all the love, support and inspiration she provided to us over the years. God is good.

Dear Heavenly Father

Thank You for blessing us with all the wonderful mothers in our lives—whether here with us in the physical world, living fondly in cherished memories, or perhaps somewhere in between. We are so incredibly grateful for all that they do and have done for us. Please keep them surrounded with Your love and strength, now and for all eternity.

In Your name we pray.


Seamus Duerr

Elder IT/Communications

Worship at WFPC
Sundays at 10:00 a.m. (in-person and online)

May 21

This morning we will be recognizing our graduates!

Our Scripture is Mark 6:1-13, and Marguerite will share her sermon, "When in Doubt."

You can print an at-home bulletin here: May 21 Bulletin

Our 10:00 a.m. worship service is livestreamed on our YouTube channel.

It's a Birthday Party!

Wear red and plan to join us in worship on Sunday, May 28, at 10 a.m. That is the Day of Pentecost where we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit that descended in a mighty rush of wind and flame to inspire the church’s proclamation of Christ’s rising and to empower its mission and ministry to the world. God’s gift of the Holy Spirit draws us together as one people, helps us to comprehend what God is doing in the world, and empowers us to proclaim, in word and in deed, God’s plan of reconciling all people in the name of Christ. There will be streamers, balloons, bubbles and cake. Come help us celebrate the birthday of the church! 

Pentecost Offering

May 28

A gift to the Pentecost Offering is one of the markers of being a connectional denomination. Gifts help the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering will be given to the Youth Ministries of WFPC. The remaining 60% is used to support children-at-risk, youth, and young adults through ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Please give generously!

Share Your Summer Vacation With Us!

As we enter the season of worship attendance being up and down — meaning, some will be up in the mountains and others down at the coast — we invite all WFPC members and friends to send photos of the mountains, oceans, lakes, or rivers that connect them most with God’s creation. These photos will be shown prior to worship services during the three summer months in which we will celebrate Scriptures that took Jesus (and others) up to the mountains and down to the coast as well. June will focus on lakes and oceans; July will focus on mountains (Montreat youth conference!); August will focus on rivers. So please email your favorite ocean or lake photos to Jermaine Taylor ( by May 26. Mountain phots should be sent by June 24, and river photos by July 25. You can include some photos of your family, but also share your favorite nature shots! Questions?

Premise Keepers

May 20 at 8 a.m.

Please join the WFPC Premise Keepers on Saturday, May 20, at 8 a.m. in the CLC gym as we meet for breakfast and fellowship. Afterwards, we will spend time working on various projects to enhance the church building and campus. Your help is needed, and no experience is necessary. All are welcome! Questions? Please contact Mindy Hidenfelter and Denny Ide at

Hospitality Request and an Update

Fellowship and Events would like to solicit your assistance during the summer months to allow our team members some much needed time off to rest and enjoy our families. WE would LOVE to have our church families take on the responsibility of one Sunday (June 4—September 3), providing snacks and lemonade and friendship to the rest of the church attendees. Please contact Bonnie Habicht ( or Carol Noble ( with questions or use our SignUpGenius to sign up for a Sunday.

NOTE: Beginning this Sunday, May 21, coffee service will be discontinued until September. Lemonade and water will be served during the warm weather for our fellowship time after the service.

Memorial Rose Garden Maintenance

It is 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:

 WFPC Rose Garden Volunteers: WFPC Rose Garden Maintenance (

Sunday School Elective: Inhabiting Eden and Creation Care

May 21 in the CLC, Room B017, at 9 a.m.

Are you interested in exploring the Scriptures to learn more about our relationships to the earth, our descendants who will inherit the planet from us, and our Creator? Here is your chance to delve into what the Bible has to say about our role as caretakers of Creation, especially during these times of ecological crisis. Join us in the CLC for our final session following the book Inhabiting Eden by Patricia Tull. John Fawcett and Mindy Hidenfelter will lead the discussion. All are welcome, even if you did not attend previous weeks' lessons. All materials will be provided. Questions? 

Music Opportunity

Sunday, May 21

On Palm Sunday, many in our choir participated in singing with Pepper Choplin at Meymandi Hall. We have another enriching opportunity on May 21 at 5 p.m. to hear Pepper Choplin in “A Time of Humor and Inspiration” as he concludes his interim position at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. It will be a time of music (many of our Chancel Choir will be singing) and uplifting humor. There will be a reception and refreshments afterwards. This is a great way to spend Sunday evening and start the week refreshed and renewed with his beautiful musical compositions, wit and humor.

Mission and Outreach

Community Garden

There’s a whole lot of harvesting and planting going on in the garden! We’re harvesting cool weather crops and planting our summer fruits and veggies. Please register to volunteer on 


This is a labor-intensive time in the garden, so we’re publishing the garden newsletter on a bimonthly basis until September. The June-July issue will be available on the garden website on June 2.

Please call, text or email Pam Schulze if you have questions (919)-522-3146, Email: Website:

Blood Drive Sunday, June 4 in the CLC

It is important to remember the need for live-saving blood for those in our community suffering from illnesses and accidents. Blood transfusions save lives, and there remains a shortage in blood donations in Wake County. Sign up to be a donor at:

To volunteer in the CLC on June 4 and/or to bring snacks & drinks, use this link:

Contact Gary Skinner at with questions.

Veterans Assistance

The Veterans Ministry is holding a Memorial Day weekend food drive at Lowes Foods on Capital Blvd. on Saturday, May 27. We need volunteers to help us hand out shopping lists, collect food donations, sort and load up our cabinets in the Red Mod, and make deliveries from the store to the church. If you are busy that weekend, we could also use help throughout the year sorting & arranging food by expiration dates, packaging food to be delivered to the VA and delivering food to our VA contacts (once a month). Our mission is to help the Durham VA Food Pantry fulfill the food needs of the men and women who have served in the US military and are currently experiencing food insecurity. Sign up to volunteer using this link:

Please contact Bob Frye at or (919) 529-4918 with any questions.

Tri-Area Ministry

Thank you for your donations to Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry. We are approaching the vacation season which is when we receive the lowest amount of donations of the year. Unfortunately, hunger does not take a vacation. Please continue to donate either in the plastic bin in the Narthex closet or you can make financial donations on our website, We know you will respond to our needs as always, and we thank you for your continued support.

Want to know more about Mission and Outreach at WFPC? Please contact Kathy Tharrington at or Carol Winans-Geiser at

Children's Ministries

VBS Registration Open Now!

Children of the Bible-Never Too Little to Do Big Things!

Mark those calendars NOW!  

June 25-28

6-8 p.m. 

June 29 -- Family Dinner and Celebration

Ages 4 years - 5th grade

register by clicking here


This year Sunday School will end on Sunday, May 21. We will have all elementary kiddos together on the 21st for a breakfast party to celebrate our Sunday school year! We’ll meet in Room A133 (the 2nd and 3rd grade classroom).

Take a look at our calendar to see what's coming up!

Youth Ministries

May 21st End-of-Year Celebrations!

On May 21 we will have our last youth gathering for the school year. Our timing will be a little different so make sure you note the changes!

4:30 - 5:30 Middle school water games

5:30 - 6:15 COOKOUT for ALL YOUTH! (Middle school will stay 15 minutes longer and high school will come 30 minutes earlier than normal)

6:15 - 7:30 High school water games


Prayer List

Please keep the following members of our church family in your prayers:

Jody Alston

Helen Halva

Benny Hoots

Charlie Jones

Don McCorkle

Grace Maul

Evelyn Patton

Marcia Rhoten

Don and Sally Shupe

WFPC Calendar Highlights

Friday, May 19

6:15 am Son Risers

11:30 am JOY Group

Saturday, May 20

7:00 am Iron Sharpens Iron

8:00 am Premise Keepers

Sunday, May 21

9:00 am Sunday School

10:00 am Worship

4:30 pm Middle School Youth

5:30 pm All Youth Cookout

6:15 pm High School Youth

Monday, May 22

5:45 pm Grace Notes Hand Bells

7:00 pm Chancel Choir

7:00 pm Boy Scouts

7:00 pm Cub Scouts

Tuesday, May 23

5:30 pm Beginner hand bells

6:30 pm Praise Team rehearsal

6:30 pm WOW Bible Study

7:00 pm Stephen Ministry

Wednesday, May 24

10:00 am Daughters of the King

6:30 pm Iron Sharpens Iron

Thursday, May 25

10:00 am Morning Glory Circle

WFPC Attendance

May 14, 2023: 175

WFPC Deacons

Class of 2023

Ann Brackett, Branch Ministry

Sarah Chapman, Fellowship

Bonnie Habicht, Fellowship

Class of 2024

Karla Frye, Welcome

Mike Honkomp, Fellowship

Traci Marchand, Compassion

Carol Noble, Fellowship

Class of 2025

Joy Blanton, Compassion

Eric Earle, Welcome

WFPC Session

Class of 2023

Kathy Drake, Worship & Music

Denny Ide, Facilities

Sarah Kirby, Clerk

Amanda McCabe, Personnel

Chad Robertson, IT/Communications

Class of 2024

John Akerman, Generosity

Joni Amerson, Worship

Norm Brown, MEG

Seamus Duerr, IT/Communications

Dawn Myers, Discipleship (Youth)

Harold Panel, Personnel

Kathy Tharrington, Mission & Outreach

Class of 2025

Andy Dunlap, Discipleship (Adult)

Mindy Hidenfelter, Facilities

Keith Thomas, Finance

Jacky Wilson, Discipleship (Children)

Carol Winans-Geiser, Mission & Outreach