Friday, May 28, 2021
Officer's Column
“The Plan”

A few weeks ago, I picked up the two lots I had won at the Hardy estate sale. One of the items included was a small, hinged fortune cookie box. As I showed the boys at home, when they opened it, a fortune fell out. It read, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. A very fitting verse to find at this time.


Youth Sunday was recently in my mind, and specifically the senior sermon of not knowing quite what's next, especially among all the challenges of the past year. There are a lot of unknowns and uncertainties for high school seniors. The past so many years, life has played out a certain way: school, sports, hanging out with friends, etc. Then things suddenly changed in 2020: no in-person school, halted sports and reduced interactions with friends. Things are slowly returning to how life used to be, just as they are graduating. Another big change and constant questions of what’s next?


As a church, we’re facing a similar experience. Church followed a pretty standard schedule for years, then 2020 happened. We are slowly opening back up, and now we're about to enter a period of transition as Pastor Rebekah retires. It’s easy to get lost in the fear, anxiety and the uneasiness of not knowing “the plan.” When I have these feelings myself, I think to Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Going to God in prayer, especially during transitions, can often help us remember that we are never alone, and that there is a plan bigger than us, even if we cannot see it at the moment.


Dear God, please help us to quiet our minds and listen with our hearts so that we may be able to see Your plan more clearly. Help us to remember that You are in control. We place our trust in Your plan. Amen

Dania Borowitz
Elder for Discipleship (Children)
Worship at WFPC
Sundays at 9 a.m. (in-person) and 10:30 a.m. (in-person and online)
Join us in person or online this Sunday as Pastor Rebekah Maul continues to share her favorites, this week sharing "#3 of the Top 10 Passages: Do You Want to Be Healed?" Our Scripture comes from John 5:1-15.

You can print a bulletin to use at home here. Bulletins will be provided for those attending in-person.

9 A.M. In-Person Worship in the CLC
10:30 A.M. In-Person Worship in the Sanctuary (also online)
We have capacity for up to 80 folks to attend each of our our in-person worship services, held each Sunday at 9:00 and 10:30. Guidelines have been established for safety and are all explained on the reservations page for each week. If you'd like to attend, you must 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 link: (If you need help signing up, please contact Kathy Drake at 919-880-5382.)


Beginning Sunday, June 6, we will no longer require reservations for Sunday worship services!


Our 10:30 a.m. worship service is livestreamed on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Changes Ahead at WFPC
In an effort to keep our church congregation informed, we will frequently pass along updates on our transition to a new Head Pastor at WFPC. On May 20, church leadership met with a representative from New Hope Presbytery who explained the methodical process for selecting an Interim Pastor and then a new Called Head Pastor at WFPC. The Interim Pastor will serve for at least one year and is specifically trained how to lead a congregation in transition. Session is currently selecting an Interim Pastor Nominating Committee (IPNC) which will be tasked to work expeditiously and prayerfully to select an Interim Pastor after Pastor Rebekah’s retirement. Leadership is also planning a retirement celebration for Pastor Rebekah, whose last Sunday with us will be August 1. More details to follow next week.
Welcome Back Wednesday #3
Wednesday, June 2, 5:30-7:30
Reservations are now open for the Wednesday, June 2, dinner and Beach Party! Click here to make your reservation! We’ll have Beach Music, so bring your dancing shoes/flip flops! Kids of all ages will enjoy some Beach Party games including beach ball relay and an underwater treasure hunt.  Yes, you may get wet!! We send out a great big THANK YOU to the Explorations Adult Sunday School class for organizing our games for this event.

Hamburgers and hot dogs, baked beans, fruit salad, chips and ice cream are on the menu. There’s also a vegetarian option.  As you make your reservation, select your meal(s) and pre-pay online (preferred) or designate you will pay on arrival. Reservations for dinner are required and close at NOON on Monday, May 31. Please bring a picnic blanket and chairs as our festival takes place on the lawn near the Rose Garden. In case of inclement weather, meals will be provided "to go" only. All are welcome (no dinner necessary or simply bring one from home). Questions? Contact Athy Robinson 919-618-1889 athyrobinson@gmail.com.
Updates and Joy for What's to Come
My dear church family,

Oh what a strange time we are in!!! We can see light at the end of the tunnel, but it's strange, living in this "in between" time... I know I've felt disoriented by the changes of late, just when I had finally settled into the reality of what was. But then I read the words of Nadia Bolz-Weber this morning--

"When I say I do not know how to do this part I think what I mean is that I do not know how to fix my own heart – how to soften it after months of anger toward our fellow citizens. I do not know how to make myself hopeful after seeing what we have lost. I do not know how to bring myself together again."

But then I read the words of Isaiah:

"Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live”

I am comforted that the Lord God didn't say to the bones “just do more yoga to cause breath to enter you, and then you shall live," The Lord God didn't say "just apply some of that grit and personal responsibility and open those graves you got yourselves in.”

The prophet tells us that God will put GOD’S spirit in us, and we shall live.

I know, as you do, that frustration still abounds. Confusion takes main stage when the question of "to mask or not to mask" surfaces, when it comes to honoring our young people and our vulnerable, despite being vaccinated ourselves; general exhaustion hasn't abated completely yet ; AND we are heading into change and transition as we bid farewell and celebrate the wonderful legacy of Rebekah, and grieve our feelings of loss over this transition.

BUT, God is breathing into us as we read this... God is breathing new life into the church as we get excited over new ideas, plan for new classes, get our VBS registration filled, dream about summer youth trips coming soon, and giggle together over a tug-o-war at a Welcome Back Wednesday. There is much life-giving breath being breathed into our beloved community; we just need to make sure we are stopping long enough to see it, and then taking the time to be grateful for it.

We are planning FORWARD, with an eye toward respecting what is behind us, and around us, and I hope upon hope you can feel the excitement of what God is doing here. I sure can, and I'm honored to continue Kingdom building with you. And so let us continue our work forward together.

In peace and hope,
Katherine Peiper
Walk to Defeat ALS 2021
Saturday, June 26
Randall’s Ralliers will once again host its own version of Walk to Defeat ALS 2021 on Saturday, June 26, 2021, beginning at 8:30 am at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. We will be raising money for NC Chapter of the ALS Association.

On November 13, 2018, I received my official diagnosis that I had ALS. While the diagnosis threw our family for a loop, we are doing OK. Living every day with ALS is difficult and certainly an uncharted adventure. However, we are not on this rocky journey alone. We have been so blessed to have extremely supportive extended families, a loving group of faithful friends, work colleagues and an amazing church family that is always around to lean on and give us a boost when it's needed. We could not ask for a more loving, supportive church to be a part of. We remain incredibly grateful for your constant support and your generosity. Life is good; difficult at times, but still good.

We still need your help. Please consider supporting the efforts of the NC Chapter of the ALS Association by joining us for the Walk to Defeat ALS. The link below will “walk” you through the simple process of registering for the Randall's Ralliers team and, if you are able, making a donation. Also on this link is a Sign Up Genius to sign up for a specific time frame for the day of the walk. And finally, we have an order form attached to the link so you can get some cool Randall’s Ralliers team swag. We have t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and NEW Randall’s Ralliers Silipint cups (w/ top and straw). Every purchase will send a small donation to the ALS Association in your name.


Three simple steps. We hope to see you on June 26th wearing your Randall’s Ralliers t-shirts. By the way, the walk is pet friendly. Our dog, Stella, will be there all decked out in her Randall’s Ralliers t-shirt ready to walk. Thank you for your love and support.

Randall Keen
Basics Classes for Dementia Caregivers 2021
The goal of these classes is to provide knowledge that will lead to proactive, positive problem-solving throughout the dementia journey. Classes began on May 19 with the topic of The Brain and Dementia. This lesson helps you understand why things are happening as they are when someone has dementia.
You can access this class by going to Pat Snyder’s YouTube channel at The Brain and Dementia.

The complete schedule of classes is listed below, along with times for each. All classes are via Zoom and led by Pat Snyder and Lynette Wilson. Links to attend classes beginning June 16 will be sent to everyone on our email list prior to the class. To be added to the email list, send a request to Pat Snyder at patsnyder137@gmail.com.

(6/2)       Choose Your Attitude: The 5 Ps    (2:00-3:30 pm)
(6/16)     Communication with Person Living with Dementia   (10:00 -11:30 am)
(7/7)       Communication with Others – Medical Professionals, Family, etc (2:00-3:30 pm)
(7/21)     Coping Skills – Identifying the Enemy, Stress Management  (10:00 -11:30 am)
(8/4)       Coping Skills - Mantras, Mindfulness, Counseling, Thankfulness, Forgiveness (2:00-3:30 pm)
(8/18)     Anticipatory Grief, Chronic Sorrow   (10:00-11:30 am)
(9/1)       Medicines to Avoid   (2:00-3:30 pm)
(9/15)     Avoiding the ER     (10:00 – 11:30 am)
Sympathy
Please join us in offering love and sympathy to Robin Roper on the passing of her mother, Thelma Odom Goff, on May 25, 2021.
Mission and Outreach
Serving our Veterans - Food Drive Tomorrow!!
The Veterans Assistance Team is having a food drive tomorrow at Lowe’s Food (across from the church) to collect food donations to support the Durham VA. 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.  
If you would like to help each week there are bins in the CLC and in the closet past the narthex where you can donate canned goods for this worthy ministry.

Help us build a fence for the Giving Garden at WFPC!
We are building a permanent fence for our community garden to keep the deer out!! We still need several able-bodied (not necessarily experienced) folks to help us complete the fence. You can sign up through SignUpGenius by using this link;
If you have any questions please contact Randy Parrish at rparrish2146@gmail.com.

The Giving Garden Signup Genius has been updated through July, 2021
Opportunities to volunteer include Saturday mornings 8 - 11 a.m., Tuesday mornings 9 -11 a.m., and Wednesday evenings 6 -8 p.m. In addition to these, there are tasks for a variety of skill levels and interests that can be done at other times/days. Please contact us if you are interested!
Mark Your Calendar:
Wednesday evening work sessions started on May 19, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Garden Email Addresswfpcgivinggarden@gmail.com
Point of Contact: Pam Schulze, 919-522-3146


Blood Drive June 6
There remains an urgent need in our community for blood donations. The WFPC Blood Drive Ministry invites you to sign up to be a blood donor at our drive on Sunday, June 6, in the CLC. To learn more, watch our new promotional video! We have made the proper modifications to manage COVID-19 spread and hope you will consider making an appointment or volunteering. Call/Email Amanda McCabe 919-522-6571 or asmccabe27587@gmail.com.
Community Opportunities -- Sweet Potato Bagging
Help the Society of St. Andrew & Capital Area Food Network bag 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes with the community at the 2021 Wake Forest Potato Drop on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 9 a.m. (Check-in starting at 8:30 a.m.). Event location is St Catherine’s Catholic Church located at 520 W. Holding St, Wake Forest. If interested, please signup online at https://endhunger.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=46849.


Ready to get involved with a mission or volunteer a few hours to a variety of mission related activities? Let your Mission and Outreach elders help you connect opportunities that fit your interests, schedule, and talents. Please contact Randy Parrish at rparrish2146@gmail.com and Sabrina Patton at sabrinapatton10@gmail.com to learn more.
Children's Ministry News
VBS Registration is HERE -- Deadline to Register is June 6!
Come be a P.I....a Parable Investigator! 
June 21-24, 2021  
(Friday, June 25th will be an evening celebration event...info to come!) 
Crack the Code VBS: Cracking the Code on Jesus’ Parables and Learning about God’s Love for Us! 
Making safety a top priority, we've split the week into two sections: Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday with limited capacity. Both sections will run 6:00-8:15 p.m. Please do NOT sign your child(ren) up for both sections.
REGISTER CHILDREN ON THE LINK BELOW: 

Please note a few things :
- Only sign children up for one cohort in order to have room for as many children as possible.
- There is NO nursery care this year.
- Children must be 4 on the first day of VBS to participate.
- This is a simple registration to capture name and email for now... you will receive a form in a few weeks to complete with all the standard information we will need on your child. 

Katherine Peiper
Youth Ministry News
Summer Opportunities
Although our weekly gatherings have taken a break, that does not mean that we will not be able to connect with one another! Be on the lookout for some mission opportunities, as well as some times to just fellowship this summer! We look forward to seeing you!


Janet Briley
Titles and Offerings
2021 Annual Budget...............................$902,500.00
2021 Year-to-date Actual........................$338,621.00

Year-to-date Budget (April)......................$294,800.00
Year-to-date Actual (April).......................$288,420.00

May 2021 Budget.....................................$73,700.00
May MTD Offerings..................................$50,202.50
May Debt Elimination Budget...................$5,000.00
May MTD Debt Elim Gifts.........................$5,260.00

May 23, 2021
Tithes and Offerings................................$9,935.00
Designated Gifts......................................$65.00
Debt Elimination Gifts..............................$1,005.00

9:00 In-Person Worship Attendance........39
10:30 In-Person Worship Attendance......70
Online Worship Attendance.....................104+
Sunday School.........................................33
Prayer List
Please keep the following members of our church family in your prayers:
Jody Alston
Jennie Banco
Betty Hay
Genie Hunt
Joan Jones
Don McCorkle
Ed Ray
Si Seiler
Charlene Shaffer
WFPC Calendar Highlights
Friday, May 28
6:15 am Friday Morning Men's Bible Study

Saturday, May 29
7:15 am Iron Sharpens Iron
8:00 am Giving Garden Workday
Veteran's Food Drive at Lowe's Foods

Sunday, May 30
9:00 am In-Person Worship Service
10:30 am In-Person and Online Worship

Monday,, May 31
Office Closed (Memorial Day)

Tuesday, June 1
7:00 pm Praise Team Rehearsal

Wednesday, June 2
4:00 pm Grief Share
5:30 pm Welcome Back Wednesday Beach Party
6:30 pm Iron Sharpens Iron
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm Fathers Who Aren't in Heaven
8:00 pm NAPTIME

Thursday, June 3
7:00 pm Ministry Team Night