Friday, November 11, 2022

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With both Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving in our November Month-at-a-Glance calendars, we seem to be focused more on gratitude and generosity this month than we are in other parts of the year. We are tremendously grateful to veterans from all branches of service for their work both here and abroad. Tomorrow we have a chance to be generous to veterans in our area by donating canned goods and other non-perishables with our volunteers collecting outside Lowe’s Foods.

Then in a couple weeks we’ll be gathering in gratitude with family and friends as we share Thanksgiving meals and traditions. Let’s also commit to being generous to others in our community; make a donation to one of the food banks in the area, invite some neighbors who can’t make it “home” for the holiday to join you for the day, or volunteer to serve at a Thanksgiving meal for the unhoused.

This Sunday is Commitment Sunday, which gives us each a chance to promise to support the mission of our church in 2023 with our monetary gifts. As we prayerfully consider our pledges, let’s also pledge our time and talents to Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. Love gardening or want to learn how to garden? Sign up to work in the Giving Garden. Want to support children in the area? Show up and help pack bags of food for Backpack Buddies. Love to bake? Walk Through Bethlehem needs 10,000 cookies for December 2-4. Enjoy singing? Join the choir. Enjoy being handy and fixing things? Join the Premise Keepers on their Saturday workdays. I could go on and on with the different opportunities available here.

Let’s show our GRATITUDE by being GENEROUS at WFPC. In the words of one of my favorite theologians, John Wesley, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

“Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” –1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Joni Amerson

Elder for Worship

Wake Forest Presbyterian Advent Festival

Do you like crafts? Fellowship? How about good food? Then make plans to come

Wednesday, November 16 

5:30-7:30 p.m. in the CLC

to the annual Wake Forest Presbyterian Advent Festival!


This is a wonderful tradition, bringing the whole church together to begin our season of Advent. Plan to spend an evening with your WFPC family making crafts, sharing a meal together, and making lasting memories!!

Craft tables will include: 

  • Metal stamped jewelry making table
  • Ornament making for our friends at Turnberry Apartments
  • Hand carved wooden Nativity Scenes for painting
  • Live greens Advent Wreath making
  • Bow making 
  • Cookie decorating


Doors open at 5:30 - Dinner is a Soup and Sandwich cook-off where YOU are the judge!!  Craft tables will be open from 5:30-7:00!

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

November 11

This Sunday, our Scripture comes from Jonah 3:1-5, 3:10-4:1 and Mark 8:11-21. Marguerite will share her sermon, "Seeing a Vision."

10:00 in the Sanctuary

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

If you're joining us online, you can print an 10:00 service bulletin here.

October Session Actions

I have served in five different churches the since 2015, and not one of them could boast a great record

of communicating actions of the Session with the congregation and those directly affected by those

actions. I keep looking for ways to improve that communication so here is one attempt – let me know

how we can improve it!

Holy Cow Results

Session heard the interpretation of the 2022 Holy Cow assessment results, compared with 2019. Now

that Session has had an interpretation, one will be scheduled soon for those in the congregation

interested in hearing it.

Bills and Overtures Committee, New Hope Presbytery

Actions taken during the 225th General Assembly requiring Presbytery approval were distributed to

Session members in advance of voting in October and February Presbytery meetings.


Session approved some new curriculum and offering choices, including Theology on Tap for 30’s and an

adult Zoom four-week Advent study entitled “Disrupting the Holiday.”


Approved selling an under-used camera and using the proceeds to buy a content-creating camera better

suited for WFPC needs.


Approved the transfer of membership to WFPC for Tom and Linda Dunlap, Eric and Emily Leak, Kody and Kerry Young, and Phillip and Karen Carter.

Mission and Outreach

Approved a temporary location for a 40’ storage container for the community garden.


Commitment Sunday is Nov. 13. All elders were given a pledge card and asked to be the first ones to

pledge. Some pledged online before the meeting was adjourned!


Approved updated WFPC Kitchen Policies and Forms. Approved motion to further clarify duties of

Fellowship and Events deacons when groups want to host fellowship activities at WFPC. Approved a

motion to extend Rev. Sirrine’s contract for the six-month extension allowed by Presbytery.


Approved Christmas Eve worship at 11 p.m. with candlelight and communion, in addition to already

scheduled 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. candlelight services. Also approved the baptism of Katie Kirby and Josh

Griffin’s daughter Olivia for Nov. 13.


Approved expenditure of $1500 for sanctuary alcove repairs and painting, and $659 to replace a guitar

amplifier that is failing.

Annual Membership Review

Session conducted its annual review of the membership rolls. Because of COVID, membership roll

reviews have been very conservative the last couple years. This year, Session felt it could remove those

from the rolls who have not been involved in any way at WFPC for at least one year. We cannot verify

the identities of those worshiping online only, so if you are someone who’s staying remote and are not

contributing in other ways (financially or in small groups), please let the office know that you still want

to be on the membership rolls.

The number on the rolls for 2022 reflect the COVID changes that all churches are dealing with in one

way or another. Instead of a roll in the 621 range, we will report a membership more in the 456 range.

With that number on the rolls we can expect about a 220 average worship attendance, which tracks

closely with what we have seen in 2022. It also supports the Session’s prior decision to move to one

worship service year-round. We are so grateful for those who have kept faith with WFPC during these

unprecedented and very challenging times – personnel transitions as well as COVID. Well done, good

and faithful servants!

Limited Poinsettia Dedications Available

We have ten poinsettias available for honorarium/memorial dedications. Not all the poinsettias are available to take home at the end of the advent season. If you plan to take a poinsettia home, please do so after the 10 AM Christmas Day service but before Thursday, January 5, 2023.

Disrupting the Holidays -- A Zoom Advent Study

Excited about the season or dreading it? How about both? Amidst the controversy about whether it's "holidays" or "Christmas" we often forget that it is both. Christmas, the word that connotes Christ's miraculous inbreaking of the divine into human experience, disrupts human plans for the holidays. Join Marguerite for a Zoom Advent study called "Disrupting the Holidays" where we'll look at Christmas as Christ's disrupting the things that make the holiday season feel crazy and instead inviting us into the presence of the Prince of Peace. 7 p.m. Monday nights, December 5, 12, and 19. Zoom link here:

Holy Cow Results Are In!

In the sanctuary after worship concludes on December 11, Marguerite will present the 2022 Holy Cow assessment and interpret the findings for those who are interested in learning more details behind the high-level data presented at the Mission Study Dinner on September 21. A limited number of printed reports will be made available.

Prayers, Please!

This weekend our middle school youth will be heading to Camp Kanata for the New Hope Presbytery Middle School Youth Retreat! We have 12 middle school youth, two high school youth that are on Youth Council and will be leading the retreat, and five adults participating in the weekend. We will be exploring the theme "You are the peace in my troubled sea.” Please pray for traveling mercies, and that deeper and richer connections are made, and relationships built with one another, new friends, and God. Specifically we ask for prayers for Britton Bange, Emersyn Berger, Tyler Cebrick, Simon Chapman, Campbell Crawford, Maggie Dempsey, Tyler Drew, Emmy Herman, Caroline Kuziak, Anna Mummert, Addie Peiper, Julia Zacherl, Danielle Cebrick, Lilly Hare, Janet Briley, Amy Cebrick, Laura Dempsey, Kevin Herman, and Michael Smith.  

Walk Through Bethlehem Is Coming Soon!

Cookie bakers, we have only 3,500 cookies of the 10,000 needed! There is still space in the nurture freezer (located in the usher closet in the CLC) for storing them.

We have a lot of set-up work prior to our planned December 2, 3, and 4 performances of Walk Through Bethlehem. Here is the schedule: Saturdays, 11/12 and 11/19, 8:00-11:00 a.m.; Sunday afternoon, 11/27 - Thursday 12/1; Friday 12/1 8-11 a.m. We really need a lot of help with this set-up work. Please try to come at least one of the work days. If anyone would like to work during the week, we can schedule a mid-week work morning. Questions? Contact Paul Swartz, 919-215-6216 or

We still need cast and crew for all three nights. Sign up by visiting

Time to Start Preparing for Advent!

Helpers are needed following the service on Sunday, November 20. There will be soup and goodies before we get busy decorating the sanctuary. If you have helped before, elf experience, please come again. If this year would be your first, you are most welcome too. There’s lots to pull out of storage to prepare the sanctuary for the upcoming Advent season. Please let me know if you plan to join in the tangled fun,


Mission and Outreach

We want your pumpkins!

The Giving Garden invites you to bring your tired natural (without wax, paint or glitter) pumpkins to the Garden to be added to the Garden compost pile. Carefully place them toward the bank (outside the fence). Please don't break them open as they will then be harder to manage. In case you are curious — it takes at least four months for a pumpkin to fully break down in a compost pile. Thanks for helping to make our garden healthy and for keeping this good-for-our-soil organic matter out of the landfills.

We will begin harvesting fall crops Saturday November 12th. SignUpGenius: Please call, text or email Pam Schulze if you have questions (919)-522-3146

Christmas Angel Project

Christmas angels are both the families who will provide gifts and God's children who will receive them through our Christmas Angels project. This year we are excited to be supporting both Wake County NRC and Franklin County, and through your generous donations we will provide Christmas for 30 children. All of us at WFPC will have the opportunity to show our love and compassion for families who are experiencing various difficulties. Watch Leaflets and FaceBook for the link to the SignUpGenius starting November 18th.

If you would like to join the Christmas Angels project team with set up, prep & take down, and collecting/sorting/delivering gifts or if you have questions, contact Carol Winans-Geiser, 908-803-3127 ( 

VA Ministry Food Drive

On Saturday (tomorrow), the Veterans Ministry is having the Veterans Day food drive at Lowes Foods (Capital Blvd) from 9-3:30 pm. Our mission is to help the VA Food Pantry fulfill the food needs of our Veterans and show them we are proud of their service. All our volunteers are in place, and we are hoping you will support this mission by coming and purchasing food items that we deliver monthly to the food pantry. 

If you want to participate with food items at any time there is a veteran's bin in the closet outside the narthex for your contribution. Any questions, please call Bonnie or Benny Hoots at 919 529-4373.



Backpack Buddies

We will be having our November packing event at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 12, in the red mod. Please join us!! We have 200 bags to pack so all help is greatly appreciated! If you have any questions, please contact Heather Wheeler at


Want to know more about Mission and Outreach at WFPC? Please contact Kathy Tharrington at or Randy Parrish at

Children's Ministries

Prep for Worship Recognition Sunday is 11/13

Our Prep for Worship kids have been working hard, learning just WHAT it is we do in worship together, and they will be leading us in lots of liturgy as well as receiving their bibles on Sunday, November 13! Let's CELEBRATE our young disciples! 

Youth Ministries

Youth Band

Our Youth Band is taking a break until after the holidays. If you are interested in joining us, look for details about starting back up in January!  

Youth Group

High school youth group will meet at their normal time on November 13th from 6:00 - 7:30. Middle school youth group will NOT meet on Sunday, November 13th…get some rest after the retreat!  

A look ahead:

November 11-12 -- Middle school retreat (for those that have registered)

November 13 -- High school youth group only (middle school will NOT meet this night since we will have just had our retreat) 

November 20 -- Movie night (middle school 4:00 - 6:00, high school 6:00 - 8:00)

November 27 -- No youth group or youth band (Happy Thanksgiving!)

Prayer List

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

Jody Alston

Eddie Glasscock

Helen Halva

Don McCorkle

David and Grace Maul

Peggy Newsome

Evelyn Patton

Marcia Rhoten

Don and Sally Shupe

Mitch Weinberger

WFPC Calendar Highlights

Saturday, November 12

8:00 am Iron Sharpens Iron (Sat)

8:00 am WTB Set Construction

9:30 am Backpack Buddy Packing

Sunday, November 13

9:00 am Sunday School for all ages

10:00 am Sunday Worship

5:30 pm Advent Adventures

6:00 pm High School Youth Group

Monday, November 14

5:30 pm Advent Adventures

7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Tuesday, November 15

5:30 pm Advent Adventures

6:45 pm Praise Team rehearsal

Wednesday, November 16

10:00 am Dementia Caregivers

5:30 pm Advent Festival

7:00 pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, November 17

5:00 pm GriefShare

7:00 pm Session

Friday, November 18

6:15 am Son Risers

WFPC Contributions and Attendance

November 6, 2022 worship attendance: 171

WFPC Deacons

Class of 2022
Paul Ballance, Welcome
George Dudley, Branch Ministry
Pat Snyder, Compassion

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

Lucy Deeprose, Clerk of Diaconate
WFPC Session

Class of 2022
Dania Borowitz, Discipleship (Children)
Trish Floyd, Congregational Care
Sharon Lineberry, Discipleship (Adult)
Randy Parrish, Mission & Outreach
Ed Pulliam, Finance
Jim Wills, Facilities

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