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Friday, November 17, 2023

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For the second year in a row, I decided to participate in the WFPC Advent Cook-off. I enjoy cooking, especially veggies, and so this event gives me an opportunity to share nourishing food with others. With the timing being just before Thanksgiving, and Christmas soon after, this brings to my mind food and its role in our family celebrations. Not only are holiday meals an opportunity to treat our taste buds and indulge in fellowship with those we love, but it gives us an added opportunity to pause and reflect about our meal choices. As you and I know, we as Presbyterians are called to care for our brothers and sisters around the world. Our meal choices are reflections of our global conscience. As we gather this season, I suggest that we consider how we are using our purchases and gatherings to support low-income and marginalized producers around the world, alleviate hunger and poverty, and minimize the impact of our consumption on the planet. For an easy-to-understand graphic of this suggestion, and some simple steps that we can all put into action, here is a great resource created by the Presbyterian Hunger Program: presbyterianmission.org/wp-content/uploads/Rethinking-Holiday-Meals.pdf.

Dear Lord, we pray for guidance in our holiday celebrations this year, especially as we approach Advent in the coming weeks. May we be mindful of the ways our actions and decisions affect those suffering around the world. Help us to consider how even paying more attention to our holiday meals can make a difference. Amen.

Grace and Peace,

Mindy Hidenfelter

Facilities Elder

Worship at WFPC

Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

This Sunday our Scripture comes from Genesis 32:22-32 and John 3:1-10. Marguerite Sirrine will share her sermon, "Renewal."

All this week we've been busy installing a new sound system in the sanctuary, and hope you will notice improved sound quality this Sunday!

While we are adjusting to a new system, we will be suspending the livestream of our services. We will be releasing some sermon notes from Marguerite on our YouTube channel, which you can find at YouTube channel.

From the PNC

Dear WFPC Friends and Family,

Our Pastor Nominating Committee is currently reviewing candidates for the position, and we would like you to invite any potential qualified candidates to apply. We encourage you to send the following paragraph to your friends and family who may be interested.

Our church, Wake Forest Presbyterian Church (https://www.wakeforestpres.org), in beautiful Wake Forest, NC is currently looking for a new pastor after our pastor of 8 years retired. If you, or someone you know, feel called to serve our church as Senior Pastor, please apply via the PCUSA Church Leadership Connection website: https://clc.pcusa.org. You will find our Ministry General Information form here: https://clc.pcusa.org/mdp/10964/view/ and you may notify or submit questions to our Pastor Nominating Committee at pnc@wakeforestpres.org.

Prayers for Our Middle School Retreat

This weekend, our middle school youth will be headed to Camp Kanata for the retreat sponsored by the New Hope Presbytery.  There will be 175 youth, adults, and youth council members at the retreat.  Please pray for everyone participating this weekend, specifically our WFPC youth and adults:  Britton Bange, Emersyn Berger, Benson Blalock, James Cebrick, Tyler Cebrick, Gus Crosbie, Margaret Domack, Tyler Drew, Lilly Hare, Ellie Herman, Janet Briley, John Cebrick, and Michael Smith.

A Letter from the Wills Family

Dana and I are very grateful and overwhelmed by the extreme generosity that Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, the bereavement team, Marguerite, and especially our faithful Explorations Sunday School class for the love offering we received to assist in covering expenses surrounding the death of our daughter, Kristin. We have always felt the love from the congregation, but this brought us to tears. (It wasn't hard, given the circumstances.) God bless you all.

Jim and Dana Wills

Stephen Ministry Informational Meeting

December 3 after worship

Stephen Ministers in our church offer emotional and spiritual care to folks faced with a difficulty or crisis in life. Would you like to know what Stephen Ministry is all about? Stay after church on December 3 for a short presentation and to receive answers to your questions. No commitment required, just information for you to learn how you can support the ministry or receive care from a Stephen Minister.

A Daily Advent Devotion from Presbyterians for Earth Care

Presbyterians for Earth Care has put together a Daily Advent Devotional for 2023 with a Creation Care theme. The devotional is available for free, and can be downloaded from the PEC website here: presbyearthcare.org/devotional-and-worship-aids/  The devotional includes daily meditations written by Presbyterians and others, as well as prayers and suggested actions we can take to care for the earth during Advent.

Walk Through Bethlehem

December 1, 2, 3

Cookies and Apple Juice for WTB

We are aiming for another 300 dozen cookies in the next two weeks and we need your help! That will bring us to 8,000 total cookies to treat our guests at Walk Through Bethlehem! Thank you for the over 350 dozen yummy homemade cookies you've already promised!

This year we also need 20 gallons of apple juice! Any brand will do. We'll take whatever's on sale — quarts, half-gallons, or gallons.

Cookies and juice will be collected in the narthex before and after worship.

If you'll be holiday baking, consider baking an extra dozen or two for WTB. Homemade cookies need to be in Ziploc-type freezer bags.

We've got plenty of freezer space, so if you can make a specific homemade cookie commitment, please sign up here! We are so grateful for all contributions!

Walk Through Bethlehem Set Setup 

We need help with the Walk Through Bethlehem Site Setup. We have started transforming the back forty into the ancient Holy Lands. We will be working Saturday mornings in November starting at 8 a.m., and appreciate your help in assembling the temporary backdrops and moving furniture. Questions? Contact Paul Swartz, 919-215-6216 or swartzp51@gmail.com

Desire a little less physical work? The props team will focus on filling in the scenes with canopies, baskets, candles, fabrics, pottery, jewelry, plants, food, etc. on:

Saturday, November 18, 9 a.m., furniture 

Sunday, November 26, 11 a.m., Herod's scene

Friday, December 1, 8 a.m. (lunch provided), final set up of all soft props and plants.

Contact Sandy Christos, 919-219-5988, schristos33@yahoo.com


Call for Cast and Crew

Our live WTB program is coming up quickly. If you haven't signed up for the cast yet, we still have openings and would love to have you. For important information regarding rehearsals, costume assignments and other important information, use the link below to access our Google drive.

All WTB cast members and guides MUST come and select their costumes prior to WTB weekend. The costume team is ready to help this morning, before and after the service; November 28 and 29, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.; and by appointment if none of these dates work. Contact Laurie Baker at 919-345-2455.



Financial Donations

Financial donations for Walk Through Bethlehem can be made through Breeze. Please consider donating to support our refreshments for guests, supplies for the set, and other consumables.



Mission and Outreach


Thank you to everyone involved with making a memorable weekend for our veterans.

Undie Sunday was a HUGE success. We would like to thank everyone who generously donated to helping our Veterans Ministry collect undergarments for our Veterans in need.

The Veterans Recognition was wonderful from the gifting of lapel pins by the church youth to the homemade cupcakes after the service. Any Veteran who was unable to attend the service can still receive their lapel pins — contact Bob Frye at eyrf456@gmail.com, and he will make sure that we get them to you.


While we are celebrating Thanksgiving with our families and friends, and thanking God for our many blessings, let us remember those less fortunate. Wake Northern Regional Center and Franklin County have identified nearly 40 children for whom we have the opportunity to make Christmas special. The SignUpGenius is now available!

The Angels tree will soon be set up in the Narthex and will be adorned with hand-decorated angels – thank you to all of WFPC's children for their creativity! Use this SignUpGenius link to find instructions and to select gifts for one or more children.


Gifts should be unwrapped and put in a gift bag. They can be dropped off in the WFPC Narthex beginning Sunday, November 26.

YOU are welcome to join the Christmas Angels project team with set up, prep & take down, or collecting/sorting/wrapping/delivering gifts! To join us or to ask questions, contact Carol Winans-Geiser, 908-803-3127 (carol@winans.com).


Thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers who came out to help at our packing event last Saturday!! We had a great turnout and were able to pack 260 quickly! Our next event will be on December 9 in the red mod at 9:30. 


We set another record for the number of families served in October! We served 1610 families for a total of 5091 people. The need for donations is greater than ever. Please drop off donations in the TAM bin in the Narthex closet or make financial donations through our website, triareaministry.com. Thanks for your continued support.


A new home building opportunity is coming on Saturday, January 20, 2024 from 8:15 am to 3:30 pm.. We are looking for 15 volunteers (WFPC members, friends, or family over the age of 16) to help at the Old Poole Place neighborhood. You may register to participate using the Coalition Volunteer Hub Link: http://vhub.at/northernwake. We hope you will join us in this effort by helping to provide affordable housing for others in need. Lunch will be provided!


For questions or additional information, contact Bill Habicht at bnbhabicht@gmail.com or 410-991-2458.


The garden is providing 500 lbs. of sweet potatoes as well as greens to The Journey Ministry Pantry for Thanksgiving. We are also providing sweet potatoes and greens to Wake Forest Community Table and to our Ukrainian refugee families.

If you can spare an hour or two on Tuesday, 11/21, between 8 – 11 am, come harvest greens for our neighbors with food insecurity and work off a few calories in anticipation of your Thanksgiving feast.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

SignUpGenius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F4EABA62FAB9-2022.

For More Information: Please call, text, or email Pam Schulze if you have questions at (919)-522-3146 or wfpcgivinggarden@gmail.com.

Website: wfpcgivinggarden.org

Want to know more about Mission and Outreach at WFPC? Please contact Kathy Tharrington at kathleenekirschner@gmail.com or Carol Winans-Geiser at carol@winans.com

Children's Ministries

Sunday School

There will be NO children's Sunday school On Sunday, November 26. Board games and Bible trivia cards will be set up in the coffee and conversation room for families to play together along with donuts, juice and coffee!


Questions? Contact Katherine at katherinepeiper@wakeforestpres.org

Youth Ministries

Youth Group

Middle school youth group — Because of the middle school retreat this weekend, we will not have our normal middle school youth group gathering on Sunday afternoon.  

High School youth group — This Sunday, November 19, we are having our annual Thanksgiving potluck meal and Christmas movie! Bring your favorite thanksgiving dish to share and join us for a great meal, fellowship, and movie! We will meet a little longer this week to allow time to watch the entire movie. We will meet from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the youth room. See you there! 

Questions about Youth Ministries? Contact Janet Briley at youth@wakeforestpres.org

Prayer List

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

Jody Alston

Mackenzie Gatlin

Benny Hoots

Charlie Jones

Don McCorkle

Evelyn Patton

Marcia Rhoten

Don and Sally Shupe

Marty Wakefield

Carolyn Joy Wiles

WFPC Calendar Highlights

Friday, November 17

6:30 am Son Risers

11:30 am JOY Group

Saturday, November 18

8:00 am Iron Sharpens Iron

8:00 am WTB Set Construction

Sunday, November 19

9:00 am Discipleship Hour

10:00 am Worship

11:00 am WTB Rehearsal

11:30 am Pickleball

6:00 pm High School Youth

Monday, November 20

5:00 pm Alleluia Choir

5:45 pm Grace Notes Handbells

7:00 pm Chancel Choir

7:00 pm Cub Scouts

7:00 pm Boy Scouts

7:00 pm Session

Tuesday, November 21

5:30 pm Glory Tones Handbells

6:30 pm Praise Team

6:45 pm PNC Meeting

7:00 pm Stephen Ministers

Wednesday, November 22

6:30 pm Iron Sharpens Iron

Thursday, November 23

office closed -- Happy Thanksgiving!

WFPC Finance and Attendance

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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

Class of 2024

John Akerman, Generosity

Joni Amerson, Worship

Norm Brown, MEG

Seamus Duerr, IT/Communications

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