For Friday, November 20, 2020
You have heard from me a lot lately about being generous with your time, talents and treasures. You have heard me talk about the importance of prayerfully committing to tithing/pledging to the 2021 Commitment campaign; about the three ways to submit your Commitment card (through Breeze
, our website
, regular mail or drop-off); about the importance of fulfilling your current pledge if you haven't done so; about considering using your time and talents in the myriad of mission opportunities available and signing up for Amazon Smile as an additional way to financially support the operational, discipleship and mission opportunities at WFPC.
So rather than talk about the fact that Wake Forest Presbyterian Church's continued success is directly tied to the generous spirit of our congregation, I wanted to talk about something different.
I wanted to talk about the Golden Rule.
"So, in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 7:12 "Do to others as you would have them do to you." Luke 6:31
To me, this is directly tied to the command Jesus gave us of loving your neighbor as yourself, the second greatest command. (The greatest command of course is 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength,' but then you knew that).
As it turns out, the Golden Rule in one form or another is common to all the major religions of the world and dates back several hundred years before Jesus' birth. Here are just a few examples.
Buddhism -- "Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful."
Confucianism -- "One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct.... loving-kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself."
Hinduism -- "This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you."
Judaism -- "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it."
Taoism -- "Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss."
Baha'i Faith -- "Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself."
Islam -- "Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself."
So, if the Golden Rule is so important as to be a principle mentioned by all the major religions of the world, perhaps this is something we should all take to heart.
Something to think about.
Advent Festival Week -- Tonight is the Last Night!!
November 20, 6:30-8:00 pm
2020 is different from any other year, so for the first time our fabulous decorating team has gone all out and decorated the front of our church with greenery and lights like never before. Tonight, we turn on the lights, and we want you to come and enjoy them with us!
- DECORATE YOUR CAR and come enjoy the exterior decorations, lighting, and Christmas music! A time of simple joy!!
- If you signed up for a Giving Tree gift, have your gift(s) ready (see instructions in the Mission and Outreach section). You may drop that gift off during this event!
- Hop out of your car at the special photo booth for family Christmas photos -- these photos will be used in our virtual Family Christmas Eve Service!
In October you should have received a letter from me with the 2021 Commitment Card. This is an opportunity to show your financial support for the operational, discipleship and mission opportunities underway at WFPC for the coming year. I had asked that you respond by November 6 to facilitate planning for the coming year. We have received a number of Commitment Cards back, and to those that have returned their cards, many thanks. There are still a number of cards that have not been returned.
With all the distractions that have been going on, it is easy to misplace things. If you haven't returned your Commitment Card, please do so right away. An additional copy of the Commitment Card will be sent out as well via email. You can also click here
to pledge online or print your card at home.
I would ask that you prayerfully consider and decide how you and your family can contribute financially to the 2021 Commitment Campaign. As you can see on the card, there are a number of ways to respond.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Grace and Peace to you all,
Wednesday, November 18, 10 am online
At this time of year, many of you often order a poinsettia in honor or in memory of a loved one. This year, due to the pandemic, we are unable to provide this traditional love offering. An alternative can be a donation to one of our mission projects. You can contribute under on our website here
or you can mail in a check. You can note who you want to honor or recognize in the comment box (online) or the memo line (by check).
Mission giving opportunities:
WFPC Adult Missions
WFPC Backpack Buddies
WFPC Christmas Angels
WFPC Family Promise
WFPC Giving Garden
WFPC Veterans' Assistance
Random Acts of Kindness
This year our youth are dedicating the entire month of December to RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS, and they want you to help!! You will receive a calendar that includes a Random Act of Kindness on each day for the month of December. You are encouraged to do the kind act each day -- or choose one of your own -- just be intentional about doing something every day! We also would like to encourage you to journal or blog about your experiences throughout the month...how did it make you feel, what did you learn, reflect, pray. Be on the lookout for details in the coming weeks about Prayer Stations that the youth will set up for you at the church. These will be outside and available for you to come experience at your convenience. Thanks for helping our youth and being a part of our NEW ADVENTURE!!
Preschool Scholastic News -- Great Holiday Gifts!
Our Wake Forest Presbyterian Preschool is a member of the Scholastic book club and provides ordering opportunities for preschool families and friends throughout the year. The Preschool invites friends and families of the church to order quality books from its online bookstore: scholastic.com/bookclubs.
Sign in or create an account and connect to our class code: GVYRH
Scholastic offers book genres ranging from birth to Young Adult, and shipping is free for orders of $25.00 or more.
Your orders help provide free books for the Preschool library and classrooms. Scholastic books make great Christmas gifts -- please spread the word with friends and neighbors!
Please join us in offering love and sympathy to Fred Fuller on the passing of his mother, Nancy Fuller, on November 14. Her obituary can be found here
Mission and Outreach
Our Giving Tree Is Up and Ready
It wouldn't be Christmas at WFPC without our Giving Trees, so we have a created
a SignUpGenius for gifts for six families selected by the Wake Northern Regional
Center Department of Social Services as being in special need of Giving Tree gifts this Christmas! Still experience the joy of selecting one or more gifts to purchase and brighten the holidays for a child.
Once you have purchased your gift:
1. Place it in an unsealed gift bag. Attach a tag with the Family# and Child#. Having this information on the bag is critical.
2. IF you are dropping off TONIGHT, November 20, during the Advent Festival Drive Through, there will be a volunteer to receive your gift in the circle in front of the church! You may also deliver it to the Green Mod at one of the dates and times below. One person at a time will enter the Green Mod from the ramp and exit through a side door. (Please wear a mask.)
Sunday Nov. 29 2:30-4
Monday Nov. 30 10-11:30
Sunday Dec. 6 2:30-4
Monday Dec. 7 10-11:30
Sunday Dec. 13 2:30-4 PM
Monday Dec. 14 10-11:30 AM Final day to return packages!
3. Questions or unable to access the SignUpGenius? Contact Millie Seiler 585-202-4442 or
Have a blessed Christmas knowing you have made Christmas special for a child in need!
Glory Tabernacle Food Pantry Needs Strong Backs on December 5
On Saturday, Dec, 5, Glory Tabernacle Food Pantry is sponsoring a large food distribution for those experiencing food insecurity. The food arrives on trucks. Strong arms are needed on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 6-8 AM to unload the oversized food boxes from pallets. Strong arms are also needed from 10:30-noon for take down.
WFPC supports the Glory Tabernacle Food Pantry through our Community Garden, the shelter and sidewalk built by our Adult Mission Team, donations from our recent youth drive-through event, and weekly volunteers. The pantry reaches out to food insecure families from Franklin and Wake Counties and those who come from as far as Henderson, Oxford, and Bunn.
Glory Tabernacle Food Pantry is located at 120 Weathers St., Youngsville. Weathers Street is the street immediately after Tractor Supply on Highway 1. Volunteers to help with food distribution are also welcome.
For more information or to sign up, please contact Millie Seiler at 585-202-4442 or email@example.com.
Virtual Veterans Day Food Drive
This Veterans Day honor our veterans and our men and women actively serving overseas by donating to WFPC's virtual Veterans Day Food Drive.
Last year our WFPC Veterans Day Food Drive at Lowe's Foods netted thirteen shopping carts of food and $353.50 in cash donations. That drive enabled our Veterans Ministry to help stock the Durham VA Emergency Food Pantry for six months, and it enabled Mission2Military to send care packages to our men and women serving overseas who would not otherwise receive packages from home.
This year, because we cannot hold our Veterans Day Food Drive at Lowes Foods, we are asking for financial contributions to help our ministries purchase what we need to continue to support our veterans in crisis and our deployed armed forces during these difficult times. Please follow this link to donate online and select Veterans Ministry from the drop-down menu: https://wfpc.breezechms.com/give/online
Thank you with all our hearts!
Mission2Military and Veterans Ministry
Tri-Area Ministry Adds Another Saturday for Donations
Our local Tri Area Ministry in downtown Wake Forest continues to rely on the generous donations from WFPC and our surrounding community. During the month of October, TAM served 906 families (2,480 people) with 163 of the families being first time clients! Due to the tremendous need, the amount of food given to each family has increased from an average of 52 lbs. to 90-100 lbs. per family. Tri-Area is requesting donations of wipes, cereals, rice, and pasta in addition to the ongoing need for egg cartons that hold one dozen eggs. Donations are accepted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and now the second and third Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at 149 E. Holding Ave. Thank you for your support of this vital service to our neighbors.
Backpack Buddies Packs 300 Meals Per Week
Our Backpack Buddies program has continued non-stop during COVID. If you would like to volunteer your time to help with packing bags or meal deliveries to the Boys and Girls Club, please contact Heather Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org. These volunteer activities require an hour or less of your time each week. Thank you for your support!
For more information on any of our mission opportunities and where your support can make a difference, contact Sabrina Patton at email@example.com or Randy Parrish firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please keep the following members of our church family in your prayers:
If you have a prayer request, you may let us know online here.
|Children's Ministries News
Would your child like to be a part of our pre-recorded Christmas Eve service? We will have about 15 reading opportunities, plus some solo singing opportunities for our Alleluia Choir kids. Be on the lookout for sign ups and filming dates/times in next week's Children's Ministry email!
~Katherine Peiper, Director of Children, Family & Youth Ministries | email@example.com
Youth Group This Sunday
We WILL have youth group on Sunday, November 22! We will gather outside of the CLC just like we did this Sunday. If the weather is nice, we will stay outside. If it is too cold or raining, we will go inside. That decision will be made Sunday afternoon. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday! Middle School 4:00-5:00; High School 5:10 - 6:10.
Random Acts of Kindness - also known as RAK!
This year, December is going to be dedicated as our Random Acts of Kindness MONTH!!! YLT is creating a calendar that will be given to our entire church family with an act of kindness on each day. We are encouraging our church family to participate in these acts of kindness (or others of their choosing) and to journal/blog about their experiences throughout the month. We are sponsoring Prayer Stations outside at the church for two weeks in December and will encourage our church family to come experience those at their convenience during those two weeks. We have adopted a family through our Giving Tree mission, and are providing a mom and child a special Christmas. We are also helping a few more families that are being sponsored by the LIVE Like Hannah Foundation. We will have a few more RAK activities that we will do during youth group gatherings and possibly a few other times. Get excited, stay tuned, and get ready to spread love and kindness throughout the month of December!! Our prayer is that this becomes habit and each person in our church will continue to spread that love way beyond one month! Make it a lifestyle!
December 6 Invitation
To kick off our Prayer Stations, we are inviting youth families to come experience those together on December 6th! Middle School families come from 4:00 - 5:00, and high school families come from 5:30 - 6:30 (note the time change for high school youth group this day!) We will have small groups led by our YLT so that we remain socially distanced and safe at all times. More details about this next week, but for now, mark your calendars!
~Janet Briley, Director of Youth Ministries
|November 22, 2020 Web Worship
|We will go live at 10 AM on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/wfpres/
Our Scripture comes from mATTHEW 18:1-5. Pastor John Fawcett will share his sermon, "Godly Play.'"
You may print a bulletin to follow along at home by clicking here
|2020 Annual Budget||$929,200.00|
|2020 Year-to-Date Actual||$765,727.55|
|Year to Date Budget (October)||
Year to Date Actual (October)
|November Tithes and Offerings (thru 11/15/20)||$51,985.05|
|November 15, 2020|
|Tithes and Offerings (Mail/Online)||$16,375.00|
|Debt Elimination Gifts||$1,410.00|
|Web Worship Attendance (Facebook Views)||220+|
|Sunday School Attendance||61|
|Debt Elimination Monthly Budget||$5,000.00|
|Debt Elimination Received (thru 11/15/20)||$4,050.00|
...all shall give as they are able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you.
|WFPC Calendar Highlights
Saturday, November 21
7:15 am Iron Sharpens Iron at WFPC (outside)
10:00 am Handbells in the sanctuary
1:00 pm Troop 5 CPR training at WFPC (outside)
Sunday, November 22
9:00 am Adult Sunday School online
10:00 am Worship Service online
11:00 am Adult Sunday School online
11:30 am Confirmation Class online
4:00 pm Middle School Youth Group in the CLC
5:10 pm High School Youth Group in the CLC
Monday, November 23
10:00 am Advent Decorating in the sanctuary
5:30 pm Handbells in the sanctuary
7:00 pm Boy Scouts at WFPC (outside)
Tuesday, November 24
7:00 pm Stephen Ministry at WFPC
7:00 pm WOW Bible study online
7:00 pm Advent Bible Study online
Wednesday, November 25
9:30 am Mornings With Christ at WFPC
4:00 pm GriefShare online
6:30 pm Iron Sharpens Iron online
7:00 pm Vocal Rehearsal in the sanctuary
Thursday, November 26
Friday, November 20
Closed for Thanksgiving holiday
for a full calendar, including all small groups!