For Friday, November 22 , 2019
WFPC Officers' Column 

2 Corinthians 4:15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

My time as Personnel Elder is coming to a close. I have learned so much about our church, staff and what it means to be Presbyterian. It has been a fun and, yes, challenging ride, but one that I am so glad to have taken. Our session has developed into a group of talented and dedicated elders. So many wait to be asked to serve the church; if you have interest please express it. If you are asked to serve, don't question your qualifications; rely on your faith. Just ask God for direction. It has been an amazing experience. I have gained so much insight into our church but have grown even more spiritually.

A lot of people think that Sunday services just happen on Sunday morning. As personnel elder, I can assure you that is not the case. The calendar as a whole is planned out months in advance, and then outlines for each Sunday start to take shape. Discipleship, Music and even Facilities start doing their parts. Katherine and her team, Janet and Amy, do their magic for the children and youth. The Sunday school teachers work on lessons. Kim works out music selections along with discovering some hidden talent among us. There are ushers and offertory musicians to be scheduled. Then there are rehearsals which include Sound and AV people. Then there are the things we don't ever think about. Joanne, Financial, is paying our bills and counting our offerings. Cindy, Operations, is making sure our facilities are clean and up to date and that we have heat and air. Have you seen the new floors in the CLC Classroom and preschool wing? Renee finishes up the bulletin as well as keeping everyone in line, making sure everybody has a place for meetings and study. Renee is like the proofer for all things. Then the most amazing thing to witness is when a staff member crosses over and helps elsewhere. Or the staff throws out an amazing idea that takes everything to another level. Or even when our church suffers a major lost affecting so many and the entire team goes into "we can get this done" mode. Yes, it all might look so easy on Sunday morning, but there are a lot of moving parts. We have an amazing staff that makes it happen.

So, the next time you are thanking God for your blessings. Please remember the Staff, Elders and Deacons and the countless volunteers. Think about joining in. There is a place for all. From my experience, it is an opportunity just waiting to show you how much you can grow.

Dear Lord,
Thank for the blessings of our church, staff, officers and numerous volunteers. We are grateful for the guidance that you have provided for us all. It is through you that we are able to grow and do. May you continue to fill our hearts and souls with you so that we go out and do your work. Amen
Tony Whitley
Elder for Personnel
Just a Reminder
Don't forget your pledge for 2020! If you have not yet made a financial commitment to the ministry plan for the coming year, please do so, as the Session leads us forward. Pledge forms can be found in the lobby area of the church or online by clicking here.
Free Blood Presssure Screenings
Our Parish Nurse Ministry offers free blood pressure screenings at WFPC on the last Sunday of every month. This Sunday, November 24, f ollowing the 9:00 service, head upstairs near the elevator. Following the 11:15 service, screenings will be done in the conference room at the end of the office hallway (off the narthex).
2020 Liturgist Team
Do you have the gift for public speaking and worship leadership?  Please consider joining the team of liturgists who serve during the 11:15 AM worship service. Liturgists prepare the Prayer of Praise and Adoration and the Prayer of Dedication. They also lead a prepared Call to Worship, Prayer of Confession, Assurance of Pardon and Sharing the Peace of Christ. Training and guidelines are available. Each liturgist typically serves one or two times a year. Please contact Kathy Dudley at or 919-539-7732.
Walk Through Bethlehem Cast and Crew
December 6, 7, 8
We still have openings for cast and support positions  for our 2019 Walk Through Bethlehem! Our dates this year are Friday, December 6 (6:00-9:00), Saturday, December 7 (5:00-9:00), and Sunday, December 8 (5:00-8:00). If you want to join in, please visit to sign up. From there you can select the category that interests you. You can sign up for one, two, or all three evenings!


Specific positions needed are:

  • Greeters (all nights)
  • Parking (Saturday)
  • Roman Soldier in Tiberius (Saturday)
  • Carpenter in Tiberius (Sunday)
  • Roman Soldier with Tax Collector (Sunday)
  • Adults/young people in the marketplace (all nights)
  • Roman Soldier with Herod (Sunday)
  • Innkeeper's Wife (Sunday)
  • Speaking and non-speaking angels (all nights)
  • Guide at the cross (Friday and Saturday)
  • Tribe-calling Guide in the CLC (non-costumed and inside)
Church-Wide Retreat
March 6-8, 2020 at Camp Rockfish
Registration due January 12
Friends, this is going to be an exciting weekend!  Rev. Lisle Garrity (pastor, artist, theologian, workshop leader) is coming to be our keynoter and will also work with us to create special new banners for our worship spaces. There will be opportunities for fellowship, keynotes, play, and learning.  Come and grow your discipleship and friendships within your church family with us! Go to A nonrefundable deposit ($100 for the weekend, $60 for day trippers) is due at registration. Payments can be made by check or online by credit card. 
Registration closes January 12.  Final payments are due February 2, 2020. Questions? Contact John ( or Katherine (
Let Heaven and Nature Sing
It's time to start decorating the campus for advent. Come be part of the fun in creating the ambiance of the season!!  Contact, Sandie Buda with any questions.
Important dates:
  • Sunday, November 24 grab a cup of soup following the 11:15 service. We will gather items from storage, remove the pulpits, and prepare for the upcoming decorating.
  • Tuesday, November 26, at 10:30 our poinsettias will arrive. Please come help unload and place them in the sanctuary and set up advent stands and wreaths in the CLC.
  • Tuesday, December 3, at 1:00 we will finish the hanging of the greenery in the sanctuary.
Holy Cow! Congregational Survey -- Your Chance to Moo!
WHAT IS IT? An online survey that will help WFPC leadership gauge the strength, vitality, and trends in our church as we plan for the future.
WHY ARE WE DOING IT?  As Christians and as a church we are always growing. This survey will give important feedback to the Session, Diaconate, Foundation For Future, and Staff as we discern where God continues to call us.
WHO WILL PARTICPATE?  Church members and active participants of WFPC.
WHEN WILL THE SURVEY BE ACTIVE?  November 24 - December 14
WHERE WILL I TAKE THE SURVEY? At home on your computer or after church on November 24, December 1 or December 8. A survey link will be sent to your email address on file with the church.
WHEN WILL WE SEE THE RESULTS?  Church leadership will receive the fully-detailed and professionally interpreted report at their January leadership retreat. The congregation will be presented a shorter summary in early February.
Cookies, Cookies, and More Cookies
It's that time again. We need cookies, lots and lots of cookies for our Walk Through Bethlehem guests. If you are buying cookies, festive holiday themed cookies are great, but we'll take any cookie regardless of the flavor or decoration. Homemade cookies are also great, and we love having them, but because these lack the additives that increase shelf life, please plan to drop off homemade cookies closer to the actual dates for WTB. Cookie donations are welcome on the following dates: Wednesday, November 20, during the Advent Festival, Sunday, November 24, or Sunday, December 1 before or after either service. On these dates, look for the cookie donation location in the narthex and/or the CLC. If you need to arrange a special time to drop off your homemade cookies or treats, please contact Robin Roper at or Dana Wills at If you wish to make a monetary donation for the purpose of purchasing cookies, cider or cocoa, please designate WTB hospitality on your check. Thank you ahead of time for any and all donations.

If you'd like to sign up to help with Walk Through Bethlehem by joining either the cast or crew, visit
Mission and Outreach

Save the Date and Shop to Support Hillside Christmas Angel Program
Saturday, December 14
Would you like to help share Christmas love and joy  with some of our older neighbors? Our annual Christmas program at Hillside Nursing and Rehab Home will be held on Saturday, December 14, from 11 to noon (please arrive by 10:45). It will be a fun-filled morning of singing carols with the residents and helping to hand out gifts. You may also support this mission by donating new word search books, pens, small stuffed animals, and fluffy socks. Drop off items in the donation closet adjacent to our preschool wing. Questions? Contact Dana Wills at

Giving Trees 2019
Our Giving Trees are overflowing with opportunities to share the joy of Christmas.  Choose angels to provide gifts for children in families with no other source of support, backpacks to provide weekend meals for our food-insecure elementary school children, or PCUSA ornaments to help pave a way forward for an individual or community somewhere in our hurting world. Each ornament has different instructions; please take an instruction sheet (on the table near the trees) home with you. Thank you for reaching out in love to our neighbors in need!

A Deployed WFPC Family Member
As some of you are aware, one of our members, Dustin Wilmouth,  husband of Allie, is currently deployed. Ministry2Military (M2M) would like to send him some care packages. Dustin especially wants letters and cards. He has also requested ground dark roast, unflavored coffee, sunflower seeds, spearmint gum, beef jerky, and candy. Please help us support Dustin during his deployment by dropping off any of these items in the M2M box in the CLC or narthex. Be looking at Leaflets for the next packing event announcement soon!
Habitat for Humanity: Dollar-for-Dollar Gift Matching!
An anonymous donor in our church family has graciously offered to match any funds donated to the fall 2019 Habitat build up to $5,000! We are truly thankful for this gift, and are calling on you to help make the most of this opportunity before December 31. You can give online through the church website (use the drop-down button at to select "Habitat") or write a check payable to WFPC with "Habitat" on the memo line. There are three new Habitat homes being built in the Wake Forest area. The spring work date for WFPC is Saturday, March 21, 2020. Save the date and come build with us! Questions? Contact John Fawcett at
Don't Miss the Fun of our Next BackPack Buddy Packing Event
Our next BackPack Buddy meal packing event will be  Saturday, December 14, from 9-11 AM in the CLC room B017. This is open to all ages, families, and new volunteers. If you would like to know more about our BackPack Buddies program, please contact Heather Wheeler at

Family Promise is a holistic approach to the crisis of family homelessness. Their programs address the range of issues that affect low-income families, including direct services, educational curricula, prevention programs, and more. Wake Forest Presbyterian is a part of this community-based response by providing housing, meals, and transportation to a group of families for a one-week period twice a year. Our next opportunity is coming right after the holidays, January 5-12, 2020. There are ways for everyone to help -- young and old alike, and families and groups, too! Stop by our information desk after services on Sunday, December 15, or visit to sign up. Contact Trish ( or Charlene ( for more information.
Click here for a more complete listing of all our Mission & Outreach opportunities!
HisKidsHis Kids News
It's been a long, well-loved season for our lovely Red Mod...and it's becoming clear the season is DONE with heating and cooling our children well! GOOD NEWS! We have moved inside... into the preschool wing! Sunday School and Wednesday Night Shine have moved into the rooms below:
K-1: LADYBUG room (3rd room on the LEFT down the preschool hallway).  
2-3: FROG room (3rd room on the RIGHT down the preschool hallway) 
4-5: LAMB classroom (first room on the RIGHT down the preschool hallways) 
HOLYWOOD will remain in the Red Mod... we will have a portable unit to heat and cool that space!!  
We will have signs and helpers guiding folks to the right rooms for the next few weeks, so be on the lookout for our new exciting INDOOR learning space!  

Calling all 3rd graders... PREP FOR WORSHIP TIME! Our 2020 Prep for Worship Class will begin Sunday, January 12 during the 11:15 worship hour under the wonderful wisdom of our teacher, Melodee Fraser!!  Any 3rd grader (or 4/5th grader who hasn't taken the class) can participate!  The class is designed to give our growing young minds a more concrete understanding of HOW and  WHY we do what we do when we gather  to worship together! Topics covered include: prayer, scripture, thanksgiving, stewardship, sacraments, liturgical year, and other elements of worship. Complete the registration form and drop it in Katherine Peiper's mailbox!  Questions?  Let us know!  (

Alleluia Choir SPECIAL REHEARSALS to prepare for the Christmas Eve Family service:   December 4 and 11 (5:45-6:30),  and December 18 (5:00-6:30, pizza dinner included!) Next Sunday morning singing:  SUNDAY, December 15! 
FIRST FRIDAY FOR FAMILIES MOVIE NIGHT: This month's movie night will be on the SECOND Friday of the month due to our wonderful Walk Through Bethlehem weekend being on the first! Bring your pillows, blankets, jammies, all things cozy and enjoy a family friendly movie!  ALL ARE WELCOME!! Pizza dinner at 6:00, movie begins at about 6:20.  There is no cost to attend, but we gratefully accept donations to offset the cost of food! This month's movie: The Star .
~Katherine Peiper, Director of Children, Families and Youth Ministries |
1        No Youth Group -- Happy Thanksgiving!
6-8     Walk Through Bethlehem (no youth group on 12/8)
15      Random Acts of Kindness

Sunday, November 24, at youth group is our movie night!  Both groups will meet a little longer so that we have time to watch an entire movie.  Middle school will meet from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., and high school will meet from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the youth room. Middle school will have snack as usual, and high school will have dinner as usual. See you there!
~Janet Briley, Assistant Director of Youth Ministries
November 24, 2019  Scripture and Sermon
Our Scripture this week comes from II Corinthians 5:16-21. Pastor Rebekah Maul will share her sermon, "New Life."

2019 Annual Budget $885.000.00
2019 Year-to-Date Actual $808,165.68

Year to Date Budget (October)
Year to Date Actual (October)

November Budget
November Tithes and Offerings (thru 11/17/19) $57,781.68

November 17, 2019
Tithes and Offerings $20,641.78
Designated Gifts  $1,797.22
Debt Elimination Gifts $2,185.00
Sunday School Attendance
9:00 Attendance 225
11:15 Attendance 219

Debt Elimination Monthly Budget
Debt Elimination Received (thru 11/17/19) $3,340.00

...all shall give as they are able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you.
Deuteronomy 16:17
WFPC Calendar Highlights
Friday, November 22
6:15 AM | CLC | Friday Morning Men's Bible Study
9:30 AM | CLC Youth Room | Naptime

Saturday, November 23
7:00 AM | CLC B103  | Iron Sharpens Iron

Sunday, November 24
9:00 AM | Sanctuary  | Contemporary Worship
10:00 AM | Campus Wide | Sunday School
11:15 AM | Sanctuary | Traditional Worship
4:00 PM | CLC Youth Room | Middle School Youth
6:00 PM | CLC Youth Room | High School Youth

Monday, November 25
7:00 PM | Blue Mod | Cub Scouts
7:00 PM | CLC | Boy Scouts

Tuesday, November 26
6:45 PM | CLC | Praise Team Rehearsal
7:00 PM | CLC B103  | WOW
7:00 PM | Blue Mod | Stephen Ministry

Wednesday, November 27
6:30 PM | CLC B103 | Made For More

Thursday, November 28
closed -- happy Thanksgiving!
Wake Forest Presbyterian Church
12605 Capital Blvd
Wake Forest, NC 27587