For Friday, October 16, 2020
And the greatest of all is LOVE!
A couple of weeks ago a friend forwarded an article to me titled "What Love Means to Little Kids." It reminded me of the segment on the Art Linkletter show from the 60's where he would ask little kids questions, and their answers were so authentic and funny that you knew they weren't scripted. They were simply kids answering questions from their hearts. I don't remember much about his show, but I do remember his "Kids Say the Darndest Things!" segment.
To create their article, a group of professionals posed the question 'What does love mean?' to a group of 4- to 8-year-olds. The responses from these kids made me laugh, got me thinking about friends and family and reminded me how uncomplicated life can be... if we let it. Best of all, I totally forgot about the challenges of 2020 for a few minutes! I hope it does that same for you.
What does love mean?
'When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.' Billy, age 4
'Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.' Karl, age 5
'When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.' Rebecca, age 8
'Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.' Chrissy, age 6
'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.' Terri, age 4
'Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.' Danny, age 8
'Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and just listen.' Bobby, age 7 (Wow!)
'If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.' Nikka, age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)
'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.' Noelle, age 7
'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.' Tommy, age 6
'During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.' Cindy, age 8
'My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.' Clare, age 6
'Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.' Elaine, age 5
'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.' Chris, age 7
'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.' Mary Ann, age 4
'I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.' Lauren, age 4
'When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.' (what an image) Karen, age 7
'You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.' Jessica, age 8
And the final one: The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, 'Nothing, I just helped him cry.'
Heavenly Father thank you for children and their ability to teach us about some of the most important things in life and remind us of how innocent we were at one point in our lives. Thank you for loving us and finding ways to remind us how important love is. From 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Elder, Mission and Outreach
Pastor Appreciation Month
October is Pastor Appreciation Month, so please take a moment to thank our pastors for the hard work and dedication that they have provided, especially this year! It's been a difficult year in so many aspects, and our pastors and staff have been working extra to bring worship and church to each of us every day. Let's all show Pastor Rebekah and Pastor John how much we appreciate them!
We are saddened to learn of the recent deaths of Rev. Bob Borland, age 94, and his wife, Marjorie, age 92. Bob passed away in August and Marjorie passed away last week. Thirty years ago, the Borlands were instrumental in the charter and success of Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to their family and friends.
Mission and Outreach
Golf Tournament - Virtual Fundraiser
For many years the WFPC Annual Golf outing has been a fun event that helps raise money and awareness for the many mission and outreach programs that are sponsored by Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. A beautiful thing about mission is that the Spirit often doesn't "color inside the lines," and so having monies that can be tapped to help with unplanned opportunities is a beautiful way to witness! As most of you know our 2020 event scheduled for Saturday, October 3, was canceled due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19. Unfortunately, the number of people who urgently need benefits from programs like these continues to grow. We ask that you prayerfully consider making a contribution to support our mission and outreach programs for the coming year. Donations can be made by sending a check to WFPC and writing "Golf - Mission Outreach" in the memo area or by using this link https://wfpc.breezechms.com/give/online and selecting "Golf - Mission Outreach" from the drop down menu.
Finally, we encourage you to use the link below to view a special video presentation of how your contributions are put to good use to help those in need in our community, country, and around the world.
|Virtual Golf Tournament|
RESCHEDULED Sweet Potato Harvest: Saturday, October 17
You didn't miss your chance to join the fun of digging, cleaning, and weighing sweet potatoes after all! Due to rain, we will hold the Sweet Potato Harvest and Celebration this coming Saturday. We are taking some extra safety precautions this year and being very intentional as we plan our morning harvest and an afternoon planting, so you will see a variety of signup slots and times on the link below. This is a very family-friendly workday. Please join us!
Thanks to your generous donations, TAM was able to serve 931 families in September. An average month is around 800. Many of these were new families due to loss of jobs. We are now able to donate a dozen eggs to each family instead of a half dozen due to people's financial donations, so we now need double the egg cartons we were using. You can donate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and the third Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at 149 E. Holding Ave.
100 Plastic Bags
That's what it takes to deliver six meals to 50 kids a week. Backpack Buddies continues to serve kids at our Wake Forest Boys and Girls Club, and your plastic shopping bags will be put to great use. If you are interested in dropping off your plastic shopping bags or making food donations, please contact Ed Tharrington at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific information on what items are needed. Your ongoing support through financial donations can be made by mailing a check to Wake Forest Presbyterian church noted for "Backpack Buddies."
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 email@example.com. These volunteer activities require an hour or less of your time each week. Thank you for your support!
Gleaning at First Fruits Farm - The Great Harvest at First Fruits Farm (Jason Brown's farm) is taking place on October 24. Unlike our typical gleaning events, First Fruits invites volunteers to harvest their entire field of sweet potatoes instead of gleaning what isn't considered marketable. Last year over 76,000 pounds of sweet potatoes were harvested and indications are good that this year will be just as bountiful!
To keep all gleaners safe and have an efficient harvest, the hosting farmers, Jason and Tay Brown, plan to divide their field into quadrants where 50 people can safely social distance within each quadrant. This will allow a total of 200 volunteers working at one time. Because this event typically attracts more than 200 volunteers they will be working in two shifts. First shift is from 8 am to 10 am & second shift from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Volunteers will be given more directions about splitting up into quadrants when they arrive at the field. Click this link to register: First Fruits Harvest Registration
Are you a grant writer?: The North East Wake Backpack Buddies team out of Rolesville is seeking you to join their team. If you enjoy helping non-profit organizations with your writing talents, please contact Lisa Flint-Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Club 4/5: Do You Have a 4th or 5th Grader?
Be on the lookout for an email coming soon! Club 4/5 leaders are planning a couple of safe gatherings this fall. An email with a specific invitation and information will be coming out soon, so stay tuned!
Upcoming gatherings! Mark those calendars...
Sunday, October 25 -- Take Out and Talking
Wednesday, October 28 -- Shine Gardening with God
Friday, October 30 -- Club 4/5
Sunday, November 1 -- Commitment Sunday!! Stay tuned for more info...
Friday, November 6 -- First Friday's Movie Night!
~Katherine Peiper, Director of Children, Family & Youth Ministries | email@example.com
Looking for A New Adventure? Join us for Youth Group each Sunday in the upper right parking lot! Middle school meets from 4:00 - 5:00, and high school from 5:00 - 6:00. Feel free to arrive a few minutes early to get checked in so that we can start our time together on time and get a full hour together. We look forward to seeing you!
Weekly Youth Updates
If you are not receiving the Weekly Youth Updates via email and would like to be added to the list, contact Janet Briley at firstname.lastname@example.org
, and she will get you added!
Bike Building Event
In the spring, we had a wonderful event on our calendar that had to get postponed due to COVID-19. We are building 18 bicycles that will be given to children in the foster care system in our community. We are at a point where we can now creatively and safely make this happen! Mark your calendars for November 1 at 1:00 p.m. We will build bikes in the church parking lot. This is a YOUTH FAMILY EVENT! You must register in order to participate. Each bike will be built by a single family unit, so you will need a few people from your family to be able to put the bike together. All tools will be provided for you. The sign up went out in the weekly youth updates email this week.
As restrictions are eased, we are looking at how we can take forward steps safely. We will have some opportunities to meet inside in the near future. Stay tuned for information and details regarding inside opportunities!
~Janet Briley, Director of Youth Ministries
|October 18, 2020 Web Worship
|We will go live at 10 AM on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/wfpres/
Our Scripture comes from Romans 13:8-12 and Matthew 5:13-20. Pastor John Fawcett will share his sermon, "Salt and Light."
You may print a bulletin to follow along at home by clicking here
Our bookkeeper is on a well-earned vacation this week; numbers will be updated next week!
|2020 Annual Budget||$929,200.00|
|2020 Year-to-Date Actual||$686,256.50|
|Year to Date Budget (September)||
Year to Date Actual (September)
|October Tithes and Offerings (thru 10/11/20)||$43,154.00|
|October 11, 2020|
|Tithes and Offerings (Mail/Online)||$22,275.00|
|Designated Gifts ||$300.00|
|Debt Elimination Gifts||$760.00|
|Web Worship Attendance (Facebook Views)||424|
|Sunday School Attendance||49|
|Debt Elimination Monthly Budget||$5,000.00|
|Debt Elimination Received (thru 10/11/20)||$1,310.00|
...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, October 17
7:15 am Iron Sharpens Iron at WFPC
8:00 am Sweet Potato Harvest at WFPC
Sunday, October 18
9:00 am Adult Sunday School
10:00 am Worship Service online
11:00 am Adult Sunday School
3:00 pm New Officer Training
4:00 pm Middle School Youth Group
5:00 pm High School Youth Group at WFPC
Monday, October 19
7:00 pm Job Not Job Study online
7:00 pm Boy Scouts at WFPC
Tuesday, October 20
7:00 pm Praise Team at WFPC
Wednesday, October 21
4:00 pm GriefShare online
5:00 pm God's Girls at WFPC
5:00 pm Lil' Preach at WFPC
5:00 pm Movies & Mission at WFPC
6:30 pm Iron Sharpens Iron at WFPC
7:00 pm Fathers Who Aren't in Heaven offsite
Thursday, October 22
10:00 am Morning Glory Circle at WFPC
Friday, October 23
6:15 am Friday Morning Men online
9:00 pm NAPTIME group online
for a full calendar, including all small groups!