For Friday, September 4, 2020
Virtual Rally Day September 13!!!
And Jesus gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.
Even in times as unpredictable as Covid, we are still called to build up the body of Christ as a church, and we excitedly look to the Fall of 2020 as a new kickoff begins for a new ministry year!!! As a church, we have done a fantastic job keeping the rhythms of the church going virtually -- in worship, youth and children's ministries, and adult discipleship groups. More is yet to come as we continue to adapt creatively and live into God's abounding presence and call on our lives as disciples and as Wake Forest Presbyterian Church.
Rally Day will have several special elements throughout the morning, and we want you to go ahead and mark your calendars!
8:30-9:30 am: Drive-thru Donuts!!
Free food is always in style! Come drive through the church campus and pick up some donuts and printed material about exciting opportunities coming in the ministry life of the church.
10-10:45 am: Zoom Fellowship
We will come together virtually as a congregation and be led in Zoom-based games and will get a chance to talk with each other and play!
11 am: Rally Day Worship
A special video will run before and after worship highlighting adult discipleship opportunities, and we'll commission our new year. John, Rebekah and Katherine will share a special conversation-based sermon about living into the new things God continues to do in our lives -- it'll be live, in the moment, and from the Spirit!
I've been listening to a sermon series on Psalms this summer. Each week, the worship is introduced with the idea that when life gets complicated, go to the Psalms.
I am sharing Psalms 103 today. The choice was random but, as has been preached, concentrating on a Psalm when life is coming at us in uproarious ways, can bring us a focus and strength to meet our challenges. This Psalm highlights God's mercy, goodness and forgiving love. We are to center on God as we live as his covenant people. We are to continually bless God's holy name from the depths of our souls. Approaching complications of the day in thanksgiving for God's steadfast love will refresh and renew us for our work on this earth!
Psalm 103 (NRSV)
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and do not forget all his benefits-
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live[a]
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The Lord works vindication
and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far he removes our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion for his children,
so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
For he knows how we were made;
he remembers that we are dust.
As for mortals, their days are like grass;
they flourish like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children's children,
to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
obedient to his spoken word.
Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
his ministers that do his will.
Bless the Lord, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Kathy Dudley, Elder and Clerk of Session
A Note from John Fawcett, Associate Pastor
Guest Speaker Belinda Rice - Racial Equity Discussion (Zoom)
September 16, 7-8:30 pm
In the Gospel of John, Jesus says: "this is my command, that you love one another." As Christians it is our call to love and to speak up when we see others being denied love and to do something about it. Racism and racial injustice are deeply seeded in our country. To change this reality, we need to participate in conversations and then turn those discussions into action. Please join Belinda Rice and myself on September 16 to talk about ways we can build bridges. Please RSVP and submit questions for discussion by September
13 to email@example.com. I'll bring the questions to help aid in the conversation.
Belinda Rice is the Commissioned Lay Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Hamlet, NC. We are very excited to host her as she leads us in discussion!
We will be holding an online Congregational Meeting after our September 20 online worship service. The purpose of this meeting will be to elect a new slate of officers who will be installed/ordained in January, 2021. Our Officer Nominating Team has been hard at work this summer and has a fantastic slate of nominees to present!
Job Study: Job Not job
Mondays at 7:00 pm online
What not to do as a friend when a friend is suffering? What does a truly honest relationship with God look like? Is there hope in the midst of unbearable grief? This live-streamed class will begin on Monday, September 14. RSVP to Pastor Rebekah Maul at firstname.lastname@example.org to be part of this study on one of the most controversial books in the Bible.
Congratulations to Merritt Williamson for being chosen to serve on the New Hope Presbytery Youth Council this year! This group consists of 10th-12th grade youth from churches across our presbytery. They work together to create and plan for the middle school and high school retreats. Pray for this group as they embark on a journey that will not look as it typically does, and they are, once again, being challenged with doing things in new and different ways. Congratulations Merritt! We are so proud of you!
Perspectives Book Group
Tuesday, September 29 at 7 PM
Because the best way to truly understand other people is to see the world through their eyes, Perspectives attempts to do just that by reading and discussing books that express a wide variety of viewpoints about important and sometimes difficult issues. We invite anyone who is interested in joining us for our next study, which will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, September 29, at 7:00. Our next book selection is "I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations" by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth A. Silvers, two friends who have opposing political views. If you're interested in joining us for this study or would like to get on our email list for upcoming books, email Sharon Lineberry at email@example.com or Renee Engel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mission and Outreach
Golf Outing Fundraiser
The annual Golf Outing Fundraiser originally scheduled for October 3rd has been canceled due to COVID. As this is the primary fundraiser for Mission and Outreach we will be conducting a virtual fundraiser to collect donations for all missions for the coming year. Stay tuned for more details about this virtual fundraiser.
Hurricane Laura Recovery Efforts - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)
Hurricane Laura, the strong category 4 storm, made landfall in the early hours of August 27th on the coast of Louisiana, about 30 miles from the Texas border, bringing lashing rain and sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. While the storm was downgraded to a category 2 as it moved further inland, hurricane-force winds and widespread damage continued. PDA is working with our international partners where Hurricane Laura impacted Haiti and the Dominican Republic, in addition to the affected U.S. areas. Due to Covid, the best way to support PDA's efforts are through prayer and financial support that will be funneled to the areas in need. Select "Presb. Disaster Aid" from the drop down menu of the "Give" section of the Wake Forest Pres website at: https://wfpc.breezechms.com/give/online
Reaching those in need in Africa
Financial support from the WFPC Thusanang mission continues for the Winterveldt community through September 2020 and we want to fulfill our last pledged amount of $2,000. Please prayerfully consider a financial gift to help us reach our goal and celebrate a long and successful partnership! You may donate online at https://wfpc.breezechms.com/give/online by choosing Thusanang Care Group or mail in your donation to WFPC with a note "Thusanang". Thank you for your support! Questions? email@example.com
Did you know? September is Hunger Action Month
This is a month-long campaign first started in 2008 by the Feeding America organization to raise awareness of the rising food insecurity across America. Their efforts help caring individuals, like yourself, find ways to join the efforts to fight against hunger. According to Feeding America:
Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 54 million people may experience food insecurity in 2020, including a potential 18 million children.
Every community in the country is home to families who struggle with food insecurity including rural and suburban communities.
Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and need to rely on their local food banks and other hunger relief organizations for support.
What can you do? Take action: Volunteer, Give financial gifts, Donate food items, and Pray for the many teams and organizations in our own Wake Forest community who are working to address the needs of those suffering with the lack of sufficient food to feed their families. All of our teams at WFPC who partner in the community are ready and willing to answer questions about how you can help. Let us hear from you. Please contact WFPC Mission and Outreach elders, Sabrina Patton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Randy Parrish at email@example.com to find an opportunity that is right for you or your family.
Glory Tabernacle Food Pantry Project
We have all of our building permits, so we are ready to build! We are looking for volunteers to help pour a concrete driveway and build a covered area to help Glory Tabernacle Food Pantry located at 120 Weathers St. in Youngsville. We plan to start this project on October 2 and complete it by October 17. No experience necessary! The number of workers each day will be limited to no more than 10 and will follow best practices for social distancing while at the worksite. Sign up for the dates and times that work best for you by using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4EA8A92EA4FB6-glory1 Contact Randy Parrish at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
50 kids a week!!!
That's how many kids are receiving weekend meals through our WFPC Backpack Buddies mission. The logistics of shopping, organizing, packing, and delivering have been running like clockwork since Spring thanks to the amazing team of leaders and volunteers! The Backpack Buddies team is now helping children in our area by donating weekend meal bags to the Wake Forest Boys and Girls Club. This continues to help address food insecurity for families with limited resources. 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 drop-offs, please contact Heather Wheeler at email@example.com. These volunteer activities require an hour or less of your time. Thank you for your support!
Calling all egg cartons! That's right.
The team at Tri-Area Ministry (TAM) is now accepting all sizes of covered egg cartons (6, 12, or 18 count). Egg distribution at Tri-Area in Wake Forest is a vital part of providing a source of protein for our neighbors who need food assistance. Drop your cartons off at the Tri-Area Pantry on Mondays and Wednesdays or the third Saturday of the month from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm.
WFPC Community Garden: Giving Garden
Do you want to serve on the Giving Garden's leadership team and help identify and
implement the changes required to sustain our mission of feeding those in need? Do you
want to be a regular or an occasional volunteer doing physical tasks in the garden, or help
with communication, record-keeping, special projects, or other needs? Please contact
Melanie as soon as possible so that we can incorporate your interests, skills, and
availability as we plan fall 2020 through spring 2021.
If you are a high school or college student interested in an unpaid internship this fall
semester, contact Melanie today. You do not need to be a WFPC
member, no previous experience is required, and your internship responsibilities can be
modified to meet academic or extracurricular goals if desired.
Remember: To keep each other safe, we still require signing up in advance, physical
distancing, and signing in and out of the garden, and we encourage wearing masks when
working in close proximity to volunteers outside of your household.
Questions, suggestions: Melanie Floyd, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-621-1405.
CROP Walk - September 27!!
What is the CROP Walk? Check it out:
|CROP Walk, Sept. 27th at Wake Forest Presbyterian!!|
The CROP Walk is a great mission that helps bring the reality of global hunger to the surface. The rise of people impacted by these Covid times has only meant that food insecurity and meal insecurity are on the rise -- locally, nationally, and globally.
Part of our call to discipleship is that we give and partner with those who have less access to food and the resources to get it. We can help make an impact on people's lives by participating!
CROP will look different this year due to Covid. There won't be a centralized event for all the teams. The Wake Forest Presbyterian portion of the walk will be on our church campus with safety protocols in place. Go to the link below to sign up to be a walker and select Wake Forest Presbyterian Church as your team! More details to follow!
Interested in a Volunteer Position Done Remotely to Benefit Neighbors in Our Own Backyard?
ChurchNet is a group of 13 churches in Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Youngsville whose mission is to provide emergency financial assistance to help with utility costs and prescription medicine needs. Volunteers are trained through a mentorship with long-standing volunteers for a significant period of time. After talking with a client, a volunteer calls the utility, judges how much assistance ChurchNet can provide, and arranges for the payment to be sent directly to the utility. As utility companies resume disconnecting services for unpaid bills, ChurchNet anticipates a serious need for more volunteers. For more information, please contact ChurchNet at (919) 569-0020 or http://churchnetfoundation.net/
Back To School Supplies Drive: Hope House is collecting lined paper, book bags, pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, pencil pouches, markers, scissors, and glue sticks for their annual Book Bag Giveaway. Supplies can be dropped off on the porch of the Hope House (334 North Allen Rd) Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights from 4:30pm -6:00pm.
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:
Cindy & Jake Jacobsmeyer
And those who are currently deployed:
If you have a prayer request, you may let us know online here
|Children's Ministries News
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
- Philippians 4:6
It's been a long time since we've seen each other... and so we have LOTS of fun fall activities planned to help us gather from time to time, safely, and continue to grow in our love and faith alongside one another both near and far! A TENTATIVE list of planned events is below... stay tuned for lots of details to come, and check back every week for changes, updates and new opportunities!!
SEPTEMBER SPECIAL EVENTS!
Saturday, September 12 -- Randall's Ralliers ALS Family Walk to support Randall Keen
Sunday, September 13 -- Rally Day! Drive thru donut pick up! MORE INFO COMING SOON!!!
TAKE OUT AND TALKING
Take out and talking picnic for families! Just good old, socially distanced fellowship! Grab your favorite take out or pack a picnic lunch and blanket and gather outside on church grounds to just SEE one another and catch up a bit safely! (11:30, gridded field by the Rose Garden)
Sunday, September 27 and Sunday, October 25
(outdoor movie night, bring a picnic dinner... pre-packaged desserts provided!)
Friday, October 2- Halloween Themed!
Friday, November 6- Giving Thanks Themed!
Friday, December 4- Christmas jammies and movie!
Wednesday SHINE ADVENTURES!
(5-6 pm- drive thru/hop out scavenger hunt)
September 16- Wednesday Nights Children's ministry Adventure Kick Off!
September 30- Adventure pick up #2
October 14- Adventure pick up #3
October 28- Adventure pick up #4
November 11- Adventure pick up #5
November 18- Final fall Adventure pick up #6
Advent Festival Week
November 15-19... stay tuned for details on this whole church family experience! Videos of crafts, mission projects, drive thru luminary viewing, and more to come!!!
"Leaf some love" fall community project!
Be on the lookout in the mid-September for a fall project very similar to our spring butterfly garden project...we will have the opportunity to color fall leaves and "leaf" some love for our church family who need to be remembered in their homes at this time of isolation, and to our broader community! Let's "leaf" our love and care all around this fall! Details, leaves, and fun coming soon!!
Blessings, love, and hope... and THANK YOU for journeying with us!
~Katherine Peiper, Director of Children, Family & Youth Ministries | email@example.com
Youth Kick Off September 13
Plans for our DRIVE THROUGH YOUTH KICK OFF are coming together, and it is going to be so much fun!!! On September 13th, middle school youth will have an opportunity to drive through between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.! High school youth, you will have the opportunity to drive through between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. You will receive information about the year, receive your youth t-shirt (if you missed the online order form, let Janet know what size you want! firstname.lastname@example.org ), receive other goodies and more! Youth will have the opportunity to get out of the car, so don't forget your mask! We can't wait to see you!!!
~Janet Briley, Director of Youth Ministries
|September 6, 2020 Web Worship
|We will go live at 10 AM on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/wfpres/
Our Scripture comes from Hebrews 12:1-2. Pastor Rebekah Maul will share her sermon, "A Great Cloud of Witnesses."
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||$571,494.50|
|Year to Date Budget (July)||
Year to Date Actual (July)
|August Tithes and Offerings (thru 8/23/20)||$51,968.00|
|August 23, 2020|
|Tithes and Offerings (Mail/Online)||$8,228.00|
|Designated Gifts ||$610.00|
|Debt Elimination Gifts||$1,450.00|
|Web Worship Attendance (Facebook Views)||500+|
|Sunday School Attendance||33|
|Debt Elimination Monthly Budget||$5,000.00|
|Debt Elimination Received (thru 8/23/20)||$9,785.00|
...all shall give as they are able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you.