Friday, September 8, 2023

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Isaiah 30:18

Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you,

and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.

For the LORD is a God of justice;

blessed are all those who wait for him.

Grace, Gratitude and Generosity.

As I think about how fortunate I am, these three “G” words come to my mind;

On the 30th August my wife, Resi, and I were blessed by the Grace of God, with the birth of our first grandchild, Isla. There have been a “few bumps” along the road but all is good now. Thanks be to God.

I wish to express my Gratitude to the backbone staff at WFPC who have stayed the course, without complaint, despite three years of a zero salary increment. One can only believe they feel a true calling to serve at WFPC. Thanks be to God.

For the Generosity of those who give their Time, Talent and Treasures to WFPC, we are to be truly thankful. However, we have significant financial challenges ahead of us to right the WFPC ship, in order to compensate the staff appropriately and provision for the repairs and maintenance of our aging facility. With God’s help we will rise to the challenge.


We come before you with hearts full of gratitude. We are thankful for all that you have done for us, and for all the blessings you have bestowed upon us. We are grateful for your love, grace and mercy, which guide us through even the toughest times. Thank you for your presence in our lives, and for the hope and strength you give us each day. Thank you, God, for all that you are and all that you do.



Keith Thomas

Elder Finance

Worship at WFPC

Sundays at 10:00 a.m. (livestreamed)

Our Scripture comes from Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12 and Mark 10:13-16. John will share his sermon, "The Holy Risk of Welcome."

You can print an at-home bulletin here: September 17 Bulletin

Our 10:00 a.m. worship service is livestreamed on our YouTube channel.

Dementia Caregiver Class

Our September in-person class will be on Wednesday, September 20 from 10:00 to noon in Room B017 in the CLC. The topic for September is Caregiver Grief and How to Manage It. Information will focus on the kinds of grief unique to dementia caregivers and how to manage them more effectively.

Classes are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about care for individuals with any type of dementia. There is no need to contact anyone if you plan to attend a class; just show up. Reminders for all classes and links for our Zoom class which meets on the second Wednesday of the month from are sent to everyone on our mailing list by Pat Snyder. Anyone who wishes to be added to our mailing list may contact Pat Snyder via email ( You may also view videos about dementia, including past classes, on Pat’s YouTube channel at Pat Snyder - YouTube or

Si Seiler Mission and Outreach Golf Tournament Update

For many years, the annual WFPC Mission and Outreach Golf Tournament has been held on a Saturday during the month of October. After a COVID break, WFPC reintroduced this annual fundraiser as the Si Seiler Mission and Outreach Golf Tournament last October, raising close to $5,000.00 for the general Mission and Outreach programs of WFPC.  

As the event organizing committee of Denny Ide and Kevin Sharpe met with the Mission and Outreach Elders and John Fawcett to discuss this year's event, we came to the conclusion that a spring date may be a better option for our golf event. Historically, October is a busy month at WFPC with many fall programs in place, as well as other competing events for our church family like youth sports and college football, that we feel have been affecting the overall turnout. Try scheduling a golf tournament on a Saturday in October that doesn’t compete with an NC State, UNC, or other major college football games. It’s impossible! It’s also a busy time of year in our Giving Garden for two of our major supporters, Larry and Robin Roper, who have been graciously preparing our post golf tournament meals for many years.

So, in keeping in theme with Marguerite’s sermon “Something Old, Something New”, from this past Sunday, the team has decided to try something new, and plan for a spring golf tournament in April of 2024. The goal is to identify a specific ministry or ministries that would directly benefit from our tournament sponsorships and participants. Also, moving the tournament to a Spring event would allow for more golf course options, and hopefully more golf participants. So, stay tuned, as we plan and prepare for the Si Seiler Mission and Outreach Golf Tournament for April 2024.

Pickleball Is Back!

Pickleball starts back up again this Sunday. We will meet in the gym in the CLC. If you have never played, that's okay; come anyway! We have three courts for two hours. Play starts at 11:30 a.m. and goes until 1:30 p.m. Sign up here:

For more information reach out to Mike Honkomp 919-606-7520 or

Want to Know More About Being a Presbyterian and WFPC?

Been worshipping and want to know more about being a Presbyterian and Wake Forest Presbyterian Church? We are planning  an exciting “Tell Me More” class for three Sunday mornings starting September 17. Join everyone downstairs off the gym in the Christian Life Center (behind the sanctuary/lobby area) for coffee and conversation at 9 a.m. At 9:20, children and youth will be dismissed to their classes and we will break out to room A-133, in the preschool/education wing. On 9/17 Rev. Marguerite will discuss the history of the Presbyterian church. She then dials it down to the New Hope Presbytery and Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. On 9/24 we will explain how the decisions are made at our church, how often the Session and Deacons meet, and what the staff roles are at our church. The last class on 10/1 will be an overview of all the great happenings and ways to participate at WFPC. There will be several Elders presenting during that class. The classes are designed to be interactive, fun and a great time to meet others interested in learning more about or joining our church. We hope to see you there.

WFPC Needs You!

Submit your recommendations today!

WFPC Family—As you are probably aware, each year the Officer Nominating Team (ONT) seeks to identify a slate of new Officers (Elders and Deacons) to replace those that rotate off at the end of each year. This year we are working to identify a slate of Officers to fill the church’s new session structure!!!

The session reorganization plan was unanimously approved and will be implemented in January 2024 right as the next group of Officers begin their terms. The plan reduces the number of Elders on Session from 18 to 14 and reorganizes the ministry team areas into seven teams, each supported by two elders.

The seven session teams are:




     Mission & Outreach,


     Congregational Life, and


The plan also reduces session terms from three years down to two years. Each Elder on a team will rotate on in successive years so no team will be onboarding both elders in the same year.

We are seeking to nominate five new Elders and three new Deacons this fall. 

To fulfill our ONT mission and the Church’s vision for the new session structure, WE NEED YOU, the Congregation, to provide us more names of nominees, or consider submitting your own name through the nomination process.

To make nominations, please click this link and follow the instructions:

Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast

Support local Scouting and enjoy a hot, fresh breakfast!

We will be in the CLC on Saturday, September 23, from 7:30-10:00 a.m. serving bottomless pancakes alongside bacon or sausage, coffee, juice, and water.

Presale Pricing: Adults $7; Children (5-10) $5; Under 5 free; Family Max $25

Day-of Pricing: Adults $10; Children (5-10) $5; Under 5 free; Family Max $30

Preregister here:

Pay here:

Mission and Outreach


Feed My Sheep!

All four Gospels record the event in which Jesus instructs his disciples to feed more than 5,000 people from a few loaves and fish.

Now it is our turn to feed His sheep. Our WFPC CROP Hunger Walk is Sunday, September 24, immediately after church, rain or shine.

To Walk or Sponsor a Walker:

Please contact Millie Seiler at or (585) 202-4442 with questions.


Thanks to all who donated food at our annual back-to-school food drive on Sunday, September 10th. These donations will be used to alleviate hunger in our area. Our next packing event will be on Saturday, October 14th in the red mod at 9:30. Come join us!!


Coming on October 1st in the WFPC CLC! 

Wake County has experienced a blood shortage since early in the pandemic. Every donation is needed and appreciated, and provides three life-saving units of product. We have been working with our partner, The Blood Connection, to eliminate wait times, have more Apheresis machines for those who prefer to double-donate, and a more streamlined process for donors. Here is the link to sign up for a donation time:

Watch this space for the sign-up link to volunteer time and/or snacks.

Please contact Gary Skinner or (919) 402-3697 with questions.

Habitat for Humanity

Volunteers are needed for Home Preservation projects in Wake Forest on Saturday, September 16th and on Saturday, September 23rd. The work will include jobs such as ramp repairs, front porch repairs, and re-staining for homeowners who are physically unable or cannot afford to complete the work on their home. If interested, please sign up on the volunteer hub link You can contact Bill Habicht at or 410-991-2458 if you have any questions.


Thank you! It’s been a hot summer, and we want to thank all of our volunteers who worked alongside us in the heat and humidity to feed the hungry in our community. Thank you to all of our behind-the-scenes volunteers, and financial supporters!

Planting Dates: If you don’t like to bend, kneel, or squat, but love to garden, join us tomorrow, to sow carrot and beet seeds in our planter tables. We’ll also mulch new plantings, set up a bunny-proof fence, and spruce up the edible forest. Saturday, September 23, we’ll be planting 15 flats of assorted cool weather seedlings, including broccoli, cabbage, collards, cabbage collards, and mulching.

6th Annual Sweet Potato Harvest: Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 14, and invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join us for foraging and fun in the garden!


For More Information: Please call, text, or email Pam Schulze (919)-522-3146, or visit the garden website at

Tri Area Ministry

August was the busiest month ever with food distribution to 1,550 families and 4,881 individuals. Also, food costs have increased by 40% since the pandemic. Any donations would be greatly appreciated!! There is a bin in the Narthex closet and in the CLC for donations. Thank you for helping the food insecure!

Want to know more about Mission and Outreach at WFPC? Please contact Kathy Tharrington at or Carol Winans-Geiser at

Children's Ministries

Have you updated your info yet??

2023 Children's Information Form

Alleluia Choir Is Back!

 All children are invited to come learn songs that will be sung in worship, led by our Alleluia Choir! Questions or interest? Contact Karen Reardon, Music Director, at (

Open Gym begins NEXT Wednesday, September 20!

This is a time of fellowship and MOVEMENT to get all that energy out!

6-6:40 pm organized play and fellowship in the CLC for kids k-5th grade (planned activities each week)

6:40-7:00- pizza and devotion time!!

(Fire pit with smores from 7-7:30 for families on designated dates! see calendar below)

Club 4/5 kicks off THIS Sunday!

If you have a 4th or 5th grader and did not receive an email this morning about the upcoming Club 4/5 year, please email Katherine ( so information can come to you!!

Prep for Worship Begins Sept. 24! 

Prep for Worship Registration

Fall Children's Ministry Calendar

Fall Children's Ministry Calendar!

Youth Ministries

Weekly Youth Offerings start THIS WEEK!!!!

Join us and BRING A FRIEND!! 

  • Sundays Starting September 17 
  • 9:00 - 9:20 Gathering and fellowship for all ages in B017/B018 (coffee and juice/light snack  provided) 
  • 9:20 - 9:45 Youth have the option to stay with adults or move to the youth room for fellowship and conversation specific to youth!  
  • 10:00 - Worship in the Sanctuary
  • 4:30 - 6:00 Middle School Youth group (starts in the Youth room, ends downstairs in the gym)
  • 6:00 - 7:30 High School Youth group (includes dinner…starts in the youth room, ends downstairs in the gym)
  • 7:30 - 8:30 Youth Band (open to middle and high school youth…meets downstairs in the CLC)
  • Wednesday Nights Starting September 20 
  • 6:00 - 7:00 Movies and Missions Open to middle school and high school youth.  We will focus on mission projects each week, as well as watch a few movies together! 
  • 7:00 - 8:00 Open Gym time! Open to middle school and high school youth.  Ultimate frisbee, 9-square, volleyball, pickleball, basketball, corn hole, and more!  Each week will be different.  Join us for the fun.  We will publish a calendar that lets you know what sport will be each week!  

Questions about Youth Ministries? Contact Janet Briley at

Prayer List

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

Jody Alston

Helen Halva

Benny Hoots

Scot Lowe

Don McCorkle

Grace Maul

Evelyn Patton

Marcia Rhoten

Don and Sally Shupe

WFPC Calendar Highlights

Friday, September 15

6:30 am Son Risers

Saturday, September 16

8:00 am Iron Sharpens Iron

Sunday, September 17

9:00 am Discipleship Hour

10:00 am Worship

11:00 am ONT Meeting

11:30 am Pickleball

3:00 pm Club 4/5

4:30 pm Middle School Youth Group

6:00 pm High School Youth Group

7:30 pm Youth Band

Monday, September 18

6:30 pm Cub Scouts

7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Tuesday, September 19

5:30 pm Glory Tones Handbells

6:30 pm Praise Team

7:00 pm Session Meeting

7:00 pm Stephen Ministry

Wednesday, September 20

10:00 am Daughters of the King

10:00 am Dementia Caregivers

5:00 pm Alleluia Choir

5:45 pm Grace Notes Handbells

6:30 pm Iron Sharpens Iron

7:00 pm Chancel Choir

Thursday, September 21

7:15 pm PNC Meeting

WFPC Finance and Attendance

Offerings/Tithes vs Expenses -- August 2023

Aug Month '23

Aug YTD '23

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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