March 13, 2020
A Note from David
 
This is the time, the moment that we need to continue to be community, even to step beyond what is normal for us as a community. These may be abnormal times, yet these times need our love and compassion, our patience and understanding.
 
It is difficult to keep up with the news as to the numbers and fallout of the coronavirus. Tournaments and gatherings are being cancelled. In the grocery story there was a feeling of anxiety this morning. What are we to do?
 
There is wisdom in cancelling large group gatherings. In these large spaces, it is almost impossible to clean and re-clean surfaces as well as impossible not to be crowded together. It is easier for us to sanitize our smaller space and give a little distance and space in our greetings. 
 
As your pastor and priest, I keep thinking about how our church can be a safe and healthy space. We share our need for community, a community that is faithful and meaningful. I cannot over-emphasize that statement! A faithful and meaningful community is essential for all of us.
 
I agree with Ed Hubbard’s letter that we will continue to clean, re-clean, and sanitize as best we can our sacred church space. I also am supportive of those who feel the need to remain in their home environment. We will seek to record our services and post them on facebook as soon as possible. We will also include a link to them in the weekly newsletter.

We do realize that this is a fluid situation. For now, we plan on continuing with our services while taking precautions. If the situation becomes such that we feel that we can no longer safely meet, we will of course cancel and be creative in our efforts to minister to each other in this new environment.
 
It is important that we continue to support the mission and ministries of the church as we continue to be community and live out our commitment to being Disciples of Christ. We need to continue to support those who are hungry and who make ends meet because of our mission budget. If you cannot attend services, please consider mailing in your contribution so that we can faithfully fulfill our obligations and continue our work. Offerings should be sent to: Treasurer, Wake Forest Christian Church, P. O. Box 147, Wake Forest, NC 27596.  
 
We are also working on getting an online contribution button added to our website. 
 
The church, all of us and each of us, need to remain grounded and calm, prepared and “clean,” hospitable and caring. We are to be Christ to each other and to our community.
 
Peace,
 
David 

J. David Griffin, D.Min.
Minister, Wake Forest Christian Church
252-341-7169
EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
Short Congregational Dialogue after worship this Sunday
Scripture for Sunday
Psalm 95
"Bearing Witness to the Unsayable"
Last Sunday's sermon
  audio is not available
for this sermon
Choir practice
March 15, 10:00 to sing during worship
UPCOMING EVENTS
Creation Spirituality
Experience Through Art
March 22 at 3:00
Fellowship Hall

In different ways, consciously and unconsciously, we seek to know ourselves. The more we know ourselves, the deeper our relationship is with others and with God.  Through the medium of art, therapist and artist Julia Wheeler will be leading us in creative activities that will help us get more in touch with our inner selves.  No artistic ability is required!


Julia Wheeler, LPC, NCC, is our Minister of Relational Creativity and a psychotherapist with the Charis Foundation in Wake Forest. She has a passion to help people find and live in wellness. She is skilled in Expressive Art Therapy and Relationship Counseling and has a Master’s degree focused in Mental Health Counseling
The Enneagram
The heart of the Enneagram is the universal insight that human beings are spiritual presences incarnated in the material world. Our psychological structures tend to veil our true divine nature. The Enneagram is a geometric figure that maps out nine fundamental personality types and spiritual challenges of the human nature and their interrelationships. 
Interested in learning more about the Enneagram?

We have the opportunity to have Ruth Anderson, who teaches the Enneagram at Second Breath in Greensboro, conduct a workshop at WFCC.

Participants are expected to have taken the Enneagram test (RHETI Test) prior to the workshop and pay an estimated $25 per person for Ruth's honorarium. The test can be accessed at enneagraminstitute.com  for a fee of $12.00. 

If we have enough participants, the workshop would take place on a Saturday morning in late April/early May in the fellowship hall. If you would like to attend, please let David know at jdavidgriffin24@gmail.com , by phone at 252-341-7169, or in person.
Need to know more before committing? Read Richard Rohr's
Habitat for Humanity Spring 2020
WFCC Work Day
March 21 - Sign Up!


This Spring, our Northern Wake Faith Coalition is providing the volunteer labor for two houses in Wake Forest. Work is scheduled between February 15 and April 15, 2020.  

March 21 : We have a group from our church going to help construct a home on Caddell Street. Join us! You must pre-register first.  Register here .

See Carl Breazeale if you have questions or for more information.
Register for Rise Against Hunger
Join the WFCC team and help us package over 50,000 meals

Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club
325 Wingate St. The first shift has already been filled, so register soon if you want to participate.

March 28 10:00-12:00 shift
Ongoing Activities
Green Chalice

The Green Chalice Team is made up of those who wish to live out their faith by caring for creation and also to help guide our church to being good stewards of God’s creation. Contact Loye Messina if you would like to be a part of the Green Chalice Team.

Tip for Loving Creation:

Cut down on your paper towel usage.

Choir Practice

March 15, 10:00 to sing during worship
March 29 after worship in preparation for singing on April 5, Palm Sunday.

April 5, 10:00 to sing during worship
Current Book Study

Searching for Sunday, by Rachel Held Evans

Centered around seven sacraments, Evans' quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heartbreaking, and sharply honest.

A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace,  Searching for Sunday  is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church.


Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m.
Fellowship Hall Annex

Centering Prayer
Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Centering Prayer is a way to remember to re-orient our lives. Centering prayer consists of two components:
1) Studying the process of Centering, and discussion of our reading for the week.
2) Spending twenty minutes divesting ourselves of ourselves - our thoughts, feelings, and busyness. This whole process is a self-reminder in all of life to be centered in the awareness of the presence of the Holy. 

Opportunities for Service

Sign up to participate in worship and children's church.
Weddings at WFCC


Spread the word that our beautiful church is available for weddings. There are many people in our community who would like to have a church wedding but don't have a church of their own. We would like to help them with this sacred event.

Habitat for Humanity WFCC Work Day
Sat. March 21 Join a group from our church. Pre-registration required

Rise Against Hunger
March 28: Check-in 9:30, Bagging 10:00
Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club

Church Work Day
April 4 at 9:00 a.m.

April 5 : Passion/Palm Sunday 10:30a.m.

April 9 : Maundy Thursday Service
7:00 p.m.

April 10 : Good Friday Stations
1:00-3:00 p.m.

April 12
Easter Vigil 6:00 a.m. Sanctuary
Easter Brunch 9:30 a.m. Fellowship Hall
Easter Service 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary

Regional Assembly
April 18, Camp Caroline

Contemplation

Humanity is our birthright, but we are mistaken if at any point we assume that we are fully human as we are.
           Our journey is life-long.
 
                                                            Nan Runde






Backpack Buddies Packing Event
ONGOING MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES
Hope Defeats Hunger
Volunteer to deliver meals to Hope House. This is a 30 minute or less commitment to pick up meals from The Forks Cafeteria, deliver them to Hope House (N. Allen Rd), and then return the cooler to The Forks. WFCC has committed to transport the meals on Thursdays at 5:30 pm.

Information about Hope House
Sign Up for meal delivery
Oodles of Noodles

We are continuing our ministry in the Olive Branch Baptist community by participating in an ongoing food drive to provide families there with some food that can be prepared with just hot water. Please bring Oodles of Noodles or ramen type products to the collection basket in the old fellowship hall. We will still continue our collections for Tri-Area Ministry as well.
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Tri-Area Ministry Food Collection
Tri-Area Ministry is one of our Missional Partners. Please continue to support this very important ministry in our community.  
Tri-Area always needs donations of  cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned meats, diapers, wipes and hygiene items for their "Love for Ladies" program.  Bring your items to the collection basket at church (the old fellowship hall) and we will take them to the collection center.

Volunteers are always welcome. No RSVP or experience necessary. Just come during open hours and you will be shown what to do.

Deductible financial donations can be mailed and payable to:
Tri Area Ministries, PO Box 1394. Wake Forest, NC 27588
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REGIONAL NEWS
  Youth Information
Luke Miles
Director of Youth Ministries
Christian Church in North Carolina
(336) 202-1354 

Camp Caroline 2020 Schedule
Chi Rho Retreat March 6-8 (Grades 6-8)
Registration is $95 for the weekend. Help with registration fees or transportation is available if needed.

Summer Camp
Uno: June 19-21 (Grades K-2)
CYF: June 21-26 (Grades 9-12)
Created to Be Me: July 5-11 (Grade 8)
Delta: July 12-17 (Grades 6-7)
Alpha/Beta: July 19-24 (Grades 1-5)