May 8, 2020
Covid 19 Edition
Being Church

Worship With WFCC
May 10
Scripture: Psalm 31:1-16

The service will be on our website on Sunday.

You can also find services here
Blessing

     Blessed are those

who listen,

who listen in silence, in peacefulness,

     in the darkness of suffering,

     in the risk of being revealed.


Blessed are those

     who listen intently,

         so intently that they cannot not listen.


Blessed are those

     who listen and know without hearing,

they are called by name, by God,

who silently echoes,

“You are blessed indeed.”

     “You are blessed indeed.”

         “You are blessed indeed.”

Amen!

J. David Griffin, D.Min.
Scheduled Zoom
Check Ins
Join Us!
Recurring weekly check ins are for us to “see” each other, to hear how others are doing, to share joys and concerns, and to be together in our separation. The meetings will last around 30 minutes, but you may leave whenever needed. You may choose to attend one or both. Please join us

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 518 747 477
Password: 918645

Fridays at 10:00 a.m. Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 317 079 130
Password: 775446
Centering Prayer
Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.

Let David know if you plan to participate so he can email you our reading and the Zoom invitation. We are currently discussing different poems each week.

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. 

Summer Nutrition Program
At Hope House
Update from Third Week
of Curbside Meals

We have completed week three of SNP 4.0+ and the generosity of this community is beautiful. Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped pack and give out meals this week, it is wonderful to spend time with you each night. Thank you to all of our donors who have given this program a sound financial footing. We have used these donations to purchase necessary supplies to get the program started. I am connecting with local restaurants who might be interested in partnering with us to add diversity to the subsidized meals in the coming weeks. Your generosity will go a long way in the months to come. Thank you!!!

This week we provided 300 meals bringing our total to 1080 meals in nine nights. We had some wonderful additional items donated this week:
Monday night: Sandwiches were added to our bags from the staff at Heritage High School and fresh fruit was donated by Hope House.
Tuesday night: My Birthday Too generously donated "Boredom Buster" bags with bubbles and activity ideas for the kids. Hope House also added ham and cheese sandwiches to the meal bags.
Wednesday night: Chick Fil A in Wake Forest donated 100 chicken sandwiches to add to our meal bags. Folks were so excited to see these sandwiches!  

Our Sign Up Genius has some additional dates added as we are authorized to operate at Hope House with curbside meal pick up until (officially) June 30. Things change by the week so stay tuned.

Love,
Joy
What we need:


  • If you or your church kitchen has extra gloves that you would be willing to donate, please email Joy so we can set up a time and place for pick up. We are asking volunteers to bring their own masks, but we want to provide gloves at the work site.  

  • The past three summers, your organizations have generously donated money to purchase supplies and, last year, to feed adults. We hope you will donate what you can to the program this year by sending donations to St. John's Episcopal Church (834 Durham Rd Wake Forest NC 27587 Memo: Summer Nutrition Program). I suspect that this will be what the SNP looks like until August. We will need to purchase supplies and hopefully work with local restaurants to provide extra meals for adults.  


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

Reduce Textile Waste

After paper, food, plastic, yard waste, and metal, textiles make up the largest component of household waste. Most textile waste is discarded clothing. But furniture, carpets, bedding, and even footwear and tires contribute to the total. The EPA estimates that textile waste generation was  16.9 million tons  in 2017. Only 2.6 million tons of textiles (about 15 percent) were recycled that year.




While the church has temporarily "left the building," we are still very much "Church" and want to continue supporting each other and the ministries that are so important to our community.

Please continue to either mail in your offerings, or we now have an online giving option which will allow you to use your credit card.

Mail to: WFCC, Attn: Treasurer
P.O. Box 147
Wake Forest, NC 27588

Or
Click on the link below to give online:
What are we doing during social distancing week 7?
Here is a sampling....
Ed Hubbard did lots more yard work.
The results of Amy and Rebecca Johnson's Amazon impulse buy last week - here we have their new backyard paradise lovingly called "The Quarintinican Republic."
Debra and Mark Rader went on a bike ride and made a bonfire.
Albert Coffey: "Pickin' up rocks from farm field. Work for a mule, which is why I was assigned to the task."
Zoom Check Ins
Ashley Rice still on the front lines taking care of kiddos at Wake Med
Holli Hemby
Must be living right! Three days in a row, I have found three 4-leaf clovers in my yard! Might be time to buy a lottery ticket 😉
Lori Hubbard went on a bike ride and saw encouraging signs! She was more encouraged than she looks in the photo. It was really windy and hilly.
Kathleen Laughlin received a plant in the mail!
Fergus McAnally is over it.

So are we all, Fergus, so are we all. We just aren't as adorable.

Distract us! Send Lori Hubbard more photos for next week's newsletter! What are you up to during our social distancing? The bar for fun and exciting activity has lowered considerably. Send via email, facebook, or text.
FOUND

From Lecture To A Book of The Month Club

Maybe it’s all utterly meaningless.
Maybe it’s all unutterably meaningful.
If you want to know which,
pay attention to
what it means to be truly human
in a world that half the time
we’re in love with
and half the time
scares the hell out of us…
The unexpected sound of your name on somebody’s lips.
The good dream.
The strange coincidence.
The moment that brings tears to your eyes.
The person who brings life to your life.
Even the smallest events hold the greatest clues.


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 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
Calm.com is a wonderful resource with many free tools to take care of our minds and stay grounded.

Go to the Calm link below to check out meditations, music, resources for anxious kids, sleep meditations - and more.



Calm anxiety with this technique: 5,4,3,2,1
Here is how it works:
   If you are consumed with worry about what is going on out there, it is sometimes difficult to "get out of our head" and into our present surroundings.
   To be present in our surroundings will calm our anxiety so, find a relaxing place where you are and look around your surroundings now to bring you into your senses.
   Say out loud each thing:
   5 things you see when you look at your surroundings (example, I see the sunlight shining through my window) 
   4 things you hear when you listen (example, I hear someone mowing grass) 
   3 things you feel (example, the warm tea cup you are holding)
   2 things you smell (example, lingering patchouli incense)
   1 thing you taste (my tea)
Feed the Hungry

Oodles of Noodles - get donations of ramen and other kid friendly single serving food items to the Whiteheads for delivery to the Olive Branch neighborhood

Tri Area Ministries- accepting curbside drop off donations. Go to their Website for more information including hours, items needed and drop off locations. They also have an Amazon Wishlist

Northeast Wake Backpack Buddies. Go to their website for more information or to donate. They also have an Amazon Wishlist
All Habitat volunteer events have been postponed until further notice
Rise Against Hunger packing event postponed until further notice
Current Book Study
On hold

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

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.
ONGOING MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES
Hope Defeats Hunger
On Hold
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
Continuing

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.

Get donations to Harolyn and Leon Whitehead or David Griffin
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Tri-Area Ministry Food Collection
Continuing
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.  

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