Our Journey Weekly Newsletter June 26, 2020

Worship With WFCC
June 28
Scripture: Matthew 10:40-42

The service will be posted on Saturday night. Find it and all of our recorded worship services here .

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Creation Spirituality
Sunday, June 28 at 3:00
Forest Ridge Park (2100 Old NC 98 Hwy)
Meet in front of the Welcome/Information Center
You do not need to bring anything

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!

Zoom check in Wed. July 1 at 7:00

Since we are beginning our weekly book discussion on July 7, we will discontinue the weekly Wednesday meetings and schedule them as needed.

Topic: Congregational Dialogue
Time: Jun 24, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
 Every week on Wed, until Aug 5, 2020, 7 occurrence(s)
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Meeting ID: 845 7811 9792
New Book Discussion
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
First discussion July 7

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo 

"In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively."

To offer another option, if anyone would like to organize a discussion of a documentary (like 13, for example) via zoom, we would certainly like to offer that as well. Let Lori or David know if you would like to spearhead this.
for the Christian Church in NC

The Call to Action for Racial Equity and Justice for All!

Goal: To be the effective witness that Christ empowered us to be in dismantling systemic racism, creating equity, and advocating for reconciliation
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.

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Go here and enter the item and your zip code.

9037 Deponie Dr
Raleigh, NC 27614
Materials accepted:   Cooking Oil   Acids   Adhesives   Aerosol Cans - Empty   Aerosol Cans - Full   Alkaline Batteries   Antifreeze   +46 more
For residents of Wake County only.
Special Offering For Online Worship Lighting

When we unexpectedly had to discontinue our regular worship services due to the Coronavirus, Chuck and David (with assist from Leslie) had our services online without missing a single week. Thanks to their hard work and a very generous contribution from an anonymous donor, the quality of the video recording continues to improve as equipment has been upgraded.

As we plan to return to in person services at some point, we realize that we need to continue offering our worship services online for our own members who cannot attend as well as others from outside our church who choose to worship with us virtually.

To make this happen, we will need to add some mounted, directional and dimmable lighting to the sanctuary. The lighting we have rigged now will not work when we have worshippers in the sanctuary again. To fund this, we need an additional $1,100 in contributions beyond our budget.

To support our new online ministry, please mail in your designated offering. If you prefer to give online, email Michael Stogner and let him know how you would like to designate your offering. Currently, all online donations go into our general fund.

You will find our mailing address and link for online giving in the Giving Section of the newsletter below.
Mask Donation
A friend in our community has donated masks to our church. There are masks for children and medium and large masks for adults. She suggests a donation of $3 to $5 for the masks. The donation for the masks is a donation to the church. If you want a mask but do not want to make a donation, take a mask for free. The masks are displayed in fellowship hall. Let David know if you want one, and he can arrange for someone to meet you there or get one to you.

Camp Caroline Fundraiser
Since we can't have camp this summer, we are selling  Camp Caroline Connects - Virtual Camp LIMITED EDITION
t-shirts ! All proceeds go directly to Camp Caroline. We will be selling the t-shirts over the next few weeks during our virtual camp ( https://ncdisciples.org/virtual-camp/ ), and they will be shipped towards the end of June. Grab yours today to help out a place that is special to all of us! You can purchase your fundraising t-shirt here:  https://www.customink.com/fundraising/camp-caroline-connects .
Summer Nutrition Program
At Hope House
We are going through gloves so quickly that we would love to accept donations of S, M and L sized latex, powder free gloves. Let me know if you can donate them, and I will set up a time to meet you at Hope House! Thank you!

PLEASE NOTE: SNP will not be serving food next week (June 29-July 1) so our co-leaders and nightly volunteers can rest and reset! We will return to serving meals on Monday July 6.

We are entering the + of SNP 4.0+! In the past, this program ran for 10 weeks in the Summer. When we reopen on Monday 7/6 we will begin our 11th week and hope to continue the program until all of the children are back in school.   We have served 3070 meals in 29 nights of service.

We have so many people to thank for extra donations this week that help our program and our neighbors!

Monday:  Once again the amazing staff at  Heritage High School  brought sandwiches and snacks to add to our bags. Their dedication and generosity is greatly appreciated. The amazing  Del Webb Community  conducted a huge game drive and collected over 100 new board games, card games, outdoor games/balls and arts and crafts. The games that were distributed this week will be enjoyed by the whole family all summer long! Thank you!

Tuesday:  Our new sponsor  TAM  donated boxes of poptarts for each family this week. The Lemon Tree provided a veggie packed green salad with homemade dressing.  

Wednesday:   Our wonderful partners from  My Birthday Too  came to say Happy Birthday to America with 4th of July themed activity bags for the kids. A local teen sewed beautiful masks with love to donate to adults and kids-  Thank you, Hannah  for your work. The masks were greatly appreciated. Sadly, the very popular partnership with  Chick Fil A  is coming to an end this week. They have donated 100 sandwiches every Wednesday night for the past seven weeks. Everyone loved this addition and looked forward to it each week. Thank you for your support and we hope to work with Chick Fil A again in the future. 

Joy Shillingsburg
Director of Youth and Outreach at St. John's Episcopal Church

  • 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), or
  • online through St. John's Episcopal Church
WFCC Crop Walk Team

The Crop Walk this year will be a virtual event. We do need a team captain to do a small amount of coordinating our efforts. Please contact Kathleen Laughlin for more information.
CROP Hunger Walks are community-based walk events held in cities and towns across the United States raising funds to support the global mission of  Church World Service , a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. Twenty five percent of the funds raised are returned to the host community to support local hunger fighting efforts.
Centering Prayer
Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Since we are a small group, we are meeting in person in the fellowship hall while distancing and wearing masks. Attending via zoom is also an option.

Integral Spirituality  by Ken Wilbur
" Applying his highly acclaimed integral approach, Ken Wilber formulates a theory of spirituality that honors the truths of modernity and postmodernity—including the revolutions in science and culture—while incorporating the essential insights of the great religions. He shows how spirituality today combines the enlightenment of the East, which excels at cultivating higher states of consciousness, with the enlightenment of the West, which offers developmental and psychodynamic psychology. Each contributes key components to a more integral spirituality."
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. 

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 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

Click on the link below to give online:
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
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.
Alistair and Judy are finally getting married! (Broom dolls by our own Alice Whyte. I think we'll be seeing more of them. )
All Habitat volunteer events have been postponed until further notice
Rise Against Hunger packing event postponed until further notice
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

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
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.  

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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  Youth Information
Luke Miles
Director of Youth Ministries
Christian Church in North Carolina
(336) 202-1354