Our Journey, September 11, 2020

Worship With WFCC
September 13
Scripture
Exodus 14:5-18


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


Join us for this informative class for life-long Disciples or those new to the denomination. Wednesdays at 7:00.
We are on the second session, but you can join anytime.

Congregational Dialog
Thursday, Sept. 17
7:00 p.m.
Agenda:
  • Discussion of the worship services we are planning at the WFBC Pavilion
  • The results of the survey that you recently responded to,
  • The proposed (by Admin Council) re-instatement of Elders at WFCC
  • Becoming an "official" Open and Affirming DOC Church
  • Any other new business you would like to discuss



Becoming an Open and Affirming DOC Church
One of the steps needed to become an Open and Affirming Church is to to adopt a statement affirming the welcome of persons of all gender expressions and sexual identities. As an example, here is a statement from another Christian Church:
"We are an inclusive people openly welcoming persons of all sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status or any other designation of individuals who have known the pain of exclusion and discrimination by the church and society. We declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation, professing that all people are God’s children and deserve full inclusion in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments of communion and baptism, as well as the church rites of marriage, death, and ordination, and the responsibilities, and blessings of participation in our congregation. With open hearts, open minds, and open doors, we invite anyone who seeks God’s amazing grace to join our church family. As Disciples, we find identity at the Lord’s table, practicing open communion for all and embracing our mission of building bridges of grace from the welcome table to every table.".

For more information about the process, please go to the Disciples webpage.


Elders
Attached are two documents regarding the re-instatement of Elders at WFCC. One describes the process that the Admin Council has been discussing (for full congregational discussion), and the other is very good background information on Elders prepared by Ken Watson.

Elder Documents


Outdoor Worship
Saturday September 19
and
Saturday October 10
10:00 a.m.
Followed by fellowship

Stephenson Campus Pavilion, Wake Union Church Road
Almost all of our recent survey respondents showed a desire to attend outdoor worship services (with social distancing & masks), so we have made plans to have one in September and October at WFBC's Pavilion.
We will have a worship service at 10 a.m. followed by a social. Each person will need to bring what they want to eat and drink as we will not be sharing (for safety reasons). It will be great to get together in person, so please make plans to attend!

Address: Stephenson Campus, 12120 Wake Union Church Rd, Wake Forest

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.

Information about the Disciples Green Chalice program and a link to sign up for the monthly Green Chalice newsletter






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Spirit Night Fundraiser
Papa Murphys Pizza
Benefits Crop Hunger Walk

I'm raising funds to help families who are struggling because of hunger. It's been a hard year for everyone, but especially for those who don't have the safety nets and protections surrounding many of us. If you want to join me and help families who aren’t getting enough healthy food to eat, will you donate to or join my team here?: CROP HUNGER WALK  Thanks so much for caring."



Kathleen Laughlin
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
Disciples News Service
A weekly publication by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and supported by the Disciples Mission Fund.

Summer Nutrition Program

  • 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 SNP

Includes opportunities to distribute meals, bring baked goods, and participate in reflection and community prayer.


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

Or
Click on the link below to give online:
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.

Arise, My Love: Mysticism for a New Age, William Johnston
Rediscovers the long-ignored tradition of mysticism in Christianity and shows how this wisdom can renew our lives,
and champion peace and reconciliation around the world.
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. 

Book Discussion

We are finished with our discussion of White Fragility and will not be starting another book until after the class on "Who are the Disciples of Christ?' is finished. In the meantime, there are many things we can do individually to educate ourselves about systemic racism and start taking some action. Here is a list of suggestions. You may find one or more that call to you.

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

Due to the pandemic, we are currently limiting wedding size to 25 or less including the wedding party. We will adjust as suggested guidelines for indoor meetings are given by Governor Cooper.

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.
All Habitat volunteer events have been postponed until further notice
Rise Against Hunger packing event postponed until further notice
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