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Wake Forest Presbyterian Leaflets
For Friday, March 10, 2017
OfficersbLogWFPC Officers' Column
We are told that we should forgive and forget, and after worshiping at a Presbyterian church in a town we were visiting one weekend, Kathy and I have forgiven them but we can't seem to forget. I suppose we can't forget because we learned a lasting lesson, one that we often pass on to others here at WFPC, hoping to make sure our church home doesn't end up needing similar forgiveness. We were unfamiliar with the church except that Kathy knew a high school friend was a member there. That friend was the only person in the church who welcomed us that Sunday morning.

I have come to believe that we should view WFPC similarly to the way we view our homes, where we seek to make visitors feel welcomed and wanted as a return guest. You may have seen me carrying out greeting duties in the narthex on Sunday mornings; it's just like when a visitor -- known or unknown -- comes to the front door of my home. At WFPC, that greeting is often a visitor's first impression of what we have come to love about our church. Yes, first impressions are important, as are second ones, and third ones and so on.

We need to remember the other touchpoints, such as the pew seats, where some Sunday you may notice someone "new" sitting near you. Approach them and let them know that you are happy they chose to come to your "home" that morning and make yourself available to be helpful. Another touchpoint can be the nursery. I have seen and am told how well our child care staff do in looking after all of the young ones in their charge. A visiting mama will probably not hesitate to return. Another touchpoint is our housekeeping, which we successfully work at, keeping the grounds neatly tended, the floors vacuumed, the bathrooms clean, the heat/AC working well, and so on. Another touchpoint are the messages -- the gospel well-preached, the Bible well-taught, the songs well-chosen and well-sung, the return visitors are well-informed about WFPC, the food well-prepared and the love lavishly spread all around.

In all that we do, we have a healthy, hopeful sense that our greetings, our welcoming efforts, effectively represent so well the powerful spirit that we feel here and is unmistakable to newcomers.

You know, Jesus was pretty good with hospitality. He was always taking time to help and heal and nourish people. Jesus welcomed Nicodemus into his camp,to talk about why He came into the world.He respected the woman at the well,the one who had five husbands and a lover and could not understand why a Jewish man would be talking to a Samaritan woman such as she. Jesus looked at the thousands of people who had gathered to hear him preach, and was compelled to feed them real food in addition to his Word. He was known as a teacher, as a rabbi, yet Jesus did not hide behind a curtain, but rather went into the humble homes of those who needed the power of love more than law. Jesus promised that, when he went home, he would prepare a place in eternity in His father's house for those who believed in Him. And he prepared a room where he washed the feet of his disciples and served them a unity meal that Christians still remember more than 2,000 years later. Jesus did all of these things as an aid, as something to help, to love his neighbor.

No surprise there: It's not about us; it's about loving others.

George Dudley,
Deacon, Welcome
worshipChildren and Youth in Worship
It is exciting to see our church begin to recognize and develop the gifts and abilities of our young people and use them in ministry. Our children continue to prove that they are intelligent, capable, gifted leaders who want to be used. This past couple of years our youth have been serving as liturgist at the 11:15 service. Recently we have added our 4th and 5th graders reading scripture during either the 9:00 or 11:15 service. By participating in worship they develop a sense of ownership.

Another opportunity for our young people to participate in worship is through the music ministry. With the combined vision of music and discipleship, we are developing and expanding the music ministry with endless possibilities through the Wednesday night SHinE program and Sunday night Youth Group. It is great to see the enthusiasm and growth when we share ministry together. Look for our children and youth singing in March, April and May, and enjoy seeing the light of Jesus through them in worship.

Kim Glasscock,
Director of Music Ministries
teaSave the Date!
All the women of WFPC are invited to our annual tea on Sunday, May 7, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. Look for our sign-up coming soon!

We would like to have some teapots for our tables. If you have one that we could use, please bring it to the desk in the narthex. They will be returned, or if you prefer to donate them, we will keep them to be used each year. Be sure your name is on them. If you have questions, contact Loretta Highfield at

healingHealing and Wholeness Service March 30
We will hold a Healing and Wholeness Worship Service at 7 PM on March 30 in the Sanctuary. Healing was an integral part of the ministry of Jesus which the church has been called to continue as one dimension of its concern for the wholeness of people. There are moments in our lives when we need comfort and a reminder that God walks with us - in the peaks and in the valleys. This worship service will offer prayer and laying on of hands for participants who so desire. An invitation is extended to all persons who have physical, emotional, spiritual or other needs, and those who desire God's healing and wholeness for themselves or others. Childcare will be provided. Questions? Email Rev. John Fawcett at
newbabyNew Baby Ministry 
Our New Baby Ministry falls under Compassion & Encouragement, and it is in need of a volunteer to assist in identifying any parents who are expecting a child. The duties are to keep in touch with the parents, identify the expected birth date, and see if they need any help during the pregnancy. Once the baby is born into our church family, the members of New Baby Ministry prepare and present a gift basket from WFPC to the new parents as a welcome gift and celebration!

There are currently two volunteers who do this but we need a third to help. The Ministry Leader is Darcy Thomas. Please reply to Darcy Thomas: or Emory Butcher:

mandsMission and Service
Adult Mission Trip
The week of March 19 we will be assisting our neighbors in Warsaw, in the eastern part of NC, hosted by the NC Baptist Men and Women's Association. They have reserved accommodations for up to 20 adults that week; they also provide three meals per day and plenty of rewarding work. The only thing you will need is your clothing and a cot or air mattress on which to sleep. Please prayerfully consider your call to help our brothers and sisters in their recovery efforts from Hurricane Matthew. Your decision will need to be communicated to Judy Finch Ide today at

Forty Thousand Pounds of Sweet Potatoes!
In the Old Testament, one of the ways the Hebrews addressed hunger in their communities was by gleaning. Gleaning is the process of collecting excess crops from fields to distribute to those in need.

Today, much of the gleaning in the middle South is organized by the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA). Last fall, several thousand people collected 290,000 pounds of sweet potatoes on the farm of Jason Brown during the annual "Yam Jam." Jason was a professional football lineman who bought a 1000-acre farm near Louisburg. All of the produce from his farm is donated to charity.

SoSA has been running a number of bagging events to enable the sweet potatoes to get to food banks and pantries. Tri Area Ministry here in Wake Forest recently received a large quantity as have Hope House and several other Wake Forest charities.

Tomorrow, March 11, SoSA will be dumping 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes in the parking lot of the Wake Forest United Methodist Church. The event will start at 9 am. If there are 300 volunteers, it will take nearly 3 hours. If there are more volunteers, it will go faster. During a similar event in Durham in January, food banks came from as far as Charlotte to pick up the bagged sweet potatoes.

This is a fantastic opportunity for families with kids to be a part of the Hunger Ministry in Wake Forest. If you would like to participate, please email Millie Seiler at

Tri-Area Ministry
TAM is a non-profit, non-denominational, 100% volunteer-run organization with the mission to provide food to eligible clients in the Wake Forest, Rolesville, & Youngsville area.  The need is
great as NC is in the Top 10 for highest percentage of hungry citizens.

TAM serves between 650 - 850 families a month.  Each family receives a grocery bag containing approximately 12 assorted cans and 5 other products referred to as "toppers."  In addition, the client receives meat, a breakfast, a dessert item and an assortment of other items as available.

Federal food is received once a month from the Food Assistance Program.  Food is purchased from the state-run Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina at deeply discounted prices once a week.  With every $2 donated, TAM can purchase 10 pounds of food at the NC Food Bank. To make a financial donation, mail check directly to Tri-Area Ministry. (149 E Holding Ave, Wake Forest, NC 27587)
In addition, fresh products are picked up from local retail partners: Lowes Foods, Food Lion, Starbucks, Sheetz and Bruegger's Bagel. Individuals and community organizations provide the balance of the donations, both financial and food.  Wake Forest Presbyterian Church has been supporting this ministry since the late 90s by collecting and delivering food.  All canned and dry good donations are accepted; however, to ensure that the shelves are not overstocked with any items, a "food wheel" has been created for each month. For further info click here.

Food can be placed in either the church donation closet off the narthex or in the CLC donation area. Folks are always welcome to go by TAM and donate items directly during operating hours.

wednesdayWednesday Nights Together
Wednesday Nights Together menu for March 15:
bbq brisket
corn salad
spinach salad
fruit and carrots
banana pudding
The cost is $5/adult and $3/child. Please make your reservation by Sunday evening by emailing Dean Tryon at or texting to 919-441-1271.  

Click here for the entire winter/spring menu.
bodysoulBody & Soul Ministry Factoid
Why Have a Healing and Wholeness Service?
The opportunity for individual and/or corporate prayer for healing and wholeness is present to some degree in all church services. However, having a service specially constructed to support and encourage healing and wholeness means that we set aside time that is devoted to scriptures, songs and prayers that help us to connect more strongly with God around these needs. As we join with our brothers and sisters in Christ to focus intently on requests for healing and wholeness for ourselves or others, we are also assured that we are not alone in experiencing physical, mental, spiritual or relationship difficulties.

Caregiver Resources
Many members of WFPC are facing the challenges of being caregivers for family members or friends. To help provide support for these individuals, the Body and Soul Ministry will begin including a listing of resources for caregivers in Leaflets. These resources may include community events and educational opportunities, books, websites and support groups. The listing of resources will be brief with a link provided that includes further information and, where applicable, registration information. Please let us know if you find this information helpful.

  • 2nd Annual Senior Lifestyle Expo - Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest
  • Can Alzheimer's Be Stopped? - Thursday, May 25, 2017, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm., Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St, Wake Forest. Registration required but site not open yet.
  • Caregivers Summit - Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm, McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St, Raleigh. More information to follow.
  • Dementia Education Programming Series - Thursday, July 20; Thursday, August 17; and Thursday, September 21, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St, Wake Forest. More information to follow.
Click here for more complete information and registration links for the resources listed above.

HisKidsHis Kids News
EASTER CANDY AND PLASTIC EGG COLLECTION: We need LOTS of individually wrapped candy that can fit in a 2" plastic egg for our church-wide Easter egg hunt. Donations will be accepted until April 9. There will be collection boxes in the donation center in the CLC and in the Narthex. Please: no nuts or chocolate! Some suggested "safe" candies are: Skittles, Starburst, Smarties, Sweet Tarts, Laffy Taffy, Nerds and Swedish Fish. We also need 2" plastic eggs to fill! The Dollar Tree has tons of them this time of year, so if you are able, add a few of those packs to your next shopping trip. Eggs can be dropped in the donation buckets as well. Thank you so much for your support!!


CLUB 4/5 THIS WEEK! Club 4/5 will meet Sunday from 3:00 - 4:30 PM.  Come work together to build a Lenten/Easter tree that our church family will "grow" with favorite scriptures to be a centerpiece for our spring growth together as a church!


SAVE THE DATES FOR WFPC VBS June 25-29 (Sunday through Thursday) from 6:00 - 8:15 PM. Come explore the Maker Fun Factory, where kids experience God's love through their own creation! Registration opens April 2... more information to come!

~Katherine Peiper, Director of Children, Families and Youth Ministries |
YouthNewsYouth News
CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS!!   Are you ready?  It is almost Youth Sunday time, which means the seniors are preparing the Lord's Prayer in sign language.  If you are interested in learning the Lord's Prayer for Youth Sunday, please join us from 11:00 - 12:00 in the Youth Room on March 12 and 19.  


CAMP WILLOW RUN RETREAT We have nine youth and three adults traveling to Camp Willow Run on Lake Gaston March 17-19 for a high school retreat sponsored by the New Hope Presbytery.  Three of these youth also serve on the Youth Council, who will be leading this retreat.  They will be guiding everyone as we "explore as Christians what we are blind to and how Jesus can open our eyes to see our lives and world in new ways."


GOD'S GIRLS MOTHER/DAUGHTER WEEKEND Our middle school girls' Bible study will be headed to the beach March 17-19 for a weekend with their moms.  We are looking forward to a weekend of fellowship and connecting with each other!


YOUTH SUNDAY REHEARSAL! Youth Sunday is March 26!  We will have a mandatory practice/run-through on Sunday, March 19, from 6:00 - 8:00.  Please bring a dish to share for dinner at 6:00 in the CLC.  At 6:30 we will move to the sanctuary and run through the entire service.  We want ALL youth to be a part of this worship experience.  Please join us!


COFFEE IS HERE! If you ordered coffee, be on the lookout for it before or after both church services Sunday.  We will also have it at dinner on Wednesday night.  If you won't be here Sunday or Wednesday, please let Janet know so we can arrange a time to get your items to you!  Thanks so much for your support!


ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR CLASS STUDENTS: Please join us Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:00 for a Bible Study. We will review how to nurture your faith beyond high school in hopes to prepare you for amazing college experiences. We will wrap up with a small group beach trip in April. Contact Christi Cox (, Andres Esguerra (, or Mike Honkomp ( with questions for details on locations.

~Janet Briley, Assistant Director of Youth Ministries 
ScriptureSermonMusicSunday, March 12, Scripture, Sermon and Music
This Sunday our Scripture comes from Matthew 16:13-18. Pastor Rebekah Maul will share her sermon, "Who Do You Say That I Am?"

We have a Contemporary Worship Service at 9 AM in the Christian Life Center and a Traditional Worship Service at 11:15 AM in the Sanctuary. Join us for our Discipleship Hour between services beginning at 10 AM for Sunday School for all ages!

Click here to check out our Music Ministry's selections.
Tithes and Offerings

2017 Annual Budget
Year-to-date Budgeted Income(Feb)
Year-to-date Actual Income (Feb)
Year-to-date Deficit

March Budget
March Tithes and Offerings (thru 3/5/17)$15,473.00

March 5, 2017
Tithes and Offerings$15,473.00
Designated Gifts$857.25
Debt Elimination Gifts$1,247.00

Sunday School Attendance124
9:00 Attendance207
11:15 Attendance184

Debt Elimination Monthly Budget
Debt Elimination Received (thru 3/5/2017)$1,247.00

...all shall give as they are able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you.
Deuteronomy 16:17
WFPC Calendar Highlights

Friday, March 10
6:15 AM | CLC | Friday Morning Men's Bible Study
10:00 AM | Off Campus | JOY Group

Saturday, March 11
7:00 AM | CLC Youth Room | Iron Sharpens Iron

Sunday, March 12
9:00 AM | CLC | Contemporary Worship Service
10:00 AM | Campus Wide | Discipleship Hour
11:15 AM | Sanctuary | Traditional Worship Service
12:15 PM | Sanctuary | Congregational Meeting
12:30 PM | CLC | Timeless Creation Praise Band
3:00 PM | CLC | Club 4/5
4:30 PM | Youth Room | Middle School Youth
5:00 PM | Sanctuary | Liturgical Dance
6:00 PM | Youth Room | High School Youth

Monday, March 13
6:00 PM | CLC | FaithFit
7:00 PM | Campus Wide | Boy Scouts

Tuesday, March 14
7:00 PM | CLC | Praise Team Rehearsal
7:00 PM | Blue Modular | Stephen Ministry
7:00 PM | CLC B103 | WOW Bible Study

Wednesday, March 15
5:30 PM | CLC | Wednesday Night Dinner
6:30 PM | Campus Wide | Wednesday Night Programs
7:00 PM | Sanctuary | Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 16
5:30 PM | CLC | Faith Fit
7:00 PM | CLC B103 | Session Meeting

Friday, March 17
6:15 AM | CLC | Friday Morning Men's Bible Study
High School to Camp Willow Run

Wake Forest Presbyterian Church
12605 Capital Blvd
Wake Forest, NC 27587