December 1, 2013
Worship Leaders Today: Elder of the Week: Sarah Kirby, 919-795-9038
Deacon of the Week: Lucy Deeprose,
CHILDREN'S WORSHIP VOLUNTEERS FOR December 8th:
Richards and Emily Huddle 11:15: Erika
& Haley Viall
ATTENDANCE 11/24/13-Sunday School-120, 9:00 Worship-175,
$15,273.00, GF MTD Actuals: $63,811.75, GF Monthly Budgeted: $ 66,950.35
KEEP WFPC SECURE-Lately the Church facility has been found with doors
unlocked at night when the facility was not in use. Those of you with keys to the facility
PLEASE, if you unlock it, you must lock it back when you leave or see to it
that someone agrees to lock it back for you before leaving. Thank you for helping to care for our
"GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER"...and the children
of WFPC are so cheerful and so giving! Recently, the children that attend STARS
(Students to Always Rejoice and Serve) and Club 4/5 (4th and 5th Grade Youth)
packed 48 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The STARS children have also collected bags
and bags of food for Tri-Area ministries so that all of our friends in Wake
Forest can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal!
The Sunday school children have fed 19 families of 4 for one month in
South Africa. We are so blessed to have
these precious "cheerful givers" in our midst.
Many thanks to the wonderful parents of these children for bringing them
to church so that they can learn about God's love and about sharing God's love
CALENDAR-Week of December 2-December 8-ChurchNet Foundation-ChurchNet was started
in 2005 with 7 member churches and a handful of volunteers. There are now 13
area churches who support ChurchNet, but it is still staffed by a small cadre
of volunteers. ChurchNet serves people in need in the towns of Rolesville, Wake
Forest, and Youngsville. Assistance goes toward utilities, heating gas,
automobile gas, and some prescription medications. The office is in the old
railroad depot in downtown Wake Forest. There are always two volunteers on duty
during office hours, and WFPC member Gail Williams is a regular volunteer. As
mentioned in last week's sermon, our contribution to ChurchNet was significantly
decreased in 2012, and so far in 2013, we have not fulfilled our commitment to
support this ministry. Spotlight on Giving: To make a
contribution to ChurchNet, you may
make a check payable to WFPC and write "ChurchNet Donation" in the memo line,
or include it with your regular offering and make a note on the envelope. This week's prayers: pick up your Advent Guide for Reflection and Action
at church this Sunday. These devotions will also be emailed daily to
everyone on our email list.
PROGRAM-This Sunday, December 1st all checks that are marked Angel Program will
be collected to help this program. We also need you to sign up
today if you would like to shop for these needy families with the funds
collected. Sign-up sheets for shoppers
are now available on the ledge outside of the Narthex and in the CLC on the
table near the outside doors. Sign up
or contact Dawn Alu at 919-435-1435, email@example.com. Thanks again to everyone for their
continued support for this program.
JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM: Making 2013 the best Christmas ever! Derek Maul leads a four-week study of his 2008
book, "In My Heart I Carry A Star." The four-week Advent study is
designed to help WFPC members enjoy the best ever Christmas by keeping Hope,
Peace, Love, & Joy front and center. Books are available for $10. Sundays
beginning December 1-10:05 am in the multipurpose room of the Christian Life
AT THE OCTOBER MEETING, SESSION APPROVED THE OPPORTUNITY for the
congregation to purchase the new Presbyterian Hymnal, "Glory to God."
The books may be purchased in memory or in honor of people. We have a goal of
acquiring 400 hymnals at a cost of $17.50 each. (This price is good through the end of the
year.) As long as they last, we will
offer folks who purchase new hymnals a copy of the hymnal we currently use. Any
current hymnals that are left may be donated to another church.
THE YOUTH GROUP CHRISTMAS TREE LOT will again be open today from 11 am
to 2 pm. If you ordered a tree
from the Youth Group and did not request delivery, please plan to come to the
church during the tree lot hours to pick up your tree. Youth will be on hand to
help you load the tree onto your car. Questions? Contact Amy Donahoo at
(919) 608-0439 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THERE IS STILL TIME TO ORDER YANKEE CANDLES FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS and
give 40 percent of the sale to our Youth Group summer trips. Simply go to www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and
enter our Group Number 990059398. A fabulous 40 percent of all sales come back to the Youth Group and
will work to offset the cost of traveling to the Alabama Gulf Coast and Raleigh
for our mission trips and Massanetta Springs and Montreat for our retreats. If
you already purchase candles for the holiday season, please consider
buying from our Youth so that a portion of the sale extends God's calling in
their lives. For more information, email Leslie Olmo at email@example.com.
will not have First Fridays the weekend of Dec.6th due to "Walk through
Bethlehem". We would LOVE for you to
bring your family and friends to experience this amazing journey and the birth
of Christ. Look for First Fridays to
return on January 3, 2014.
HELP US WELCOME 3000 PLUS VISITORS TO WALK
THROUGH BETHLEHEM! WE STILL NEED: 15 gallons of Cider, 100 packages of store bought Nabisco Christmas Sugar cookies,
oatmeal, and chocolate Chip. Grocery stores have put out all of the Christmas Themed Cookies
mentioned above. We have a donation cart in the Narthex and a bin at the
entrance in the CLC. We also need monetary tax deductable donations; $150 (Gold
Donor), $100 (Frankincense Donor), $75 (Myrrh Donor) (Must Mark WTB on Memo
Line) or you may also donate online on WFPC website under WTB Tab. Let the
celebration of Jesus Birth begin!
A QUIET CHRISTMAS
SERVICE ~ Wednesday, December 11, at 7:00 pm-The holiday season offers unique challenges for many--including the
loss of loved ones, loss of employment, or strained family relationships that
can leave us feeling emotionally stressed, lonely, or overwhelmed. If these circumstances are part of your
reality, consider seeking refuge and strength in this quiet, reflective worship
experience. And even if your personal
circumstances are not difficult, you may find yourself deluged with mixed
feelings during this "merry" time. In a
world that seems giddy with parties, presents, Christmas cards, inflatable scenery
and inflated expectations, the Quiet Christmas service offers an opportunity to
come to Christmas through a different doorway. Through prayers, readings,
music, and silence, we will enter the mystery of the incarnation from another
side. This service will be held in the sanctuary and will include the
celebration of the Lord's Supper.
UP, MUST COME DOWN-What a busy time of the year-Thanksgiving and Christmas. A season
of joy, love, and celebration with family and friends. But one of the most
special times falls in between these holidays and that is Walk Through
Bethlehem! This year it is presented on Dec. 6, 7,
and 8th. It is special in that we as a church family look outward
with our giving. "Reaching out to others" with our presentation of Christ's
birth to all who are in our community. What a wonderful ministry that
involves the total Church. From greeting, to hospitality, to the actors, and
cast support folks. And we can't forget those preparing the set, be it
construction, placing props, painting, sound and light support. A lot of effort
goes into presenting Walk Through Bethlehem, but hearing our guests sincere
"thank you" makes the effort worth it. Although
our guests leave on the 8th, Walk Through Bethlehem isn't over for
WFPC. The following Saturday, Dec 14, we need to take
much of the set down and stow it for next year. Please help out if you are
able. We plan on starting at 8:30 and will end by noon. Any time that you may have to help will be welcomed.
WORSHIP IS CALLING ALL 3RD GRADERS AND UP-If your child is a 3rd grader or
has not yet taken Prep for Worship, we would LOVE to have him/her participate
in the 2014 Preparation for Worship class. Please complete a registration form
located on the church workroom counter.
The class will begin meeting on Sunday, January 5th, 2014
at 11:15 in B103. Registration is requested to be completed by December 29th.
If you have any questions, please contact Melodee Fraser at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Baker at email@example.com.
(Please see Children's Ministry on the church website for detailed
information about Preparation for Worship.)
HOSPITALITY NETWORK (WIHN) hosts
homeless families at our church twice a year, providing food, shelter,
transportation and hospitality to 4 - 5 families. WIHN provides professional
case management for these families as they work to restore their independence.
A network of churches houses and feeds the families and transports them back
and forth to the WIHN center in Raleigh where they are provided with day care
or transportation to school for their children, transitional housing and job
placement assistance, and counseling, as needed. Many volunteers are needed
each time we host to set up the facilities, prepare food, provide fellowship
and transportation and spend the night at the church. The January dates are
Sunday, January 26 through Sunday, February 2. You can sign up on line at
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D45ADAE2EAB9-wihn or contact Sharon Kucyk at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy Drake at email@example.com or 919-570-1100. More information on WIHN can
be found at www.wihn.org.
To ensure the deductibility of your church contributions, do not file your 2013
income tax return until you have received a written acknowledgment of your
contributions from the church. Some of your contributions may not be
tax-deductible if you file your tax return before receiving a written
acknowledgement of your contributions from the church.