Friday, July 5, 2024

Visit our Website

Officers' Column

Proverbs 3:23, 26

"You'll travel safely; you'll neither tire nor trip… Because God will be right there with you; he'll keep you safe and sound"

As I write this on July 1st, my thoughts turn to travel and the upcoming holiday.

For those of you that know me, you will appreciate that the July 4th holiday is not one that I particularly celebrate. Firstly, the loss meant we recognized the independence and sovereignty of the United States after George Washington defeated Great Britain. Secondly, the loss was with the help of Great Britain’s oldest foe, the French, still with sore heads after losing the Seven Years War 13 years earlier. Sacré bleu!

I jest of course & c'est la vie.

It is estimated that 71 million Americans will have travelled 50 miles or greater this year to celebrate Independence Day, which is an incredible number. So I thought I would end with an Irish benediction rather than a prayer and hope that everyone enjoyed and had a safe Fourth.

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Keith Thomas

Elder, Finance

Worship at WFPC

10:00 in the Sanctuary

While Marguerite is on vacation, our guest preacher, Amy Allridge, will share her sermon, "A.S.A.P. A.S.A.P." using Scripture from Ephesians 1:15-23 and Luke 24:44-53.

Our service is livestreamed on our YouTube channel:

Print an at-home bulletin here

Elder on Call: Kathy Drake

Deacon of the Day: Eric Earle

Narthex Sound Expertise Needed

Recently, WFPC replaced the carpeting in the narthex with vinyl laminate flooring. 

The laminate flooring was a good solution to the original problem (insects). Not

surprisingly, the sound level in the narthex increased dramatically and we are now

exploring cost effective solutions to abate the noise. If you have experience in noise

abatement of large open areas, we would love to hear from you. Please contact the Facilities Ministry Team at if you can help.

Resources for Sermon Series

If you want to learn more about the roots of structural racism through the lens of North Carolina authors who wrote as formerly enslaved Americans, Rev. Marguerite recommends Wilmington native David Walker's landmark work, David Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World, and very expressly to those of the United States of America; and a recently discovered manuscript by Edenton native John Swason Jacobs who escaped and published abroad: A True Story of Slavery: The United States Governed by 600,000 Despots. The book Rev. Marguerite referenced in her June 2 sermon is What Kind of Christianity: A History of Slavery and Anti-Black Racism in the Presbyterian Church by William Yoo. These authors will likely challenge your ideas of the PCUSA and the USA — so read only if you like a challenge!

Rev. Marguerite will tie in one sermon per month to a book that links to the series theme of Matthew 25 ( If you want to get a jump start on reading the books, these are the titles (two novels, one non-fiction):

June 16 — The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

July 21 — Lila by Marilynne Robinson

August 4 — Another Way: Living and Leading Change on Purpose by Stephen Lewis, Matthew Wesley Williams, Dori Grinenko Baker.

All these titles are available for less than $20 each from the usual online book retailers. Discussion of the sermon and book will be held in the sanctuary after each service featuring a book. All are welcome. — Your Worship Team 

Dementia Caregiver Class

Dr. Andrea Bozoki, who is the division chief of the Memory and Cognitive Disorders clinic at UNC Chapel Hill, will be our presenter on Wednesday, July 17. Dr. Bozoki will provide an update on diagnostic testing that is available for all types of dementias, findings of clinical trials and new medications and treatment approaches. She will be available for a Q&A session after her presentation. In order to provide an opportunity for all attendees to interact with Dr. Bozoki, both the in-person and the Zoom classes will meet via Zoom on July 17, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. Anyone who wishes to attend this Zoom class and is not already on our mailing list may contact Pat Snyder via email ( to receive a link for the class. 

WFPC Campus Closed July 8-11

We will be having some much-needed repair work and resurfacing done on our parking lots beginning Monday, July 8, through Thursday, July 11. During that time the WFPC campus will be CLOSED to all automobiles. The church staff will be working remotely and available via email.

Thank You!

I want to say thank you for all the expressions of concern and prayers from WFPC during the last several months as my father’s health failed and for the sympathy expressed following his death. Your support meant a great deal to my entire family. Thank you again!

Lynette Wilson

Mission and Outreach



Ending Hunger One Step At A Time.

The 2024 CROP Hunger Walk is fast approaching and it needs a WFPC ministry leader to participate in the planning process and help get us organized. Could that be you???

The CROP Hunger Walk is a nationwide movement sponsored by Church World Service to raise funds to end hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world. Hundreds of religious groups, businesses, schools and others organize local Walk events in their communities each year. For the first time since the pandemic, Wake Forest churches and organizations will walk together again! In September, the Wake Forest CROP Hunger Walk will take place in the town's historic district.

No one in this world should be hungry. That's why the CROP Hunger Walk is more than just a yearly gathering. It's a movement that's more than 55 years strong, made up of compassionate people in more than 500 communities across the U.S. The steps taken — and the funds raised together — will provide life-saving support including emergency food and resources, along with the seeds, tools and programs that will help families feed themselves in the future.

Local agencies to be supported this year include Tri-Area Ministry, Hope House, and Wake Forest Community Table. Our local agencies and CWS need our support even more today. 

If YOU are interested in a short-term leadership opportunity, consider joining the CROP Walk planning team! Questions and requests for more information can be directed to Carol Winans-Geiser, 908-803-3127,


BackPack Buddies will NOT be packing on Saturday, July 13. The next packing date will be Saturday, August 10. We look forward to seeing you then! For more information, please contact Heather Wheeler at


Join us in the garden to plant, water, and mulch on our regularly scheduled work days! If you sign up via SignUpGenius, we will notify you of any changes in plans due to weather, etc.

Regular Garden Workdays: Tuesdays & Saturdays, 8 -11 am. Please register on


For More Information, contact Pam Schulze at (919)-522-3146 or


Want to know more about Mission and Outreach at WFPC?  

Please contact Kathy Tharrington at or Carol Winans-Geiser at

Prayer List

Please keep the following members of our church family in your prayers:

Jody Alston

Catherine Hanson

Don McCorkle

Evelyn Patton

Dan Root

Mark Schulze

WFPC Calendar Highlights

Sunday, July 7

10:00 am Worship Service

11:00 am Music Rehearsal

Monday, July 8 - Thursday, July 11

campus closed for parking lot work

WFPC Finance and Attendance

Offerings/Tithes vs Expenses -- May 2024

May Month '24

May YTD '24

LY May YDT '23













** Offering includes several members giving total year 2024 pledge in January & February $43,000

***YTD 2024 Expenses are lower than in 2023 because personnel expenses do not include Associate Pastor and Financial Administrator salaries

****May expenses include a $10,000 HVAC replacement cost (unbudgeted)

June 23, 2024 Attendance: 156

WFPC Deacons

Class of 2024

Karla Frye, Welcome

Bonnie Habicht, Fellowship

Mike Honkomp, Fellowship

Traci Marchand, Compassion

Class of 2025

Joy Blanton, Compassion

Eric Earle, Welcome

Class of 2026

Elizabeth Esguerra, Fellowship

Robin Hendricks, Branch

Eunice Shankland, Fellowship

WFPC Session

Class of 2024

Joni Amerson, Worship

Harold Panel, Personnel

Kathy Tharrington, Outreach

Keith Thomas, Finance

Marty Wakefield, Generosity

Class of 2025

Mike Chapman, Facilities

Kathy Drake, Worship

Melinda Keen, Finance

Lisa Solomon, Generosity

Karen Sperati, Personnel

Jacky Wilson, Congregational Life

Carol Winans-Geiser, Outreach

Class of 2026

Andy Dunlap, Congregational Life

Mindy Hidenfelter, Facilities

Stay in touch with what's happening in New Hope Presbytery by reading their e-news!