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Palm Sunday begins the most Holy Week in the church calendar and celebrates Jesus’ triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem. It is a time for Christians to remember to welcome Jesus into their hearts and a reminder of the selfless love Jesus showed by laying down his life for us.

Last Sunday was, therefore, a time for WFPC to welcome 251 in-person attendees at our Palm Sunday worship service. Wow, a 2024 record attendance; only 17 unoccupied seats were observed. Moreover, what a wonderful service; the music was joyous and powerful as was Robert’s reading. I doubt that anyone could have left that service and not felt uplifted.

Today, we all know the pain and darkness of Good Friday will be followed by the joy of the risen Christ on Easter Sunday. Alleluia!!

Dear Lord, look at me, accept my prayer as you accepted Peter's prayer, and let me not run away from you in the night as Judas did. Bless me, Lord, in this Holy Week, and give me the grace to know your loving presence more intimately. Amen.

A happy Easter to all in the WFPC family,

Keith Thomas

Elder, Finance

Worship at WFPC

Easter Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Our Scripture for our 7:00 service comes from John 20:1-18 and Marguerite will share her sermon, "Dazed and Confused."

Our Scripture for our 10:00 service comes from Mark 16:1-8 and Marguerite will share her sermon, "You Have to Wonder."

You can watch our 10:00 service livestreamed our YouTube channel.

A print-at-home version of the 10:00 bulletin can be found here.

Elder on Call: 7:00 Mindy Hidenfelter 10:00 Carol Winans-Geiser

Deacon of the Day: 7:00 Robin Hendricks 10:00 Elizabeth Esguerra

Easter Sunday at WFPC


March 31 at 7 a.m. in the sanctuary

Join us for our annual Easter Sunrise Service. We’ll be indoors this year because of how early Easter is. This beloved tradition is a shorter, simpler service to celebrate the sunrise discovery of the empty tomb. Note — no nursery care for this service.


March 31, 7:45—9:45 a.m. in the CLC

Come one, come all to break bread with our Risen Lord on Easter morning! Breakfast will be available in the Christian Life Center. Our menu will include a yogurt bar (with a dairy-free option) with various toppings, fruit salad, a variety of bread and pastries (with gluten-free and dairy-free options), French toast casserole, a gluten-free casserole, pork and turkey sausage, and hard-boiled eggs. To offset the cost of the food, love offering baskets will be on each table.


March 31 at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary

We will be celebrating our Risen Lord with a joyous worship service in the sanctuary at 10:00 a.m. Nursery care will be provided for children 4 and younger. 

By Popular Demand

So many folks have requested a presentation on the Sirrines' trip to Hawaii in January, we will host one in the sanctuary following worship on April 28. Let's put the new projection system through its paces with videos and photos of manta rays, whales, volcanoes, and some of the deep and sobering history of the Hawaiian islands. Grab a snack in the narthex and then join us for some sharing and some Q&A. 

Pickleball and Ping Pong

Pickleball and Ping Pong will continue next Sunday, April 7, in the CLC (Christian Life Center) gym. If you have never played, that's okay; come anyway. We have three courts and (two) one-hour sessions. We start at 11:30 a.m. and we wrap up at 1:30 p.m. We also have a ping pong table set up on the stage. All are welcome, bring a friend, or neighbor! Sign up at For more information, reach out to Mike Honkomp at 919-606-7520 or

Help Wanted

Financial Administrator needed. We are recruiting to replace Amy Simmons' position. Part-time, 20-25 hours per week. Mostly in office, but allows for some work-from-home. Accounting and bookkeeping experience required, specifically Quickbooks Online. Although we don't hire members, we would appreciate referrals. If you know someone you would like to refer and for details, please contact one of our Personnel elders, Harold Panel at or Karen Sperati at 919 389 0211,

Flowering Cross -- Easter 2024


The Flowering Easter Cross has become a tradition at WFPC. You are invited again this year to bring your own fresh flowers or even silk ones to help decorate the Cross. There will be one cross in the front circle. Please come by any time after 12:00, noon, on Saturday, March 30. The Enhancement Team will create a greenery base, and you may stand before the cross to place your flower(s) upon it with reflection and reverence. Eventually, the cross will be fully covered with colorful flowers. The Cross becomes beautiful, new and alive in celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. Did you know, symbolic flowering crosses can be found in Christian art as early as the Sixth Century?


On Easter Sunday you are invited to come by for family photos. The cross will remain up until mid-week, April 3.  

Rose Garden Dedication

Our Rose Garden Dedication will be held on April 7 after the worship service in the rose garden. Roses will be planted by families of WFPC members that we have lost in the past twelve months: Grace Maul, Marcia Rhoten and Kristin Wills. Join us in the rose garden for a time of remembrance and celebration. (Note – historically this has occurred on Palm Sunday, but we’ve rescheduled it to the first Sunday after Easter.)

Holy Grounds Update

As the temperatures increase, the desire/need for hot beverages decreases. Therefore, beginning April 1 coffee will not be served after the worship service. Juice, lemonade, and water will still be available. 

Mission and Outreach


Please join us for the 2nd annual Si Seiler Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, April 22! The sign up sheet to play in the tournament is located in the hallway adjacent to the narthex (as you head toward the CLC). If you would like to sponsor a team or make a donation, you can pick up a form there as well. All funds raised will be used in the M&O discretionary fund to advance WFPC’s outreach programs.  

Questions? Contact Denny Ide (, 919-971-5909) or Kevin Sharpe (, 919-210-7036).   Please come out to support this event. It is really a fun-raiser as everyone has a great time!!! Thank you in advance for your support!



Happy Easter! There will be no garden workday on Saturday, March 30.

Harvests: Strong backs and many hands are needed for our final harvest of cabbage and collards on Tues, April 2. If there’s time, we’ll plant more potatoes and cabbage seedlings.


For More Information: Please call, text or email Pam Schulze (919) 522-3146,


Want to know more about Mission and Outreach at WFPC?  

Please contact Kathy Tharrington at or Carol Winans-Geiser at

Children's Ministries

Hint hint.... VBS registration opens SOON!!!! 

Registration for both participants and volunteers will open mid-April, so stay tuned for LOTS of info on our upcoming excellent week together! 

VBS Dates

June 23-26, 6-8 p.m.

Family dinner and celebration, June 27

A Look Ahead

April 3 Open Gym and Fire Fellowship (6:00)

April 7 Club 4/5 — Backpack Buddies Packing! (3:00)

April 10 FINAL Open Gym and Fire Fellowship of the season (6:00)

April 25 Potluck dinner and trivia night!

May 3 Classic Car show and movie night on the lawn! (more info to come)

Youth Ministries

Break for Holy Week/Spring Break

There will be no youth group or youth band on 31. Enjoy Holy Week and spring break. Spend some extra time with family and friends. We will be back on our regular schedule April 7.  

Youth Calendar at a Glance:

March31 - No youth group, no confirmation class

April 7 - youth group and youth band

April 14 - youth group and youth band

April 20 - ALS walk

April 21 - Confirmation retreat - 11:00 - 2:00

April 21 - youth group and youth band

Questions about youth ministries? - Contact Janet Briley

Prayer List

Please join us in offering love and sympathy to:

Michael Smith on the passing of his mother, Kim Fillers, on March 25

Carol Winans-Geiser on the passing of her sister, Evelyn Keller, on March 26

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

Jody Alston

Don McCorkle

Evelyn Patton

Don and Sally Shupe

WFPC Calendar Highlights

Saturday, March 30

8:00 am Iron Sharpens Iron

Sunday, March 31

7:00 am Sunrise Service

7:45 am Easter Breakfast

10:00 am Worship Service

Monday, April 1

office closed

6:30 pm Facilities Team meeting

7:00 pm Cub Scouts

7:00 pm Boy Scouts

Tuesday, April 2

5:30 pm Glory Tones

6:30 pm Praise Team

Wednesday, April 3

10:00 am Daughters of the King

5:00 pm Alleluia Choir

5:45 pm Grace Notes

6:00 pm Children's Open Gym

6:30 pm Iron Sharpens Iron Wednesdays

7:00 pm Chancel Choir

7:00 pm Fire Fellowship

Thursday, April 4

7:00 pm Outreach Team meeting

WFPC Finance and Attendance

Offerings/Tithes vs Expenses -- February 2024

Feb Month '24

Feb YTD '24

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

March 24, 2024 Attendance: 251

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

John Akerman, Generosity

Joni Amerson, Worship

Harold Panel, Personnel

Kathy Tharrington, Outreach

Keith Thomas, Finance

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

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