H.O.P.E.

hope(Hearts Offering Primary Education)
H.O.P.E. is looking for volunteers to work with elementary children on reading, writing and math skills every Tuesday (September through June) from 5 to 6 PM at the Hope Village Community Center. The center is located at 100 N. Allen Road in Wake Forest.

We are also in need of healthy snacks and small water bottles; items can be left in the bins in the donation closet and CLC. 

Sign up to help | click here
Ginny Pouelsen | ewpoulsen@gmail.com
 
American Red Cross Blood Drives
Red Cross Blood DriveThe American Red Cross Blood Drives have been a part of the mission of WFPC since 1996. We hold three blood drives a year, each with a goal of collecting 80 units of blood. This requires the efforts of about 120 donors and volunteers for each drive. Since June 2000, WFPC has donated hundreds of units of life-sustaining blood to the Red Cross. And, we are pleased to say, we were awarded the Triangle's Blood Services Partner of the Year in 2016.
 
We are committed to aiding our community with this easily renewable resource because so many families in WFPC have been directly impacted by the availability of blood when it is needed. Blood Drives at WFPC typically take place in the February, June and October. 
 
 
Amanda McCabe | amandamccabe@nc.rr.com
 
Family Promise - January, 2018

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Family Promise provides professional case management as well as food, shelter, and transportation for homeless families as they work to restore their independence. Family Promise is one of the few agencies in the area committed to helping homeless families stay together.

Family Promise works with a network of churches in Wake County to provide for the immediate and long range needs of homeless families in the area. Churches provide food and fellowship to four to six families during a one week stay at the church facilities.

Families stay overnight in the church and are transported to the Family Promise Center in Raleigh each morning. At the Center, they are provided with day care for their children, transportation, transitional housing assistance, job placement assistance, financial counseling, family crisis  counseling, and more. Families return to the church each evening where church families provide dinner and fellowship for them. Volunteers from our church also sign up to stay overnight on specified evenings and drive our guests to and from the Family Promise Center in Raleigh.

In 2018, our first of two host weeks will be the January 7 through 14.  We need your help to make the week successful.  We need van drivers, overnight hosts, dinner hosts and evening activities coordinators.  Family Promise is a wonderful ministry that gives everyone, kids and adults alike, the opportunity to volunteer to help. 

January 7-14, 2018
Sharon Kucyk | skucyknc@gmail.com
 
Click here for a great update on one of our Family Promise families!

   

BackPack Buddies

Backpack BuddiesThe Wake Forest Presbyterian Church Backpack Buddy Program provides children from food-insecure homes with healthy weekend meals during the school year.  The children, selected by school guidance counselors and social workers, receive a backpack containing seven balanced meals at the end of every week.  All food received for this program is by donations from members of the church and through community events that support the program. Click here for a list of suggestions.

Kathy Kirschner | kathy.kirschner@firstcitizens.com

 

Brown Bag Ministry

Brown Bag MinistryWFPC partners with Hope Lutheran Church to provide 225 lunches, four times a year, to people of all ages in our community. Our volunteers help to purchase supplies, make sandwiches, pack lunch bags, and deliver to residents in need in Wake Forest. In November and December, our mission will also provide 25 canned hams as part of Large Brown Bag Dinners to be distributed to families in time for the holidays. We cannot thank you enough for your financial and hands-on support over the past year. Please prayerfully consider financially supporting this mission so that WFPC would be able to participate more frequently in the coming year. Simply indicate "brown bag" on the memo line of your check. Thanks for your continued support!

Audrey Kemp | abkemp37@gmail.com

Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry
triareaTAM 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.
 
149 E Holding Avenue
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Monday/Wednesday 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 to 11:00 AM
 
Armin Harrell | alharrell48@gmail.com
 
ChurchNet Foundation

ChurchNetChurchNet, started in 2005, is made up of thirteen area churches, including WFPC, and a small cadre of volunteers to serve people in the towns of Rolesville, Wake Forest and Youngsville.  Assistance goes toward utilities, heating gas, automobile gas, and some prescription medications. Clients can receive up to $100 in assistance within a 12-month period. Though no money is handled at the office, pledges are made to the agencies owed funds and checks are mailed within a few days. 

Requests for assistance from members of the community not affiliated with WFPC are often referred to ChurchNet and they may be contacted directly by calling 919-569-0020.  Funding for ChurchNet comes from the member churches, the Koinonia Foundation, the Town of Wake Forest, civic groups, and individual contributors.

Christmas Angel Program
Christmas Angel greenThis ministry assists local families and senior citizens with gifts and needed items during the holiday season. Money collected during designated church services in December, is used to purchase gifts for local families in need who are identified through Wake County Social Services. Additionally, donations are used to shop for the residents of a local senior citizen facility, based on their specific needs. Church members sign up to do the shopping with the collected money, then directly distribute to families and the senior care center. 
 
The Christmas Angel ministry gives all church members and their families not only a chance to share their resources but to share gifts directly with others in need. Helping during a time of the year that so many may be suffering, offers our church members an opportunity to understand that as Christians we should share our blessings and give to those who are less fortunate. Planning normally begins in October and then the ministry takes place in late November and early December. 
 
Dana Wills | jimanddana@nc.rr.com
 
Walk Through Bethlehem
 
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Begun in the year 2000 as a Christmas gift to our community and surrounding area, each year Wake Forest Presbyterian Church delivers the true Christmas story in a stirring virtual "walk" through Bethlehem to the stable where the Christ Child was born. Under the night sky, the campus of Wake Forest Presbyterian Church is transformed into the most breathtaking outdoor, living nativity program that you can imagine.
 
With a cast and crew of more than 250, we bring the story of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to life before your very eyes. As you journey through the streets of Bethlehem you are engulfed in such emotion as this most beautiful and amazing story unfolds. Authentic costumes and settings immerse you into believing you are actually witnessing that most holy miracle.
 
The 2016 program hosted 2,500 guests in two nights, and we are looking forward to the 2017 program. All performances are free to the public. Monetary and non-perishable donations are being accepted to support Tri-Area Ministries and Back Pack Buddies. Individual cereals, orange juice, canned soups, peanut butter, ham/chicken/tuna salad packets, beanie weenies, spaghettios/raviolis, cereal bars are needed.  Visitors in strollers and wheelchairs should be aware the Walk moves at a slow pace through grass, gravel and wooden ramps.
 
2017 Dates Are:
Friday, December 1       6:00 - 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 2   5:00 - 9:00 PM
Sunday, December 3     5:00 - 8:00 PM
 
 
 
Relay for Life
Relay for Life

Relay for Life® is an event designed to celebrate cancer survivorship and to raise funds to support the American Cancer Society in its mission to find a cure for cancer. Funds go toward cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services and normally take place in May.

As part of the Relay, many teams from our community – including a team from WFPC - come together for a local track event. Cancer survivors are honored as they complete the first lap of the walking event - the Survivors Lap - and those who are currently struggling with cancer or who have been lost to cancer are remembered during the luminaria ceremony as part of the event.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2017 in the U.S, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases and 600,920 cancer deaths.

Thanks to your support in 2016, our Relay for Life team raised over $5,000 for the American Cancer Society, greatly exceeding our initial goal of $3,000. We are grateful to our seventeen team members who worked to raise money, helped with luminaries, and showed up when needed.

The 2017 Relay for Life will take place on June 9-10 from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. at Leesville Road High. Let’s make 2017 the year Relay for Life fights cancer with even more generous contributions and enough luminaries to light up the night sky! 

Click here to become a team member or to sponsor the WFPC team

 

WFPC Certified as a National PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation

EarthCareSealWFPC has become an Earth Care Congregation!

What does this mean? 
This is a certification that PC (USA) churches can receive for practicing good environmental stewardship in their worship, education, use of facilities and outreach actions in the life of the church. 

How did we earn this achievement?  

We have special worship services outdoors, we regularly do communion by intinction (cuts down on plastic cup waste), and we have an outdoor prayer and memorial garden; for education we regularly hold children’s classes outside that talk about earth care and environmental stewardship; for facilities we have LED lights, programmable thermostats, re-usable dishes and silverware, and recycle paper; for outreach we have a community garden, participate in gleaning projects, and share our building space with non-profit groups (Grief Share, Scouts, Divorce Care to name a few).  Congratulations on a job well done in promoting good use of the gifts of God’s creation!!!  This achievement gives us an opportunity to look to the future and continue to always be in thought and practice about new ways we can be stewards of our facility and God’s creation. 
 
Take a look through the survey we completed and see if there are any items we missed, or if there are some new initiatives that your ministry area has taken on, so that we can keep track of the great ways we are taking care of creation!

Do you love environmental stewardship and want to join the Earth Care Team?  If so please contact Rev. John Fawcett for more information.   

John Fawcett | johnfawcett@wakeforestpres.org

Wheels4Hope

wheels4hopeWheels4Hope is a faith-based, non-profit car donation organization that repairs donated cars and recycles them back into our community. Their mission is to provide affordable, reliable transportation to economically vulnerable families and individuals throughout the Triangle area.Wheels4Hope partners with 39 area referral agencies that promote the self-sufficiency of their clients through employment, housing, and educational programs.

Program cars are donated vehicles that are in sound mechanical condition and are valued in the $2,500 - $4,000 range. Wheels4Hope requires the recipient to pay $500 for the car and to be responsible for title, transfer fees, and insurance. Wheels4Hope also stands behind each program car with a six-month warranty.

Area congregations support Wheels4Hope by providing volunteers, board members, public awareness, car donations, and financial support. Volunteers are needed to pickup donated cars and drive them to and from Wheels4Hope partner garages. Mechanics and car enthusiasts are also needed to assess and repair donated vehicles.

So, how can you help and participate in this new ministry? First of all, consider donating a car to Wheels4Hope. Even if they can’t use your car for a program car, they do sell non-qualifying cars to the general public in order to offset the financial expenses associated with the maintenance and repair of program vehicles. Plus, you can get charitable contribution credit whether they use your car as a program vehicle or sell it off of their lot.  Second, you can volunteer your time and talents in varying capacities within the Wheels4Hope organization. Finally, you can help by offering financial support. 

Kevin Sharpe | ksharpessi@yahoo.com

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