Mission and Outreach
during COVID 19
Mission and Outreach supporters: Many of our WFPC Mission and Outreach teams are continuing to serve our neighbors during the coronavirus outbreak, though it may look a bit different for now. Please review the following opportunities in hopes of finding a way to connect and contribute to the ongoing work of our church. All of the ministries can use your prayers for the people and programs they support.
Blood Drive June 7
COVID 19 has resulted in cancelled blood drives and blood shortages throughout the country. We are pleased to announce we will be hosting our blood drive AS SCHEDULED on Sunday, June 7. We are making modifications to our processes in an effort to mitigate spread of the virus. If you feel called and are not considered high risk, we invite you to participate by donating blood or volunteering. The Blood Connection is also performing FREE COVID-19 antibody testing for all donors to determine community spread and provide information to donors. Call/Email Amanda McCabe 919-522-6671 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click to donate blood here or volunteer here
Tri-Area Ministry continues to operate on their normal schedule and is in need of volunteers and donations. The TAM facility is open Mondays and Wednesdays between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm, and also on the third Saturday of each month between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. They are located at 149 E. Holding Avenue in Wake Forest. Please visit their website at https://triareaministry.com for more information. Follow them on Facebook too!
Many people from our church have been involved with volunteering to help out during our Family Promise host weeks by setting up bedrooms in our Sunday School rooms, driving the van to bring program participants to church and back to the Family Promise center the next day, providing activities for the children, or by being a caring listener for one of the parents. Sadly, during our upcoming host week, May 31 - June 7, we will not be able to do any of those things. Homeless families supported by Family Promise are being housed in temporary apartments, for the safety of participants and host congregation volunteers. For now, what is being asked of us as a host congregation is to provide meals for the week. We are asking for financial donations to help with the meals and support for the Family Promise families during our host week. Please go to https://wfpc.breezechms.com/give/online and select "Family Promise" from the drop-down menu to donate. Now more than ever, these families could use our support!!
Questions on donating online? email@example.com
The Backpack Buddies team is working diligently to provide 50 bags (including six weekend meals) each week for distribution at the Northern Regional Center as they partner with Northeast Wake Backpack Buddies. These meals are being packed in the homes of our Backpack Buddies leadership team as their commitment to the program never wavers! Thank you to everyone who is dropping off food donations, whether you are making the purchases yourself or collecting food in your neighborhood to donate. Keep up the great support! Your generous food and monetary donations are enabling the team to serve those struggling with food insecurity during this extended crisis.
Listed below are items that are currently needed. They can be bought and dropped off on Kathy and Ed' front porch at 1313 Cedar Branch Court in Wake Forest:
Cans of Soup, Ravioli, Spaghetti O's, etc (Pop top is preferred)
Canned Tuna or Chicken
Ramen Noodles, Easy Mac, Knorr Pasta Sides
Small cans of fruits and vegetables (Pop top is preferred)
PopTarts, Single Pack Oatmeal
Carnation Instant Breakfast Single Serve Packets, 100% Fruit Juice Single Serve Options
Single Pack Snack Crackers, Pretzels
Pudding, Jello/gelatin or Applesauce Cups
Individual Raisin Boxes
Peanut Butter Singles/Cups
Other items that are non-perishable and able to be given in single servings are acceptable.
Your financial gift or continuation of your Sponsor a Child pledge are also encouraged to help us serve the children of our community during this crisis. Interested in learning how you can help the Back Buddies Ministry? Email Heather Wheeler: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WFPC Community Garden
Interested volunteers must either sign up online or contact Melanie Floyd to schedule all dates and times to work onsite. COVID-19 Precautions: Healthy volunteers. Sign up in advance. Practice physical distancing.
As we transition to hotter weather and summer vegetable production, we need garden volunteers throughout the week as well as on the weekends. Tasks vary week to week based on the work that needs to be done, and may include removing plant debris, tilling, creating rows, planting, mulching, stringing, weeding, watering, fertilizing, harvesting, and delivering produce. Please check the Signup Genius frequently, and sign up as far in advance as you can so that we can plan our workloads and provide training for new volunteers. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A5AC2B0-aprilmayjune.
Contact Melanie (email@example.com, 919-621-1405) if you want to volunteer in the garden but the dates and times do not work for you.
Tentative dates for next 'big' plantings: May 30-tomatoes; June 13-sweet potatoes.
Wake County Annual Compost Bin Sale, May 1-31: With so many of us cooking and eating at home these days, this is the perfect time to start composting kitchen scraps. Using compost on your lawn, in your flowerpots, or in your garden helps your soil retain moisture and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and composting your food and yard waste extends landfill life and reduces carbon and methane emissions. Through May 31, you can buy an Earth Machine compost bin like the ones we have onsite at WFPC for half price ($50). These 80-gallon, pest-resistant, ventilated compost bins are designed for both passive and active composting. For information and to order:
You can easily compost at home without special equipment. For excellent information: