Wednesday Night Live – Oct. 4

Please join us this Wednesday the 4th in the Fellowship Hall for the next installment in our Fall Wednesday Night Live series. This coming Wednesday we look forward to several WBPC members sharing interesting stories and experiences.

Sharon Mixon will share information about training service dogs.
Denise Weeks & Henry Burke will talk about their recent trip to Europe.
Liz Clay Bradley will tell us about tailoring and her trip to Paris.
Jane Whitehurst and some of the youth who went on the summer mission trip to Lumberton will give us a glimpse of what that experience was like.

Don't miss this interesting program. The meal will be provided by Coffee & Crepes. Various Crepes will be available including a vegetarian option. Please plan to join us, and be a part of this special evening of good food and good fun. Let us know you are coming on the Sunday sign-up sheet or call/email the church office by noon on Monday.

Please bring canned goods for the Urban Ministry food bags, or put a donation in the jar provided.

Look here see the entire list of programs and meals planned for Fall WNL.

Wednesday Night Live/ Loyalty Night with Dr. Beverly Wallace – Oct. 18

lease join us Wednesday the 18th in the Fellowship Hall for the next installment in our Fall Wednesday Night Live series, Loyalty Night. It is our annual church-wide dinner and celebration of the abundant life we share together at WBPC. This coming Wednesday we look forward to a wonderful quartet and inspirational reflections by Dr. Beverly Wallace of Shaw Univ. Divinity School.

Dinner is free of charge and will be BBQ/grilled chicken & salmon with LocoPops for dessert!. Please bring peanut butter and canned tomatoes for the Urban Ministries Food bags if you can.

RSVP to the church office by October 13.

Dr. Beverly Wallace is our guest speaker for Loyalty Night, and entertainment will be provided by “The Ringtones”—Warren Fuson, bass; Paul Martin, tenor; Gary Thorn, baritone; Bob Inskeep, lead. They will be among the top 10 quartets competing at the Carolinas District Fall Festival in November. A cappella singing doesn’t get any better than this!

Biographical Information for Dr. Beverly R. Wallace:

Dr. Beverly Wallace is currently the Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Shaw University Divinity School. She is an ordained Lutheran Pastor and was formerly the Assistant to the Bishop for the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In her capacity as Assistant to the Bishop, she was responsible for the candidacy for persons seeking rostered leadership in the ELCA and also served as the Coordinator of Pastoral Care for the Katrina Recovery Effort on the coast of Mississippi working with congregations - pastors and their members - and relief volunteers in the needed work after that disaster. After 9/11, Dr. Wallace was also involved in the Ambiguous Loss Project caring for persons in New York and is currently working on a research project to look at the impact of Hurricane Matthew on African Americans in rural areas in North Carolina.

Dr. Wallace served as a hospital chaplain for a number of years in Atlanta and has also served as a University Chaplain at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has worked with women and children experiencing homelessness helping to develop a Mental Health Clinic at a Homeless Shelter in Atlanta and most recently opened her private practice in Raleigh, NC.

Dr. Wallace holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare from Adelphi University in New York, a Masters of Education in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, a Masters of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina and holds a Ph.D. in Family Social Science with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Minnesota. She has authored several articles and book chapters including “Narratives of Grieving African Americans About Racism in the Lives of Deceased Family Members”, “A Womanist Legacy of Trauma, Grief, and Loss: Reframing the Notion of the Strong Black Woman Icon”, “Hush No More: Constructing an African American Lutheran Womanist Ethic”, and is the co-author of the book, “African American Grief”. Her current research agenda include understanding Community Trauma and End-of Life Decisions among older African Americans. She’s also in the process in writing her second book to be entitled, “African American Grief – Revisited”.

Dr. Wallace considers herself a “womanist” and so embraces the wholeness of all people – both men and women. Dr. Wallace has a passion for healing and wholeness for God’s people – physical, psychological, and spiritual healing. A native of Brooklyn, New York, more recently residing in Atlanta, Dr. Wallace now lives in Smithfield, North Carolina where she is caring for her mother and father. She is the mother of two adult children - William and Yolanda, both educators - and one grandson, Jaylen Samuel aged 16 and Andre’ (A.J. Tickle) aged 6 months.

Look here see the entire list of programs and meals planned for Fall WNL.

Youth Fellowship – Sept. 24

This week at youth fellowship we will be discussing the role stress plays in our lives as students, and will explore the ways that our faith and spiritual practices can help us cope with that stress. We will put our discussion into action and engage in a time of spiritual and creative expression. Please join us Sunday at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall!

BJF – September 24

September 24 will be a full day for BJF. First, we will debrief from the Sanctuary Workshop which 4 of us attended. There are two actions we can possibly participate in: #1 is a Raleigh church considering opening its doors for Sanctuary which needs some help from volunteers and #2, the NCCC is collecting letters to NC senators and representatives supporting legislation for the DREAM act - we have copies if you are interested.  

Then we will continue our discussion on Do Segregated Churches Imply Racism? We will begin with the sermon from Rev. Kim of Church of All Nations that we did not get to on Sept 10. Some of us have discussed writing a letter to our CE division/.session requesting that pictures of a white, blond hair, blue eyed Jesus be removed from our church (yes, there are some) as ways to be more theologically correct and less racist--a Palestinian Jew was not white and blonde and a way to acknowledge and apologize for one area of our participation in  white supremacy is to remove these pictures, and It would be great to get some more accurate ones. Since the PC(USA) is emphasizing racism, I suspect there are some available. This is something we can do to be intentional about the messages we give. We white folks have probably not ever thought of this picture of Jesus as  incorrect--much less racist. We will discuss more.

On the  advice of Robert Owens, I'm reading, 'Reading the Bible as if Jesus Mattered,' by Mennonite preacher-Duane Beachy and a Prophetic Christianity book, Becky lent me on on 'Always with Us?  What Jesus Really Said about the Poor' by Liz Theoharis (a PC(USA) minister).  Both books can supplement our current study in different yet the same ways--and I recommend them to challenge us.  

Hope to see you!

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Wednesday Night Live – Sept. 27

 Please join us this Wednesday the 27th in the Fellowship Hall for our Fall WNL series. This week, fix your favorite dessert or casserole and be a part of the Casserole and Dessert cook-off at Wednesday Night Live. The winner will receive a trophy and it will be fun to share a meal cooked by members. Be a part of this special evening and enjoy a variety of good food and good fun.

The meal is free, but please make a donation of money or non-perishable food for our food bag ministry.

Look here see the entire list of programs and meals planned for Fall WNL. 

It’s Haiti Time! – Sept. 10

?We are already getting ready for the 2018 Haiti Mission Team Adventure!

Please come see all the wonderful things we did at the Yahve Jire Children’s Foundation in May. Kathy Johnson, Team Leader, will be in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, September 10th following morning worship service and then again during the @The Table Service at 5:00. Then stick around for info and sign up to be on the next most awesome mission team in June, 2018. We are planning on building a gazebo and pergola at the children’s home compound.

If you can’t attend please contact Kathy Johnson (wojo2005@gmail.com) as soon as possible for information. Don’t miss out, it’s an epic ministry!

Race: Are We So Different? – Sept. 26

In response to the violent protests in Charlottesville, the continuing importance of the church's response to racism and white supremacy, and several groups in congregations and the presbytery who have been reading Waking Up White, all New Hope Presbyterians are invited to a group viewing of the exhibit Race: Are We So Different? at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Tuesday, September 26, at 3:30 p.m., followed by opportunity for discussion over dinner. Admission to the museum and exhibition is free, though dinner is at your own cost. Please sign up online by Monday, September 25, so we can make sure we have enough tickets and seats for everyone!

Magdalene Circle of Presbyterian Women – Sept. 12

Presbyterian Women (PW) is open to ALL women in the church. 

The Magdalene Circle of PW starts back Sept. 12, 2017 for monthly 2nd Tuesdays through May 2018. We meet in the parlor at 10 am for business and Bible study, then lunch together.

The Friendship Circle meets on the 3rd Sundays for lunch after worship - all in the spirit of learning, service, and fellowship. Do join us!! 2017-2018 Horizons Bible Study - "Cloud of Witnesses - The Community of Christ in Hebrews" by Melissa Bane Sevier. Our prayer is that the study of community in Hebrews will help us strengthen our own communities.

Summers we stay connected (Lunching Ladies) on monthly 2nd Tuesdays by dining out together for fellowship and fun. Again, all are welcome.