September at WPPC

Activities at WPPC in September include:

  • Welcome Back Luncheon – Sunday, September 10th after Worship
  • Rise Against Hunger – Sunday, September 24th at 2:30 (set-up) and 3:30 (meal packing)
  • Young at Hearts – Thursday, September 14th at 11:30am
  • Bus Trips:  Riverview Restaurant (Monday, September 11th at 5:15pm) and Battleship (Saturday, September 23rd at 9am)
  • Music Ministry Covered Dish and Beginning of Choir Rehearsals
  • Youth and Children’s Ministry
  • Volunteer Opportunities (Teaching Ukulele at Lake Forest Academy, NC Mobile Diaper Bank Distribution, Visiting Members-at-Home with the Pastor, Serve Coffee to Preschool Families)

Welcome Back Church Luncheon:  Sunday, September 10th after worship!

Come enjoy an after-church lunch (I’ve heard a rumor that BBQ may be on the menu!) as we mark the beginning of our Fall ministries!   We will have information about upcoming events, programs, studies, and more.  Come and eat!  Invite a friend!

If you would like to lend a hand in helping prepare the meal, please let Shirley know!

Photo of the Rise Against Hunger Service activity

Rise Against Hunger – Sunday, September 24th

Invite a friend or neighbor and come help our church family and friends pack 13,000 meals for emergency use at home and abroad.  

Set-up will start at 2:30pm
Meal packing will begin at 3:30pm

Young at Hearts: Thursday, September 14th at 11:30am

Our wonderful covered-dish luncheon returns for the fall. Our first guest will be a speaker from the Parks Department.  Please come and enjoy this time of food and fellowship.

View of the Cape Fear River from the deck of the Riverview Restaurant at Blakeslee Air Force Recreation Area

Bus Trips:  (Two by-request bus trips for September)

Monday, September 25th –  Meet at the Church at 5:15pmWe will go to the Riverview Restaurant at Blakeslee Air Force Recreation Area near Fort Fisher  (it is open to the public).     Please note:  the restaurant has a limited menu which is viewable here:

Also, the restaurant does not take reservations and has been known to change its hours and days that it is open!  We will hope for the best! 

Saturday, September 23rd – Meet at the church at 9am – we will tour the Battleship North Carolina.   Plan on about 2 hours aboard.  I will focus on the main (exterior) deck and one deck below.  While we won’t be doing tons of climbing, participants should be able to get up and down that (steep) set of stairs (ladder!).   Your pastor happens to know rather a lot about the ship and its history.   I will plan to share stories that I have been told by (now deceased) WPPC members who served in the Navy during WWII.  After touring the ship, we will have lunch downtown – I am glad to go anywhere that those who sign up for the trip want to go.  Once we decide on a place, we will let others know if they want to join us.

I have a membership that will get the first 5 to sign up for the outing in for free.  After that it is $14 a person ($10 senior / military; $6 for a child under 11).

Call the church office to sign up for either bus trip!

Music Ministry Pot-Luck and Choir Rehearsals Begin

All participants in our music program and those interested in joining are invited to a covered dish dinner at 6pm on Tuesday, September 5th in the Music Room.

Chancel Choir and Bell Choir Rehearsals Begin on Thursday, September 7th.

Ukulele Choir Rehearsals begin on Friday, September 8th at 9am.

Youth and Children’s Ministry at WPPC!

Sunday, August 27th: 4pm to 6pm –  Youth Group Kick-Off Cookout at Kris’s house.  Bring your instrument for a time of musical fellowship and worship.  Bring a swimsuit for the pool.  We will have hotdogs and bratwurst on the grill.

Sunday, September 3rd:  Kid’s Club and Youth Group both meet from 4pm to 6pm at the church.

Sunday, September 10th – Come to the Dinner after worship!

Sunday, September 18th – Youth Group Meets from 4pm to 6pm

Friday, September 22nd – Youth Group Lock-in: Meet at the church at 6pm.  Wear clothes you can get a bit messy in.   We will come back to the church in the evening for after-dark worship, games, fellowship – and sleep in Chadbourn Hall.  In the morning we will head to Waffle House before parents pick us up.  Friends are welcome. 

Sunday, September 24th – Come to the church at 2:30pm to help set up for Rise Against Hunger – Bring a friend!

Looking Ahead:   Youth Group Hiking Trip on Sunday, October 22nd – We will leave for Lake Waccamaw after worship.

Please talk to Rachel or Emile if you need more information or have questions. 

Photo of the NC Diaper Bank Mobile Distribution Van and Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities:  

Teaching Ukulele at Lake Forest Academy:  One of the participants at Ukulele Camp is a teacher at Lake Forest Academy (NHCS School for children in crisis).  She has asked if members of our church would teach a Ukulele class during their “clubs” time of day.  We are starting with a trial period of every other Friday (September 8th, September 22nd, October 6th, October 20th) from about 12:30 to 1:30pm.  I will be going these four dates.  I would love to have 1-2 others go with me.  Bonus points if you know at least a little bit of Ukulele, but even if you don’t it would be a huge help to have another pair of hands.  Volunteers need to be approved through the school.  We will also have staff members present with us at all times to help.  If this is successful, we may seek to continue or expand our efforts.

NC Diaper Bank Mobile Distribution:   As another trial volunteer project, we will be volunteering with the Diaper Bank for their Mobile Distribution at the Houston Moore Community Center (near Greenfield Lake) on Tuesday, September 5th.  I believe that there is still room for one more volunteer for that day.  Look forward to more information about this opportunity in the future!

Go Visiting with the Pastor:   To do most at-home visits, I need to take a volunteer with me when we visit our members at home who live alone.  If  you might want to go visiting, we usually have a lot of fun!  We tell stories.  We sing songs.  It is a chance to see old friends and make new ones.  On most of the days below, I will be planning 3-4 stops.   Often, we stop for lunch.  Please respond to this email and let me know if a date would work for you!

Times are approximate:
Wednesday, August 30th – 10am to 3pm – I have a volunteer!
Wednesday, September 6th – 10am to 2pm
Wednesday, September 13th – 10am to 3pm – I have a volunteer!
Tuesday, September 19th – 10am to 2pm – I have a volunteer!
Monday, September 25th – 10am to 3pm – I have a volunteer!
Wednesday, September 27th – 10am to 2pm – I have a volunteer!

Serve Coffee To Preschool Parents – Monday, September 11th
Help welcome our Preschool Families – and invite them to WPPC events – especially Rise Against Hunger.    We will serve coffee from 8:45am to 9:15am.  We need volunteers starting at 8am to help set up.  Please let Emile know if you can help.

For all of the above opportunities, please respond to this email to let Emile know you are interested!

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