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First Advent Service

Dec. 7

Bulletin: 1st Advent Service

Christmas Cantata: “Joy!”

Dec. 10

Wallace Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir

will present

The Gospel Christmas Celebration

Composed and Arranged by

Joel Raney

Sunday, December 10, 2017

11:00 am


Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service

Dec. 24



7:00 PM

Christmas Joy Offering

Dec. 17


Sunday, December 17 during worship

            Receiving the annual Christmas Joy Offering is a long-standing and important tradition in our congregation.  Each year during the Advent and Christmas season, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem and celebrate the wondrous gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor this gift by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges.

For more information about the Christmas Joy Offering,

visit www.specialofferings.pcusa.org/christmasjoy.

2017 Advent Services



Wallace Presbyterian Church

Worship Service:  12:05 P.M.

Luncheon:  12:30 P.M.

THURSDAY, December 7, 2017

Speaker………………………………………………………………………………..Hope Smith

Special Music…………………………………………………………………………..Arnie Young Organist……………………………………………………………………………..Vera Coombs

THURSDAY, December 14, 2017

Speaker………………………………………………………………………………..Jason Rouse

Special Music…………………………………………………………………………….Joell Parker Organist……………………………………………………………………………….Vera Coombs                                                  

THURSDAY, December 21, 2017

Special Program of Christmas Music       Karla Casteen, Vera Coombs and Randy Bittner

SAVE THE DATE! 2018 Sound Retreat

Feb. 2-4


     “A Letter of Christ”

         February 2-4, 2018, at the beautiful Trinity Center, on Bogue Sound, Outer Banks, N.C. Great Leaders, Delicious food, Rest & Relaxation, Spiritual renewal, Fellowship & Fun, Worship, All ages welcome!                                              

The upcoming Retreat has great news, all Youth attending the Retreat will be FREE!

Additional our spiritual leader for the adult program will be led by Rachel Whaley Doll, Director of Christian Education, Winter Park Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC.  We will also have an exciting youth program for our school age kids, led by Zachary Casteen, Youth Ministry Leader, Wallace Presbyterian Church.  It will be a stimulating and exciting time!

God Bless!

Louis DiDomenico

Sound Retreat Chairperson


Click on link to view letter about the Sound Retreat and information about our worship leaders.  Sound Retreat Letter & Worship Leader Bio’s

Clink on Link for Registration Form  Sound Retreat 2018 Registration Form

Basic Bible 101

Jan. 8


New Start Dates

Monday, January 8 (7:00 – 8:30 p.m.)

and Tuesday, January 9

(10:00 – 11:30 a.m.)

Room 304 (across from the Music Room)

Bring your Bible and your questions!

Session 1:  What is the Bible?


December Newsletter

Dec. 2017

December 2017 Newsletter

Monthly Calendar of Events

Dec. 2017
Click on Church Calendar to the right just below Watch Services

Sunday’s Bulletin

Dec. 10

Bulletin 12-10-2017

Youth Ministry News….





Greetings from your Youth Ministry!!

Our November meets were a lot of fun!  We helped package and sort Operation Christmas Child Boxes, had a blast at the Port City Escape room, and our Sr. Highs had a great weekend at Kirkwood at a Presbytery Youth Retreat.

December is looking up to be an awesome month as well!  Here’s what we have in store.

Dec 3 – Pebbles & PYT – Parents Survival Night! Christmas Play rehearsal, Cookie baking, Polar Express Movie!  3pm – 8pm

Dec 10 – PYT will meet at church 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Dec 17 – Pebbles & PYT – Christmas play during worship – No youth after church

Dec 31 – PYT – NYE Pickle Drop in Mt. Olive – 4pm – 8pm

The Pebbles will rehearse the Christmas play on the 3rd in the afternoon, and during Sunday School each Sunday, with the performance on the 17th.

Be on the lookout for an updated youth schedule to be released soon.  We will be adding and changing several dates in the coming months.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or would like to help with the youth of our church, please contact me, Zach Casteen at Zach@WallacePresbyterian.com


Yours In Christ,

Zach Casteen

Feed Our Hungry Children/Backpack Ministry Offering

Dec. 24




An extension of the Duplin Christian Outreach Ministries


Jesus Keeps Showing Up—Sermons by Philip Gladden

On going
Jesus Keeps Showing Up- By Dr. Phil Gladden

Prayer Shawl Ministry Team


    Prayer Shawl Ministry Team

  Celebrates Their Second Year Anniversary

  On January 18, 2017



            Mary Ayres                  Cindy Barrow                        Mary Carone

            Shirley Carlton          Marilyn Frater                      Susie Gaus   

            Laura Hinson            Dottie Obenour                     Carol Potter

            Sandy Ward                Vanessa Ward                     Joan West     

            Pat Wilson                  Christy Wintrode


    In the second year 87 prayer shawls were made.  We gave away

 66 prayer shawls   1 lap blanket   3 baptism shawls   9 baby afghans


We are very grateful for the generous donations to our ministry provided through our fellowship dinners sponsored by Congregational Care Ministry Team, Yarn donations, and money donated by the congregation that enabled us to provide these wonderful handmade items.

            We have sent prayer shawls to Boston MA; Cedar Springs MI; Cape Cod MA; Indialantic FL; Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta GA; Annapolis, MD; Texas; Surf City, NC; Connecticut; Wisconsin; California; Utah; South Carolina; Raleigh, NC; Chicago, IL; New York City, NY; and Romania.

            We are thankful for our ministry team and their interest in creating lovely prayer shawls for lovely people.  If you can knit or crochet and would like to join our Ministry Team, please contact Dottie Obenour or one of the members.  Thank you and God Bless.


Hurricane Matthew Relief

On Going

To help with the Hurricane Matthew Relief Program, read the following information below:



Monetary Contributions

Wallace Presbyterian Church
Pastor Discretionary Fund
P.O. Box 717
Wallace, NC 28466

Online at www.wallacepresbyterian.com
Use “Click here to give” and click on
“Disaster” under “Give to. . .”

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Program
Presbyterian Church (USA)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
(mark check with DR000191)

PDA by telephone
Call (800) 872-3283
to give by credit card.

Hurricane Matthew Cleanup Bucket

Please bring to worship at Camp Kirkwood next Sunday or to the church office by Sunday, November 6
1 — 5-gallon bucket with resealable lid (Value $75)
5 — scouring pads
7 — sponges, assorted sizes
1 — scrub brush
1 — pkg. cleaning towels (18 reusable, like Easy Wipes®)
1 — box dry laundry detergent, 50-78 oz.
1 — liquid concentrated household cleaner (like Lysol®, 12 oz.)
1 — bottle liquid disinfectant dish soap (like Dawn®, 24-28 oz.)
1 — 1 pkg. clothespins, 48-50
Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
5 — dust masks
2 pair — latex gloves (like Playtex®)
1 pair — work gloves
1 — 24 to 28 count roll heavy-duty trash bags (30-45 gallon, remove from carton)
1 — bottle insect repellant (pump, drops or lotion; not aerosol), 6-9 oz.

 Please purchase all liquids in plastic bottles. Send only new, unopened materials. Put all items in the plastic bucket, packed securely to avoid damage during shipment, and seal lid with packing tape.


On Going
Tithe.ly — Giving Made Easy

Wallace Presbyterian Church has set up a new method for you to give to the church.

Tithe.ly is a web-based giving platform that allows you to give to the church using your smart phone, tablet or computer. You can set up a recurring payment from your checking account (ACH or eCheck,) debit card or credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, or AMEX.) Payments can be one time or repeated. You can also create an account or give as a guest without having an account.

Tithe.ly streamlines the giving process with its app that we have added to our website. It will allow you to give without leaving the web page. Likewise, you can give directly from your smart phone, after downloading the Tithe.ly app from your App Store. Tithe.ly is available for iOS, Android, and the web. Giving through the app can be completed in just 30 seconds.
Tithe.ly’s simple methods means that givers don’t have to learn complex methods of giving.

Online giving using Credit/Debit Cards always incur fees from the credit card company to process your payment. However, Tithe.ly’s fees are the lowest you’ll find for this type of service. They do not charge for setup or have ongoing fees. They’re charged on a per-transaction basis at $0.30 + 2.9%. If you would like, you can also automatically increase your giving to cover these costs or just let it be deducted from your gift.

Here are some of the things we love about Tithe.ly:

  • Computer, Tablet or Smartphone. Tithe.ly works beautifully on any device, with just the right amount of security that you’re details are safe, but it’s not ridiculously annoying every time you try to access your account.
  • Geolocation. Tithe.ly has a nifty little feature that geolocates the nearest church in the area (that currently has a Tithe.ly account set up), so if you’re physically in your church’s building, or you live close by, chances are your church will be located automatically. Of course, you can search by church name too, but there’s something cool about being able to click on “Give to the nearest church” and seeing your own church’s Tithe.ly page appear. By the way, we’re the only church in Duplin County that is using Tithe.ly. We expect that to change fairly quickly.
  • Intuitive. Tithe.ly is so intuitive. All you need to do is follow the prompts. All the info you need is displayed in the right places, and it makes online giving so easy. You can give to the church in under 10 seconds, using only your 4-digit Tithe.ly passcode.
  • Covering Fees. As mentioned before, as part of the giving process, Tithe.ly allows you to select an option to “cover fees” as part of your transaction. If you select this option, you become the one to pay the $0.30 + 2.9% transaction fees, rather than the church.
  • Website Integration. Tithe.ly has been integrated into our website. You can also designate where your offering is given (e.g., Building Fund, General Offering, Backpack Buddies, etc.)
  • Reporting. Receipts and reporting are easy with Tithe.ly, for both the user and the church’s Treasurer (aka Wayne Casteen.) All users have access to their receipts and records of their giving activity.

There are loads of other features we love about Tithe.ly (like Text-to-Give, Giving Kiosks, and their great video resources) but the best thing to do is visit their website and see for yourself. After the initial gift, all funds are transferred daily as they are received.

The following video provides an overview of Tithely.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I download and install the Tithe.ly App?

To download the Tithe.ly app, you can click on the links at the bottom of the page for Android or iOS. Or you can search “Tithely” in your smartphone’s app store.

Once you’ve download and installed the Tithe.ly App on your smartphone, create your account by clicking “Create Account.” Once your account is created, you can search for the church by using the search box located at the top or you can click on the “find nearest church” button if you are near the church. When you have found it and are ready to give just click the “Give Now” button and complete the giving form!

How do I log into my Tithe.ly account?

You can login to your Tithe.ly account from the Tithe.ly app or through the web. The three options are detailed below.

1) Logging into Tithe.ly from the app:

If you’ve installed the Tithe.ly app, you can simply open the app on your smartphone, enter your username and password, and click on “Log In”. Forgot your password? Reset it by following these instructions.

2) Logging into Tithe.ly from your church website:

If you normally give by going through your church/ministry website, you can log into your Tithe.ly account online by clicking the giving button on the churches website, clicking the “Login/Signup” link located in the top right corner, and then entering your login information.

3) Logging into Tithe.ly from the web:

If the above two ways are not how you normally access Tithe.ly, you can simply go to https://tithe.ly/give and log into your Tithe.ly account by clicking the “Login/Signup”link located in the top right corner and entering your login information.

Do I have to have a Tithe.ly account to give?

No! You can absolutely donate, register, or pay without signing up for a Tithe.ly account except for when using text-to-give or the Tithe.ly mobile app where having an account is required. When giving, registering, or paying via the Tithe.ly web giving form you do NOT have to create a Tithe.ly account to make one-time or recurring donations. We wanted to make that process easy and pain-free. You can start giving from your favorite organization’s website at any time. However if you’d like to make giving as easy as possible and have the opportunity to take advantage of all the Tithe.ly features, you’ll have to create an account.

Creating an account allows you to:

  • Securely store your payment method (so you don’t have to type it out each time)
  • Setup / cancel a recurring donation
  • See your giving history
  • Manage your account yourself 24/7

Do I receive a receipt after giving?

Absolutely! A person giving through Tithe.ly will receive an automatically sent email seconds after they finish giving. You can even customize the email receipt / confirmation so that it matches your brand and style more closely. The gift email includes:

  • Date of gift
  • Name of organization given to
  • Amount given
  • Fund / designation of gift
  • Gift ID

Is Tithe.ly safe and secure to use?

All financial information is encrypted and stored by our banking partner to PCI DSS Level 1 compliant standards. PCI DSS Level 1 compliance is a set of rules stated by credit card companies and audited by an independent third party. It is the highest possible rating one can get in the electronic payment processing industry. Additionally, all transmission to our banking partner and on our site is via an encrypted 256-bit HTTPS SSL connection.

Tithe.ly giving app on    iPhone  or    Android

Powered and secured by Tithe.ly Church Giving

Second Sunday on Main Street

On Break

Second Sunday on Main is on break until September 2017.

Second Sunda on Main

Every Second Sunday of the Month
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Second Sunday is a celebration of our church family. Based on the concept of intergenerational ministry, Second Sunday’s aim is to develop strong Christian relationships among multiple generations of our church.
While lessons and activities will be aimed toward children who are preschool through grade 5, all people of the congregation and community are encouraged to join this once-a-month evening of Bible stories, games, songs, activities, and dinner.
Childcare will be provided for the youngest children.
To give us a general idea of how much food to prepare, if you think you will join us, please add your name to the list on the clipboard in the back of the Fellowship Hall, or send an email to logos.wpc@gmail.com.

News From Our Presbyterian Church (USA) Mission Workers




Rev. Dustin and Sherri Ellington

two sons, Clayton and Christopher

Justo Mwale Theological University College P.O. Box 310199 Plot 19 –

Munali Road- Chamba Valley Lusaka, Zambia, Africa   15301

A letter from Dustin Ellington serving in Zambia
Dear Friends,
From an American perspective it may seem odd that our graduating students here at Justo Mwale University finish their coursework in November, begin serving a congregation, and then come back in May to graduate.  For Sherri and me, though, the timing is a blessing because it affords us a wonderful chance to connect with graduates who have been away ministering for several months.  Dustin, Sherri, Clayton, and Christopher…with Darrell, the cat (Photo by Buck Cochran) On May 9 we had our first graduation ceremony under our institution’s new name, Justo Mwale University. The school has transitioned from Justo Mwale Theological College to what Zambia’s government calls a “university college,” to a full university. We are now a (small) university. Our main work is still to prepare people to become pastors in countries throughout Southern Africa, but Justo Mwale has expanded to train lots of school teachers through distance and semi-residential education in order to meet a need for more highly trained teachers in Zambia and also to help the university be financially sustained through the tuition it receives. The graduation was a festive occasion, with 14 students graduating from our main full-time Bachelor of Theology program, and another 123 graduates of short-term distance and semi-residential programs. Sherri and I were able to spend time with some of the returning students. I want to share a couple vignettes of what our new graduates are already doing. One young woman, Naomi, is a solo pastor in a rural village and had 995 people in worship for Easter. Her congregation also held a crusade week leading up to Easter, with about 1,100 persons involved. Naomi invited a fellow 20-something-year-old student named Elizabeth to come help lead this crusade. Elizabeth, though only in her third year at Justo Mwale, preached three times a day for four days at the crusade, and apparently there was a huge response. Many people were confessing their use of charms and magic and asking what to do, especially in cases where some members of a family still wish to use these means of gaining success and blessing while other family members are hoping to renounce them, as disciples of Jesus.  I take a special joy in hearing about Naomi and Elizabeth because both have been in my weekly preaching practicum for at least two years; I’ve debriefed numerous sermons with each of them. It is exciting to hear how both are now impacting hundreds with their preaching. Another young graduate, Moses, shared that he is the pastor of a congregation with 21 meeting sites. The average location has about 100 adult members, not including children. In a country where 50 percent of the population are under the age of 16, and where rural families tend to have six or seven children, this is a huge congregation for a brand-new seminary graduate in his 20s. Moses ministers to thousands of people as their only ordained pastor. I know these people are so blessed to have Moses; Sherri and I came to see his solid Christian character during his years at Justo Mwale.
A Presbyterian church in North Carolina just gave bicycles to him and the other new pastors, and his smile was huge while speaking of this bike. Now he has a way to move between his 21 church locations with far more efficiency. The new graduates are not without anxieties. In their last academic term, from September to November of 2014, I studied Hebrews through Revelation—the last fourth of the New Testament—with them. As we sifted through the biblical material, the students kept noticing these books’ concerns with false teaching. One student, named Peter, said, “If we are not careful, we may be misled.” A student named Mary repeatedly asked for prayer for the graduates’ discernment, and that they won’t be “derailed” as teachers and preachers. Another, Jacob, expressed worry that the church is concerned with artificial things instead of with the truth. Another articulated that pastors can easily be rejected by congregations if they don’t say what the congregation wants to hear about acquiring wealth through Jesus. Another named Blessings said the course had come at just the right time, as they headed into their congregations. One of their biggest challenges is that they are under heavy pressure to preach, as the core message of the Christian faith, that Jesus Christ is like the charms and magic that the new African believers are leaving behind—except more powerful. Christ is the best and fastest ticket to get what you want:  health and success for you and your family. Christ is the sure path to blessings on earth, and the sure path for avoiding the curses that can come one’s way in this life. This message is not entirely wrong, but our students spend two to four years sorting through it while at Justo Mwale, learning to nuance some aspects of it and reject other aspects outright. Nevertheless, when they go out to their Presbyterian and Reformed churches and they preach a message that sounds different from the prosperity line of thought, they feel that they put themselves and their families at risk. Just this week a Zimbabwean student was sharing with me that he understands that what counts is God’s approval, not people’s. Then he asked: But what do I say to my family when the congregation doesn’t pay me? Many of our students and graduates say they are paid by their congregations only if they preach prosperity, or at least they are paid far less if they do not preach current blessings and prosperity coming (rather like magic) through the power of Jesus. The church in Southern Africa is filled with life, growth, and promise, but also with danger and vulnerability. Please join us in praying for our students and graduates. They desire prayer for discernment to know the truth, to be established in the truth, to walk in the truth, and to preach the truth they have found in Jesus Christ. Sherri and I also want to express our gratitude to all of you who pray for us and provide for our ministry. Presbyterian World Mission, our sending organization, is facing serious financial shortages and may need to release 40 of its 160 mission co-workers in the next two years if the funding situation does not improve. Please consider a gift to support our ministry in Zambia. Please consider also a general gift to Presbyterian World Mission for the support of all its mission co-workers. We are so grateful for all of you who stand behind us and our fellow mission co-workers around the world.

Yours in Christ,
Dustin and Sherri Ellington

ellingtondustin@gmail.com – Dustin
so.ellington@gmail.com – Sherri


Duplin Christian Outreach Ministries News


Thank you for your support of DCOM with your prayers, monetary donations, volunteer hours and donations to Blessings in Store.  DCOM has been able to reach out to the people of our communities and share God’s love with others.  Without your continued support none of this would be possible.  Every day at the crisis center and the thrift store we see God’s love and we are as blessed as those we are reaching out to!  At the December board meeting we voted to accept “Feed Our Hungry Children” under our umbrella and to begin the process needed to start the Backpack Buddies program in 5 local schools, Wallace Elementary, Rose Hill-Magnolia Elementary, Chinquapin Elementary, Charity Middle, and Wallace-Rose Hill High School.  This program should be launched by the end of January and more details will follow. Saturday, December 17, several of the board members met with Duncan MacCalman from Chapel Hill.  We discussed several possibilities for reaching out to our communities but we concentrated on one additional ministry to DCOM.  We have wanted to add a soup kitchen to the ministry and now we have begun to work on this dream. Our first order of business is to find a place to have the soup kitchen.  We need a house or other suitable building with a kitchen.  We would prefer a donated building that we could use and possibly upgrade the kitchen area to suit our needs. Next we will have to develop a budget.  With the budget we will need to do a menu and what will be needed to stock the kitchen and eating area.  If you are interested in being part of the soup kitchen ministry or have a building that we could use, please contact one of the board members, you can call DCOM (285-6000), Blessings in Store (285-5557) or Lois McCartney (285-5766) and leave a message.

Sanctuary Flowers



Sanctuary Flowers
Dear WPC Family,
Each week sanctuary flowers are provided for our Sunday morning worship. Members and friends of the church take this opportunity to remember a birthday, anniversary or recognize/honor someone special. Acknowledgement of the flowers is in the church bulletin. There are open Sundays available, and we ask that you consider taking a date to provide the flowers. Please contact Cindy Barrow or Lois Edgerton.
The church guidelines are:
Flowers need to be in the sanctuary before assembly.
Flowers need to be removed after the service.
No bows or ribbons
Family is to pay the florist directly.
Flowers do not have to be from a florist. You can create your own arrangement.
The use of silk or artificial flowers and plants is discouraged.
Two local florists have keys to the church and will deliver the flowers on Saturday.
Stallings Florist – 910/285-3896      Olive Branch Gardens – 910/285-4957
Let us hear from you, please.
Cindy Barrow – 910/285-2561,   cbarrow28466@yahoo.com
Lois Edgerton – 910/285-2160,  thomasedgerton@hotmail.com
Wallace Presbyterian Women Co-Chairs for Sanctuary Flowers