“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.”

William Seward wrote these opening words to a national “Proclamation of Thanksgiving” in October of 1863. 

President Abraham Lincoln’s decision to issue this proclamation of thanks in the middle of a bloody civil war was on my mind during our Veterans’ Day worship service.

In the lesson of the widow’s mite, we see a world where men devour widows’ houses and say a long prayer to cover it up. Abraham Lincoln saw it over 150 years ago. The poor widow saw it in Jesus’ time. In response, they continued to give thanks to God with all of their heart.

In 2018, as the youth showed us with their pile of Halloween candy, giving continues to bring great joy. As I reflect on this commitment season, I am filled with joy and thanksgiving for the spirit of generosity we hold in common at WRPC. As of November 14th, 83 individuals and families have pledged. We are well on our way to our goal of 100 pledges. Thank you for your commitment!

Happy Thanksgiving!


P.S. It’s not too late to pledge. There are three easy ways to make your pledge.

  1. Pledge online at
  2. Put your pledge in the offering plate during worship.
  3. Bring or mail your pledge to the church office
    27 Horne Street, Raleigh, NC 27607
    (If mailed, address it to the attention of the Financial Secretary)

All of these methods ensure that your pledge of money remains confidential and your pledge of time and talent is forwarded to the appropriate committee or ministry chair.

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