The latest news and updates from Cary Presbyterian Church

News & Updates from Your CPC Family
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
All Together Worship Service
ASP Sunday 
Sunday, July 29
Summer Worship Service - 10:00 a.m. 
Adult 1 Sunday School Class - 8:45 a.m.
(Adult 1 will be the only Sunday School class to meet until Sept. 9)

Reflections: Kim Zeugner, Elizabeth Crouse, 
Rachel Campbell, Abby Zeugner
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3 & 4, John  14:25-27, 
Matthew 3:16-17, Isaiah 6:8

Ministers: Lori Pistor, Mitzi Lesher-Thomas
Director of Music: Ed Yasick
Piano: Sara Dickson
Slide Show: Meg Cowen

Fair Trade Table Open Sunday

Please visit the Fair Trade table outside the Fellowship Hall this coming Sunday, July 29.  We will be open before and after the 10:00 worship service.
  • We have coffee (ground, whole-bean; regular, decaffeinated), tea, chocolate bars, cocoa, and olive oil.
  • We accept cash, checks, and debit or credit cards 
Thank you so much for helping us support Esperanza, CPC's ministry in Guatemala

It's Not Too Late to Participate!
Didn't get to attend last Sunday's Town Hall event?
Please download and print the pages at this link 
and offer your perspectives.
Hard copies are also available in the narthex and church office.
Please return to CPC by Sunday, August 5.

CPC Transition Team

CPC T-Shirts: Back by Popular Demand!
New Colors! New Logos!
Once again, we are offering CPC t-shirts for sale.
The shirt back, reading "our church is leaving the building... are you coming with us?"
is updated to include the logos from Be the Hands, Cary Presbyterian Preschool,
and Equal Exchange, along with the other missions we support with our time and talents.
All t-shirt sale proceeds will support the cost of our Food, Friends, & Fun summer mission program.


  • Designate your check as "T-Shirt" (payable to Cary Presbyterian Church).
  • Place your check in an envelope in the offering plate or bring it by the church office.
  • All orders for shirts must be received in the church office no later than Friday, August 3.
Questions? Email Barbara Carew or Phil Melton at

Food, Friends, Fun
Food, Friends and Fun continues [at Cary Presbyterian 
on Wednesdays this summer from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 
and other churches Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday].
Please keep your sign-ups coming!

This coming week on August 1, we still need:
  • Recreation leader (1)
  • Leaders in arts and crafts (1 or 2)
  • Group leaders (1 adult, 1 or 2 youth)
  • Child care helper (1)
More will be posted later: t hank you so much for contributing to this successful local mission.  We demonstrate God's love and care to all through this experience. Sign-ups for all volunteer positions are available at the church, or online. Sign-up here at this link.

Esperanza de Guatemala News
NEW! The website for our related nonprofit, Esperanza de Guatemala is live! Please click the link here  to check it out and to help us rise higher in the Google search queue. There you can learn about the organization, share this news with friends, and even donate! And please support our very first fundraiser (details in the Field of Dreams entries here in the newsletter) so we can improve education and literacy in Nimasac.
Get your Esperanza de Guatemala Fundraiser
tickets for Field of Dreams this Sunday!
For the next three Sundays (7/29, 8/5, 8/12) 
tickets to Field of Dreams will be on sale at a table outside by the wooden doors. We will accept checks or credit cards; 
tickets will be available at will-call at The Cary the night of the event. 
Ticket price: Cash or check $25 + tax = $26.81; 
Credit card - $27.50 (tax and card fee included)

See the post below for full event details. 
Esperanza de Guatemala 2018 Fundraiser

Please join us for
a special viewing of Field of Dreams,
Sunday, August 19 at The Cary Theater, 
sponsored by Esperanza de Guatemala.

Tickets Now Available at Cary Theater Box Office
 at Etix online, and CPC on Sundays!
On Sundays before the event (7/29, 8/5, 8/12) 
a table will be outside 
by the wooden doors, with tickets on sale. 
We will accept checks or credit cards; 
tickets will be available at will-call at The Cary the night of the event.
Ticket price: Cash or check $25 + tax = $26.81; 
Credit card - $27.50 (tax and card fee included)

Evening Schedule
Reception with hors d'oeuvres at 6:00 p.m.
Beer and wine available at BREW.

Movie: Field of Dreams at 7:00 p.m.
Ticket prices: $25 for adults,
$15 for children 12 years old and under.
Your generous participation helps Esperanza de Guatemala
advance education and literacy among the people of Nimasac.
Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  
On Mondays, the box office has hours from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 at the Cary Arts Center (101 Dry Avenue, Cary). 
  Online - a $2 per ticket convenience fee 
will be added to the price of the ticket.

  By Phone - call 1-800-514-3849 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Sunday 12 p.m. - 8 pm.  A $2 per ticket convenience fee will be added to the price of the ticket.

CPC Travels to Guatemala this Fall: Come Along!
(2017 Travelers: Left to right, Gerry McLaughlin, Izzy Bradsher, Sherry Bradsher, 
Medora Hix, Carol Payne, Jon Rodriguez, Barbara Harvey, and Josetta McLaughlin)
Information (and applications) for our 2018 Guatemala trip this fall is now available. 
An INFORMATION MEETING about going to Guatemala (with trip details) will be held August 5 following worship in the Fellowship Hall.  Please come with your questions.

The trip will be Tuesday, October 16 through October 23. 
New this trip: a chance to use hammers and saws!

Yes, we are planning on helping finish the second story of the church by framing and installing doors and windows, and painting. So-all who like the "work" part of a mission trip will have the chance to do so!

Additionally, we will be celebrating the first year of scholarships, holding an information session on the importance of good health practices, and helping the church set up both a Sunday School and a youth group. As Esperanza, we will provide the school with resources and work on setting up more support programs.

See the display in the narthex or contact Medora Hix, or call the church office.

Nursery helpers needed! 

We need one adult and one youth, per week, 
from this coming Sunday, July 29 through August 12. 

You can sign up here at
or Meredith Bullis at 
 to volunteer. 
Thank you!.

Not-on-Sunday-Sunday School Playgroup Continues

The Not-on-Sunday-Sunday School playgroup for children ages 3 - 7 and their parents continues next Thursday morning, August 2, at 10:00 a.m. (note new 15 minute later start time) to noon.  There will be a story, a snack, playtime and conversation: feel free to stay for a brown bag lunch afterwards. 
Email Meredith Bullis at (or text her, number on sheet in the narthex).

Wednesday Evening Pop-Up Bible Study:
Next Wednesday, August 1
at 6:00 p.m. in the CPC Library.

Summer Youth Group News

All CPC youth are invited to stop by Fresh Cary, a local ice cream shop (138 East Chatham Street) on most Wednesday evenings this summer. We'll gather at 7:00 p.m. each week for fellowship and tasty ice cream, then wrap up around 8:30 p.m. Feel free to come and go as your schedule allows.  See you there!

Cool Books Club:
Tuesday, August 7
7:00 p.m. at 
Peg Giesbrecht's home

The Cool Books Club will meet on Tuesday, August 7, at 7 p.m. at the home of Peg Giesbrecht.  

We will read and discuss the first section of Brian D. McLaren's book, The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World's Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to be Christian

Amazon: "Brian McLaren, a leading voice in contemporary religion, argues that- notwithstanding the dire headlines about the demise of faith and drop in church attendance-Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift. For millions, the journey has already begun....  

With his trademark brilliance and compassion, McLaren invites readers to seize the moment and set out on the most significant spiritual pilgrimage of our time: to help Christianity become more Christian."
If you are interested in joining us for this discussion, please contact Peg at 919-859-3951 or Ellen Cline ar 919-469-1456.

CPC Social Justice Task Force Event:
Cary Police Chief to speak at CPC, August 12
After Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a national conversation started about law enforcement and communities of color. That conversation was also happening in Cary - at Headliners Barbershop, where the clientele is majority African-American.

Tru Pettigrew was one of those clients. He had a two-year-old son at home and was concerned about what it would be like for him to be a black boy growing up in the United States. He was so worried, he went down to the Cary Police Department to talk to someone. At the same time, leaders within the Cary Police Department  were already talking about how they had not done enough to build relationships with the African-American community.
Join us in the CPC Fellowship Hall following worship at 11:00 a.m. on August 12, when Cary Police Chief Tony Godwin and Tru Pettigrew will share this compelling story and talk about the work that followed. Their presentation will end with time for questions, answers, and discussion.
This event will last approximately one hour. Childcare will be provided. Snacks and beverages will be served. Hosted by the CPC Social Justice Task Force.

If an emergency happened at CPC, would you know what to do?

Join us  on August 26  to learn about  the emergency plan for CPC 
plus  Friends and Family CPR and AED (automatic external defibrillator) training.
Classes will be held at 9:00 a.m. (before 10:00 a.m. Sunday worship) 
lasting approximately 45 minutes. Questions? Call Mandy at (919) 467-8700.

Learning About Values

The church library has great books that teach children values! Look for these series:
  • The Growing God's Kids series by Carolyn Larsen is faith based, for ages 3-5, and available to borrow only in the CPC library. Titles include: Keeping Your Cool, Being Brave, Sharing with Others, and Being Nice to Others.
  • The Elf Help Books for Kids series by various authors is faith based, for ages 4-8, includes background information for parents, and available to borrow only in the CPC library. Titles include: Happy to be Me, Respect, Standing Up to Peer Pressure, Learning to Be a Good Friend, Bye, Bye Bully, and It's Great to Be Grateful.
  • The God I Need to Talk to You About... series by Dan Carr and Susan Leigh, for ages 4-8, and available to borrow only in the CPC library. It includes titles about paying attention, sharing, bad words, and many other topics.
  • The Learning to Get Along series by Cheryl Meiners is secular, for ages 4-8, includes resources for parents, and is also available in Wake County Public Libraries. Titles at CPC include: Cool Down and Work Through Anger, Accept and Value Each Person, and Understand and Care.

Summer All Together Services at 10:00 a.m. 
continue through September 2
(Labor Day Weekend). 

Mark your calendars for these summer service changes: 
a single 10:00 a.m. Sunday worship service continues each week 
from this coming Sunday through September 2 (Labor Day Weekend).

There will be no Sunday School (except for the Adult 1 class at 9:00)
 during the Summer Schedule.

The public CPC Facebook page is a great continuing source of information about what is upcoming and what has happened at CPC. Visit it frequently for news and pictures you won't see elsewhere, and share the posts with your friends and on your own Facebook page! 

Follow the links to the public page and the CPC family page below: 

CPC Church Service Podcasts
CPC Service podcasts are added weekly to Soundcloud and for posting to the website on this page. They appear with the most recent service featured at the top of the page, with the illustration from that week's bulletin as an identifier (as shown above).

Need a Name Tag?

BE KNOWN! Wear your name tag!

Need a name tag?  Need a new name tag?
You can either:
Write "Need a name tag" next to your name in the Welcome Book
OR sign up for a name tag at the table by the TV in the Narthex.
As soon as yours is ready it will be on that same table.
Keep it where most convenient on one of the name tag racks.

Send Your News and Announcements

Bulletin and e-Link announcements to go in any upcoming print issue 
or email  are  due by 12:00 noon on the prior Wednesday.
Please send to Phil Melton at

CPC Calendar for July 29  through August 5

Did You Know?

Cary Presbyterian Church is a part of a larger family of churches comprising the New Hope Presbytery. 
From Efland to the Outer Banks, spanning 33 counties, with 122 congregations representing 28,314 members, we are a Mid-Council of the Presbyterian Church (USA) serving eastern North Carolina. 

To learn more about what is going on within our New Hope Presbytery, click here to sign up for the Presbytery of New Hope e-newsletter

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