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News & Updates from Your CPC Family
21st Sunday after Pentecost
Worship Service
Commissioning of the Guatemala Mission Team
Sunday, October 14, 2018

Worship Services - 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. 
Sunday School (All Ages) - 9:45 a.m.
Sermon: First Things First
Rev. Mitzi Lesher-Thomas
Scripture Reading: Psalm 90:12-17; Mark 10:17-31

Ministers: Mitzi Lesher-Thomas, Alan Bancroft
Director of Music: Ed Yasick
Choir: Chancel Choir

Cover Art:
Road to Emmaus by Michael Torevell
A Generosity Team Small Group Meeting has been added for Sunday 
after worship service at CPC, lasting from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m.,
 hosted by Cathy Williams and moderated by Su Johnson. 
You can sign up for this newly added meeting here at SignUpGenius or simply show up for the meeting after service. All are welcome!

Five Years of Fair Trade at CPC!

Fair Trade marks FIVE YEARS at Cary Presbyterian this week, and we thank you for your ongoing support.  The Fair Trade table will be open (out front, weather permitting) before and after the 11:00 worship service.

Come by and check out our special offers.  We will have our usual wares as well:  coffee (ground, whole-bean; regular, decaffeinated), tea, chocolate bars, cocoa, and olive oil. 

Also, the Fair Trade team will be hosting the coffee fellowship after 11:00 a.m. worship. We will serve Guatemalan-style snacks along with FT tea options and coffee as well as samples of chocolate to underscore Fair Trade's support for Esperanza and to honor the CPC group heading to Guatemala next week. 

Generosity and Transition Team 
Small Groups

All CPC members and friends are invited 
to small group gatherings  during October.  Everyone is wanted and needed
at these fun and important dialogues hosted by CPC elders
and facilitated by members of the Generosity and Transition Teams.
Dates are shown below 
and may be seen at the sign up link. 
Sign up in the Narthex, or at this link (

Ed Yasick's 20 Years 
of Music Ministry at CPC! 
Sunday, October 28

Please be with us on Reformation Sunday, October 28,  to celebrate the music ministry of Ed Yasick.

The celebration begins during All Together Worship  at 11:00 a.m. with a service filled with special music and memories. It continues with a pot-luck lunch in the Fellowship Hall immediately following worship.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Faith Journey
This week, in Faith Journey (elementary age Sunday School): Preparing Children for Worship for 2nd graders Milestone. Parents are an important part of this class. To receive recognition after the conclusion of the class, children/parents must attend two of the three sessions.
Adult Sunday School This Week
Faith Today : TED Talk on Love Letters, similar to the pay-it-forward movement. Facilitated by Camille Lambe. Room 100
Kerygma: continues the introduction to the Bible. This week: New Testament. Room 102
Faith and Families: for people raising families in faith, in a complicated world, currently with A New Playlist: Hearing Jesus in a Noisy World. Fellowship Hall
Bible and Beyond: final 2 weeks of a study of John Calvin,
the theological founder of the Presbyterian tribe. Library
Adult I : Bible study, currently studying God's World and God's People, from the Book of Genesis. The lessons survey God's creation. Parlor
All classes encourage newcomers at ANY time. (Please feel free to, even if you need to leave early.)

Please note: we will NOT have a special intergenerational Sunday School on October 14, as previously announced, due to special circumstances. Regular classes for all will be held that day.

CPC Youth Group News and Announcements
Senior High Youth
October 14: 5:15-8:00 p.m. Bridge to Life
Upcoming: October 21: Summer Trips Promotional Potluck Dinner

Middle School Youth
October 14: 4:00-7:00 p.m. Family Hike and Cookout at Umstead Park
Upcoming: October 21: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Summer Trips Promotional Potluck Dinner

Christian Adventurers
October 14: No Christian Adventurers Gthering
Upcoming: October 21: 1:00-3:00 p.m. Family Event at Philips Corn Maze (6701 Good Hope Church Road, Cary)

Youth Group Dinner Sign-up
Every Sunday night, when youth group gathers, we share a meal.
This is a wonderful time of fellowship and connection for our youth,
and you are invited to make it happen. We ask that families sign up to help provide the meal once per semester, per child who attends youth group.

You can find available dates, along with suggested menus at this link  and the great news is, it won't cost you a thing. 
Dinner providers are reimbursed for all expenses.

CPC Buckets for Florence Recovery Delivered

CPC Friends! 

Thank you so much for your contributions to the Hurricane Florence Cleaning Buckets.  We were able to send 18 completed buckets to those in need!  
Our Middle Schoolers assembled the buckets and then we prayed over each of the buckets.  We also included some "warm fuzzy" notes for the recipients.  
Another example of our church leaving the building! God is Good!

Kim Riffle



For a complete listing and description of 2019 Be The Hands projects 

Donate:  Take a leaf from the Donation Tree located in the Narthex and buy/collect items we'll package together on November 3 to send to agencies in our community and beyond. Our needs include personal care/ hygiene items, relief supplies, non-perishable snacks, school supplies, and more. 
All donated items should be delivered to CPC by Sunday, October 21.
Bring your family, friends and neighbors and take part in one of more than 15 separate  Be The Hands projects including yardwork, meal preparation, friendly visits to area senior-living centers, car inspections, food collections, painting, hygiene/care/snack kit assembly, card writing and much more. We've added a number of new and interesting projects this year, so take a chance and try something you've never done before! 
We have need for  NEARLY 200 VOLUNTEERS , so no matter your age, interests or talents, there's a place for you! Additional project details will be coming soon.
Registration begins on Sunday, October 14!
Pray:    Before our work begins,  Be The Hands day kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on November 3 with prayers and song. Come and join hands together as we ask for God's blessing, strength and guidance for the day ahead.
Fellowship:  Whether you're able to work a lot, a little or not at all, join your church family for dinner and a time of sharing about the day in the CPC Fellowship Hall from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. This meal is provided free of charge to all who are able to attend.
For more information, please contact Deacon Todd Crouse (

  SAVE THE DATE: CPC Fall Blood Drive 
Wednesday, December 5

IMPORTANT! If you plan to participate in the blood drive, 
you may not have 
donated blood elsewhere after October 10.  

The fall blood drive is coming up Wednesday, December 5, 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will be working with The Blood Connection , a blood services provider used by most Triangle hospitals.

In addition to fully staffing the drive, Blood Connections also offers the "Faith in Action" program, where the church receives a check reflecting $10 per successful donation. Given our previous average of successful donations, this will be $350 - $500. CPC is designating these funds to our Health and Wholeness Ministry.

Watch the upcoming newsletters and bulletins for more information on the December 5 CPC Blood Drive! Thanks for your continued support of this critical ministry at CPC!

CPC Blood Drive Committee: Sally Adams, Carol Dietz, Deb Luckadoo, Janet Robinette; advisor: Mandy Nester 
Guatemala Mission News
Scholarship News
(1) We need new sponsors for five students in Nimasac. We already have two. If you want to be a sponsor, contact Ellen Govert, Colleen Hann, Kevin Steidinger, or Medora Hix. The cost is $275/year for a student in either middle or high school), or $900/year for a student attending school in Quetzaltenango. (Each cost depending upon enrollment). The latter amount may be divided into halves or thirds and is a three-year commitment. Other requests include writing to your student mid-year (July) and at the conclusion of the year (October), and sending a small gift in October. 
(2) Current sponsors: remember to get notes and gifts in to the church by the morning of October 14 (this coming Sunday).

Triple F Group News
Our speaker for the October 15th meeting will be Elina, who is one of the first participants in Clothed in Hope and currently serves as Director of the program in Zambia. It provides sewing programs to lift families in Zambia out of poverty. Program founder Amy Bardi introduced us to the program two years ago, and we have been supporters ever since. We look forward to meeting Elina. Meeting time: Monday, October 15, 10:00 a.m., Room 100.  Come join us!

Our thanks to Steve Shay for another stellar program on his trips to Cambodia, Angkor Wat, and Northern India. Also, for saving the day with his cellphone pictures of our 35th Anniversary Celebrants. 


Page Turners Book Club

Page Turners
will meet in the church parlor on Monday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. We will be discussing The Wonder by Emma Donoghue. 

A small village in 1850s rural Ireland is baffled by Anna O'Donnell's fast, which began as a self-inflicted and earnest expression of faith. After weeks of subsisting only on what she calls 'manna from heaven, ' the story of the 'miracle' has reached a fever pitch. 

Tourists flock in droves to the O'Donnell family's modest cabin hoping to witness, and an international journalist is sent to cover the sensational story. Enter Lib, an English nurse trained by Florence Nightingale who is hired to keep watch for two weeks and determine whether or not Anna is a fraud.  (summary source:

Social Justice Team News

Attendees of the August 22 Social Justice presentation from the Town of Cary about race relations heard about Cary Theater's  Heart and Art series. The next performance, presented by Sonny Kelly about  The Talk , will be October 22. All are welcome to join other CPCers who will attend this free event. More information can be found at this link:

Cool Books Club
The Cool Books Club will meet on Tuesday, November 6th, (Election Day) at 7 p.m. at Peg Giesbrecht's house.  Our book for this month is Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People by Bob Goff.  This book is a New York Times best seller. 

A review on Amazon reads: 
In his entertaining and inspiring follow-up to the New York Times bestselling phenomenon Love Does, Bob Goff takes readers on a journey into the secret of living without fear, constraint, or worry. The path toward the liberated existence we all long for is found in a truth as simple to say as it is hard to do: love people, even the difficult ones, without distinction and without limits.
Driven by Bob's trademark storytelling, Everybody, Always reveals the lessons Bob learned--often the hard way--about what it means to love without inhibition, insecurity, or restriction. From finding the right friends to discovering the upside of failure, Everybody, Always points the way to embodying love by doing the unexpected, the intimidating, the seemingly impossible. Whether losing his shoes while skydiving solo or befriending a Ugandan witch doctor, Bob steps into life with a no-limits embrace of others that is as infectious as it is extraordinarily ordinary. 'Everybody, Always' reveals how we can do the same.

Please contact Peg Giesbrecht at 919-859-3951 or Ellen Cline at 919-469-1456 if you would like to join us.

Not So Silent Silent Retreat, November 9 and 10
Not so Silent Silent Retreat, starts Nov. 9 at 5:00 p.m. through Nov. 10 at 4:00 p.m. at Cedar Cross Retreat Center ( 

This year's theme is The Many Dimensions of Gratitude. This is a wonderful opportunity to get away from "busy-ness" for 24 hours. We will alternate periods of silence with times to talk. 

Cedar Cross offers walking trails, an outdoor labyrinth, and a comfy lodge. Cost for overnight lodging and 3 meals is $75.  Submit a check payable to CPC, with retreat designation, to Barbara Carew.  Please email Jeanne Bolick ( to reserve a spot or ask questions.
Please Welcome Our New CPC Members!

Gracyn Bancroft

703 Greenwood Circle - Cary 27511
Cell phone:    843-309-6167           
Gracyn was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina but spent much of her life in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is a civil engineer for Booth & Associates in Raleigh.
At Hillsboro Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN, Gracyn was involved with the choir and handbell program, and also served on the nominating committee. She hopes to be involved in music at CPC at some future time. In her spare time, Gracyn enjoys travel, reading, crafting and baking.

Gracyn and her husband Alan, CPC's Youth Fellowship Coordinator, have a son Michael, who will turn 2 in January. 

Garret and Valerie Cullen

311 New Rail Drive - Cary 27513
Home phone: 919-377-8294                                 
Garret email:              Valerie email:
Valerie Mobile phone: 508-873-2958
Garret is originally from San Jose, California, and Valerie grew up on the opposite coast, in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. She spent many of her adult years in Shrewsbury, and was a member of First Congregational Church. She enjoyed being a part of the church's music ministry.  
Garret's interests are music and soccer: Valerie's are also music, in addition to cooking and travel. As a member of CPC, she is interested in eventually becoming involved in the music program.
Valerie and Garrett have two children: Sylvie Cullen who is in 9th  grade at Cary High School, and Gavin, who is a 4th  grader at Northwoods Elementary School.

Sara Dickson

627 Sloan Drive - Cary 27511
Mobile phone:919-457-2993 
Sara was born in Poughkeepsie, New York but moved to Cary when only four years old. She has lived here since then, and is a graduate of Cary High School. A talented musician, Sara teaches piano in her home.
As a member of Peace Presbyterian Church in Cary, Sara was involved in their puppet ministry and music ministries: choir, handbells, orchestra, accompanying the youth choir and worship services.  Her interests are reading, playing the piano and ukulele, volunteering, gardening, and devising fun crafts for her daughters.
As a member of CPC, Sara is interested in restarting the Rainbow Choir, and possibly establishing a preschool music program. She also enjoys volunteering with and for refugees.

Sara is married to Justin Dickson, and they are the parents of two daughters:
Ellie Dickson, who attends Cary Elementary School, and Norah, who is just two and a half.
Eric and Rebecca (Becky) Hinderliter

1321 Climbing Rose Turn - Cary 27518
Home phone: 984-222-0278                              Mobile:         717-385-7560
Eric email:
Eric and Becky grew up in Warren, Pennsylvania, and have also lived in Harrisburg and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in addition to several years in Providence, RI for graduate school. Both are former teachers and government workers. Now retired, they spent 16 years in Lithuania as PCUSA missionaries, teaching at LCC International University in Lithuania.
Eric and Becky come to us from Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, where they taught adult Sunday School and served on the Presbytery Mission Committee.
Eric has served as an ordained elder and as a deacon in former Presbyterian churches.
Both enjoy reading and traveling. As members of Cary Presbyterian, the Hinderliters are interested in being involved with ecumenical activities, adult education, as well as issues at the Presbytery level.
Duncan and Sandra (Sandy) Hutchinson

277 Meadow Beauty Drive - Apex 27539
Duncan Mobile:        843-766-0752 
Sandy Mobile:843-735-8275           
Duncan grew up in Louisburg and Elizabethtown, North Carolina, but has lived all over the Southeast.   He was most recently member of Circular Congregational Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was actively involved. Duncan was a Sunday School teacher to first and second graders, and also taught a class to middle schoolers. He has also served as a deacon.     
Although now retired, Duncan is active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary - the volunteer arm of the Coast Guard. He loves to cook and volunteers in food service for the auxiliary; he also enjoys going out on large ships.
Sandy is a native of Raleigh, but has lived in Greensboro and most recently in Charleston, SC. She too was active at Circular Congregational, chairing various committees, including one that developed a policy for the use of church facilities by the larger community.
Sandy has been involved in non-profit management and programming, and HR volunteer management. She has already met with the Prayer Shawl Group, and is interested in book clubs, as well as Social Justice and Older Adult ministries.   Sandy is a Chicago Cubs fan.
Mackensie Lesher-Thomas

20 Hawks Spiral Way - Pittsboro 27312
Home phone:  919-542-3034
Mackenzie grew up in Pittsboro, North Carolina and is junior at Northwood High School in Pittsboro.   She loves music, particularly singing and playing the flute, and participates in the concert and marching bands at school.
She is formerly a member of Pittsboro Presbyterian Church, where she was involved in youth activities and music. She is interested in being part of an instrumental ensemble at CPC.

Annah Michaux

109 Breakers Place - Cary 27511
Home phone:  919-466-8521          
Mobile Phone:919-271-2449
Annah grew up in Elizabethtown, North Carolina and is a retired contracts analyst.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing bridge and exercise.
At Cary Presbyterian, she would like to participate in a book club, and also help in the kitchen.
Annah has two adult children: Thornton Michaux, who lives in Greenville, South Carolina, and Candace Moon of San Diego, California.

Lisa Weber-Cowen

925 Bentbury Way - Cary 27518
Mobile phone:724-816-7374 
Lisa grew up in Annapolis, Maryland and Ft. Rucker, Alabama. However she has lived many places including Florida, where she graduated from high school.  She is a software engineer at Fort Bragg.
At Cross Roads Presbyterian Church in Pennsylvania, Lisa attended Sunday School and volunteered for various church events. She has already become involved at Cary Presbyterian Church as one of the team teachers of adult Sunday School.
Lisa has many interests: health and fitness, tennis, the performing arts, going to museums and relaxing at the beach.
She has three adult children:
Rachel Cowen of Seattle, Washington
Ensign Brian Cowen, USN in San Diego, California
Meghan Cowen, who attends the UNC School of the Arts studying filmmaking

Security News Update
Keypads are now scheduled for installation. 
Please be sure to have your codes with you for entry at times  other than when the whole church gathers or when you can be admitted to the office. 
You can still receive a code by asking Al Hardie, Jessica Cadwallader, or Medora Hix.

CPC Member Directory News
Last week you may have received an email from Servant Keeper, the provider of our church management software. The email subject header was Cary Presbyterian Church Member Portal Access and read in part: 

Cary Presbyterian Church has given you access to manage your family profile online.

To get started follow this link Manage My Family where you can create a password and login today.
Once logged in, you will be able to view and edit your family and individual profiles. Be sure to bookmark this page for easy access to your family profile anytime.

The email was generated accidentally, however you may still use the link in your email and access your family profile to view and edit your family information.
Should you wish to view the entire CPC online directory, the universal password for all members to access the directory is mycpcdirectory,
Very shortly all members will receive an email with further information in the official rollout the online directory, of which this will be is the first phase, If you have any questions in the meantime, please email office@carypresbyterian,org

Visit the new CPC website
Our new website is live at! The website still includes access to the church calendar, worship bulletins and issues of the e-Link, and features more photos of CPC activities and a responsive design that works easily on your phone or tablet. The team will continue to tweak the site and welcomes your feedback. Team members are Melinda Crouse, Julie Henry, Barbara Harvey, Dee Hatch, Terry Anderson, Phil Melton, and Lori Pistor. Special thanks to long-time webmaster Jason Derifaj for his technical expertise and guidance.

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).

(The services for August 12 and for September 2 are not available due to recording difficulties those Sundays. You can find a copy of Mitzi's message 'Expectation Vs. Reality' for August 12 at this link.)

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: 

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 be placed 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 October 14  through October 21

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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