The latest news and updates from Cary Presbyterian Church

News & Updates from Your CPC Family
22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Worship Service
Sunday, October 21, 2018

Worship Services - 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. 
Sunday School (All Ages) - 9:45 a.m.
Sermon: The Freedom of Downward Mobility, Alan Bancroft
Scripture Reading: Psalm 104:1-9; Mark 10:32-45

Ministers: Alan Bancroft, Lori Pistor
Director of Music: Ed Yasick
Youth Choir Director: Julie Henry
Choirs: Chancel Choir, Youth Choir

Cover Art:
Rejoice by Sonali Tompe

Better Communication 
and More Fellowship
are two consistent wishes heard  expressed around CPC.
Come be part of the informative conversation and good company,
Help strengthen your church. 

Sign up for one of the remaining opportunities (listed below) at this link:

Reformation Sunday and 
A Celebration of Ed Yasick's
20 Years of Music Ministry at CPC!
Sunday, October 28
The All Together Worship at 11:00 a.m. will include special music.
Celebrating Ed will continue with a pot-luck lunch 
in the Fellowship Hall  immediately following worship.



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 28.
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 has begun! Sign up at this link.
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 (

Faith Journey
The third-grade Milestone, Getting to Know My Bible will be offered over the next 3 weeks, in the Sunday School time. Parents please attend with your child. As attested by many, this is a helpful and important class. 
Adult Sunday School This Week
Faith Today Starting this Sunday, October 21, for 4 weeks Jeanne Bolick will facilitate a class on Gratitude, based on the book Grateful: the Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, by Diana Butler Bass. Room 100
Our Western culture has a complex relationship with gratefulness, starting back when gratitude was a contractual agreement between peasants and those in power.  We will discuss gratitude as it applies to "me" and to "we".  We'll wrestle with questions like "If you give a gift, what (if anything) do you expect in return?"  "What's more difficult - giving or receiving?"  And "What is gratitude anyway?!!" 
If you miss a week or two, don't worry.  Each class offers a complete aspect of gratitude .  Questions? Email Jeanne at

Kerygma: continues the introduction to the Bible. This week: led by Mitzi Lesher-Thomas, the 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: last session on 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 and we don't fuss at folks who need to leave early!

CPC Youth Group News and Announcements
Senior High Youth (with Middle School Youth this week)
October 21: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Summer Trips Promotional Potluck Dinner
We hope all family members will join us on Sunday, October 21 for a potluck dinner to hear more about all of the amazing summer trip opportunities here at CPC. Folks who have been to Montreat, Massanetta, ASP, and Camp Albemarle will tell their stories and answer questions you might have.
Upcoming: October 28: Play with Clay
Middle School Youth (with Senior High Youth this week)
October 21: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Summer Trips Promotional Potluck Dinner
We hope all family members will join us on Sunday, October 21 for a potluck dinner to hear more about all of the amazing summer trip opportunities here at CPC. Folks who have been to Montreat, Massanetta, ASP, and Camp Albemarle will tell their stories and answer questions you might have.
Upcoming: October 28: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. CROP Walk
Christian Adventurers
October 21: 1:00-3:00 p.m. Family Event at Philips Farm Corn Maze (6701 Good Hope Church Road, Cary)
All parents and children feel free to join the CAs for an action-packed afternoon and togetherness at Phillips Corn Maze. We will need extra help supervising everyone, so each family participating should plan to have at least one parent/adult at the event to help watch over the children. We have negotiated a special entry rate of $5 per person. Please bring extra money if you want lunch, snacks or drinks.

Upcoming: October 28: No Meeting; November 4: No Meeting

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.

Social Justice Team News

Attendees of the Social Justice presentation in August 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:

Be the Hands and All Saints' Day
Sunday, November 4
We build on foundations we did not lay
We warm ourselves by fires we did not light
We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant
We drink from wells we did not dig
We profit from persons we did not know
Rev. Peter Raible
On Sunday, following a full and fabulous 
Be the Hands Saturday, November 3,
we will celebrate CPC's outreach and remember 
the saints who from their labors rest, 
especially those loved ones who have died since November 2017.
Worship will include the Sacrament of Communion.

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:

  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
We are soliciting new sponsors for five scholarship students in Nimasac, Guatemala. 
We now have three new sponsors. If you want to sponsor a student, please contact Ellen Govert, Colleen Hann, Kevin Steidinger, or Medora Hix. The cost is $275 per year for a local school student in either middle or high school (depending upon who enrolls and which school they go to), or $900 per year for a student attending school in Quetzaltenango (again, depending upon enrollment). 

This latter amount may be divided into halves or thirds. This is a three-year commitment. Other requests include writing to your student mid-year (July) and especially at the conclusion of the year (October), and sending down a small gift in October.

New students will be brought in to the program this week. We'll have pictures and information about them ready to share with the new sponsors upon our return.

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.

Triple F Group News
Our next Triple F Group get-together will be a trip. Meet behind CPC on Wednesday, November 7, at 10:30 a.m. to carpool to S & T's Soda Shop in Pittsboro for lunch and ice cream, then on to Southern Seasons in Bear Creek for a tour and Christmas shopping. Come join us!
Thanks to Elina and Katie (Amy Bardi's Mom) for giving us an update on the Clothed in Hope program on October 15. The program brings families out of poverty through a sewing program in Zambia. Elina is the hard-working Program Director in Zambia. She has been involved in the program from day one.
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 $85.  Submit a check payable to CPC, with retreat designation, to Barbara Carew.  Please email Jeanne Bolick ( to reserve a spot or ask questions.
Five Years of Fair Trade at CPC!

As the Fair Trade Project begins its sixth year, here is a quick overview of the first five years.
The CPC Fair Trade Project
  • was started with a CPC Memorial and Endowment grant.
  • has purchased over $15,000 in products from Equal Exchange, the Presbyterian Coffee Project's supplier.
  • has averaged nearly $4,000 in gross sales per year.
  • has given $3500 to Esperanza, the CPC mission in Guatemala.
  • has given more than $200 in coffee and other products to CPC.
Thank you, again, for your support.   Please visit the Fair Trade table at the Alternative Gift Market on November 18.

Security News Update
Where are the keypads, you may ask?  We're waiting for specific hardware. 
Once that arrives, keypads will be installed quickly thereafter. 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. We do have a record of your code if you lose yours; 
you can obtain it or you can still receive a code by asking Al Hardie, Jessica Cadwallader, or Medora Hix.

CPC Online Picture Directory News Update

The first phase of the new CPC Online Picture Directory is in progress.  About two weeks ago, families listed in our new Servant Keeper data base received an early invitation with a link to access and edit their directory information.

The link in the previous invitation has expired, and a new email with the access procedure and more information will be sent early next week. This new online directory will allow all families to edit their own contact information and upload their own photos.

Watch your email next week for this important message!

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 21  through October 28

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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