The latest news and updates from Cary Presbyterian Church

News & Updates from Your CPC Family
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Worship Service and Communion
World Communion Sunday
Sunday, October 7, 2018

Worship Services - 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. 
Sunday School (All Ages) - 9:45 a.m.
H omily:  A Sacramental Faith, 
Rev. Lori Pistor
Scripture Reading: Psalm 33:6-12; 20-22; Ephesians 2:17-20

Ministers: Lori Pistor, Mitzi Lesher-Thomas, Alan Bancroft
Director of Music: Ed Yasick
Choir: Chancel Choir
Percussion: Ben Mount and Noah Tomczak

Cover Art:
The Best Supper by Jan L, Richardson

Advent Imagining: 
Dreams and Visions;
this Sunday after worship
It's never too early to dream of light, shining in the darkness, which the darkness cannot and will not overcome. Let's do some dreaming and imagine together how, in our worship, we can prepare the way of the Lord this Advent season. 

We'll look at Advent texts, read again the prophets promise of One who will save the outcast, gather us in and bring us home; read Mary's song of wonder and joy; ponder what good come from a small town in the littlest clan - then look for the points of connection and light in our own time and place. 

If you're willing to ponder how we might create worship that works - capturing the hope of the season in the midst of our world plan to meet up in the fellowship hall following worship this Sunday.

Questions contact: Mitzi at

The Presbytery of New Hope has approved our request to begin the formation of a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). This is the next step in our interim process, as outlined in this timeline posted on our website.

Find out more about the role of the Pastor Nominating Committee and download a nomination form on our website .

Generosity and Transition Team 
Small Groups

All CPC members and friends are invited this October
to small group gatherings. Everyone is invited 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 (

Save the Date!
Sunday, October 28:
A Celebration 
of Ed Yasick's 
20 Years  of Music Ministry
at  CPC!

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 : A Crazy, Holy, Grace: the Healing Power of Pain and Memory from the work of Presbyterian minister and writer Frederick Buechner. Room 100
Kerygma: will feature the entire, chronological story of the Bible.
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: 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. (If you need to leave early, you may,)

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

CPC Youth Group News and Announcements
Senior High Youth
October 7: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Stress Busters Session Two
Upcoming: October 14: 5:15-8:00 p.m. Bridge to Life

Middle School Youth
October 7: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness & Self Control
Upcoming: October 14: 4:00-7:00 p.m. Family Hike and Cookout at Umstead Park

Christian Adventurers
October 7: 6:00-6:30 p.m. CA Parent Meeting
October 7: 6:00-7:30 p.m. College Freshmen Care Packages, Art Room
Come join us as we assemble care packages for CPC youth who are freshmen
in college. This is a great opportunity to let our college students we love them
and are praying for them.
Upcoming: October 21: 1:00-3:00 p.m. Corn Maze

Youth Group Dinner Promo Opportunities
Is your church group looking for a way to serve the youth of CPC?
If so, we invite you to help provide a meal for Sunday night 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.

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

IMPORTANT! If you plan to participate in the blood drive, 
please do not donate blood elsewhere after October 10.  
Hurricane Florence precipitated a crisis-level need for blood donations, but donors may give in the days and weeks following the hurricane and still be eligible for the CPC drive on December 5, if they do not give after October 10.

The fall blood drive is coming up Wednesday, December 5, 2:30 - 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 

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 (

Fair Trade News
Please join us on October 14 as Fair Trade marks five years at CPC!  
The Fair Trade table will be open that morning outside, weather permitting, or in the hallway outside Fellowship Hall before and after the 11:00 a.m. worship service.  The Fair Trade team will host the coffee fellowship after the 11:00 a.m. service, too. 
Please note that the next Fair Trade date after that will be November 18 at the Alternative Gift Market.  
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. 

Piccirillo Memorial Service
A Memorial Service for Joseph Piccirillo will be held on October 6 
at 2:00 p.m. at Genesis Methodist Church, 850 High House Rd., Cary.

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:

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
Mark your calendars for the annual Not So Silent Silent Retreat, starting at 5:00 p.m. Nov. 9 to 4:00 p.m. Nov. 10, at Cedar Cross Retreat Center in Louisburg (  Cost is $75, which includes one night's lodging and 3 wonderful meals.
This year's theme is The Many Dimensions of Gratitude.  We will alternate periods of talking with times of silence.  Cedar Cross is a beautiful retreat center, surrounded by trees and walking trails.  Please contact Jeanne Bolick if you're interested in participating (

Presbyterian Women Honorary Life Membership Award

Belinda Weinbrecht was awarded the Presbyterian Women Honorary Life Membership at the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, October 23, 2018.  This honor is conferred upon an individual in recognition of faithful service in an area of church work.

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

Alternative Gift Market Coming Soon. Want to help?

Would your Ministry Area or group like to sponsor a vetted non-profit for the Alternative Gift Market? It's Sunday, November 18. Would you like to serve on the team to make this happen? Please contact Medora Hix, or Beth or John Campbell at the email addresses here:  Medora at or Beth or John at
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.

Hurricane Florence Disaster Assistance

Bearing witness to the compassionate and generous spirit of Cary Presbyterian has been the refrain of "what can we do?" "how can we help?"  So how can I help?

Make a donation directly to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)
Indicate 'hurricane relief' on your envelope or check and CPC will send this on to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Hurricane Florence Relief Fund
Contribute to Cary Presbyterian Preschool's Diaper Drive
CPP, a ministry of Cary Presbyterian Church,  is hosting a diaper drive to restock supplies at the Diaper Bank of North Carolina ( as they ship hygiene kits to affected areas and continue to serve our local community. For the next 3 weeks there will be a box in the preschool hallway to receive diapers and wipes. Open packages are welcome. Of particular need are size 4 and 5.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance also offers the following advice from their long record of service: Unneeded or inappropriate donations become a disaster in themselves, because they have to managed and stored or moved and in some cases thrown out. DO NOT SEND OR GIVE CLOTHES. 
We cannot take items into the disaster area for which there is no request and there is not a specific place to take it. Unneeded items become a burden to the survivors and their community.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam...

God is in the midst of the city... and God will help it when the morning dawns.
Psalm 46

With gratitude for blessings freely and humbly shared.
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 7  through October 15

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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