The latest news and updates from Cary Presbyterian Church

News & Updates from Your CPC Family
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
All Together Worship Service 
Sunday, July 22
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)

Sermon: Dwelling Places, Rev. Lori Pistor
Scripture Reading: II Samuel, 7:1-17; Mark 6:30-34; Ephesians 2:11-22

Ministers: Lori Pistor, Mitzi Lesher-Thomas
Director of Music: Ed Yasick
Piano: Laura Minick
Harmonica: Terry Allebaugh

Town Hall Forum
in the Fellowship Hall following worship.
The responses  you provide at this Forum  will help  describe 
CPC's identity, ministry priorities and expectations
for the pastoral search.
Snacks and coffee will be provided.
Sponsored by the CPC Transition Team

Nursery helpers needed! 

We need one adult and one youth, per week, 
from this coming Sunday, July 22 through August 12. 
(Mariya, one of our regular staff, has gone back home for the bulk of the summer.)
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 on Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. (note new 15 minute later start time) to noon on July 26 and August 2.  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).

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!

Wow! This coming week (July 25) we are well staffed (though we can always use more help). The following week on August 1, though, 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. Please sign up today: 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 below) 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 four Sundays (7/22, 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 (7/22, 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 are now available. 
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.

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.

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

Pop-Up Fellowship:  Presbys at the Pub!
Wednesday, July 25 at Jordan Lake Brewing Company

We'll be hanging out from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Stop by and say hello as your schedule allows.

Questions contact Mitzi Lesher-Thomas at

Wednesday Evening Pop-Up Bible Study:
Next Wednesday, July 25
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.

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 
as well as  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.

The Sugar Creek Gang Series 
by Paul Hutchins

The Sugar Creek Gang videos are CPC library favorites, and now we've also got the books! The first six titles in this popular series are:

1. The Swamp Robber
2. The Killer Bear
3. The Winter Rescue
4. The Lost Campers
5. The Chicago Adventure
6. The Secret Hideout


Session Highlights from June 25, 2018

At its recent meeting, Session:
  • Approved a third list of members' names to be removed from the CPC active roster but retained in the data base as Friends or Inactive.
  • Reviewed feedback from the recent Town Hall meetings organized by the Transition Team. Comments were that the meetings and the information shared had been helpful and well received.
  • Approved a motion from the Personnel Team to extend Rev. Mitzi Lesher-Thomas's contract for six months to February 28, 2019. The body expressed their deep appreciation for the work that Rev. Lesher-Thomas has been about during her time at CPC and their hope that church finances would allow for future contract extensions.
  • Heard a presentation from the Generosity Team based on the book Rich Church/Poor Church, which the Generosity Team will use as a guide for this year's stewardship campaign. It was noted that the Generosity Team is working on structuring small group gatherings during October.
  • Heard a review of the proposed security plan which will change access methods to the church buildings, provide increased monitoring of the facilities, and insure greater safety for all who attend worship services and participate in the life and ministry of CPC.
  • Spent some time making sure that all major church activities are listed on the church calendar.
Rhonda Carlile, Clerk of Session

If you have questions about any of the items listed above, please contact one of your elders: Jessica Cadwallader, Rhonda Carlile, Jeff Clark, Wendy Czika, Matt Donkin, Tim Farless, Christie Foppiano, Henry Gibbs, Julie Henry, Scott Patrick, Scott Peoples, Jerry Slaymaker, Katie Stuart, Jim Tompkins, Peggy Viser, and Cathy Williams.

Copies of approved session meeting minutes are available by contacting Phil Melton at the church office.

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 22  through July 29

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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