The latest news and updates from Cary Presbyterian Church

News & Updates from Your CPC Family
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
All Together Worship Service
Sunday, August 19
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)

Singing Our Faith!
This Sunday's worship service is filled with the singing of an array of hymns, and woven throughout with the words of the PCUSA Brief Statement of Faith.
Old familiar and new favorite hymns punctuate the proclamations 
of this contemporary affirmation of faith. 
In addition, Grace Notes will add their beautiful voices 
as we worship God together!

Ministers: Lori Pistor, Mitzi Lesher-Thomas
Director of Music: Ed Yasick
Trumpet: Justin Dickson
Vocal Ensemble: Sister Act; Accompanist: Nancy Neubauer

Congregational Meeting, next Sunday, August 26
The Session has called a congregational meeting 
for Sunday, August 26 for the purpose 
of electing new elders and deacons
(Watch for a separate e-mail notice about the nominees.)
CPC Instrumental Ensemble Invitation
The CPC Instrumental Ensemble will pick back up beginning in September. Woodwinds, brass, and strings are all welcome. Contact Justin Dickson by email at or by calling him at 336-692-5364 if you're interested or for more information!

There's a 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 Men's Breakfast, 
This coming Saturday, August 18, 8:00 a.m. 

The next CPC Men's Breakfast will be this coming Saturday, August 18, from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Please join your CPC brothers for a time of good fellowship, lively conversation, and a hearty meal including  m ade to order omelets , home fries, cheese grits, fresh fruit, biscuits with gravy, jam and apple butter, orange juice and coffee. We'll also be discussing this fall's retreat. 

All the men of CPC are invited to attend this Saturday. A small donation will be requested to help offset the food costs.

If you can help serve, prepare, or clean up, please go here to the SignUpGenius link and sign up!

Fair Trade Table open this coming Sunday

Please visit the Fair Trade table outside the Fellowship Hall this coming Sunday
and help us support farmers in third world countries whose livelihoods are barely sustainable, as well as Esperanza, CPC's mission to Guatemala. 

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 de Guatemala. 

Field of Dreams Esperanza de Guatemala Fundraiser: 
this coming Sunday evening, August 19, 6:00 p.m. 
The special viewing of Field of Dreams is this coming Sunday,  August 19 at 6:00 p.m., at The Cary Theater.
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.
Parking at The Cary:  The Cary has a shared parking lot between the Theater and the Johnson's Jewelers. Street parking is available around the Theater especially on Chatham and Academy Streets. Parking is available between the railroad tracks on the other side of Cedar Street. There is also a parking lot one block behind the theater on Waldo Street across from the First United Methodist Church. Several businesses in the area allow parking in their lots at night after business hours. However, do look for signs for those businesses that do NOT offer parking. The Town of Cary Parking Deck is a short Block and ½ away and is located on Wilkinson Avenue behind the Town Hall.  A parking map can be found at:
Tickets are still available at the Cary Theater Box Office now and on Sunday evening, and at Etix online. (Tickets bought earlier at the church will be available at will-call at The Cary on Sunday evening.)
Ticket Prices
$25 for adults,
$15 for children 12 years old and under.
Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Or, you may purchase tickets at Etix:
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.
Your generous participation helps Esperanza de Guatemala
advance education and literacy among the people of Nimasac.

Triple F Group Meeting, this coming Monday, August 20
Triple F Group will meet Monday, August 20, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. at IHOP. Come join us! In July we had 14 people enjoy our get together. The first fall meeting will be Monday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. in Room 100 at the church. Wayne & Faye Honeycutt and friends will present a program on their visit to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter.

Social Justice Team Meeting this coming Tuesday, August 21
The next meeting of CPC's Social Justice Team will be Tuesday, August 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon in the CPC Library. Mary White (PCUSA catalyst for universal health care) will be a guest speaker. We also look forward to discussing our next steps following the August 12 CPC/Town of Cary "Race and Relationships" session. All are invited to attend and all input is welcome!

News about the coming Sunday School year!

Rally Day is Sunday, September 9 at 9:45! 

Plan to come to:
  • register for Sunday School
  • support our third graders receiving their Bibles
  • begin connecting with others in your class (for youth and children)
  • learn about adult education and Christian faith formation opportunities for the year
  • share in a simple finger-food breakfast (please bring something to contribute).
We're planning now for a fabulous new year of Sunday School for everyone.

A new adult class
Check out the display in the Narthex with some of the resources that will be offered in various adult classes. This year's class lineup features a new guy in town: Kerygma Bible study class, as well as our returning favorites.
Want to help teach?
Faith Journey is our unique Sunday school for elementary kids. Teaching in Faith Journey is flexible! You teach a 'workshop' once or twice during a unit, take a break, and perhaps, sign on again. Workshops are creative and fun and can include drama, art, science or computers, among others.  CHECK OUT THE Sign Up Board for units and times . If you've never done this before, you're missing out! 

We also would like to staff our Middle School class with one more co-teacher, and the same for our Preschool/Kindergarten class. Either one uses creative learning activities-come on board!

Questions? Contact or call her at the office.

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)

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

We plan to help finish the second story of the church by framing and installing doors and windows, and painting. All who like the "work" part of a mission trip will have the chance to do so!
Additionally, we will celebrate the first year of scholarships, and enroll new scholarship students. Educators or those with an interest in education and literacy are especially invited on this trip. As Esperanza, we will provide the school with resources and work to set up more support programs. We will also help the church plan for a Sunday School and a youth group, which they have asked for. See the display in the Narthex or contact Medora Hix, or call the Church Office.

We have three spots left: we will need to purchase flight tickets before long. Don't delay!

College Student Contact Info Requested!

If you are in college, or if you have a college student in your family, we would love to have their most up-to-date contact information, so we can stay in touch with news and support throughout the year. 

Please help by providing the following information:
Mailing Address
Email Address
Phone Number

Please email the information to Alan Bancroft at 

Middle School 
Youth Advisor Needed

Are you hoping to make an impact on the future of the church? 
Do you enjoy engaging with teenagers on a personal level? 
Are you looking for a way to invest in the lives of young people?  

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it sounds like you might have a passion for youth ministry. The Youth and Families Team is looking for someone to round out our amazing Middle School Youth Advisor team, and would love to explore the possibility of serving with you. 

If you are interested, please contact Alan Bancroft 
or by calling him at 1- 615-540-9124.

CPC T-Shirts: Back by Popular Demand!
New Colors! New Logos!
Buying Days End August 19. 

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 Sunday, August 19.
Questions? Email Barbara Carew or Phil Melton at

Pop-Up Fellowship:  Presbys at the Pub!
Wednesday, August 22 at Jordan Lake Brewing Company,
320 East Durham Road, Cary, NC 27513

We'll be hanging out once again from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. next week and August 29, then  monthly beginning in September (date TBA). 
Stop by and say hello as your schedule allows!

Questions contact Mitzi Lesher-Thomas at

Wednesday Evening Pop-Up Bible Study:
Next Wednesday, August 22
at 6:00 p.m. in the CPC Library.

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.

New Daisy Girl Scout Troops at CPC

Cary Presbyterian is pleased to announce the formation of two new Daisy Girl Scout troops: Troop 1951 for kindergarten and Troop 1366 for 1st grade.  Both troops will meet in our youth area on the first floor. 
  • Troop 1951 will be led by Amber Moltimore Johnston ( and Tanya Lewis (  This troop will have its first meeting on September 10 and will then meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays.
  • Troop 1366 will be led by Laura Dorton (  This troop will have its first meeting on September 24th and will then meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays.
If you have an interest in either troop, please contact the leaders listed above.

Cool Books Club:
Tuesday, September 4,
7:00 p.m. at 
Peg Giesbrecht's home

The Cool Books Club will meet on Tuesday, September 4, at 7 p.m. at the home of Peg Giesbrecht.  

We will read and discuss parts 2 and 3 of the book we began this month, Brian D. McLaren's  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.

We know schedules get full, so please put on your calendar now the CPC staycation-style retreat on Friday, Sept. 28 (potluck, games, outdoor worship) at the church building, and Saturday, Sept. 29 at Bond Park. This year, the time at Bond Park is shortened but just as full: 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The theme is God's Story Trivia... and more.

Important New Church Security Information

The Building and Grounds Team and the Security Task Force are preparing a major step to enhance the safety and security of those who worship, meet, and otherwise use the church facilities. 

Entry codes will be issued to those needing access to the building during the week and on Sunday. The code will allow the user to open a specific door and enter the building.  Codes will be issued to staff members, church members with regular or specific building access needs, and representatives of groups regularly using CPC facilities. All members may request a code. 

Code issuing will begin Sunday, August 19, with full implementation planned for September. Keypads and codes will not be active immediately. The congregation will be notified when the system is operable. 

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).

(The service for August 12 is not available due to recording difficulties that Sunday. You can find a copy of Mitzi's message 'Expectation Vs. Reality' for that Sunday at this link.)

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 August 19  through August 26

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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