The latest news and updates from Cary Presbyterian Church

News & Updates from Your CPC Family
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
All Together Worship Service and Communion
Sunday, August 2
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: The Measure of Christ's Gift,  Rev. Lori Pistor
Scripture Reading: Exodus 16:2-15, John 6:22-35,
Ephesians 4:1-16

Ministers: Lori Pistor, Mitzi Lesher-Thomas
Director of Music: Ed Yasick
Special Singing: Grace Notes
Julie Henry, Jane Dunbar, Sam Witherspoon, 
Greg Czika, John Scott
Piano: Nancy Neubauer

It's Not Too Late to Participate!
Didn't get to attend the last Sunday Town Hall event?
Please download and print the pages at this link 
and offer your perspectives.
Hard copies are also available in the narthex and church office.
Please return to CPC by this coming Sunday, August 5.

CPC Transition Team

CPC Travels to Guatemala this Fall: Come Along!
Information Meeting this Sunday, August 5
 in the Fellowship Hall, after 10:00 a.m. worship
(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 is now available. 
An INFORMATION MEETING about going to Guatemala (with trip details) will be held August 5 in the Fellowship Hall following worship.  Please come with your questions.

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.

Get your Esperanza de Guatemala Fundraiser
tickets for Field of Dreams this Sunday!
For the next two Sundays (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 CPC on Sundays, 
Cary Theater Box Office

On Sundays before the event  (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.

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 in the Field of Dreams entries in the newsletter) so we can improve education and literacy in Nimasac.

Food, Friends, Fun
Food, Friends and Fun continues for two more weeks 
[at CPC  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!

This coming week on August 8, we still need:
  • Leader in crafts (1)
  • Group leaders (1 or 2 adults, 1 or 2 youth)
  • Child care helper for the nursery (1)
  • Preschool helpers (1 or 2 adults, 1 or 2 youth)
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. Sign-ups for all volunteer positions are available at the church, or online. Sign-up here at this link.

Nursery Help Still Needed
We need one adult and one youth each week,  for this coming Sunday, August 5 and August 12. 

You can sign up here at  the SignUpGenius link, or contact  or Meredith Bullis at 
to volunteer. 
Thank you!.

Big Thanks!
A big thank you to Meredith Bullis for organizing the Not-on-Sunday-Sunday School playgroup for children ages 3 - 7 and their parents. This has been a wonderful contribution to learning and fellowship this summer, allowing us to welcome a family new to CPC through it. What else is possible?

CPC Social Justice Task Force Event:
Cary Police Chief to speak at CPC, August 12
After Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a national conversation started about law enforcement and communities of color. That conversation was also happening in Cary - at Headliners Barbershop, where the clientele is majority African-American.

Tru Pettigrew was one of those clients. He had a two-year-old son at home and was concerned about what it would be like for him to be a black boy growing up in the United States. He was so worried, he went down to the Cary Police Department to talk to someone. At the same time, leaders within the Cary Police Department  were already talking about how they had not done enough to build relationships with the African-American community.
Join us  at 11:00 a.m in the CPC Fellowship Hall (following 10:00 a.m. worship) on August 12, when Cary Police Chief Tony Godwin and Tru Pettigrew will share this compelling story and talk about the work that followed. Their presentation will end with time for questions, answers, and discussion.
This event will last approximately one hour. Childcare will be provided. Snacks and beverages will be served. Hosted by the CPC Social Justice Task Force.

Pop-Up Fellowship:  Presbys at the Pub!
Wednesday, August 8 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 following Wednesdays through August. 
Stop by and say hello as your schedule allows!

Questions contact Mitzi Lesher-Thomas at

Wednesday Evening Pop-Up Bible Study:
Next Wednesday, August 8
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!

Middle School Youth Advisor Wanted

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 by email at or by calling him at 1- 615-540-9124 
if you are interested.

Giving Statement in Mail Next Week

Giving statements will be mailed on Monday, August 6.  
Please look for a new format, and be sure to turn over the page 
for additional financial information!

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.

CPC T-Shirts: Back by Popular Demand!
New Colors! New Logos!
Buying Days Extended to 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

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.

Session Highlights, July 23, 2018

At its recent stated meeting, Session:
  • Approved a request from the Nominating Team to call a congregational meeting on August 26, 2018 for the purpose of electing officers who will begin their service in January/February, 2019.
  • Received a CPC financial review from Barbara Carew, Finance Manager. Year to Date giving has been faithful and we are anticipating at or above budget as of June 30. Watch for Year to Date giving statements next week.
  • Discussed reflections on the last Town Hall meeting. The Transition Team is grateful for those that came and participated and are hopeful that many others will take the time to complete and submit the information requested. The information gleaned from these forms will be shared with the congregation and invaluable to the PNC once that group is elected.
  • Continued their discussion on the current organizational structure of the ministry areas, how elders are involved in each, and how to better facilitate communication among the ministry areas and to the congregation.
  • Approved a motion from the Personnel Team to grant Rev. Alan Bancroft one week of study leave/continuing education per year, based on his being ordained (though not serving in an ordained position.)
  • Approved a motion from the Operations Team to decline offers from two CPC neighbors to purchase a portion of CPC's land. Additional discussion ensued regarding assessing future land use.
  • Heard from the Communications Team that work on CPC's new website is almost complete and expected to launch mid-August.
  • Previewed new time and talent sheets that will used to gather updated information from the congregation.
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.

Movies with a Message

The CPC library has a new selection of PG-rated movies with positive messages for older children. Each DVD includes a label explaining why the movie is rated PG and discussion questions from The movies are all based upon books which are available in the CPC library as well as in the Wake County Public Libraries, but you can only borrow the DVDs from the CPC library.
  • Flipped, based on the book by Wendelin Van Draanen, is a romance told in two voices. The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. Then in the eighth grade, just as Juli realizes Bryce isn't as wonderful as she thought, Bryce starts to see that Juli is pretty amazing. How these two teens manage to see beyond the surface and come together makes a comic and poignant romance.
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins, based on the book by Katherine Paterson, is about foster child Gilly Hopkins who is looking for a home. She's been angry, lonely, and hurting for so long that's she's always ready for a fight. But what she doesn't realize is that every time she wins, she really loses, until she discovers a love as formidable as any enemy she's ever known.
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham, based on the book by Christopher Paul Curtis, is set in the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and big brother Byron. Then the family go for a visit to Grandma, heading South to Birmingham, Alabama, and one of the darkest moments in America's history.

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 August 5  through August 12

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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