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News & Updates from Your CPC Family
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
All Together Worship Service
and Congregational Meeting
Sunday, August 26

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: Renewing Covenant, Lori Pistor
Scripture Reading: Psalm 84; Joshua 24:1-24

Ministers: Lori Pistor, Mitzi Lesher-Thomas
Director of Music: Ed Yasick
Soloist: Beverly Tompkins
Trumpet: Justin Dickson

Congregational Meeting, this Sunday, August 26
The Session has called a congregational meeting 
for this coming Sunday, August 26, for the purpose 
of electing new elders and deacons

Sunday in the Fellowship Hall after worship
This coming Sunday, after worship, 
Coffee Fellowship will be enjoyed in the Fellowship Hall while you 
peruse the responses to the Transition Team surveys!

If an emergency happened at CPC, 
would you know what to do?

Join us this Sunday,  August 26  to learn about the CPC  emergency plan
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.

Open Choir Opportunity
You are invited to be a member of the choir on Sunday, September 2. The choir will sing "Many Gifts, One Spirit" by Allen Pote at the 10:00 a.m. service. This familiar anthem is a choir favorite. We will rehearse the music at 9:40 a.m. in the choir room. If you are now in the choir, have ever been in a choir or have thought about singing with the choir, this is your chance. There are many wonderful singers in the congregation! Please consider singing with us, you'll be glad you did!

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!

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

Plan to be at Rally Day 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.
Shepherds and Teachers Needed
Faith Journey is our unique Sunday school for elementary kids.
This year several of our shepherds for Faith Journey are retiring. Our children need four adults to guide them through their Sunday school learning. These folks are not teachers, but companions along the way. No prep is involved; it's all relationship.
We're also currently signing up teachers for Faith Journey. 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!
There's 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. Please consider teaching in the Faith TODAY class. It's flexible and current.

To accept any of these invitations to serve or if you have questions, please contact Medora Hix, Director of Christian Faith Formation, by phone at (919) 467-8700 or email

New! Be a Greeter for Sunday School!
We'd love to offer a special welcome to Sunday school visitors: greet them, provide information, and escort them to a class. We'd like to have two people: one in the narthex area from 9:30-10:10 a.m. and one near the lower/back door from 9:30-10:00 a.m. (This may be a perfect fit for a choir member.) Contact Cathy Williams or Medora Hix. This role can be 'job-shared!'

CPC Music Ministry Opportunities

Attention Current and Interested Choir Members:
Regular choir rehearsals begin Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the choir room. We encourage all current singers and new members to be at our first rehearsal. Anyone interested in becoming a member of a fun, exciting group is welcome. Singers for the 8:30 service are especially needed: it would be wonderful to have enough singers for choirs at both services. Please plan to join us for the upcoming "Open Choir" on Sept. 2, and/or rehearsal on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Questions? Please speak with Ed Yasick or any current choir member.
Some facts you may not know about our choir:
  • We accept people of any age, high school and above. Ages of members range from 16 years to 80 plus.
  • No experience is needed. We have members with no experience (other than a love of singing), as well as instrumentalists, those who sing in other school, church or community ensembles, and with degrees in music.
  • We welcome people from all religious backgrounds. Our choir has members with various church histories that help make worship meaningful for all.
  • Minimal commitment is required. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and sing at either the 8:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. service on Sundays, September through May. If you need to be away, just sign-out that particular day.
  • We have a lot of fun! We enjoy singing, talking, fellowship, and food!
To all interested singers and musicians:
Please join us Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for dinner, music, and fellowship (sponsored by the Music and Worship Team).
This evening is for you if:
  • You have thought of singing in the choir, a smaller group, or as a soloist.
  • You play a wind or string instrument and would like to join the CPC Orchestra. The group is open to wind and string players of high school age and above. The orchestra rehearses on Sundays after 11:00 a.m. worship and plays several times throughout the year (including Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday). Justin Dickson, our director, will be available to speak with you.
  • You play any other instrument and have an interest in becoming part of our CPC music program. This includes instrumentalists for special occasions and preludes, as well as guitar and piano players.
  • Bringing an instrument Sept. 12 isn't necessary: please join us to learn more about how you can use your talents.
We look forward to seeing you at:
  • "Open Choir" on Sunday, Sept. 2. (Meet at 9:40 a.m. in the choir room)
  • Rehearsal on Wednesday, Sept. 5. (7:30 p.m. in the choir room)
  • An Evening of Music, Fellowship, and Dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Questions? Please contact Ed Yasick (, Justin Dickson (, or any current choir member.

CPC Fall Trip to Guatemala: Come Along!
The trip will be Tuesday, October 16 through October 23. 

Plans include: working to help set up the computer lab, helping with church growth, including the formation of a youth group, considering another phase of the agricultural project, helping the local school, and more.  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!

Alternative Gift Market Coming Soon. Want to help?

The Alternative Gift Market will be Sunday, November 18. Would you like to serve on the team to make this happen? Contact Medora Hix at or Beth or John Campbell at
Fall Kickoff Sunday, September 9
We're looking forward to a new year with plenty of fellowship, connection, faith exploration, service, and worship for High School and Middle School youth groups, as well as Christian Adventurers.
A list of upcoming gatherings will be available soon, but for now, put Sunday, September 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on your calendars. All youth and their families are invited to join us as we kick off the new year!

Page Turners Book Club:
Monday, August 27,
7:00 p.m.;  CPC Parlor

The Page Turners will meet Monday, 
August 27  at 7 p.m. in the church parlor. 

We will be discussing the book The Last Ballad, by Wiley Cash, a wonderful novel set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events. The novel is the story of a woman's struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill in the face of oppression and injustice.
Please feel free to join us, new members are always welcome. 

Questions? Contact Colleen Hann

Pop-Up Fellowship:  Presbys at the Pub!
Wednesday, August 29 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. this week, 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 29
at 6:00 p.m. in the CPC Library.

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.

September 28 & 29
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 began 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. 

Spanish Classes return for Fall
Spanish classes at all levels will again be offered here at CPC this fall.  Please pick a flyer up in the narthex, or find one at this link. Invite your friends! Apprende espanol aqui!

Are you looking for a new job? Are you working but under-employed? Dorcas Ministries is now accepting applications for Jobs for Life, a faith-based employment program to help you chart a path to a new job. 

Graduates of the program will be able to speak more confidently in front of a group, have a professional resume, meet with local employers, be prepared and confident in job interviews, have a clearer picture of what they want in life, and have a deeper faith in God's plan for them. 

Classes start in late September and meet at Dorcas Ministries, 187 High House Road, Cary on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.. 

To apply, email: for an application or call 919-4469-9861 ext. 201, or visit

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 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.)

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 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 26  through September 2

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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