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News & Updates from Your CPC Family
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
All Together Worship Service
Sunday, August 12
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)

Expectation vs. Reality, 
Rev. Mitzi Lesher-Thomas
Scripture Reading: Psalm 34:1-8; Ephesians 4:25-5:2

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

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

Be Heard! Last Chance!
Did you miss the last 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 SUNDAY, AUGUST 12.

CPC Transition Team

Race and Relationships: 
CPC Event August 12, 11:00 a.m. 
Cary Police Chief to speak Sunday after worship
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.

August 12 is the final Sunday to buy
Field of Dreams 
tickets at CPC
for Esperanza de Guatemala!

Tickets to Field of Dreams will be on sale this coming Sunday
 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 for August 19. 
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 are Available at Cary Theater Box Office
 at Etix online, and CPC this coming Sunday!

This coming Sunday, August 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.

Visit:       Email:

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!

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.

We will need to purchase flight tickets before long. Don't delay!

Food, Friends, Fun
Food, Friends and Fun continues 
for only one more week at CPC:  Wednesday August 15
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Please keep your sign-ups coming!

This coming week on August 15, we still need:
  • Bus driver, both times (1 or 2)
  • Group leaders (1 or 2 adults)
  • Child care helper for the nursery (1)
  • Preschool helpers (1 adult)
Thank you! T hank you to all who have served in this ministry this year.

Sign-ups for all volunteer positions are available at the church, or online. Sign-up here at this link.

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.

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

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

All CPC youth are invited to stop by Fresh Cary, a local ice cream shop (138 East Chatham Street) next Wednesday, August 15 at 7:00 p.m. for fellowship and tasty ice cream. We'll wrap up around 8:30 p.m. 

Feel free to come and go as your schedule allows. See you there!

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.

Pop-Up Fellowship:  Presbys at the Pub!
Wednesday, August 15 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 15
at 6:00 p.m. in the CPC Library.

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.

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.

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).

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 12  through August 19

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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