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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Worship Service and Communion
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Worship Service - 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. 
Sunday School (All Ages) - 9:45 a.m.

Sermon: It Only Takes a Spark, Rev. Mitzi Lesher-Thomas
Scripture Reading: Mark 8:27-38; James 3:1-12

Ministers: Lori Pistor, Mitzi Lesher-Thomas
Director of Music: Ed Yasick
Choir: Chancel Choir

Cover Art:
Search Me by Cornelis Monsma
Cancellations and Schedule Changes
If you have a meeting scheduled later this week that is not listed here, please check with your group leader/facilitator about any change of plans or cancellations.

Due to Wake County school closings on Thursday, Sept. 13 and Friday, Sept. 14, the church office will follow our posted inclement weather policy and be closed for both of those days. 
(Some CPC staff and groups may temporarily be on site Sept. 13 
depending on the weather and any necessary tasks.)  

Wednesday, Sept. 12 - 9:30 a.m. Stretching Class rescheduled to Sept. 19
Thursday, Sept. 13 - 6:45 p. m. Labyrinth Walk Cancelled, 
rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 27
Friday, Sept. 14 - Office Closed
Friday, Sept. 14 - Centering Prayer Group Cancelled
Monday, Sept. 17 - Triple F Group Cancelled

In event of emergency, Kirk of Kildaire 
(200 High Meadow Dr, Cary, NC  27511)
will provide a port in the storm.
All plans are contingent upon: the hurricane causing damage, the Kirk building remaining useable, volunteers being able to get there, and the needs of the community.
Initial Plan:
  • In the event that hurricane Florence does damage, they will strive to be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., assuming volunteer and building safety.
  • They will strive to provide meals from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Assuming they have electricity (which they usually do because they are on the hospital grid), they will offer charging stations for phones and other electronics.
  • Assuming they have water, they will offer showers and laundry facilities.
  • To ensure safety, two responsible adults will be present during these hours.
  • At this point, offering overnight accommodations is outside the scope of what they can provide (and has not been a need in the past).

Christian Faith Formation, Sunday, September 16

Faith Journey:
This week, two special situations in Faith Journey (elementary age Sunday School):
  • Preparing Children for Worship for 2nd graders Milestone, Sept 16, 23, and 30. Parents are an important part of this class. To receive recognition after the conclusion of the class, children/parents must attend two of the three sessions.
  • ART PROJECT! For 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. We will be creating new art work to display in the lower halls, on the theme "Love Your Neighbor." Led by artist/teacher Paula Hansen and facilitator Susan Lamatrice, this project is funded by a grant from the Memorials and Endowment Committee.
Adult Sunday School This Week:
Faith Today : A Crazy, Holy, Grace: the Healing Power of Pain and Memory, from the work of Presbyterian minister and writer Frederick Buechner. We all have some pain in our lives, so when pain is real, why does it seem that God is sometimes silent? Leaders Jerry Lynn Luckie and Lisa Ward have provided participant guides for the class. Room 100
Kerygma: the new interactive Bible study class begins with an introduction to Bible study with Medora Hix. Room 102
Faith and Families: for people raising families in faith, in a complicated world. Come and help shape this class, with leader/facilitator Alan Bancroft, pastor and current Youth and Families Director. Fellowship Hall
Bible and Beyond: begins its year with a study of John Calvin, the theological founder of the Presbyterian tribe. The class will look at the enormous influence of his life and legacy on the religious landscape and in our own lives. Leaders: Lisa and Alan Ward, Library.
Adult I : continues its regular Bible study, currently studying God's World and God's People, from the Book of Genesis, the book of beginnings. Through its pages, God is revealed as the Creator, Sustainer, Judge, and Redeemer who brought all things into being. The lessons survey God's creation of the universe, earth, and people. Leaders Kim Herring and Jim Kurz, Parlor.

CPC Youth Group News and Announcements
Supplies Needed for College Freshmen
On Sunday, October 7, the Christian Adventurers will assemble care packages for our college freshmen. Between now and then, we invite you to help us collect supplies:
  • Individual packaged snacks like granola bars, trail mix, popcorn, dried fruit, coffee/tea, etc.
  • School supplies like notepads, pencils, highlights, post-its
  • Travel size toiletries like toothpaste, shower gel, band-aids
  • Fun items like stress balls, fidget spinners
  • Notes of encouragement, support, and prayer
Look for a collection bin at church starting today.
Middle School Youth
Our theme for Middle School Youth Group this year will be The Fruit
of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23. We'll explore this topic throughout the year in a variety of ways. Join us this Sunday evening from
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as we take a bird's eye view of our theme.
Senior High Youth
Come join us this Sunday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
as we make our mark on the senior high room. Each youth will have an opportunity to express themselves artistically by painting a ceiling tile. Whether you're a modern-day Michelangelo or a stick figure master, we hope you'll join us!

Youth Choir Practice this coming Sunday!

Youth Choir for 2nd through 5th graders will start again on Sunday, September 16. (Subject to weather.) We rehearse most Sundays from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. in the choir room. Please contact Julie Henry at with any questions.

Important Church Security Information

Entry key codes are currently being 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. (Some doors will not permit entry, but all will allow exit.) 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.
Keypad installation is planned for the week of September 17. (Subject to weather.) Please be sure to get your code by this Sunday, Sept. 17!  Keypads and codes will not be active immediately. The congregation will be notified when the system is operable. 
The Buildings and Grounds Team and the Security Task Force is implementing this to enhance the safety and security of everyone who uses the church facilities.

Alternative Gift Market Coming Soon. Want to help?

Would your Ministry Area or group like to sponsor a vetted non-profit for the Alternative Gift Market? It's Sunday, November 18. Would you like to serve on the team to make this happen? Please contact Medora Hix, or Beth or John Campbell at the email addresses here:  Medora at or Beth or John at
  September 28 & 29

God's Story: Trivia but not Trivial: Friday Sept. 28, begins here at the church building at 5:30 p.m. for potluck, outdoor worship, and games! Saturday, Sept. 29 at Bond Park beginning at 9:30 through 2 p.m., with morning snack and lunch, Biblical trivia, and free time. This event is free-but please register! Forms are in the Narthex or  you can register at the link here online.

Mindfulness Meditation Group at CPC
Interested in mindfulness? Thought about starting a meditation practice? Curious about sitting or walking with others in silence, just being present in the very moment? If so, please come and meet us  in the Narthex at 6:45 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (excluding major holidays).

(Thursday, September 13 outdoor labyrinth walk, followed by seated indoor meditation, has been cancelled due to weather. It has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 27.) 

Sitting meditations will be guided by Jason Troiano M.D., who has practiced mindfulness meditation regularly for over 10 years. The group is sponsored by the Health and Wholeness Ministry and the Spiritual Practice Team at CPC.

If you have questions or would like more details about the group, please email Jason at .

Coffee Fellowship 
Sign-Ups Needed 

If you've enjoyed a cup of coffee 
with us following worship,
we hope you'll lend a hand 
in seeing fellowship time 
continue into the fall.  

The only things you need to bring 
are your hands  and a willing heart - everything else is provided!
Questions? Contact Mitzi Lesher-Thomas at

Triple F Club Meeting for Monday, 
September 17 is cancelled due to weather.
The Veronica Bucki program on Eleanor Roosevelt will be rescheduled if possible. 

Yoga-based Stretching: Developing Your Home Practice
Join us on the listed  Wednesdays in September to develop your own home yoga-based stretching practice. Classes are led by CPC's Audrey Sausman in the Fellowship Hall (unless otherwise posted).  Audrey is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Instructor & Certified Pilates Mat/Reformer Instructor.

There is no charge for classes, but donations may  be made to the Parish Nurse funds, if desired. 
Wednesday, September 5, 9:30 a.m.                         
Youth Common Area
  • Getting started with your home practice             
  • Basics/standing poses
Wednesday, September 19, 9:30 a.m. (WEATHER PERMITTING: MOVED FROM SEPT. 12.)
Youth Common Area
  • Review of basics/standing poses
  • Lower back work
Wednesday, September 26th, 9:30 AM    
Youth Common Area
  • Review of previous weeks
  • Working on what is bothering you
  • Balance poses
Equipment Requirements                     
  • Yoga mat or other non-slipping mat                   
  • Yoga Strap (if possible)                                    
  • Yoga blanket or beach towel
Attendee Requirements
  • Can easily get down on the floor and back up
  • No significant osteoporosis, joint issues or pregnancy       

Wednesday Evening Pop-Up Bible Study:
Next Wednesday, September 19
at 6:00 p.m. in the CPC Library.

Presbys at the Pub! Monthly Pop-Up Fellowship 
Wednesday, September 19 at Jordan Lake Brewing Company,
320 East Durham Road, Cary, NC 27513

Come out for Presby's @ the Pub! Beginning September 19 we'll meet every 3rd Wednesday at Jordan Lake Brewing Company. Watch for updates or changes to location in the E-link or on the CPC Family Facebook page!

Questions contact Mitzi Lesher-Thomas at

Are you ready for adventure?  
Cub Scout Pack 232 is seeking new members (both boys and girls) to join its ranks. 

The Pack meets on Monday nights from 7:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m. here at the church in the preschool wing. It is open to all children from kindergarten through 5th grade.  

More information can be found on our website at or you can email Cubmaster Jeff Warren at or call him at (919) 306-2262.

Are you ready for more adventure?  Boy Scout Troop 232 is seeking boys from 6th to 12th grade to join its ranks. 

The Troop meets on Tuesday nights from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. here at the church, downstairs in the youth room. 

More information can be found on our website at 
or you can email Scoutmaster 
Dan Clinton at or call him at (919) 833-6998.

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

The Cool Books Club will meet Tuesday, October 2, at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Peg Giesbrecht. Our book of the month is The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.  

Several reviewers state that the book exceeds the five star rating as these two extraordinary men of different faiths talk about ways we can all find joy even through difficult circumstances.

Let's read and discover what we can gain from their experiences.  The book is available in the library and online. 

Anyone seeking more information is welcome to call Peg Giesbrecht
at 919-859-3951 or Ellen Cline at 919-469-1456.

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 services for August 12 and for September 2 are not available due to recording difficulties those Sundays. You can find a copy of Mitzi's message 'Expectation Vs. Reality' for August 12 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 September 16  through September 23

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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