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News & Updates from Your CPC Family
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Worship Service
Sunday, September 23, 2018

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

Sermon: More Grace, Rev. Lori Pistor
Scripture Reading: Mark 9:30-37; James 3:13-4:10

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

Cover Art:
Innocence by Elizabeth Chapman
Hurricane Florence Disaster Assistance

Bearing witness to the compassionate and generous spirit of Cary Presbyterian has been the refrain of "what can we do?" "how can we help?"
We are all anxious to help the victims of Hurricane Florence.  Below you'll find several ways CPC can offer assistance beginning with gathering supplies to pack cleaning buckets for people to use as they begin the process of rebuilding their lives.  
So how can I help?

Build a Hurricane Recovery Bucket
1. Sign up here to purchase items for the buckets.
2. See Kim Riffle in the Narthex this Sunday, Sept. 23, following 8:30 a.m. worship and before 11:00 a.m. worship to sign up for items. Items must be returned to the CPC Narthex by 11 a.m. worship on September 30.
2. To pack a bucket at home, obtain a complete list of items needed for a cleaning bucket from Kim Riffle. Return completed bucket to CPC Narthex by 11 a.m. worship on September 30.  
3. Donate money to assist with obtaining supplies by indicating 'Buckets' on your envelope or check to CPC.
The CPC Middle Schoolers will be assembling the cleaning buckets on September 30 for their evening youth group event. All are welcome to join in the fun at 7pm in the Middle School youth room.
If you have any questions or would like to help, please email Kim Riffle at
Make a donation directly to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)
Indicate 'hurricane relief' on your envelope or check and CPC will send this on to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Hurricane Florence Relief Fund
Contribute to Cary Presbyterian Preschool's Diaper Drive
CPP, a ministry of Cary Presbyterian Church,  is hosting a diaper drive to restock supplies at the Diaper Bank of North Carolina ( as they ship hygiene kits to affected areas and continue to serve our local community. For the next 3 weeks there will be a box in the preschool hallway to receive diapers and wipes. Open packages are welcome. Of particular need are size 4 and 5.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance also offers the following advice from their long record of service: Unneeded or inappropriate donations become a disaster in themselves, because they have to managed and stored or moved and in some cases thrown out. DO NOT SEND OR GIVE CLOTHES. 
We cannot take items into the disaster area for which there is no request and there is not a specific place to take it. Unneeded items become a burden to the survivors and their community.

God is our refuge and strength, a very presenthelp in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam...

God is in the midst of the city... and God will help it when the morning dawns.
Psalm 46

With gratitude for blessings freely and humbly shared.

Faith and Family Class Update: 9:45 a.m. Sunday
For the next six weeks during Sunday School,  the Faith and Family Class 
will explore topics  related to A New Playlist: Hearing Jesus in a Noisy World
The class is in the Fellowship Hall, with leader/facilitator Alan Bancroft,
pastor and Youth and Families Director. 
We hope you'll plan to join us when you are able.

Coffee Fellowship 
Sign-Ups Needed for Upcoming Sundays 

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

Signups are needed for September 30, and much of October and November. 

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

CPC Youth Group News and Announcements
Senior High Youth
September 23: 6:00-8:00, Stress Busters
First Stress Busters event for the year. Come have some fun and learn to bust stress at the same time. See you on Sunday night!
September 30: 6:00-8:00, Bridge To Life at CPC
Middle School Youth
September 23: 6:00-8:00 Mystery Fruit of the Spirit
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we aren't going to Umstead Park this Sunday.
Instead, we're going to take a bite out of one of the fruits of the Spirit in more detail. We'll be indoors and outdoors, weather permitting.
September 30: 6:00-8:00, Hurricane Bucket Assembly
October 7: TBD
Christian Adventurers
September 23: 6:00-7:30, Game Night, Fellowship Hall
We look forward to seeing you this Sunday, September 23rd for Game Night! There will be active games, board games, card games, and all manner of recreation. Come join us for an enjoyable evening!
September 30: No meeting
October 7: 6:00-7:30, College Freshmen Care Packages, Fellowship Hall

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.

Youth Group Dinner Promo Opportunities
Is your church group looking for a way to serve the youth of CPC?
If so, we invite you to help provide a meal for Sunday night youth group.
You can find available dates, along with suggested menus at this link ( and the great news is, it won't cost you a thing. Dinner providers are reimbursed for all expenses.

Acolyte Training & Recognitions
Attention, parents of children in grades 3, 4, and 5!  It's that time of year when we welcome in new acolytes who wish to serve in this important role during our worship services.
Some upcoming dates to note:

This coming Sunday, September 23 : recognition of our outgoing acolytes at the 11:00 a.m. service and training for new acolytes (after 11:00 a.m. service).
Outgoing acolytes: Sarah Cowles Derifaj, Mariella Derwart, and Jordan Short.

September 30 : training for new acolytes (after 11:00 a.m. service)
For more information or if you are unable to attend one of the training sessions, please contact Jen Pierce at  

Youth Choir Practice is back on Sundays!
Youth Choir for 2nd through 5th graders has resumed on Sunday afternoons. We rehearse most Sundays from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. in the choir room. Please contact Julie Henry at with any questions.

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.

Wednesday Evening Pop-Up Bible Study:
Next Wednesday, September 26
at 6:00 p.m. in the CPC Library.

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 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 .

Triple F Group News
T riple F will meet on Monday, October 1, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 100. Steve Shay will share information on his trips to Cambodia and India. 
We will also be celebrating our 35th anniversary (rescheduled from September 17th). Please join us!

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.

Not So Silent Silent Retreat, November 9 and 10
Mark your calendars for the annual Not So Silent Silent Retreat, starting at 5:00 p.m. Nov. 9 to 4:00 p.m. Nov. 10, at Cedar Cross Retreat Center in Louisburg (  Cost is $75, which includes one night's lodging and 3 wonderful meals.
This year's theme is The Many Dimensions of Gratitude.  We will alternate periods of talking with times of silence.  Cedar Cross is a beautiful retreat center, surrounded by trees and walking trails.  Please contact Jeanne Bolick if you're interested in participating (

  SAVE THE DATE: CPC Fall Blood Drive Wednesday, December 5
The fall blood drive is coming up Wednesday, December 5, 2:30 - 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will be working with The Blood Connection , a blood services provider used by most Triangle hospitals.

In addition to fully staffing the drive, Blood Connections also offers the "Faith in Action" program, where the church receives a check reflecting $10 per successful donation. Given our previous average of successful donations, this will be $350 - $500. CPC is designating these funds to our Health and Wholeness Ministry.

IMPORTANT! If you plan to participate in the blood drive, please do not donate blood elsewhere after October 10.
Hurricane Florence precipitated a crisis-level need for blood donations, but donors may give in the days and weeks following the hurricane and still be eligible for the CPC drive on December 5, if they do not give after October 10.

Watch the upcoming newsletters and bulletins for more information on the December 5 CPC Blood Drive! Thanks for your continued support of this critical ministry at CPC!

CPC Blood Drive Committee: Sally Adams, Carol Dietz, Deb Luckadoo, Janet Robinette; advisor: Mandy Nester 

Visit the 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 23  through September 30

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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