The latest news and updates from Cary Presbyterian Church

News & Updates from Your CPC Family
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
All Together Worship Service
Reception of New Members
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Worship Service - 11:00 a.m. 
Sunday School (All Ages) - 9:45 a.m.
H omily:  Prayers of Faith, 
Rev. Lori Pistor
Scripture Reading: Psalm 19; James 5:13-20

Ministers: Lori Pistor, Mitzi Lesher-Thomas
Director of Music: Ed Yasick
Youth Choir Director: Julie Henry
Choir: Youth Choir
CPC welcomes Charles Pettee and Terry Allebaugh 
of FolkPsalm this Sunday!
FolkPsalm was founded in 2002 by acclaimed musician Charles Pettee, 
who has interpreted and arranged the Psalms to music.  
FolkPsalm is renowned for bringing new sounds, harmonies and meaning 
to the ancient Hebrew poetry. FolkPsalm has an array of musicians that play 
in different configurations. This Sunday Charles is joined by his longtime friend and familiar CPC personality Terry Allebaugh on harmonica. 
Three Psalms will be featured during morning worship.    
Read more about FolkPsalm at

CPC's Youth Choir will begin worship Sunday, singing Psalm 34
O Magnify the Lord with Me

Cover Art:
Psalm 19:1 by J. Michael Orr
Save the Date!
Sunday, October 28:
A Celebration 
of Ed Yasick's 
20 Years  of Music Ministry
at  CPC!

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: DEADLINE, SEPTEMBER 30
1. Sign up here to purchase items for the buckets.
2.  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 present help 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.
Fair Trade Table open this coming Sunday

Please visit the Fair Trade table outside the Fellowship Hall this coming Sunday, September 30.  We will be open before and after the 10:00 worship service.

  • We have coffee (ground, whole-bean; regular, decaffeinated), tea, chocolate bars, cocoa, and olive oil.
  • We accept cash, checks, and debit or credit cards.
Thank you so much for helping us support Esperanza de Guatemala, CPC's ministry in Guatemala. 

News Update from the Christian Faith Formation team
We regret that we will not be holding the Saturday portion of this year's 
CPC Staycation retreat at Bond Park on Saturday, September 29.
However, the good news is that the Friday night portion is happening!  
Everyone is welcome to the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 28 
for a potluck, 6:30 p.m. for an informal worship service, 
and about 7:00 p.m. for Bowdish Games (a long-standing CPC retreat fun event). 
Come one, come all!

Faith Journey
This week, in Faith Journey (elementary age Sunday School): Preparing Children for Worship for 2nd graders Milestone. 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.
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. Room 100
Kerygma: will feature the entire, chronological story of the Bible.
Room 102
Faith and Families: for people raising families in faith, in a complicated world, currently with A New Playlist: Hearing Jesus in a Noisy World. Fellowship Hall
Bible and Beyond: a study of John Calvin, the theological founder of the Presbyterian tribe. Library
Adult I : Bible study, currently studying God's World and God's People, from the Book of Genesis. The lessons survey God's creation. Parlor
All classes encourage newcomers at ANY time. (If you need to leave early, you may,)
Please note: we will NOT have a special intergenerational Sunday School on October 14, as previously announced, due to special circumstances. Regular classes will be held that day.

Faith and Family Class Update: 9:45 a.m. Sunday
The Faith and Family Class invites you to an ongoing discussion about the playlists 
of our lives. This week we'll explore the many voices claiming to be in charge 
of our lives. Give Matthew 5-7 a read for extra credit!

The class is in the Fellowship Hall, with leader/facilitator Alan Bancroft,
pastor and Youth and Families Director. 

CPC Youth Group News and Announcements
Senior High Youth
September 30: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Bridge To Life at CPC
Bridge to Life is back! NC State students, Jake and Madison, will help us consider how our faith affects the way we view current events and live in the world. We will meet at CPC this month due to construction at West Raleigh Presbyterian.
October 7: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Stress Busters Session Two
Middle School Youth
September 30: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Hurricane Bucket Assembly
Have you been wondering how you can help folks affected by Hurricane Florence? Here's your chance to pack much needed supplies for people affected by natural disasters.
October 7: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness & Self Control
Christian Adventurers
September 30: No meeting
October 7: 6:00-7:30 p.m., College Freshmen Care Packages, Art Room
Come join us as we assemble care packages for CPC youth who are freshmen in college. This is a great opportunity to let our college students we love them and are praying for them.

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 this coming Sunday, September 30
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.

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  

Security News Update
We expect the keypads to be installed some time next week (wk. of Sept. 30). 
Please be sure to have your codes with you for entry at times  other than when the whole church gathers or when you can be admitted to the office. 
You can still receive a code by asking Al Hardie, Jessica Cadwallader, or Medora Hix.

Donate:  Take a leaf from the Donation Tree located in the Narthex and buy/collect items we'll package together on November 3 to send to agencies in our community and beyond. Our needs include personal care/ hygiene items, relief supplies, non-perishable snacks, school supplies, and more. 
All donated items should be delivered to CPC by Sunday, October 21.
Bring your family, friends and neighbors and take part in one of more than 15 separate  Be The Hands projects including yardwork, meal preparation, friendly visits to area senior-living centers, car inspections, food collections, painting, hygiene/care/snack kit assembly, card writing and much more. We've added a number of new and interesting projects this year, so take a chance and try something you've never done before! 
We have need for  NEARLY 200 VOLUNTEERS , so no matter your age, interests or talents, there's a place for you! Additional project details will be coming soon. Registration begins on Sunday, October 14!
Pray:    Before our work begins,  Be The Hands day kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on November 3 with prayers and song. Come and join hands together as we ask for God's blessing, strength and guidance for the day ahead.
Fellowship:  Whether you're able to work a lot, a little or not at all, join your church family for dinner and a time of sharing about the day in the CPC Fellowship Hall from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. This meal is provided free of charge to all who are able to attend.
For more information, please contact Deacon Todd Crouse (

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
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.

Celebration of Life
A Celebration of Life for Joseph Piccirillo will be held on October 6 
at 2:00 p.m. at Genesis Methodist Church, 850 High House Rd., Cary.

Page Turners Book Club

Page Turners
will meet in the church parlor on Monday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. We will be discussing The Wonder by Emma Donoghue. 

A small village in 1850s rural Ireland is baffled by Anna O'Donnell's fast, which began as a self-inflicted and earnest expression of faith. After weeks of subsisting only on what she calls 'manna from heaven, ' the story of the 'miracle' has reached a fever pitch. 

Tourists flock in droves to the O'Donnell family's modest cabin hoping to witness, and an international journalist is sent to cover the sensational story. Enter Lib, an English nurse trained by Florence Nightingale who is hired to keep watch for two weeks and determine whether or not Anna is a fraud.  (summary source:

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 be placed 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 30  through October 7

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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