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News & Updates from Your CPC Family
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Rally Day
Worship Service and Communion
Sunday, September 9

Worship Service - 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. 
Rally Day (Fellowship Hall) - 9:45 a.m.

Sermon: Teachable Moments, Rev. Lori Pistor
Scripture Reading: Psalm 146; Matthew 15:21-28

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

Sunday School for Everyone!
Rally Day is Sunday, September 9 at 9:45.
Join us in the Fellowship Hall! 

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)
Please be sure to open the special Christian Faith Formation email coming this Friday, providing information about all the wonderful classes and learning opportunities to help  you grow in faith through CPC this year. Details will be presented Sunday at Rally Day. 

New! Be a Greeter for Sunday School!
We'd love to offer a special welcome to Sunday school visitors: help them learn about our classes, and perhaps escort them to a class. Ideally, we'd like to have two people: one in the Narthex and one near the lower/back door. Contact Cathy Williams or Medora Hix to find out more, or to accept this invitation. 

CPC Youth Groups Fall Kickoff Sunday, September 9
We're excited about a new year of fellowship, connection, service, and exploration with the youth of CPC! 
All Christian Adventurers, Middle School and High School youth, and their families are invited to join us this Sunday, September 9, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a potluck dinner and fellowship. Folks with last names beginning with A-L are invited to bring a main dish, and folks with last names beginning with M-Z are invited to bring a side item or dessert.
Everyone is welcome to enter the church by the upstairs doors for this event, but every week after, we'll continue our practice of entering and exiting by the double doors downstairs by the youth rooms. 
After dinner, the youth will join their advisors to get to know one another, while the parents receive further information about the coming year.
If you have any questions, or are unable to join us on Sunday and would like to learn more about the coming year, please e-mail Alan Bancroft.
See you Sunday!

Fall Workdays at CPC 

This Monday, September 10 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 10 and Saturday, November 17 
from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
There are multiple opportunities to help with the landscape at CPC. We will be at the Labyrinth this Monday from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. if you want an excuse to leave work a little early. We will be cleaning up the area, mulching the paths and resetting some of the path rocks. Come join us!
We will also have a couple of opportunities in November when it cools down. November 10 and 17 we will be doing various projects around the church including but not limited to:
  • Mulching flower beds and general weeding in the front of the church
  • Working in the woods next to the Preschool playground cutting back ivy
  • Pine straw and sprucing up the sign area
  • General pruning
  • The back circle raised herb garden planters
Thanks for the help!
Al Hardie & Ron Norris
Building and Grounds

CPC Music Ministry Opportunities

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.
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!

Questions? Please contact Ed Yasick (, Justin Dickson (, or any current choir member.

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

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

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
Yoga-based Stretching: Developing Your Home Practice

Wednesday Evening Pop-Up Bible Study:
Next Wednesday, September 12
at 6:00 p.m. in the CPC Library.

Social Justice Team
The next meeting of the Social Justice team is on September 13 at 10:00 a.m. in the Parlor.   All are welcome to attend!

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), beginning September 13.

Thursday September 13 we will walk the outdoor labyrinth, followed by seated indoor meditation. 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 Club Meeting, Monday, September 17
Our first fall meeting will be on Monday, September 17, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., in Room 100.  We are privileged to have Veronica Bucki present a program on Eleanor Roosevelt.  We will also be celebrating our 35th Anniversary.  Come join us!  The program on Creation has been rescheduled for later in the fall.

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 next month 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

Presbyterian Women's Circles 
and the Coordinating Team 2018-2019
Five "circles" of women meet monthly, September through May, for fellowship, bible study, and mission outreach during the program year (from September to May). Please contact a Circle Leader for additional information.
Moderator:  Mindy Zeni                          
Co-Moderator: Belinda Weinbrecht              
Secretary: Open
Barbara Turner                                 
Treasurer: Barbara Carew                     
Membership: Colleen Hann

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.

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.

New 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. Please be sure to get your code by 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.

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.

Session Highlights for August 27, 2018

At its recent stated meeting, Session:
  • Received as information the 2018 Endowment Grants list. See recipients here.
  • Noted that the 2017 sessional records had been approved by New Hope Presbytery.
  • Began a discussion to more clearly define what items should come before session for approval and when was it appropriate for ministry teams to act and keep session informed.
  • Discussed the results of the survey conducted by the Transition Team that had been shared with the congregation at the Town Hall Meeting the previous day. It was noted that while there was great diversity in thought in some areas, there was also a great deal of alignment in the area of leadership qualities.
  • Lori Pistor outlined the next steps for calling an installed pastor which include sharing with Presbytery work that the Transition Team and the congregation has been about and making the request to call a PNC (Pastor Nominating Committee). The request to form an PNC is expected to be presented to Presbytery in the September/October time frame.
  • Discussed small group gatherings that will be hosted by each elder and take place during October. The purpose of these gatherings will be to continue building congregational relationships and to talk with representatives from the Transition and Generosity Teams about CPC's present and future ministries and resources.
  • Received a report from the Personnel Team that Alan Bancroft will contract additional hours for 2018-19 in order to help coordinate and to attend the annual ASP trip. It was noted with great thanks that Chris Bula has coordinated ASP for nine years and is taking a break from that volunteer work.
  • Youth Advisors for 2018/19 were approved-with expressions of appreciation for their willingness to serve: Leah Burton, Melinda Crouse, Susan Lamatrice, and Dana Hancock 

           Rhonda Carlile, Clerk of Session

If you have questions about any of the items listed above, please contact one of your elders: Jessica Cadwallader, Rhonda Carlile, Jeff Clark, Wendy Czika, Matt Donkin, Tim Farless, Christie Foppiano, Henry Gibbs, Julie Henry, Scott Patrick, Scott Peoples, Jerry Slaymaker, Katie Stuart, Jim Tompkins, Peggy Viser, and Cathy Williams.
Copies of approved session meeting minutes are available by contacting Phil Melton at the church office.

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 September 9  through September 16

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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