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Sunday Worship Services
November 11, 2018

Worship Services: 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. 
Sunday School (All Ages) - 9:45 a.m.
Sermon: God's Story, Many Voices, Mitzi Lesher-Thomas
Scripture Reading: Psalm 100; Genesis 2:1; Micah 6:8; 
I Peter 4:8-10

Ministers: Mitzi Lesher-Thomas, Alan Bancroft
Choir: Grace Notes (Josh Brown, Carolyn Clark, Len Clark, Greg Czika, Jane Dunlap, Julie Henry, John Scott, and Sam Witherspoon
Piano: Nancy Neubauer

Fall Coffee Fellowship 
Sign-Ups Urgently Needed!
(including this Sunday)
The weather is cold, but coffee is hot. 
Are you willing to help and brew a pot?
The only things you need to bring 
are your hands and a willing heart - everything else is provided!
Questions? Contact Mitzi Lesher-Thomas at

Adult Sunday School This Week
Faith Today : This is the final week Jeanne Bolick will facilitate a class on Gratitude, based on the book Grateful: the Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, by Diana Butler Bass. This final class offe
rs a complete aspect of gratitude. Room 100
Kerygma: Newcomers are welcome to Listening to Scripture; strategies for interpreting the Bible , continuing with Duane Hix, Room 102. This class will consider these strategies: (1) exploring the historical setting, (2) discovering the literary context and the audience, (3) identifying and recognizing the type of literature, (4) the process of outlining the content, (5) investigating words and phrases, and (6) putting it all together.
Faith and Families: for people raising families in faith in a complicated world, currently using Animate video curriculum with a different topic each week. Fellowship Hall
Bible and Beyond: Nov. 11 through Dec. 9 - Christmas Accounts in the Gospels, an Advent study by Cynthia M. Campbell, President of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, featuring a different Gospel each week. 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 and we don't fuss at folks who need to leave early!
A Special Advent Study: Come to the Manger, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Class sign ups begin this week for this 4-week Advent study led by Dr Duane Hix (whose Ph.D. thesis was on Bonhoeffer). Come at 6:00 p.m. from Nov. 28 through Dec. 19 on Wednesdays for a soup supper. The class will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please sign up in the narthex or here: .
Ten books are now available in the Narthex for $10, or you may order your own (Google 'Come to the Manger, Bonhoeffer'). Please do NOT take a book if you don't expect to attend regularly. If you are willing to provide soup for one of the weeks, please email Medora at

Christmas Pageant: The Beginning is December 16!
All children and youth are invited to be in the pageant!
Look for the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.
There are silent and speaking roles. Speaking parts (11) will be assigned soon. There will be an important (required) rehearsal on Saturday, December 15,
with several scene rehearsals prior to that date.
The Beginning was presented in 2013 to great acclaim.
Save the date and join us!

Fall Work Day: Saturday, Nov. 10 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
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
  • Putting out pine straw and sprucing up the sign area
  • General pruning and weeding
  • Working on the back circle raised herb garden planters 
Men's Breakfast, Saturday, Nov. 10 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
The next Men's Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, November 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. In what is becoming a recurring  event, we will once again be serving delicious made-to-order omelets.

As a special opportunity, there is a workday scheduled at church starting at 10:00 a.m. (See details above.) Bring your yardwork gear and take advantage of the chance to work off some of the breakfast.

Let Al Hardie or John Campbell know if you can help.  As usual, we will also need help with setup, cooking and cleanup.

Volunteers Needed for Pie Making this Sunday, November 11

You won't want to miss the  Gala  event on November 11. Even though my  Granny Smith  won't join us on this  Honey Crisp  evening it's sure to be a  Jazz y event. We will be preparing and baking apple pies for the staff of the church, and we need four more adults to sign up to help us out for this event. So, whether you're a  Pink Lady  or a  Jonathan  Guy you can click the link below on your  Macintosh  or PC and get signed up in a jiffy. CA Volunteer Signup.

If you have a countertop apple peeler, we would love to borrow it for the evening. Please let Alan Bancroft know at if you can help us out.

Guatemala Mission News

Scholarships: Only two students now need scholarships for 2019. The students in Nimasac are deeply appreciative of their new opportunities to continue their education. These need to study in Quetzaltenango. There is one mature student age 30, and another age 23. The scholarships needed are $900 per year, so we need to have more sponsors share these, or sponsors who can provide the full scholarship alone. PLEASE help us see that these students can go to school.
                To sponsor a student, please contact Ellen Govert, Colleen Hann, Carol Payne, Kevin Steidinger, or Medora Hix. Sponsorship is a three-year commitment. Other requests include writing to your student at mid-year (July) and especially at the conclusion of the year (October), and sending a small gift in October.

Generosity Sunday, Nov. 18
Worship Services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Remember, Respond, Rejoice!
"Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

During worship on November 18, 
together we will bring our commitments 
and offerings of prayers, money, time, and talents 
to support the ongoing ministry of CPC.

Alternative Gift Market
Before and after Generosity Sunday services, do some early Christmas shopping at the Alternative Gift Market, sponsored by the Missions Team.

The Market opens at 9:45 a.m. during Sunday School and will conclude at 1:30 p.m. A light lunch will be available for a nominal cost. TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. Encourage everyone you know to give a gift this season of a better life for those who truly need it.

An alternative gift is a nontraditional way of giving. It's a meaningful gift that will help someone in need. Rather than buying a traditional gift for a loved one, shoppers at Alternative Gift Markets can honor their friends and family by donating to various local, national and international humanitarian projects and send a card noting this gift to the recipient. We also include tangible gifts that directly support people in need. You can buy handcrafts and coffee and chocolate, to name only a few.
Booths benefiting: Food Stability for Bolivian Farmers, Nothing Sweeter
than Honeybees (Haiti), Carying Place, Read and Feed, Wheels for Hope, Esperanza de Guatemala, Hymnbook crafts, Fair Trade products, Guatemala Village Partners, Rehema House/Mercy House Global,
The Widow's Friend (Bangladesh), and more, plus Fall Blood Drive sign-ups.

Cool Books Club

The Cool Books Club is changing course a bit for the December meeting by reading a work of fiction. The title is  The Good News from North Haven: I Learned it First in Sunday School by Michael L. Lindvall. 
Reviews contend that while the characters from this fictional town are themselves fictional, they are so true to life that you might find yourself within the pages.
If you would like to join us for this round of discussion, come to Peg's house on Tuesday evening, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. 

Call Ellen Cline at 919-469-1456 or Peg Giesbrecht at  919-859-3951 for more information.

  SAVE THE DATE: CPC Fall Blood Drive 
Wednesday, December 5

Please note these simple steps to making an appointment.
Appointments for the whole blood collection with our new partner, The Blood Connection, are now available. If you would like to donate, please go to this link.

This page has our blood drive location and time at the top of the page, followed by a blue line stating Whole Blood, with an arrow on the right. Click on the arrow to go to the login page. 
If you have given blood before with The Blood Connection, you may log in, then click the links to the appointment times at the bottom of the page and select your desired time.
If you have not given blood with The Blood Connection before, you will need to create an account to register. When you click on your desired time, the login page will come up. Click on the link that says "Don't have an account?" Then, click on "Create one now". You will be asked for name, email address, phone number, birthdate, etc. You will choose a user name, password and Donor ID. This will allow you to log in and look at or change your appointment, if need be. The Blood Connection will use this information to send you confirmations and reminders.

There are multiple slots at each time, so if you want to give blood at the same time as a friend or family member, they may also select the same time when they register, unless all the slots at that time are filled.
If you have any problem, you may wait to sign up at the blood drive table at CPC on the following Sundays: November 11, November 18 (at the Alternative Gift Market), November 25,  and December 2. The table will be available 10:30-11:00 a.m.
and 12:00-12:30 p.m.
We will also be signing up volunteers to help at the blood drive at those tables.
If you have questions about eligibility to give blood, or what to expect at the blood drive, please go to and click on the Questions button. If you have any questions about making an appointment, please contact Deb Luckadoo at or 919-616-7882.

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 

Thank you from Ed
Dear Congregation and Staff of Cary Presbyterian Church,
I cannot thank you enough for an anniversary celebration I will never forget. 
The meaningful service, beautiful banner, cards, monetary gift and wonderful reception that you planned for me to celebrate my 20
th anniversary as your Director of Music was truly special. 

Wow, I cannot believe how quickly twenty years have flown by! I have enjoyed being with you through all of the many changes we have experienced together on our Journey of Faith. As I said at the celebration, you have always been a welcoming and caring congregation that is very supportive of the music program and I appreciate that always. Your thoughtfulness means more to me than I can say in words. I am blessed to work with such a wonderful staff, choir, volunteers, and congregation. I look forward to the years to come. Again, thank you.
Yours in Christ,


From the Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee is grateful for just over seventy nominations for the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC).
We are thoughtfully and carefully discerning God's will for whom we believe should represent the congregation in selecting our next Pastor.
We are considering many variables, including involvement in CPC as well as spiritual gifts. We are extremely confident we will have a PNC slate for confirmation in a congregational vote that can be trusted to serve our congregation's and God's will.
Lastly, our early reminder is that the congregation's role will be to support and lift up the Pastor Nominating Committee and provide them space for their important work.
The Nominating Committee:
Scott Peoples, Tim Farless, Betty Hart, Teresa Jennings,
Valerie Short, Valerie Campbell, John Hansen

Remembrances from All Saints Day
We remember our CPC loved ones
who entered the church Triumphant this past year:
Jo Anne Chambliss, Joan Ward, Robin Diggs,
Ragland Fletcher, David Voss, Linda Cox,
Vicky Vanderford, David Batchelor, Don Ward
We remember friends and family who have died this past year,
whose memories are held tenderly
and for whom we are ever thankful.

Summer in the Forest Screening and Fundraiser
Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7:00 p.m. 
Greenwood Forest Baptist Church
110 Southeast Maynard Rd., Cary

On Sunday, November 11 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Greenwood Forest, with L'Arche North Carolina, will host a screening of the moving documentary  Summer in the Forest , which tells the story of Jean Vanier's intentional community in France. 
You are encouraged to attend and support the work of an important new nonprofit working to open the first residential L'Arche community in North Carolina.
For those of you who do not know,  "L'Arche communities in the United States provide homes and workplaces where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers; create inclusive communities of faith and friendship; and transform society through relationships that cross social boundaries. L'Arche USA exists to amplify the voices of people who have intellectual disabilities; provide growth opportunities for people of all abilities; nurture the faith life of local communities; strengthen communities with resources and collaborative leadership; develop strategic partnerships; and found new communities."  L'Arche USA Website
On Sunday, November 11, you are invited to watch the documentary about Jean Vanier's initial community, and to learn about L'Arche North Carolina's plans to bring a residential community here to North Carolina. 

Security News Update
Where are the keypads? Apparently, they are still being made and cannot be shipped to Cary until mid-November. Please stay tuned.

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 November 11  through November 18

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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