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Generosity Sunday Worship Service
November 18, 2018

Worship Services: 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. 
Sunday School (All Ages) - 9:45 a.m;
  Alternative Gift Market
Sermon: Remember, Respond, Rejoice! - Lori Pistor
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 10:11-25; II Corinthians 9:6-15

Ministers: Lori Pistor, Mitzi Lesher-Thomas
Director of Music: Ed Yasick
Choir: Chancel Choir; Youth Choir (11:00)
Youth Choir Director: Julie Henry

Together we will bring our commitments and offerings
of prayers, money, time and talents.

(If you would like to provide your commitment 
to the ministry of CPC online, 

Alternative Gift Market: Sunday, November 18
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.

Christmas Pageant: Last Sign-up Chance!
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 Monday.
There will be a rehearsal on Saturday, Dec. 1 and an important (required) 
rehearsal on Saturday, Dec. 15.
The Beginning was presented in 2013 to great acclaim.
Save the date and join us!

Thanksgiving Weekend: Fill the Dorcas Food Pantry!
It has been a tradition at CPC to bring food items for Dorcas Ministry
on Communion Sundays. On Sunday, November 25 you are especially invited to help Fill the Dorcas Food Pantry with the needed items listed above. Thank you!

Fall Coffee Fellowship 
Sign-Ups Urgently Needed!
(including November 25).
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

Loaves and Fishes 
Angel Tree

The Loaves and Fishes Angel Tree will be in place on Sunday, November 25.  

Lists of possible gifts for children of various ages will be available; choose a gift from the list and return it to the Narthex by December 9. Gift cards or checks made out to Loaves and Fishes are also needed. 

Some gifts for younger children may be designated for the Pride for Parents Store. Families who have been vetted as Low Income may come to the store and purchase gifts for their children at lowered prices. 
All the families live in Southeast Raleigh and have limited income. You can assist them in having a blessed Christmas. Thank you!  

Adult Sunday School This Week
Faith Today : As class members are involved with the Alternative Gift Market, no class this Sunday.
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!

There is no Sunday School next week, November 25, the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. Take time to thank God for the blessings of teaching and learning the Bible and Christian life, and for those who take time in busy lives to teach and lead classes regularly. We resume December 2.

Please note: Children in Worship will not meet on November 25. Please have children age 4 - 6 go to the Nursery if desired.

A Special Advent Study: Come to the Manger, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Class sign ups have begun 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

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.

Esperanza de Guatemala has a Giving Tuesday campaign this year! Check out the "Outfit a Classroom" campaign. We're tweeting about it ${"["}@esperanzadegua1], telling about it on our website, and have a special Giving Tuesday website. ( Link through the website and search organizations.) After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, get involved with Giving Tuesday, November 27.

Triple F Group Meeting: November 19

Veronica Bucki will be our Triple F speaker on Monday, November 19. She will share information on her heroine, Eleanor Roosevelt. We also need to elect officers for 2019 - 2020. Please join us on November 19 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 100. 

Our Christmas Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, December 4, at 11:45 a.m. at Embassy Suites. We will enjoy fellowship and their buffet meal. Seven members joined us for an enjoyable day with lunch and ice cream at S & T's Soda Shop in Pittsboro and touring Southern Supreme in Bear Creek.

Happy Thanksgiving, Pub Presbys!
We figure you're stuffing turkeys or prepping pies on our usual date so...
Presby's at the Pub will meet, this month, on 
Tuesday: November 27 at Jordan Lake Brewing Company,
320 East Durham Road, Cary, NC 27513

Come regale us with your best tale from the Thanksgiving holiday 
(past or present) and take a break from all those leftovers!

 From 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Stop by and say hello as your schedule allows!

Questions? Contact Mitzi Lesher-Thomas at

Hanging of the Greens
December 1; 10:00 a.m.

Volunteers are needed to decorate the sanctuary! 
We will hang garland, put up tree along with lights in the sanctuary, 
hang the Bethlehem banner, and put up our Advent wreath.
We need able bodied folks to put up the tree, garland and banner.  
Please respond to Audrey Sausman if interested by email to   or call 919-889-9121.

What's App?
is Back!
December 2 in CPC Fellowship Hall

Save the Date for  What's App?,
returning Sunday, December 2nd in the Fellowship Hall following the 11:00 a.m. worship service. 
This is an opportunity to have our tech-savvy youth answer individual questions about your smart phone or tablet. 
This year, there is a new feature called:  "What's App with Servant Keeper?"
Servant Keeper is the software provider for our new online member directory. Every active CPC family unit should have received an invitation from Servant Keeper to set up an online log-in on October 31.

If you have set up a log-in, then you will access the directory at this link:  

If you are having trouble navigating this process, then bring your smart phone, tablet or laptop and we will help you.

More details will be coming in the near future. Just be sure to mark your calendars for Sunday, December 2.

Presbyterian Women Annual Christmas Dinner:
December 4 at CPC Fellowship Hall

Presbyterian Women are holding their annual Christmas Dinner on Tuesday, December 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The evening consists of Sister Act performing Christmas carols followed by dinner, then wrapping gifts for The Carying Place graduate families. Each Circle provides gifts for a family.  All women are invited, you do not need to belong to a Circle or be a CPC member.  No reservations are required, just show up with a side dish or dessert to share.  Everything else is provided by Presbyterian Women.

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  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 

Thanks, CPC, for Being The Hands!
  • Over 200 participants!
  • Over 600 volunteer hours!
  • Hundreds of donated items!
  • 14 Community outreach organizations and ministries helped
  • Too many smiles to count!
Together, we were the hands of Christ in our community and congregation. Here's just one of the many heartfelt words of thanks we received:
"THANK YOU so much for the work that you and your congregation did to get this apartment set-up for the new arrival- it looked amazing! We cannot express our gratitude for your partnership (enough).  The family settled in easily, and the apartment felt very much like home.  The family was very grateful for all of the supplies for their newborn baby, and after so many hours of travelling, coming to an apartment that feels like home makes the process of adjusting so much easier! Kindest regards, Church World Services"
Thanks, CPC, for your participation and support of this Christ-filled day!
Todd, Renee and Jane on behalf of the Deacons and Missions Team

Poinsettias orders will be taken 
after Thanksgiving, through December 16.

Watch for more details and order forms. 
Each poinsettia will be $15. Your gifts and dedications will be acknowledged in the Christmas Eve bulletins and in our email newsletter. 
Thanks for your continued support of this CPC tradition.  

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 18  through November 25

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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