The latest news and updates from Cary Presbyterian Church

News & Updates from Your CPC Family
In Search of Our Dwelling Places (2nd Stanza)
by Ann Weems

This Advent let's go to Bethlehem
and see this thing that the Lord has made known to us.
In the midst of shopping sprees
   let's ponder in our hearts the Gift of Gifts.
Through the tinsel
   let's look for the gold of the Christmas Star
In the excitement and confusion, in the merry chaos,
   let's listen for the brush of angels' wings.
This Advent, let's go to Bethlehem
   and find our kneeling places.

First Sunday of Advent 
Worship Services 
December 2, 2018
Worship Services: 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. 
Sunday School (All Ages) 9:45
Attest - Lori Pistor
Scripture Reading: Luke 21-25-36; Jeremiah 33:14-16

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

Bill Adkins'  life will be remembered 
in a 
Service of Witness to the Resurrection 
in the Cary Presbyterian Sanctuary
on Friday, November 30, at 1:00 p.m.

All are invited to greet Bill's family
and one another in the Fellowship Hall
following the worship service

  An important announcement from CPC Session 

The Session of Cary Presbyterian Church has called a Congregational Meeting for Sunday, December 9, following 11:00 a.m. worship for the purpose of receiving a report and motion from the Nominations Committee regarding the election of the Pastor Nominating Committee. Information regarding the slate of candidates will be forthcoming.

Remember, Respond, Rejoice!

If you haven't done so yet, please remember to send or bring your commitments 
of money, time, talent, 
and energy to CPC for 2019. 

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

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.

Fall Coffee Fellowship 
Sign-Ups Urgently Needed for December, beginning 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

  CPC Keypad Installation, December 3 and 4 

Installation of the new church keypads is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday of this week. If you need to obtain a church access code you will need to sign for one at the church office this week.

Loaves and Fishes 
Angel Tree

The Loaves and Fishes Angel Tree is in place in the Narthex.  

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 for Advent
Bible and Beyond: Now 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.
Faith Today : NEW! Through Dec. 16 - Advent in Narnia: Reflections for the Season. "With its enchanting themes of light and darkness, temptation and sin, forgiveness and hope, and an appearance of Father Christmas, the world of Narnia from Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe enhances the Advent season of reflection. The class will use readings, discussion and scenes from the film of the same name to consider grace, love, and sacrifice. Led by Medora Hix, Room 100.
Faith and Families: for people raising families in faith in a complicated world: Advent Conspiracy "was founded on the radical idea that we can celebrate Christmas humbly, beautifully, and generously. Advent is the story of a wondrous moment when God entered our world to make things right. It is the greatest story ever told and it changes everything-including the way we celebrate Christmas." Fellowship Hall

A Special Advent Study:
God Is in the Manger
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
This Advent study is led by Dr Duane Hix (whose Ph.D. thesis was on Bonhoeffer). Come at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays on Dec. 5, 12, and 19 for a soup supper. The class will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This week, Dec. 5, the class will be in Room 102 downstairs. Please sign up in the narthex or here:
You will need to order your own book (Google 'God Is in the Manger, Bonhoeffer').
If you are willing to provide soup for one of the weeks, please email Medora at
More about CPC's Pictorial Online Directory 
(What's App? after Worship this coming Sunday)
On October 31, an email invitation from Servant Keeper was sent to the person shown as head of household in your Servant Keeper Family account. On November 28, an email invitation was sent again from Servant Keeper to each family that did not log into their account with the first invitation. This email has an access link that is good for two weeks
(The email is generated by Servant Keeper. Only one is sent per family account, not to each individual member.) The 
database allows only one person in each family to be designated head of household.

If you have already logged into your family profile and set up a family password, you can access the CPC Directory at this link, , using the universal directory password mycpcdirectory

We ask you  to review your profile family information to make sure that the correct address, phone, and email addresses are in our system.
The ability to download photos of your choice for your family page and for individual family members is also provided. 

If you need help uploading a photo or want a new photo to include in your profile, please come to What's App? in the Fellowship Hall, after the Dec. 2 worship service. (See information about What's App? below.)

Please use the link here for detailed instructions about logging in to your family profile and setting up a family password .
(The 'Manage My Family' link shown on the instruction page illustration in the pdf is not active. Your Family Profile must first be accessed through the link in your invitation email.) 
Again, once you are logged in and your family password is set up, you may access the entire member directory at 
with the universal directory password mycpcdirectory.
Thank you for taking time to help create CPC's new pictorial directory!
PLEASE NOTE: Hard copies of a non-pictorial directory are available from the office upon request. Hard copies of the Pictorial Online Directory will be printed ONLY when a substantial number of photos have been downloaded.  

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

What's App?  returns Sunday, December 2 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 should have received an invitation from Servant Keeper to set up an online log-in on October 31. (If your family did not access their profile with the October invitation, another was sent from Servant Keeper on Wednesday, November 28.)

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 this coming Sunday.

Upcoming Youth Group Events

Christian Adventurers
December 2: No Gathering
December 9: Christmas Caroling with Middle School Group
Middle School
December 2: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Do You Trust Me?
December 9: Christmas Caroling with Christian Adventurers
Senior High
December 2: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Stress Busters
December 9: 5:15 p.m. Bridge to Life

Photo Gifts to Benefit Esperanza
John Hansen Photography has photos of Guatemala available if you missed them at the Alternative Gift Market.  Come and see these stunning photos of life in Guatemala. Purchasing them benefits Esperanza de Guatemala. These will be on display outside the Fellowship Hall Sunday, December 9.

Fair Trade Gifts for the Christmas Season

Stop by our Fair Trade table, located just outside Fellowship Hall, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. to taste Sister's Blend coffee and peruse our wide selection of coffees, chocolate, tea, and olive oil.  We have gift baskets of coffee and chocolate, tea and chocolate, as well as festive packages of assorted teas or chocolates.  Need teacher or hostess gifts?  We have great ideas.
Watch for us this Sunday as well as Dec. 9 and Dec 16.  Dec. 16 will be your last opportunity to purchase Fair Trade items or pick up your orders before Christmas. Have questions?  Contact Jeanne Bolick at

Triple F Christmas Luncheon: Tuesday, December 4

The Triple F 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. 

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.

 CPC Fall Blood Drive 
This Coming 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 this coming Sunday 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 

Christmas Gifts for Staff
CPC is blessed with a wonderful and devoted staff. Beginning Sunday December 9 through Sunday December 16, we are collecting monetary gifts for the staff. There will be small envelopes in the friendship pads for the gifts. Place the envelopes in the collection plate or drop off checks in Barbara Carew's box in the office. Please be sure to write "staff gift" in the memo line.


Joy Offering, December 9
The Christmas Joy Offering of our denomination, the PC(USA), will be received beginning December 9, 2018. Needed assistance is provided to retired church workers and their families and to current church workers and their families facing emergency situations. Support is also provided to students at racial-ethnic colleges. Envelopes will be in the pews.

The Christmas Pageant is coming!
You will want to be present in the 11:00 a.m. worship service on December 16 for The Beginning. Choirs, congregational singing, and a pageant of humor and meaning will help us worship and prepare for the birth of Jesus.

Resources for Advent Devotions

The following sites provide helpful resources to assist with your personal devotions during the Advent season. 

Each year Pittsburgh Theological Seminary offers free Advent devotionals as a gift. Read daily messages written by members of the PTS community. Scroll down on their site for this year's Advent devotionals, and learn more about the various ways you can read the daily messages.
  A new day, a new piece of classical music - FREE!   Naxos's new musical app for Advent features 25 complete tracks behind numbered doors. Each day, a new door is 'unlocked' to reveal a new piece of seasonal music from Naxos's classical music catalogue. 

These daily reflections were coauthored by Paul H. Lang and David Crean in the fall of 2012. David passed away before they were published. The paintings for these devotions are by Joanne Lang.

Interactive sharing of individual Advent meditations from the department of Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary.

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 December  2 through December 9

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

Name | Company | Phone | Email | Website