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News & Updates from Your CPC Family
Fourth Sunday of Advent 
Worship Service 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
December 23, 2018

Ministers: Lori Pistor, Mitzi Lesher-Thomas, Alan Bancroft

Sermon: Sounds and Leaping, Lori Pistor
Scripture Reading: Micah 5:2-5a; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-56

Director of Music: Ed Yasick
Choir: Chancel Choir
Special Music: Julie and Jack Henry
Sunday School Notes

No Sunday School classes will meet on December 23 or December 30.

CPC Office Hours for Christmas Week
The church offices will be closed December 24 - 26
and  sparsely populated Dec 27-28.

All Together Worship is Sunday, December 30 at 11:00 a.m.
There will be no Sunday School classes that day.

Remember, Respond, Rejoice!

A Reminder from the CPC Finance Manager
We are truly grateful to all who have shared God's treasure, regardless of how large or small. All of your gifts are truly appreciated.
If you are up to date with your planned giving commitment, we thank you. If not,
we graciously ask that you become current by the end of the year.  

(If you would like to provide your commitment  to the ministry of CPC online,  a pledge form is provided for you at this link.)

Merry Christmas and Thanks from the CPC Staff!
Your CPC staff seriously thanks you all 
for your generosity and kindnesses.  
May your Christmas be Merry and Light!

Youth Group Events for December 
December 23 & 30
No Youth Group Gatherings
On the 23rd, we'll go out to lunch somewhere after the 11:00 service. We'll decide that day where to go.

Christ Be Our Light Labyrinth Walk,
Friday, December 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Christ Be Our Light labyrinth walk is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Friday. 
We are watching the weather closely. 
In case of rain,  we will use the canvas labyrinth in Fellowship Hall. 
Stay tuned. 
Jeanne Bolick

The word "light" is referenced often in the Bible to symbolize goodness, truth, and knowledge. On the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, we celebrate the hope, love, and light of Christ's birth. 
Join us in the lower parking lot for a short service of song, prayer and poetry. We will then walk to the labyrinth to witness the light of over 100 candles. You may walk the labyrinth, simply stand, or sit as others do so.  Hot apple cider will be available to help keep us warm.  Questions?  Email Diane Garber at

Meals on Wheels Volunteer Opportunities

Can you spare two hours -one day each month - to make a big difference in senior or disabled people's lives by delivering complete and balanced hot meals at lunch?
There are two routes which are in urgent need of being filled.

1)    The first Thursday of each month: Pick-up is around 10:45 a.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church on Kildaire Farm Rd. in Cary. The route takes about 60 to 90 minutes to complete. If you are interested in this route, please contact our Meals on Wheels coordinator Jennifer Lawyer at
2)    The third Tuesday of each month - Pick-up is around 10:45 a.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church on Kildaire Farm Rd. in Cary. You will deliver 10-12 meals in the Cary. If you are interested in this route, please contact our Meals on Wheels coordinator Caroline Sinclair at or 919-302-2207.

Enjoy friendly smiles and stories as you make your rounds!

Cool Books Club Meeting 
Tuesday, January 15, 8:00 p.m.

The Cool Books Club will meet on January 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Peg Giesbrecht. We will read ALMOST EVERYTHING: NOTES ON HOPE by Anne Lamott. 

Reviews indicate that this book follows in typical Lamott style, encouraging readers to get on with life in spite of it all. If you enjoy Lamott and would like to join us, please contact Ellen Cline at 919-469-1456 or Peg Giesbrecht at 919-859-3951.


Advent Traditions and Symbols 2018

Advent is filled with images and symbols. Some of us have known them since childhood; for others these are new ways to engage Advent waiting and imagination.
We light candles as a reminder that the light of Christ "shines in the darkness, and the darkness shall not overcome it." Often there are 3 purple candles,
1 pink candle, and the white Christ candle lit on Christmas Eve. Each candle may represent a word or theme like peace, hope, joy, and love. The pink candle is often associated with Gaudete (joy) Sunday, representing Mary's joy. This year at CPC our Advent wreath lighting and liturgy draw on the ideas
of taking courage, preparing our hearts, going where we're sent, and the angelic reminder "do not be afraid," so all the candles are purple.
CPC's angels join the choir this year just a bit differently from the past with one added each Sunday.
The tree gracing the front of the sanctuary, decorated in white and gold ornaments, is called a Chrismon tree. The ornaments are a collection of ancient Christian symbols and crosses. For example, the shell represents baptism, the dove represents the Holy Spirit, and the crown calls to mind Jesus as King. The word Chrismon is a combination of the words Christ and Monogram as all the decorations are monograms or symbols which together tell the story of our Christian faith. (More symbols and their meanings can be found on the purple cards in the pew pockets.) You will also see Chrismons on the green swags or ropes along the sanctuary walls.
The paraments (the cloths on the lectern, pulpit, Table) are purple, which has long been the color used to represent both royalty and a time of waiting and preparation.
Finally, behind the pulpit is the Bethlehem banner with the star shining over the city. We see it as at a distance as we make our weary, expectant way; along with Mary, Joseph, wisemen and shepherds to the city of David where the Christ child will be born.
So this year, as we tune our eyes to the subtle changes of candles and banners, may we also tune our hearts to hear the old, old sto ry as if for
the first time. As Ann Weems wrote,

"When we are Bethlehem-bound
   we can no longer look the other way
       conveniently not seeing stars
            not hearing angel voices.
We can no longer excuse ourselves by busily
   tending our sheep or our kingdoms.
This Advent let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing
that the Lord has made known to us...
 This Advent, let's go to Bethlehem
  and find our kneeling places."

CPC Keypads are Installed and Active
The church keypads were installed Monday, Dec. 3 and were made active. 
You will now need to use the codes you have received to enter the church building. (
If you have not received a code and need one, you will need to come
to the church office during the week and sign to receive one. 
Your code will be immediately active.)

Here is how you open a door (see picture of keypad above):
  1. Enter your 4 digit code. There will be a beep, a red light above the numeric pad will turn green, and you will hear a lock release.
  2. Turn the latch below the keypad and above the keyhole to the right, fully.
  3. The door will  open. While the door is open, TURN THE LATCH BACK TO THE LEFT TO LOCK THE DOOR AGAIN WHILE THE DOOR IS OPEN. When the door closes, it will relock. 
  4. Please Note  if you don't turn the latch back to the left to relock the door, the door will remain unlocked for an indeterminate length of time.  
Thanks for your cooperation and patience as we get acclimated to the new security system.

CPC Security Team

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 September 2, 2018 are not available due to recording difficulties those Sundays. December 9, 2018 service was cancelled due to inclement weather. 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  23 through December 30

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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