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News & Updates from Your CPC Family
Worship Service and Communion
8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
January 6, 2019

Ministers: Rev. Lori Pistor, Rev. Alan Bancroft

Sermon: Meaningful Gifts, Alan Bancroft
Scripture Reading: Psalm 72:1-14; Matthew 2:1-12
Special Music: Sister Act Ensemble;
Nancy Neubauer, piano

Remember, Respond, Rejoice

2019 envelope boxes are now available for pickup in the Narthex. If you would like a box of envelopes and don't see your name, please email Finance Manager Barbara Carew at or call the church office at 919-467-8700.  Thank you!

Christian Faith Formation

Adult Sunday School Classes for 2019
Start the year with new learning in adult education classes in Sunday School. Try one of these!
Kerygma Listening to Scripture; strategies for interpreting the Bible , with Duane Hix. Jan. 20, the Kerygma study Beginnings will start, covering the first chapters of Genesis. Room 102.
Bible and Beyond: This class will study the book of Ruth from Jan. 6 - Feb. 17, using the Uppity Women of the Bible video series developed by Dr. Lisa Michele Wolfe. Library.
Faith Today: Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy Jill Levine, professor of NT studies at Vanderbilt, led by Sheri Mitten, Room 100.
Faith and Families: Currently studying Animate: Faith , in the Fellowship Hall.
Adult I: Our Love of God continues with study of passages from I Thessalonians, the epistles of John and James, Philippians, and Psalms. Parlor.
Faith Journey begins a unit on The Ten Commandments, Jan. 6. The children will attend, in rotation, Keyboarding for the Kingdom , Creation Station , and Reel Faith .
The Christian Faith Formation Team is recruiting new members! We will meet Saturday, Jan. 12, for our annual planning meeting, 9:30 a.m. - noon. Please join us and serve the church through this great ministry.

Registration for ASP 2019 Opens Sunday, January 6
Appalachia Service Project works to rebuild substandard housing for low-income families with the goal of making homes warmer, safer, and drier. This year, we're off to West Virginia the week of June 23 - 29, and we'd love to invite you first-timers, as well as our returnees, to join us!
We've moved up our registration process a bit this year so we have more time for training and work days as a team. Also new this year: As long as your registration form is received by the deadline of January 27th at 8:00 p.m., you will be considered for participation in this year's trip, based on the categories we need to fill (youth, young adult, male/female adult).
Forms will be available on Sunday, January 6 at 8:00 a.m. in the church office. The cost is $225, paid at time of registration, and scholarships are available, if needed.  Questions about the trip? Contact Alan Bancroft at 615-540-9124 or

Meals on Wheels Volunteer Opportunity

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?  This route is in urgent need of being filled.
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 919-302-2207 or emai

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.


Triple F Group News
Triple F Group will get together for brunch at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, January 14 and Monday, February 11 at IHOP. Programs will resume in March.

Mission in the Community 
and Beyond:
Spanish Classes at CPC for 2019

Cary Presbyterian will host three different levels of Spanish classes for members and associates in support of volunteer service in faith community outreach programs offered to Latino neighbors, and our Guatemalan mission. 

Learn Spanish with a Native Speaker  
Starting January 23, 2019-April 3, 2019

Beginners Spanish: Spanish Now! -Part 3
Learn pronunciation, reading, writing and basic conversation skills. Grammar: verb to be, adjectives, comparisons, direct commands, possessive adjectives, demonstrative adjectives, stem changing verbs, infinitives .and prepositions.
Textbook*: Spanish Now! Level 1, 8th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1438075235
Wednesdays 9:00 -11:00. a.m. $140 

Advanced Spanish Conversation-Films and TEDx Videos
This program encourages and provides students with opportunities to expand their listening and conversation skills while discussing different topics taken from popular films and TEDx videos on Amazon, Netflix, and YouTube. This class will be taught entirely in Spanish. Wednesdays 12:00-2:00 p.m. $140

Intermediate Spanish: Destinos-Part 3
This course uses an engaging video drama based upon a popular telenovela (soap opera) that takes viewers around the Spanish-speaking world. Class activities are designed to build vocabulary, increase comprehension, and improve conversation skills. The class will be taught entirely in Spanish.
Textbook* (used is acceptable): Student Viewer's Handbook to Accompany Destinos Volume 1 Episodios 1-26 ISBN 978-0-07-249709-0
Volume 2 Episodios 27-52 ISBN 978-0-07-249710-6
Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 p.m. $140

* For more information please send an email to

Classes will be on Wednesdays during the daytime beginning January 3 
and concluding April 3 (11 weeks). 

Registration form/flyer 
(pictured above)  can be found 
at this link and copies are available at the church.  

A Statement from the 
Cary Area Ministerial Alliance
The Cary Area Ministerial Alliance is a diverse group of clergy who meet each month for collegial fellowship and prayer. Our goal is to forge ties and dialogue with faith leaders throughout our community. At this time, we would like to publically show our support for Congregation Sha'arei Shalom, a messianic Jewish synagogue in Cary. This congregation's synagogue was recently attacked twice by vandals.
We are appalled by the rise of anti-Semitism and other forms of hate in our community, in our nation and in the world. The Bible states in The Acts of the Apostles chapter 17 and verse 26 that God has made of one blood all nations: That means, in essence, that we all come from the same source. All human beings are made in God's image and worthy of respect and dignity.
Almost eighty years ago millions of Jews were exterminated. Unfortunately, some of the same vestiges of hatred that motivated that inhumanity still exist. The Cary Area Ministerial Alliance denounces any attempt to belittle, intimidate, terrorize or harm anyone in our community.
Our community is rich and varied.  As church leaders we confess the times our Christian tradition has been complicit or silent when others were degraded.  With recent news of hate crimes and acts of terror, not just in the nation, but in our Cary community, we recommit ourselves to the Gospel's call to love neighbor as self in word and deed.
We invite all people of Cary to welcome, embrace, and celebrate the full humanity of all of our neighbors.

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 January 6 through January 13

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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