The latest news and updates from Cary Presbyterian Church

News & Updates from Your CPC Family
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
All Together Worship Service 
Sunday, July 15
Summer Worship Service - 10:00 a.m. 
Adult 1 Sunday School Class - 8:45 a.m.
(Adult 1 will be the only Sunday School class to meet until Sept. 9)

Scripture Reading: Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14

Minister: Mitzi Lesher-Thomas
Worship Planners and Leaders: Greg Czika, Cherry Meyers,
Matthew Simmons, and Peggy Viser
Director of Music: Ed Yasick
Piano: Evan Martschenko
Trumpet: Justin Dickson

If an emergency happened at CPC, would you know what to do?

Join us this coming Sunday morning, July 15 at 9:00 a.m. 
or on August 26  to learn about  the emergency plan for CPC 
as well as  Friends and Family CPR and AED (automatic external defibrillator) training.
Classes will be held at 9:00 a.m. (before 10:00 a.m. Sunday worship) 
lasting approximately 45 minutes. Questions? Call Mandy at (919) 467-8700.

SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018
In the Fellowship Hall
following 10:00 a.m. Worship
Hosted by the Transition Team
Participate in interactive conversations
about the ministries and future of CPC.
Light refreshments will be provided.  

Nursery helpers needed! 

We need one adult and one youth, per week, 
from this coming Sunday, July 15 through August 12. 
(Mariya, one of our regular staff, has gone back home for the bulk of the summer.)
You can sign up here at
or Meredith Bullis at 
 to volunteer. 
Thank you!.

Christian Education Information

Now underway: the Not-on-Sunday-Sunday School playgroup for children ages 3 - 7 and their parents. The playgroup meets on Thursday mornings at 9:45 a.m. to noon on July 19, 26 and August 2.  There will be a story, a snack, playtime and conversation: feel free to stay for a brown bag lunch afterwards. 
Email Meredith Bullis at (or text her, number on sheet in the narthex).

Food, Friends, Fun continues!
Food, Friends and Fun is now in progress [at Cary Presbyterian 
on Wednesdays this summer from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and other churches Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday].
Please keep your sign-ups coming!
July 18, we still need:
  • Recreation leader (1)
  • Breakfast person (1) - please arrive at 8:30 (not 9 am)
  • Lunch helper (1)
  • Up to 3 helpers in groups as well
Thank you so much for contributing to this successful local mission.  We demonstrate God's love and care to all through this experience. Join in for the fun, the new friends, and the food! Sign-up here at this link.

Summer Youth Group News

All CPC youth are invited to stop by Fresh Cary, a local ice cream shop (138 East Chatham Street) on most Wednesday evenings this summer. We'll gather at 7:00 p.m. each week for fellowship and tasty ice cream, then wrap up around 8:30 p.m. Feel free to come and go as your schedule allows.  See you there!

Triple F Group Meeting: Monday, July 16

For our next summer meetings, we will go to IHOP for brunch at 9:30 a.m. this coming Monday, July 16 and Monday, August 20. Come join us! 

Wednesday, July 18, stop by Jordan Lake Brewing Company 
for a time of casual fellowship and conversation. 
We'll be hanging out from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.,
so stop by and say hello!
Questions? Contact Mitzi Lesher-Thomas at

Wednesday Evening Pop-Up Bible Study:
Next Wednesday, July 18
at 6:00 p.m. in the CPC Library.

Esperanza de Guatemala 2018 Fundraiser

Please join us for
a special viewing of Field of Dreams,
Sunday, August 19 at The Cary Theater, 
sponsored by Esperanza de Guatemala.

Tickets Now Available at Cary Theater Box Office

Evening Schedule
Reception with hors d'oeuvres at 6:00 p.m.
Beer and wine available at BREW.

Movie: Field of Dreams at 7:00 p.m.
Ticket prices: $25 for adults,
$15 for children 12 years old and under.
Your generous participation helps Esperanza de Guatemala
advance education and literacy among the people of Nimasac.

Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  
On Mondays, the box office has hours from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 at the Cary Arts Center (101 Dry Avenue, Cary). 

Or, you may purchase tickets at Etix beginning Sunday, July 1, after 1:00 p.m.

  Online - a $2 per ticket convenience fee 
will be added to the price of the ticket.

  By Phone - call 1-800-514-3849 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Sunday 12 p.m. - 8 pm.  A $2 per ticket convenience fee will be added to the price of the ticket.

Cool Books Club:
Tuesday, August 7
7:00 p.m. at 
Peg Giesbrecht's home

The Cool Books Club will meet on Tuesday, August 7, at 7 p.m. at the home of Peg Giesbrecht.  

We will read and discuss the first section of Brian D. McLaren's book, The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World's Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to be Christian

Amazon: "Brian McLaren, a leading voice in contemporary religion, argues that- notwithstanding the dire headlines about the demise of faith and drop in church attendance-Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift. For millions, the journey has already begun....  

With his trademark brilliance and compassion, McLaren invites readers to seize the moment and set out on the most significant spiritual pilgrimage of our time: to help Christianity become more Christian."
If you are interested in joining us for this discussion, please contact Peg at 919-859-3951 or Ellen Cline ar 919-469-1456.

Session Highlights from June 25, 2018

At its recent meeting, Session:
  • Approved a third list of members' names to be removed from the CPC active roster but retained in the data base as Friends or Inactive.
  • Reviewed feedback from the recent Town Hall meetings organized by the Transition Team. Comments were that the meetings and the information shared had been helpful and well received.
  • Approved a motion from the Personnel Team to extend Rev. Mitzi Lesher-Thomas's contract for six months to February 28, 2019. The body expressed their deep appreciation for the work that Rev. Lesher-Thomas has been about during her time at CPC and their hope that church finances would allow for future contract extensions.
  • Heard a presentation from the Generosity Team based on the book Rich Church/Poor Church, which the Generosity Team will use as a guide for this year's stewardship campaign. It was noted that the Generosity Team is working on structuring small group gatherings during October.
  • Heard a review of the proposed security plan which will change access methods to the church buildings, provide increased monitoring of the facilities, and insure greater safety for all who attend worship services and participate in the life and ministry of CPC.
  • Spent some time making sure that all major church activities are listed on the church calendar.
Rhonda Carlile, Clerk of Session

If you have questions about any of the items listed above, please contact one of your elders: Jessica Cadwallader, Rhonda Carlile, Jeff Clark, Wendy Czika, Matt Donkin, Tim Farless, Christie Foppiano, Henry Gibbs, Julie Henry, Scott Patrick, Scott Peoples, Jerry Slaymaker, Katie Stuart, Jim Tompkins, Peggy Viser, and Cathy Williams.

Copies of approved session meeting minutes are available by contacting Phil Melton at the church office.

No One Else Like You 
by Siska Goeminne 
and Merel Eyckerman

A picture book that teaches children about diversity and explains that despite our differences we all have something in common - we are all unique. 

The book features bright, playful illustrations that capture the beauty of individuals and humankind alike. For ages 4-8 and only available to borrow through the CPC library.


Summertime Online Learning:
Bishop Michael Curry's Free Class Is Underway
Class is in session (and ups remain open) for the new free class: From Palace to Public Square: The Way of Love with Royal Wedding Preacher Michael Curry. Register and take the class today, it runs through July 15; more than 500 people from around the world have registered so far. Click this link for a video preview.

Nearly 2 billion people perked up to hear the riveting words of Bishop Curry at the 2018 Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. What hit a nerve was an inspiring and encompassing meditation on love. And what's propelled Bishop Curry into the international spotlight is paving the way for even greater Gospel work done in the name of love.

In this course, Bishop Curry relives some of his memories of the Royal Wedding, including analysis of his sermon. He then unpacks what he means by 'The Way of Love', and 'The Jesus Movement.'  This course will spur conversation around evangelism and discipleship.
This free class is ideal for those looking to deepen their understanding of love and to ponder new ways of sharing and living into God's love. Resources for those that want to take the course as a group are available in the course description.
This Big Class is brought to you by Forward Movement.

Summer All Together Services at 10:00 a.m. 
continue through September 2
(Labor Day Weekend). 

Mark your calendars for these summer service changes: 
a single 10:00 a.m. Sunday worship service continues each week 
from this coming Sunday through September 2 (Labor Day Weekend).

There will be no Sunday School (except for the Adult 1 class at 9:00)
 during the Summer Schedule.

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: 

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).

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 go 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 July 15  through July 22

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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