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News & Updates from Your CPC Family
Daylight Savings Time ends this week. 
Be sure to set clocks back 1 hour this Saturday evening. 
All Saints Day
Commemorating 'Be The Hands'
Sunday, November 4, 2018

Worship Services: 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. 
Sunday School (All Ages) - 9:45 a.m.
Clouds of Light, 
Lori Pistor
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:13-16; Hebrews 12:1

Ministers: Lori Pistor, Mitzi Lesher-Thomas
Director of Music: Ed Yasick
Choir: Chancel Choir; Special Music: Sister Act
Piano: Nancy Neubauer (8:30); Trumpet: Justin Dickson (11:00)

Fall Coffee Fellowship 
Sign-Ups Urgently Needed!
(including 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

Dorcas Ministries
50th Anniversary Quilt at CPC Sunday, Nov. 4.
The Dorcas Ministries 50th Anniversary Quilt 
will be displayed in the Narthex this coming Sunday. 
This 50 th  Anniversary quilt was commissioned to celebrate 50 years of service from Dorcas to the local community.  It specifically honors the founder, Margaret Keller, the hundreds of past and present volunteers that drive the work of the organization, the local churches that partner with Dorcas in being Christ's servants here, and the support of the city.  The thread in the Dorcas logo is a reminder that as Dorcas stitched clothes for the poor in her town, so Dorcas Ministries strives to serve those in need in our community.

(But it's STILL not too late to join the fun)
Be The Hands Schedule
Saturday, November 3
8:30 a.m. - Service of Blessing and Hymn - Outdoor Chapel
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Volunteer Service Projects
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - FREE Fellowship Dinner!
There's still room for you at one on one of these project teams!

Yardwork for CPC Members and The Carying Place -4 spots remaining
Stay at Church Activities (afternoon session) -1 spot remaining
Brown Bag Ministries -1 spot remaining
Dorcas Ministries Shopping Expedition (afternoon session) 5 spots remaining
Chatham Commons Fellowship Visit - 5 spots remaining
Ronald McDonald House - Baking Cookies 3 spots remaining

Sign up for these or any other project in the Narthex or here at SignUpGenius
BLACK MOUNTAIN HOME FOR CHILDREN -please deliver "gently used" youth clothing to CPC when you arrive on Saturday.

Faith Journey
The third-grade Milestone, Getting to Know My Bible will be offered through November 4, in the Sunday School time. Parents please attend with your child.
As attested by many, this is a helpful and important class.

Adult Sunday School This Week
Faith Today : For the next two  weeks Jeanne Bolick will facilitate a class on Gratitude, based on the book Grateful: the Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, by Diana Butler Bass. Each class offers a complete aspect of gratitude. Room 100
Kerygma: THIS WEEK "Listening to Scripture; strategies for interpreting the Bible," begins 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,
New this week "Animate: Practices" curriculum. The first session will be about table fellowship and food practices, with Jesus as our example.Fellowship Hall
Bible and Beyond: A one-week study of the lives of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Maximilian Kolbe based on a DVD lecture from The Great Courses' Lives of Great Christians series by Dr. William R. Cook of SUNY Geneseo. 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!

CPC Youth Group News and Announcements
Christian Adventurers
November 3: Be the Hands
November 4: No Sunday night gathering
November 11: 6:00-7:30 Pie Making
Middle School
November 3: Be the Hands
November 4: No Sunday night Youth Group
November 11: 6:00-8:00 Hymnal Art Project
Senior High
November 3: Be the Hands
November 4: No Youth Group
November 11: 5:15-8:00 Bridge To Life

Fall Work Day: Saturday, Nov. 10 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
We will be doing various projects around the church, including but not limited to:
  • Mulching flower beds and general weeding in the front of the church
  • Working in the woods next to the Preschool playground cutting back ivy
  • Putting out pine straw and sprucing up the sign area
  • General pruning and weeding
  • Working on the back circle raised herb garden planters 
Men's Breakfast, Saturday, Nov. 10 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
The next Men's Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, November 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. In what is becoming a recurring  event, we will once again be serving delicious made-to-order omelets.

As a special opportunity, there is a workday scheduled at church starting at 10:00 a.m. (See details above.) Bring your yardwork gear and take advantage of the chance to work off some of the breakfast.

Let Al Hardie or John Campbell know if you can help.  As usual, we will also need help with setup, cooking and cleanup.

Guatemala Mission News

Scholarships: The students in Nimasac are deeply appreciative of their new opportunities to continue their education. Of the five new students for 2019, four of them wish to study in Quetzaltenango, including one mature student who must study there. These scholarships are the $900 per year ones, so we will need to have more sponsors to 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. The cost is $275 per year for the local school student in either middle or high school. In all cases, sponsorship is a three-year commitment. Other requests include writing to your student mid-year (July) and especially at the conclusion of the year (October), and sending down a small gift in October. There are 4 girls requesting scholarships for 2019.

Cool Books Club
The Cool Books Club will meet on Tuesday, November 6th, (Election Day) at 7 p.m. at Peg Giesbrecht's house.  Our book for this month is Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People by Bob Goff.  This book is a New York Times best seller. 

A review on Amazon reads: 
In his entertaining and inspiring follow-up to the New York Times bestselling phenomenon Love Does, Bob Goff takes readers on a journey into the secret of living without fear, constraint, or worry. The path toward the liberated existence we all long for is found in a truth as simple to say as it is hard to do: love people, even the difficult ones, without distinction and without limits.
Driven by Bob's trademark storytelling, Everybody, Always reveals the lessons Bob learned--often the hard way--about what it means to love without inhibition, insecurity, or restriction. From finding the right friends to discovering the upside of failure, Everybody, Always points the way to embodying love by doing the unexpected, the intimidating, the seemingly impossible. Whether losing his shoes while skydiving solo or befriending a Ugandan witch doctor, Bob steps into life with a no-limits embrace of others that is as infectious as it is extraordinarily ordinary. 'Everybody, Always' reveals how we can do the same.

Please contact Peg Giesbrecht at 919-859-3951 or Ellen Cline at 919-469-1456 if you would like to join us.

Triple F Group News
Our next Triple F Group get-together will be a trip. Meet behind CPC on Wednesday, November 7, at 10:30 a.m. to carpool to S & T's Soda Shop in Pittsboro for lunch and ice cream, then on to Southern Seasons in Bear Creek for a tour and Christmas shopping. Come join us!
Thanks to Elina and Katie (Amy Bardi's Mom) for giving us an update on the Clothed in Hope program on October 15. The program brings families out of poverty through a sewing program in Zambia. Elina is the hard-working Program Director in Zambia. She has been involved in the program from day one.

Generosity Sunday, Nov. 18
Worship Services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Remember, Respond, Rejoice!
"Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

During worship on November 18, 
together we will bring our commitments 
and offerings of prayers, money, time, and talents 
to support the ongoing ministry of CPC.

Alternative Gift Market
Before and after Generosity Sunday services, do some early Christmas shopping at the Alternative Gift Market, sponsored by the Missions Team.

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 national and international humanitarian projects. We also include tangible gifts that directly support people in need. You can buy handcrafts and coffee and chocolate, to name only a few.
Our Alternative Gift Market supports local ministries such as the Carying Place, Esperanza de Guatemala, Read and Feed and more-ministries right here in Wake County and all over the world. Our AGM will include about 15 booths.
The Market opens at 9:45 a.m. during Sunday School and will conclude at
2:00 p.m. Classes of students of all ages are encouraged to visit and even serve. A light lunch will also 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.

Five Years of Fair Trade at CPC!

As the Fair Trade Project begins its sixth year, here is a quick overview of the first five years.
The CPC Fair Trade Project
  • was started with a CPC Memorial and Endowment grant.
  • has purchased over $15,000 in products from Equal Exchange, the Presbyterian Coffee Project's supplier.
  • has averaged nearly $4,000 in gross sales per year.
  • has given $3500 to Esperanza, the CPC mission in Guatemala.
  • has given more than $200 in coffee and other products to CPC.
Thank you, again, for your support.   Please visit the Fair Trade table at the Alternative Gift Market on November 18.

  SAVE THE DATE: CPC Fall Blood Drive 
Wednesday, December 5

IMPORTANT! If you plan to participate in the blood drive, 
you may not have 
donated blood elsewhere after October 10.  

The fall blood drive is coming up Wednesday, December 5, 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will be working with The Blood Connection , a blood services provider used by most Triangle hospitals.

In addition to fully staffing the drive, Blood Connections also offers the "Faith in Action" program, where the church receives a check reflecting $10 per successful donation. Given our previous average of successful donations, this will be $350 - $500. CPC is designating these funds to our Health and Wholeness Ministry.

Watch the upcoming newsletters and bulletins for more information on the December 5 CPC Blood Drive! 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 

Banner Created in Appreciation 
of Ed Yasick's 20 Years at CPC
Remarks in Dedication - "For the Beauty of the Earth" is one of the anthems Ed chose for today's celebration. Since this banner was meant to be a surprise, and Ann and I couldn't ask, we made the assumption that it must be one of Ed's favorites.
The inside of the stained glass window is our interpretation of the beauty of God's Earth. The rolling green hills, the purple mountains majesty, and a beautiful sunset.
The scrollwork around the perimeter is a chain of base clefs created to honor Ed's musical talents.
The dedication on the back of the banner reads:
Created and stitched for the glory of God and in celebration of Ed Yasick's 20th anniversary as Director of Music at Cary Presbyterian Church. With love and gratitude, the Chancel Choir, October 28, 2018 .
Ed, we hope you enjoy the beauty of this banner created with much love and appreciation for you and your 20 years of dedication to our music ministry and the CPC family. Thank you!
Ann Johnson and Barbara Carew

Dedication Prayer - Lori Pistor

For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth over and around us lies,
Lord of all to thee we raise this our joyful hymn of praise.  

Our praise, Holy God, is poured out through voices lifted in song. 
Our gratitude is poured out for the array of music in our midst.
Our profound thanks are offered to you for Ed Yasick and his ministry in this place.
We pray your continued blessings for Ed's vision and commitment,
his wisdom and his knowledge, his fingers and his eyes,
his voice and his being.
With thanksgiving for the hands that have made it,
we dedicate this banner as symbol of our gratitude and as visual
proclamation of your creating, redeeming and delighting works
on earth as in heaven.
For the joy of ear and eye, for the heart and mind's delight
for the mystic harmony linking sense to sound and sight 
Lord of all, to thee we raise this our joyful hymn of praise.  
Let all God's people together say: Amen!  

CPC's Pictorial Online Directory
YOU help create the new CPC Pictorial Online Directory by editing your family profile entry. 
(Please read the following message carefully.)
Servant Keeper, our new database system, enables each individual/family to review and edit the information contained in your family profile.  You are encouraged to review your profile family information to make sure that the correct address, phone, and email addresses are in our system.
The ability for you to download photos of your choice for your family page and for individual family members is also provided. 

An email was sent on Wednesday, October 31, to the individual designated as head of household in your Servant Keeper Family account. This email contains an access link that is good for two weeks.  (The email is generated by Servant Keeper and only one is sent per family account, not to each individual member.)  Our database provides for only one person in each family to be designated head of household.

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 in the instruction illustration is not active. Your Family Profile must first be accessed through the link in your invitation email.) 
Once you are logged in and your family password is set up, you may access the entire member directory 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.  

Special Program: Sunday, November 4 at 12:15 p.m.
Good Shepherd United Church of Christ
1050 NW Maynard Rd., Cary

On Sunday November 4 at 12:15 p.m., Larry Bernstein will present a special program on suicide in the sanctuary of Good Shepherd UCC. Childcare will be provided.
Mr. Bernstein is a licensed clinical social worker who does extensive work in the area of grief and loss. He has a passion for suicide prevention and awareness and currently facilitates a group as well as an annual walk/fundraiser for those who have lost someone to suicide, the Survivors Walk  

Click HERE for more information about Mr. Bernstein, this year's walk on November 11, and his work. 

Summer in the Forest Screening and Fundraiser
Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7:00 p.m. 
Greenwood Forest Baptist Church
110 Southeast Maynard Rd., Cary

On Sunday, November 11 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Greenwood Forest, with L'Arche North Carolina, will host a screening of the moving documentary  Summer in the Forest , which tells the story of Jean Vanier's intentional community in France. 
You are encouraged to attend and support the work of an important new nonprofit working to open the first residential L'Arche community in North Carolina.
For those of you who do not know,  "L'Arche communities in the United States provide homes and workplaces where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers; create inclusive communities of faith and friendship; and transform society through relationships that cross social boundaries. L'Arche USA exists to amplify the voices of people who have intellectual disabilities; provide growth opportunities for people of all abilities; nurture the faith life of local communities; strengthen communities with resources and collaborative leadership; develop strategic partnerships; and found new communities."  L'Arche USA Website
On Sunday, November 11, you are invited to watch the documentary about Jean Vanier's initial community, and to learn about L'Arche North Carolina's plans to bring a residential community here to North Carolina. 

Welcome to a new neighbor!
A Special Welcome to the Neighborhood 
to Rev. Carrie Tuttle, who has joined the chaplain staff at Glenaire! Carrie grew up 
at CPC and has served an array of ministries. She and her family moved to Durham in 2008 when her husband, Chris, became pastor with Westminster Presbyterian. We are delighted Carrie will be even closer by!

Security News Update
Where are the keypads? Apparently, they are still being made and cannot be shipped to Cary until mid-November. Please stay tuned.

Visit the new CPC website
Our new website is live at! The website still includes access to the church calendar, worship bulletins and issues of the e-Link, and features more photos of CPC activities and a responsive design that works easily on your phone or tablet. The team will continue to tweak the site and welcomes your feedback. Team members are Melinda Crouse, Julie Henry, Barbara Harvey, Dee Hatch, Terry Anderson, Phil Melton, and Lori Pistor. Special thanks to long-time webmaster Jason Derifaj for his technical expertise and guidance.

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 4  through November 11

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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