The latest news and updates from Cary Presbyterian Church

News & Updates from Your CPC Family
The Shepherd by Grace Carol Bomer
Worship Service Online
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Please note the time for Worship this week. 
Worship : 10:00 a.m.

Scripture Reading: Mark 6:14-29; Amos 7:7-15
Sermon: Created for More , Mitzi Lesher-Thomas

Online Service Participants - 10:00 a.m.
Ministers:  Rev. Mitzi Lesher-Thomas, Dr . Duane Hix, 
Music Director: Ed Yasick
Pianist: Nancy Neubauer
Time With Our Children: Jen Pierce
Graphics: Rev. Alan Bancroft
Tech: Ken Worsham, Craig Anderson

Worship will be streamed to the internet 
(You do not need a Facebook account to access this link.)

(NOTE: After Worship, we'll turn off Facebook Live
and share a time of fellowship on Zoom using the link 
in the Coffee Fellowship note below )
(Please, if you have Joys and Concerns, submit them by e-mail 
to  Duane  or  Mitzi  by Saturday before the service. We will note them to publish  in the weekly Joys and Concerns update  and will include them  in our announcement during the service.)

Worship Notes for Sunday
To read more about the Belhar Confession, use these links:
Virtual Coffee Fellowship after Worship
Here's the link to the virtual coffee hour after worship this Sunday, 
11:00 a.m. to 11:30, or whenever you get tired of talking! 
Meeting ID: 813 2068 7989
or dial in by calling:  +1 301 715 8592
Joys and Concerns for this week may be found   at this link .

Pastor Nominating Committee minutes and reports 
are available at this link

S ession Report to  Members and Friends of CPC
At our Monday, July 6 meeting of the Session, your Elders took action on three significant motions. All these actions are noted in News in a Nutshell below, but we especially invite your attention to these three.
1.  Called a Congregational Meeting to vote on a candidate for the Pastor/Head of Staff position. By now, you will have already received a message from the church announcing the Congregational Meeting on July 26 after worship. (See message at this link.) The meeting will be conducted by Zoom. A link for that meeting and a letter regarding the results of the PNC search will come to you between now and the meeting date.
2. Received a guidance document from the Re-Gathering Task Force. The Covid-19 Re-Gathering Task Force Initial Recommendations report can be accessed at this link. It lists the guidelines and principles to lead us toward a safe return to in-person worship at some time after Labor Day this year, as long as we remain in compliance with NCDHHS restrictions. Please note that on August 2 after worship, you are invited to a Town Hall meeting via Zoom to comment on our plans and offer suggestions.
3. Debated and accepted a document recently released by the North Carolina Council of Churches on Systemic Racism. The Statement on Systemic Racism includes a brief history of the N.C. Council of Churches attempts to address racial inequity, a brief analysis of how systemic racism continues, and specific actions to take. Your Elder representatives believed, in accordance with our responsibility to lead the congregation in God's mission, that we could not allow this crisis moment to pass without stating our agreement with the principles in this document. It also is available at this link. We emphasize that this is an action of the Session, and may not represent the sentiments of all congregational members, but we submit it for your consideration. We will soon provide a list of educational and mission opportunities to lead us all toward a more just and lasting solution to systemic racism. 
As suggested in the monthly Session News in a Nutshell below, your Elder representatives regularly work with dedication to lead this fine congregation. 
Rev. Duane Hix, Moderator 

Session News in a Nutshell - July 2020
Session met on July 6, 2020.
1. They approved the following:
  • A motion from the Social Justice Team to provide information to the congregation about absentee voting.
  • A motion from Health and Wholeness to conduct a one question survey to folks who typically participate in our blood drives regarding the possibility of holding a blood drive in conjunction with St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
  • A re-gathering document from the task force that outlines procedures for reopening the church during COVID-19. A town hall meeting via zoom after the 10:00 worship service on August 2 for the purpose of having a conversation about re-gathering after COVID-19.
  • A motion from the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) to call for a congregational Zoom meeting on July 26 after the 10:00 worship service for the purpose of calling a new pastor. More information will be provided from this team.
2. By majority vote, Session endorsed the statement from the North      
    Carolina Council of Churches on Systemic Racism.
3. Received information that the Parish Nurse search team is interviewing 
    a potential candidate and is prepared to offer the position.
    Submitted by,
    Cathy Williams, Clerk of Session

Love and Good Cheer

"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." 
John 15:12

We are looking for some CPC families to spread love and good cheer to members of our congregation who have been very isolated during the pandemic. Each family unit that signs up will be assigned a recipient and will coordinate a socially-distanced, outdoor visit to the recipient's front yard. 

You can bring posters, cards, a song and a dance, a musical instrument, words of encouragement - be creative and loud!

It's important that the volunteer family unit consists of people who have isolated together and can travel together in a vehicle. You will be contacted via email or phone with additional details. Thanks so much!

At Home Faith Formation for Families
VBS OUTSIDE:  LAST CALL to register for outdoor VBS! Dates and times:  July 20 -24 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Use this link!

Please register even if you will be participating virtually. We will have supplies available for those following along at home. We'll be finalizing our plans and organizing supplies this coming week. 

Contact Jen Pierce for more information or with questions. 

Adult Faith Formation
Bible and Beyond
The Bible & Beyond class is changing its format for the summer. We're hosting a topical weekly Zoom discussion Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. The topic for each week's conversation will be a film or article that attendees will be asked to view or read in advance. Any and all are welcome.
July 16 - The group will discuss the article This Pandemic Hits Americans Where We Are Spiritually Weak by Christine Jeske. (This is one of Christianity Today's articles that is available on their website at this link, so you won't need to open a pdf. (Attendees are asked to bring at least one discussion question to the meeting.) 

Excerpt: " We are in the midst of the most widespread societal upheaval that many people alive today have ever experienced. Already our institutions, habits, relationships, and culture are shifting before our eyes. Frank M. Snowden, author of 
Epidemics and Society, shared with the New Yorker: "Epidemics are a category of disease that seem to hold up the mirror to human beings as to who we really are." The question we are facing is not whether we will experience sorrow and change; the question is how. As biblical prophets walked with people through catastrophes, their advice was never to just endure until it ends. Instead they focused on proactively changing relationships with each other and with God."

The Zoom info for the class is:

Dialogues on Race

It's time to talk about race, folks, and to do so in the context of our Christian faith. To help facilitate that conversation, Mitzi Lesher-Thomas and Alan Bancroft will co-lead a seven week series entitled Dialogues on Race, which covers various issues of race in America. If you're interested in joining the conversation, Participants books can be found in the church office. We ordered 25 copies of the books for this round, so please only take one per household.

We ask the following of all participants, so that the experience might be as rich and meaningful as possible:
  • Attend most (if not all) sessions.
  • Read the material in the Participants Book before we gather each week.
We will meet via Zoom for seven consecutive Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM beginning on Sunday, July 19th. Please be in touch with Alan Bancroft ( to let us know you plan to participate. 

If we end up with more than 25 folks, we will order more books and schedule another round of sessions.

Cool Books Club News

The Cool Books Club will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, July 28, at 7:00 p.m. We will discuss Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram by Isha Sesay, the CNN journalist who covered their story.  She tells this story as no one else can. 

Originally from Sierra Leone, Sesay led CNN's Africa reporting for more than a decade, and she was on the front lines when this story broke. With unprecedented access to a group of girls who made it home, she follows the journeys of Priscilla, Saa, and Dorcas in an uplifting tale of sisterhood and survival. 

The following is a quote from Hillary Rodham Clinton: "It is no accident that the places in the world where we see the most instability are those in which the rights of women and girls are denied. Isha Sesay's indispensable and gripping account of the brutal abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram terrorists provides a stark reminder of the great unfinished business of the 21st century: equality for girls and women around the world."  The book is available as an e-reader from the public library, on Kindle and online.  If you would like to join the meeting, please contact Ellen Cline.

Members and Friends of CPC,
Recently, in an announcement about the Re-Opening Task Force, we mentioned our hope to offer in-person worship and prayer opportunities outdoors. We would like to invite you to participate in the first such events.
On the Sundays listed below, at 8:30 a.m., Rev. Hix will lead a 1/2 hour prayer and meditation time at our outdoor chapel for up to 25 people. That event will then repeat for a different group of up to 25 on the following Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.

Throughout the months of July and August, every other week, we intend to continue that Sunday/Wednesday cycle of outdoor prayer and meditation, led by staff and other interested persons. This cycle includes:
  • July 12 and 15, 
  • July 26  and 29, 
  • August 9 and 12,
  • August 23 and 26. 
The format for the gatherings will vary with the leader, but it will normally include time for prayer, silence, reflection, questions and discussion. Perhaps we will consider a particular scripture passage through the lectio divina method. Perhaps we will list world concerns and pray for God's guidance and intervention in them. Perhaps we will use the morning or evening prayer liturgies from our Book of Common Worship. We hope any and all of these will refresh you and enrich our relationship with God. We will not be singing together, due to the danger of COVID-19 transmission. We welcome your suggestions about how these events may assist your own spiritual growth. 
We want to ensure that we do not have more in attendance than can properly be included at safe social distance in our outdoor chapel. To do this, we ask you to make a reservation via SignUpGenius at this link .  
(All upcoming dates as of this week are on SignUpGenius.)

Sign up as frequently as you wish, but we will not admit more than a total of 25 people including the leader. In case of rain, we will observe socially-distanced seating indoors. We request that masks be worn at all times when you are not speaking. 
All of us are feeling the need to see our church friends in person, and to sense the presence of the Holy Spirit move amongst us in real time and real space rather than through the mediation of electronics and screens. We hope this use of our outdoor chapel will engender that sense of the personal community and fellowship that enhances the work of Christ among us. We invite you to participate. 

Friday Women's Study (July)
Friday, July 3 at 10:00 a.m. we began a six-week study.  The only preparation required each week is to read the assigned biblical text.
Our discussions will be guided by Encountering God in Tyrannical Texts: Reflections on Paul, Women, and the Authority of Scripture by Frances Taylor Gench.

July 24: read: 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 and ponder:
What has been your prior experience with this text? In what settings have you encountered it? Would you be inclined to preach or teach on it? If you were to write a letter to Paul or hte Corinthian women, what would you say?
Texts for meetings on 7/31, 8/14, & 8/21 will follow later.

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Stephen Ministry Support
is Available

Efforts at being safe and attentive in order to avoid the spread of COVID-19 have caused both physical and emotional isolation for many people. 

Important and helpful conversations can certainly take place via telephone and by computer (Zoom or FaceTime). CPC Stephen Ministers are congregation members who receive special training to provide confidential, one-to-one listening care to church and non-church members. 

Stephen Ministers are trained to be present and to listen and can be a good resource if you are feeling isolated and lonely. Other times that Stephen Ministers can be helpful are if you are experiencing grief, divorce, hospitalization, disability, job loss, fertility issues and many other struggles of transition and change.

To learn how you or someone you know can receive care, please speak with a pastor or one of our Stephen Leader Referral Coordinators, Len Clark (919) 612-4302 or Linda Oglesby (919) 270-5980.

Fair Trade  is coming to you!
The Fair Trade team has begun making deliveries, and is ready  to deliver coffee, tea,  and/or chocolate to your front door! (within 20 miles of CPC)  

Here is how this will work.
  • Email your order to Betty Boyd at  (See inventory information below.)  State the specific item(s), quantity desired, and total owed in your email.  (We request a $10 minimum order.) 
  • Betty will check inventory and then send an email confirming the total amount due. 
  • Go to the CPC website.  Click Online Giving at the top of the home page.  Then click Give Online.  Look for the Fair Trade Products line, enter the total amount due, and complete the transaction. (This transaction is a purchase and not actually a gift to CPC.) 
  • We will be notified when payment is received. 
  • Betty will email you with the date and approximate time of delivery. 

Currently in Inventory
Whole bean regular coffee : Mind, Body and Soul - $9.00/bag
Ground regular coffee :  Mind, Body and Soul; French Roast; Hazelnut Crème - $9.00/bag; Sisters Blend - $10.00/bag
Ground Decaf coffee : Plain; Hazelnut Crème - $10.00/bag 
Tea:  - Irish Breakfast; Green; Peppermint; Ginger - $4.00/box
Hot Cocoa Mix : $7.00/can
Dark Chocolate Bars : Caramel Crunch; Very Dark; Mint - $4.00/each
Milk Chocolate Bars : Plain; Caramel Crunch - $4.00/each
6 Chocolate minis :  Dark Chocolate; Milk Chocolate; Mixed - $2/bag
15 Chocolate minis :  Dark Chocolate; Milk Chocolate - $5/bag

Session Appoints CPC Reopening Task Force
At its June 1 meeting, the Session addressed the procedure for planning and implementing the gradual reopening of the church campus. The ruling Elders considered a document sent them by Dr. Hix that suggested key Principles to guide the process and the ongoing Problems we will face as we do so. Read about the plans and themes pertinent to reopening on the CPC website at this link

Upcoming Online Classes and Meetings
Due to the unique, open-ended nature of the current stay-at-home situation, 
we will list upcoming scheduled classes and meetings below 
in E-link each week (in place of making website calendar changes 
and additions and listing them on the calendar grid below). 
If you have group classes and meetings that should be added 
to those below, please e-mail all necessary information 
by noon each Thursday to  

  • Bible and Beyond - Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • Dialogues on Race: Sundays at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom beginning July 19
  • Christian Ed./Faith Formation Team Meeting: July 20 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • VBS OUTSIDE: July 20 through July 24 - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Women's Bible Study: Fridays at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom (next mtg. July 24)
  • Congregational Meeting: Sunday, July 26 via Zoom after 10:00 a.m. Worship
  • Cool Books Club: Tuesday, July 28 via Zoom at 7:00 p.m. - Book: Beneath the Tamarind Tree
CPC Calendar for July 12  through July 19

Need a Reset?

Take a moment, breathe, then read this guided Mindfulness Meditation by Jason Troiano 

CPC Cares: A Local Response 
to a Worldwide Emergency

Thank you very much for your continued gifts to our CPC Cares: COVID-19 Community Assistance Fund. As of June 3, we have received gifts of  $20,000!  We have sent donations of $5,000 each to Dorcas Ministries and The Carying Place, and we made a $1,000 gift to our neighbor, A Place at the Table. We also have set aside $9,000 for CPC members, friends and neighbors who may need assistance in the weeks and months to come. 
This fund was established in April to respond to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.  The purpose of the fund is to financially assist our members, friends and community partners during this time of crisis. Half of the offering received is immediately disbursed to Dorcas Ministries and The Carying Place, two local charities with large CPC financial support and volunteer involvement. The other half is retained to help with financial assistance for CPC members, friends and neighbors in need. Any funds remaining after the crisis has passed will be disbursed to The Carying Place, Dorcas Ministries and other charities.  

Gifts can be made online at or by mailing your check to the church office, attention Barbara Carew. 
If you wish to make gifts directly, here are links to Dorcas Ministries and The Carying Place. 
We appreciate all of your gifts. During this time of severe worldwide crisis, we strive to remember all of those less fortunate, and help where we can, and if we are able. 

If you have any questions, please contact elders Todd Crouse, Hal Drumheller, Craig Hofmeister or Barbara Carew (finance manager). 

CPC Calendar is on the CPC Website
If you're interested in the dates of services and events at CPC or need  to know what rooms are available at the church at specific times on specific days, you can find that information on the CPC website calendar at this link(When you go to the CPC website, find a link at the top of the home page.

Send Your News and Announcements
Bulletin and e-Link announcements  for an upcoming newsletter or bulletin  need to be received in office email 
by 12:00 noon on Wednesday  prior to the first day they need to run. 
Please send to Phil Melton at
 The CPC Church Directory is Online

For a link to instructions about using the directory
If you have not accessed the directory yet, an invitation will have to be sent to you by Servant Keeper. If you need this new invitation, email with your name and an invitation will be requested for you. All invitations are good for only two weeks.

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 to the website
on this pageThey appear with the most recent service at the top of the page, with the illustration from that week's bulletin as an identifier (Soundcloud page shown above).

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