The latest news and updates from Cary Presbyterian Church

News & Updates from Your CPC Family
                                                                                Gratitude by Veronique Wibaux
January 31
Flowers in the Sanctuary 
are given to the glory of God 
by Penny Burke in loving memory 
of her husband, George M. Burke, 
and mothers Elsie E. Dunning 
and Hilda E. Burke. 
Worship will be streamed to the internet 
(You do not need a Facebook account to access this link.)
Here is the link to the Bulletin for this week's service.
(If you have Joys and Concerns, please submit them by e-mail 
by Friday 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.)

CPC Youth News for the Week is at this Link

CPC indoor campus meetings are suspended until further
Online Flower Sign-up for 2021
To provide opportunities and make the flower sign-up process easier during these times of online worship services, an online sign-up has been created for 2021 services through the end of June (with the exceptions of the weeks of Lent through Easter Sunday: Feb. 21 - Apr. 4), and you may access the sign-up at this link

Dedications may be left in the comment section of the sign-up, and dedications will be noted in E-Link as well as in the bulletin.
Persons giving flowers are responsible for arranging their delivery and/or placement. Flowers may be provided from home gardens or be sourced from a florist. Suggested florists include The Flower Cupboard (919) 467-4161) and Campbell Road Nursery (919) 854-9892.
Please know that you may come and get the flowers after the service, or you may donate them for re-distribution in the community. (See Flower Shuttle information below.)

Thank you in advance for contributing to the beauty of the Sunday Worship Service!

The Flower Shuttle of Raleigh recycles flowers from recipients and makes arrangements that are delivered to those living with sickness, terminal illness, disability who normally don't receive flowers. If you want to coordinate a donation to the Flower Shuttle,

Faith Formation for Children/Youth

Sunday School
Due to high probability of rain this weekend, Children's Sunday School will be cancelled for 1/31. Plan to join us outside on 2/7 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. before the Super Bowl when we finish our unit on prophets with the story of Jeremiah.

Youth Group
No In Person Gathering this Sunday, January 31.
Join us for Zoom Movie Trivia Games from 3:00-4:00 PM.

We'll gather from 3:00 - 4:00 PM to play some trivia games based on movies and TV. We'll also catch up on life and share pows and wows.

You can use the following link to join us: CPC Youth Zoom Games. The meeting ID is 838 7020 4655

Faith Formation for Adults

Faith Today 
The Faith Today class invites you to join us for engaging conversation about videos from the Nooma Series. In these videos, Pastor/Author/Faith Leader Rob Bell invites viewers to consider the Bible and Theology in creative ways. The content of his speaking and the setting for the videos encourage deep thought. Each week, we'll watch a video together and chat about it. Join us on Sundays after worship over Zoom with the information below. Any and all are welcome. 

Join Zoom Meeting here at this link.
Meeting ID: 885 2108 8022
Passcode: 205350
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Bible and Beyond for January
On Wednesday, January 6 at 7:00 p.m., the Bible & Beyond class began a six-week study of the book of Esther via Zoom. The study is based upon videos from the Living the Questions: Uppity Women of the Bible series presented by the Rev. Dr. Lisa Wolfe, Associate Professor of the Hebrew Bible at Oklahoma City University. All are welcome to join.

Join Zoom Meeting Link here
Meeting ID: 892 6939 4336
Passcode: 614614

Women's Bible Study
Began Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:00 a.m. (Study length is open-ended)

Study Guide: From Widows to Warriors: Women's Stories from the Old Testament by Lynn Japinga (book is available via Amazon or other on-line bookstores. Kindle version is also available)

Meeting will occur weekly with discussion on the various chapters of this book.  

If there are any questions please contact Audrey Sausman 919-889-9121

Join Zoom Meeting Link here

Meeting ID: 852 4381 1476
Passcode: 699644

Cool Books Club News

The Cool Books Club will meet on February 2 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Our choice for this month is to read any of the
Cotton Patch Gospel books by Clarence Jordan. During the meeting each attendee will have the opportunity to tell something about one or more of their favorite parts of the individually chosen book.
These New Testament translations were born out of the Civil Rights struggle in the mid-20th century South are.  They are written in such a way as to bring Scripture of a long ago time and far away land home to the here and now.  This translation makes clear the startling relevance of Scripture for today.
Paperback books are available from Thriftbooks for a nominal fee. They can also be found from vendors at Bookfinder.comKindle versions are also available. 
Anyone wishing to join us for this meeting should contact Josetta McLaughlin at for an invitation, which she wii send out a week before the meeting.

CPC Social Justice and Racial Equity Invitation
The Groundwater Approach to Understanding Racial Inequality
Register Today!

On Saturday, February 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon via Zoom. Racial Equity Institute organizers will lead us in a lively and participatory workshop, using stories and data to present a perspective that racism is fundamentally structural in nature.  Participants consistently find this workshop deeply moving and meaningful. (Click here for more information on The Groundwater Approach.) 
Half of the cost of this REI workshop ($5000) has been provided through a grant from Memorials and Endowments. The other half will need to be covered through a $28.50 fee (includes processing) for each participant (with scholarships available). Registration for this event is currently limited to CPC members and friends. Maximum registration for the workshop is 100 participants. If all slots are not filled, registration will be opened to neighboring church communities.  

*For a personal reflection about this challenge from a CPC member, click this link.

The Pastor's Class begins In the Beginning
Pastor Paul will begin a weekly class on Sunday, February 7 at 1:00 p.m. The class will meet via Zoom.
The first topic will be to work our way through the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy). We will work our way roughly from start to finish in that order in the coming months but will not do a careful study of every verse. Rather, we will be looking for themes/theology and a general understanding of the stories contained in these important books of the Bible.
It will be useful to you to have a Bible handy for this class. Pastor Paul will teach with presentation slides but may wander into texts you would want to look up.  

"I hope you'll join us for this theological romp through the first five books of Scripture!" Pastor Paul

Join Zoom Meeting at this link
Meeting ID: 861 6681 7921
Passcode: 594714
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CPC Winter Fellowship Pop-Up Event 
Sign-Ups Are Open!
(All Events are Socially Distanced)

It's time for 2021 Winter Fellowship Pop-Up Events! If you are interested in small outdoor or small Zoom pop-up gatherings this February, sign up for the activity at this SignUpGenius link. 

There you will see full details about what each of our hosts is passionate about sharing with a small group. We hope you'll sign up for any event that is a shared passion or piques your curiosity as a new interest. There are both Zoom and outdoor/distanced gatherings. 

We hope you'll check out what each of our hosts will be sharing in the month of February and sign up for one of the fellowship events

if you are interested in hosting a future pop-up gathering for something you enjoy, please contact the Congregational Fellowship Committee by contacting JerryLyn Luckie at   
Congregational Fellowship Team
Here for 2021 from Fair Trade!

The Fair Trade Team welcomes your orders and is happy to bring them to you (within 20 miles of CPC with a minimum order of $10.00).  Thank you for helping us support Fair Trade farmers around the world and our friends in Nimasac, Guatemala.  
Current Inventory:
  • Whole bean regular coffee: Mind, Body and Soul - $9.00/bag; Midnight Sun - $9.00/bag
  • Ground regular coffee:  Mind, Body and Soul - $9.00/bag; French Roast - $9.00/bag; 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; Tea Sampler - $4.00/box or bag 
  • Hot Cocoa Mix:  $5.00/can
  • Dark Chocolate Bars:  Caramel Crunch - $4.00/each; Very Dark - $4.00/each; Mint Crunch - some $3.00/each, others $4.00/each 
  • Milk Chocolate Bars:  Plain (all reduced); Caramel Crunch - some reduced, others $4.00/each 
  • 6 Chocolate minis:  Dark Chocolate; Milk Chocolate; Mixed - regularly $2/bag, now 2 bags for $2
  • 15 Chocolate minis: Dark Chocolate; Milk Chocolate - regularly $5/bag, now 2 bags for $5.
For ordering details, please contact Betty Boyd at
Notes from Your CPC Parish Nurse

On January 19 a new tool was released on the website, allowing persons 65 years and older (Phase 1b) to express interest in getting vaccinated, and essentially reserve a place in line. They will then to be notified to schedule an appointment when supply allows. The tool is accessible on the Wake County web site and can be located using the COVID-19 information page at this link.

There seems to be confusion due to frequently changing advice coming from both Wake County and the CDC. Some examples of questions I have received are:
  • If I have the vaccine can I still contract the virus and spread it to others?YES,it's possible that some folks could get infected without showing symptoms, thus being "silent spreaders".
  • Do I still need to practice the 3 Ws after I have the vaccine? Yes, until we learn more about the vaccine and its long term effectivenesss.
  • What about those of us at high-risk of serious symptoms getting the vaccine? Yes, the CDC is still recommending vaccination, but contact your primary care provider (PCP) for advice.
The also offers a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section with many more FAQ on the site. Be aware that the information provided may change. Stay in touch with the latest news at


CPC Cares: COVID-19 Community Assistance fund

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our CPC Cares fund this year. 
We received over $24,500 in donations and made gifts of $9,400 each to Dorcas Ministries and The Carying Place, and gifts of $3,000 to A Place at the Table. Your faithful generosity towards our community is amazing and greatly appreciated. We will continue to receive gifts to the fund as long as we are dealing with COVID-19 and the aftermath. You may make a gift online via our website or by check (write 'CPC Cares' in the memo line). Thank you!

Conversations with Paul and Sarah
As our congregation continues to navigate the pandemic, we are discovering new ways to bridge our 'social distance' to connect with each other and our wider community. Welcoming a new pastor/head of staff has challenged us to develop creative introductions to Paul and Sarah, and ways to get to know them. From our September drive-through welcome party, to picnic table meet-and-greets,  Zoom Bible studies, small worship gatherings, and Facebook live worship services, the Spirit of the Lord has been among us.
Thanks to the CPC Transition Team for the inspiration, and to videographer Ken Worsham and interviewer Bill Leslie for creating a series of three short conversations with the Langs to enable us to know them a little better. And of course, thanks to Paul and Sarah for sharing their stories with us!
You can go directly to the YouTube Channel here

Upcoming Classes, Meetings, and Events
Due to the open-ended nature of the current pandemic situation, upcoming scheduled classes and meetings are listed below in the bulletin and in E-link each week (in place of making website calendar changes and additions to the calendar grid). If you have group classes and meetings that should be added below, e-mail all information by noon each Thursday to  
Due to community spread of COVID-19 and the State of NC regathering limits, ALL indoor group meetings at CPC are suspended until further notice. Outdoor gatherings may continue as per the guidelines below for each Zone. 

CPC Calendar: January 31 through February 7

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.

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