Weekly Update

The Session would like to inform the congregation on the process to find a new minister and continuing church functions. We have requested that Presbytery assist us with finding an Interim Minister who can serve our pastoral worship and care needs for up to 1 year while we do a thorough search for our next full time Minister. A committee of Elders and Members will participate in the search for the Interim Minister.
Once we have an Interim in place, another committee will begin the full-time Minister search process. As part of it’s work, that committee will get input from you, the members of this church, in a variety of ways which will be explained further as we get to that point in the process.
In the immediate future, we are blessed to have qualified and experienced people who will be conducting sermons for the next few weeks until we get an Interim Minister in place. Likewise, we are fortunate to have volunteers who have already stepped up to take over youth activities until a permanent Youth and Christian Education Director can be hired.
Feel free to ask any of the Elders any questions you might have. And I’ll reiterate that session will continue to keep you informed as the process continues.

Thank you.
Topsail Presbyterian Church

The Weekly Update is published to foster growth in faith, fellowship and service among the Topsail Presbyterian Church’s members and friends


May 5, 2015

**Due to my son being in need of 24/7 care my schedule has changed. I will be in the office from 9-1 Tuesday & Thursday. I will work from home Monday, Wednesday & Friday during the morning and come in at 6pm on those days to print and perform duties that have to be done at the office. Please email me with your needs or you can call my home at 910-508-1825. I am often busy with my son but leave a message and I will get back to you asap. Thank you for your understanding!**


The Fellowship Committee is honoring Owen and Julie on May 10 immediately after the 10:30 service  with a reception to thank them for their years of service to our church and a send off blessing for their new adventure in Winter Haven, FL. This will be held, weather permitting, outside under  our Live Oak or in the fellowship hall. Refreshments will  be provided. Join us for a celebration of the teaching, preaching and love of service of Owen Carriker to this congregation.—The Fellowship Committee


***On Sunday, May 10, we will hold a combined worship service at 10:30 and we will have communion as one congregation.***


Topsail Strings will be playing on the first Sunday of each month at the 8:30 and 10:30 services. The band will also play while you are enjoying punch and cookies under the trees on the first Sunday of each month during the summer.


Young Women’s Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 6:30PM in the youth building.


Men’s Lunch Bunch meets each Wednesday at 12:30.  Here is the schedule:

     May 13 Village Café

     May 20 Crab Shack

     May 27 Ogden Tap Room


Cents-Ability Offering is the second Sunday of every month. Presbyterian Women began this project in response to world hunger. The collection, from families like yours, of donations of two cents per meal. It seems like nothing but it leads to an enormous gift to those who have no food to eat. The gifts help locally then reaches out to national and international projects of the Presbyterian Hunger Program.


On May 17, the members of Topsail Presbyterian will have the opportunity to hear a Minute for Mission on Ecuador from Ross Hunter during the worship service.  Ross and his wife Mary (our own Anna Henry's daughter) are currently serving in Ecuador as missionaries.  He will tell us a little of their background, the country of Ecuador, and what they hope to accomplish there. After the service, there will be a covered dish luncheon downstairs.  We will have a chance to see a power point presentation and ask questions of Ross and Mary.  Please join us for a wonderful learning experience.  We need you to bring a dish to share for the luncheon. Drinks will be provided.  Mark your calendar and plan on coming.


The Red Cross Blood Drive will be on June 8 in the fellowship hall from 1:30-6. To schedule an appointment call 254-GIVE.


2015 Youth Mission Trip will be July 12-17. We will be serving the community of Daytona Beach through the organization Youth Works.


Potato Bake Fundraiser: Come and enjoy a wonderful meal of baked potato, salad and drink for only $5! The Fellowship Committee is hosting this fundraiser on May 9 and all proceeds will benefit the Youth Summer Mission Camp. Purchase your ticket today from Diane Hughes or Laurie Rucks.


Punch & Cookies - There are sign-up sheets for punch and cookies in the narthex. Our Fellowship Hour will be held June, July and August in the narthex after Sunday services. Be sure to sign-up today!


Homecoming will be coming up on August 23. The Worship Committee would like to ensure all our friends are invited to attend. If you know anyone you want to invite, please ensure that Julie gets their name and current address. (julie@topsailpres.org or 270-2312)


Attention all persons who have ever served in our choir! Homecoming is coming up and do we have an opportunity for you.  Please mark your calendar and relive your past on August 23. Bob has some very good music selected to enhance Homecoming. Please step back in time and have some fun  praising God and celebrating our church. For more information talk with Bob Norem.


Ushers needed for 8:15 and 10:30 Worship for 2015.  A sign-up sheet for the 8:15 is posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall and a sign-up sheet for the 10:30 service is in overflow room.


Communion Set-up :  Please sign up in the overflow room or fellowship hall if you would be willing to set up communion for 1 month this year.


Kirkwood Creation Camp The Presbytery of Coastal Carolina and Friends of Camp Kirkwood invite all children ages 3 years old to 5th grade to celebrate and explore God’s beautiful creation June 15-19 from 9-3. This is a free event. Transportation is provided by TPC but space is limited. Contact Jenna Carriker to register.


Topsail Presbyterian Church is excited to announce that Vacation Bible School will be held August 9-15 from 5:30-8pm. Join us as we teach God’s word to the children in our community. We invite children from the age of 4 through the 5th grade. This is a free event and dinner will be provided. You will not want to miss this great opportunity! You register by going to this link:  https://kideventpro.lifeway.com/myChurch/?id=28887


Topsail Presbyterian Church Kids Club and Youth/RADIUS

Kids Club

For children ages 4—5th grade

meets the third Sunday of each month 5:30-7:30

for Bible stories, fun, food, and games



5/10      Happy Mother’s Day – No Youth or Kid’s Club



For kids in grades 6—12

meets each Sunday at 5:30

in the youth building.



5/10      Happy Mother’s Day – No Youth or Kid’s Club

5/16      Beach Blast Concert in Myrtle Beach (5pts.)



5/10/2015     MOTHERS DAY
      No Kids Club or Youth Meeting
  9:15 AM   Sunday School Classrooms
  10:30 AM   Worship Sanctuary
  12:00 PM   Reception for Rev. Owen Carriker Under the Live Oak
5/11/2015 7:00 PM   Session Meeting Gathering Room
  8:00 PM   AA Fellowship Hall
5/12/2015 9:30 AM   Master Gardeners Fellowship Hall
  10:00 AM   Bible Study Youth Building
5/13/2015 12:30 PM   Men's Lunch Village Cafe
  6:15 PM   Handbells Choir Room
  6:30 PM   Bible Study Sanctuary
  7:00 PM   Choir Choir Room
5/14/2015 9:00 AM   Preschool: Field Trip
  5:30 PM   Band Practice Sanctuary
  7:00 PM   Women's Bible Study Youth Building
  8:00 PM   AA Fallowship Hall
5/16/2015     Youth: Beach Blast Concert Myrtle Beach
5/17/2015 8:15 AM   Worship Fellowship Hall
  9:15 AM   Sunday School Classrooms
  10:30 AM   Worship Sanctuary
  12:00 PM   Minute for Mission on Ecuador FH, Kitchen
  6:00 PM   Kids Club Fellowship Hall
  6:00 PM   Youth/RADIUS Youth Building

*Should you see an error please call or email Julie in the church office to let her know. (julie@topsailpres.org or 910-270-2312)


***For the most current and complete calendar please go to http://73977965.view-events.com ***



We have openings available in both the part-time 2 year and full-time 2 year classes for next year. Please continue to spread the good word about our school with your friends and neighbors. Any interested family is welcome to call/email to arrange a tour of the school! Contact Gemma at 910-270-2315 or preschool@topsailpres.org.


The preschool will be watching caterpillars morph into butterflies this month as their science lesson! Each class will have the opportunity to release a butterfly into the world!


The Preschool Summer Camp Schedule is out and registration has begun. See Gemma for more information.



The TPC preschool has signed up with Lowes Food Stores “Enroll in Cart to Class” and Harris Teeter’s “Together in Education” rewards programs.  Sign up for these worthwhile programs that cost you absolutely nothing except a little time and presenting your loyalty cards when you checkout.  You will need to re-link your card to TPC preschool annually, usually in August, with each food store.  We will remind you!  The funds received from these programs will be used to offset preschool expenses.

If you have either Lowes Foods Rewards Card or Harris Teeter VIC card and would like for a portion of your purchases to help the preschool, just link your cards to either or both rewards programs.

To sign up with Lowes Food Store use the following link:




To sign up online for Harris Teeter use this link or you may give the following number to the cashier when you check out 3178.



Please remember that this only takes a little of your time and you to present your loyalty cards at checkout.

Together all of us can help our preschool. If you have questions you can contact Bob at financialsec@topsailpres.org.

Thank you for your continued support,

The Preschool Committee

*If you need help linking your card you can call Julie at the church office, 270-2312, or Gemma at the preschool, 270 – 2315, and they will assist you.



 Worship News

Communion at Home: Our session is offering to serve communion at home to anyone who is unable to join us in the sanctuary.  We also visit nursing homes and care facilities.  Please let us know of anyone who would like to take part in this special service.  Call the church office at 270-2312 or e-mail julie@topsailpres.org to be placed on the list.

**Services from Topsail Presbyterian Church are broadcast on Charter cable channel 190 at 11:00 on Sunday mornings.  (The broadcasts are of the service from the previous week.)

For News from the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina,  click here to visit our Presbytery’s website:  www.presbycc.org

Presbyterian Counseling Center

Bruce Garris holds a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UNC-Pembroke and is completing requirements for Dialectical Behavioral Training Intensive Team Certification.

Bruce will see clients in the Wallace, Shallotte, and  Hampstead satellite offices as well as our main office in Wilmington.

Call 452-7370, and visit the Center: www.presbyteriancounselingcenter.org   and   www.smhealing.org

Next Edition and Deadlines for Submissions:

This website is updated weekly on Tuesday.  Please have submission to Julie at julie@topsailpres.org by Monday at 9:00.
{The Monthly Update will be published for mailing the last Friday of each month. The deadline for submissions is the Tuesday before.}
*Should you see an error please call or email Julie in the church office to let her know. (julie@topsailpres.org or 910-270-2312)