Weekly Update



Topsail Presbyterian Church


Topsail Presbyterian Church Update

September 12, 2014



The Weekly Update is published to foster growth in faith, fellowship and service among the

Topsail Presbyterian Church’s members and friends.


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 rivenbark@topsailpres.org to be placed on the list.

Televised Services:  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.)

RADIUS and Kids Club

Kid’s Club will meet every Sunday evening during the school year at 5:30. Kid’s Club is for children ages 4 to 5th grade.  Dinner will be provided.   Join us for Bible stories, crafts, games, fun, and food every Sunday evening at 6pm in the fellowship hall.

Youth group for ages 5th grade through 12th,  meets in the Youth Building at 5:30 on Sunday evenings.


Due to impending weather the Youth Camping Trip has been changed to a lock-in at the church.

or call me (910.524.6866) if you have any questions.  I will return all phone calls and e-mails as soon as possible.  Thank you!



Music Notes



Well, it’s here once again—we are now headed back into the Fall season.  School has started back, and classes and meetings at church are getting back into a regular schedule as we begin the cycle again.  Please be careful on the roads around the schools as all of our schools on this side of the county are over capacity.

     The choir is back in action.  If you would like to join us, please come on Wednesday nights at 7pm.  We would love to have you.  The Handbell Choir will be back in action in a few weeks.  We sent the handbells in for service this summer and they came back last week.  After 14 years of constant playing, they needed some major cleaning and adjusting.  They are now like brand new bells.  They are shiny and clean and they sound great.  They should be good for the next 14 years.  We are looking for some additional ringers.  If you can read music, you can play bells.  Let me know if you would like to join us.

     Since we are now in Fall season, it’s not all that impossible to think ahead to our   Advent/Christmas season.  The choir has begun work on this year’s Christmas Cantata “Were You There On That Christmas Night” by Lloyd Larson.  They will present the cantata on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, December 14th at the 10:30 service.  Please make plans to come hear this wonderful music.




Presbyterian Women


Presbyterian Women's Circle: The Circle meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30 in the youth building.    The Bible studyfor this year is "The Reconciliation of Paul." 

MUNCH  (formerly BackPack Meals):  Don't forget this project of the PW.  Bring small containers of food, cereal, juice, etc. and leave them in the basket in the gathering room.

BackPack Meals are in need of cereal in 10 - 18 oz boxes, peanut butter, and fruit juice.



Men’s Fellowship

Men's Fellowship meets on Wednesdays at 12:30 at various restaurants in the area.

Come join us to MEET, EAT AND FELLOWSHIP .   Watch the Sunday bulletins to see where we will be next.


Sept. 17     Antonio's at Porter's Neck


Remember in Prayer


Please remember these in need of prayer, calls, cards and visits.


Champions:   Anne Robinson, 1007 Porter’s Neck Rd., Room 303

                        Wilmington, NC, 28411, Telephone 686-8369


Peggy Lewis

Nick Ferrante

Emil Ruegner

Amanda Flick


Katherine Rochelle

Joan Carpenter

Ann English

Bruce Nott


Jaysha Herring

Gloria Beale

Tom Beale

Matthew Thomas



Family and Friends:


Melba, mother of Kim Woody (fiancee of Tom Getz)

Burke Ritchie, cousin of Carla Strickland

Jay Moore, nephew of Betty Anzalone

Polly Carriker, mother of Owen Carriker

Sylvia Brown, friend of Diane Rand

John Jefferies, father of Diane Rand

Glenda Brady, cousin of Carla Strickland

Angelo Rossi, deployed to Afghanistan

Mike Prince, brother-in-law of Susan York

Melody Wilson, sister of Cindy Parker

Elvie Short, friend of Donna Lewis







Fall Faith and Fellowship will be on September 6, 10:00 – 3:00 at Camp Kirkwood.  Please register your family now for this fun event.  Options for camping overnight are available.  Deadline for registration is August 18.


Youth will kick off a new year Sunday at 5:30 PM at Trent and Shona Talbert’s home, 664 Hughes Road.  ALL youth, grades 6 – 12 are invited to attend.  Dinner will be served.


The Beales New Address

Tom and Gloria Beale

Cedar Manor Assisted Living

Room 11

1324 Cedar Road

Chesapeake, Virginia 23322

Church Work Day:  There will be an outdoor clean-up day on Saturday, September 27th at 8:00 AM for the purpose of trimming bushes, planting trees, raking, and grading along the road.  Please come help, and bring your yard tools with you.


Kerygma Bible Study will begin on Tuesday, September 16th.  This will be offered at 2 times:  10:00 AM and 7:00 PM.  To sign up, please write Bible Study beside your name in the friendship pad.  You may also call the office (270-2312) and let Vicki know.


Confirmation Classes for youth in 6th- 8th grades begin on Wednesday at 6:00 PM in the youth building and will run for 6 weeks.  Youth will learn the basics of our Presbyterian worship, sacraments, history, and about TPC in particular.


Young Women:  A Beth Moore Bible study, Living beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit, is a study just for you.  Please contact Jenna Carriker at jenna@topsailpres.org to purchase your personal study book.  This group begins on Thursday at 7:00 in the youth building.  This study lasts for 8 weeks.


Fun-Loving Presbyterians invite all adults to join them on Saturday, September 20th, for a day trip to Beaufort, NC.  Shopping, sightseeing, exploring historical as well as educational museums, and lunch at Ruddy Duck’s will be the orders of the day.  Transportation will be provided on our bus.  Reserve your spot by signing up in the narthex.


Game Day:  Presbyterian Women are hosting their annual Game Day on September 30th at 10:00.  Tickets are $12.00 and are available now from Carla Strickland.


On-line Giving is now available on our website: www.topsailpc.org.  Click the “Give” tab.  You can use the QR code on the back of this bulletin to access the website.




Our Giving




General Budget


















    As you can see we made a slight dent in our shortfall for the year.

   I want to remind everyone that August had 5 Sundays and that helps

   our monthly giving.  This would make one think our monthly giving  is down

   only because we do not have enough months with 5 Sundays?


Thanks to everyone that has increased their giving to help with this shortfall.        Your gifts have helped our church in many ways.                               



Lions Club meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday in the fellowship hall at 12:00.  You are welcome to bring a sandwich and join the group for their meeting.




September Birthdays 

Emil Ruegner


Andrew Jones


Nancy Simon


Donna Walker


Robert Walker


David Askins


Skip Boe


Bob Hezlep


Matthew Thomas


John Foster


Brooke Neeley


Judith Scott


Jack Talbert


Diane Thomas


Jack Ryan Griffith


Becky Grogan


Nancy Beauchemin


Austin Padgett


Kat Padgett


Esther Harriman


Tom Beale


Nicole Moss


Lauren Williamson


Don Ayres


Tyler Miller


Carol Odom


Dee Ording


Judy Sidbury


Luellyn Piver


Frank Carroll


Elinor Rhea


Madison Teachey


Michael David Bethea


Kelly Talbert


Janet Matson


Joanna Strickland


Will Rand


Frank Walker


Ronald Davis


Bryna Fair


Howard Parkes


Esther Stillgebauer


Lyndsey Newton


September Anniversaries

Wiley & Donna Lewis


Jay & Charlotte Patterson


Rick & Janet Dixon


Mitch & Janet Jenkins


Ronald & Tammie Davis


David & Diane Hughes


John & Pam DiBiase


Michael & Jennifer Bethea


David & Tanya Batts


A. D. & Kelly Talbert


Ken & Dee Ording


Bruce & Henrietta Filer




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


Presbyterian Counseling Center 


The Presbyterian Counseling Center is pleased to announce the addition of Bruce Garris to its staff.  Bruce holds a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UNC-Pembroke and is completing requirements for Dialectical Behavioral Training Intensive Team Certification. (Intensive training in treating self-injury and suicidal ideation for adult and adolescent clients.)  An accomplished speaker, Bruce has presented numerous papers at various professional conferences.


Bruce will see clients in the Wallace and Shallotte satellite offices as well as our main office in Wilmington.  He is also available to churches for presentations and programs on a variety of topics.


Bruce will certainly help fulfill the Center’s mission to provide professional counseling to the entire community.


Welcome Bruce Garris!


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

and www.smhealing.org


Ann Thacker

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

and www.smhealing.org



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