Weekly Update



Topsail Presbyterian Church

Topsail Presbyterian Church Update

April 2, 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 from 6pm to 7:30pm. 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.

RADIUS (youth group), for ages 5th grade through 12th,  meets in the Youth Building at 6:00 on Sunday evenings.

April Calendar of Events

4/6: Youth and Kid’s Club meet at 6pm

4/13: Children’s Easter Celebration 2pm to 4pm

4/20: RADIUS Easter Breakfast set-up/clean-up at 6:30am

4/21: Christian Education Meeting at 7pm

4/27: Youth and Kid’s Club meet at 6pm


-Congratulations to the Topsail Presbyterian Youth for raising close to $1,000 at the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser! I want to thank everyone for their generous contributions, commitment, and support. Special thanks to the awesome kitchen staff – hands down best pancake breakfast in town! Parents, if you have any questions about the amount your youth earned, please see Jenna Carriker.


- The Children’s Easter Celebration will be April 13th from 2:00pm-4:00pm.  Join us at 2pm for stories, crafts, and an Easter treat!  The egg hunt will start at 3pm.  If you are able to donate candy (individual packaged bags – no peanuts please!), please drop them by Jenna’s office by Sunday 4/6.


-If your child has not paid Jenna for his/her movie ticket ($10) from 3/28 please do so by Sunday 4/6. Thank you!


-Mission Trip Payment Deadlines:

4/11: $138.00 2nd payment due

5/11: $138.00 final payment due

If you missed the deadline for the first deposit, it is not too late to commit to the mission trip! Please contact Jenna ASAP if your youth is interested.




More information about camp and mission trip…


Montreat Youth Conference:

July 27-August 2
The high school members of RADIUS are excited to attend the Montreat Youth Conference this summer.The Montreat Youth Conference is designed for high school students, entering freshmen through graduated seniors, and their adult leaders. It is a unique gathering of young people from all over the country for a week of study, worship, and recreation. Activities include morning energizers, music, keynote, small group meetings, afternoon recreation activities, and evening worship.


Middle School Camp

June 15th-20th
Middle school members of RADIUS will be attending Camp Albemarle. At Camp Albemarle the youth will experience a week of Bible study, sailing, tree climbing, team building, night games, and archery. They will also enjoy God’s creation surrounded by friends laughing, learning, swimming, creating, and worshiping.

Summer Mission Trip

July 13th-19th

Beyond the fairways and tennis courts of Hilton Head Island, poverty paralyzes many of the local people. Considered one of the top ten family-friendly beaches in the world, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, hosts more than two million tourists a year. Hilton Head offers world-class tennis and golf, cultural events, and boasts many gated communities filled with prominent and wealthy residents. But just on the other side of the island, you will find dilapidated trailer homes of families struggling to make ends meet. Mostly elderly people, the island’s poorest residents need help cleaning up their homes and restoring their hope. During our stay in Hilton Head, we will minister to children and complete many service projects in the community.


Please email or call Jenna Carriker if you have any questions — 910.524.6866




Music Notes

We are now half way through our journey of Lent.  In a few short weeks, we will be observing Holy Week which starts on Palm Sunday and ends on Good Friday.  The focal point for that week is our Maundy Thursday service where we observe the night that Jesus was betrayed.  The choir will be singing selections from Joseph Martin’s “Lenten Sketches” during that service.  The music is powerful and haunting, helping us experience that night in the Upper Room and at the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus is arrested.  We end that service in silence, waiting for the glorious sunrise of a spring Easter morning.

As many of you have heard, Hans Loewen is in the hospital up in Maryland and is in critical condition.  Hans is the son of Jennifer, who is our accompanist for cantatas and special services.  Hans for many years played the drums for us as well.  Hans sustained some major head trauma following a skateboarding accident.  Hans faces a long road to recovery as he is still in a medically induced coma.  Jennifer has set up a Caring Bridge account to keep us up to date as to his progress.  To get to his site, just go to the Caring Bridge website and search for his site.  Please keep Hans, Jennifer, Eric and Zatha in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.




Presbyterian Women

Presbyterian Women’s Circle: The Circle meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30 in the youth building.  

BackPack Meals:  Don’t forget this project of the PW.  Bring small containers of food, cereal, juice, etc. and leave it 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.  During the summer, we will meet only 1 time per month.

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

4/9       Ogden Tap Room

4/16     Jackson’s Big Oak BBQ

4/23     Sushi X

4/30     Antonio’s in Porter’s Neck


Remember in Prayer


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


Champions:   Elinor Rhea, 1007 Porter’s Neck Rd., Room 234

Wilmington, NC  28411, Telephone (910) 681-3477


Anne Robinson, 107 Porter’s Neck Rd., Room 303

Wilmington, NC, 28411, Telephone 686-8369



Frances Musser

Jean Talbert

Matthew Thomas

         Ducky Paris

Chuck McKnight

Katherine Rochelle

Joan Carpenter

Ann English

Bruce Nott

Emil Ruegner

Jaysha Herring

Amanda Flick

Gloria Beale

Mary Frances Spruill


Family and Friends:

Family of Hans   Loewen, son of Jennifer Loewen, musicianDawn Britt,   friend of Sue NewtonFamily of   George Dolin (George passed away 3/24/14.)

Bobbi   Misenheimer, friend of Andee Woodcock

Allison Nardi,   daughter of Ruth Best

Cristi Pollock,   friend of Bob Norem and Donna Kraynick

Ann Blizzard,   mother of LaRita Brown

Shawn Consey   and the 1/9 Marines in Afghanistan

Danny Howard, brother   of Cathy Padgett

Elvie Short,   friend of Donna Lewis

Joyce Walker,   friend of Jennifer Schwarz

Kathleen   Griggs, friend of the Woodcocks

Joan Boyer,   friend of Carla Strickland





There will be NO cemetery clean-up on Saturday, April 5th.  The yard clean up a few weeks ago took care of the cemetery.


A committal service for Doris Naumann will be held after worship on Sunday at 12:00.  You are invited to stay for this service.


On-line Giving is now available on our website: www.topsailpc.org.  Click the “Give” tab.


Ushers Needed for April and May:  Please sign up in the overflow room to serve as an usher this year.  It would be helpful if you could sign up for an entire month.


Dear Church Family

Thank you so very much for the many cards, calls, and visits that you bestowed upon me in my recent hospital stay and since I have been home.  It is very comforting to know  that I have so many friends.  I especially thank you for your prayers.  I am recovering nicely and getting stronger every day.  I hope to be back at church soon.  Thanks again for all your loving kindnesses.  Your friend in Christ, Jean


Preschool News:  We currently have openings in the 4 year old class.  Please spread the word.  Also, Preschool Registration for next school year is open now.  Spaces remain in the 18-month classes.   Call Hope Mintz at 270-2315.


Volunteers are still needed for Children’s Church!! Please sign up outside Jenna’s office.


Presbyterian Men’s Lunch Bunch meets every Wednesday at 12:30 for lunch at area restaurants. This week they will meet at Ogden Tap Room.


Help! Help! Help! We need volunteers to help lead children’s church, assist in the youth Sunday school class, and provide Sunday evening fellowship dinner for RADIUS and Kid’s Club.  Please sign up on the bulletin board outside of Jenna’s office.


Many of our Sunday school teachers have been teaching for over a year – it is time to give them a break!  If you are interested in teaching a preschool, elementary, or youth Sunday School class, please sign up outside Jenna’s office.


Spring Plant Sale:  Saturday, April 26th from 8am-11am, 4810 Wrightsville Avenue.  This is the Presbyterian Counseling Center’s Annual Fund Raiser.


Save The Date:  May 17 there will be a Mission and Fellowship Combined Dining Event.  More information will be coming soon.


Palm Crosses:  Worship Committee need volunteers for Saturday, 4/12 at 9:00 to make palm crosses for Palm Sunday.  Please contact Mina Alford is you can help.

Our Financial Health Report



Month Received forGeneral Budget  Needed Monthly  Over/UnderMonth Over/UnderYear


















This Week’s Calendar




8:15 AM

9:15 AM

10:30 AM

6:00 PM

Early WorshipSunday SchoolWorship Service

Kids’ Club & RADIUS



    9:00 AM

8:00 PM



9:00 AM



9:00 AM

9:30 AM

12:30 PM

6:15 PM

7:00 PM

PreschoolPW Circle MeetingMen’s Lunch–Ogden Tap Room


Choir practice



9:00 AM

8:00 PM



Elder of the Month

                                           Jonathan Schwarz


Don & Helen Ayers

Peggy and Skip   Boe



















 Minute for Mission


The Presbytery of Alaska

Christian missionaries came to Alaska from the East and the West. The Russian Orthodox came first. Later, the tide of westward expansion brought Americans, notably Sheldon Jackson, who like the Russians planted churches, opened hospitals, and established schools. With the sale of Alaska to the United States, Russian influence diminished, but Russian priests served there until 1917.

Young Walter Soboleff first attended the Bishop’s School in Sitka. When it closed, and the Russian priests were withdrawn, he moved to Sheldon Jackson School, just down the beach. In later years, as the beloved pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Juneau, Rev. Soboleff preached in English and Tlingit, and the choir often sang Orthodox choruses, rich in melody and Scripture.

Other missionaries came as well. The work in Kake was begun by The Board of National Missions which closed the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Juneau in 1962, and the building was demolished. Rev. Soboleff salvaged the carved sign and gave it to the Kake congregation. On the congregation’s 100th anniversary, the sign was formally dedicated in his memory.

In 2013 the Presbytery of Alaska dismissed six of its congregations to ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, including Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kake. Presbyterians in southeast Alaska now work and pray together in ways not of governance but of mission. For the presbytery, this is a difficult passage. Its call and challenge, in this season of change, is to live for Christ with the joy and fervor of those who have prepared the way.

—David Dobler, pastor to the Presbytery of Alaska which has nine congregations, stretching from Yakutat to Metlakatla.

Let us pray

Almighty God, make us bold daughters and sons of those who have gone before, that continuing in faith and joy we may bring the good news of Jesus Christ to those you love. In the strong name of Jesus we pray. Amen.



     March Birthdays

Catherine Cotter


Haven Richardson


Barbara Sessions


Tammie Davis


Beth Padgett


Louise Karako


Fleur McKnight


Ann English


Jenna Carriker


Donna Murphy


William York


Debbie King


Howard Miller


Syler Todd Richardson


Vicki Hufham


Dale Flick


Lauren LaBelle


John Sanders


Diana Askins


Lorraine Noris


Marissa Citarelli


Janet Dixon


Kay Piver


Fred Sessions


Kathy Carl


Denise Jones


Jesse Mintz


Tom Lowell


Sally Ferrante


March Anniversaries

Jeff   & Christy Neeley 10-Mar
Jack & Jean Talbert 15-Mar
Bob & Linda Hezlep 21-Mar
Howard & Jeanie Parkes 25-Mar
Frank & Mary Walker 31-Mar






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



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


Ann C. Thacker






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