Weekly Update



Topsail Presbyterian Church

Topsail Presbyterian Church Update

April 18, 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

4/20: 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



-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



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.

4/23     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:

Dawn Britt,   friend of Sue NewtonBobbi   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




Easter Schedule

7:00 AM          Easter Sunrise Worship

8:00 AM         Breakfast

10:30 AM       Worship Serive


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


Young Adults’ Shrimp Boil on May 3rd at the home of David and Amy Garner.  More information will be coming soon.


Ushers Needed for  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.


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 Sushi X.


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.


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.



This Week’s Calendar




7:00 AM

8:00 AM

10:30 AM

Easter Sunrise Worship

Easter breakfast

Easter Worship Service



9:00 AM

5:30 PM

8:00 PM

Office closed









9:00 AM

12:30 PM

6:15 PM

7:00 PM


Men’s Lunch–Sushi X


Choir practice



9:00 AM

8:00 PM



Our Financial Health Report



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 Minute for Mission


Resurrection of the Lord/Easter

One Great Hour of Sharing


 Jesus’ resurrection is a familiar story—one of new beginnings, eternal life, and everlasting love. How do we make this amazing yet familiar story new in our lives? As represented in Matthew, the two Marys visited Jesus’ tomb. After finding that his body was no longer there, they expected the worst. What they found instead was the most glorious discovery. Jesus resurrected! Jesus appeared to them—two marginalized women—and gave them the responsibility to share the exciting news of Jesus’ eternal life. Such a discovery would surely have changed their lives forever. Jesus sharing his new beginning must have given them new life and a deeper understanding of his love.

A friend of mine experienced an unexpected new beginning through his grandmother’s love and acceptance. My friend is gay. Coming out to his family was a scary and challenging process. They did not embrace him, nor did they celebrate his individuality. My friend had to face the reality that he was not what his parents wanted him to be. While learning to love how God made him was difficult enough in a world that so often preaches hate, it became even more difficult upon learning that his parents did not support him. One day my friend was talking with his grandmother and the conversation turned to his sexuality. He expected her to react similarly to his parents; however, just as the two Marys expected the worst and discovered something amazing, my friend’s grandma immediately embraced him just as he was, as if there were no other way to respond. His grandma’s love surprised him and gave him new strength.

Jesus cherished marginalized peoples and gave new life through his resurrection and everlasting love. How can we enter a new beginning this Easter season? How can we better follow Christ and open our heart by embracing others?

—Abbi Heimach, student, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago

Let us pray:  Loving God, you who gave us eternal life, you who shares the power of your love through others, you who amaze us when we expect the worst, help us love. You taught us to love, and we can do better. Please help us. Amen.



    April Birthdays

Don Rodgers 1-Apr
Carol Reidmiller 2-Apr
Lillian Garner 3-Apr
Jason Schwarz 3-Apr
Jenny Gaither 7-Apr
Susan Newton 8-Apr
Bill Heylmun 9-Apr
Samuel Miller 10-Apr
Mina Alford 13-Apr
Albert Hurst 16-Apr
Delphine Nott 18-Apr
Sheila Eller 19-Apr
Marlene Grove 20-Apr
Alexie Martin 23-Apr
Mike Powell 24-Apr
Diane Rand 24-Apr
Kylie Rice 26-Apr
Elizabeth Kalfin 28-Apr
Jeanie Parkes 29-Apr

April Anniversaries

Donald & Donna Paris                 1-Apr

Johnie & Diane Thomas           17-Apr

Frank & Diane Snowney           25-Apr





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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