Weekly Update



Topsail Presbyterian Church


Topsail Presbyterian Church Update

July 17, 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.

                           Kid’s Club Calendar

June/July/August 2014

8/23                  Myrtle Waves Trip


                                                      Youth Group Calendar

                                                       June/July/August 2014


7/13-7/19           Mission Trip

              7/27-8/2            Montreat

8/11-8/15           Vacation Bible School

8/23                   Myrtle Waves


Vacation Bible School:  Mark your calendars!! Vacation Bible School will be August 11th – August 15th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.  We still need a few adult volunteers to help lead the kindergarten and 1st grade class.  If you are interested please contact Jenna Carriker.


Vacation Bible School Work Day Schedule

Transforming our church into a Jungle Safari is going to take a lot of hard…but fun work! If you are interested in helping create props and decorations for VBS please plan to attend these scheduled work days.

7/21        9:00am to noon – fellowship hall

8/4          9:00am to noon – fellowship hall




Sunday School News

Many of our Sunday school teachers have been teaching for over a year – it is time to give them a break starting this fall! If you are interested in teaching a preschool, elementary, or youth Sunday School class please see Jenna Carriker.




About camps 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

It is hard to believe it is July.  It seems like yesterday that we were singing “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” on that glorious Easter morning.  We are now in the beginning weeks of the Pentecost season which lasts until Christ the King Sunday in November.

Our next big Sunday is coming up quickly.  Next Sunday, July 13 is our annual hymn sing.  The choir and the Topsail Strings have been working hard in preparation for this great Sunday.  Though most of the hymns for the service have been chosen, I’m still open to your suggestions.  If there is a hymn that we have not sung in a long time that you would like us to sing, please either email me or tell me on Sunday morning.  Please make sure to attend this wonderful service at 10:30.  We’ll then have chicken, biscuits, tea and watermelon out front on the grounds.  It is a great Sunday; one that you won’t want to miss.

The choir will be on summer hiatus from July 20th until Homecoming on August 24th.  This leaves room in the service for anyone who would like to sing a solo, duet or trio, play an instrument, dance a liturgical dance or offer up a monologue during the 5 weeks this summer that the choir is off.  Let me know if you would like to participate in those services.



Presbyterian Women


Presbyterian Women's Circle: The Circle meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30 in the youth building.  They will not meet during the summer months but will reesume in September.

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 Sunday bulletins to see where we will be next.


Aug. 20      Jebby's

Sept. 17     Antonio's at 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, 1007 Porter’s Neck Rd., Room 303

                        Wilmington, NC, 28411, Telephone 686-8369





Marvin Miller

Nick Ferrante

John Anzalone

Amanda Flick

Bruce Filer

Katherine Rochelle

Joan Carpenter

Ann English

Bruce Nott

Emil Ruegner

Jaysha Herring

Gloria Beale

Mary Frances Spruill

Matthew Thomas



Family and Friends:


Glenda Brady, cousin of Carla Strickland

Gayle Lathom, friend of Andee Woodcock

Angelo Rossi, deployed to Afghanistan

Mike Prince, brother-in-law of Susan York

Melody Wilson, sister of Cindy Parker

Cristi Pollock, friend of Bob Norem and Donna Kraynick

Danny Howard, brother of Cathy Padgett

Elvie Short, friend of Donna Lewis

Kathleen Griggs, friend of the Woodcocks






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.


Vacation Bible School will be August 11-15th.  Sign up your children ages 4 – 5th grades with Miss Jenna.


VBS Workdays:  Transforming our church into a Jungle Safari is going to take a lot of hard but fun work.  If you are interested in helping create props and decorations, please plan come help.  We will be working on the following dates from 9:00-noon in the fellowship hall:          

Monday, 7/21

Monday, 8/4


Something New!  There will be a Saturday evening contemporary worship on July 26th at 5:00 PM.  Come join us!

Cookies and Punch!  A sign-up sheet is posted in the overflow room, please sign up to host.  This is a great opportunity for families, groups, or for several couples together to provide refreshments after church.


Preschool Registration for next school year is open now.  Spaces remain in the 18-month classes only.  Waiting list space is available for all classes.   Call Hope Mintz at 270-2315.


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.


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.


Memorial Service:  Friends of Darrell and Linda Simpson are having a memorial get-together in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, August 3rd, at 3:00 am.  Please bring an appetizer or cookies to share; punch will be provided.  Linda was our choir director for years and Darrell also sang in the choir.  We’d just like to share good memories of them.







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This Week’s Calendar





8:15 AM

    9:15 AM

10:30 AM


Early Worship

Sunday School

Worship Service




9:00 AM

9:00 AM

12:30 PM

8:00 PM



VBS Workday

Garden Club






9:00 AM






9:00 AM







9:00 AM

8:00 PM







5:00 PM

Contemporary Worship Service




Elder of the Month

Jean Talbert


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.




 July Birthdays 

Alice Hallman


Jamie Parkes


Susan York


Ginny Martin


C. S. Rice


Edith Gurganus


Wiley Lewis


Owen Carriker


Frank Snowney


Baylor Jamison Fair


Jimmy L. Smith


Sean Thomas Lowell


Jeff Neeley


Carrie Rice


Sarah Garner


Beverly Deluise


Andrea Porrazzo


Harvey Kalfin


Kimberly McLoughlin


Carol Chanowsky


Jason Rodgers


Jodi Daniel


Carolyn Edwards


Mary Anne Matherly


Dale Odom


Jeannie Rice


Lauren Mintz


Lynn Caveness


Leanne Moore


Davis Sessions


Jennifer Stanton


Jean Talbert


Sandie Hardee


Charlotte Patterson


Brinley Rice


Don Campbell


Ryan Ording


Marvin Spruill


Shelley Sessions


Chaz Hardee


Carolyn Harris



July Anniversaries


Alex & Kat Padgett


Bob & Nancy Simon


Wes & Kathy Carl


John & Betty Anzalone


Robert & Janet Fisher


Gary & Sharon Schwarz


Martin & Cathy Padgett


Owen & Julie Carriker


Bonnie Carpenter & Alfred DelCiampo


Catherine Cotter & Frank White



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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