Weekly Update



Topsail Presbyterian Church


Topsail Presbyterian Church Update

Dec. 8, 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.)

Youth 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 grade meets in the Youth Building at 5:30 on Sunday evenings.

November Schedule:


11/2: Youth meet at 5:30

11/6: Young Women’s Bible Study 7pm

11/8: Young Adult Night Out – Bluewater 7pm

11/9: Youth meet at 5:30

11/13: Young Women’s Bible Study 7pm

11/16: Give Thanks Dinner

11/16: Youth meet at 5:30

11/17: Christian Education Meeting at 7pm

11/20: Young Women’s Bible Study 7pm

11/23: Youth meet at 5:30





Music Notes

It’s Cantata time!  Yes, we have come to one of the most wonderful Sundays of the year, Cantata Sunday.  The choir along with our favorite musicians will be performing “Were You There On That Christmas Night” this Sunday at the 10:30am service.  It is an event not to be missed.  In addition, our handbell choir will be back providing extra special music on Sunday.  Come get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday by attending the 10:30 service.  It would be great to have a full sanctuary on Sunday.


After the service, go out to eat, go home and watch a football game (if that floats your boat) and then come back for one of the most awesome Christmas plays you will ever see at 6pm.  The youth have worked hard and hope you will come out and experience Christmas though the play.    If you come to service on Sunday and then come back for the play, you definitely will be in the Christmas spirit.  After all, where else could you possibly experience it best?



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.


Dec. 10     Sawmill Grill

Dec. 17     El Camino Real

No lunches on Dec. 24th or Dec. 31st


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




David Garner

Bill Smith

Jeannie Rice

Peggy Lewis

Nick Ferrante

Amanda Flick

Katherine Rochelle

Joan Carpenter

Ann English

Bruce Nott

Mary Ann Matherly

Emil Ruegner

Jaysha Herring

Gloria Beale

Tom Beale

Matthew Thomas


Family and Friends:

Clint Price, friend of Sue Newton

Arlene Smith, cousin of Jeannine Smith

Budd Dingwall, friend of the Lowells

Bill Calkins, friend of Carla Strickland

Tom McGannon, friend of Wiley and Donna Lewis

Burke Ritchie, cousin of Carla Strickland

Jay Moore, nephew of Betty Anzalone

John Jefferies, father of Diane Rand

Mike Prince, brother-in-law of Susan York

Melody Wilson, sister of Cindy Parker

Our Giving



Received for

General Budget



















Welcome Bob and BA Yeaton who joined the church on Dec. 7th.

Flower Chart for 2015 is now posted in the overflow room.  If you would like to place flowers in the sanctuary next year, please sign up.  Once you sign up, Surf City Florist will simply bill you for the flowers.  The cost for 2015 will be $48.04 which includes flowers, delivery and taxes.

Kerygma Bible Study meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM in the youth building.  All are invited to join.


Young Women’s Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 7:00PM in the youth building.

Christmas Cantata:  The annual Christmas cantata will be performed December 14th at the 10:30 worship service.  Please come and hear this beautiful production presented by our choir and guest musicians.

Poinsettias are now on sale for $9.50.  See the insert in the bulletin for the order form.  You may order a poinsettia by completing the form and returning it with your check to the offering plate or to the office.  Due to a lack of space, we are limiting the order to 70.  Deadline: Dec. 14th.

Ushers needed for 8:15 Worship for Next Year:  We need at least one person to commit to ushering in the early service during next year.  You would need to come a few minutes early to light candles, and pass out bulletins and friendship pads.  If you have questions, please see Diane Hughes.

Communion Set-up for 2015:  Please sign up in the overflow room if you would be willing to set up communion for 1 month next year.

Christmas Eve Candlelight services:  As usual, we will have 2 candlelight services on Christmas Eve.  We will have a kid-friendly service at 5:00 and a traditional service at 9:00.  Please plan to attend one of these special services with your family.



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.


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.


Daisy Scouts meets every other Wednesday at 4:00 in the youth building.



Topsail Cinema Presents:  Movie Night



Heaven is for Real 

is being rescheduled in January.


Topsail Presbyterian Church Sanctuary

Babysitting will be provided!

$2 donation suggested to defray babysitting cost.

Refreshments and discussion of each movie will follow in the fellowship hall.



This Week's Schedule




8:15 AM

 9:15 AM

10:30 AM

2:30 PM

5:30 PM


Early Worship

Sunday School

Worship Service

Champions Worship Service

Youth Play Practice




9:00 AM

7:00 PM

8:00 PM









9:00 AM

10:00 AM

7:00 PM



Bible Study

Bible Study



9:00 AM

12:30 PM

6:15 PM

7:00 PM



Men's lunch – Sawmill Grill


Choir practice




9:00 AM

7:00 PM

8:00 PM








10:00 AM

2:00 PM


Cantata practice

Youth play practice





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



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