Weekly Update



Topsail Presbyterian Church


Topsail Presbyterian Church Update

October 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.)

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


October schedule:

10/11: Chili Cook-Off at 6pm

10/15: Kid’s Club meets at 5:30 in Fellowship Hall

10/15: Conformation Class at 6pm in Youth Building

10/16: Beth Moore Bible Study meets at 7pm in Youth Building

10/19: Youth meets at 5:30 in Youth Building

10/22: Kid’s Club meets at 5:30 in Fellowship Hall

10/22: Conformation Class at 6pm in Youth Building

10/23: Beth Moore Bible Study meets at 7pm in Youth Building

10/26: Hubb's Corn Maze

 10/29: Kid’s Club meets at 5:30 in Fellowship Hall

10/29: Conformation Class at 6pm in Youth Building

10/30: Beth Moore Bible Study meets at 7pm in Youth Building

10/31: Trunk-or-Treat at TPC 5pm to 7pm


*Chili Cook-Off: The Chili Cook-Off will be Saturday, October 11th from 6 to 8pm.  Tickets for the event are $5.00 and will go on sell this Sunday! 100% of ticket sales and donations will help send our youth on a Ski Retreat this winter. If you would like to enter your award winning pot of chili please sign up by contacting Jenna Carriker at jenna@topsailpres.org or 910.526.6866.


*Trunk-or-Treat: Join us for a SPOOKTACULAR evening — The 2nd Annual Trunk-or-Treat will be Friday, October 31st, from 5 to 7pm.  If you would like to enter your trunk please contact Jenna Carriker at jenna@topsailpres.org or 910.524.6866.




Music Notes


The music ministry is off and running for the Fall semester.  The handbell choir is hard at work preparing to play in service on October 12.  The choir is working hard on the anthems for the next few months.  We have also begun work on our Christmas Cantata “Were You There on That Christmas Night.”  We always welcome new members for either group.  If you can read music you can play bells.  If you have a voice, you can sing.  Come join us for a great time on Wednesday nights.

I thought I would take a few minutes to let you know of many musical offerings happening in the next month in the Wilmington area.  Here are just a few of these offerings:

Avante Vocal Jazz this Saturday, September 27th at 7:30pm at St. Andrew’s- Covenant Presbyterian

WhiteTop Mountain Band, (bluegrass gospel)  Saturday, November 1st at 7:30 pm at St. Andrew’s-Covenant Presbyterian

Organic Strings, Sunday, October 5th at 5pm at First Presbyterian

Mozartatum, Sunday, November 16 at 5pm at First Presbyterian

Organ Performance at St. Paul’s Episcopal, October 19th at 5:30pm

Durufle Requiem at St. Paul’s Episcopal, November 1st at 7:00pm

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, October 25th at 8pm in Kenan Auditorium

Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra, Sunday, October 26th at 4pm in Kenan Auditorium

You can also see our schools in action this weekend at the Spot Festival:

TMS Bands and Chorus perform from 10-10:45am on Saturday morning

NTES and TES Choruses sing from 11-11:45am on Saturday morning

THS Marching Band performs 1-2pm on Sunday afternoon


This is just a short list of musical happenings.  If you have time, come and check one of these out.                                                                                                                                                            Bob


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.


Oct. 22     PTs Grill, Porter's Neck

Oct. 29     King's Table at Castle Bay


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

Amanda Flick

Emil Ruegner

Mary Anne Matherly

Katherine Rochelle

Joan Carpenter

Ann English

Bruce Nott


Jaysha Herring

Gloria Beale

Tom Beale

Matthew Thomas


Family and Friends:


Bill Calkins, friend of Carla Strickland

Tom McGannon, friend of Wiley and Donna Lewis

Kirk and Zorie Brown, friends of Andee Woodcock

Burke Ritchie, cousin of Carla Strickland

Myron Jacobson, friend of Carla Strickland

Jay Moore, nephew of Betty Anzalone

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



Our Giving




Received for

General Budget








                   $  17,787.84

             $    22,562.00

                           $ (4,774.16)

             $ (28,566.35)


                  $   13,212.00

            $     22,562.00

                          $ (9,350.00)




The Beales New Address

Tom and Gloria Beale

Cedar Manor Assisted Living

Room 11

1324 Cedar Road

Chesapeake, Virginia 23322


Paddle Event:  On October 18th there will be a paddle event (kayak, canoe or paddle board) to explore some local marshy creek areas.  We will launch from Willey and Donna Lewis’ house at 178 Olde Point Road at 10 a.m. and end at Nick and Sally Ferrante’s house for a hamburger and hot dog lunch.  You may come to paddle and/or eat lunch.  Shine event only.  We will have a few extra kayaks for those without.  Email laurie.rucks@gmail.com or call 410-627-4671 if you need a kayak/canoe or if you have an extra to share.  Fliers will be located in the fellowship hall and in the overflow room in sanctuary.   Please sign up so we know how much food to provide.


Ushers Are Desperately Needed:  Please sign up in the overflow room to usher in October and/or November.  If you are going to be here anyway, it is a painless way to offer service to your church.


Men’s Bible Study:  We are adding a Bible study designed just for men to our Wednesday men’s lunch.  Once a month, usually on the second Wednesday of the month at 11:00, we will meet at the church for Bible study then we will do our regular lunch.  The first study will be held October 22nd.  The study based on 1st Corinthians is called Making the Team.   All men are invited to join us for this study and for lunch at the designated restaurant following the study.


Family Fun Day:  Families are invited to visit Hubb’s Corn Maze on October 26th.  Please see Jenna for details.


Trunk-or-Treat will be held on October 31st from 5-7:00 PM in the parking lot.  If you would like to enter your trunk, please contact Jenna Carriker at jenna@topsailpres.org or 524-6866.


Shepherds’ Meeting:  The shepherds will meet on Sunday, October 26th at 5:30 in the gathering room.  Anyone interested in becoming a shepherd is invited to attend.


Kerygma Bible Study is offered at 2 times on Tuesdays:  10:00 AM and 7:00 PM.  The class will NOT meet on Sept. 30, but will resume on October 7.


Confirmation Classes meet on Wednesday at 6:00 PM.  This group will NOT meet this week, but will resume on October 8.


Young Women:  A Beth Moore Bible study, Living beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit, meets on Thursdays at 7:00 in the youth building.


Lost a tie…sweater…readers?   See the lost and found area in the office.  Items left after Nov. 1 will be donated.


Closet Clean-out:  November 15th at 9:00 AM we will have a cleaning of the large storage area downstairs.  If you have items in that area, you will need to tag them so they will not be thrown away.  Please mark them by Nov. 14th.


Give Thanks Dinner will be held on Nov. 16th after the 10:30 service.  The youth will be preparing and serving the congregation that day as a way of thanking you for your support this year.


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.


This Week's Schedule




8:15 AM

 9:15 AM


Early Worship

Sunday School

Worship Service



9:00 AM

12:30 PM

5:30 PM

8:00 PM


Hampstead Garden Club





9:00 AM

10:00 AM

7:00 PM


Bible Study

Bible Study



9:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:30 PM

4:00 PM

5:30 PM

6:00 PM

6:15 PM

7:00 PM


Men’s Bible Study

Men’s Lunch, PT’s, Porter’s Neck

Daisy Scouts, youth building

Kids’ Club


Handbell Practice




9:00 AM

7:00 PM

8:00 PM


Young Women’s Bible Study








October Birthdays 

Charlotte Kelly 2-Oct
Cam Crumpler 3-Oct
Wendy Pavach 3-Oct
Louis Martin 5-Oct
Ken Wisz 5-Oct
David Garner 8-Oct
Ava DiBiase 9-Oct
Richie Balderson 10-Oct
Sandra Murphy 10-Oct
Jerry Adams 11-Oct
Victoria Elder 12-Oct
David Martin 12-Oct
Peggy Boe 13-Oct
Henrietta Filer 15-Oct
Emma Neeley 15-Oct
Paige Mintz 18-Oct
Amy Garner 19-Oct
Eugene Noris 19-Oct
Amy Coleman 20-Oct
Hope Gaither 20-Oct
Kitty Griffith 20-Oct
Harry Newton 20-Oct
Julie Carriker 21-Oct
Amanda Flick 26-Oct
Cassidy Darden 28-Oct
Janet Fisher 28-Oct
Pam DiBiase 30-Oct
Megan Jennings 30-Oct
Michelle Sanders 30-Oct
Wyatt Bethea 31-Oct
Donna Lewis 31-Oct
Belinda Teachey 31-Oct
Raymond Teachey 31-Oct



October Anniversaries
Albert & Mary Lou Hurst 2-Oct
Cam & Kathy Crumpler 4-Oct
Jamie Tyson & Nicole Moss 6-Oct
Mike & Cathy Powell 11-Oct
Cliff & Jenny Gaither 13-Oct
Jonathan & Jennifer Schwarz 18-Oct
John & Joanne Foster 21-Oct
Dennis & Andee Woodcock 25-Oct
Richie & Joy Balderson 27-Oct

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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