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September / October 2015

Posted on: September 18th, 2015 by sarah

A Message from the Pastor. .

I am looking forward to going through The Story over the next several months. An overview of the Bible in chronological order can be very valuable in giving us some perspective on how God has moved in the past and how God is moving in our lives today. I encourage you to engage with the readings, ask questions, and dig deeper into the stories that are unfamiliar. I know many of you are already doing that!

As we go through The Story, however, I want to remind everyone that The Story is not a substitute for the full Bible. It is a great tool, but it’s not the only tool we need. Every once in a while, I hope you will read a section of the Bible that’s not in The Story. Read about the Tower of Babel, the Minor Prophets or some of the lesser-known Psalms. Just this week I’ve been reading about the kings of Israel and Judah after Solomon and been surprised at how much those stories have to teach me.

So read The Story and enjoy it. Engage with it and appreciate what it does. But don’t let it take you away from the rich complexity that other parts of the Bible have for us. Instead, let the context of the Bible that The Story gives you drive you back to the lesser known parts. God speaks through the stories of creation and Noah and Abraham but also through the genealogies and obscure laws of the Old Testament. Wherever you read, whether it’s about David or about Ahijah, I pray that God’s word would richly bless your lives.

 

“Church Services”

Sunday School @ 10:00

Worship Service @ 11:00

(Nursery provided from 10:00-12:00 on Sunday mornings)

Youth Group 6:00 pm. Sunday Night

(7th-12th Grade)

 

Wednesday Night Live

First & Third Wednesdays of each month (except June, July & August)

Supper @ 6:00

Classes available Wednesday night @ 7:00 for children & adults

 

(We have various programs throughout the year. Call the above number for more information.)

 

September:

2nd WNL @ 6:00

6th Cents-Ability

14th Session Meets @ 7:00

15th Both PW Circles meet for a Salad Supper @ 6:30

16th WNL @ 6:00

27th Recognition & Covered Dish Luncheon

for Meg Reaves

28th Committees meet @ 7:00

 

October:

4th Cents-Ability

5th Miriam Circle meets

7th WNL @ 6:00

12th Session @ 7:00

14th Daughters of Eve meet

17th Calypso Clean-up

21st WNL @ 6:00

26th Committees Meet @ 7:00

 

“Celebration for Meg Reaves”

Did you know that Meg Reaves has been our church pianist for over 50 years? It’s true and we are going to celebrate her service to Calypso Presbyterian Church on September 27th. A presentation will be made to Meg during the service. Following the service there will be a potluck dinner in her honor, in the fellowship hall. Mark your calendar and on Sunday, September 27th join in a celebration honoring Meg Reaves for over 50 years of service as our church pianist.

 

Congratulations to our youngest member of Calypso Presbyterian Church, Charlotte Nielsen.

Congratulations to Ben Story, Lee Sexton & Sawyer Strand for receiving College Scholarships given by Calypso Presbyterian Church.

Both Circles will meet together on Tuesday, September 15th for a Salad Supper and Installation of Officers @ 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a salad to share.

 

Make a Difference!

Help us clean up the streets of Calypso on Saturday, October 17th from 9-12. Lunch will be provided! Come out and make a difference in our community! We will meet @ Calypso Presbyterian Church.

 

Scout Report:

Cub Scout Pack 42 remained active during the summer and earned the National Summertime Pack Award for having activities during June, July and August. In June, Scouts shot pressurized rockets they made and attended Camp Tuscarora. In July, the Pack hosted a Fishing Derby and awarded trophies and ribbons for most fish caught and largest fish (every Scout caught a fish). Scouts also attended Scout Day Camp in Smithfield and earned pins and belt loops. In August, a recruitment activity and popcorn activity was presented at North Duplin during open house. If you would like to support our Pack by buying popcorn, please contact one of our Scouts as soon as possible. As always, we truly appreciate the help and support Calypso Presbyterian Church shows our Pack.

Most Sincerely, Brian Bullard

Assistant Cubmaster

 

Cents-Ability

Collection Dates for 2015

September 6th

October 4th

November 1st

December 6th

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Church Web Page

Please be sure to check out our Church website @ www.calypsopresbyterian.com

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Facebook

Check us out on Facebook. This is one way for us to reach out to people and let everyone know what we are all about. We have placed events and news items on this page among other items. We feel it is another great way to keep up with what is going on in the life of our church. Look for us under Calypso Presbyterian Church.

 

Prayer List:

Military Personnel and their families, Eddie Smith, Gerald & Connie Myers, Marcia Lewis, Marie Murphy, Jo Keebaugh, Donnie Sauls, Jennifer Sutton, Richard Lane, Melissa Gainey, Debbie Grady, Ellis Thornton, Doris Herring, Mildred Sutton, Bruce Raynor, Alan Story, Royce Roberts, Henry Albritton, Linda Jones, Jordan Riggs, David Stevens, Mary Anderson, Tom McMahon, David Underhill, Gerald Quinn, Haran Nelson Waters, Donnie Guy, Judson Sutton, Ray Sutton, Randy Thornton, Tony Jones, Keith Evans, Bobbie Buff, Doris Holland, Terry Columbus, Hazel Roberts, Jerry Phillips

 

Grandparents are a Blessing

When God created grandparents the world was truly blessed with all the special joys that make a family happiest . . .

For grandparents know how to do the things that warm a heart, They touch our lives with loving care right from the very start . . .

They show that they believe in us and all we’re dreaming of . . . When God created grandparents, He blessed our lives with love.

 

“Sunday School Highlights”

In this issue of the Parable we are highlighting the teacher of the 3rd – 6th Grade Class, Peggie Parks. Our class has discussions that follow a passage from the scripture each week. We try to relate the passage to the kid’s lives today. I enjoy hearing their perspective and their experiences.

When asked what she wanted to accomplish with her class, her reply was, “Honestly, I just wish that I had a class more often. Most Sundays I sadly do not have any kids present, so an accomplishment for me would be to have parents make Sunday School a priority for families”.

Thank you Peggie for your continued dedication in sharing God’s word.

 

Changing Seasons

God made seasons by causing the sun, moon, and stars to mark time according to the order that God established in the heavens. The order God made defines the seasons, days, and years that give us pattern and rhythm in our lives. What season do you like best and why?

Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us that “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” God is truly majestic. His power and might are visible every day in the timing and working of earth and the heavenly bodies. He created a world governed by time and said that it was good. We should also see the goodness of what God made. It is the goodness that helps us enjoy and appreciate creation. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Pick your least favorite season. It also is good in God’s eyes. What can you find that is beautiful in that season?

May / June 2015

Posted on: April 25th, 2015 by sarah

A Message from the Pastor….

Dear Church family,

Many of you may remember that last summer, the General Assembly of our denomination passed some controversial measures, one of which proposed to change the language in our Book of Order regarding marriage. Instead of defining marriage as between a man and woman, the new language defines marriage as “a covenant between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.”

I bring this issue back up because you may have seen it in the news recently. It even garnered attention from national news networks like CNN. Like any decision from the General Assembly, the redefinition of marriage must be approved by a majority of the Presbyteries around the country and as of several weeks ago, enough Presbyteries around the country had already approved the change. Although not every Presbytery has voted, enough have approved the change to make the outcome certain. The new language is official. Our Presbytery was in the minority when it voted against these changes, 171-120.

How does this change affect Calypso Presbyterian Church? For the most part, it doesn’t affect us at all. Although same-sex marriage is no longer against the rules for Presbyterian churches, at the local level, it is still the session of each church that approves any use of the sanctuary, including weddings. That means whatever our session decides, no one from the Presbytery or from any higher level of the church can override that decision.

Although I disagree with the change that’s been approved, I know that not everybody in this church, or any church, thinks exactly the same way about this issue or any issue. I also know that disagreement in the past has never stopped us from working and worshipping together. My hope and my prayer is that regardless of our feelings on the issue, we continue to love and serve one another and that God, who began a good work in this church and in each of us, “will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Continue to pray for our church and for the national church, and as always, feel free to call me, email me, or come talk to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Blessings,

Nick

 

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“Church Services”

Sunday School @ 10:00

Worship Service @ 11:00

(Nursery provided from 10:00-12:00 on Sunday mornings)

Youth Group 6:00 pm. Sunday Night

(7th-12th Grade)

 

Wednesday Night Live

First & Third Wednesdays of each month (except June, July & August)

Supper @ 6:00

Classes available Wednesday night @ 7:00 for children & adults

 

May Events:

3rd Cents-Ability

6th WNL

10th Mother’s Day

11th Session Meets @ 7:00

18th PW’s Birthday Celebration

(Joint Meeting)

20th Youth Dinner/Auction

25th Committees meet @ 7:00

 

June Events

1st Miriam Circle

7th Cents-Ability

8th Session @ 7:00

21st Father’s Day

22nd Committees Meet @ 7:00

 

“Sunday School Highlights”

In this issue of the Parable, we are highlighting one of the teachers from the Levi Cashwell Adult Class, Rachel Kennedy. This class is made up of adult’s ages 40-85. There are a variety of professions in this group. Rachel’s style of teaching is a Bible study and discussion. She said they might not always agree, but everyone’s opinion is valued. Rachel enjoys the close knit feeling of this group of people. She said, “They are just like family”. When asked what she wanted to accomplish with this class, she said, “I always hope that each person goes home with something they will think about during the week and that we are all gaining new insights into the wonderful stories in God’s Word. Rachel loves attending Sunday School and teaching.

 

Joys, Announcements and Special Recognitions:

Congratulations to Jon, Lindsay, and Addie Kate Kornegay on the birth of their son/brother Daniel Battle.

Congratulations to our new “Parents to be” Mike and Lauren Albertson

 

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Prayer List:

Military Personnel and their families, Eddie Smith, Gerald & Connie Myers, Jerry Gardner, Mike Nevling, Marcia Lewis, Marie Murphy, Jo Keebaugh, Donnie Sauls, Jennifer Sutton, Kylie Anderson, Elmer Flake, Richard Lane, Melissa Gainey, Debbie Grady, Ellis Thornton, Robert Jackson, Doris Herring, Eddie & Mildred Sutton, Bruce Raynor, Alan Story, Rubylene Lambert, Royce Roberts, Henry Albritton, family of Robert Jackson

 

Scout Pack 42 2014-2015 Year in Review

The 30 Scouts of Cub Scout Pack 42 have had a very active and successful year thus far. The Pack presented the colors at the opening of the Duplin County Fair, camped at Cabin Lake and Camp Tuscarora, went bowling and to a bike rodeo, had a costume party and a Christmas party, and attended the 150th re-enactment of the Battle of Bentonville. We also had a great Pinewood Derby car race. Presenters at Pack meetings shared safety tips, discussions on faith, music and folk stories, metal-detecting finds, Native American crafts, and curiosities from the Downtown Goldsboro Artifact Recovery program. The Pack won first place in the Faison Christmas Parade, had a very successful oyster roast fundraiser, and won awards at Camp Tuscarora for first and third place cooking dishes as well as first place in the rocket relay race.

The Pack is especially proud of their Cubmaster, Dewayne Massey, who was named the Cubmaster of the Year for Coharie District (Duplin and Sampson Counties). We have been blessed with active and involved parents and leaders. Cub Scout Pack 42 truly appreciates the help and support that Calypso Presbyterian Church and your Pastor have shown to our Pack. We look forward to finishing the year strong and creating an even stronger relationship with your Church, our Chartering Organization.

Sincerely, Brian Bullard, Assistant Cubmaster

 

Our Annual Cliffs of the Neuse Worship Service and Picnic will be held on Sunday, May 17th @ 11:00. Bring a chair for worship and a side dish or dessert for the picnic. Come join in the outdoor fellowship!

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“Youth Dinner & Auction”

The youth will have their dinner and auction on Wednesday, May 20th. The money raised will be placed in the Scholarship Fund.

Please come out and support our youth!

 

4 Evenings of Worship:

Sunday @ Stanford w/ Joe Ward

Monday @ Warsaw Presbyterian w/ Pastor Nick Nielsen

Tuesday @ Rooty Branch w/ Susan Wells

Wednesday @ Calypso Presbyterian (Dinner @ 6:00) w/ Pastor Mickey Whitfield

All services begin @ 7:00

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Domincan Republic

If you would like to send anything to our sponsor child, Jordan Miguel Taveras please mail it to: Mission Emanuel, PO Box 25246, Winston-Salem, NC 27114. If it’s in English, don’t worry! We have translators on hand to translate it to Spanish for you. Just please be sure to include the child’s full name as well as your name. Packages should be flat and no larger than an 11″x14″ manila envelope.

Healthy Women Healthy Families helps PC (USA) church partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi and Southern Sudan support programs that protect and restore the health of women and children in their communities.

 

On April 26th & May 3rd,

Calypso Presbyterian Women will be selling Mother’s Day Cards to help with this worthy cause.

Remember your mom or someone very special to you by making a $10 donation to help protect and restore the health of women and children in these countries.

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An earring was found in the church. It is a diamond studded look earring. It is in the Vestibule on the table.

 

Cents-Ability Collection Dates for 2015

May 3rd

June 7th

July 5th

August 2nd

September 6th

October 4th

November 1st

December 6th

 

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Church Web Page

Please be sure to check out our Church website @ www.calypsopresbyterian.com

 

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Check us out on Facebook. This is one way for us to reach out to people and let everyone know what we are all about. We have placed events and news items on this page among other items. We feel it is another great way to keep up with what is going on in the life of our church. Look for us under Calypso Presbyterian Church.

March / April 2014

Posted on: February 26th, 2014 by sarah

 A Message from the Pastor  . . . . . . . . .

On March 5th, we begin our yearly Lenten journey toward the cross that Jesus had to suffer.  You may have already been thinking about what sort of treats to give up this year for Lent.  Sweet tea, chocolate, and soda are always good and popular choices.  But why do we give things up during Lent?  There is no Scripture verse that commands it.  The only things John Calvin had to say about Lent were negative.  So why are we giving things up?  The goal of Lent is not to starve ourselves, tempt ourselves or do anything to earn favor with God.  Instead, the goal of Lent is to prepare our hearts for Easter, to focus on Christ’s passion as he moves towards his death on the cross for us.  In as much as giving up something for Lent turns our focus away from ourselves and towards Christ, it is a worthwhile discipline.

Even more worthwhile than giving something up during Lent, however, is adding a spiritual discipline to our already busy schedules.  What better way to prepare your heart for Easter than additional prayer, Scripture reading or Bible study each day.  I hope that this year, whether you give something up or not, that you would consider adding a spiritual discipline to your daily routine in order to focus your heart and mind on what Christ has done for us.  Who knows, maybe those new spiritual disciplines will touch your heart and find their way into your everyday routine after Lent as well…

Looking Ahead:

March

2nd  Cents-Ability & Communion

3rd  Miriam Circle Meets

5th Ash Wednesday Dinner @ 6:00 & Service @ 7:00

8th Cancer/MS Benefit @ the Calypso Fire Dept.

9th Shower for Lauren & Mike

10th Session Meets @ 7

12th  Daughters of Eve Meet @ 7

19th  WNL

24th  Committees meet @ 7:00

 

April

2nd  WNL

6th   Cents-Ability

7th Miriam Circle Meets @ 7:00

9th Daughters of Eve meet @ 7:00

13th Palm Sunday

14th Session meets @ 7:00

16th WNL

17th Maundy Thursday Service @ 7:00 (Communion)

18th Good Friday @ 7:00

April 20th Easter Sunrise Service @ 7:00                   (hosted by Calypso Baptist)

Easter Service @ 11:00 (Communion)

28th Committees Meet @ 7:00

Lenten Lunches

Lenten Lunches will start on March 5th at Faison Presbyterian Church @ 12:00.  Our date to provide lunch is March 26th.

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Jelly Bean Prayer

Red is for the blood He gave,

Green is for the grass he made.

Yellow is for the sun so bright,

Orange is for the edge of night.

Black is for the sins we made,

White is for the grace he gave.

Purple is for his hour of sorrow.

Pink is for our new tomorrow.

A bag full of jelly beans is yummy to eat,

It’s a picture, a promise, a special treat,

To help us remember Jesus’ work complete,

Gives us hope beyond any earthly sweet.

 

 

HOLIDAY TRADITION & LEGENDS

“THE EASTER LILY”

Each holiday is marked by cherished traditions that bring joy, comfort, and warmth, and provide continuity from one generation to the next. Easter has its share of traditions: egg decorations and hunts; gift baskets and chocolate bunnies, sunrise church services, parades, and, of course, the Easter Lily. For many, the beautiful trumpet-shaped white flowers symbolize purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life – the spiritual essence of Easter.

History, mythology, literature, poetry and the world of art are rife with stories and images that speak of the beauty and majesty of the elegant white flowers. Dating back to Biblical lore, the lily is mentioned numerous times in the Bible. One of the most famous Biblical references is in the Sermon on the Mount, when Christ told his listeners: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin; and yet….. Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”

Often called the “white-robed apostles of hope,” lilies were found growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ’s agony. Tradition has it that the beautiful white lilies sprung up where drops of Christ’s sweat fell to the ground in his final hours of sorrow and deep distress. Churches continue this tradition at Easter time by banking their altars and surrounding their crosses with masses of Easter Lilies, to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and hope of life everlasting.

Since the beginning of time, lilies have played significant roles in allegorical tales concerning the sacrament of motherhood. Ancient fables tell us the lily sprang from the milk of Hera, the mythological Queen of Heaven.

The pure white lily has long been closely associated with the Virgin Mary. In early paintings, the Angel Gabriel is pictured extending to the Virgin Mary a branch of pure white lilies, announcing that she is to be the mother of the Christ Child. In other paintings, saints are pictured bringing vases full of white lilies to Mary and the infant Jesus.

The legend is told that when the Virgin Mary’s tomb was visited three days after her burial, it was found empty save for bunches of majestic white lilies. Early writers and artists made the lily the emblem of the Annunciation, the Resurrection of the Virgin: the pure white petals signifying her spotless body and the golden anthers her soul glowing with heavenly light.

In yet another expression of womanhood, lilies had a significant presence in the paradise of Adam and Eve. Tradition has it that when Eve left the Garden of Eden she shed real tears of repentance, and from those remorseful tears sprung up lilies. The spiritual principle held here is that true repentance is the beginning of beauty.

A mark of purity and grace throughout the ages, the regal white lily is a fitting symbol of the greater meaning of Easter. Gracing millions of homes and churches, the flowers embody joy, hope and life. Whether given as a gift or enjoyed in your own home, the Easter Lily serves as a beautiful reminder that Easter is a time for rejoicing and celebrating.

 

Happy Easter!

 

Acolyte Schedule

 

March 2 – Michael Marcin

March 9 – Alex Sarantos

March 16 – Tyler Schoolcraft

March 23 – Emilee Marcin

March 30 – Will Story

April 6 – Karli  Schoolcraft

April 13 – Michael Marcin

April 20 – Alex Sarantos

April 27 – Tyler Schoolcraft

 

Cents-Ability

2014 Collection Dates:                                  

March 2nd

April 6th

May 4th

June 1st

July 6th

August 3rd

September 7th

October 5th

November 2nd

December7th

 

Galatians 6:2 

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

 

 

Session Members

 

Adele Baker                 Patty Blackburn

Andy Greer                   Kelly Kornegay

Grey Morgan                Peggy Parks

Tom Reaves                 Cynthia Reynolds

Lee Sexton                   Alan Story

 

“Church Services”

Sunday School @ 10:00

Worship Service @ 11:00

(Nursery provided from 10:00-12:00         on Sunday mornings)

 

Youth Group                                           6:00 pm. Sunday Night

(7th-12th Grade)

 

Wednesday Night Live

(First & Third Wednesdays of each month, except June, July & August)

Supper @ 6:00 pm.

Classes available on WNL @ 7:00

Children & Adult

 

(Check the church website or FB page for more information or updates on events) __________________________

“Sunday School Challenge”

The 3rd-6th grade Sunday School Class enjoyed a night out on Saturday, Feb. 15th at Adventure Landing in Raleigh.  All four Sunday school members met their goal of 8 Sundays in Sunday School.  We played laser tag and raced go-karts for nearly four hours.  Despite our arrival back home at 11 pm, all four were in Sunday School the next morning! They are looking forward to meeting another goal and invite any other 3rd-6th graders to join them.

 

 

 

 

 

Joys, Announcements and Special Recognition: Happy Birthday & Anniversary to March and April folks.  We hope your special day will be full of blessings!

 

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Prayer Concerns

 

Military Personnel and their families, Chad McCullen, Karen Malcolm, Rose Beavers, Carol Cameron, Eddie Smith, Gerald & Connie Myers, Mariah Chavis, Anita Armstrong, Carol Taylor, Doris Holland, ,Noah Stroud, Jerry Gardner, Wendy Murray, Mike Nevling, Allison Thomas, Jerry Grimes, Arlene Talton, Hazel Roberts, Rose Family, Marcia Lewis, Mary Harper, Mary Kornegay, Tommy Allen, family of Stephanie Alphin, Family of Sarah Roberts, Family of Buck Driver and the Family of Glen Davis.

 

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Church Web Page

 

Please be sure to check out our Church website @ www.calypsopresbyterian.com

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Facebook

Check us out on Facebook.  This is one way for us to reach out to people and let everyone know what we are all about. We have placed events and news items on this page among other items. We feel it is another great way to keep up with what is going on in the life of our church. Look for us under Calypso Presbyterian Church.

November / December 2013

Posted on: October 30th, 2013 by sarah

A Message from the Pastor . . . . . . . . .

It is probably hard to believe that another Homecoming celebration has come and gone. It was truly a wonderful celebration. 110 years of nurturing faith is quite an accomplishment. 110 years with Jesus Christ as the head of the church. What a joy it was for me to worship and have fellowship with former pastors, former members, and family members. It is a great reminder of our larger church family as well as a wonderful reminder of what a privilege it is to be part of this community of faith. This church is a church that through the power of the Holy Spirit worships together, loves one another, supports one another, and leans on one another in times of distress. This church is a church that I am confident will continue to do those things for another 110 years.

I also want to take this opportunity to say thank you again to everyone who put in so much time and effort into making Homecoming such a success. You are all a blessing to this church and to this community. As we come to the end of another church year, and start another new one at Advent, I am filled with hope and joy to see what God has in store for us next. God is with us. May you be richly blessed.

 

“Church Services”

Sunday School @ 10:00

Worship Service @ 11:00

(Nursery provided from 10:00-12:00 on Sunday mornings)

Youth Group 6:00 pm. Sunday Night (7th-12th Grade)

Wednesday Night Live

(First & Third Wednesdays of each month, except June, July & August)

Supper @ 6:00 pm.

Classes available on WNL @ 7:00

Children

Adult

 

Looking Ahead:

November

2nd Turn your clocks back

2nd Confirmation Class @ 2:00

3rd Congregational Meeting

3rd Baby shower for Kim & James Wolfe

3rd Cents-Ability Offering

4th Miriam Circle Meets

6th WNL

11th (Monday) Session meets @ 7:00

11th Veteran’s Day

13th (Wednesday) Daughters of Eve meet

20th WNL

24th Thanksgiving Service

25th (Monday) Committees Meet @ 7:00

28th Happy Thanksgiving!

 

December

1st Hanging of the Greens

1st Cents-Ability

2nd (Monday) Both Circles Meet for a tree trimming party

4th WNL Dinner/Trip to Meadow to see the lights

9th (Monday) Session meets @ 7:00

22nd Sunday School Christmas Play/Party

23rd (Monday) Committees meet @ 7:00

24th Christmas Eve Service

25th Merry Christmas!

31st Happy New Year

 

(Check the church website or FB page for

more information or updates on events)

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 “Thanksgiving Day Blessing”

Lord, I’m so thankful,

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed

My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head

I’m thankful right now to be surrounded by those

Whose lives touch me more than they’ll ever possibly know,

Thankful Lord, that You’ve blessed me beyond measure,

Thankful that in my heart lives life’s greatest treasure,

That You, dearJesus, reside in that place

And I’m ever so grateful for Your unending grace,

So please, heavenly Father, on this Thanksgiving Day,

bless this food you’ve provided,

And bless each and every person invited.

Amen

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you a day full of blessings!

 

“Meadow Lights”

Join us on Wednesday, Dec.4th for WNL supper, then we’ll ride the bus to Meadow to

see the “Christmas Lights”. Ride the train and the carousel ($2 each) or shop in the old fashion candy store. Pictures taken with Santa are $6. Come join in the fellowship!

 

Top Ten Reasons “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”

10) The word “Christmas” includes Jesus’ last name. – Matthew 1:1

9) We get to sing fun songs that tells the story of Jesus coming. – Luke 2:13-14

8) Everybody loves when a baby is born, but none has changed the world as Jesus has. – Matthew 1:21

7) We can truly be of good cheer and full of hope because Jesus came to save us. – John 3:16

6) People are actually nicer this time of year and even strangers wish each other well, just like Jesus taught. – John 13:35,

5) We sing Joy to the world, and it’s OK. (JOY = Jesus; Others; Yourself) – Luke 2:10

4) Christmas lights remind us that Jesus is the Light of the world, and that each of us should light the world as He does. – John 8:12

3) It’s a time of year where we can all be like little children, just like Jesus taught. – Matthew 18:2-5

2) Jesus love inspires people to be extra kind and giving this time of year. – 1 John 3:16

1) The number one reason why Jesus is the reason for the season is that He is the ultimate gift to the world. – Romans 5:15

 

May God bless you during this Christmas season and may we keep him in our hearts all year long. Merry Christmas!

 

 

 Annual Chili Cook-off

On Sunday, January 26, 2014 we will have our chili cook-off. If you have a favorite recipe, come and share it or if you would just like to taste test, that’s fine too! Last year’s winner was Debbie Kennedy! I wonder what she is cooking up this time. Come out and give Debbie and the rest of our chefs some competition! More information will be available soon! So start looking for that winning recipe!

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 “Progressive Dinner”

 

Join us on Saturday, February 15th for a 4 course meal. Each course will be served at a different residence. Sign up will be necessary, so our host/hostesses know how many to prepare for. This will be an adult only event. Come join us for fun, food & fellowship! More info. Will be given at a later date.

 

Cents-Ability Program Collection Dates:

Nov.3rd

Dec. 1st

Jan. 5th

Feb. 2nd

Mar. 2nd

April 6th

Thanks to all who participate in our Cents-Ability Program!

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Church Web Page – Please be sure to check out our Church website @ www.calypsopresbyterian.com

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Facebook

Check us out on Facebook. This is one way for us to reach out to people and let everyone know what we are all about. We have placed events and news items on this page among other items. We feel it is another great way to keep up with what is going on in the life of our church. Look for us under Calypso Presbyterian Church.

 

“Joys, Announcements and Special Recognitions”

Congratulations Jon and Lindsay on the birth of Addie Kate Kornegay on October 9, 2013

Happy Birthday to all November & December folks! We hope your special day is full of blessings!

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Lord, You are the One we turn to for help in moments of weakness and times of need. We ask you to be with our family & friends on our prayer list. In your name we pray, Amen

Prayer Concerns

Military Personnel and their families, Chad McCullen, Karen Malcolm, Rose Beavers, Carol Cameron, Eddie Smith, Wayne Jackson, Gerald & Connie Myers, Maiah Chavis, Delano Hill, Anita Armstrong, Carol Taylor, Randy Holloman, Hilbert (Joe) Swinson, Gloria Morgan, Bobbie Buff, Doris Holland, Noah Stroud, Fireball Family, Janet Howard Family

September / October 2013

Posted on: September 30th, 2013 by sarah

A Message from the Pastor . . . . . . . . .

Many of you are familiar with the Great Commission that Jesus gives to his disciples at the end of Matthew’s Gospel. He says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” As a church, as Disciples of Christ, that command still applies to us. Not all of us can leave home and not everyone can go around the world, but as the church, we still have a role to play.

 

As you each support Calypso Presbyterian monetarily, you also support the Great Commission around the world. Every year we have a certain amount of money budgeted for missions, and I want you to know that the money is being put to good use. Part of that money this year went towards building a church in the Dominican Republic. When the group from our church went to the Dominican Republic last summer, we helped to lay a cinder block foundation for a new church. The congregation with whom we worshipped was too big for their current space and needed to expand. Their congregation was about the size of our congregation but lacking resources.

 

As we talked to them, we found out that they did not have the money to finish the church. In fact, because interest rates in the Dominican Republic run over 20%, it is nearly impossible to get all the money at once. Instead, they are trusting God, and cinder block layer by cinder block layer, as the money comes in, slowly but surely raising a new church for God’s glory.

 

The sweat and labor from our church helped to lay the foundation for the new church last summer and our mission money is adding another layer this summer. Thank you for your faithfulness in giving and in support of the Great Commission.

 

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Church Services

Sunday School @ 10:00

Worship Service @ 11:00

(Nursery provided from 10:00-12:00 on Sunday mornings)

Youth Group 6:00 pm. Sunday Night (7th-12th Grade)

 

Wednesday Night Live

(First & Third Wednesdays of each month, except June, July & August)

Supper @ 6:00 pm. Classes available on WNL @ 7:00

Wee Presbyterians

Junior Choir

Adult

 

Looking Ahead

September

1st Cents-Ability

3rd PW’s Salad Supper @ 6:30

4th WNL (Group 1 cooks)

7th Confirmation Class starts 2-4

8th Rally Day Softball Game @ 4:00, eat @ 5:30

9th Session Meets

13th & 14th Marriage Study Weekend

16th Homecoming Meeting @ 7:00

18th WNL (Group 2 cooks)

19th Senior Luncheon

23rd Committees meet @ 7:00

26th Directory meeting @ 7:00

w/ Rep. from Lifetouch

29th Enrichment Sunday, Covered Dish

Luncheon

 

October

2nd WNL (Group 3 cooks)

6th Cents-Ability

7th PW’s meet

9th Daughters of Eve meet @ Karen’s @ 7:00

13th Homecoming

14th Session meets @ 7:00

16th WNL (Group 4 cooks)

28th Committees Meet @ 7:00

29th & 30th Directory Pictures @ church

(Check the church website or FB page for more information or updates on events)

 

Enrichment Sunday, September 29, 2013

Join us at 10:00 in the Fellowship Hall for a powerpoint presentation of VBS, “Jerusalem

Marketplace”. Also at this time Gayna Morgan will talk about her Nursing School

trip to Guatemala.

 

After worship service, stay and join us for a Covered Dish Luncheon.

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Homecoming

“110 Years of Nurturing Faith”

We will celebrate Homecoming on Sunday, October 13, 2013. Pastor

Cheryl Henry will be our guest speaker. In honor of this special day, the Homecoming Committee decided to order Christmas Ornaments. We will have them available to you in the next few weeks. These will make great Christmas presents.

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Backpack Buddies

Our Backpack Program @ N. Duplin Elem. will start up in September. Last year we served 25

students. This year we are fortunate to have another church join us, which makes 6 churches

participating. What a BLESSING!! Thank you for your support and we hope you will continue

to help with this worthy cause.

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New Directory

We are working with a Lifetouch Representative to make plans for a new directory. We will meet on September 26th @ 7:00. A representative will be there to answer any questions we might have. If you are interested in helping with the new directory, please join us. We really need your help and input.

 

Rally Day

On Sunday, September 8th we will celebrate Rally Day. We will recognize our teaching staff, then later in the day @ 4:00, we will have a friendly game of softball @ the Calypso ballfield. We will have a picnic after the game, everything will be provided. If you do not want to play ball, we need cheering from the sidelines. So everyone come out and enjoy the day.

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Joys, Announcements and Special Recognitions”

Congratulations to Todd, Jennifer & Owen Kornegay on the birth of their son and brother Charles “Charlie” Isaac.

Happy Birthday & Anniversary to September and October folks. Hope your special day will be full of blessings!

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Labor Day

(How it Came About; What it Means)

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

 

From morn until night (Psalm 104:23)

Man goeth forth unto his work and to

his labour until the evening

 

Prayer Concerns

Military Personnel and their families, Chad McCullen, Cynthia Smith, Karen Malcolm, Rose Beavers, Carol Cameron, Eddie Smith, Lois Greer, Gerald & Connie Myers, Mariah Chavis, Anita Armstrong, Jerry Goodman, Delano Hill, Tom Pigford, Phyllis Coley, Dexter Jackson Family, Carol Taylor, Norma Albritton, Randy Holloman, Hilbert (Joe) Swinson

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Cents-Ability Program

Collection Dates:

September 1st

October 6th

November 3rd

December 1st

Thanks to all who participate in our

Cents-Ability Program!

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Church Web Page

Please be sure to check out our Church website @ www.calypsopresbyterian.com

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Facebook

Check us out on Facebook. This is one way for

us to reach out to people and let everyone know

what we are all about. We have placed events

and news items on this page among other items.

We feel it is another great way to keep up with

what is going on in the life of our church. Look

for us under Calypso Presbyterian Church.

May / June 2013

Posted on: May 6th, 2013 by sarah

The Parable
A publication of the Calypso Presbyterian Church
Volume 9 Number 3

A Message from the Pastor . . . . . . . . .
Isaiah 54:10 “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed”

At the moment I’m writing this message, the news websites I look at have articles on the Boston bombings, North Korea war threats, a fertilizer explosion in Texas, a fuel barge exploding in Alabama and a building collapse in Bangladesh that has left 204 people dead. Everyday seems to bring more bad news. It can be depressing. When we see such a string of bad news, it’s also human to look for explanations and to look for God. Do God’s promises stand for us even against so many terrible things in the world? In short, yes! The prophets from the Old Testament were not insulated from the calamitous events around them. In Isaiah’s time, the nation of Israel was threatened and eventually conquered by a foreign army. But Isaiah could still confidently pass along God’s promise which never changes, that His unfailing love will not be shaken nor His covenant of peace be removed.

All around today we see the bad news of our own mountains shaken and our own hills removed. Like the Israelites, we worry about what is going on around us. More importantly though, like the Israelites, we
too can trust in God’s unfailing promises. Whatever is going on around us, no matter how bad things seem, God’s love and God’s peace are always with us. That doesn’t mean things will be perfect, but in the midst of evil and in the midst of disaster, our future in God’s hands is secure. Praise be to God!
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Church Services
Sunday School @ 10:00
Worship Service @ 11:00
(Nursery provided from 10:00-12:00on Sunday mornings)
Youth Group 6:00 pm. Sunday Night
(7th-12th Grade)
Wednesday Night Live
(First & Third Wednesdays of each month,
except June, July & August)
Supper @ 6:00 pm.
Classes available on WNL @ 7:00
Wee Presbyterians, Junior Choir, Adult

Looking Ahead
May:
5th Worship & Picnic @ the Cliffs of the Neuse
(No Cents-Ability this month)
6thh All Circles Meet @ 7:00 (Monday) Birthday Celebration
13th (Monday) Session meets @ 7:00
15th Stroke Clinic @ church 3:30-6:30
15th WNL Youth Auction
27th (Monday) Committees Meet @ 7:00

June:

8th Mudcats Baseball Game (tentative)

10th (Monday) Session meets @ 7:00

17th Meeting for Homecoming @ 7:00
19th Movie Night @ 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall
24th (Monday) Committees meet @ 7:00
30th Covered Dish Luncheon after church

(Check the church website or FB page for
more information or updates on events)

Enrichment Sunday,
June 30, 2013
Rachel Kennedy & Mavis Pigford will present the program. They will take us on a tour of their trip to the Holy Land. Meet in the fellowship hall @ 10:00 for this wonderful powerpoint presentation.
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VBS 2013
Mark your calendar, for Saturday, July 27th (all day)
The theme this year will be “Jerusalem Marketplace”.
We are trying something new this year, VBS in 1 day. It will be a fun, filled, packed day with stories, games, crafts and many other fun events. At Jerusalem Marketplace, kids and adults will explore what it might have been like to live when Jesus did. Come join in the fun!
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WNL Youth Auction
Wednesday, May 15th @ 6:00 p.m.
Join us for dinner, then stay for the Youth Auction. If you would like to donate items to the auction, please see a youth member or advisor.
(Lee’s haircut is up for bid again!)

 

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Joys, Announcements and Special Recognitions
Congratulations to Sawyer Strand who served as a senate page for Senator Brett Jackson in Raleigh. He was given a rave review by Senator Jackson.

Dr. Hervy Kornegay celebrated his 80th Birthday on April 28th! Happy Birthday from your church
family!

Congratulations to Kody Kennedy! He received 2 scholarships, a Tri County Scholarship and the
Presbyterian Women Scholarship. Kody will use these scholarships to attend Mount Olive College this fall as a Science Education Major.

Congratulations to Jon & Lindsey Kornegay. They are going to become parents in November!
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Happy Birthday & Anniversary to May and June folks. Hope your special day will be full of blessings!
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Mother’s Day Cards
A special mission activity, the Mother’s Day Project, is an opportunity to make donations to Healthy Women, Healthy Families in exchange for unique Mother’s Day cards. The Mother’s Day Project has
been cosponsored by World Mission and Presbyterian Women since 2001. The money is used to fund education, health, and community-development activities in impoverished communities. (Cards are
$10)
(Cards will be available from Debbie Jones on May 1st @ WNL, Allene will have them @
the Cliffs of the Neuse Worship Service and they will be available on Mother’s Day during SS & Church.)

A Mother…
When you’re a child she walks before you,
To set an example.
When you’re a teenager she walks behind you
to be there should you need her.
When you’re an adult she walks beside you
So that as two friends you can enjoy life together.
Author Unknown
Happy Mother’s Day!
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Priceless
Bring Potato Chips
A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey. When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old man. He was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old man looked hungry, so he offered him some chips. He gratefully accepted it and smiled at him. His smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer. Again, he smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.
As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old man, and gave him a hug. He gave him his biggest smile ever. When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy?” He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But before his mother could respond, he added, “You
know what? He’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!” Meanwhile, the old man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked, “Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?” He replied “I ate potato chips in the park with God.” However, before his son responded, he added, “You know, he’s much younger than
I expected.”
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason a season, or a lifetime! Embrace all equally!
Have lunch with God … bring the potato chips.

 

Prayer Concerns
Military Personnel and their families, Chad McCullen, Sybil Merkison, Cynthia Smith, Karen
Malcolm, Rose Beavers, Carol Cameron, Eddie Smith, Wayne Jackson, Family of Nancy Greene,
Family of Tabitha Copeland, Danny Barwick, Lois Greer, Gerald & Connie Myers, Mariah Chavis,
Joyce Armstrong and Wayne Anderson

 

Lord,
You are the One we turn to for help in moments of weakness and times of need. We ask you to be with our family & friends on our prayer list. In your name we pray, Amen
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Cents-Ability Program
Collection Dates:
May (no collection)
June 2nd
July 7th
August 4th
September 1st
October 6th
November 3rd
December 1st
Thanks to all who participate in our
Cents-Ability Program!
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Church Web Page
Please be sure to check out our Church website @ www.calypsopresbyterian.com
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Facebook
Check us out on Facebook. This is one way for us to reach out to people and let everyone know what we are all about. We have placed events and news items on this page among other items. We feel it is another great way to keep up with what is going on in the life of our church. Look for us under Calypso Presbyterian Church.

The Bible
The Bible covers the whole range of human life. It follows us to the lowest depths and leads us to the highest heights. It tells us about real men and women and reveals God in relation to human life.

BIBLE 911 Index:
When in sorrow……………………………….call John 14
When men fail you……………………………call Psalm 27
When you have sinned…………………………call Psalm 51
When you worry………………………..call Matthew 6:19-34
When you are in danger……………………….call Psalm 91
When God seems far away……………………..call Psalm 139
When your faith needs stirring………………call Hebrews 11
When you are lonely and fearful……………….call Psalm 23
When you grow bitter and critical………call I Corinthians 13
When you feel down and out…………………call Romans 8:31
When you want peace and rest…………..call Matthew 11:25-30
When the world seems bigger than God…………..call Psalm 90
When you want Christian assurance…………call Romans 8:1-30
When you leave home for labor or travel……….call Psalm 121
When your prayers grow narrow or selfish……….call Psalm 67
When you want courage for a task………………call Joshua 1
When you think of investments and returns……….call Mark 10
If you are depressed…………………………call Psalm 27
If your pocketbook is empty…………………..call Psalm 37
If you are losing confidence in people…call I Corinthians 13
If people seem unkind…………………………call John 15
If discouraged about your work……………….call Psalm 126
If self-pride/greatness takes hold…………….call Psalm 19
If you want to be fruitful…………………….call John 15
For understanding of Christianity…call II Corinthians 5:15-19
For a great invention/opportunity…………….call Isaiah 55
For how to get along with fellow men………….call Romans 12
For Paul’s secret to happiness……….call Colossians 3:12-17
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ALTERNATE NUMBERS:
For dealing with fear……………………….call Psalm 347
For security……………………………..call Psalm 121:3
For assurance………………………………call Mark 8:35
For reassurance……………………call Psalm 145:18
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PLEASE NOTE: Emergency numbers may be dialed direct.
No operator assistance is necessary.
All lines to Heaven are open 24 hours a day!

 

November/December 2012

Posted on: November 7th, 2012 by admin

 

The Parable
A publication of the Calypso Presbyterian Church

Volume 8 Number 5

 

Calypso Presbyterian Church
116 S. W. Center Street
P.O. Box 325
Calypso, NC 28325

 

Pastor Nick Nielsen

Church Office: 919-658-2617
Cell: 919-330-7806
Email address: pastornicknielsen@gmail.com

 

Message from the Pastor

Many of you have received or will soon be receiving this year’s stewardship letter. In the letter, we talk a lot about the idea of ‘nurturing faith.’

When the church met on September 22nd to talk about our purpose and vision, we discerned that Calypso Presbyterian Church is most on-purpose when we are nurturing faith. That is, we feel like we are best fulfilling God’s calling on our lives and on the life of the church when we are nurturing faith.

Nurturing faith is something this church has done since its founding in 1903. I’m excited about continuing the ways we’ve always nurtured faith as well as looking for new ways to nurture our own faith as well as the faith of those around us.

Everyone needs to have their faith nurtured. From the smallest of children to our oldest generation, we must all seek to help each other continually grow in the faith. No one in this life can ever say, my faith is complete, it needs no more nurture. My hope is that as we go forward, everything we do as a church will be focused on nurturing faith in all age groups.

It is not something that only a select few of us should do, it’s something we all need to do together. So I encourage everyone of us to be thinking how best to nurture faith in our congregation and in the community. More specifically, how is your faith nurtured and how can you nurture someone else’s faith? What can you individually do to nurture faith, and what can we as a church do to nurture our faith and the and the faith of the community?

I look forward with great expectation to see how God will move in the life of our church!

Prayer Concerns

Military Personnel and their families:

Charles McCleod, Brownie Southerland, Adam Herring, Bill Outlaw, Johnnie Davis, Ann Miller, Eleanor Ezzell, Jimmy Carr, Sybil Merkison, Relma Hargrove, Delmus Roberts, Bob Albertson, Lori Holloman, Wayne Brock, Jimmy Barwick Family.

Christmas Gift List
  1. Buy a water card for Able or others in the Domincan Republic in honor of someone
  2. Choose a family from N. Duplin and brighten their Christmas with food/gifts
  3. Make a donation to their favorite charity
  4. Go to NCPacks4Patriots in Greenville and help make up care packages for our military troops
  5. Spend time with a shut-in
  6. Deliver Homebound Meals
  7. Donate a book to the school library in honor or memory of someone
  8. If money is not a concern for you, pay a bill for someone anonymously.
  9. Plan a family outing to see Christmas lights or show as part of a family/friend’s gift
  10. Host a movie night with popcorn, candy and hot cocoa for family/friends.

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

Cents-Ability Program

Collection Dates:
November 4
December 2
January 6
February 3
March 3
April 7

Thanks to all who participate in our Cents-Ability Program!

Joys, Announcements and Special Recognitions

Happy Birthday to November and December folks.

Hope your special day will be full of blessings!

Church Services

Sunday School @ 10:00

Worship Service @ 11:00 (Nursery provided from 10:00-12:00 on Sunday Mornings)

Youth Group 6:00 pm, Sunday Night (7th -12th Grade)

Wednesday Night Live (First & Third Wednesdays of each month except June, July & August)

Supper @ 6:00 pm

Classes available on WNL @ 7:00

Wee Presbyterians

Junior Choir

Adult

Looking Ahead to November

Sunday, November 4th Congregational Meeting after church Sunday,

November 4th Cents-Ability Offering

Wednesday, November 7th WNL

Monday, November 12th Session Meeting @ 7:00

Sunday, the 18 PW’s making Thanksgiving Plates

Sunday, the 18th Community Thanksgiving Service @ 6:00 @ Peace Baptist

No WNL on November 21

Thursday, November 22nd
Turkey Trot 5K in Goldsboro @ 8:00 am

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Sunday, November 25th Communion

Monday, November 26th Committee Meetings @ 7:00

Looking Ahead to December

Sunday, Dec. 2nd “Hanging of the Greens”

Sunday, December 2nd Cents- Ability Offering

Sunday, December 16th Sunday School Christmas Play/Party @ 6:00

Sunday, December 24th @ 9:00 pm ,Christmas Eve Service with Communion

Hope you are blessed this Christmas with the gift of family & friends!

Merry Christmas!

“Heart & Sole” Running/Walking Club

5 K Race in the Fall
Turkey Trot , Thursday, November 22nd (Thanksgiving Day) @ 8:00 am @ the Goldsboro YMCA

5K Race 1 mile run (kids 12 & under)
(See bulletin board in fellowship hall for race applications)

Mike’s Tree Farm Lighted Hayride

Wednesday, November 28th
Meet at the church at 5:00 if you would like to ride the bus. If you choose to drive yourself, we’ll meet at 6:00 at the farm by the ticket booth.

Hay ride is $8.00 per person, ages 5 and older.

Christmas Caroling Hayride

Wednesday, Dec. 5th @ 7:00, (after WNL Supper).

We’ll come back for refreshments after caroling. We will probably take the bus also. We are inviting the community to join us this year!

College Exams

Our college students will be taking their Exams at the end of November or beginning of December.

Starting next Sunday, November 4th – 18th we will be collecting monetary donations to buy gift cards for our 5 students.

If you would like to make a donation, please give your donation to Mick or Karen Marcin. You may also place it in the collection plate specified for college exams. We will give the gift cards out on Sunday, November 25th. Thank you for your continued support.

Church Web Page

We’re getting a new look! Our new website is under construction. Keep watching, we’ll notify you when it is available.

Facebook

Check us out on Facebook. This is one way for us to reach out to people and let everyone know what we are all about. We have placed pictures, events and news items on this page among other items. We feel it is another great way to keep up with what is going on in the life of our church. Look for us under Calypso Presbyterian Church.

October 2012

June 2012

Posted on: October 6th, 2012 by admin

 

The Parable
A publication of the Calypso Presbyterian Church

Volume 8 Number 3

A Message from the Pastor . . .

After all of the planning, prayer, and fundraising, it’s hard to believe our trip to the Dominican Republic has come and gone already. I was so glad that many of you got a glimpse of what our trip was like on Sunday as our group shared the way we saw God move while we were gone. If you missed it, or would just like to know more about the trip and why it was so powerful, ask any one of us, and we we’ll be happy to talk your ear off!

It’s certainly a spiritual experience, a spiritual high, going on a trip like this one. We get out of our comfort zones, see poverty unlike what we find in the United States, steep ourselves in Scripture and prayer, and rely on one another to process our new experiences. The problem is, sometimes we think that it’s only through special trips that we can have these wonderful experiences in the presence of God. But I hope that our special trip can turn into everyday action. It’s not just on trips that we can step outside our comfort zones. It’s not just on trips we can steep ourselves in Scripture and prayer. It’s not just on special trips we can rely on each other and rely on Christ.

For those who went on the trip, I hope we can take those things home with us. For those who sent us out and supported us, I hope you can do those things at home too. Whether we were part of the group that sent the team or part of the team that went, we can all experience God in new ways here in Calypso. In fact, that’s our calling as Christians, to dive into prayer and Scripture as a way of life.

It’s our calling to rely on each other and support one another through all of life’s ups and downs. And it’s our calling to expect God to change our hearts, our minds, and our lives. Each night of our trip, we gathered together and talked about “God sightings.” We talked about how we saw God move in our lives that day. As we follow our calling to seek God in prayer and Scripture and mutual support, let’s open our eyes to God moving in our lives every day as we seek to live in light of God’s grace and mercy.

VBS 2012

PandaMania, where kids will discover that God is wild about them!

Join us each day for stories, games, songs, crafts and lots of fun! This year VBS will run from July 9th – 13th from 9:00-12:00.

If you would be interested in helping out with Vacation Bible School this year or would like to participate in some other way. Please contact Karen Marcin.

Joys, Announcements and Special Recognitions

Congratulations to all students who won Academic Awards and Scholarships. We are so proud of you!

Congratulations to Billy Hall on Graduating from North Duplin Jr./Sr. High School. Billy Will attend ECU in the Fall. We’re very proud of you too!

Wedding Congratulations to Megan and Paul Kornegay. They were married on June 16th. After a honeymoon to Hawaii, they will reside
@ 152 Edwina Kornegay Road, Mount Olive, NC 28365

Happy Birthday to July and August folks. Hope your special day will be full of blessings!

Church Services

Sunday School @ 10:00

Worship Service @ 11:00
(Nursery provided from 10:00-12:00 on Sunday Mornings)

Youth Group 6:00 p.m. Sunday Night
(7th-12th Grade)

Wednesday Night Live
(First & Third Wednesdays of each month, except June, July & August)

Supper @ 6:00 p.m.

Classes available on WNL @ 7:00

Wee Presbyterians

Junior Choir

Adult

Prayer Concerns

Ann Miller, Military Personnel and their families, Donald Taylor, Ray Joyner, Charles McCleod, Roxada Story, Brownie Southerland, Rubylene Lambert, Adam Herring, Louise and Odell Foss, Jimmy Carr, Bill Outlaw

VBS Mission Project

Through Mission Emmanuel, we will be sponsoring a child from the Dominican. During their recent trip, our Mission Team had the chance to meet Abel and his mother. He is 4 yrs old and very shy. Our sponsorship will help send him to school. During the year, we will receive reports on how he is doing academically.

We hope you will support our 2012 VBS Mission Project. You can make a check out to the church and mark it as VBS Mission Project or place the money in an envelope and mark it the same way. Thank you again for your continued support. Please check out the bulletin boards for a picture of Abel.

Looking Ahead

Sunday, July 1st Cents-Ability Offering

Monday, July 9th Session Meeting @ 7:00

Monday, July 9-13th

VBS “PANDAMANIA” 9:00-12:00

Wednesday, July 11th Movie Night @ 6:30

Sunday, July 22th VBS Enrichment Sunday

Sunday, July 22th Covered Dish Luncheon

Monday, July 23rd Committee Meetings @ 7:00

Sunday, August 5th Cents-Ability Offering

Monday, August 13, Session Meeting @ 7:00Monday,

August 27th Committee Meetings @ 7:00

Heart & Sole Running/Walking Club

We’re taking a break for the summer. We hope to meet back in the Fall. Watch for an announcement in the bulletin, or check the bulletin board for when we’ll start back up again.

We hope to run a few races in the fall also. FYI, we may be organizing our own 5K run in the Spring. We’ll keep everyone posted.

Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic

Our Mission Team had a wonderful time in the Domincan, working with Mission Emmanuel. They worked on painting a house, laying cement floors and laying cinder block. They were exhausted by the end of the day, but felt really good about what they had done. They had such a great time, there is already talk about going again. A presentation of the trip is being planned.

There will be some activities planned to help raise money for the next mission trip. Whether it is here or abroad. Please come out and support these activities.

Cents-Ability Program

Collection Dates:

July 1st

August 5th

September 2nd

October 7th

November 4th

December 2nd

 

Thanks to all who participate in our Cents-Ability Program!

Movie Night

Wednesday, July 11th 6:30 in the fellowship hall. The movie is “Soul Surfer”. Soul Surfer is a 2011 American drama film about the life of surfer Bethany Hamilton. At the age of thirteen, Hamilton lost her arm to a shark attack. The film details the events surrounding this attack and her struggle during the aftermath. The word soul has a double meaning as a reference to Hamilton’s Christian Faith, which helped her recover her surfing career after the attack. Please bring a snack to share.

Church Web Page

Please be sure to check out the Church Web Page. Sarah is placing Nick’s sermons on there, in case you miss a Sunday. Put the church website on your favorites list and check back often.

Facebook

Check us out on Facebook. This is one way for us to reach out to people and let everyone know what we are all about. We have placed pictures, events and news items on this page among other items. We feel it is another great way to keep up with what is going on in the life of our church. Look for us under Calypso Presbyterian Church.

Calypso Presbyterian Church
116 SW Center Street
Calypso, NC 28325
919.658.2617