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Missions and Social Action

God uses our talents, our passions, and our hearts to show His love and care to others. It is the hope of our Missions Ministry and Equipping Ministries that each person at CPC will choose at least one mission in which to get involved. CPC offers many opportunities for local, national and international outreach. If you need help deciding how and where to share your gifts, contact the Missions officer liaison.

Local Outreach U.S. and World Missions Related Information

Angel Tree Program

The Carying Place

Summer Mission Experience

Christ Care Team, CPC

Christian Community In Action

Dorcas Ministries

Fair Trade Coffee Sales

InterAct of Wake County

Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women

Loaves and Fishes

Meals on Wheels

Youth Mission Projects

Western Wake Crisis Ministry


Appalachia Service Project

Guatemala Mission Trip

Haiti Project

Stop Hunger Now

Childcare Ministry

Memorials/Endowments Team

Missions Ministries

Mission Teams

Moms Supporting Moms

Presbyterian Campus Ministry at NCSU

Scouting Programs

Missions Ministry

This ministry is charged with dispersing the stewardship funds allocated to missions and fostering mission activities of the congregation. Funds are dispersed either directly to organizations and causes at the local, regional, national and international levels; or allocated as seed money to congregational mission teams to encourage service-oriented mission work.

Ministry members meet one night a month to plan mission activities and review on-going mission work; make appropriate contact with members of the congregation to encourage mission efforts, particularly the establishment of mission teams; stay abreast of the various organizations that provide mission service; and determine how these organizations can be supported by the church.

For more information, contact the Ministry officer liaison.

Angel Tree Program

Each year, Christmas gifts are provided for the families at Loaves and Fishes ministry in Raleigh. The unwrapped gifts are displayed in a “store” where parents are able to select gifts for their children, and then the gifts are wrapped so that parents can take them home.

For more information, contact Joan Haskin.

Appalachia Service Project

CPC first started sending teams to serve on the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) in 1991. ASP is a summer mission opportunity for youth and adults (youth need to have completed 8th grade). The team travels to rural Appalachia - Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia or West Virginia - where they spend one week repairing residence’s homes (painting, carpentry, plumbing, roofing), interacting with those living in the area and growing in their understanding of God’s service to others.

CPC teams from summer 2013 were featured as extras in an ASP music video. Watch the behind the scenes youtube video in the making of "I Still Carry You" video here. The full "I Still Carry You" Music video by Alathea can be viewed here.

Can’t go? Support the program through stock sales, provide snacks and drinks, pray for our team.

For more information, contact Chris Bula via email or by phone 919-454-5495.

Guatemala Mission Trip

We provide scholarships for middle and high school students and assist with a variety of programs. How to help: donate school supplies, send cards to students with volunteers. Consider traveling to Guatemala; partial scholarships are available. We have been working with the Kirk of Kildaire in the town of Pala, but we are researching partnering with a village of our own.

Debbie and Nora Fritz traveled to Pala, Gutemalua with the Kirk of Kildare during the first week of January, 2012. Watch a youtube video here filmed during their week on this mission..

For more information, contact Debbie Fritz.

The Carying Place

The Carying Place Inc., based in Cary, teaches homeless families with children necessary life skills for attaining independent living, and provides them with short-term housing support services. The Transitional Housing Program (THP) gives families an opportunity to stabilize their financial situation, leading to permanent self-sustaining housing.

Volunteers fill various positions, each requiring different degrees of commitment and training. Jobs include partners who meet with families regularly, short-term childcare providers, Selection Committee members and Moving Team members.

A weekly meal and support meetings are provided, with guidance on personal finance, handling family issues, career planning, and seeking permanent affordable housing. We provide meals several times a year (contact Kim Markham). Christmas gifts are provided to families by Christian Adventurers (Ellen Govert ) and Presbyterian Women (Belinda Weinbrecht). Volunteers are needed to work in the office, help with moves and repairs, work with families as mentors, or provide child care.

For more information, contact Todd or Melinda Crouse.

To donate goods to The Carying Place, contact Mike Levy via email.

Christ Care Team, CPC

These Deacon teams are being organized to provide assistance and support to members. Practical Care: Assist with tasks of daily life, including lawn care, meals, and transportation to medical appointments (Kim Riffle and Louis Lambe). Holistic Care: Prayer shawls, Stephen Ministers, hospital visits (Becky Hambrick and Robert Rackley). Quality of Life: Covenant groups, community mission (Matt Donkin and Jodie Spencer).

Childcare Ministry

The Childcare Ministry, consisting of church members and parents of Preschool and After School students, oversees the Cary Presbyterian Preschool and After School Program, and is dedicated to making the childcare programs successful in their philosophy and mission.

These programs are community-based missions of CPC, designed to provide developmentally appropriate childcare in a church setting. Children of all faiths, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds are embraced, taught and cared for as a reflection of Christ’s love for all people. The After School Program also provides tutoring as needed.

Ministry members meet once a month to review program highlights and needs. The ministry approves yearly budgets which provide the basis for tuitions charged, and considers requests for scholarship aid.

Also, see CPC Childcare Ministries.

For more information, contact the Ministry officer liaison..

Dorcas Ministries and CCA

The Christian Community In Action (CCA) serves area residents facing emergency or crisis situations. Individuals in need of food, clothing, temporary housing, lodging and medicine receive aid. The Dorcas Thrift Shop, staffed by volunteers, sells quality donated clothing, furniture, small electrical equipment, kitchen and other miscellaneous items. Donations of these items are accepted at the shop. All earnings provide primary support for the CCA ministries.

Crisis Ministry volunteers assist with providing people in need with financial aid.

  • Client Interviewer screens clients for appropriate assistance or refers them to other agencies (or both).
  • Food pantry procurer purchases perishable foods to supplement the donated foods.
  • Food pantry volunteers sort and stock food donations.

Dorcas Thrift Shop volunteers are responsible for a variety of tasks that keep the sales room stocked and ready for customers.

  • Sorter goes through the donations to prepare the items for the pricers.
  • Pricer checks clothing and other items for quality and attaches the price tags.
  • Runner takes the priced items to the sales room.
  • Cashier and bagger handle the checkout for customers.
  • Day manager is responsible for the day-to-day management for the volunteers and customers.
  • Assistant day manager works with the day manager and assume those duties when the day manager is absent.

Other Needs:

  • Prayers for our ministry
  • Margaret Keller Scholarship committee members to interview adult scholarship applicants (flexible hours)
  • Dorcas Thrift Shop shoppers
  • Donations of gently used goods for the Dorcas Thrift Shop
  • Childcare Scholarship Committee members
  • Or volunteer to help communication between your church and CCA –a church liaison.

CCA offers a wide variety of areas so you can put your special talents to best use.

For more information, contact Alger Faber.

InterAct of Wake County

Advocacy, safety, support, and awareness are provided to survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault. Crisis lines and walk-in counseling are provided, as well as an emergency shelter program. Counseling and support are provided, as well as referrals for needed services. Educational and outreach programs are also offered to the community, including school-based programs on violence prevention, anger management, conflict resolution, and prevention of abuse/rape. Volunteers assist with the Fall Festival and Holiday Bazaar. Toys are donated for the families to choose gifts for loved ones, and assistance is given in setting up the bazaar.

For more information, contact Brittany Sandefur, 919 865-1607, brittanys@interactofwake.org.

Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women

Funding is given for a chaplain, providing transitional education, and support for women through the JobStart Program at Women’s Prison in Raleigh. Office and fundraising volunteers are needed. Volunteers may also work with the chaplain to provide worship services, studies, programs, or special events. Volunteers may also assist with transitional programs.

For more information, contact Mary Ray, Executive Director, 919 600-9360 (cell), mcrdbr@aol.com. 


Provide support for children at rebuilt school in Fondwa. Administrative office help is needed, assist with annual Gala in Durham, mission team participation in healthcare, VBS, and construction in Haiti (heather.robinson@familhm.org). Haiti Fund: Planting trees, gardens, and agricultural projects provide work and self-sufficiency for some 600 Haitians. Cisterns and homes are built and microloans and a school are available. The project is being expanded into a nearby area. Interns and volunteer groups are needed (John Winings, 919 696-6762, jwinings@oxidyn.com or Jim Sylivant).

Hearts with Haiti: Provide support for children with mental or physical challenges at Wings of Hope or for students at the school sponsored by Trinity House in Jacmel, horseback riding program at Wings. Attend the Pancake Dinner at CPC, which supports Hearts with Haiti. Help with fundraising events, work with youth in Haiti (Geoffrey Hamlyn, 919 758-8085, ghamlyn@heartswithhaiti.org).

For more information, contact Jim Sylivant.

Loaves and Fishes

Long-term, relationship-based after school services are provided to economically disadvantaged children and youth in southeast Raleigh in grades K-12. A holistic approach to youth development is used to provide support for academic, physical, and social needs. Families, schools, and the community are closely involved with the program. Volunteers are needed to provide academic tutoring/mentoring, facilitate enrichment activities, help with monthly family nights and planned celebrations, and donate school supplies, healthy snacks, and birthday celebrations (Kathryn Freeman, Volunteer Coordinator, 919 231-4687, volunteercoord@lafchildren.org). We also donate Christmas gifts to families through the Angel Tree.

For more information, contact Barbara Turner.

Meals on Wheels

Nutritious meals are delivered five days per week to frail, homebound elderly and persons with disabilities, as well as to senior dining sites. CPC delivers meals three days per month, with church members coordinating these days. Delivery time is Monday-Friday, typically from 11:00-1:00. Our delivery pick-up is at Resurrection Lutheran Church on Kildaire Farm Road. Our deliveries also include a friendly visit and checking to be sure that the recipient is safe. Substitute drivers are needed, as well as regular route drivers (we cover six routes each day)(Viki Baker, 919 833-1749).

For more information, contact Nancy Blunt, Sally Goettel, or Deb Stall.

Missions Teams

On their own initiative members are encouraged to form Mission Teams to develop a service to others. These teams may apply to the Mission Ministry for funding. The ministry has final say as to the disbursement of church monies.

For more information, contact the Missions Ministry officer liaison..

Fair Trade Coffee Sales

CPC proudly serves and sells Fair Trade coffee. Bags and cans are generally for sale near the Fellowship Hall on All Together Sundays. Buying fair trade ensures that more of the money we spend on coffee reaches the hardworking farmers who actually grow it.

Moms Supporting Moms

Moms Supporting Moms is a support group for women experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression and/or anxiety. Meetings are held twice a month in Cary at CPC, and twice a month in Raleigh at Rex Hospital.

For more information, contact Anne Wimer.

Presbyterian Campus Ministry at NC State University

Presbyterian Campus Ministry (PCM) in Raleigh serves students at NCSU, Meredith College and Peace College. Over 120 students have participated in the Wednesday night weekly gathering, with a home-cooked meal, a program relating to Christian discipleship, singing and prayer. Another 80+ students, mostly University Scholars, have participated in the Peace Lunch Forum, a weekly social justice discussion planned by a faculty committee and guided by the Social Witness Policy of the PCUSA. There are weekly Bible studies, a PCM Music Team, a vesper service on Sunday night, intramural PCM soccer, volleyball, and softball teams, a Saturday service project once a month (gleaning, Habitat construction, homeless shelter), monthly Friday Fun Nights, candle-light execution vigils at Central Prison, PCM Worship Team leadership of worship at a local Presbyterian church, and block seating and tail-gating NC State football and basketball games. Most students attend Sunday morning worship at West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, where the office and Student Center are located, but some attend other churches including White Memorial, First Raleigh, St. Andrews, North Raleigh, Cary, and Kirk of Kildaire. Several of these congregations employ PCM students as youth ministers.

With a staff of one campus minister (Rev. Scott Phillips), one administrative assistant, and one cook, PCM at NCSU is governed by a Board of Directors (PCMCR) appointed by 15 Raleigh area partner churches.

Presbyterian Campus Ministry Home Page
Rev. Scott Phillips email address

Scouting Programs

CPC supports the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts by chartering seven troops and supplying them with meeting space. Boy Scout Troup #232 and Cub Pack Troup #232, Sr. Girl Scout Troop #1860, and Brownie Troops #1452 and #1105 meet on Mondays. Brownie Troops #1221 and #25 meet on Thursdays. Volunteer opportunities exist.

For more information about Boy Scouts contact Tom Stuart; for Cub Scouts contact Julie Henry; for Sr. Girl Scouts contact Teddy Witherspoon; for Brownies contact the Office Manager.

Stop Hunger Now

Intergenerational teams meet at the church to pack 10,000 meals for school lunches around the world (including Guatemala and Haiti). The meals provide nutrition and encourage school attendance. Sign-up sheets will be provided.

Summer Mission Experience

"Church at Work"

July 31 – August 2, 2014

Registration is now open for a unique and exciting Summer Mission Experience for our youth and adults. This intergenerational experience will provide an opportunity for everyone in our faith community to meet our neighbors in the Cary-Apex area and to better understand better the needs of those neighbors.

Forms and Documents

Youth Mission Projects

CPC youth participate in many service activities and projects, including workdays at CPC, the North Carolina Food Bank, visiting shut-ins, the Ronald McDonald House, Earth Day activities, making health kits for victims of natural disasters, the Crop Walk and more.

Also see the CPC Youth pages.

For more information, contact the Youth Ministry officer liaison.

Western Wake Crisis Ministry

Assists people in emergency situations in Western Wake County. Food, clothing, firewood, and assistance with emergency financial aid for rent, fuel, medical needs, and home repairs, and transportation are provided to persons in Apex, Friendship, New Hill, and Holly Springs. Volunteers pick up items at grocery stores (in conjunction with the Food Bank), donate food, help in the food pantry, and serve as receptionists or with client intake for financial aid assistance (volunteer@wwcm.org).


Affordable, reliable transportation is provided to low-wage families and individuals through donation of cars which are recycled. Partner agencies refer the recipients, who pay $500 for the car. Volunteer mechanics, car enthusiasts, and partner garages donate their labor and repair the cars. Volunteers are needed to pick up donated cars and transport vehicales to/from partner garages, mechanics and car enthusiasts are needed to assess and repair donated vehicles. Also consider donating a car or serve as a sponsor for a car ($500)

For more information, contact Jeff Clark

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