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.
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
Appalachia Service Project
Guatemala Mission Trip
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).
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.
Dorcas Thrift Shop volunteers are responsible for a variety of tasks that keep the sales room stocked and ready for customers.
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
Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women
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, email@example.com). We also donate Christmas gifts to families through the Angel Tree.
For more information, contact Barbara Turner.
Meals on Wheels
Fair Trade Coffee Sales
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.
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
Summer Mission Experience
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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