2017 Summer issue
Volume 1, Edition 4
Summer at Cary First!
St. Francis of Assisi once wrote, ““It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” These iconic words emphasize the clarion call for Christians to go and to do! This past summer has been one where the people of Cary First Christian Church has answered that call and has demonstrated how God uses us to do great things. Throughout the summer, the congregation did not allow the renovations hinder us from doing God’s work in the community. In fact, I believe we saw this as opportunity to move beyond our comfort zone and declare the gospel message of Jesus Christ to all we encountered.
I’m peacock proud of the vast amount of ministry we were able to this summer. I pray by reviewing this newsletter you will be inspired to keep spreading the love Jesus Christ. As the scripture shows us, the world will only get better if those who are faithful, spread the message of Jesus to all generations. We should have no problem telling the world of God’s love and salvation. Therefore, let us be reminded that we have an obligation to share this message; God is with us. God walks with us. God talks with us. God loves us. God cares for us. Let’s us continue not only to tell it, but to show this message through our deeds.
Grace & Peace,
Pastor Mycal Brickhouse
The Dove Newsletter
2- Women's Weekend
3- Worship in the Park
4- Sacramental Life
5- Missions at The Carying Place
6- Trip to Edenton, NC
8- Vacation Bible School
9- Welcome Our Intern
10- Mission Trip to John's River Valley
12- Summer Feeding at Boundary Village
14- 149th Church Anniversary
16- Birthdays & Anniversaries
Article by Sis. Marilyn Carney
Morning Service at the Park
The Women's Ministry of Cary First presents
Women of the Bible:
More Than A Footnote
"Beyond the Four Walls"
The major activity for Women’s Ministry for the second quarter was the Women’s Day Weekend, May 20-21, 2017. Women’s Day Weekend was a great success. We had two dynamic speakers, one on each day. Our first speaker was Evangelist Michelle J. Edelen who spoke on Saturday. Evangelist Edelen serves as Assistant Pastor under Rev. Dr. Lillie D. Jones, Pastor and Founder of Fountain of Living Waters Church in Raleigh. Evangelist Edelen‘s topic was related to our theme “more than a footnote”. She spoke on how women should present themselves as children of God and how women must obey the word of God. She spoke about wives “submitting” and what it means biblically. This brought about vigorous discussion and revealed how some women interpret that subject. We ended the Saturday session with prayer and a great meal prepared by Sis. Tammy Reeves. We were waited on by the twins, Edward and Edwin Garland.
The Sunday service speaker was Rev. Trish Harleston. Rev. Harleston is founder of Trish Harleston Ministries, LLC and is an inspirational blogger. She is the Author of “Weekly Word for your Daily Walk, Devotional and Prayer Journal” and “Monti’s Story: Love Lifted Me”
Rev. Harleston is a great speaker and she gave us a lot to think about. She also used our theme as an inspiration for her sermon. Rev. Harleston’s sermon came from 2 Kings 8: 1-6 and the topic of her sermon was "When God Is Orchestrating Your Restoration." We were blessed to have had these two wonderful women make themselves available to us.
As the Sanctuary renovations were under way, the leadership and members of Cary First became creative in their worship spaces. Worship services for the majority of Sundays was held in The J.L. Evans Fellowship Hall; however on Sunday, June 11, the members of Cary First experienced worship outside of the four walls. Service was held under the covered picnic area. Feeling the warm sun and cool breeze, hearing the laughter of children playing nearby, and watching families enjoy a day in nature enhanced the experience of being a church in the community.
Join us for a Mission Outreach Event
Missions at The Carying Place
Dinner & Dialogue
Thursday, October 29 at 6:30pm
Community Worship Service
November 19 at 3:00pm
On April 20, 2017 Cary First and Good Shepherd UCC worked together to feed the 8 families and faculty at The Carying Place. Members of the Mission Outreach Ministry from Cary First were overjoyed to see a room full of families that had been fed and were having a great time. Cary First and Good Shepard provided a hearty meal of fried chicken, vegetables, desserts, and beverages. A member from the community also donated chicken salad sliders to the festive meal. During the dinner, volunteers fellowshipped with the families and faculty. Families and volunteers were gifted with a surprise of fresh vegetables including squash, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplant. We are thankful for the wonderful time and increasing youth presence at this meal.
Sing a New Song
In June, Cary First was blessed to have been awarded a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Vital Worship Grants, supported by the Lily Endowment, are intended help to foster vital worship in congregations, parishes, and other worshiping communities in North America. This is accomplished by implementing projects or programs that are designed to connect public worship to intergenerational faith formation and Christian discipleship. Vital Worship Projects may range in topic from Bible reading to preaching to Baptism and Lord’s Supper, intercessory prayer, congregational song, visual arts, and more.
For our Vital Worship Grant project, Cary First has chosen to implement a program called “The Sacramental Life.” The Sacramental Life is a year-long Dinner and Dialogue series that focuses on deepening our understanding of the Sacraments of Communion and Baptism, and how they speak to our every day lives. Since July, the church members of Cary First, along with visitors from other churches and around the community, have welcomed esteemed lecturers, engaged in fruitful dialogue, held a hymn-sing for communion, and even completed a book study of “The Meal Jesus Gave Us,” a book by author and professor N. T. Wright. Already, our thoughts about communion are deepening, and this is being reflected in our celebration of the Lord’s Supper in worship. It is our desire to begin to see and experience the Sacraments in new ways and to learn how the Sacraments inform and enrich the everyday lives of the followers of Jesus Christ.
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Learning to Live at God's Table
The Sacramental Life:
In 2016 Susannah Long and Michael Conner taught a songwriting class at the North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women (NCCIW) with eight women. Out of that class came over two dozen songs about faith, pain and victory; about where the women see themselves in the bible; and about affirming their place as part of the body of Christ. Susannah noticed that most mainstream Christian music, contemporary and traditional, did not account for the experiences of our incarcerated friends, neither in subject matter nor in simple word choice. It became obvious that the whole church, inside and outside, badly needed more songs of praise written by incarcerated songwriters. Thus, they have recorded these songs and on November 4 at 7pm in the sanctuary at Cary First Christian (1109 Evans Rd., Cary, NC) a band made up of local pastors and musicians will showcase the songs and testimonies of these incarcerated women. The program is free and open to the public. There will be a love offering received to support the on-going ministry of Community in the Heart of Christ.
Article by Bro. Ronald Williams
On May 17, 2017, members of Cary First joined members of Covenant Christian Church and Good Shepherd UCC on a trip to the home of former slave Harriet Jacobs located in Edenton, North Carolina. Tripgoers marveled at the scenic 2-hour ride to Edenton and the beauty of the quiet little town. Beginning at Historic Edenton Visitor Center, members were guided through a tour of the sites of Jacobs’ mother’s and grandmother’s houses, the Episcopal church attended by slaves, the courthouse, old schools, the lighthouse and many historic homes. With each location, tour guides discussed the elements that have changed historically over time including how the old cotton mill has now become renovated office space and apartments. Sis. Rosetta Lee appreciated how the trip served as an enlightening time to the life of Harriet Jacobs found in Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl.
On June 21, the men of Car y First gathered with Pastor Byron Benton and men from the surrounding community to discuss how to be effective men of God. During the session, Pastor Benton led the men in a thought provoking conversation, which focused on the important of healing and the steps toward wholeness. He emphasized to the men that learned they could not be effective until they allowed God to mend their brokenness.
Men Getting Engaged in the Community
Article by Sis. Rosetta Lee
Exploring History in Our Backyard:
A Trip to Edenton, North Carolina
gems day out!
Theater in the Park: glorious!
FOR YOUR HEALTH: Living Healthy in 2017
Bro. Don’Tavius Sanders is Ministry Intern for the Academic School Year of 2107-2018. Bro. Sanders is a native of Bartow, Florida. He graduate from Bartow Senior High School in 2012 before attending college at Bethune-Cookman University. In 2016, he graduated with Honors with a Degree in Religion and Philosophy. While at Bethune-Cookman University, Don’Tavius was a part of many organizations like SGA, RHA and also a member of Omega Psi Phi. In 2016 he graduated with Honors. Currently, Bro. Sanders is in his second year at Duke Divinity School pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree.
The 2017 Vacation Bible School at Cary First was held on July 17-21. This year's theme, "Glow for Jesus" taught how individuals in the Bible and allowed students to discover ways they could let their light shine in their daily lives. Sis. Barbara Engram coordinated this year's event with the assistance of many teachers and volunteers. Each night began with reciting our scripture, , the pledges to the Bible and Christian, and moment of Black History. This year we featured the talents of many. Each night we viewed an original skit written by Sis. Engram focusing on the lesson for the evening and we sang an original song "Shine, Oh Shine." Attendees of Vacation Bible School were able to put what they learned into action as we collected canned food throughout the week to donate to the Dorcas Ministry.
Brother Don'Tavius sanders
Information submitted by Sis. Marilyn Carney
Adapted from Mayo Clinic Staff
2017 Vacation Bible School
"Glow For Jesus"
Good food is one of life's great pleasures. And for most, meals are at the heart of family life and celebrations. Would you like to make satisfying and healthy meals that help protect your family from heart disease and other health problems?
Of course you would. So move away from calorie-laden, fatty and salty convenience and highly processed foods.
Experiment with quick- and healthy-cooking techniques, such as baking, grilling and sautéing. Learn important food safety tips, recipe makeovers and more. And then enjoy knowing that your new healthy-cooking skills are helping to reduce your family's risk of health problems.
If you're like most, you're looking for ways to make meals healthier yet still enticing. Get your juices flowing to plan healthy menus by browsing healthy recipes online and in cookbooks.
Your shopping strategies should focus on fresh and unprocessed foods. That means spending more time in the produce section, where you can stock up on fruits and vegetables. Keep an eye out, too, for whole grains and low-fat dairy products.
Also be sure to check out the farmers market during the growing season to see what local produce is available.
Welcome our new intern!
Our Johns River Valley mission trip from July 30-August 5 was an extremely successful week of service and fellowship. Our mission team consisted of 36 members including Pastor Brickhouse, Sis. Kristin Brickhouse, Bro. George Bailey, Sis. Lisa Rushin, Sis. Helen James. Nieya Garland, Edwin Garland, and Edward Garland. We went to Johns River Valley Camp, a UCC camp located outside of Lenoir, NC. Our time together gave us the opportunity to develop a sense of community, including forming deeper bonds with our own church family and meaningful relationships with the other church members.
Our scripture for the week, Colossians 3:16, emphasized that we clothe ourselves with love. We were encouraged to see harmony and the peace of Christ at work in our daily activities as we experienced being the hands and feet of Jesus or someone being the hands and feet of Jesus for us. We were often in situations outside our comfort zone, whether it was being on a mission trip for the first time, not having internet or phone service for a week, or learning a new skill. We went as servants in the service of others and we experienced life and people different from our daily routine. But knowing we were the hands and feet of Christ helped us meet the challenges we faced and gave us the foundation we needed to serve.
Our daytime activities included working at three different sites or in the kitchen, doing some yard work, and volunteering at a local thrift shop.
The "Siding House Crew" consisted working on the home of “Gail,” a very nice older lady who lives alone and, more than anything else it seemed, needed and greatly enjoyed having folks around to talk to. Over the four days we were at her home, we installed new siding all the way around, along with all new door and window trim, new corner boards, and then dressed all that up with a fresh coat of paint spearheaded by Bro. George Bailey. We also updated and repaired some faulty electrical wiring, and (albeit unintentionally) installed a new sink in the bathroom. All in all, it was a very successful and enjoyable week that Gail seemed to truly appreciate, so a huge thanks to all those who supported our team.
The “Log Cabin Crew” was composed of adults and youth from all three churches that tackled the problem like pros. Bernice, the owner of the home, lives in a log cabin that was in serious need of help about twelve miles up the valley from Johns River. Our task was to re-stain two sides of the log cabin. This was a multi-step process and consisted of removing the existing stain and caulk, filling the large cracks with wood epoxy, sanding away the excess epoxy, removing stains and mold with bleach and staining the logs with a penetrating oil-based stain, bringing them back to their original beauty. We were fortunate to have dry weather during the four work days; that made it possible to finish the staining on Friday. Our efforts will prevent further cracking to the logs and seal out moisture. Bernice worked along with us and was so appreciative of the improvements that were made to her home. To a person, each worker received the greatest gift that comes from giving of themselves to this wonderful lady.
Being the Hands and Feet of Jesus:
2017 John's River valley mission trip
Our “Senior Center Crew” was a mix of folks from all three churches. The Caldwell County Senior Center, located close to downtown Lenoir, NC, is a resource center for older adults to gather for fun, education, exercise, social activities and advice on taxes, health, legal issues and other concerns. After meeting with the Director, we assessed how to repaint the wooden siding on the upper third of the entire building and repair the drooping gutters. Prior to painting, a power washing was in order and game plan set for teams to hold ladders and start the painting - and paint, paint, paint we did. With the older wood siding, it took several coats of paint throughout the week to make it look good, with many high roof peaks and some adventurous ladder climbs. Meanwhile, others on the team took on shoring up the gutters. The last day we discovered an outside door and trim that needed painting. Overall, everyone who participated at this work site went above and beyond, working together, sharing the workload and sharing personal stories and insightful thoughts during our parking lot lunch breaks. It was a very successful project with which Sharon (and many visitors) was immensely happy, grateful and impressed with our team's work ethic and willingness to volunteer to help others.
We enjoyed time together in the evenings for devotions, square dancing, learning about Johns River Valley Camp, and visiting with one another. On Wednesday, many of our group played in a very competitive kickball tournament. Then we visited a local waterfall and enjoyed a natural water slide down a rock into a swimming hole of refreshing COLD mountain water. Other activities that day included a morning yoga class, a hike and river tubing. After a late afternoon cookout, we traveled to Boone to see “Horn in the West,” an outdoor Revolutionary War drama about Daniel Boone and the mountain settlers of the region. The beauty of God’s creation was evident all around us whatever we did and wherever we went. We are grateful to have had this meaningful experience and to return safely with no significant work-related injuries and only a couple of minor injuries in the kickball tournament! Thanks to all our church members and friends who helped finance this wonderful trip, as well as all who kept us in their thoughts and prayers during the week. It was a unique experience, one that made significant impressions on each of us and one that helped us form lasting bonds with others on the trip. But most important, it was a chance to share God’s love with the people of western North Carolina and to make significant improvement to homes of those who faced challenges.
We are teaming up with the students of Mrs. Jackie Carre's class at Sterling Montessori School to provide Winter Break Baskets for our families at Boundary Village. One of our great volunteers is spearheading the efforts with her class at Magnet School. We will collect non-perishable goods and hygiene items. More information will be forthcoming. For questions, please see Sis. Kristin Brickhouse.
More at Boundary village
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink..."
This summer Cary First had the privilege to work with Wake County to provide meals and fun in the Boundary Village Apartment Community. Every Monday and Saturday families with children were guaranteed lunch and activities rain or shine. Kids ages 1-18 experienced a variety of nutritious meal options including Vegetable Enchiladas, Pasta with Fresh Veggies, Meatballs, and Turkey Burgers. After eating their meals, the families were able to hoola hoop, play a dart game, draw chalk art, and blow bubbles with the volunteers. The summer included a Dental Bus, which provided free dental checks and procedures for all attendees under 18, and the Pack-A-Backpack, which provided all students with a free backpack and school supplies.
The Summer Program was coordinated by Sis. Kristin Brickhouse. We are so thankful to our sponsor, Elisha Muhammed from the Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center (Durham, NC), for providing our kids with fresh hot meals each feeding day! Special thanks to our volunteers from Cary First, Covenant Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Good Shepard United Church of Christ. Our impact in the Boundary Village would not have been as successful without you!
A Summer of Feeding at Boundary Village Community
October 10, 17, 24, 2017 Sesquicentennial Fall Revival
October 29, 2017 Sesquicentennial All Saints Day
November 15,2017 Sesquicentennial Thanksgiving Program
December 17, 2017 Sesquicentennial Christmas Cantata
January 15, 2018 Sesquicentennial MLK Day of Service
February 16, 2018 Sesquicentennial Evening of Jazz
February 25, 2018 Sesquicentennial Black History Program
March 13,20, 27, 2018 Sesquicentennial Spring Revival
April 15, 2018 Sesquicentennial Brush Arbor Day
April 29, 2018 Sesquicentennial Choir Concert
May 19-20, 2018 Sesquicentennial Women's Celebration
June 9-10, 2018 Sesquicentennial Youth Celebration
June 17, 2018 Sesquicentennial Men's Celebration
July 16-20, 2018 Sesquicentennial Vacation Bible School
August 4, 2018 Sesquicentennial Black Tie Gala
August 5, 2018 Sesquicentennial Grand Celebration
For over 149 years, Cary First Christian Church has been a pillar in the Cary community; seeking to do God’s will by being a blessing to God’s people. Throughout the years, Cary First has been a place where people have come to worship God and experience God’s presence. Knowing that the church was a place open to all people, the membership knew it was time that we ensured that our worship space demonstrated the life, love, and vitality that was ongoing within the membership. Therefore, the members worked hard to ensure that they were effectively utilizing the resources that God have given in order to enhance the ministries. Apart of this enhancement, included the renovation and updating of the church website. The congregation recognized that before people visited physically, they first visited virtually. In addition, the congregation knew that the improvement our worship facility was necessary. If we were going to continue to grow, we needed to ensure that the existing structure could handle the level of service we were and would be providing. At our Homecoming Celebration, Cary First Christian Church was able to reveal a church with an up to date worship facility. The community was thankful for God’s blessing and grateful that God saw fit to entrust us with this blooming branch of Zion. As we celebrate, we must be mindful that we still have work to do, just as we have improved our sanctuary, we must continue on to improve our fellowship, classrooms, and down stairs office space. As we grow, we must be faithful stewards so that we may have the resources to do this. The best is yet to come!
Then & Now: Standing on the Rock
Another Year. New Sanctuary. Same God.
On August 5, 2018 Cary First Christian Church will celebrate 150 years of God's goodness, direction, and grace. For 149 years Cary First has been a beacon of light in the community by proclaiming the words of Psalms 18:2, " The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom will I trust; my shield and the horn o my salvation, my stronghold." In honor of this momentous occasion, the members of Cary First will host a year-long celebration of events toward the 150th Church Anniversary. Mark your calendars and join us for the events listed below!
Cary First Celebrates 149th Church Anniversary with New Sanctuary
Celebrating 150 Years of God's Faithfulness
The Mission of Cary First's Dove Newsletter is to engage the church community by highlighting events, celebrating historical moments, and detailing the works of our church ministries.
Newsletter Edited by Kristin Brickhouse & Helen James
October 8- Yoshua & Breanna Aal-Anubia
November 14- Pastor & First Lady Brickhouse
Please submit anniversaries to the Church Office.
October 29- Sesquicentennial All Saint's Day
October 31- Trunk or Treat
November 4- Community in the Heart of Christ Concert
November 15- Sesquicentennial Thanksgiving Program
November 18- New Member's Orientation
November 19 - Sacramental Life Community Worship Service
December 17- Sesquicentennial Christmas Cantata
To provide a beautiful communication tool to inform about the news and works of Cary First Christian Church and to facilitate connection between the members of the congregation and the community.
3- Brian Jenkins
7- Arlene Moore
7- Susan Reaves
14- Marilyn Carney
15- Betty Branch
23- Dianne Matthews
17- Cynthia McCants
29- Juanita Jones
3- Linda Jones-Hall
3- Paula Waller
29- Stanley Leslie