2018 MidYear issue
Volume 1, Edition 5
2- October Fall Revival
3- Christmas Cantata
4- Bags for the Homeless
5- Evening of Jazz
6- Black History Program
7- Spring Revival
8- Brush Arbor Day
9- IAF Training
10- Habitat for Humanity
11 - Choir Workshop & Concert
12- Women's Celebration
13 - Men's Celebration
14 - Sacramental Life
15- Birthdays & Anniversaries
On a Mission at Cary First!
Recently, we at Cary First Christian Church studied the text Reclaiming God’s Original Intent for the Church by Wes Roberts and Glenn Marshall. Throughout this this study, we have discussed our call to be dedicated to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the transformation of our Community. As a community of believers, we must always remember that the church is meant to be a tangible expression of God’s abiding presence with us.
God call us who are average people to do an extraordinary work for the Kingdom. God gathers our gifts and our stories and turn them into an orchestra of praise reminding us that our lives make no sense without God as the conductor of it all. God is the one who is conducting us to do a great work.
My brother and sister, as we continue in the work of ministry, we must come to understand that our work is attached to salvation of the world.
Grace & Peace,
Pastor Mycal Brickhouse
The Dove Newsletter
In December of 2017, the Cary First Music Ministry, in partnership with the Christian Education Department, presented our first Christmas Cantata. The Cantata Performed selection from Michael McElroy and Joseph Joubert’s “Great Joy: A Gospel Cantata.” The program featured dance and dramatic presentations performed by members of all ages. We were also joined by guest soloist and director Calvin L. Carter of Campbell University Divinity School. It was truly a celebration of “great joy” and we hope that you will come again to celebrate with us this Christmas season!
Article by Rev. Mycal X. Brickhouse
Article by Bro. Ronald Williams
October Fall Revival
This season of Fall Revival was full of exciting worship and engaging fellowship that focused on equipping the community of believers to be dedicated disciples of Jesus Christ. On our first night, we were blessed by Dr. Dumas Harshaw, Ph.D., pastor of First Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC and his congregation. Pastor Harshaw reminded us of the power to trust in God who could see us through the challenges of life. The following week, we were blessed by Pastor Bankole Akinbinu and the members of Baptist Grove Church. Pastor Akinbinu encouraged us to allow the spirit of God to flow and to guide our work for ministry. Finally, Pastor Conitras Houston from Trinity A.M.E. Church in Atlanta, GA came and encouraged us to pass the baton so that the work of ministry might go on. Each night was powerful and spiritually fulfilling.
Evening of Jazz
Cary First Christian Church again showed compassion, love and the heart for the community. This time CFCC focused on helping and showing love for our homeless brother and sisters who are in need of everyday necessities.
Other communities, churches, friends and neighbors partenered with CFCC and provided love bags to God's peoples. It began in January 2018, on Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. With the help of CFCC members we were able to bag 100 bags for the homeless. We finished up in March for our Spring Revival with another 50 bags with the help of those who attended our Spring Revival.
Not only did we give cheerfully, we also shared our testimonies from giving to
our "new friends".
"Made especially for you"
"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, yet your heavenly
Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" - Matthew 6:26
In April of this year, we held our Sesquicentennial Evening of Jazz. This night of fellowship and worship through jazz music was led by an instrumental quintet from the NCCU Jazz Studies department, which included our very own Patrick McGrew. Members and guests sang along to tunes such as "Come Sunday," "Oh Happy Day," and "An Evening Prayer." We continued our evening together over a catered dinner in the Evans Fellowship Hall, as the jazz continued to play.
Bags for the Homeless
Article by Sis. Helen James
During our Lenten Revival, we made history at Cary First Christian Church! This revival featured a lineup made up solely of women in ministry. When asked about his intent behind the invitations, Pastor Brickhouse stated, “The church must do its best to ensure that that the pulpit reflects the diversity of gifts in the Kingdom of God.” This year we were blessed by Dr. Donna Battle, chaplain of Meredith College; Rev. Racquel C.N. Gill, Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church in Burlington; and Rev. Kanisha Billingsley, founder of Dream Life Fellowship. These powerful women proclaimed sermonic messages that challenged us a community to have a radical faith that would drive us to love radically. We too were blessed by the musical gifts of Duke Divinity Gospel Choir, North Carolina State Uninhibited Praise Gospel Choir, and Sis. Kim Fletcher. This year’s mission project was collecting food for the NC State Feed the Pack Food pantry. We were able to collect nearly 100 pounds of food for this great cause.
Cary First’s Sesquicentennial Black History Program 2018 was a culmination of our Moments in Black History held each Sunday in February during our worship services by the Christian Education ministry. Our youth shared a PowerPoint as they introduced “unsung ministers” who embraced discipleship and community services. These ministers included . . .
· Rev. Dr. Prathia Hall, the first African-American Baptist woman ordained by the American Baptist churches, a Civil Rights Movement leader and activist who was the key inspiration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech.
· Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, a native of Durham, NC who graduated from Hillside High School in1926, is best known for furthering the Civil Rights and feminist causes and becoming the first female African American priest. Her home in Durham located at 906 Carroll St. is now one of North Carolina’s newest National Historic Landmark, known as the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice and is scheduled to open to the public in 2020.
· Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, the Harlem preacher, the Renaissance man, Civil Rights leader, human rights activist, assistant to Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr.
· Rev. Dr. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., a Baptist pastor and an American politician who was the first person of African-American descent to be elected from New York to Congress. He was a powerful messenger of God and preached against intolerance and racial inequality As pastor and congressman from Harlem, he reached out to the depressed with his: “Keep the faith, baby” slogan!
· Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan, a Baptist minister, a civil rights leader and social activist focusing on the creation of job training opportunities for African Americans, a longtime General Motors Board Member, and an anti-Apartheid activist. Our own Trustee George Bailey was once an employee with Rev. Dr. Sullivan.
The culminating Black History program was held on February 25, 2018 at 3:00pm with a theme that was in alignment with our sesquicentennial theme: “Down Through the Years, We/ve Been Standing on the Rock.” We presented African American pioneers and institutions dating back to 1868.
Some of the vignette categories included a Celebration of Courage, a Celebration of Inventions, a Celebration of Institutions, and a Celebration of Those Who Inspire Our Future. The Black History program concluded with a “Down Through the Years” medley by a 92 year old guest singer, Deacon Jesse Oliver (Father of Deacon Patricia McNear). We all enjoyed the “Soul Food” tasting afterwards!
Article by Sis. Barbara Engram
Black History Program
In the 1800’s, African-Americans worshiped under a “brush arbor” which was an open-sided shelter constructed of vertical tree branches driven into the ground with additional long limbs laid across the top as support for a roof of brush, cut branches or hay. A brush arbor protected worshipers from the weather during revivals and church meetings. Such was the first worship service held 150 years ago for 15 years at Cary First Christian Church (then, Cary Christian Church). This Brush Arbor was located near the present site of the church cemetery off of Kildaire Farm Road. Thanks to Trustee George Bailey for constructing a replica of a Brush Arbor on our church lawn so that we may enact “the way it was” down through the years on April 15, 2018 during our morning worship service. We brought baskets of food to spread as well as dressed to reflect 150 years ago. What a blessed Sesquicentennial Brush Arbor Day at Cary First!
Brush Arbor Day
Throughout the past year, leaders from thirty diverse institutions from across Wake County, NC have been working on assembling a diverse, countywide, broad-based, non-partisan organization connected with the Industrial Areas Foundation. This diverse group of leaders have come together to learn about the power of organizing in order to help families in Wake County resolve their most important problems. Cary First Christian Church has been blessed to a part of these conversations. Through this discerning process, we have discussed our dreams, aspirations, and even frustrations for the purpose of enhancing Wake County. Through this process we have learned that collective power is built through reciprocal relationships that are the basis of mutual solidarity and accountability. We are looking forward to building a better Wake County.
iAf Community Activism Training
In April of this year, the Cary First Music Ministry presented held our 2nd Music Ministry Conference. During this conference, we learned new music, practiced music literacy, and learned new exercises to promote vocal health and ability. We were led in our workshop by guest clinician Dr. Braxton D. Shelley, Professor of Music at Harvard University. This year, we culminated our conference with our first Music Ministry Conference Concert. During this concert, we performed anthems, contemporary music, and traditional gospel selections, as well as some music written by Dr. Shelley himself. We are extremely excited as our annual Cary First Music Ministry Conference continues to grow and improve!
Cary First Christian Church has partnered with other communities churches for several years to help build affordable houses with Habitat For Humanity of Wake County.
It was inspiring to be able to assist in the building of homes for those who are so grateful to have a home of their own.
Cary First Christian Church not only participated in the building of these homes, be we were also one of the churches who provided lunch for the volunteers. For those who signed up to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, we would like to thank everyone for giving your time and your support. Cary First Christian Church depends on volunteers like you to continue to help build affordable homes .
We are looking forward to partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County next year. Hope to see you there!
Choir workshop and concert
Article by Sis. Helen James
Habitat for Humanity
Women’s Weekend this year was May 19-20, 2018. We chose to celebrate in conjunction with our 150 year celebration. We visited a senior center where one of our seniors (Mrs. Jeannette Evans) is living. God was truly with us on this trip which turned out to be so much more than we expected. We introduced ourselves and passed out “goodie bags” to the seniors. We sang, prayed and gave testimonies. Mrs. Jeannette played piano for us just like she used to do for Cary First. Our seniors have helped to make Cary First what it is. We hope to visit more seniors this year in celebration of our ancestors who, with the Grace of God, got us where we are today.
Our Sunday service was wonderful and our speaker for the day was Pastor Eboni Brickhouse. Our theme was: "We kneel ..... So We Can Stand" (Luke 2:22-38). Rev. Brickhouse’ sermon was an inspiration to us all.
Our Women’s Weekend concluded with our delivery of several bags of toiletries to Dress For Success; an organization that works to help women find self-esteem and gives them guidance to enter into the work force.
Article by Sis. Marilyn Carney
Article by Bro. Brian Jenkins
June 16th-17th, Cary First Christian Church held it's annual Men’s Weekend. On Saturday, men young and old gathered to fellowship, eat and participate in fun and games. The men were blessed with beautiful weather, although it was accompanied by typical “summer in the Carolinas” heat.
The men took advantage of the vast Church property and erected a basketball hoop in the Church parking lot for all to enjoy but admittedly it was mostly taken advantage by the younger men in attendance. However, the older men were not left out! The men pulled out their golf clubs and practiced their golf skills by playing several chipping and pitching games!
All this fun was followed by great cookout with delicious food and wonderful fellowship.
On Sunday, Men lead all facets of the service. The Men’s choir treated the congregation with several songs through the service. We were fortunate to have Rev. David L. Morrison deliver a very uplifting sermon.
Lastly to end the weekend and Sunday service Bro. Matthew Morrison, an accomplished violinist, mesmerized the congregation with an amazing rendition of “Great is Thy Faithfulness”.
It was indeed a beautiful weekend of Faith, Fun and Fellowship!
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.
In June of 2017, 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 to help 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 inter-generational 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 chose to implement a program called “The Sacramental Life.”
The Sacramental Life was a year-long Dinner and Dialogue series that focused on deepening our understanding of the Sacraments of Communion and Baptism, and how they speak to our every day lives. Cary First, along with visitors from other churches and around the community, has welcomed esteemed lecturers, engaged in fruitful dialogue, held a hymn-sing for communion, completed book studies, and even written a series of prayers to be used during Baptism and Communion. We also welcomed renowned Drs. Lisa Weaver and William C. Turner as guest preachers for our Living Communion and Living Baptism services. The Sacramental Life Project has been absolutely transformative in the spiritual life of our church, and we look forward to many more experiences like this in the future.
Sacramental Life Series
- August 18th - Braxton D. Shelley & Testimony Album Release 4:30 p.m.
- September 9th - Annual Senior’s Celebration 10:45 a.m.
- October 9th - Fall Revival 7:00 p.m.
- October 16th - Fall Revival 7:00 p.m.
- October 23 - Fall Revival 7:00 p.m.
- October 30 - Fall Revival 7:00 p.m.
- October 31 - Trunk-or-Treat
- November 14 - Thanksgiving Fellowship 7:00 p.m.
- December 16th - Christmas Cantata 3:00 p.m.
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.
2 Rick Ramos
6 Miranda McNear
20 Herbert Bailey
25 Elaine Waller
30 Evelyn Chandler
3 Sallie Jones
12 Kristin Ramos
17 Pastor Mycal Brickhouse
22 John Spivey
27 Eva Jones
3 Brian Jenkins
7 Arlene Moore
7 Susan Reaves
14 Marilyn Carney
15 Betty Branch
16 Claudia Ramos
19 Gloria Evans
23 Dianne Matthews