News, Events, & Activities

"For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another." Romans 12:4-5

At SACPC we seek to connect members to the life of the church, encouraging participation in church events and activities. We're a big church, and we have a lot going on. Thanks be to God for the many opportunities we have to gather together in worship, fellowship, study, and service!

Good to Know

Office Hours Have Changed: The office will now be open on Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Summer Worship Schedule: Starting Sunday, May 28, worship hours will be from 8:30 - 9 a.m. for a service of morning prayer and weekly communion in the Chapel, and from 10:15-11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary and Brown Hall for regular worship.

Summer Bible Study: The school year may be ending but Bible Study at SACPC continues on for all ages. See the “Summer Opportunities for Study and Enrichment” section for details.

New Member: William Hobbs Sutton, Jr. "Hobbs" has been received into membership. Welcome Hobbs!

Save the Date

  • Rev. Jan Edmiston, Co-Moderator of the PC(USA), preaching on Sunday, June 11.
  • High School at Montreat -- June 11-17
  • Haven Breakfast -- June 17
  • Vacation Bible School -- July 10-14
  • Middle School at Cross Missions -- July 16-21
  • Home Group Leader training in August/September
  • Bookworms September-November

Saints Alive

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Prayers for Our People

In Sympathy

  1. Ray Brandi’s mother, Beatrice “Bea” Brandi, died on Friday, May 12th.
  2. Thomas Bissette’s (Stanton Wayne Bissette’s husband) mother, Rose Bissette, died on May 9.


Steve Wilson, David Jones, Jodie Smith, Eleanor Russell, Helen O’Connell, Judy Burnette, Weldon Rackley, Melissa Hinds, Midge Galloway, Doug Miller, Chip McGuire, Judy Hartz, Hank Montgomery’s mother, Ruth Montgomery.


Marty and Lil Conley on the birth of grandson Elliott Conley Ruffner.

And Happy Birthday to…

  • May 21: Emma Dineen, Marie Vreeland, Bailey Pasin, Gray Keith
  • May 22: Hank Montgomery, Jeneane Tadlock, Rick Wells, Timothy Mihle, Teresa Conoly
  • May 23: Stephanie Williams, Abigale Hawkins
  • May 24: Ruth Thompson
  • May 26: Jerry Shelton
  • May 27: Willa Payne, Bill Bennett, Kate Coble, Evie Liotta

Upcoming Events and Activities

Co-Moderator of the PC(USA) is Coming!

The Rev. Jan Edmiston, Co-Moderator of the PC(USA), will offer the keynote address and preach at the East Community Gathering of our Presbytery on Saturday, June 10 at Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church, and will be preaching and speaking at SACPC on Sunday, June 11. Please mark your calendar and plan to be a part of this special opportunity!

Montreat Youth Conference

Space is still available for the high school trip to Montreat in June. What is Montreat? An amazing gathering of young people from all over the country for a week of study, worship, and recreation. Our group will be going June 11-17. Details and sign up available here:

Children K-5: Connecting with God and Self … Building Relationships with Others

Children K-5 are invited to connect with God, self, and others by playing games, stretching, and practicing mindfulness. Join yoga teacher L'Joy Yodersmith and SACPC’s Children’s Director Gail Richardson in Brown Hall from 5-6 p.m. on June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 20, and 27. No sign up is needed! Just bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, and maybe a friend too!

Parents and sitters may relax in the stands or feel free to join us! Family Dinner is from 6-7 which will be very casual.

Jesus the Gentle Parent Parenting Class

Are you the parent of a 2-10 year old? Then you are invited to join Gail Richardson Sunday mornings in June (June 4, 11, 18, and 25) for a unique parenting class that takes you through the awesome book, Jesus the Gentle Parent by L.R. Knost. Parenting books will be provided, and activities and lessons will be offered for your children during class time. The program will run from 9-10 a.m. and will be held in the Emanon room (second floor). This is a great opportunity to learn and to invite friends to our church. Space is limited! To sign up today contact Gail at (910) 762-969 or

Haven Breakfast

The pastors, leaders, and members of SACPC are invited to a breakfast banquet for Haven Church and Outreach Clinic. Join us on Saturday, June 17 from 8-10 a.m. for a delicious breakfast, a time of worship, and powerful testimonies. In addition, Dr. Dwight Lysne will share about Haven’s approach to helping those in need in our local community. The breakfast will be at “The Hub” (our SACPC Youth Building) located across from the church at 16 S. 16th Street. There is no cost to participate.

If you plan to attend you’ll need to RSVP by June 10. RSVP/sign up:

Vacation Bible School!

Three year olds through fifth graders. Camp out with us and get S'More of Jesus at VBS this July!

Join us in Brown Hall around the "camp fire" for singing, games, crafts, stories, and snacks. We will have fun connecting with God and with each other. Stories, activities, games and Bible verses will empower the children to rely on God's Word as they cast their cares on Him. Invite your friends! And... if you register by June 16th, get a VBS t-shirt!

VBS will run from July 10th-14th, 9:00-12:00.

VBS Needs Volunteers!

Use your God-given gifts to serve our precious children during VBS this summer at SACPC! July 10-14 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Here’s who we need:

  • MS/HS students to serve as tribe leaders to greet and lead kids to activity stations (volunteer hours count toward school community service hours).
  • Adults to help with assembling snacks, lead games, and help with crafts.

Call Gail Richardson at 910-262-3211 or 762-9693 with questions. A signup form is also available in the nursery hallway.

Summer Opportunities for Study & Enrichment

During our summer schedule there will be several opportunities for adults and youth to plug into a Sunday School class or weekday Bible study.

Summer Lectionary Bible Study

Starting May 28 the Walking in the Word Sunday School Class will host a Summer Lectionary Bible Study. The class, open to men and women of all ages, will gather in the library on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. Copies of the lectionary studies for each week will be in the church library, and are also available online.

The first study will use the following passages: Acts 1:6–14, Psalm 68:1–10, 32–35, 1 Peter 4:12–14; 5:6–11 , and John 17:1–11.

Contact Gwen Behen at or Cindy Simpson at (910-274-5619) with questions.

Galatians Bible Study

Starting June 7 our interim Senior Pastor, Bob Bardeen, will teach the book of Galatians. The class will be held each Wednesday at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. (covering the same material). Study guides are available in the Sanctuary, Brown Hall, the Gathering Area, and online.

The Reflective Life

Starting May 28 the Stillpoint Sunday School Class will be reading through Ken Gire’s The Reflective Life: Becoming More Spiritually Sensitive in the Everyday Moments of Life. The class, open to women interested in spiritual growth through readings, silent reflection and lively discussion, will gather in Room 212 on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.

God's Urgent Call

Starting May 28 the Evans-Feezor Sunday School Class and the Friendship Bible Class will each be discussing “God's Urgent Call,” taken from the Present Word curriculum. The Evans-Feezor class, a comradery of retired men, will gather in the Sacristy (behind the sanctuary) on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. The Friendship Bible Class, a strong fellowship of women mostly over 50, will gather in Room 240 on Sunday mornings, also at 9 a.m.

Youth Study Opportunities…

This summer our youth will gather for periodic Wednesday evening backyard Bible studies. Summer Youth Team Leader Jen Phelps will be sharing details soon, but in the meantime contact her at with questions. You’ll also want to follow SACPCStudents on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to stay up-to-date.

Home Groups Update

Our initial launch of Home Groups this Lent got off to a great start and exceeded our expectations! We are pleased to announce the next training session for Home Group Leaders will occur this August/September. We will launch additional Home Groups in October. Home Groups meet for fellowship, Bible study and prayer support. If you are interested in being trained as a leader or have questions, please leave your name and contact information with Catheryn Thomas at or ext. 229.

Spiritual Formation Group

Christ said that where two or three gather in his name, he is present (Matthew 18:20). If you would like to be a part of a small group who listen to God's Word together, reflect upon it, share insights and pray for each other, let me know. I'm interested in forming a group for this purpose!

Robert Lapp at

Opportunities to Serve and Support

May Donations: New & Gently Used Domestic Items

Each time a family "graduates" from the Family Promise/WIHN program, they begin their life with a new job and in a transitional home … but most families leave the program with very few household supplies. Support these families in need. Stop by the Donation Area for a list of much-needed items that you can donate to make their transition a little easier. You can find more information about Family Promise of Lower Cape Fear (WIHN) at Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Four Hours a Month for the Church?

The church office receptionist group is seeking people for vacancies on the following days:

  • Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.;
  • Second and third Thursdays, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

If interested contact Phyllis Leimer at or 910-399-2809.

Children's Hope Alliance

The mission cause this year for the East Community Gathering of Presbytery is to benefit the Children’s Hope Alliance (formerly Barium Springs and Grandfather Home for Children). We ask you to bring items from the following list and put them in the specially labeled collection bins in the gathering area by June 7 so our delegates can take them to the meeting. Thank you very much for your generosity!

Therapy Items (new please):

  • Stress balls & play dough
  • Craft kits & jewelry making kits
  • Scrapbooking materials
  • Tape (single sided & double sided)
  • Art supplies (beads, glitter, colored tissue paper)
  • Colored construction paper & card stock
  • Educational activity books
  • Sudoku books or games
  • Writing journals

Hygiene items (new please):

  • Mouthwash (alcohol-free)
  • Dental floss (waxed only, please)
  • Deodorant (for both boys & girls)
  • Hair spray for girls
  • Hair gel for boys
  • Tissues, band-aids, wet wipes
  • Hand soap, hand sanitizer
  • Combs, hair brushes
  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Toothpaste & toothbrushes (Adult – soft)
  • Curling irons or flat irons

Malawi Project Success Story: Sponsoring a Child's Education...

Thank you cards with pictures of some of the children we are sponsoring have been mailed to education project donors. The children pictured, as well as over 150 more, will go to school this fall thanks to you!

Stephen Ministry

We are beginning to call forth people to serve in the area of lay caring ministry. Our congregation will begin another class for Stephen Ministers in September, which includes 50 hours of helpful and useful information on Christian caring skills. This is led by trained Stephen Leaders and will include a variety of topics such as listening, Christian assertiveness, maintaining boundaries in caregiving and grief. The approach to caregiving is distinctively Christian and focuses on God as the One who cures as we care. For more information, please contact Robert Lapp at or ext. 215 or any of our Stephen Ministers or Leaders.

Look for their blue name badges.

Notes & Other Correspondence

From Rev. David Augustus

Thank you to the SACPC family for so many things. Thank you for the last four years of sharing life together and for the privilege of being a pastor to this community. Thank you for the sweet and generous "love gifts" received from you. Thank you for the gathering on my last Sunday (with a special thank you to all those hosting that time together; I saw you carrying pitchers and tending to things).=

I have truly enjoyed these last weeks at SACPC. As I've spent time with so many of you saying "See you on Facebook," I have been reminded of the great blessing God has given to us in the form of relationship with one another. I look forward with eager anticipation to what God has in store for us all.

With love in Christ for each of you,

David Augustus

From The Neal Family

Dear Friends…“You raise me up!” Yes, you did! The Charles Neal family appreciated all of the care and prayers given to us during baby Charlie’s recent neurosurgery. The surgery corrected a birth defect and all is well now. He is healing, and back to being an active seven-month-old. We give thanks for faith, good medicine with access, and especially, our church family who walks life with us!

Thank you!

Caroline Neal

For the future...


Fiction readers alert! Bookworms will finish 2017 with a mystery, an international best seller (and movie), and the highest paid writer from the 1930's.

  • Sept 7 will be Jesse Barton's THE MUSE;
  • Oct 5 , Fredrik Backman's MAN CALLED OVE; and
  • Nov 2, W. Somerset Maugham's THE PAINTED VEIL.

We meet the first Thursday of the month, gathering at 11:30 and discussing the book from noon until 1:00 in the room across from the library. For further information, Deme Nunley 686 1345.

St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church (910) 762-9693