Building a healthier congregation is the goal behind the "Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More" program that begins Thursday night at Baptist Grove Church in North Raleigh. During the course of the five-week program participants will learn strategies for planning and preparing economical and healthy meals to enjoy at home.
“We’re showing that you can use products that aren’t brand name but are store brand and save on the budget and still make tasty, healthy food,” said Bertha Gorham, a member of the church’s health committee, which focuses on wellness outreach.
Each session includes a presentation from Chris Watson with N.C. State’s Cooperative Extension Service that educates the program participants on topics ranging from smart shopping to food safety to label reading. The discussion is followed by hands-on cooking.
Gorham says lasagna preparation was a favorite at the inaugural session last year and the crowd was wowed by the idea of using salsa as an ingredient to up the vegetable content on dishes like mini-meatloaves.
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"You’ve got peppers and onions and all that stuff chopped up already. Then put in your ground meat or turkey and add some bread - everybody really loved it," Gorham says.
The lessons don’t stop once the last plate has been cleared from the table. The program also encourages families to get moving and add exercise to their routines.
There is no cost to participate in the program, but you should register for a spot on the church website. Baptist Grove Church is located at 7019 Leesville Road.
Food Truck Rodeo
There’s more good eating on the menu this week. Living Word Family Church in Wake Forest is hosting a Food Truck Rodeo on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In addition to a variety of food trucks on hand there will be family-friendly entertainment and activities like inflatables, crafts, games and local vendors selling their wares.
Living Word’s Food Truck Rodeo is a new addition to the church’s once-a-month community outreach commitment.
"It helps us relate more to the community and let them see what we’re about, and who we are and give us the opportunity to just go out and love on people," says Margaret Holt, administrative assistant to the church’s outreach pastor.
The Living Word Family Church Food Truck Rodeo takes place on the church’s campus at 10520 Star Road.
Memorial Day Ceremony
Reverend Ken Schmidt, interim associate pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, will deliver the address at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Raleigh National Cemetery on Sunday. Pastor Schmidt is a retired Lieutenant Colonel and Chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserves who saw active duty overseas. The Raleigh Concert Band plays at 1:30 p.m. and the service begins at 2 p.m.. Raleigh National Cemetery is located at 501 Rock Quarry Road. This Memorial Day observance has been hosted by American Legion Post #1 for 82 years.