When Northpark Church was approached last year about renting space to a group of Hispanic worshipers, the congregation decided they wanted to do more. The church had been looking for a way to reach the Hispanic community and felt this opportunity was the answer to their prayers. Northpark invited Noe Guerrero and the small congregation that had been worshiping at his home into the church to start the Hispanic Ministry.
As they launched the partnership last year, Guerrero led the main worship service for several Sundays so the two groups could get to know each other and learn about the other culture. During the service, Guerrero realized the English-speaking worshipers were singing in Spanish while the members of the Hispanic ministry were singing in English; both trying to honor the other culture.
“It was truly an amazing moment to hear,” said Guerrero, pastor of Northpark Hispanic Ministry.
Northpark Church supports the ministry both financially and spiritually, including buying equipment and praying for their ministry.
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“Just because they speak another language doesn’t mean anything to us. We have loved on them like they have always been there. They are part of our church,” said Craig Cahoon, director of operations at Northpark.
The Hispanic Ministry now holds a separate weekly service in one of the movie theatres at the cinema where Northpark Church meets. The service includes a variety of music and a sermon in Spanish. Four times a year, all the ministries of Northpark Church worship together in a shared service.
“The love that Northpark Church gives us is awesome. It means the world to us that they opened their doors and their hearts to us. They are really like a family,” Guerrero said.
The Hispanic Ministry service begins at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday at Six Forks Station Cinema, 9500 Forum Drive, Raleigh. The main worship service starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 919-790-9898 or visit www.discovernorthpark.com.
Faith Harvest golf tournament
Tee times and hole sponsorships are still available for Faith Harvest Church’s Fourth Annual Golf Tournament at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at The Crossings Golf Club at 4023 Wake Forest Road, Durham. Entry fees are $280 for a four-person team and all proceeds benefit church outreach programs. For more information, visit www.faith-harvest.org or call 919-848-4340.
Author Diana Butler Bass
Diana Butler Bass will speak about trends in religion and spirituality from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Brier Creek Community Center, 10810 Globe Road, Raleigh. Bass is the author of “Christianity After Religion: The End of the Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening.” The free lecture is sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and canned goods will be collected for local food banks.
Clothing drive and ‘The Muppets’
Windborne United Methodist Church is collecting new and gently used clothing for the Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19. The WIHN program provides shelter and food at local churches to help families get back on their feet.
The church is also showing the “The Muppets” on big screens in its sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Wear your pajamas and bring a picnic dinner, blankets and pillows. Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase.
Both events will be held at the church at 9121 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit www.windborneumc.org or call 919-386-0212.
Bridge of Life Community Fellowship Church is holding its Youth Conference “Youth at War” from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the church, 4154 Shearon Farms Ave., Wake Forest. Admission is $5 for youth ages 6-19 to attend seminars on issues affecting today’s youth. Parents can attend workshops geared toward helping their children at no cost. For more information, visit www.welcometothebridge.org or call 919-554-9789.
‘Dolphin Tales’ at Wake Forest Baptist
Wake Forest Baptist Church is showing “Dolphin Tale” for its free outdoor movie night at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Stephenson campus at 12120 Wake Union Church Road, Wake Forest. Bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy free drinks and popcorn. For more information, call 919-556-5141 or visit www.wakeforestbaptistchurch.org.
Raleigh Moravian concert and hot dog supper
The Raleigh Moravian Band will perform patriot songs, church songs and popular music at a “Music and Missions” concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Raleigh Moravian Church gardens, 1816 Ridge Road, Raleigh. Tickets are $10 with no charge for children under 5 and include a hot dog supper and ice cream. All proceeds benefit the mission work of Moravian Youth Fellowship, including assisting the Wake County men’s shelter and mission trips to Appalachia and Jamaica. For more information, call 919-787-4034.