On Election Day, people across the country will head to the polls to vote. But throughout the day, many will also gather in churches for communion, joining a nationwide movement to bring people together.
Election Day Communion was started by three pastors of different denominations who wanted Christians to focus on togetherness and Jesus instead of our political differences.
More than 550 churches in 48 states have signed up online to hold communion this year on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Four in Raleigh will participate.
Hillyer Memorial Christian Church decided to hold a lunchtime service to bring downtown workers together.
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“I am so wearing of the politicking and bickering that are intrinsic in election that really focus on how we different from each other,” said David Mallory, senior minister. “Especially as believers, we need to come together and start focusing on the common ground that we have.”
While each service will differ slightly based on the host church, all of the events will include communion, a brief message and a time of prayer. Some services will also include music and a scripture reading.
But one thing that all of the services will have in common is that there will be no political rhetoric, and all political differences must be left at the door to the sanctuary. All of the churches are inviting people of any denomination to come join in the communion.
“It’s an emphasis on building our sense of unity around Jesus who is our true leader,” said Duane Beck, pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. “At this time, there are a lot of broken relationships across the U.S., and sometimes within churches, we want to affirm our unity to Jesus.”
Hillyer Memorial Christian Church: 12:30 p.m., 718 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-832-7112 or visit www.hillyerchurch.org.
All Saints United Methodist: 7 to 8 p.m. in the Ministry Center, 7424 ACC Blvd., Suite 109, Raleigh. For more information, call 919-321-2648 or visit www.allsaintsumc.org.
Raleigh Mennonite Church: 7 to 7:45 p.m., 1116 N. Blount St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-833-1182 or visit www.raleighmennonite.org.
Raleigh Moravian Church: 12:30 to 1 p.m., 1816 Ridge Road, Raleigh. For more information, call 919-787-4034 or visit www.raleighmoravian.org.
For information on National Election Day, visit electiondaycommunion.org.
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church is holding its Worship in the Round service on the Eve of All Saints Day at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the chapel, 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Rob Morrell, guest poet and storyteller, will share his poem “Come to the Table of Life” followed by an opportunity for everyone to share stories of “saints” they have known. The service weaves together sacred texts, stories, music and movement as ways to deepen spiritual journeys.
Also at Pullen, the video “End of the Line” will be shown at 12:15 p.m. after worship on Sunday, Nov. 4, in Finlator Hall. The film promotes a responsible attitude toward the ocean. Pullen Church’s Peace & Justice and Care of Creation Mission Groups are co-sponsoring the event, and lunch will also be served. To RSVP, email email@example.com. For more information, visit www.pullen.org or call 919-828-0897.
Church Women United Meeting
The Raleigh/Wake unit of Church Women United will celebrate World Community Day beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 5101 Oak Park Road, Raleigh. A fellowship and brunch is at 10 a.m. followed by a program at 10:30 a.m. on the theme “Abiding in Community.” Church Women United has more than 1,200 local and state units across the nation, and members from different churches and denominations work together to make a difference in their community. For more information, call Mary Beth Hall at 919-848-4909 or email IamLoon@earthlink.net.
St. James UMC Holiday Gift Market
St. James United Methodist Church will hold its Holiday Gift Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the church, 3808 New Hope Road, Raleigh. In addition to vendors, the sale will include jewelry, scarves, candy and Christmas decorations from Third World countries. For more information, call 919-876-5796 or visit www.stjumc.us.
Millbrook UMC Casserole and Bake Sale
Millbrook United Methodist Church is having its annual fall casserole and bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Pryor-Bradford building at the church, 1712 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. The sale features Millbrook’s chicken pot pies, baked pasta with beef, chicken and rice, chicken tetrazzini, a variety of soups, chili and homemade baked goods for you to eat or freeze for later. New and gently used items will also be for sale, including MUMC note cards, Rada knives, colorful wool knitted socks and books. All proceeds will help support local missions and ministries. For more information, call 919-876-0865 or visit www.millbrookumc.org.
Mass for the Deceased Homeless
The community is invited to the Mass for the Deceased Homeless at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 219 W. Edenton St., Raleigh. The service is to honor the memory, celebrate the lives and pray for the homeless men and women who passed away on the streets of Wake County in 2012. For more information, call 919-832-6030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second Friday Night Out Movie Night
Unity Church of Raleigh is holding its Second Friday Night Out from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Dancing Moon Books & Gifts, at 1840 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh. The film “Peaceful Warrior” will be shown, and a love offering of $5 is suggested. Concession sales will benefit the church’s Youth Education program. For more information, call 919-870-7364 or visit www.unitychurchofraleigh.org.