Worshipers at West Raleigh Presbyterian Church are now greeted with a large Pentecost mobile hanging from the ceiling when they enter the sanctuary.
This spring, the fourth- through sixth-grade Sunday school class decided to make a Pentecost banner for the season. After brainstorming with their teachers, they created a mobile including the symbols of Pentecost.
“It was remarkable to see how this mobile evolved from a thread of an idea and become something bigger through all of the people who worked on it,” said Rachel Nicholson, a member of West Raleigh Presbyterian who headed up the project.
The children led the effort and over several weeks invited other Sunday school classes to make a dove for the mobile. First- and second-graders, high school students and adults all chipped in. More than 30 people helped create the finished product.
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“Our church has recently gone through a change in pastors, and this project was very unifying. People worked together, and it was so spiritually uplifting for all of us,” Nicholson said. “Everyone who worked on it feels ownership of the mobile, especially the children.”
Each part of the mobile represents Pentecost, including 50 doves for the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost, the flames for when Jesus came down and the wind illustrating the Holy Spirit.
The doves were sculpted out of white merino wool fleece imported from Australia and wet felted to complete the process. The flames and cross were made of a domestic wool hand-dyed by Nancy Bruce in South Carolina.
The mobile was presented to the congregation on Pentecost Sunday and will hang in the sanctuary for several months.
“Everyone who comes in can see the beautiful mobile, and I have gotten many emails from church members saying that they feel like the Holy Spirit is with them through the mobile on Sunday,” Nicholson said. “It was a wonderful reaction by the congregation.”
Good Shepherd Lutheran handbell concert
The Bellsong handbell choir from Good Shepherd Lutheran and the King’s Ringers from Christ the King in Cary will perform a handbell concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Good Shepherd Lutheran church, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh.
The concert will feature traditional handbell music as well as selections from “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” All ages are welcome, and admission is free. For more information, call Clifford Badgley at 919-848-1573.
North Raleigh United Methodist food drive
North Raleigh United Methodist Church is collecting food from June 9 to June 23 for its Feed the Children Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The church’s goal is to collect four tons for food and $3,000 in monetary donations.
With summer approaching, church members want to stock the shelf at the food bank to provide food for children who receive free and reduced-price lunches at school. Food can be dropped off at the church during business hours at 8501 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh. Curbside collections will also be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, and Thursday, June 20.
For more information, call 919-847-1536 or visit www.nrumc.org.
Singles’ summer beach dance
The Crossroads Fellowship Singles Ministry is holding its summer beach dance from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in the Great Room at the Raleigh Campus, 2721 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. East Coast Swing dance lessons will be provided from 8 to 9 p.m. Music will include beach music along with music from the ’60s and current hits.
Admission is $10 and includes refreshments and dance lessons. For more information, call George Karampelas at 919-981-0222 Ext. 158, or visit www.crossroads.org
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