In 1993, Teresa Allen’s 3-year-old son died and her daughter was taken away by the Department of Social Services.
But Allen, now with Merry Hearts Ministry in Angier, says failures in life do not need to define a person, and she will share her journey of faith at McCullers Community Baptist Church on Saturday, March 3.
“My message will be one of encouragement, hope and lots of laughter,” she said.
Allen’s encouraging words will be part of the church’s second annual Mugs & Muffins event from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., which will include a variety of homemade muffins, hot coffee, tea and juice.
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“We want to minister to women to form relationships with each other and encourage women to slow down and take care of themselves spiritually,” said Cindy Andersen, event organizer. “Those who currently have a relationship with God can nurture that relationship, and those who don’t have a relationship yet can learn about building a relationship with God during the morning.”
Registration for the free event is encouraged at www.mcbchurch.info. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Agape Corner Orphanage in Durham. A silent auction will also raise money to purchase perishable items for the orphanage. Door prizes and goody bags will be given out. The church is located at 133 Rand Road, Raleigh.
“Last year was the first year the church hosted Mugs & Muffins, and the morning was a huge success,” Andersen said. “There was such a sweet spirit in the church last year. Women both laughed and cried throughout the morning.”
Soul Food Wednesdays
Wilson Temple United Methodist offers Soul Food Wednesdays, hour-long sermon and lunch events. The series will run from Feb. 22 to March 28. Guest preachers will lead the worship services beginning at noon Wednesdays, and then the congregation will enjoy a meal together. The church is located at 1023 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit www.wilsontempleumc.org or call 919-828-9989.
Dinner, Lenten study series
The community is invited to attend Joy of Discovery Lutheran Church’s five-week Lenten Studies series every Wednesday, Feb. 29 to March 28. Each night begins at 6 p.m. with a light supper. The Rev. Julius Carroll will lead a Bible study focusing on a verse. No registration is required for the free events. The church is located at 750 King Richard Road, Raleigh. Call 919-833-7095 for more information.
Weekly fish fry
St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church is holding a weekly fish fry at 5 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 24 through March 30. Seafood plates are $10 and include fried shrimp or fish, potatoes, coleslaw, garden salad, rolls and a beverage. Spaghetti plates will be available for $6 and children eat for half-price. The church is located at 5801 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. For more information, call 919-865-5700 or visit www.saintraphael.org.
Concert with Rev. Tina Luce
Wake Forest United Methodist Church is holding a family concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the church, 905 S. Main St. Reverend Tina Luce will perform both praise music and her original music. Luce, who is blind, is the director of worship for Wesley United Methodist Church in Salem, Mass. Admission is free; an offering will be collected during the concert. For more information, call 919-556-2239.
The Raleigh Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is asking the community to donate nonperishable food items for an upcoming food drive to help the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.
Drop off donations from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 3, at 5060 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, or 1524 Jenkins Road, Wake Forest. Suggested items include canned goods, packaged foods, cleaning supplies and baby care items. Do not bring items in glass containers for safety reasons. For more information, call 919-782-9796.