The members of Forest Hills Baptist Church in Raleigh figured the best way to celebrate 70 years as a church was to blitz the community with service.
So that is what they did, 93 volunteers strong, on Sept. 19.
Serve Blitz Day offered up a variety of service projects. Volunteers joined in a Habitat for Humanity build, sorted food at the food bank and helped senior citizens with yard maintenance.
The final tally was 344 volunteer hours logged that Saturday alone. The total does not include the advance preparation and organization that went into each project.
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On the blitz day, volunteers inventoried more than 1,000 pieces of clothing for the church’s ministry for children in need, sorted 14,000 pounds of food and worked outside at Pollock Community Park and in the Forest Hills Baptist Church Community Garden.
Seventeen volunteers helped build a Habitat home in South Raleigh. Thirty scarves were knitted for the Raleigh Rescue Mission, and six blankets were crafted to be sent to children in South Africa.
Forest Hills Baptist Church has been mission-focused since its founding in 1945 when a pastor with foreign mission experience led the new congregation as it met at Fred Olds Elementary School.
As part of the service blitz, volunteers set up an apartment for a refugee family coming to Raleigh this month. They furnished the home, stocked shelves with cookware, dishes, paper products and cleaning supplies, filled a refrigerator with fresh, healthy food and filled two backpacks with school supplies.
“This was such an awesome project,” said Elizabeth Murray, a church member. “There were so many pieces of the project where I can say I saw God and I saw that he does great things when we are working for him.”
Bargain hunting will be in full swing at Hayes Barton Baptist Church from Oct. 1-3 at the semi-annual Kidzstuff Consignment Sale.
The inventory includes gently used children’s clothes, shoes, toys, books, furniture and more. Proceeds from the sale will go to the children’s ministry at Hayes Barton Baptist as well as other children’s charities around the Triangle.
Hayes Barton Baptist Church is located at 1800 Glenwood Ave. in the Five Points neighborhood of Raleigh.
Pets and their human friends are welcome to attend a special animal blessing at the Community United Church of Christ at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.
The blessing will take place in the church courtyard but will move inside to the fellowship hall in case of rain.
Dogs should be on leads, and cats should be on a lead or in a carrier.
The event is being sponsored by the children’s Sunday School program at the church.
Community United Church of Christ is located at 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh.
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