A Raleigh church is expanding its mission to help orphans in Zimbabwe by raffling off a golf getaway to Pinehurst.
The Mnene Team at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church has had a relationship with a rural parish in Zimbabwe since 2001. Seventy percent of the parish’s students had been orphaned by AIDS.
Good Shepherd provides money each year for food, shelter, clothing and medical care for the 44 orphans, as well as school supplies, uniforms and fees. As they get older, their educational needs and costs are increasing. Seven of them are currently enrolled in college, and four are taking vocational skills classes.
The Good Shepherd team is doing the golfing trip raffle as a new way to raise money to cover educational opportunities, which are key for the young people to find jobs and become self-sufficient.
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You don’t have to be a member of the church to enter for a chance to win.
“This is the first time we are reaching beyond Good Shepherd for funding support,” said Peggy Ruopp, leader of the Mnene team. “All funds donated are received, disbursed, and accounted for by The Mordecai Trust and go directly to orphan support.”
The prize is a four-day, three-night stay at Pinehurst Resort. It includes one day on the Pinehurst No. 2 golf course, as well as two spa packages and two meals a day. The value could be as much as $10,000, and the winner will select the travel dates in 2017.
“We hope our ‘On Par’ Raffle will succeed and become an annual event,” Ruopp said. “The term ‘On Par’ relates the golf raffle with the goal of providing a chance for the orphans to be ‘on par’ with their peers who have parents and family support.”
Tickets for the raffle are $100 each, and only 400 will be sold. To buy a ticket, go online to goo.gl/F3kli4.
The winner will be drawn at a reception Nov. 12 at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh. Tickets to the reception are $25 and are also available online.
High holiday services
The Yavneh Jewish Renewal Community is inviting everyone to its high holiday services.
The observances will begin with a Rosh Hashanah service at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. The high holiday services are conducted in Hebrew and English and combine traditional and modern customs.
Participants at Yavneh represent a variety of Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds.
For registration information for the services, go to www.yavneh-raleigh.org/.
Yavneh meets at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1725 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh.
Historic Church Walk
The fifth annual Historic Church Walk will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 1.
Churches that surround Raleigh’s Capitol building will open their doors and their sanctuaries for visitors to enjoy. There is a free, self-guided tour map available online at downtownraleighchurches.org.
Share the Blessings will host its annual fundraising dinner to support its work on education and water projects in Uganda at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Cary Senior Center.
Share the Blessings is a faith-based nonprofit that formed 13 years ago when members of Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cary traveled with a Ugandan priest to his home country. The group is made up entirely of volunteers, maximizing the funds that can be used on projects.
The group has supported the digging of 23 community wells in Uganda, with more in the planning stages. Recently the group has been approached about expanding its well projects into neighboring Kenya.
Share the Blessings currently sponsors 40 Ugandan primary, secondary and seminary students, and refurbishes used laptops for Ugandan students and schools.
During the dinner, Fr. Joseph Kakooza will talk about the impact of the program on Ugandan students. For additional information about the fundraiser, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $25 for individuals and $150 for tables of eight; they are available online at share-the-blessings.org.
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