The North Carolina Council of Churches is hosting a forum to explore the relationship between faith and issues facing the state General Assembly.
The 2017 Legislative Seminar will be Monday at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Raleigh. The conference is open to everyone but is especially geared toward those of faith. Sessions and the keynote address will focus on ways participants can become faithful advocates to make North Carolina a more welcoming place for everyone.
Rep. David Price will deliver the keynote address. He will also be presented with the Faith Active in Public Life award, along with Lisa Price, founder of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence.
Breakout sessions will examine issues before the General Assembly including health care, immigration, education and voting rights. Moderators are North Carolinians who bring their expertise to each topic from a variety of organizations.
Cost of the seminar is $15 for students and $25 for all others and can be paid online at ncchurches.org. St. Mark’s United Methodist Church is at 4801 Six Forks Road, Raleigh.
Food truck rodeo
Lifepointe Church is inviting the community to a food truck rodeo at its North Raleigh location from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
The Lifepointe Music Collective and other local bands will provide music, and there will be additional activities for children. The North Raleigh location is at 9500 Durant Road. Lifepointe also has campuses in Wake Forest and Cary.
St. James United Methodist Church will host its annual fish fry from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Dine-in, take-out and drive-through service will be available. Delivery is available for orders of five or more plates.
The meal includes fried fish, boiled potatoes, cole slaw and hush puppies. The cost is $8 for ages 12 and older or $3 for children. A separate bake sale will also be offered.
St. James UMC is at 3808 St. James Church Road, just off North New Hope Road in Raleigh. Call 919-876-5796 to inquire about delivery.
The spring edition of CityServe at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh will be Saturday.
Every spring and fall Providence harnesses the power of volunteers to do service projects across the city.
The day begins with a rally at the church at 8:30 a.m.
Projects include making improvements at elementary and middle schools, wiping down and cleaning up parks and playgrounds, working on the grounds at New Life Camp, and singing and worshiping with residents of a nursing home.
For details about projects, go to the church’s website at pray.org. Registration is required.
Providence Baptist Church is at 6339 Glenwood Ave.
Dare to Dream
Dare to Dream – Ecumenical Educational Conference on Peace and Justice in the Middle East will be March 24-26. The conference is sponsored by Bright Stars of Bethlehem and area churches.
The featured speaker is the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Co-Founder, CEO and president of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a nonprofit supporting the outreach ministries of the Diyar Consortium in the Holy Land. Raheb is a world-renowned champion for peace and is the pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, Palestine, and recipient of the 2015 Olaf Palme peace prize.
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