Faith and football will come together in different ways throughout the Triangle on Super Bowl Sunday.
Elevation Baptist Church will host a game watch starting at 6 p.m. at its West Campus in Raleigh. Fans are encouraged to wear football jerseys.
The event was planned before the Carolina Panthers made it to the big game, and Elevation Church has never held an event in conjunction with a sports event. Church member Karen Brown Tyson said the congregation is excited.
“As a church body, we are always looking for opportunities to bring families together to fellowship,” Tyson said. “And second, we understand that there are a lot of people in our community who are not members of a church but they still want to be a part of the fun and excitement that comes with watching an exciting event like the Super Bowl.”
Tyson said Elevation is rooted in community activities, and the church’s pastor, T.L. Carmichael Sr., has worked for 18 years to spread the Gospel in different ways.
“New Testament Scripture reminds us that when Jesus would do miraculous things, like heal the sick or feed the hungry, people would go out and tell others about him,” Tyson said. “And every time they talked about the works of Jesus and the love he showed to God’s people, his name became more and more famous.
“Our goal here at Elevation is to make Jesus famous in this community and we believe we can do this through a variety of ways, including a Super Bowl party.”
Elevation’s West Campus is located at 4729 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. The cost of the event is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Registration is required; go to elevationbaptist.org for details.
More Super Bowl Sunday activities
▪ The youth of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Raleigh will host the Souper Bowl of Caring after the 11 a.m. service Sunday, Feb. 7.
The luncheon event will raise awareness and money for those who may not even have a bowl of soup to eat. Soup and chicken wings will be free, but donations will be accepted to offset the cost of the meal, and diners can make an offering that will be used to feed the hungry in Raleigh.
▪ St. Michael’s Episcopal Church on Canterbury Road in Raleigh will celebrate game day by collecting food for the hungry. Donations of canned goods and non-perishables will be accepted until Feb. 7.
The food donations will be sent to Wake Relief’s Emergency Fund. Wake Relief is an all-volunteer organization that has been collecting food donations to feed the hungry in Wake County since 1975.
▪ Soapstone United Methodist Church is once again cooking up a fundraiser for Super Bowl Sunday.
The annual soup, chili and dessert sale takes place between the Sunday services. Members of the congregation can take home something to eat while they watch the game, and at the same time support upcoming mission trips by the church’s youth.
Soapstone UMC is located at 12837 Norwood Road, Raleigh.
▪ Wake Forest Presbyterian Church is hosting its annual Super Bowl Sunday Blood Drive with the American Red Cross. The donation center will be set up from noon until 5:30 at the church, which is located at 12605 Capital Blvd., Wake Forest.
To register to donate blood, go to redcross.org. Select “find a drive” and in the search box enter WFPC.
Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at firstname.lastname@example.org.