First Cosmopolitan Baptist Church in Raleigh is taking care of neighbors in need with its growing food ministry.
In the span of about two years, the ministry has served more than 2,000 people.
“You can’t always look at someone and tell what situation they are in,” said the Rev. S. Manfred Isom, minister of evangelism and outreach for First Cosmopolitan Baptist. “Many people are working poor. They’re trying to make it. We have all kinds of people, all races of people coming to participate. A lot are elderly, but there are also younger people who have families.”
Church members initially handled donations, but the church now partners with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and Food Lion grocery stores.
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Church volunteers gather on Wednesdays to sort, distribute, bag and carry the food out to cars. Isom said a crew of dedicated volunteers is the key to making the program a success and that their efforts are making a difference in the community.
“During a time of economic struggle for so many families I know this food ministry provides assistance for countless individuals in Southeast Raleigh,” Isom said. “It is a blessing to participate in such a rewarding ministry while also carrying out the mission of the Gospel.”
Isom said the effort is so rewarding because it fulfills such a basic need for families.
“They are struggling trying to keep food on the table, trying to keep their families fed, and they are not people who are trying to live off the system. They just want to be able to do what everybody else is able to do. We are participating in something that is larger than ourselves and is a blessing to somebody else.”
And so the church and its hard-working volunteers will continue to share the gift of food with those who need their help.
“I am grateful to God to serve this community through this ministry because I know we are making a difference,” Isom said. “The calling of the church is to live out the ministry of Jesus and help build the Kingdom of God.”
The church is located at 1515 Cross Link Road, Raleigh.
The Knights of Columbus #9880 are continuing their tradition of hosting Friday night dinners at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church during Lent.
The menu each week includes shrimp or fish with potatoes, cole slaw and salad or spaghetti with marinara sauce. Dinners are available from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 18.
St. Raphael’s is located at 5801 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh.
Hayes Barton Baptist Church will host its semi-annual KidzStuff Consignment Sale March 3-5.
Items will include gently used children’s clothes and shoes, toys, games, furniture, baby gear, nursery décor and more.
Proceeds from the sale benefit children’s ministries at the church, and donations collected during the sale are given to children’s charities across the Triangle.
Hours are 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 4; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 5. Hayes Barton Baptist is located at 1800 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.
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