News-Star: Community

Faith Notes: Oct. 8

Food giveaway

Christ Community Methodist Church will give away food from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 11, at the church, 1082 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. Recipients must have their ID card. To stock its food pantry, the church is seeking donations of nonperishable items, including cans of tuna, pasta, soups and cereal. A collection box is in front of the church between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Fall events

A harvest sale is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Lee’s Chapel Advent Christian Church, 4154 N.C. 96 South, Four Oaks. Plates of barbecued pork and chicken will be on sale. The cost is $8 per plate and includes potatoes, hushpuppies, coleslaw and dessert. Takeout will be available. An auction of crafts, cakes, pies, applejacks, sweet potatoes, jams and jellies will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call 919-963-2123.

A harvest sale is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at New Zealand Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, 5312 Meadowbrook Road in the Meadow community. Choose between barbecued pork and barbecued chicken for $8. Also, a country store will be open.

Plates of barbecued chicken will be on sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Selma Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church at the corner of West Elizabeth and Graves streets in Selma. The cost is $8 per plate, with takeout available. An auction will begin at 6 p.m.

A fall festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Johnston Community Church, 450 Janie Road, Selma. The day will feature inflatables, cupcake walks, games, door prizes, live music and free hot dogs, chips and drinks.

Plates of barbecued chicken, boiled potatoes and green beans will be on sale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Grace Episcopal Church, 111 Lee Court, Clayton. The cost is $8 per plate.

Gospel sing

The Elmer Jackson Family will sing at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at New Beginnings Presbyterian Church, 232 Davis Mill Road near Pine Level. The church will collect an offering for the group.

For young people

A youth prayer rally and parade is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, on the Town Square, 110 W. Main St., Clayton. Organizers invite the community to come together and light a candle for our youth. For more information, call Jacqueline Gathers at 919-391-8087.

At Grace Episcopal Church, fall Sunday School for children, tweens and teens meets at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is at 111 Lee Court, Clayton. For more information, call Marty Cougler at 919-553-2810.

LOGOS, a faith-based program of education and fun for children and youth, has launched at Providence Presbyterian Church, 14664 N.C. 210 near McGee’s Crossroads. Meetings are from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month. An adult Bible study meets at 5 p.m. on those Sundays. To learn more, or to register your child, visit

AWANA, a club for students from age 4 through sixth grade, meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 5217 Barber Mill Road, Clayton. Also, the church has a youth group for students in grades 7-12. For more information, call 919-553-5187 or email

For moms

Edgerton Memorial United Methodist Church in Selma offers Mother’s Morning Out, a free child-care program. While moms run errands or go to appointments, their children take part in Bible stories, activities, crafts, music and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays through May 20. The registration form is online at

For families

Family-friendly comedian David Ferrell will perform at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 1082 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. For ticket information and free child care, visit and click on “Comedy.”

Programs, services

Elizabeth United Methodist Church will celebrate its 175th anniversary at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at the church, 4269 Cleveland Road, Smithfield. The Rev. Jon Strother, district superintendent, will speak. A covered-dish meal will follow.

St. Stephen’s Church of Christ will celebrate its 115th anniversary Sunday, Oct. 12, at the church, 308 W. First St., Princeton. Pastor Mary Bland will speak at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow the service. Vice Bishop Richard Johnson will speak at 3 p.m.

A homecoming service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at Providence Presbyterian Church, 14664 N.C. 210 near McGee's Crossroads. Dinner on the grounds will follow. For more information, visit or call 919-894-4063.

Revival services are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15-17 at Holy Temple Church, 228 Montgomery Heights Road.

A homecoming service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at Believers Baptist Church, 100 Southerland Road, Clayton. The Glorymen Quartet will sing, and Pastor Eugene Worley will speak. Lunch will follow.

A homecoming service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church on Harper House Road in the Bentonville community. The Rev. John Bowman will speak. A catered lunch will follow.

Full Praise Worship Ministries has begun meeting at 69 Barbour Road, Smithfield. Services are at 10 a.m. Sundays. The pastor is Judith A. Lights.

Support groups

DivorceCare and GriefShare support groups meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Shiloh Baptist Church, 3414 N. Shiloh Road in the Cleveland community. The support groups are free, and child care is available upon request. To learn more, call Lee Smith at 919-553-3319 or visit

Vendors sought

Elizabeth United Methodist Church near Smithfield is seeking vendors for a bazaar on Oct. 25. Spaces are $25. To reserve a spot contact, email or call 919-300-1552.

Oakland Presbyterian Church in the Cleveland community is seeking craftspeople for its crafts bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. The church is inviting only makers of unique, handcrafted items. For a vendor packet, call the church office at 919-934-5476.

New Bethel Church, located at 2110 Benson Road, Garner, is seeking vendors for its crafts sale on Nov. 8. For more information, or for a registration form, email

For adults

“Listening to God,” an ancient practice of prayer and scripture, is from noon to 12:45 p.m. Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 111 Lee Court, Clayton. For more information, call the Rev. John Gibson at 919-553-2810.