Bethany United Methodist Church at 2809 Guess Road will hold a dedication service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, of a renovated building at 2903 Guess Road.
The building, located just two doors up the street from the church, will be called the Fellowship Center and will house the church administrative offices as well as a large gathering hall with full service kitchen. Hospitality is a focus of this congregation that is making this space available to the community for use when a large gathering space is needed.
The total project cost about $20,000. All interior demolition work was done by church volunteers who cleaned everything out to the bare walls. A contractor was hired to complete the interior work.
This building formerly housed Guess Road Animal Hospital.
The Sunday event will include a potluck lunch following the worship service led by the Rev. Donna Banks, district superintendent. Worship will be held in the main sanctuary with lunch and dedication to follow in the new Fellowship Center.
Visitors are welcome to celebrate with the congregation the completion of a lengthy project that has required many hours of sweat equity as well as monetary support by its dedicated membership.
The Rev. Julia-Webb Bowden is the church’s pastor.
Open Table Ministry’s 6th annual Winter Walk will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, at Solite Park. The event is a three-mile walk or run starting at the park and going 1.5 miles south on the American Tobacco Trail, then returning to the park. The park has a covered picnic area so the event will occur rain or shine.
Open Table Ministry provides a faithful response to and an enhanced understanding of homelessness in the community. It seeks to guide homeless people toward long-term health and wholeness by building relationships, meeting practical needs and connecting them with community resources.
As in past walks, the Will & Pops food truck will be on site supporting this effort. When walkers buy their burgers, proceeds benefit the ministry.
Participants are encouraged to set a pledge goal of $100. Pledge forms and other information are available by visiting the ministry on Facebook. A walker package will be emailed on registration. Those collecting $25 or more will receive a T-shirt on Winter Walk day.
The procedure on walk day begins with registration at noon and step off at 1 p.m.
Right now as the possibility of cold days ahead, Open Table can use a long list of items: warm coats, gloves, socks, thermal underwear, Propane, heaters, sleeping bags, tents and boots.
Contact the ministry office located at Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 N. Church St., for information, 919-683-1386, ext 1008.
The Hindu Society of North Carolina Temple in Morrisville ended an elaborate three-day ritual on Dec. 20 to consecrate deities.
Called “Prana Pratishadra Mahotsava” the rituals included 32 events circulating around the temple such as individuals carrying pots of water, lamps burning along with worship of the soil, offerings of milk to deities and bathing of deities through reflection in the mirror.
Rajan Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said it is important to pass on Hindu spirituality, its concepts and traditions, to coming generations amid distractions in society.
Zed stressed the importance of achieving liberation, the goal of Hinduism.
The temple, founded in 1976, is open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and offers pujas daily.
A puja, like a blessing, is the act of showing reverence to a god, a spirit or another aspect of the divine through invocations, prayers, songs and rituals. An essential part of puja for the Hindu devotee is making a spiritual connection with the divine. The society offers “Adopt the Temple for the Day, costing $1,001, under which special pujas are performed to all deities in the sponsor’s name on that day. The temple offers car puja for $25, wedding at the premises for $251 and new house puja for $151.
The temple also offers a Senior Club, Hindi, Tamil, Sanskar and yoga classes, organizes summer camps and runs a youth group called Om Squad to promote a positive outlook on life.
Hinduism, the oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about 1 billion followers. About 2 million Hindus live in the United States.
The Corridor District of the United Methodist Church has announced plans for a North Carolina Conference Freedom Ride, a four-day event beginning March 15 in Durham and ending in Tennessee.
The conference is partnering with the School for Conversion, a Durham-based nonprofit, for this pilgrimage of learning, praying and dreaming in the spirit of the Freedom Rides of the 1960s.
Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who in 1961 and following years rode interstate buses into segregated Southern states to challenge the fact that Supreme Court rulings that segregated public buses were unconstitutional had not been enforced by some states.
The first Freedom Ride left Washington on May 4, 1961, and was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on May 17.
United Methodist clergy members are being asked to invite someone from their congregation to join this community of pilgrims so that conversations begun during the event can be continued in local churches and communities afterward.
Contact Flo Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-361-4135.