Midtown: Community

Church mission team focuses on Inner Banks

Members of Fairmont United Methodist Church have spent the past few months flipping pancakes, boiling shrimp and grilling hot dogs.

And next week, they will be dishing out plates of barbecue with all the fixings. The church has been raising money to send a work team to Pamlico County to help repair homes damaged by Hurricane Irene.

“We like to say that our church believes in ‘gastro evangelism’ – if you feed them, they will come,” said Henry Jarrett, outreach chairman.

Each year, the church goes on a different mission trip, including an international outreach every four years. Members learned about the hurricane damage in Pamlico County from a former church member who moved to that area.

“A lot of attention was paid to the Outer Banks after the storm, but the Inner Banks has somewhat been forgotten,” Jarrett said. “Progress has been slow and people are still struggling to get back into their homes.”

The church sent a small work team to the area in October to help with immediate flood cleanup and decided to return in July after seeing the damage firsthand. A team of more than 20 people will be staying in a Baptist church converted to a shelter for rescue workers and assisting with a variety of rebuilding tasks.

The church is raising money to subsidize the majority of the work team’s expenses so that every member who wants to help can participate.

“We don’t think that the only people who should be able to go on mission trips are those with financial means,” Jarrett said.

The church will be holding its last fundraiser for the work team from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the church, 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh. The meal will be catered by Clyde Cooper’s Barbecue, and plates include pork barbecue, cole slaw, potato salad, hushpuppies and a dessert.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children younger than 12. For more information, call 919-832-3316 or email info@fairmontumc.org.

Pancake breakfast

St. Raphael Catholic Church’s Knights of Columbus will be serving pancakes from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Applebee’s Restaurant, corner of Six Forks Road and Wake Forest Road, Raleigh. Tickets are available at the door for $7 per person and include pancakes, sausage and a beverage. Proceeds will benefit St. Raphael.

Community health outreach

Free health and dental screenings are available at the Crossroads Fellowship Community Health Outreach from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at 2721 Millbrook Road, Raleigh. Appointments are required; walkups will not be accepted. Call 919-981-0222 for an appointment or for more information.

Benson Memorial UMC yard sale

Benson Memorial United Methodist Church is holding a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19, at the church, 4706 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Gently used items, including housewares, clothes, furniture and toys, will be for sale along with coffee and biscuits. For more information, call 919-787-0789.