Midtown: Community

Living Word Church hopes to draw men to conference with cars, music

When Living Word Church started planning its first men’s conference, the organizers tried to come up with the most masculine activities possible for the weekend. They made a list of things most men love – cars, music, food and guns – and went from there.

“We want to minister to men where they are at and looked for the manliest things that we could to draw men to our conference,” said Micah Caronna, Creative Arts and Worship Pastor at Living Word Church.

“The Man Conference” starts at 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, and runs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9. Men can browse the gun display and enjoy the car show provided by local classic car owners. Blues music will be performed by Jimmie Bratcher, one of the keynote speakers. At the end of the conference, a Southern pig pickin’ with the fixings will be served by Route 1 Capital BBQ.

But the weekend will also have a serious and spiritual side. Bratcher will speak about his experience sharing God’s word through music at venues around the country, including prisons and biker rallies. Pastor Kyle Horner from Connect Church in New Jersey will encourage men to strengthen their walk with God during his keynote address.

“We want to help challenge men as well as surround them with the things that they love,” Caronna said. “We want to help them to be better men, fathers and husbands to give our community men of integrity and character.”

Registration is $26 in advance and $30 at the door. The conference will be at the church’s north campus at 10520 Star Road, Wake Forest. For more information, visit www.lwfc.org or call 919-570-2007.

Benson UMC Spirit Fest

Benson Memorial United Methodist Church is holding Spirit Fest on Sunday, May 27, at the church, 4706 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. The congregation will gather at 10 a.m. for a unified worship service to receive new members, commemorate Memorial Day and cut the ribbon on the renovated fellowship hall.

After the service, a “dinner on the grounds” will be served for $5 for adults and $2 for children. For more information, call 919-787-0789 or visit www.bensonmemorial.org.

Wilson Temple UMC Bible study

Wilson Temple United Methodist Church is beginning a three-week women’s Bible study from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the church parsonage, 1021 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. The group will study “The Blessings & Bling: How Faith & Fashion Helped Me Survive Breast Cancer” by the Rev. Dr. Sheron C. Patterson and is geared toward anyone facing a crisis, including disease, divorce or disaster. For more information, call 919-828-9989.

Interfaith discussion on Ramadan

Yavneh: a Jewish Renewal Community and As-Salaam Islamic Center of Raleigh invite the community to learn about the spiritual importance of Ramadan from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Irregardless Café, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. Donations of $10 are requested for refreshments, and vegetarian options will be available. Register at rsvp@yavnehraleigh.org by Thursday, May 31.

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