Members of Martin Street Baptist Church began noticing that more people in the community were asking for assistance from the church’s benevolence fund to help keep their lights on, provide heat for their families and pay rent. They also saw more fellow congregants losing their jobs or being underemployed and decided to help.
The church is holding its first community job fair from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the church, 1001 E. Martin St., Raleigh.
“We know that unemployment is still high, and a lot of people are looking for jobs with livable wages. Holding a job fair is one way that we can help,” said Preston McClain, job fair coordinator.
More than a dozen employers and staffing services with open positions will attend, including IBM, Wake County schools and the State Highway Patrol.
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“We have a diverse group of employers who are looking to hire, including staffing services, large corporations and smaller businesses,” McClain said.
“Our goal was to get a broad cross selection of jobs so no matter what education or work experience someone had, there would be a job that matched.”
The JobLink Center with the Division of Employment Security and N.C. Wesleyan College will answer job search and training questions. A photographer will provide free headshots for job searchers to use on their LinkedIn profiles.
Job seekers are encouraged to bring their resumes and be prepared to interview at the fair. No registration is required and admission is free.
The church is also looking for additional employers with open positions, and companies can register by calling 919-812-9295.
‘Courageous’ showing at Wake Forest Baptist
Wake Forest Baptist Church is showing the movie “Courageous” at 8 p.m. Friday, June 15, at 12120 Wake Union Church Road, Wake Forest. Bring a chair or blanket and free popcorn and drinks will be provided.
For more information, call 919-556-5141 or visit www.wakeforestbaptistchurch.org.
Bridge of Life church yard sale
The Bridge of Life Community Fellowship Church is having a yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 16, at 4154 Shearon Farms Ave., Wake Forest.
For more information, call 919-554-0789.
‘Tosca, Tunes and Tofu’ at Church of the Nativity
The Church of the Nativity is performing a free concert, “Tosca, Tunes and Tofu – Take 8,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at the church, 8849 Ray Road, Raleigh.
The concert will include acts in a variety of styles ranging from Handel to Cole Porter and attendees will enjoy a tofu reception following the show.
For more information, visit www.nativityonline.org or call 919-846-8338.
Food and clothing drive for N. Raleigh Ministries
During the month of June, Windborne United Methodist Church is collecting canned goods, gently used clothing and monetary donations for North Raleigh Ministries.
Drop donations at the church office from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays at 9121 Six Forks Road, Raleigh.
For more information, call 919-386-0212 or visit www.windborneumc.org.
Mary’s Chapel Baptist Bible school
Mary’s Chapel Baptist Church is holding Vacation Bible School for children and adults from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 17, through Thursday, June 21, at the church, 3500 Bruce Garner Road, Wake Forest.
Adults will participate in some activities with the children and will also have separate programs. A hot dog dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 17, to kick off the week.
For more information or to register, call 919-556-3668.
North Raleigh Presbyterian VBS
Children age 3 through rising sixth-graders are invited to attend North Raleigh Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School from Friday, June 22, to Sunday, June 24. Activities will include songs, a Bible-times marketplace, crafts, games and snacks that teach about Daniel’s experience in a foreign land.
The kids will also raise money to purchase mosquito nets to fight malaria through Operation Kid-to-Kid.