Midtown: Community

Living Stones Family Church starts in North Raleigh

At the first service of the new church Living Stones Family Church, pastor Steve le Roux preached to a packed room of close to 150 worshippers. But the number of people who showed up for the kickoff service on Sept. 9, wasn’t what le Roux was most proud of – it was the fact that eight people committed to Christ during worship.

“While we are excited about the total number of people who attended, ultimately my prayer is that every Sunday our church will offer the opportunity for people to give their lives to Christ and that every Sunday God will lead someone to our church who needs to find him,” Le Roux said.

Living Stones Family Church, which was named after Bible verse Peter 2:5, meets at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday at North Forest Pines Elementary, 11501 Forest Pines Drive, Raleigh. The service includes upbeat music along with a relevant message. Nursery is provided for children ages 5 and under; children in kindergarten through fifth grade attend children’s church during worship.

The youth group is kicking off at the end of September and will be providing regular activities for teens. Next year, Living Stones Family Church also plans to begin offering small groups and Bible studies.

The church was launched by a group of 35 people, many from the Rolesville Community Church. Members held outreaches in the community, giving out water and hugs to meet more people.

Le Roux and his wife, Becca, started a church in Wallace several years ago and felt led by God to plant another church. Le Roux said that he thinks Living Stones Family Church has been called to serve people who attended church previously but have strayed or who have never been saved along with those who are currently unfulfilled.

“Even here in North Raleigh, where everyone seems to have everything together, big house, nice clothes, a fancy car, you can still be very hopeless and lost,” Le Roux said.

Living Stones Family Church offers everyone who comes to worship for the first time a “hassle-free guarantee.”

“We promise we are not going to come knock on your door while you’re taking your Sunday afternoon nap,” Le Roux said. “We just want to help everyone find the gifts that God has placed inside of each of us.”

For more information on Living Stones Family Church, visit www.lsfamily.org or call 919-890-3848.

Fairmont UMC mission

This summer, 18 adult and youth members of Fairmont United Methodist Church spent a week in Pamlico County in eastern North Carolina rebuilding homes damaged in Hurricane Irene. During the week, the teams put joint compound on the walls of homes, painted interiors and completed a homeowner’s bedroom.

Next year, members from the church will be heading to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to help the Ryan Epps Home for Children. They are raising money for the trip by serving seafood plates from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the church, 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh. Plates will include shrimp, oysters, corn, potatoes, desserts and a beverage. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12 and free for younger children. Babysitting will also be provided by the Raleigh Wesley Foundation from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the church with proceeds benefitting its upcoming mission trip to El Salvador.

Church Women United

Church Women United is holding its 2012 Human Rights Celebration at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian, 4921 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. The day will include a Bible study, fellowship time and a program. For more information, contact Mary Beth Hall at 919-848-4909 or iamloon@earthlink.net.

Unity Baptist Church concert

Jonathan Abbot will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Unity Baptist Church, 6338 NC 96 Hwy West, Youngsville. Jonathan, who is 12, recently took first place in a singing competition. For more information, call 919-554-4939.

Mini-Relay for Life

Raleigh Seventh-day Adventist Church is holding an American Cancer Society Mini-Relay for Life from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Raleigh SDA Church Campus, 4805 Dillard Drive, Raleigh. Teams walk continuously during the event and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Register online at www.relayforlife.org/raleighsda.

Animal Blessing Service

Millbrook Baptist Church is holding an Animal Blessing Service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in the grass behind the church, 1519 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. All pets must current on vaccinations, have no communicable diseases and be on a leash or in a carrier. Water will be provided for the pets. If your pet is deceased, you are invited to bring a photo, collar or toy to be blessed. Donations of money, dog and cat food, toys, paper towels, cleaning supplies and old linens will be collected for the Wake County Animal Center. For more information, call 919-876-1519 or visit www.millbrookbaptistchurch.org.

Speaker from Bethlehem: Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb

Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb of the Christmas Lutheran Church of Bethlehem will speak on “Bethlehem Today: Is There Room for Hope?” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Raheb promotes dialogue among Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities. The event is co-sponsored by Coalition for Peace with Justice and others.

Students sell wares

Students of all ages will be selling products that they designed, produced and marketed from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Hope Lutheran Church Youth Center, 3525 Rogers Road, Wake Forest. The business fair is run by Lighthouse Christian Homeschool Association. For more information, email Jennifer Donahue at fdonnc@aol.com.

Oktoberfest celebration

St. Francis of Assisi Seniors’ Club is holding its annual Oktoberfest celebration for seniors ages 55 or older at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the church, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh. Tickets are $20 per person and include German food, two glasses of wine or beer, and unlimited soft drinks. German music will be provided by The Little German Band and Dancers. For additional information or to reserve a table, contact Mary or Richard Barton at 919- 554-0169 by 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24.

Temple Beth Or grant

Temple Beth Or in Raleigh recently received a grant from BJH Foundation for Senior Services, which provides grants to organizations that enhance the lives of Jewish seniors in North and South Carolina. Temple Beth Or will use the money for its Staying in Touch fellowship program, which provides monthly social and learning opportunities for Jewish seniors. The program also provides in-home visits and phone calls to seniors living alone.

St. Andrews UMC live auction

St. Andrews United Methodist Church is holding a two-day live auction to raise money to build a Family Life Center. The auction kickoff will feature baked goods, gift baskets and craft items at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the church, 1201 Maxwell Drive, Raleigh. A children’s live auction will be held so little ones can participate. A barbecue beef brisket lunch will be served at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, followed by a live auction including furniture, jewelry, autographed collectibles and vacation packages at 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.saintandrewsumc.org or call 919-772-4410.

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