Midtown: Community

Oakwood Cemetery remembers loved ones with All Saints’ Day service

On the upcoming first anniversary of her husband George’s death, Meriel Brodie will be headed back to Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh. But she won’t just be visiting his grave to pay her respects or bring flowers, she will also be attending the cemetery’s first All Saints’ Day service, an ecumenical remembrance celebration of both Christian saints and loved ones who have passed away.

“It means so much to me that the service will be on the anniversary of George’s death,” Brodie said. “It will make the day a lot better to be with a group of people remembering their loved ones as well.”

The free service will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in the Hillside South section of Oakwood Cemetery. The Rev. Rick Clayton of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church will lead the service, and the Raleigh Moravian Church Band will provide music. The cemetery plans to make the service an annual event with pastors from different denominations and churches leading the service each year.

The name of each person buried at the cemetery during the past year will be read during the service and a bell will ring in honor of their lives.

“Cemeteries have played a dynamic role in the life of our city, and people used to come here to socialize,” said Robin Simonton, executive director of Oakwood Cemetery. “This service helps bring people to the cemetery and continue to provide perpetual care for the families with loved ones interred here, even after burial.”

As part of the All Saints’ Day celebration, the cemetery is also selling orange bows for $25 for family and friends to place on the graves of loved ones. While the colors purple and white are typically associated with All Saints’ Day, the staff chose orange to represent fall and provide a striking contrast with the headstones.

All proceeds from the bows will go to help maintain the historic cemetery, which dates from 1869 and has more than 22,000 people buried in it. Simonton also encourages people who do not have a relative buried in the cemetery to donate a ribbon to put on the grave of someone else, especially one of the veterans buried in the Modern Veteran section, which includes veterans from WWII and later.

When Brodie learned about the orange bows, she immediately knew that George would want one placed on his headstone.

“It was one of his greatest wishes to be buried in the Modern Veteran section,” Brodie said. “He loved the idea of the history and tradition. Supporting the cemetery is very important to me.”

Coffeehouse for special-needs adults

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is having its monthly coffeehouse for special-needs adults from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the church, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. The church’s house band, the CoffeeGrinds, will provide entertainment. Halloween costumes are encouraged, and transportation is available to this free event. For more information, call 919-848-1573 or email cindybdavis@gmail.com.

St. Francis of Assisi Fair Trade Market

The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi’s annual Fair Trade Market is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26; 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27; and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the church, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh. The sale will feature items made by global artisans and farmers who are paid a living wage and use environmentally sustainable methods. Some of the vendors include Beleza, Fiberactive Organics, Jinja Fair Trade, Just Neem, Larry’s Beans, One World Market, Ten Thousand Villages and Women’s Bean Project. Gift items include jewelry, accessories, crafts, chocolate, coffee, toys and more. For more information, call 919-847-8205 or visit www.stfrancisraleigh.org.

Wake Forest Presbyterian Fall Festival

The Wake Forest Presbyterian Church Fall Festival is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the church, 12605 Capital Blvd., Wake Forest. The event will feature crafts, a raffle, a silent auction, games, face painting and trunk or treating. The judging for the most creative car-decorating contest begins at 4:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.wakeforestpres.org.

New Life Church Fall Festival

New Life Church is having its annual Craft Extravaganza and Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the church, 6900 Zebulon Road, Wake Forest. The festival will include inflatables, face painting, games, entertainment and food. Homemade crafts and goods from other vendors will also be available. For more information, call 919-556-3836.

Living Word Family Church Family Fest

The community is invited to Living Word Family Church’s Family Fest from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the north campus, 10520 Star Road, Wake Forest. Festivities will include inflatables and rides for the whole family. Admission is free, and food will be available for purchase from Route 1 Capital BBQ. For more information, visit www.lwfc.org.

St. John’s Baptist Trunk or Treating

St. John’s Baptist Church is having a Trunk or Treat Spooktacular Event from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the church, 1615A Oberlin Road, Raleigh. The event will feature food, fun and fellowship. For more information, call 919-832-5134 or visit www.stjohnsbaptist.com.

Edenton Street UMC concert

Contemporary Christian artist Derek Webb will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 229 W. Edenton St., Raleigh. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.derekwebb.com.

Welcome Shabbat for Rabbi Bahle

Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community is having a Welcome Shabbat for its fall 2012 scholar-in-residence, Rabbi Chava Bahle, at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1725 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh. Rabbi Bahle directs Or Tzafon Retreat Center in northern Michigan, a center for the study of Jewish mysticism, spiritual practice and contemporary worship. The evening will include stories, music and a dessert reception. A donation of $36 per person is requested but not required. For reservations, email RSVP@Yavneh-Raleigh.org or call 919-719-2747.

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