Midtown: Community

Church serves by joining police turkey drive

Along with their Bibles, members at Living Word Family Church will be bringing frozen turkeys with them to church for the next two Sundays.

For the past few years, the church has helped support the Wake Forest Police Department Turkey Drive, which gives turkeys to needy families for Thanksgiving.

Last year, church members donated more than 100 birds to the cause and hope to give even more this year. Part of the church’s mission is to support public servants, and the congregation decided that this project was a great way to help both the community and the local police officers.

Each Tuesday before Thanksgiving since 2007, police officers volunteer their time to distribute donated turkeys to anyone who needs a meal. Last year, the officers gave away 602 turkeys. They aim to collect more than 700 this year. Turkeys will be handed out while they last from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave., Wake Forest.

“Each year, the line of people needing food includes men, women, children and grandparents of all backgrounds,” said Detective Michael Sattler. “Without the donations of private citizens, churches and businesses, we would not be able to help these families. Our event happens solely on the generosity of the people in Wake Forest.”

Living Word Family Church will be collecting frozen turkeys during the services at 9, 11:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, and Sunday, Nov. 18. Community members are also invited to drop turkeys off during those times at the church, 10520 Star Road, Wake Forest.

“We are just looking to do what God wants us to do and that is to just serve people,” said Jamie Tobler, outreach pastor. “It’s as simple as bringing a turkey for someone that otherwise won’t have a meal for the holiday.”

Both financial donations and frozen turkeys can also be given directly to the police department. All money will be used by officers to purchase turkeys. Frozen turkeys can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St., Wake Forest.

“We can use any size of donation that someone wants to make, even $5,” Sattler said. “It’s amazing how many people and how long someone can feed their family with the meat from one turkey. Some families are able to eat for a week with the turkey that we give them.”

Singles worship service

Hope Community Church is having its monthly singles worship night from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the church, 821 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh. Singles of all ages will share a potluck meal, socialize and enjoy live music. The service will also include a panel of single adults from various life stages addressing some of the most significant questions related to being single. For more information, call 919-532-0620 email singles@gethope.net or visit facebook.com/hccjourney.

Veterans Day services

Stony Hill Baptist Church invites the community to the Stony Hill Community Veterans Service from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at 7521 Stony Hill Road, Wake Forest. Sausage biscuits will be served beginning at 7:45 a.m. LTC. Dimitri M. Belmont, who is the senior Army instructor for the 124 cadets of the Wake Forest-Rolesville Cougar Battalion, will be the guest speaker and his cadets will present the colors. The program will also feature music by Randy and Theresa Carter, John and Briana Felix, Dwight Harding, Keith Lloyd and Mariah Massey. For more information, call 919-556-5708 or visit www.stonyhill.org.

Living Word Family Church is recognizing military men and women who have touched the lives of the community and congregation at their Veterans Day Services at 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the church, 10520 Star Road, Wake Forest. For more information, call 919-570-2007 or visit www.lwfc.org.

St. Mark’s UMC Soup on Sunday

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church is having its monthly Soup on Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the church, 4801 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. The meal is free and open to all. As part of a partnership with The Healing Place of Wake County, church volunteers pick up residents of the men’s and women’s shelter and transport them to the church on the second Sunday of each month for food and fellowship. The November meal includes Creole pork chops, garlic mashed potatoes, rolls, sautéed mixed vegetables, dessert, iced tea and lemonade. For more information, call 919 787-0544 or visit www.stmarksraleigh.org.

A Day of Spiritual Practice Retreat

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church is holding A Day of Spiritual Practice retreat from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at the church, 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. The retreat includes a presentation by Rev. Mel Williams and sessions on walking meditation, centering prayer, movement as prayer, art and poetry. The cost of the retreat is $15 and includes lunch. To register, contact Ruth Pardue at 919-851-8843 or rpardue@mindspring.com. For more information, visit www.pullen.org.

Operation Christmas Child

Churches across the Triangle are collecting gift-filled shoe boxes to send to needy children around the world as part of Operation Christmas Child. Families are invited to pack a shoe box and drop it off at one of the collection sites from Monday, Nov. 12, to Monday, Nov. 19. Some of the local collection sites include Wake Forest Christian Church in Wake Forest, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Creedmoor, Leesville Baptist Church in Raleigh and Trinity Baptist Church in Raleigh. For details on items to include in the shoebox and collection center hours, visit www.samaritanspurse.org.