Midtown: Community

Episcopal Campus Ministry creates sacred space

College students used to open the door of Cheshire House near N.C. State University and find themselves standing in a living room when they arrived for meetings with Raleigh Episcopal Campus Ministry. But thanks to the hard work of volunteers, students now enter the building into a sacred worship place.

Vaughn Wagoner, Don Blankenship, Tom Krisulewicz and Perry Schneider led the effort to convert two rooms of the historic house into Pauli Murray Chapel. Volunteers knocked out walls and completely renovated the space.

“Having the chapel is really important to us,” said the Rev. Deborah Fox, chaplin of Episcopal Campus Ministry for Raleigh. “It sends a clear message that this is a Christian community, and our communion together strengthens us to go out into the world and be the church.”

When it came time for the ministry to dedicate the new chapel, members quickly decided to name it after the Episcopal Patron Saint Pauli Murray. The Rev. Dr. Anna Pauline Murray grew up in Durham and was the first African-American woman to be ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church.

“We dedicated the chapel to her because she is our role model,” Fox said. “Her social justice work started with her faith. Her attitude wasn’t a radical let’s change the world one, but wanting to change the world because we are all children of God and created in God’s image.”

The Raleigh Episcopal Campus Ministry serves students from N.C. State, Meredith College, William Peace University, Shaw University and Wake Technical Community College.

Each week the students meet Sunday evening for Eucharist followed by a home cooked meal provided by a local Episcopal church. On Wednesdays, the group hold discussions on issues.

The students also participate in many outreaches throughout the year, such as the Episcopal Farm Ministry, to learn about the perspective of others and then decide as a group how they can help the community.

“We really try to build our community with the students,” Fox said. “We listen to each other, know we are here to serve each other and then take that spirit out into the larger community.”

Louisburg UMC fall bazaar

The Louisburg United Methodist Church will have its fall bazaar from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the church, at the corner of Main and Noble streets in Louisburg. The festivities will include a country breakfast, flea market and silent auction. Homemade crafts, baked goods, jars of peanuts, jams and jellies will be for sale. A lunch of hot dogs and Brunswick soup will be served. For more information, call 919-496-3736.

Raleigh Christmas parade hot chocolate sale

Church of the Good Shepherd will sell refreshments starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, during the Raleigh Christmas parade in front of the church, at 125 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Hot chocolate, coffee, water, soda, Krispy Kreme donuts and Bojangles’ ham and sausage biscuits will be for sale.

Poverty awareness training

Catholic Charities will hold Poverty Awareness Training from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Millbrook Baptist Church, 1519 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. The training will provide awareness and information about poverty in the community and prepare both individuals and congregations to work with the Support Circle program. Support Circles are groups of six to 10 people who commit to help a homeless family get back on their feet by providing a variety of assistance and support. To register for the training, contact Roberta Roberta Macauley at roberta.macauley@raldioc.org or 919-790-8533, ext. 32.

Wake Forest Church of God Harvest Festival

Wake Forest Church of God will hold its Harvest Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the church, 155 E. Cedar Ave., Wake Forest. Activities will include a cake walk, a silent auction, hayrides and kids’ activities. Food, crafts and Christmas items will be for sale. For more information, call 919-562-2425 or visit www.wakeforestchurchofgod.com.

Thanksgiving dinner

The community is invited to a free Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Bible Way Temple, 1110 Holmes St., Raleigh. For more information, call Bishop Darnell Dixon at 919-833-4466.

Thanksgiving Service

Mt. Olivet Baptist Church will hold a Community Thanksgiving Service at at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the church, 3500 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh. The service will include music, testimonies and communion followed by a reception. For more information, call 919-787-1910 or go to www.mobc.org.

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