Midtown: Community

Couple brings laughs to Ultimate Date Night

People don’t typically think of going to a church event together as a date, but couples across the Triangle area will head to Covenant Church on March 2 for a night out. Nationally known authors and marriage “edu-tainers” Jay and Laura Laffoon are bringing their Ultimate Date Night event – featuring comedy, a thought-provoking message and lots of laughter – to Raleigh.

“For about the cost of two movie tickets, we provide great biblical content in the midst of comedy and humor,” Jay said. “You are going to laugh, and you are going connect and walk away with a renewed love for your spouse.”

The evening’s theme revolves around the message “Powerful Phrases that Your Spouse Needs to Hear” and is designed to help couples improve their communication. And the advice isn’t just based on the Laffoons’ experience, but on a survey of more than 1,000 couples about specific phrases they want their husbands or wives to say to them.

At each event, the Laffoons stress how important it for couples to have regular date nights. “One of the keys that we have seen from working with couples is to build regular time to connect with each other into your routine,” Laura said.

The couple’s marriage ministry began when they were working as youth ministers and were often asked to do parenting seminars. “The more we researched parenting issues, we realized that most parenting issues were actually marriage issues that had manifested into parenting problems,” Jay said. “We decided to get right to the source of issue and help people strengthen their marriages.”

They began hosting weekend marriage seminars around the country, and when the economic downturn started, they started to offer the Ultimate Date Night for couples as a cheaper alternative to getting away for the weekend.

The Laffoons will also have marriage-enhancing books, tapes and other materials at the date night. “Our ministry isn’t just a one-night thing. We provide materials to help couples make a long-term commitment to marriage enrichment,” Jay said.

The Ultimate Date Night is at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Covenant Church, 12621 Strickland Road, Raleigh. Tickets are $20 per couple and can be purchased online at www.ccifamily.org or by calling 919-846-8742. For more information on the Laffoons, or to see a video of previous Ultimate Date Nights, visit www.JayAndLaura.com.

Brooks Avenue Church

Mike O’Neal, who worked for NASA for more than 31 years, will bring a multimedia presentation, “Spirituality & Spaceflight,” on the role spirituality has played in human spaceflight at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Brooks Avenue Church of Christ, 700 Brooks Ave., Raleigh. In addition to Apollo-era audio and photos from space, the presentation will include a video of astronaut’s worship on the International Space Station. For more information, call 919-821-2400 or visit www.brooks.org.

Personally Fit is holding a group fitness and weight-loss challenge to benefit the Brooks Avenue Church of Christ Spring Carnival. Participants can form their own team of five or request to join an existing team. Team entry fee is $250, or $50 per person, and a cash prize of $750 will be given to the winning team. For more information, contact Personally Fit at 919-832-8484.

Singles worship night

Hope Community Church is having its monthly singles worship night from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the church, 821 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh. Singles of all ages will share a potluck meal, socialize and enjoy live music. Dr. Greg Belcher, pastor of single adults at the church, will speak on “Plan B: What Do You Do When Life Takes a Turn You Never Expected?” For more information, call 919-532-0620, email singles@gethope.net or visit facebook.com/hccjourney.

Body of Christ Church

The Raleigh/Wake Alumni chapter of N.C. A&T State University and the Missions Ministry of the Body of Christ Church will hold a fish fry from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Dinner Theatre at the Dream Center at 5616 Fox Road, Raleigh. Meal tickets are $8, and sodas will be available for $1. All proceeds will support scholarships for Wake County students attending the university. For more information, call 919-872-7712.

An American Red Cross Blood Drive also will be held during the fish fry in the Dream Center’s gym. Go to redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code “Dream Center” to make an appointment. For more information, call Marcia Vernon at 919-946-6665.

Adam’s Voice Gospel Trio

The Adam’s Voice Gospel Trio will perform at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Church of Nazarene, 203 CapCom Ave., Wake Forest. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 919-610-4724 or visit www.wfnazarene.org.

Soup on Sunday

St. Marks United Methodist Church will have its monthly Soup on Sunday meal at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the church, 4801 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. The meal is free, and everyone is welcome. As part of a partnership with The Healing Place of Wake County, church volunteers pick up residents of the men’s and women’s shelters and bring them to the church on the second Sunday of each month for food and fellowship. The February meal will have a New Orleans theme with chicken jambalaya (vegetarian version available), Andouille sausage, muffaletta dip, hamburger soup, homemade cornbread, dessert, fresh lemonade and iced tea. For more information, call 919-787-0544 or visit www.stmarksraleigh.org.

Raleigh Convocation Choir

The Raleigh Convocation Choir will perform a traditional Choral Evensong service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Church of the Nativity, 8849 Ray Road, Raleigh. The Raleigh Convocation Choir is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and was founded in 2008 under the leadership of Lewis Moore. The service is part of Church of the Nativity’s Spirituality in the Arts series and will also feature prayer and meditation. For more information, visit www.NativityOnline.org.

Jazz Vespers service

Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church will hold a Jazz Vespers service as part of its contemporary service, @ The Table, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the church, 4900 Kaplan Drive, Raleigh. The service will include a mix of prayer, poetry, ambient art and jazz along with coffee and snacks for worshippers. The group Vanism and guest drummer Mark McKnight will perform. For more information, call 919-851-4713 or visit www.wbpresbyterian.com/worshipmusic/sunday-worship/the-table.

Youth spaghetti dinner

Windborne United Methodist Church’s youth group will serve a spaghetti dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the church, 9121 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. All proceeds will support youth mission opportunities. Advance tickets are $3 for children 4-12, $7 for adults and $22 for a family up to six people. Tickets purchased at the door are $4 for children 4-12, $8 for adults, and $25 for a family up to six people. Children 3 and younger are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 919-386-0212.

Wilson Temple tea

The United Methodist Women of Wilson Temple will celebrate their annual February tea at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the church, 1023 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. This year’s celebration will feature “An Afternoon with Women of the Bible.” Men are welcome. For more information, call 919-828-9989 or visit www.wilsontempleumc.org.

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