Midtown: Community

Walk at Grace Lutheran aims to teach about human-trafficking

Kaye Reierson’s granddaughter returned from a Lutheran youth conference in New Orleans last summer eager to share with her family what she had learned. She didn’t want to talk just about the sermons and activities, but also told her grandmother about how the youth learned about human-trafficking and wrote letters to legislators.

Kaye Reierson was startled by the statistics: According to the Salvation Army, more than 300,000 children in the United States were victims of human-trafficking.

“It was really eye-opening for me,” Reierson said. “I had no idea that young girls and boys were enslaved, trafficked and tortured.”

Reierson spoke to leaders at her church, Grace Lutheran, about what the church could do. Last fall, Reierson took the youth to the Salvation Army Prayer Walk in downtown Raleigh to learn more about human-trafficking and how they could help.

But Reierson wanted to do even more, so she has organized a prayer walk at her church to share the message with the community and church members.

The Fight Human Trafficking Prayer Walk is set for 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in the fellowship hall at the church, 5010 Six Forks Road, Raleigh.

Worshippers will walk between stations to learn about trafficking and how they can help. Participants will also see photos of girls who have been rescued and are asked to pray for those still enslaved. Representatives from the Salvation Army will attend to answer questions.

“I am now really passionate about this issue, because it should not be happening to our young people,” Reierson said. “I want to do what I can to help so that no more children are gripped by human-trafficking.”

For more information on the prayer walk, visit www.gracelutheranraleigh.org or call 919-787-1815. To learn more about human-trafficking, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org/trafficking.

‘Peter and the Angel’

St. Joseph’s Parish Seniors Group will present a staged reading of the one-act play “Peter and the Angel” at 3 p.m. Friday, March 8, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 2817 Poole Road, Raleigh. The performance is free; a free will offering will be collected. For more information, visit www.stjosephsraleigh.org or call 919 231-6364.

Church Women United

Church Women United will hold its annual Prayer and Action Celebration at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at Davie Street Presbyterian Church, 300 E.Davie St., Raleigh. Attendees will pack hygiene kits for an Episcopal mission in Sampson County that ministers to migrant laborers. Donations of long-sleeve shirts and work pants in medium and large sizes will be accepted.

Church Women United is an ecumenical movement that brings together women of diverse denominations, races and worship traditions in close Christian fellowship, prayer, advocacy and action for peace with justice in the world. For more information, visit www.cwunc.org.

Soup on Sunday

St. Marks United Methodist Church will have its monthly Soup on Sunday meal at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, March 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 March meal is beef stroganoff with egg noodles, pasta primavera, marinated carrot and bell pepper salad, dessert, iced tea and lemonade. For more information, call 919-787-0544 or visit www.stmarksraleigh.org.

Chamber Singers concert

The Chamber Singers of the East Carolina University School of Music will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Christ Church, 120 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. The free concert will be directed by Dr. Andrew Crane and features works by composers of all different genres. For more information, visit www.christchurchraleigh.org.

Women’s Seder

Women and girls are invited to an intergenerational Passover seder at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Temple Beth Or, 5315 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Participants will join in prayer and song to explore the Haggadah with an emphasis on the role of women.

The seder is sponsored by Beth Meyer Sisterhood and The Greater Wake County Chapter of Hadassah. Bring a nonperishable food item for donation to Interfaith Food Shuttle. Tickets are $20 per person and $10 for girls ages 10 and under.

RSVP to raleigh_womens_seder@yahoo.com by Friday, March 8. For more information, call Cherie Marcus at 919-803-5161.

Jewish-Christian Social Justice Passover Seder

Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community invites the community to its second annual Jewish-Christian social justice Passover seder from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at The Irregardless Café, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. The seder will focus on the message of leaving oppression and finding liberation.

A donation of $30 per person is requested and a full dinner will be served. Scholarships are available. Early registration is suggested; the seder is expected to sell out. Register by Tuesday, March 12, by emailing rsvp@yavneh-raleigh.org.

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