Midtown: Community

LDS congregations set goal to collect 90,000 pounds of food

If your neighbor leaves a paper bag on your doorstep for you to fill with food or you see a drop box in a local business in the next few weeks, it may be a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Day of Service.

The nine LDS congregations in the Raleigh Stake are partnering with the community to collect at least 90,000 pounds of food on Saturday, March 23. The Food Bank of Eastern & Central N.C. distributes about 50,000 pounds of food each day, so the collected food would feed local residents for almost two days.

“We try to do the work of the Savior, and part of Christ’s work is feeding the needy,” said Steve Hanna, who is co-chairman of the project with his wife, Teri. “The day of service gives us an opportunity to partner with other organizations and other faiths to serve the poor.”

The Raleigh churches have been participating in the day of service since national church leadership issued a challenge to the congregations in 2009. In 2010, the Raleigh Stake worked with the N.C. School of Math and Science to set a Guinness World Record for most food donated in a 24-hour period.

In addition to local businesses that are putting collection boxes out, the congregations are working with several schools and other organizations, such as Scout troops. Hanna said they would welcome more groups.

On Saturday, March 23, collection boxes will be available at the Raleigh, Wake Forest, Zebulon and Knightdale churches from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for donations of non-perishable food or cash. The Wake Forest church is at 1524 Jenkins Road, and the Raleigh church is at 5060 Six Forks Road. At 2 p.m. ,volunteers from the Raleigh Stake will sort the food, place it in boxes and shrink wrap the items for the food bank to collect. Also, more than 60 volunteers will work at the food bank that day sorting and collecting items.

“This is a great way to families to teach the meaning of service and how a few people can do a lot of good,” Hanna said.

For more information, email Steve Hanna at stevehanna@email.com.

ACC tournament barbecue

Windborne United Methodist will serve barbecue plates from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the church, 9121 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. Televisions and large screens will be showing the ACC basketball tournament, and diners are encouraged to stay and enjoy the games. Drive-thru service will also be available.

Tickets are $8 per plate and include barbecue, boiled potatoes, cole slaw, rolls and tea. Children’s hot dog plates will be $4. All proceeds will benefit Windborne ministries and missions.

Food delivery is available for orders of 10 or more within a 5-mile radius of the church, placed by noon Thursday, March 15. For more information, call 919-386-0212 or visit www.windborneumc.org.

Just Worship Raleigh

So many people are interested in attending the Just Worship Raleigh event at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, that organizers have moved it from Fletcher Opera Theatre to the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in downtown Raleigh. The previously sold-out event now has 1,000 more tickets available.

Musicians from more than 25 Triangle churches in a variety of denominations will participate. Music will include contemporary Christian, rock, traditional hymns, jazz and Gospel. An interpretive dance with acapella voices will also be performed. The event is free, but all attendees must have a ticket. Visit www.just_worship.eventbrite.com to reserve a ticket.

St. Mark’s UMC Easter egg hunt

The community is invited to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church annual Easter celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the church, 4801 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. Festivities will include the Easter story, an egg hunt, bounce houses and face painting. For more information, call 919-787-0544 or visit www.stmarksraleigh.org.

Special needs worship service

Families with special needs children and adults are invited to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s Shine worship service at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, March 17, at the church, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. The message will be about Luke’s gospel of Jesus calming the storm.

Noise-reducing headphones, fidget balls and booster seats are available, and the church will work to meet additional needs. A picture board at the front of the sanctuary with the order of the service helps the children know what is coming next. Children are encouraged to play a musical instrument during the songs and are welcomed to experience God’s love no matter what their actions, while their parents can take communion and hear a message. For more information, call 919-848-1573 or visit www.gslchurchnew.org.

Ebenezer UMC barbecue

Ebenezer United Methodist Church will hold its annual pork barbecue sale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the church, 6020 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh. The cost is $8 per plate including barbecue, cole slaw, potato salad, green beans, hush puppies and drinks. All proceeds go towards the church’s Faith Center building fund. For large takeout orders, order ahead at ebenezerbbq@gmail.com or 919-348-9227.

Grants available

The BJH Foundation for Senior Services is now accepting applications for grants from nonprofit organizations serving Jewish seniors in North and South Carolina. During the past six years, BJH Foundation has awarded 121 grants totaling more than $1.2 million to organizations providing enrichment, training, fellowship and health education programs for Jewish seniors. Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to the BJH Foundation by April 15, 2013. For a complete list of requirements and to download an application, visit www.bjhfoundation.org.

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