Midtown: Community

Faith Missionary Baptist celebrates growth

Representatives of each of the 29 ministries at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Raleigh put on a hard hat and picked up a shovel at the recent groundbreaking for the church’s sanctuary expansion. After digging in the dirt where the new building will stand, each person quoted a bible verse that represented their ministry and its vision for the future.

“There really was an air of excitement at the groundbreaking, and I felt like I had been born again,” said Susie Daughtry, director of Christian education at the church. “We just knew that the Holy Spirit was with us and we were moving forward with God.”

Along with more than 200 church and community members, Wake County Sherriff Donnie Harrison and Eugene Weeks, Raleigh Mayor Pro-Tem and Raleigh City Council member, were at the event to providing welcoming remarks.

The church split from Good Hope Baptist church in Knightdale in the early 1970s and the congregation moved the church to Raleigh. The original sanctuary was built in the late 1970s as an addition to the former dance hall that stood on the property. Faith Missionary Baptist Church went through a period of transition in the 1990s with their longtime pastor dying and having visiting pastors for several years.

Since Dr. George A. Jones began as pastor in 2000, the church has been growing rapidly and now has close to 400 members with a goal of having 600 members soon. The expanded sanctuary will be connected to the original building and allow additional worshipers to attend each Sunday.

Faith Missionary Baptist Church focuses on helping the community through twice a month food distributions and going out in to the community to talk with people about Jesus.

“Our new sanctuary will allow us to help more people in the community to know Jesus,” Daughtry said. “We are reaching out to save people who do not know Christ.”

Coffeehouse for special needs adult

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will have its monthly coffeehouse for special needs adults from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the church, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Entertainment will be provided by the contemporary Christian band Friday’s Veil, which plays music similar to Casting Crowns’. Transportation is available to this free event.

The church is also looking for additional volunteers to help with preparing food, serving refreshments, welcoming guests, providing extra assistance to guests, transportation and cleanup.

For more information, call 919-848-1573 or email cindybdavis@gmail.com.

Living Word Family Church free health clinic

Living Word Family Church will provide free medical, dental and vision services for the community from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the church, 10520 Star Road, Wake Forest. Spanish interpreters will be available.

For more information, call 919-570-2007 or visit www.lwfc.org.

Silent auction and spaghetti dinner

Wakefield United Methodist Youth Group will hold a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Wake Forest United Methodist Church, 905 S. Main St., Wake Forest. After dinner, silent and live auctions will be held.

All proceeds will be used to send work teams to participate in the Appalachian Service Project for the fourth year in a row.

Child care will be provided. Tickets at the door are $10 per person or a maximum of $25 per family. For more information, email retired17@gmail.com.

St. Mark’s Episcopal 50th Anniversary

The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, will spend Holy Week with the people of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh in honor of the parish’s 50th Anniversary.

Curry will preach at the Palm Sunday service at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 24, at the church, 1725 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh. He will share teachings on the journey of faith at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, and Wednesday, March 27, along with preaching at the Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Day services. For more information, visit www.stmarks-ral.org or call 919-231-6767.

Living Last Supper

The community is invited to a Living Last Supper at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Ephesus Baptist Church, 6767 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

The service will include a portrayal of the Last Supper through drama and song. For more information, call 919-851-1928.

Easter Sunrise Labyrinth Walk

Millbrook Baptist Church will have its second annual Easter Sunrise Labyrinth Walk at 7 a.m. Sunday, March 31, in the labyrinth garden behind the church, 1519 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh.

The service includes a prayer and call to worship before worshipers walk the labyrinth at their own pace. A prayer will conclude the service. Journals will be available for anyone who wants to reflect on their experience through writing.

For more information, call 919-876-1519 or visit www.millbrookbaptistchurch.org.

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