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Church invites all to recharge their faith

Each night, a different choir will sing and a different preacher will preach a different sermon. But the purpose will remain the same throughout Wilson Temple United Methodist Church’s spring revival: to recharge your faith and celebrate Christ.

“As we celebrate Easter, the revival is a wonderful way to renew in our faith,” said Rev. Regina Henderson, lead pastor at the church. “Spring is when we celebrate new life, so it’s the perfect time and celebrate new life in Christ.”

The church held its first spring revival last year and hopes to make it an annual event. Wilson Temple United Methodist Church has been meeting for 146 years; its sanctuary is designated as one of Raleigh’s historic churches.

One of Henderson’s goals each year is to have pastors from a variety of denominations share a message and encourage worshippers from all local churches. “In Wake County, we are all collectively part of the body of Christ, but often don’t know each other at the local level. We want to help connect congregations within the community to build and establish partnerships. It’s so important that we get to know one another,” Henderson said.

The revival, called The Best is Yet to Come, will start at 7 each night from Tuesday, April 9, through Thursday April 11, at the church, 1023 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. Rev. Latonya L. Agard from Bazzel Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Fuquay-Varina will preach Tuesday, Rev. Dr. JJ Wilkins Jr. from Wake Chapel Church in Raleigh on Wednesday, and Dr. Dumas Harshaw from First Baptist Church in Raleigh on Thursday.

“Typically revival isn’t for those who are unsaved, but for the edification of the body, so we can be reminded of our mission and goal as disciples of Christ,” Henderson said. “Because at the end of the day, the mission and goal is for each of us to be able to say ‘I am a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.’ ”

For more information, visit www.wilsontempleumc.org or call 919-828-9989.

Lecture on economics, free enterprise

Dr. Jay W. Richards will lecture on “Money, Greed, and God: How Should Christians Think about Economics and Free Enterprise” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in the Center for Faith and Culture Seminar Room on the second floor of Patterson Hall at Southeastern Baptist Seminary, 120 S. Wingate St., Wake Forest. Dr. Richards is Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and author of “Money, Greed, and God.” The free event is sponsored by the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture. For more information or to register, visit www.centerforfaithandculture.com.

Spring community fair

Wake Forest Church of the Nazarene will hold a spring community fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the church, 203 Capcom Ave., Suite 114, Wake Forest. The festival will include arts and crafts along with handcrafted jewelry. For more information, visit www.wfnazarene.org or call 919-528-8455.

Wake Forest UMC

Men of all Christian Faith are invited to the Men of Faith Day Apart from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Wake Forest United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 905 S. Main St., Wake Forest. Rev. Alan Felton will teach about missions, evangelism and discipleship. The cost of $5 includes lunch and registration. To register, visit www.wakeforestumc.org. That night, Rev. Tina Luce, a blind worship leader from Wesley UMC in Salem, Mass., will perform a musical concert at 7 p.m. The concert is free and family-friendly. For more information, call 919-556-2239.

Magic of Mozart

Meredith college singers and musicians will perform “The Magic of Mozart” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Wake Forest Baptist Church, 107 E. South Ave., Wake Forest. The concert will include music from well-known operas, such as “The Marriage of Figaro” and “Cosi fan tutte,” along with sacred and secular pieces. The concert is part of the Virginia Tull Music and Arts Series. For more information, visit www.virginiatull.org, call 919-556-5141 or email virginiatullmusicandarts@gmail.com.

Seafood boil fundraiser

Fairmont United Methodist Church will serve seafood plates from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the church, 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh. Dinners are $12 for adults, and plates include shrimp and/or oysters, corn, bread, beverages and dessert. Kids’ plates for age 6-12 are $8, and children under 6 eat free. Dinner will be served in two seatings: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All proceeds will support the church’s work team heading to Haiti to work with the Ryan Epps Home for Children. For more information, call 919-832-3316 or email info@fairmontumc.org.

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