Midtown: Community

Speaker to focus on method of prayer

One Saturday morning when Elise Moore was 10, she was sitting in a matinee showing of “Yogi Bear” and a man sat down next to her. The man threatened her and eventually pinned her to the theater seat. But in the middle of the fear, a thought came to her that she had to pray, and she snapped out of her fear.

“I remember to this day how I prayed. I began praying that God is present with me in the movie theater, God is more powerful than this man, and God knows how to get me out of this,” Moore recalls. As she was praying, she said, God told her to get up from the seat and leave the theater right away.

“I talked back to God and told him that I couldn’t because the man was holding me down. My next thought was God telling me, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am with you. He won’t be able to touch you.’ ”

Moore got out of the man’s grasp and started walking away, but when she was about two feet away, he lunged at her.

She said that to this day, it still amazes her that he didn’t touch her. “It was like I was in this bubble and protected by divine love from God,” Moore said. “Even though I was a child, I knew I needed to obey God.” She left the theater and told management, but the man escaped.

Moore will use her experience and stories from nine other people who heard from God to teach a specific method of praying to discern the difference between God’s voice and wishful thinking. Moore will present God is Speaking to You at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at the Longview Center, 118 S. Person St., Raleigh. Moore is an international Christian speaker from Nashville, Tenn., and has worked in the Christian healing ministry for more than 25 years. She has written more than 250 articles on the topic and gives classes and lectures around the country.

“I really think that we all want to nurture our relationship with God so we can feel closer and be obedient while we walk in God’s path. This talk will really help you do that,” Moore said. “When you leave, you will think, ‘I can do this.’ It really is worth an hour of your time to learn tools that you can use for the rest of your life.”

Singles worship night

Hope Community Church will have its monthly singles worship night from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the church, 821 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh. Singles of all ages will share a potluck meal, socialize and enjoy live music. Nationally known speaker and author Kris Swiatocho will share about what it means to “rest, renew and refocus.” With her humor and insight, Swiatocho will give attendees a clear path to finding time to rest and refocus in the midst of life’s maze. For more information, call 919-532-0620, email singles@gethope.net or visit facebook.com/hccjourney.

Cleaning consciousness workshop

Unity Church of Raleigh will hold a workshop titled Cleaning Consciousness from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the church, 11101 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Paula Zabkar will lead the workshop, which was inspired by the book “Zero Limits” by Joe Vitale and Ihaleakala Hew Len. Attendees will learn what “cleaning consciousness” is and how it works and then practice the technique in the workshop. A love offering will be collected; free child care is available. For more information, email ucrprograms@earthlink.net, call 919-870-7364 or visit www.unitychurchofraleigh.org.

Soup on Sunday

St. Marks United Methodist Church will have its monthly Soup on Sunday meal at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 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 April meal is baked spaghetti (with a vegetarian version available), sautéed seasoned vegetables, dinner rolls, dessert, iced tea and lemonade. For more information, call 919-787-0544 or visit www.stmarksraleigh.org.

Women’s Day celebration

The women of Wilson Temple United Methodist Church will observe Women’s Day at the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, April 14, at the church, 1023 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. The Rev. Shirley Canty of Charlotte will be the guest preacher. For more information, visit www.wilsontempleumc.org or call 919-828-9989.

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