Midtown: Community

St. Francis delving into climate change

The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi doesn’t shy away from the tough and unusual topics. In recent years, the church has held seminars and encouraged dialogue on immigration, the death penalty and even the Wake County school assignment policy. This spring, the church is undertaking another topic not typically talked about by churches: climate change.

“Climate change is one of our more urgent issues of our time, and I think that as Americans, there is a certain power that we have regarding what’s happening to climate based on our choices and the policies we are promoting as a country,” said Trevor Thompson, director of pastoral ministries and coordinator of Justice and Peace. “To be educated about climate change and think about our choices in light of our faith is important to being a good citizen.”

The church is holding three community conversations that will include speakers on a topic related to climate control followed by a chance for questions and discussions. All sessions will be held in the Founders Room of St. Francis of Assisi, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh. To RSVP, email Shelia Read at sheila.read@stfrancisraleigh.org or call 919-847-8205 ext. 420.

The first event, How Can Our Christian Faith Guide Our Response to Climate Change?, will address how the principles of Christianity relate to climate change from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Attendees at The State of Climate Change Science and Policy from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 6, will hear the latest scientific developments from climate change experts. The final conversation, Individual and Political Climate Change Solutions – What Can You Do?, will encourage participants to take action on a global and personal level.

“The challenge with climate change is that it’s easy not to feel the immediate effects because it doesn’t affect our day to day life until there is a catastrophe,” Thompson said. “As people of faith, we need to pay particular attention to how our climate changes affect the poor and vulnerable.”

All Saints Anglican yard sale

All Saints Anglican Church of Raleigh will hold a multi-family yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the church, 4903 Western Blvd., Raleigh. Items for sale will include tools, furniture, children’s toys and clothing, household goods and electronics. All proceeds will benefit the building fund for the church. The rain date for the sale is May 11. For more information, visit www.allsaintsraleigh.com or email info@allsaintsraleigh.com.

Gala benefit for Catholic Charities

The third annual Celebrate God’s Gifts Gala is scheduled from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Raleigh Marriott City Center, 500 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. The event will feature dinner and live entertainment. Tickets cost $75 and proceeds will benefit the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Justyn Lord at 919-821-8146 or ccdevelopment@raldioc.org.

Raleigh Flute Choir benefit concert

The Raleigh Flute Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Ave., Raleigh. The choir is a professional chamber ensemble of nine flutists that has performed at the White House. The concert will include music spanning the centuries from the Renaissance to the present. All funds collected during the free will offering will help the church sponsor a Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event to assemble at least 10,000 dehydrated, high-protein, high-nutrition meals to ship overseas to a developing nation. For more information, call 919-828-1687.

Raising Hope dinner

The fourth annual Raising Hope dinner and silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in Finlator Hall at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Proceeds will benefit The Hope Center at Pullen, which works to prevent homelessness in Wake County. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.hopecenteratpullen.org/events or contact Pat Hielscher at 919-322-2751, ext. 4.

Change the World clothing drive

Windborne United Methodist Church will be collecting clothing during May to donate to families staying at the church through the Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network. Clothes of all sizes, handbags, luggage and shoes will be accepted. Any items not used by the families will be donated to North Raleigh Ministries. Clothing can be dropped off at the church office, at 9121 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, on Sunday mornings or from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit www.windborneumc.org or call 919-386-0212.

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