Midtown: Community

Two favorites combined: basketball and barbecue

Instead of the lyrics to worship songs, the two projector screens in Windborne United Methodist Church sanctuary will be showing ACC Tournament games on Friday, March 9. During the church’s Seventh Annual ACC Tournament BBQ, you can enjoy two North Carolina favorites in the same afternoon: basketball and barbecue.

Church members will stay up all night before the event to smoke 13 hogs. During the event, kids can play with toys or color in a children’s corner in the sanctuary while the adults watch the games on the big screen. Last year, the church served more than 1,200 plates of food and members hope to feed even more this year.

“It’s one of our most fun events because we get to reach out to the community and meet people we wouldn’t normally meet,” said member Darryl Colwell.

Proceeds will go toward mission work, including disaster relief, Operation Christmas Child and Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network.

Barbecue will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the church on the corner of Lead Mine and Six Forks Road at 9121 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. Plates are $8 and include pork or chicken, boiled potatoes, cole slaw, bread and tea. Children’s hot dog plates are $4. Homemade baked goods will also be on sale. To-go plates are also available and lunchtime delivery is free for plates of 10 more within five miles of the church. To-go and delivery orders can be ordered by fax at 919-386-0368 or by emailing office@windborneumc.org. For more information, call 919-386-0212.

“Within our church we have many N.C. State, Duke and UNC fans. Everyone wears their team colors to the event, but we all come together and fellowship throughout the day,” Colwell said.

Wakefield United Methodist Church

Wakefield United Methodist Church recently began a capital campaign to raise money to build a church building. The new church campus will be located on Star Road near Capital Boulevard and New Falls of the Neuse Road in Wake Forest.

The church began worshiping in 2007 and currently meets each Sunday at Banks Kerr YMCA at 2500 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and worship service is at 10 a.m. Nursery is provided for children ages 3 and under. For more information, call 919-827-0670 or visit www.wakefieldumc.org.

West Raleigh Presbyterian

West Raleigh Presbyterian Church is having a church lunch and auction at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, to raise money for a youth group mission trip to Ghost Ranch, N.M., this summer. A variety of silent auction items will be available, including sporting event tickets, electronics and vacations. Attendees can enjoy a homemade lunch for $5 in progressive dinner style with a different food course at each table. A live auction will also be held.

Community members caring for aging parents are invited to attend the workshop “Choosing to Care: Responding to the Needs of Your Aging Parents” from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17. Speakers will help caregivers overcome emotional and practical issues related to care giving. The event is free and lunch is provided. Registration is required by noon Friday, March 9. To register, contact Shelley Rubin at shelley@wrpc.org or 919- 828-5468, ext. 10.

Both events will be held at the church located at 27 Horne St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-828-5468 or visit www.wrpc.org.

Annual Day of Prayer and Action

Church Women United is holding its annual Day of Prayer and Action at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 2. The event will be held at White Memorial Presbyterian Church at 1704 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. Attendees will fellowship together, spend time in prayer and also pack hygiene packs for migrant workers.

Women are encouraged to bring items to include in the packages, such as travel-size toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes and washcloths. Church Women United includes women of various denominations and races that join together for Christian fellowship, prayer, advocacy and action. Registration is not required for the free event. For more information, call Martha Bricio at 919-787-4968.

Gospel Concert

The Taylors will perform a free gospel music concert at Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 4900 Kaplan Drive, Raleigh. The concert is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the sanctuary. For the past five years, the four young adult siblings have been singing together publicly and hold several national singing titles. For more information, call 919-851-4713 or visit www.wbpresbyterian.org.