Midtown: Community

Their stitches bring comfort to the hurting

When the women in the Stitch & Schmooze group at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh make the final stitch, they have no idea who will receive the healing shawl they knitted or crocheted. But they do know it will go to someone who needs comforting and healing.

When the rabbis at the temple learn of someone going through an illness or other traumatic event, they bless one of the healing shawls and wrap it around the person in need. While many shawls go to members of Temple Beth Or, the shawls are also given to people in other Jewish temples and those outside the Jewish community.

“People use the healing shawls in many ways. Some wear them as shawls and others use them as blankets,” said Carol Sass, co-chairwoman of Stitch & Schmooze. “It’s just like giving someone a hug.”

The shawls often become treasured by the recipients and handwritten thank you notes show up at the temple for the women. The group has also heard from family members who keep the shawls as a remembrance of loved ones after they pass away.

“It’s beyond words the emotions that come from making the healing shawls. It’s very touching and feels very good,” said Maxine Smith, the other co-chairwoman of the group.

Stitch & Schmooze, part of the Temple Beth Or Sisterhood, meets each second Sunday to make the shawls. The group also works on other handicraft projects, including blankets for homeless people. Many people also make shawls at home to donate. The group is open to anyone in the community who enjoys knitting and crocheting.

The next Stitch & Schmooze meeting is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11. For more information, call 919-781-4895.

Simulcast of ‘Love Costs Everything’

Asbury United Methodist Church will show the worldwide simulcast “Love Costs Everything” from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 11. The simulcast will include real life stories of Christians standing up for their beliefs when facing death and includes scenes from Baghdad and the Colombian jungles. The free, public event for teens and adults will held be in the church’s Life Ministry Center auditorium, 6612 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit www.incastevents.com/lovecostseverything or call 919-847-2818.

Single adult worship night

Single adults are invited to Hope Community Church’s monthly single worship night from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Friday, March 9. Attendees will have social time and a potluck-style meal together. Greg Belcher, single adults pastor, will deliver a message on “Temptation: Why Not Take a Bite?” The event will be held at the church, 821 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh. For more information, call 919-532-0620, email singles@gethope.net or visit facebook.com/hccjourney.

North Raleigh Presbyterian minister

Reverend Craig Miller was recently installed as the pastor of North Raleigh Presbyterian Church. Miller came to the church from Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Fla. and has a masters of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Miller is passionate about a mission-oriented theology and plans to continue North Raleigh Presbyterian Church’s work in serving others. Those interested in learning more about the church are invited to attend inquirers classes conducted by Miller from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Sundays, March 11, 28 and 28, at the church, 11905 Strickland Road, Raleigh. For more information, call 919-848-9529 or visit www.northraleighpc.org.

Piano concert at Pleasant Grove United Methodist

Joe Lupton, music director and organist at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, will perform a piano concert 7 p.m. Sunday, March 11. He will play music from his CD “A Time of Centering.” The concert will be held in the church, 4415 Pleasant Grove Church Road, Raleigh. The concert is free and child care is available. For more information, call 919-787-7763.

Billitones concert at Milner Memorial Presbyterian

Billy and Toni Stevens, known as the BilliTones, will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1950 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. The concert is titled “Sincere Forms of Flattery: Blacks, Whites and Popular American Music” and will illustrate how each major genre of music evolved from both black and white musicians. The duo has played live concerts in over 25 different countries.

Toni Stevens grew up in Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church, and the couple wanted to give back to the church through their music. The concert will feature a diverse array of music, including classic songs from the ’50s to the ’80s. For more information, call 919-231-7313.