Midtown: Community

Pilgrimage to Jerusalem to unite two faiths

While people often attend worship services while traveling, the Heartspace 2012 Pilgrimage takes the concept to a new level. During the October trip, both Christian and Jewish travelers will have Sabbath morning worship on the Masada, a desert fortress looking out on the Dead Sea. The next day, they will share in a Sunday morning Christian worship service in the open desert of Machtesh Ramon.

“The interfaith trip is not a tour of Israel or a vacation per-se. I prefer to say pilgrimage because it has intentionality attached,” said Joseph Ward, pastor of West Raleigh Presbyterian Church.

The pilgrimage, through Segal Expeditions, is sponsored by West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community and Heartspace Spiritual Resources. The journey is part of an ongoing interfaith effort, which has included a recent interfaith Passover Seder, a 20-week Share Spiritual Leadership seminar and a pilgrimage in 2011 to the Czech Republic.

The group will leave Raleigh on Oct. 14 and return Oct. 28. Highlights will include visiting Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee and Tzfat. The cost for the two-week trip is $4,898, which includes airfare, accommodations, entrance fees and most meals.

In addition to visiting sites important to both Christianity and Judaism, travelers will have time each day for devotional time and a reflection session.

“The land of Israel has a way of speaking to people. We will hear it more on this trip because we are traveling with partners of another faith,” Ward said.

By sharing Christian and Jewish traditions, leaders hope the travelers will gain a deeper understanding of the other faith and their own faith.

The pilgrimage is open to anyone in the community.

“If you have an inner spark after hearing about the pilgrimage, then the invitation is to pay attention,” said Stacy Grove, interfaith minister with Heartspace Spiritual Resources. “Consider what is drawing you to participate in this type of journey to Israel and take the time to learn more.”

An informational meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, 27 Horne St., Raleigh. For more information, email Rabbi Raachel Jurovics at raachelj@igc.org.

Soapstone UMC BBQ

Soapstone United Methodist Church’s annual BBQ sale is Friday, April 13, at the church, 12837 Norwood Road, Raleigh. Plates will be for sale from 7 to 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. All proceeds will go to fund church mission projects. The church will also give 100 plates of food to the Raleigh Rescue Mission to help feed homeless men and women.

During dinnertime, seating is available along with a moon bounce for children. Plates are $9 and include chicken or pork BBQ, potatoes, corn, green beans and a roll. Two pieces of chicken and 1 lb. pork containers are also available for $7 each. Free delivery is available for orders of 10 or more plates within 10 miles of the church.

To preorder food or for more information, call David Carstens at 919-676-6011 or the church office at 919-846-2212.

Pizza, movie night

Richland Creek Community Church is holding Free Pizza Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest. After dinner, the movie “Courageous” will be shown from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.richlandcreek.com or call 919-556-9292.

Family life conference

The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is holding a Family Life Conference from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 13, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14, in the Eitel Auditorium in Jacumin-Simpson at 120 S. Wingate St., Wake Forest. Married and engaged couples are invited to hear Dr. Danny Atkin speak on marriage and child-rearing. Online registration is available at www.sebts.edu. For more information, call 919-761-2340 or email womenslife@sebts.edu.

Seafood boil fundraiser

Fairmont United Methodist Church will be serving boiled seafood plates from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the church, 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh. All money raised will fund work teams that will repair homes in Pamlico County damaged by Hurricane Irene. The cost is $12 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Two seating times are available: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, email info@fairmontumc.org or call 919-832-3316.

Cupcake Challenge

Hope Lutheran Church is calling for all bakers to enter their best cupcakes in the Cupcake Challenge from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the church at 3525 Rogers Road, Wake Forest. The community is invited to come taste the treats at the event for $5 per person with a maximum family admission of $15. All proceeds will help support the middle school mission team’s trip to Harrisonburg, Va., this summer.

Online registration to enter the challenge is available at www.hopelutheranwf.org, and the registration deadline is Sunday, April 15. Prizes will be given for cupcakes with the best taste and best appearance in two divisions: 16 and younger and 17 and older. For more information, call 919-554-8109.

Used cellphone collection

Windborne United Methodist Church youth are collecting used cellphones during April to give to Interact of Wake County for victims of domestic violence. Phones will also be donated to Cell Phones to Soldiers, a nonprofit group that helps soldiers communicate with their families. Both working and nonworking phones will be accepted. Phone accessories, such as wall and car chargers, are also needed.

Phones can be dropped off at the church, 9121 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Donations will also be accepted from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 919-386-0212 or visit www.windborneumc.org.