Youth members of Windborne United Methodist Church in Raleigh will participate for the first time next year in the Appalachia Service Project, and proceeds from the upcoming fall festival will help get them there.
The Windborne UMC fall festival will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Activities are planned for indoors and outdoors and will include hay rides, a bounce house and carnival games.
Church members will sell Brunswick stew for $5 a pint or $9 a quart. Plates for hot dogs, hamburgers or barbecue will be $3 each. It will cost $2 to participate in the cake walk for a chance to take home a sweet treat.
The Appalachia Service Project is a Christian ministry that was created 47 years ago to provide volunteer home repair services in central Appalachia. The goal of the program is to ensure that homes in the region are warm, safe and dry. Since its founding, more than 350,000 volunteers have participated in projects.
Windborne United Methodist Church is located at 9121 Six Forks Road.
Congregants at St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the founding of the mission with a fundraising dinner.
The dinner will be Friday, Oct. 21, at the Three Seasons Catering Hall on Hillsborough Road in Durham. Tickets are $80 each or $150 for a couple, and they are available until Oct. 14. The event is for guests 14 and older.
Proceeds from the dinner will go to the St. Sharbel Building Fund.
St. Sharbel is a church in the Eastern Catholic tradition that was founded in 1996 when a group of Maronite families established a regular Maronite Liturgy in Raleigh. The congregation currently meets at the St. Mary’s of the Angels Chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, but a permanent church building and fellowship hall are planned in Morrisville.
For more information, go to saintsharbelchurch.org.
The Friends of Oberlin Village are looking for volunteers to help during a cleanup day at the historic Oberlin Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Oberlin is an African-American cemetery where investigators have found more than 600 graves, some dating back to the 1850s. It is believed that some of those graves belong to slaves.
Volunteers clear away weeds and fallen tree limbs to make further investigation easier for researchers.
The cleanup is set for 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 15 at the cemetery, which is located at 1014 Oberlin Road, with access behind the InterAct building. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants and closed-toe shoes are recommended. Garden tools are also welcome.
For more about the cleanup and the history of Oberlin Cemetery, visit the Facebook page of the Friends of Oberlin Village.
State Fair concerts
This year’s N.C. State Fair features a Homegrown Music Festival that will include local faith-based talent.
The Elevation Church Praise Band will perform its concert, “Here as in Heaven,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Dorton Arena.
Three groups will present “A Night of Praise” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 – the Unity Choir from Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, the Triangle-based Instrument of Praise Concert Chorale and the Salvation and Deliverance Church Choir of Tarboro.
Anyone who buys a ticket to the fair can watch the concerts for free.
Movie under the stars
Ridge Road Baptist Church is inviting families to its Outdoor Movie Night on Saturday, Oct. 15.
There will be hot dogs, popcorn and s’mores at 6 p.m., followed by a showing of “The Jungle Book” at 7 p.m.
The event is free, but moviegoers should bring their own blankets and lawn chairs. In case of bad weather, the movie will be shown inside the church.
Ridge Road Baptist Church is located at 2011 Ridge Road, Raleigh.
Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at firstname.lastname@example.org.