Wakefield United Methodist Church will serve pounds and pounds of pasta during the ASP Spaghetti Dinner and Auction on Saturday, April 18.
Proceeds from the meal and the auction items will fund a youth mission trip in June to work with the Appalachia Service Project.
The project, known as ASP, has been around for 40 years and welcomes volunteers to rural, central Appalachia to repair homes of low-income families.
“The people that we are helping are so grateful and so giving,” said Andrew Krieman, a church member and chaperone for the trip. “The work really touches them, and they open their lives to us.”
He said spending a week in a pocket of poverty is a learning experience for the young volunteers.
“For so many of them it is just perspective,” Krieman said. “One young gentleman remarked he couldn’t believe he had complained to his parents about sharing a bathroom with his sister.”
This year, 35 young people and 18 adult chaperones from Wakefield United Methodist Church will go on the trip. The trip is not funded by the church, and the volunteers pay a nominal fee. So they embark on fundraising projects to cover the costs of travel and meals.
The spaghetti dinner is the largest fundraiser for the group.
Tickets to the dinner are available at the door. The cost is $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for kids 6 and under.
Wakefield United Methodist Church meets weekly at the Banks Kerr YMCA at 2500 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh. But the spaghetti dinner and auction will be at Wake Forest United Methodist Church, at the corner of Main Street and the N.C. 98 Bypass in Wake Forest.
World Mission Auction
Bayleaf Baptist Church will host its World Mission Auction on Saturday, April 18.
There will be live and silent auction items available for purchase, as well as dinner and entertainment. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Bayleaf’s mission projects that go on around the world.
The event begins at 4 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10 or $20. Children can attend for $5, and a ticket for dinner only costs $10.
Tickets are on sale at the church office at 12200 Bayleaf Church Road, Raleigh.
Community Yard Sale
The Wake Forest Presbyterian Youth Group Community Yard Sale will be from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18.
Donations will be accepted at the church’s Christian Life Center from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17. No clothing, television sets or computers will be accepted.
Proceeds from the yard sale will help offset the costs of summer trips for the church’s high school and middle school youth.
Wake Forest Presbyterian is located at 12605 Capital Blvd., Wake Forest.
Day of service
Members of Hayes Barton Baptist Church are poised to take part in a day of service to the community. It’s called 2015 Operation Inasmuch: A Compassion Revolution.
Volunteers have a choice of 14 different service projects that will take place Saturday, April 25. The service opportunities include things like writing letters to soldiers and taking part in gardening and grounds projects at Partnership Elementary School.
The day of service will begin with breakfast and a devotion before a group send-off. Details and a sign-up can be found online at www.hbbc.net.
Hope Lutheran Church in Wake Forest will celebrate the season with a Spring Fling for Families from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22.
Hot dogs and hamburgers and side dishes will be served outside, and there will also be a bounce house, activities and a performance by Captive Free, a Christian band.
The cost of the dinner is $6 for adults and children 11 and older, and $3 for children ages 5 to 10, with a maximum charge of $22 per family.
A freewill offering will be taken to cover travel expenses for the band.
Hope Lutheran Church is located at 3525 Rogers Road, Wake Forest.
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