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Faith in Focus: Share the Pie raises money to fight unemployment and access to resources

Kristen Cleve, owner of Slice Pie Company in Raleigh, volunteers with Share the Pie, an initiative that raises money to battle unemployment and a lack of access to resources and health care.
Kristen Cleve, owner of Slice Pie Company in Raleigh, volunteers with Share the Pie, an initiative that raises money to battle unemployment and a lack of access to resources and health care. COURTESY OF SLICE PIE COMPANY

Two faith-based organizations in the Triangle are using pies to transform lives.

Alliance Medical Ministry and StepUp Ministry have been working together for the past four years to battle unemployment and a lack of access to resources and affordable health care. Their combined Share the Pie initiative is a fundraiser for that effort.

Bakers from some of the area’s best restaurants, bakeries and catering businesses volunteer their time and talents to create delicious chocolate, pumpkin and pecan pies.

The pies can be ordered online and picked up Nov. 23 or 24 at partner churches, in downtown Raleigh, Five Points, North Raleigh and Cary, just in time for Thanksgiving.

The pies are $25 each or two for $45. Buyers don’t find out who is baking their pie until they open the box. This year’s team of bakers includes representatives from Whole Foods Market, Angus Barn, Night Kitchen Bakehouse and Café and many more.

Volunteers are needed to do everything from assemble boxes to bake pies and deliver them. Order forms and volunteer information can be found on the StepUp ministry website at stepupministry.org or on the Alliance Medical Ministry website at alliancemedicalministry.org.

The two groups split the proceeds from Share the Pie.

Hope and Remembrance

Some of the Capitol Square churches in downtown Raleigh will once again offer a Service Of Hope and Remembrance for those working through grief this holiday season.

The service will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at at First Baptist Church on Wilmington Street.

The handbell group Music Made in Heaven and harpist Anita Burroughs-Price will provide special music for the service. Two members of First Baptist Church will offer words of encouragement from their own grief journeys.

There will be an opportunity to share the names of loved ones you wish to remember.

Fall bazaars

▪ The annual Humble Hearts Bazaar will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2209 Fairview Road, Raleigh.

Vendors will feature inspirational gifts, and a bake sale will include soups, casseroles, cakes and pies.

A salad sampler lunch that includes dessert and coffee or tea costs $8 per person. To reserve a lunch spot, call the church office at 919-832-6435.

▪ Louisburg United Methodist Church will host its annual Fall Bazaar from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at 102 E. Noble St., Louisburg.

A country buffet breakfast will be served until 9 a.m. There will be a bake sale, handicrafts, peanuts, made-to-order gift baskets and a country store featuring jams, pepper relish and other goods.

Santa will be available for pictures from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. An auction begins at 11:30 a.m. and so does lunch, which is hot dogs or bowls of Brunswick stew.

Proceeds will go toward various mission projects of the church. For more information, call Louisburg United Methodist at 919-496-3736.

Gifts of Grace

Edenton Street United Methodist Church will host its seventh annual Gifts of Grace event from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at 228 W. Edenton St., Raleigh.

Visitors can purchase gifts that give back by supporting missions around the world. The United Methodist Women will also host a bake sale that will include pot pies, dessert pies, soups and cakes.

Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at carla.turchetti.writer@gmail.com.

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