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Faith in Focus: Sledfest offers a winter wonderland with fake snow

Who needs real snow? Refuge Church will host its second annual Sledfest in Raleigh on Sunday, Dec. 6.
Who needs real snow? Refuge Church will host its second annual Sledfest in Raleigh on Sunday, Dec. 6. COURTESY OF REFUGE CHURCH

One North Raleigh church isn’t waiting for wintry weather to enjoy a snow day.

Refuge Church will host its second annual Sledfest from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in the parking lot of the Falls Pointe Shopping Center at the corner of Falls of Neuse and Durant roads.

The church partners with the Snow My Yard company to provide fake snow ideal for sledding.

Refuge also partners with businesses in the shopping center, including Kohl’s, McDonald’s and Starbucks, to offer the family-friendly event for free to participants.

In addition to sledding, Sledfest will feature a snowy play area for children 3 and younger and also free coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.

Participants are welcome to bring donations of school supplies. A list of what the church is collecting can be found at

Refuge Church is a congregation that takes community outreach seriously, and Sledfest is just one of the ways the congregation reaches out to neighbors.

The church meets at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at Durant Road Middle School.

Community Christmas Celebration

The Raleigh, North Carolina Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will present its 18th annual Community Christmas Celebration this week.

The theme this year is “Light of the World” and is designed to bring different faiths together while examining the birth and life of Jesus Christ.

More than 200 nativity sets representing the artistic traditions of 130 countries will be on display, along with other artwork depicting the life of Jesus Christ.

The celebration will also feature musical performances from congregations and schools, including Tabernacle Baptist Church, Sanderson High School, Broughton High School and the Cary Children’s Concert Choir.

A new feature this year is a photo booth in which families can take pictures of themselves in costume in a nativity scene.

The Community Christmas Celebration is a free family-friendly event. The celebration will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 and from 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Church’s meeting house at 5060 Six Forks Road, Raleigh.

More information and a schedule of performances is available online at

Greek goodies

Delicious savory treats and pastries will be the stars of the show at the Holiday Café and Bake Sale sponsored by the Ladies Philoptoches Society of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Raleigh.

The sale will be from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, and Friday, Dec. 4, at 5000 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

The Ladies Philoptoches Society is the women’s philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Ten percent of the proceeds from the Holiday Café and Bake Sale will be donated to Transitions LifeCare, formerly Hospice of Wake County.

Christmas concert

Soapstone United Methodist Church will present “The Music of Christmas” concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

In addition to the music of the season, an offering will be taken for Imagine No Malaria, a global partnership working to eliminate malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.

The concert will take place in the Soapstone sanctuary at 12837 Norwood Road, Raleigh.

Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at