North Raleigh: Community

Faith in Focus: Alathea music duo to perform at Raleigh church

Alathea, a Christian folk/pop duo, will visit a Raleigh church to perform acoustic music and share stories from their many years on the road.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, March 11, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. The concert is free, but an offering will be collected to support Alathea’s music ministry.

For more information, contact Merrilee Jacobson at 919-274-4539 or To hear Alathea’s music, go to

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 2723 Clark Ave., Raleigh.

Holocaust speaker

The adult ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host a Brunch and Learn in the fellowship hall at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12.

The guest speaker is Esther Lederman, a Holocaust survivor affiliated with the Chapel Hill-Durham Holocaust Speakers Bureau.

If you plan to attend, call the church at 919-848-1573. Good Shepherd is located at 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh.

Caregiving program

The TLC Ministry at Watts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church will present “Financial Challenges Related to Caregiving and Retirement” at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19.

The program will explore topics such as managing a loved one’s income and expenses and the cost of moving a loved one into a nursing home or assisted-living facility.

To attend the program and reserve lunch, go to or call the church office at 919-828-7340 by Monday, March 14.

Watts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church is located at 3703 Tryon Road, Raleigh.

Cemetery cleanup

Grass clippers, weed pullers, pruning shears.

These tools can help solve mysteries at historic Oberlin Cemetery, the largest African-American cemetery in Wake County.

In December, the N.C. Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief Team and Bland Landscaping cleared underbrush and removed fallen tree limbs on the property. More grave markers have been revealed, and the cemetery’s three acres are more accessible for a future forensic survey.

The task now is to cut back any resurgent weeds and remove debris that may have accumulated in the meantime.

Friends of Oberlin Village and other volunteers will gather at the cemetery from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, to clean up the grounds. There are several ways to help:

▪ Join teams to cut, trim and remove branches;

▪ Donate snacks and water for the volunteers;

▪ Lend tools such as power hedge clippers or chain saws or hauling equipment such as tarps or wheelbarrows;

▪ Contribute to the cleanup fund to cover power tool rentals, herbicides and professional landscaping.

The cemetery is located at 1014 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. Contributions can be made to Friends of Oberlin Village, a grassroots community organization, c/o WTUMC, 1023 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC 27605.

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