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Faith in Focus: Raleigh church takes part in day of service

Members of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh took part in the church’s second annual Scattered to Serve day of service April 23.
Members of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh took part in the church’s second annual Scattered to Serve day of service April 23. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh made a difference in the community with its second annual Scattered to Serve day of service.

More than 500 church members volunteered their time on April 23 to tackle projects set up in conjunction with 36 community agencies. Volunteers worked in the community garden for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, delivered picture books to day care centers and children’s clubs for WAKE Up and Read and took part in the Safe Child Funny Tummy Feelings program.

“I am grateful for the time each person gave to support this magnificent day in our church and in our community,” said Connie Fowler, one of the organizers of Scattered to Serve. “Pulling people together really does make the world a better place.”

Graffiti artist

Ian Lassen, a graffiti artist and exchange student from Germany, painted at Crossroads Fellowship Church in Raleigh on April 17, and he plans to paint again at the Wake Forest-Rolesville campus on May 22.

His 8-foot-by-18-foot painting is a Raleigh cityscape with the text “Transform the Triangle,” which is part of the church’s mission statement. The art is displayed in the south hallway of the church located at 2721 E. Millbrook Road.

The 200,000-square-foot facility features works of art from several artists and a photography gallery. Crossroads has a great appreciation for the arts and often features collections from local artists.

Lassen began experimenting with graffiti art in the sixth grade. In his hometown of Hamburg, Germany, graffiti is such a popular form of artistic expression that parks dedicated to it have been built.

Flute concert

The Raleigh Flute Choir will perform a concert at Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church this month.

The choir is a chamber ensemble of nine professional flutists from central North Carolina. Utilizing all members of the flute family, the ensemble seeks to entertain and educate by performing transcriptions of well-known classical works, delightful arrangements of familiar folk songs and original compositions.

The group has performed at Biltmore Estate, Colonial Williamsburg, Piccolo Spoleto and the White House, as well as annual performances at the North Carolina Museum of Art and Duke Chapel.

Pieces to be performed at the concert include music from Appalachia, a medley of Carpathian folk tunes and works by Debussy, Schubert and Joplin.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 4900 Kaplan Drive, Raleigh. Donations will be accepted to benefit Avent West Children’s Mentoring Program. For details, go to and

Disaster training

The Wake Interfaith Disaster Team will offer a training session on the ins and outs of opening, operating and staffing an emergency shelter.

Participants will move through training stations for each shelter function and solve problems in small groups. Trained shelter workers and managers are in short supply in the Triangle, and this is an opportunity to learn valuable disaster response skills.

The training session will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Garner United Methodist Church, 201 Methodist Drive, Garner. Sign up at

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