Summer is typically the season for blockbuster movies and new releases. But instead of just watching movies for entertainment, the missions committee at Edenton Street United Methodist Church wanted to use the silver screen as a way to educate the community about important issues and encourage people to make a difference. This summer the church launched the View & Do series, where each month attendees watch a documentary on a global issue and then learn ways that they can become involved.
“Our committee got together to talk about different issues. We decided that human trafficking, water issues and prison outreach were areas that seemed very overwhelming and were topics that we would like to learn how we could make a difference,” said Renae Newmiller, Director of Missions at Edenton Street UMC.
Last month nearly 100 people attended the first event and learned about human trafficking, both globally and in Wake County. After learning about the 27 million people enslaved in the world today, people signed up to become involved on many levels, ranging from being a prayer partner to volunteering with an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking.
The second event will be on global water issues and will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Kerr Hall at Edenton Street UMC, 228 W Edenton St, Raleigh. The documentary and discussion take a look into the lives of the nearly 1 billion people in the world lacking access to adequate water and the 2.5 billion lacking access to improved sanitation. Doc Hendley, founder of Wine To Water, and a Top Ten CNN Hero for 2009, will talk at the event about his efforts to bring clean water to those in need. Participants will leave the View & Do session with concrete ways that they can help solve water issues both locally and around the world.
“Water is such a big issue that really impacts all of us, especially since we are called to love our neighbors. God doesn’t just mean our immediate neighbors, but those all around the world,” Newmiller said. “Hearing Doc speak about water issues and impact that just one person with a passion can have is very inspiring.”
Next month’s View & Do will be on prison outreach and will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the church. For more information, call 919-832-7535 or visit www.esumc.org.
Ministry to Military festival
Wake Forest Presbyterian Church invites the community to support the troops at the Ministry to Military event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the church, 12605 Capital Blvd., Wake Forest. Activities include a bake sale, T-shirt sale, letter writing station and donation collections. Care packages will be put together, and donations of food items and toiletries are appreciated. Suggested items include foot powder, razors, shaving cream, hand and/or foot warmers, black tube socks, canned food, nuts, snack crackers, granola bars and water flavor packets. For more information, call 919-556-7777 or visit www.wakeforestpres.org.
Blood donation drive
To help with the summer blood shortage, Tabernacle Baptist Church is holding a summer blood drive from noon to 4:15 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the church, 8304 Leesville Road, Raleigh. To schedule a time for blood donation, call the church office at 919-781-4600 or go to www.redcrossblood.org. A representative from the Match Marrow Registry will be at the blood drive from noon to 3 p.m. for people ages 18 to 44 interested in becoming a marrow donor. No appointment is necessary for marrow donation only. For more information on marrow donation, visit www.bethematch.org.
Special Needs Worship Service
Families with special needs children and adults are invited to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s Shine worship service at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the church, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. The message will be about Luke’s gospel of the lost sheep. Noise-reducing headphones, fidget balls and booster seats are available, and the church will work to meet additional needs. A picture board at the front of the sanctuary with the order of the service helps the children know what is coming next, and all worshippers are encouraged to play a musical instrument during the songs. All denominations are invited to the service. For more information call 919-818-1573 or visit www.gslchurchnew.org.
Do you have some faith news to share? Send it to correspondent Jennifer Gregory at email@example.com. For events, please give us two to three weeks’ notice.