After going without an installed senior pastor for the past three years, Wake Forest Presbyterian Church is welcoming its new pastor on Monday, Aug. 19. Rev. Rebekah Maul is coming to the church after serving at the First Presbyterian Church in Brandon, Fla. After growing up in Leesburg, Fla., Maul attended Stetson University and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. She is married to Derek Maul, a Christian author, and is the mother to two adult sons.
“From all of the people that I have gotten the pleasure to meet at Wake Forest Presbyterian, it is a church ready to move into their future,” Maul said. “Like many churches, they have had their stumbling blocks during the transition, and we are now ready to see what God has in store for us. And I am positive that it will be very good.”
Maul has seen the power that a small group can have in the church, and one of her areas of focus as senior pastor will be the small group ministry.
“Jesus worked in a small group of his disciples, and I think that small groups are where the real spiritual transformation happens,” she said. “I am going to work to fine-tune and strengthen our church’s small group ministry,” Maul said.
Maul describes her style as a pastor with the word “equipping.” “I love to help people identify their spiritual gifts, training them to use what God has given them and letting them go use their gifts to serve God,” she said. “I believe that people come up with the best ideas that have the most powerful response when they work together with Christ at the center.”
College student cookout
Wake County college students are invited to a cookout at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug 21, at Episcopal Campus Ministry Cheshire House, 2208 Hope St., Raleigh. Hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, watermelon and ice cream sundaes will be served. For more information, visit www.ecm-raleigh.dionc.org.
Clothing and shoe drive
Millbrook Baptist Church is collecting clothes and shoes during August for Note in the Pocket, a nonprofit that provides clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County. Suggested items include gently used or new shoes, sweaters, coats and jackets in newborn, children and adult sizes. New underwear, socks and teenage girls’ undergarments are also being collected. For more information, visit www.millbrookbaptistchurch.org or call the church at 919-876-1519. Donated items can be dropped at the church office during office hours at 1519 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh.
Girls attend camp
Last month over 110 girls ages 12 to 18 attended the girls camp at Belk Scout Camp near Charlotte, hosted by the Raleigh Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. During the week, the girls participated in service projects including working at Red Hill Farms in Franklinton, where they cleared a horse trail and removed a beaver dam that was affecting the water supply. The girls also participated in activities including rock climbing, zip lines, canoeing and an obstacle course while blindfolded. The girls also spent many hours in discussion groups where they talked about friends, music, holy places, building testimonies, virtue, choices and gratitude.
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