When Angela Gorsica Alford began her student project for the Duke Universitys Center for Documentary Studies, she had no idea her film would have such a strong impact on her own life and the perspectives of those who watched her documentary. Alford, who had returned to school to reinvent herself, produced the full-length documentary, Grannys Got Game, about seven senior women who win the basketball bronze medal for their age group in the National Senior Championship Games.
It means so much to me that the women have let me share their story, and I want to get their message out to as many people as possible, Alford said. I want people to take something away from the movie, such as motivation to get more active, the inspiration to try something that they love or even a changed perception of what older people can do. She heard from women thinking about playing basketball again and pastors who said their youth began looking at senior citizens in a new light after the film.
But the film is about much more than basketball. The women support each other through deaths and illness. Alford discovered the women faced the same challenges she had experienced as a player. I feel like God brought them to me and that he wanted me to tell their story, Alford said. It gave me the faith to keep working on the project.
The documentary has been shown in several venues, including the IMAX theater in Raleigh. Alford wants to reach out to churches to screen the movie because she thinks its message is especially applicable to the church community. Grannys Got Game is a great way to bring the youth, women and senior ministries in a church together. The movie helps empower women, shows seniors what they can do in their later years and helps youth relate better to older people in the church, said Alford.
Grannys Got Game will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Admission is free, and the community is invited. For more information, call 919 848-1573. To schedule a screening at another church or learn more about the film, visit grannysgotgame.com or email email@example.com.
Wake Forest holiday craft fair
Wake Forest Church of the Nazarenes holiday craft fair will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the church, 203 CapCom Ave., Suite 114. The fair will include seasonal and holiday gifts, jewelry, home décor, artwork and baked goods. Proceeds will help support Nazarene Missionaries around the world. For more information, visit www.wfnazarene.org or call 919-528-8455.
St. Marks blessing of the animals
St. Marks Episcopal Church will have an interfaith Blessing of the Animals at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in the courtyard of the church at 1725 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh. This event honors the furred, feathered and even finned members of the created order, and animals of different varieties are welcome. Dogs must be on leashes; cats in carriers; hamsters, bunnies, birds in their cages; horses haltered or bridled; turtles in their bowls. If it rains, signs will be placed in the courtyard with the rain location. Patty Pierce, who will have her dog Chuckles with her, will be singing Forever Home. For more information, call 919-231-6767 or visit www.stmarks-ral.org.
Soapstone United Methodist Men barbecue
The Soapstone United Methodist Men will serve barbecue plates from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the church, 12837 Norwood Road, Raleigh. The youth group will sell baked goods from 4 to 7 p.m. to benefit their mission activities. Meal plates are $9 and include either chicken or pork along with small potatoes, corn on the cob, green beans, and a roll. Containers of pork (16 ounces) and chicken (two pieces) will be available for $7 per container. Free delivery is available for pre-orders of 10 items or more within a 10-mile radius of the church. Contact David Carstens at firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-order. Net proceeds support Soapstone United Methodist Men mission projects and needs around the community. For more information, call 919 846-2212 or visit www.soapstoneumc.com.
Wesley Memorial festival and blessing of the animals
Wesley Memorial Methodist Church invites the community to its fall festival and blessing of the Animals from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at the church, 714 E. Whitaker Mill Road, Raleigh. The blessing of the animals will be at 10 a.m. The fall festival gift market will include Habitat for Humanity, Stop Hunger Now, Urban Ministries of Wake County, Ten Thousand Villages, Methodist Home for Children, pumpkin sale and breakfast foods. For more information contact Pastor Heather Wong at 919-828-4408, email@example.com or www.wesley-church.org.
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