The sanctuary at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will be filled this weekend with sounds of Celtic music as the Mountain Laurels perform for the community.
The musical group includes five women from the high country of North Carolina who perform at festivals, venues and churches, especially in the Boone area where they live.
Members of the Mountain Laurels are violinist Rhonda Lorence, Connie Woolard on the hammered dulcimer, guitarist Elaine Gray, Susan Mills and flautist Louise Keegan.
Each of the women has a different musical background. Gray, for instance, founded a female pop-rock band.
The Mountain Laurels were brought together in 2009 by their love of Celtic music and decided to form the group. The band released a CD last year, “Highland Bloom,” and their music is available on iTunes.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is hosting the concert because the music of the ancient Celts is deeply rooted in bluegrass and southern Appalachian music, which is popular in the area.
The Mountain Laurels will perform at 3 p.m. Oct. 13 in the sanctuary of the church, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. The concert is free and open to the public.
To learn more about the Mountain Laurels, visit www.marblefeathermusic.com/mountainlaurels.
‘Pink Smoke Over the Vatican’ film
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church will show the film “Pink Smoke over the Vatican” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in Finlator Hall at the church, 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.
The film is an award-winning documentary about the controversial movement of women being ordained as priests in the Roman Catholic Church.
Roy Bourgeois, former Maryknoll priest and a 2010 Nobel Peace Prize nominee who was dismissed from the priesthood last year by the Vatican for his public support of women’s ordination, will facilitate a discussion after the film.
The event is free and open to the public, but a $10 suggested donation is appreciated. The film is sponsored by Supporting Women In Ministry (S.W.I.M.) of Raleigh. For more information, visit www.supportingwomeninministry.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope Community Church singles night
Hope Community Church will host its monthly singles worship night from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the church, 821 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh. Singles of all ages will hear an encouraging message, share a potluck meal, socialize and enjoy live music.
Fairmont United Methodist Church Fall Bazaar
The community is invited to Fairmont United Methodist’s Fall Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the church, 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh.
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