Social media and technology aren’t typical topics you might expect to hear about at church.
But attendees of the upcoming Spiritual Renewal at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church will hear from Leonard Sweet, a nationally renowned speaker and author, about how to stay faithful in the midst of so much technology.
Each year, the church designates a day to focus on bringing all ages together; this year’s event will focus on the theme of seeking God first.
“We try to bring the broad spectrum of our church together for Spiritual Renewal Day, including adults, youth and children, to renew our faith and commitment to our church,” said Rick Clayton, senior pastor at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church. “When we are united as one, we can work together to do more work with giving back locally and across the world.”
This year’s Spiritual Renewal will be Oct. 27. The day will kick off with Sweet as a guest preacher at the 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.
A free dinner of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans, rolls and brownies will be served at the church from 5 to 6 p.m. The evening festivities will begin at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary with all ages joining together for a music performance by Denver and the Mile High Orchestra. After the performance, youth will meet with Brandon Rushin, a local speaker and entertainer, while children will attend a program by Denver. The adults will hear an inspiring message by Sweet in the sanctuary.
The event is open to the community.
“Leonard is a cutting-edge and vocal person within community faith on how to use social media and technology to bring it to living into the modern word with fresh and historic message,” Clayton said. “He recognizes that the church needs to be that vehicle of reaching out and helping to transform lives.”
Sweet has written more than 200 articles, 50 books and more than 1,300 published sermons. In 2010, he was recognized as one of the top 10 most influential Christians. He has held many positions in Christian academia over the years and is currently the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University in Madison, N.J.
“We encourage the community to come to our event, especially the evening portion,” Clayton said. “Those coming will get an inspiration from Leonard Sweet as how to more effectively be a servant to God in the world today.”
Wake Forest Baptist Fall Festival
The community is invited to attend the Wake Forest Baptist Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the church’s Stephenson Campus, 12120 Wake Union Church Road, Wake Forest.
Festivities include face painting, live storytelling, games, cake walk, bounce houses, horse rides, cookie decorating, corn hole, football toss and more. Hot dogs and barbecue plates will be for sale.
Proceeds from refreshment sales will benefit the Wake Forest Baptist music ministry. For more information, call 919-556-5141.
St. Giles Presbyterian Church Fall Festival
St. Giles Presbyterian Church will hold its fall festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the church, 5101 Oak Park Road, Raleigh.
Costumes are encouraged and the rain-or-shine event is open to the public. Activities include live music by CityFolk, games, pumpkin decorating and crafts. Apple cider, popcorn and hot chocolate will be served. Food trucks will also be at the event.
For more information, call 919-787-4790 or visit www.saintgiles.org.
Riverdeep, a professional all-male chamber choir from the Triangle, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton St., Raleigh.
The ensemble formed in 2010 and is directed by Dr. William Adams. The concert will showcase contemporary music, including 20th-century pieces by Poulenc, Thompson, Britten and Thompson along with recent compositions by Arvo Pärt, Bob Chilcott, and Timothy Takach.
The performance will also include an eclectic mix of close harmony a capella ranging from Duke Ellington to Billy Joel. Soprano Patty Phillips, pianist Anatoly Larki and percussionist Kevin Holland will perform as special guests.
Tickets are $20. For more information, call 919-832-7535 or visit www.esum.org.
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