Each year in early November, people from across town and the state head to Davie Street Presbyterian Church’s homecoming service in honor of its anniversary. This year the church is celebrating 145 years of serving its congregation and the community.
“It is such a family atmosphere in our church. Our past members come home to celebrate the historical nature of the church that is sitting on that corner in downtown Raleigh. It’s a very powerful feel in terms of the church community,” said Dr. Toni Parker, co-chairwoman of the 145th anniversary celebration.
Davie Street Presbyterian Church has a deep history in the community and began worshiping in its current location in 1876, after gaining approval from the Church Extension board to open an African-American Presbyterian church. The current building was built in the early 1900s and is now on the National Registry of Historic Places. From its beginning, the church has been very involved in the community, and the congregation wanted this anniversary to focus on further serving the community. This year the church built a house for Habitat for Humanity in addition to other local projects. Members also participated in a 365 pledge where each person gives a dollar a day in 2013 to help the church raise $20,000 to help support a missionary in South Sudan along with other mission projects.
“Service is important to us,” Parker said. “Our congregation is very focused on mission, service and serving the Lord. This is what doing God’s work is really all about.” The church decided to focus this year’s anniversary festivities on furthering its commitment to the community.
On Saturday, church youths will be participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Walk, and another team will be distributing personal products and clothing to homeless members of the community in downtown Raleigh. The congregation is also holding a Shred-A-Thon in partnership with Shred Ace from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, in the church parking lot at 300 E. Davie St., Raleigh. Participants can bring up to three boxes of confidential materials, including paper and manila folders, including paper clips, staples and rubber bands. Newspapers, credit cards, CDs, cardboard, 3-ring binders and magazines cannot be shredded. For more information on the Shred-A-Thon, call 919-834-8855.
The culmination of the weekend will be the Homecoming Services on Sunday, which all past and current members are encouraged to attend along with any visitors. The guest speaker will be Rev. Maurice Barnes, pastor of White Rock Presbyterian Church in Kinston. “Be prepared for a very welcoming atmosphere,” Parker said. “We are an open church that welcomes all kinds of people under its roof.”
Hope Lutheran sets free medical clinic
Hope Lutheran Church invites the community to a free medical clinic from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 3525 Rogers Road, Wake Forest. Services include medical, dental and optical screenings/checkups; a warm meal; free seasonal clothing (children’s and adult); a food pantry; children’s books and haircuts. The clinic is for the uninsured and underinsured. No appointment is needed. For more information, call 919-554-8109.
Oakwood Cemetery holds All Saints celebration
Historic Oakwood Cemetery is honoring the memories of those buried there by celebrating All Saints’ Day. The free service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, in the Hillside South section of the cemetery. Pastor Chris Edmonston of White Memorial Presbyterian Church will lead the service, and the Raleigh Moravian Church Band will provide music. The names of each person buried at the cemetery over the past year will be read during the service along with a ringing of a bell in honor of their lives.
As part of the All Saints Day celebration, the cemetery is also selling orange bows for $25 for family and friends to place on the graves of their loved ones. While the colors purple and white are typically associated with All Saints Day, the staff chose the color orange for the bows to represent fall and provide a striking contrast with the headstones. All proceeds from the bows will go to help maintain the historic cemetery, which dates from 1869 with over 22,000 people buried.
The cemetery encourages people who do not have a relative buried in the cemetery to donate a ribbon to put on the grave of someone else, especially one of the veterans buried in the Modern Veteran section, which includes veterans from World War II and later. For more information, call Robin Simonton at 919-832-6077.
Surviving the holidays grief-share
Rolesville Baptist Church is holding a session of grief-share dedicated to helping people grieving the loss of a loved one deal with the upcoming holidays. Sessions will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Sunday beginning Nov. 10 in the Family Life Center at the church, 203 East Young Street, Rolesville. There is a $5 fee for materials. Register before Nov. 5 by calling Bill Smaltz at 919-302-2509.
North Raleigh UMC slates barbecue, fall bazaar
The North Raleigh United Methodist men will be serving barbecue plates from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the church, 8501 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh. Plates include Eastern N.C. pork platters and Brunswick stew. Pre-orders must be made by Nov. 4, and walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 919-847-1537. All proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity and other charities.
The North Raleigh United Methodist women will hold their annual fall bazaar from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov 8. Baked goods, craft items, used books and re-gifted items will be for sale. All proceeds benefit charities helping women and children.
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