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Get ready to dust off those stored treasures that are taking up room, just waiting for a new home and someone to love them!
Yes, that’s right – we’re having the Mary Beth Hall 2nd Annual Silent Auction on November 6 at our Church Women United World Community Day Celebration. Bring your treasures to donate for the silent auction.
All proceeds will go to the Mary Beth Hall Commemorative Memorial Fund for scholarships to fund Mary Beth’s top two CWU priorities: CWU Leadership Training and Episcopal Migrant Farm Workers Ministry of Eastern N.C.
This CWU World Community Day Celebration will take place at:
Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church
4921 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Friday, November 6 at 10 AM.
Note: We ask that you deliver your treasures to donate for the Silent Auction to Hudson Memorial on Thursday, November 5, from 2-4 PM. A bid sheet and donation receipt will be provided.
Alternatively, you may bring your treasures to donate to the Silent Auction to Hudson Memorial by 9 AM on Friday, November 6, prior to the start of Fellowship Time and the Celebration. A bid sheet and donation receipt will be provided.
Mary Beth Hall Brochure << Additional information, guidelines, contact info, and background on Mary Beth Hall
- Primary health screening with preliminary diagnostics
- One on one consultation with a physician
- Women’s health, including breast exams
- Referrals for follow-up care by Advanced Community Health ( Wake Human Services)
- Vision checks
- Breakfast and brown bag lunch when completed
- Gift bag with toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, soap, a pair of socks and a pair of flip flops
- Free transportation to and from the event from down town
- 50% needed/wanted eye care.
- 75 were fitted with glasses at the time and 15 were given vouchers to have special glasses made.
- 60 free flu shots
- 10 doctors
- 10 nurses
- 50 volunteer guides and supporters
- Wake Family Services was here to make new friends and lend support. They helped over 50 folks find full time medical doctors and helped with needed paper work.
- A specialized mental health care provider was on site all day.
Text: Job 1:1, 2:1-10
The book of Job raises some of the most perplexing theological questions in the Bible. Possibly the most obvious is: “Why do good, blameless and upright people suffer?” Stated even more directly: “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” The book of Job also brings clearly into focus the problem of evil and all the unanswerable questions that go with that theological quandary. But underneath those more apparent questions lies queries about God’s character and integrity as well as the purpose of humanity’s willingness to serve and trust God. Indeed, Job’s story raises the question: “Do we serve God for nothing?”
Perhaps more than any other book in the Bible, Job raises questions more than provides answers, especially to these big-ticket theological inquiries that I have mentioned. Given this fact, it’s only natural, then, that we turn to questions that may have answers like, “What do we know about this book? Who was the author? When was it written? And why?” Unfortunately, we don’t really know the answer to any of those questions either. We are given little or no data within the book itself to locate it time wise or author wise. Without these details, ultimately we are left to ask what might be a less interesting question but a more relevant one: “With all its problems and promises, how are we to read the book of Job?” Is it a history book that tells us pretty exactly what happened when “a man whose name was Job” lived “in the land of Uz?” Or, is it a kind of novella, a piece of pious fiction or a folk tale?
Most likely the book is meant to be read more as a kind of parable, a story whose significance lies not in it being literal history but in the ways in which the story itself challenges us to think and, especially, to reflect on God and our relationship with God. Our focus probably should not be on how at some point in history God and Satan had the kind of conversation recorded here. But rather, we are better served to think about the meaning of what Satan and God are talking about, and, more importantly later on, what Job and God are talking about. [Read more…]
Spiritual Wisdom from our Cuban Sisters and Brothers
The Wisdom of Sacrifice and Community
“Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else.” –Mitch Albom
Last year when our Cuban sisters and brothers visited with us, on the Sunday before they left to return to Cuba, they presented to us a gift. The gift, you will remember, was the cross that hung in their sanctuary. For those of you who have been to FBC Matanzas you know that there were two symbols of faith hanging in their modest worship space filled otherwise with a spirit of generosity, compassion, grace and sacredness. One of the symbols is a beautiful mural that hangs at the front of the sanctuary depicting the diversity of God’s commonwealth. The colorful mural was designed and painted by members of the congregation. The other symbol was a wooden cross, also handcrafted by a member of the church.
Orestes shared with me the story of the church’s decision to give us the cross as a gift. As they prepared for their trip, Orestes said, someone asked about bringing a gift to give to the Pullen in celebration of our 25 years of partnership. In the weeks leading up to their departure, Orestes shared that the congregation met several times to discuss what gift they might present to Pullen. At one of the meetings, which took place in their church sanctuary, someone asked the question: “What is something precious to us?” Another person looked up and pointed to the cross hanging on the wall. In that moment it was clear, Orestes said. The cross, one of their most precious symbols (and remember they only had two), would be their gift to us. [Read more…]