Archives for September 2017
On Saturday, November 11, Pullen will host a fundraising dinner for the Baptist Peace Fellowship – Bautistas por la Paz. BPFNA has been a Pullen partner since its birth three decades ago. It is the largest network of Baptist peacemakers in the world. It celebrates and supports the peacemaking work done by Baptist churches in Canada, the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico by raising the visibility of these efforts; bringing peacemakers together in regional and international gatherings; and providing resources, speakers and training to its members. BPFNA also actively connects with peacemakers from other traditions, faith-based and secular, to build alliances and work together toward our common goal of a more just and peaceful world.
Like most of our nonprofit partners, BPFNA is limited in its impact only by its resources. So we will join with its supporters throughout the Triangle to host a fundraising dinner for this important organization. There is no charge for the delicious meal. Attendees will simply be asked to make a donation to the peace work of BPFNA at the end of the evening.
Reservations are required by Monday, November 6. You can reserve your seat using the form below or by calling the church office at 919-828-0897.
We hope many Pullenites will choose to mark Veterans Day by supporting the work of Baptist peacemakers around the world. One of the best ways we can support our veterans is to build a more peaceful world.
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Text: Psalm 102
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, nearly 1-in-5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million people—experience mental illness in a given year, and 21.4 percent of youth 13-18 will experience a severe mental disorder at some point during their lifetime.
Herman Petty was my grandfather’s first cousin. He was one of the few in the family of his generation that left Shelby for college after high school. Herman attended Wake Forest University and after four years of studying religion and philosophy he graduated among the top in his class. I can remember as an older child overhearing family members talk about Herman. The hushed conversations would go something like this: “Did you hear about Herman? What a shame? He was so smart and had so much potential. He just went crazy and lost his mind.” I’m not sure how long it was in between those initial conversations and whisperings and my family’s twice a year drive to Charlotte to visit Herman. And I can’t tell you how my father found out where he was living but he did. And twice a year, for a number of years, dad and mom would load my sister and me in the car for trips to visit Herman.
Herman lived in a boarding house a couple of blocks from the first Krispy Kreme store in Charlotte located just off Independence Blvd. Sometimes on our visits we would get doughnuts as a special treat. One of our visits would always be near the Christmas holidays and Allyson and I would take Herman a Christmas gift—sometimes socks or handkerchiefs or cologne or chocolates. [Read more…]