Friends,  

Desmond Tutu once said, "Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."  There are many ways to do a little bit of good and share Christ's love this month - starting with our Youth Pancake Supper tonight!   I hope you find several opportunities in the highlights below that inspire you to go out and put your faith in action. 
   
Grace & Peace, 
Renae

Renae Newmiller , Director of Local & Global Engagement
919-832-7535 

Eat Pancakes & Empower Children
March 5, Kerr Hall, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Want to help break the cycle of extreme poverty and empower vulnerable children?  C ome to our Youth Pancake Supper where all funds raised will go towards our partnership with  ZOE  orphan empowerment groups in Liberia. Hope to see you there!

You can also help  ZOE  receive $24,000 by liking their Facebook page
and following them on Instagram (@zoeempowers).  

Join Us on a Lenten Journey
March 5 - April 21

During Lent, we invite you to join us on a 40-day journey of prayer and fasting to build solidarity with orphaned children we support in Haiti and Liberia, to cultivate desire to care about those who are parentless and to deepen your own relationship with God. Prayer cards with fasting suggestions will be available at our worship services throughout Lent.  Be sure to grab one!

Donate here (select Orphan Care from the dropdown) to further partner with us in our efforts to come alongside orphans and vulnerable children.


Run or Walk to Fight Pediatric Brain Cancer
March 16, 8:00 a.m., Chick-fil-A at Falls Village, 6701 Falls of Neuse Rd.
 
Run, walk or volunteer at Ella's Race in memory of Edenton Street member Ella Newmiller, who passed away from a pediatric brain tumor in 2012. Proceeds from this fun and inspiring event benefit The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and The Cure Starts Now.  



Neighbor to Neighbor Women's Lunch 
March 20, 11:30 - 1:00 p.m., JC Raulston Arboretum

This amazing ministry comes alongside families in Southeast Raleigh, and with the Latino population in the greater Raleigh area.  From educational mentoring, to entrepreneurial training, to athletic programs, to faith building, Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) cultivates life-giving relationships resulting in communities of hope, justice and compassion.  Join us at the lunch to learn more about the incredible work God is doing in and through N2N.   Register here.


Make a Difference in a Child's Life
 
Become a Reading Buddy
We partner with Conn Elementary to provide reading buddies for children who need extra help and encouragement. Serving as a reading buddy is a weekly 30 minute commitment during school hours. Interested?   Email Amy .

Mentor 
Spend time with a student at Neighbor to Neighbor working  through an individualized curriculum in math or reading. This requires a one hour per week commitment during the traditional school year. Choose either 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., or 5:45- 6:45 p.m. any day Monday - Thursday.   Learn more.

Help Families who are Experienc ing Homelessness 
April 7 - 14 

As part of a network of churches called Family Promise, we welcome families who are temporarily experiencing homelessness, and provide housing and meals on our third floor for a week at a time, four-five times a year.   Each host week takes many hands, and we'd love for you to join us!  From interacting with families to behind the scenes, there's something for you to do!   Sign-up here.


Spring Cleaning?
 
Donate Your Gently-Used Clothes to First Baptist
The First Baptist Clothing Closet (one of our church neighbors) serves 1,000+ people a month, and is a great place to donate clothing. Clothes can be dropped off at First Baptist (99 N. Salisbury St.), Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., through their back door (kitty-corner from our church, at the corner of McDowell and Edenton Streets).

Donate Next-to-New Household Items to the Green Chair Project
Help families transitioning out of homelessness, crisis or disaster by donating your gently-used household items to The Green Chair Project.


Ongoing Opportunities
 
Looking for ongoing opportunities to serve this year?  Here are a few ways to get involved on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis:

Loads of Love
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m., weekly teams provide one free wash & dry to people in need, serve weekly or monthly. Email Dawn 

Reading Buddies
Spend 30 minutes a week reading with a struggling child at Conn Elementary (during the school day).  Email Amy

Tutor with Neighbor to Neighbor
Work one-on-one with a child for an hour once a week.   Learn more.
 
Hurricane Florence Disaster Response
Weekend day trips to help our NC neighbors recover from Hurricane Florence damage.   Email Suzanne
 
Raleigh Rescue Mission 
4th Sunday, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., worship and spend time in small groups with Raleigh Rescue Mission clients.  Email Renae. 


Family Promise - Helping Families who are Experiencing Homelessness
Quarterly we host families who are temporarily homeless - providing housing and meals for a week at a time.  There are lots of ways to be involved.  Email Ed   to find out how.  2019 dates: 4/7 - 14, 8/11 - 18, 11/3 - 10

Ruth Sheets Center
Spend time with older adults in ESUMC's adult day center.  Choose a weekday, 2:00 - 5:30 p.m.  Email Matt
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Missional Communities
We have Missional Communities across all of our sites who live life together and serve in our community on a monthly basis.  Email Ashley to connect with one of these amazing groups.