In his book Love Does, Bob Goff says, "In the end, love doesn't just keep thinking about it or planning for it.  Simply put: Love does!"   Without action, love, which is at the heart of our Christian faith, is just a word.  In February, the month of love, go do .  Activate the love of Christ within you, and let it radiate God's goodness!  
Grace & Peace, 

Renae Newmiller , Director of Local & Global Engagement

Church in the City: Preventing Homelessness
February 2, 9:45 - 10:45, Chapel

Join us for our quarterly series where we invite local experts to talk about issues facing our city, and as Christians how we can respond.  This month we'll be discussing how our church, along with our ministry partners and Wake County, are working hard to keep people in their homes.  With the lack of affordable housing in our community growing, this is a timely and important topic.  Mark your calendar! 

Help Provide Radical Hospitality  
Extra Hands Needed Nightly for Family Promise Host Week
February 2 -8, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 

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.  

This hosting we have three single moms, one with 10 children (seven under seven years-old), and we would love some extra hands each night from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. to help with dinner/early evening.  Can you help us offer radical hospitality to these sweet families by simply sharing a meal and lending a hand for an hour and a half?  If so,  sign up here.

The Defamation Experience
February 8, 7:00 p.m., First Baptist Church (99 N. Salisbury St.)

The Defamation Experience is a courtroom drama, where the audience serves as the jury.  There will be facilitated discussion surrounding race, gender, class, and it's an interactive experience where the audience gets a chance to weigh in on critical social issues of our day.  This is a free event, and no tickets are required.  

Make a Difference in a Child's Life 

Become a Reading Buddy
We partner with local schools to provide reading buddies.  Serving as a reading buddy is a weekly 30 minute commitment during school hours.  If you are interested in being a reading buddy,  email Amy .

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 for the traditional school year.   Choose either 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., or 5:45- 6:45 p.m. any day Monday - Thursday.

Christ in Crisis
February 12, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Southeast Raleigh Table 
(1950 New Bern Ave in the sanctuary)

Join our Southeast Raleigh Table for an evening conversation with Jim Wallis, discussing his book Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus.  Wallis will be addressing the ways Jesus' teachings speak directly to the heart of our current moral and political crises,  and how the church can act as a force of healing as we head into a divided election year.  This event is free and open to the public. 

A Family Story Told Through the Eyes of a Mother
February 16, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Chapel

For ten years Sarah Capel, an ESUMC member of thirty years with a MA in Arts in Christian Practice from Duke Divinity School, has been on a theological and spiritual journey to understand God's plan for her oldest daughter who accepted she was gay her freshmen year in college. The waters have sometimes been rough, but Sarah is continuing to learn about God who loves her and her daughter. All are invited to hear Sarah's story and ponder together these eternal and life-giving questions.  This event is sponsored by the UMW Board, a reconciling community of ESUMC.   A box lunch will be available for $8.  Register here.

Join our Downtown Coalition Habitat Build 
February 22, 27, 28 & 29
As part of a coalition of downtown churches, we help families realize their dreams of being homeowners by building with Habitat for Humanity.  Join us for our winter/spring build as we come alongside a local family eager to have a home of their own.  Build one or all days.  No special building skills required.   Sign up here. 

eStreet Youth Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper
Proceeds Help Support a Help One Now Classroom in Haiti
February 25, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Kerr Hall

Don't miss our annual Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper, hosted by our middle and high school students. This year, our youth are raising money for a Help One Classroom in Haiti .   A Help One Classroom supports an entire class for one year with just $3,000 (think teacher salaries, snacks, resources, etc!). So come help our students help students!  It doesn't get much better than that.  The food is free, but donations are appreciated!

Help Stock the Food Pantry 

Help stock the Urban Ministries' food pantry, which provides a week's groceries to as many as 50 families each weekday.  Collection bins are in the hallway next to our Ruth Sheets Center.  T his month we are doing a special push for peanut butter and jelly (plastic jars please).  Collection bins are on the 1st floor near the Ruth Sheets Center, and in the children's Sunday School check-in on the 3rd floor.

Red Rose Benefit
February 29, Kerr Hall, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

This fun fundraiser is for our Ruth Sheets adult day care center, which provides a safe place for older adults who need assistance with daily activities, but do not need to be in a nursing home, while their family members work or take a respite.  The event includes dinner, entertainment, and a silent auction (including outings with our pastors).  You can purchase tickets at the church on Sundays in February.

Run or Walk to Fight Pediatric Brain Cancer
March 21, 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.  

171,936 Meals Packed on MLK Day!

A great time was had on MLK Day partnering with  Rise Against Hunger, our Southeast Raleigh Table and other community partners!  With around 1,100 participants throughout the day, the convention center was rocking as we packed meals to combat global hunger.  Thank you to everyone who joined us in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King by making it a day on, not off!

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 

Hurricane Florence Disaster Response
Weekend day trips to help our NC neighbors recover from Hurricane Florence damage.   Email Suzanne

Monthly Food Drive
We collect food for the Urban Ministries' food pantry, which provides a week's groceries to as many as 50 families each weekday.  Drop off non-perishable food items (no glass jars) in the collection bins near the first floor reception area. 

Raleigh Rescue Mission 
4th Sunday, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., worship and spend time in small groups with Raleigh Rescue Mission guests.  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.  2020 Dates are 2/2-9, 4/26-5/3, 7/12-19, 11/1-8

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

Missional Communities
We have Missional Communities that gather across our city to live life together and to serve in our community on a monthly basis. 
Email Ashley to connect with one of these amazing groups.