I want to introduce you to our newest ZOE empowerment group in Liberia - Bugieama, which means contributors.  Last month seven of us traveled to meet them and our Friends Forever group that is wrapping up its third year of ZOE 's three year program that helps orphans and vulnerable children go from extreme poverty to self-reliance.  It was incredible to witness how ZOE is changing lives and communities!  You can learn a bit about our trip here.  If you'd like to take a trip to visit and learn more about one of our global ministry partners, please let me know.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to thank you for your support of our church's local and global efforts through your time, prayers and financial giving.  It is because of you, we are able to give to, and partner with, 20+ non-profits across Raleigh and in four countries, helping people who are struggling with shelter, medical care, food, education, human trafficking, incarceration and poverty.  Because of you, we are impacting thousands of lives in our community and world.  Thank you for being the hands and feet of Christ!  

Grace & Peace, 

Renae Newmiller , Director of Local and Global Engagement

Use Your Purchasing Power for Good
November 18, The Commons

Check out our alternative to consumer-driven Christmas shopping.   In the spirit of making God's love tangible, you'll find plenty of gift options that inspire change, and serve a dual purpose - to honor your friends and family, and at the same time help those in need.  There will be fair trade items to purchase, or the opportunity to  make a contribution to one of our local or global ministry partners in honor of your loved ones.  In conjunction, our United Methodist Women will holding a bake sale.  Stock-up on pies, soups,  cakes and other goodies for the holidays.  Bake sale  proceeds go to UMW mission partners.  Lots of choices, lots of ways to use your purchasing power for good! 

Share the Pie 

Support Alliance Medical Ministry and StepUp Ministry by buying pies! Local restaurants, bakeries and bakers (including some of our own Edenton Street members) are supplying chocolate, pecan, pumpkin and sweet potato pies.  Buy now #eatpiedogood

Take an Angel 

This year's Angel Tree is up, and can be found in The Commons area of our Edenton Street campus.  By taking an angel, you can help make Christmas special for children whose mothers are incarcerated, or children from Conn Elementary (these angels will be added later).  Instructions for returning the gifts are on the back of the angels. 

Urban Ministries Stone Soup Supper 
Nov. 13, 6:15-8:30 p.m., McKimmon Center

Enjoy artisan soup recipes imagined by local celebrity chefs, bread and dessert! There will also be pottery by the Triangle Potters Guild. Proceeds benefit those who are hungry, homeless, and in need of healthcare.  Learn more here.

Help our Hungry Neighbors During the Holidays 

There are lots of ways to help our neighbors facing hunger in November and December.  Click one of the links below to learn more.

Help with our monthly food drive, which goes to the Urban Ministries food pantry.  November is applesauce and powdered milk month, but any non-perishable food items can be dropped off in the collection bins are near the first floor reception area. 

Come Alongside Families who are Homeless
November 25 - December 2 

As part of a network of churches called Family Promise, we welcome families who are temporarily experiencing homelessness, and provide housing and meals on the third floor of our Edenton Street campus 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!  Here's where we need help with our November hosting and links to our team coordinators:

Behind the scenes - help with set-up and/or take-down
With the families -  Welcome our guestshelp with daily transportation (van provided) to the day center.

Hurricane Florence Disaster Response Team
Join a team from Edenton Street for weekend day trips as we help our neighbors recover from Hurricane Florence damage.  Email Suzanne  to get involved.

Rise Against Hunger Advent Packing Event
December 15, Bulla Youth Building
Ready for our annual Rise Against Hunger Advent event?  We'll be packaging 30,000+ meals to combat global hunger.   Sign-up today for this family friendly event!  Hope to see you there!

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 Renae .

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.

Church in the City
December 2, 9:45 - 10:45 a.m., Chapel/Chapel Annex

Save the date for our bi-monthly Church in the City series where we bring together local experts to learn about issues facing our city, and as Christians how we can respond.  Mark your calendar! 

Help One Now Haiti Learning Journey
February 15-19, 2019
Join us on a Help One Now learning journey to Haiti.   Help One Now is a Raleigh based global non-profit committed to empowering and resourcing high-capacity local leaders who care for orphans and vulnerable children in order to transform communities and break the cycle of extreme poverty. For more details, contact Renae  .

Serve Others in 2018: 
Ongoing Opportunities
Looking for ongoing opportunities to serve?  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 
Alliance Medical Ministry Community Garden 
2nd Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and the 4th Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Drop in (101 Donald Ross Drive, Raleigh).

Raleigh Rescue Mission 
4th Monday, 6:45-7:45 p.m., spend time with children, giving their moms time to attend an onsite worship service and to relax, rejoice and rejuvenate -  email Tina.

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 are: 2/3-9, 4/7-13, 8/11 - 17, 11/3-9.

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.

Meals on Wheels
Deliver lunch meals to homebound older adults and persons with disabilities.  Find out more.  

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