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Philippines girls eating

Please Rise (Against Hunger)

Philippines girls eating
Register now! Here’s a hands-on missions opportunity for all ages: Rise Against Hunger. Join us in the Multipurpose Room at Woodhaven on Saturday, March 16, in packaging meals that will be shipped to children and adults in need around the globe.
 
If you can measure, scoop, label or assemble boxes, there’s a job for you! This is a great service activity for friends, neighbors and school-aged children.
 
Meal assembly begins at 10:00 a.m. After the meal packing, we’ll head to the Fellowship Hall for a barbecue lunch. We should wrap up around noon.
 
Want to participate? Please click below to register through the Rise Against Hunger organization.
 

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Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity

Rock the Block

Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity
Woodhaven is supporting Habitat’s Southwest Wake Faith Coalition 2019 Project: Rock the Block. The goal is to perform approximately 10 home preservation projects over two weekends!
 
This incredible project will require 50-100 volunteers each day from Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 28-March 2. We need 5-6 volunteers from Woodhaven to help each day.
 
Sign up or get more info: contact Annette Pridgen at 919-796-3473 or apaspridgen523@gmail.com.
 

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Shake It Up Sunday

Colorful confetti against blue background
Don’t you just love a good oxymoron? On Sunday, March 3, we’re gonna encourage the Woodhaven family to connect… by shaking things up!
 
The deacon-led Family Ministry Team is collaborating with the Sunday School Team and church staff to offer Shake It Up Sunday. Join us for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on March 3, and then anyone who would like to “change up” their Sunday School routine for that day and are open to attending a different class than usual can do just that.
 
We’re encouraging 5 – 7 volunteers from each class, Youth through Disciples (Senior Adults), to attend another class. But if you don’t feel like shaking, no worries! It’s all voluntary.
 
This idea took root from our Growing Young, Growing Close emphasis, and it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and grow closer.  The lesson that day will be the same for everyone and will be a Biblical look at why this emphasis is important and how it could help our church.
 
In the worship service we’ll have some other opportunities for the congregation to participate further in our Shake It Up adventure. Let’s get shaking!

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No Passport Required!

Illustration of bistro
Are you ready to travel, taste some delightful foreign-influenced food, and enjoy the sights and sounds of other countries? We’ve got the ticket for you… Go “Around the World with Love” on Saturday, Feb. 9, at this year’s Youth Valentine’s Banquet, a fundraiser for youth summer missions trips.
 
Tickets are on sale now on Sundays and Wednesdays. The cost is $20 per person, cash or check. Invite family and friends! If you need a little help with transportation, please let us know and we’ll arrange a ride. We don’t want anyone to be left out… Think of it as your “ground transportation”!
 
Your journey will begin at 6 p.m. with an Italian-inspired menu of rolls, tossed salad, and a choice of entree: Baked Ziti, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Chicken Parmesan or Eggplant Parmesan. No trip to another country is complete without experiences the sweet stuff! At the end of the meal, we’ll share an assortment of international desserts. (You can save those Weight Watchers points for another day.)
 
During the meal, our youth will share their talents and lead you in fun activities with a little competitive spirit thrown in. This is a neat time to get to know other church members a little better and learn which teenagers go with which parents. It’s a wonderful bunch!
 
But the best part is the purpose: We’re supporting our youth to learn what it means to serve others and share God’s love. All the proceeds from the banquet will help cover the costs of the 2019 summer missions trip to Tennessee with Appalachia Service Project. Our youth and chaperones will be helping families in need with construction projects to make their homes warmer, safer and drier.
 
Won’t you join us on Feb. 9? We’re saving a seat for you.

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Duke Performing Arts Center and Meymandi Concert Hall at Night at Christmastime

“Christmas Presence” at Meymandi Postponed to Dec. 18

Duke Performing Arts Center and Meymandi Concert Hall at Night at Christmastime
Because of the wintry weather, the performance of “Christmas Presence” has been postponed to Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Dec. 9 concert will be honored at the rescheduled event. Stay tuned for more details.
 
250+ singers in Meymandi Concert Hall? Now that’s surround sound! Experience the beauty and inspiration of combined choirs from the greater Raleigh area singing “Christmas Presence,” a cantata by Pepper Choplin. Our own adult choir will join seven other choirs with this joyful musical message. The concert will open with holiday music by the Triangle Brass and carol singing.
 
Tickets are $10 each; children ages 10 and under are free. See Keith and Lorraine Davis to purchase tickets, or get them online at www.pepperchoplin.com.

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Calling All Wrappers

Lamb standing beside wrapped gift
Woodhaven on Mission says, “Y’all come!” to the Church Family Fun Shop on Wednesday, Dec. 12. We’ll roll up our sleeves and roll out some festive paper to wrap toys for the Lost Sheep Ministry. Join us at 5:15 p.m. for pizza and then get wrapping! Great fun and fellowship for all ages. (No wrapping experience or talent required. Professionally trained wrappers will be available to assist you.) 
 
The Lost Sheep Outreach Ministry serves and supports people who are homeless or in need in downtown Raleigh. Learn more here.

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Hanging of the Greens: What does it mean?

Light coming in Woodhaven windows
So, is it “Hanging of the Greens” or “Hanging of the Green”? There may be debate over singular or plural, but there’s no doubt about the beauty and symbolism of this Advent worship service. Simply put, it’s to put the lyric from “Joy to the World” into action: “Let every heart prepare Him room.”
 
In the hanging of garlands, wreaths and Chrismon ornaments, we share with Christians throughout the ages the memory and anticipation of Christ’s coming. This year, we’re moving the service to the morning worship time at 10:30 am on Sunday, Dec. 2. Please come, invite friends and neighbors, and fill your heart with the hope, peace, joy and love.
 
Child care is available for little ones, and children and youth can join in the delight of decorating the sanctuary and Christmas tree.

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Help Habitat Rock the Block!

Two women hug at Habitat house
Woodhaven regularly partners with other churches to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. Next year, we are supporting Habitat’s Southwest Wake Faith Coalition 2019 Project: Rock the Block. The goal is to perform approximately 10 home preservation projects over two weekends!
 
This incredible project will require 50-100 volunteers each day from Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 28-March 2. We need 5-6 volunteers from Woodhaven to help each day. Sign up or get more info: contact Annette Pridgen at 919-796-3473 or apaspridgen523@gmail.com .

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Calling All Kids (and Parents)!

It’s time for a Kids’ Night In and Parents’ Night Out! Bring the kids on Friday, Nov. 9, from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. As part of his senior project, Christopher Little (and other adult chaperones) will be providing fun activities for the kids while parents enjoy some free time. Please sign up with Emily at emily@woodhaven.org. The cost is $5 per child.

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Joy of the Harvest

Illustration of pumpkin and fall foliage
Gather together around the table with us for warm fellowship and thankful hearts! Our Joy of the Harvest worship service, meal and global hunger offering collection will be on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 6:00 p.m. Our menu will be corn chowder or vegetable beef soup, ham or turkey sandwich, salad and banana split dessert. There is no charge for the meal. Please sign up on Realm or on the communication card in the Sunday bulletin. We hope you’ll come… and bring guests!
 
Our global hunger offering will be collected on Sunday, Nov. 18. Bring your “bread bank” or other donations to Sunday morning worship or to the Joy of the Harvest celebration that evening. As has been our practice for years, Woodhaven’s Hunger Offering is distributed as follows: 75% goes to the Hunger Fund of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina (state hunger relief), and 25% goes to the Hunger Emphasis of Baptist World Aid (global hunger relief). Each of these funds applies 100% of all donations to hunger relief.

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