Summer Reading Group


Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others

by Barbara Brown Taylor


Monday, August 19, 7 pm, OR

Tuesday, August 20, 10 am


You are invited to our Summer Reading Group as we take a look at our final book of the summer, Holy Envy, by Barbara Brown Taylor. The renowned and beloved New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places while teaching the world’s religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia, revealing how God delights in confounding our expectations. Contact the church office for more information at


Discussions take place in the Youth Center.



You are invited to our

BBQ Fundraiser planning meeting

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 20, Conference Room


The BBQ dinner will be held Friday, October 11, 3:30 to 7:00 p.m., and we are looking for volunteers. A portion of the sales will be donated to Rise Against Hunger. Please contact Ken Bond at or (919) 645-7173 with any questions you may have, or to find out how you may volunteer.

Let's Help Those in Need!
Please Donate to Our North Raleigh Ministries Food Drive
Benson Memorial is heading a food drive to benefit the North Raleigh Ministries (NRM) food pantry, and we are asking you to help us care for our less-fortunate Raleigh community members. Whenever we have five Sundays in a month, on that fifth Sunday, we gather our donated food/cleaning items and deliver them to NRM.
Here's a list of what is urgently needed, but other food items will be happily accepted:
  • jelly (no glass jars)
  • pasta sauce (in plastic jars or cans)
  • canned vegetables (especially corn and green beans)
  • boxed dinners
  • paper towels
  • all types of cleaning supplies
Please bring your food donations to the church office, or leave them in the wagon in the hallway of the Administration building. We will continue to collect items throughout the summer and fall, so you may bring items on any day. Thank you for your generous donations!

From the Bishop

Dear United Methodist friends,


Grace and peace to you as the General Conference concludes the Called Session. The Session was tumultuous, demonstrating the difficult intersections of Biblical interpretation, contextual ministry and the global nature of our church. The Traditional Plan was affirmed by 53% of General Conference delegates with strong support from conservative regions of the global church.


It will take some time to accurately share all the implications of the actions of the General Conference. We will continue to follow Christ faithfully here in eastern North Carolina, welcoming all people into the loving embrace of our good and gracious God.


With gratitude for Christ’s ministry we share,


Bishop Hope Morgan Ward