Share the Plate - March - Sunnyside Freedom School

The Share the Plate recipient for March is the Sunnyside Freedom School. Our ambassador is Cynthia Dodge. This Fellowship adopted a social justice focus – the intersection of poverty and education – in 2016. Because that mission calls us to work boldly and deeply for justice, we have formed a relationship with the Sunnyside Freedom School, which is a highly-effective free summer literacy program developed by the Children’s Defense Fund. This proven high-energy approach focuses on children of color in grades K through 12 and uses culturally appropriate role models and curriculum to engage the students and to instill a love of reading. Freedom School “scholars” not only retain and gain skills over the summer, they leave empowered to shape their own destinies and to act as agents of change in their families and communities. For more information:

Winning Chili Recipes Revealed!

Spring isn't here yet, which means there's still time to enjoy chili! The 2018 Chili Cookoff was a grand success, and the generous chefs have shared their winning recipes. Many thanks to Susan Campbell and the Hospitality Team for organizing the event, and especially to Nikki Miller-Ka for spending her Friday night with us as our professional judge. Follow Nikki's blog and find her on Twitter @NikSnacks. Click here for recipes.

Clothes Closet Looking for Volunteers!

Our clothes closet will remain open under temporary leadership for at least the next 6 months. To clarify, the CC is housed in the smaller building with the garage at 4045 Robinhood Rd. (NOT the "big" house with the mold problem).  The smaller CC building does have power, heat, air, and no funky smells! Without rekindled interest from the Fellowship, the CC is likely to be closed permanently after September.  If you have never volunteered and would like to get a more informed opinion on the operations of this social outreach effort, please use the link below to sign up online! You can choose your date and time, and even far in advance! 

Rev. Lisa Offers Class About Understanding the Bible

This class, which focuses on the New Testament, is designed to help empower skeptics, seekers, nonbelievers, religious liberals and progressives reclaim the Bible from literalists. Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz brings curiosity, respect, and even some reverence to this overview of the gospels (including some apocrypha) and some of the letters of Paul. FREE but please register (non-members will be charged for child care, if needed).

Samaritan Ministries Computer Lab

The Samaritan Ministries shelter hosts a computer lab for use by the community. They have 5 PCs used for responding to email, applying for jobs and searching the web. They need volunteers to staff the computer lab answering basic questions (training provided) and opening/closing the lab. They're currently only able to open the lab a few nights a week due to limited volunteers. Several folks from the Fellowship have been volunteering recently and found it to be a very rewarding experience without a significant commitment. Sign up with this link or contact Don Kautz with questions.

Share the Plate

The Share the Plate partner for February is North Star LGBTQ Community Center. The ambassador is Dave Moffatt. North Star is Winston-Salem’s first LGBT Community Center. The Community Center opened on September 21, 2013! The Center offers many educational, social, and collaborative activities for the whole community in the Piedmont/Triad area. Their mission is to foster community across intersecting identities through advocacy, compassion, education, and service. ​930 Burke Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101 336-893-9053

Americans United - Feb 27

What are the greatest threats to our democracy in North Carolina? How can we fight back effectively? The Triad Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State is exploring ways to move beyond educational programming to political action. Allison Mahaley, a member of the AU National Leadership Council and a key organizer of the Faith in Democracy initiative, will focus on how we can translate our convictions into action at the Tuesday February 27, meeting of the Triad's AU chapter. The meeting is open to the public and will take place at the Polo Recreation Center (1850 Polo Rd.) in Winston-Salem from 7:00-8:30 p.m.