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Community Briefs: Church offers free Thanksgiving meal

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St. Rose Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) at 605 Douglas St. S. will hold a community Thanksgiving dinner sponsored by the church mission department from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24. All are welcome.

St. Rose holds worship services at 11 a.m. each Sunday with Bishop Stanley Hicks Sr. delivering the message. 

Church to hold online auction fundraiser

First Baptist Church’s 67th annual Christmas auction, its biggest fundraiser, will be held online from Wednesday, Nov. 30, through Friday, Dec. 2. An online raffle already is underway and continues through Dec. 2.

All auction and raffle items are available to view online. To register and purchase raffle tickets, visit Organizers say proceeds will support local missions and nonprofit organizations. 

As a grand finale, a pig picking with sides and homemade desserts will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the church fellowship hall. Tickets are $15 per person and a maximum of $45 per family. Seating capacity is limited. Tickets can be purchased by calling the church office at 252-243-5163. 

Train of Lights plans night for special needs riders

The Wilson Parks & Recreation Department invites people with special needs to ride the Holiday Train of Lights from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Recreation Park Community Center’s miniature train depot, 500 Sunset Road.

All individuals with special needs and their families can ride for free, with no need to wait in line. Operators will play the Train of Lights music at low volume, and if requested, the train won’t sound its horn inside the tunnel.

For more information, call Wilson Parks & Rec at 252-399-2266.

Toy giveaway set for Dec. 4 

Freedom Ministries of Wilson will hold its Operation Christmas toy giveaway from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Vera Pope Resource Center, 1008 Railroad St.

All children ages 3-12 and their parents or guardians are welcome to attend. Pizza, chips and drinks will be served.

For more information, call Freedom Ministries outreach coordinator Felicia Lynch at 252-955-3520.

Wreath-making workshop scheduled 

The Wilson Botanical Gardens will hold a botanical wreath-making workshop on Monday, Dec. 5, in the Wilson Agricultural Center auditorium, 1806 Goldsboro St. SW. Two sessions are available: 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

Greenery and materials will be sponsored and curated from the gardens. Attendees are asked to bring their own gloves, clippers and/or wire. Cost is $40 for the general public and $35 for Wilson Botanical Gardens members. For more information, call 252-237-0113 or visit

Methodist Men to serve pancake supper

ELM CITY — The Elm City Methodist Church Men’s Club will host a pancake and sausage dinner from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9,  at the 106 N. Parker St. church. 

The all-you-can eat dinner is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger, dine in or takeout. Organizers say pancake dinners are the men’s club’s only fundraising mechanism. Proceeds will help the club fulfill community needs. 

Sharpsburg plans Christmas parade

SHARPSBURG — The town of Sharpsburg will hold its annual Christmas parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The parade will start at Davis Road and Mill Branch and end on Pittman Street behind Southern Bank.

Parade entry forms are available at For more information, call Town Clerk Tracy Sullivan at 252-446-9441 or email

Scholarship fundraiser dance slated 

The Williamson-Springfield Alumni Association will hold its annual Christmas scholarship fundraiser dance at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Wedgewood Public Golf Course, 3201 Old Stantonsburg Road.

The dance features music by DJ Zell Lucas. Dress code is “dress to impress.” Mitchell’s Creations will offer portrait photography on-site, with 5-by-7-inch prints sold for $10 and 8-by-10 photos available for $20. The event is BYOB, and members may provide appetizers for their table.

Advance tickets are on sale for $15 and can be purchased by calling J. Coley at 252-381-3248; R. Kirby at 609-346-6432; L. Coley or B. White at 252-218-9877; R. Ward at 252-292-2938; J. Knight at 252-315-5338; W. Perry at 919-284-4802; J.R. Kent at 919-294-2502; or C. Edwards at 919-272-4426.

Police collecting hats, socks and gloves

The Wilson Police Department is requesting donations of socks, hats and gloves for children through its Winter Warmth Drive. 

Donations are accepted from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays at the department’s headquarters station, 120 Goldsboro St. E.

Hospice agency seeks volunteer companions

3HC Home Health and Hospice Care is seeking volunteers to provide companionship for hospice patients in Wilson County. Those interested should be available to volunteer for at least two hours per week.

For more information, contact Shasta Grady, hospice support services manager, at 252-291-4400 or

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