First Baptist Church of Concord will celebrate Mother's Day with a brunch in early May and a revitalization of a women's ministry that's more than 100 years old.
The brunch will spotlight the church's Woman's Missionary Union. The WMU of North Carolina is celebrating its 125th birthday this year.
"I was always part of a women's organization," said Shirley Duff, who became director of First Baptist's WMU two years ago. "There are so many things we as women can do to help our community."
Duff is hoping to revive WMU at First Baptist and get more young women involved in the organization. WMU groups meet once a month, listening to a presentation and discussing a monthly service project.
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WMU in North Carolina began in the late 1880s as a mission organization that helped people use their individual abilities and talents to make a difference in the world. Some of its work has focused on missions education for all ages.
At First Baptist of Concord's Mother's Day lunch May 7, girls and young women will present a skit showing how WMU of North Carolina has grown through the decades.
One of the last scenes depicts two girls text messaging about attending a WMU celebration. The brunch will also include live harp music from Micah Lawson, talks from mothers, including one woman who has adopted children, and tributes to mothers.
The event will be open to women and girls of all ages in the community, Duff said.
She said she hopes the brunch will kick off a new season for WMU at First Baptist. In the past, the group has organized a bazaar selling items made by third-world crafts people and given to nonprofit organizations in the community.
Groups have done everything from help a crisis pregnancy center to donating a baby bed to a family in need.
"It's just giving of ourselves and of our time," Duff said.
WMU can be a good way to share one's God-given gifts with others, she said. She hopes the brunch will lead to two more WMU groups from First Baptist will begin meeting in the fall.
"I'm just trying to get the ladies interested," Duff said, "maybe start a small fire within them and get them thinking about it."
The First Baptist Church of Concord's Mother's Day Brunch will be from 10 a.m. to noon May 7 at the church, 200 Branchview Drive, Concord. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for ages 10 and younger.
For tickets, contact the church office at 704-786-9167.