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Helping hands: Area teens accompany church group on mission trip

Editor’s note: The incorrect church was listed in the Nov. 5 print edition.  The correct church is listed below.

By Alley Morris
Times-News correspondent 

   Conner Callahan and Gray Garber recently returned from a mission trip to Langley, Ky.
The two 16-year-old friends traveled with New Covenant Fellowship Church in Graham from Oct. 3-6.
“I had never been on a mission trip before, and it just so happened that it lined up perfectly with school,” Callahan said. Both teens are juniors at Burlington Christian Academy.
Garber said that his church typically has trips geared for younger kids, but “this year, I decided to go and honestly, it was perfect. Just like Conner said, it lined up with school and everything worked in our favor.”
“The amount of poverty was incredibly sad and very eye-opening for me,” Garber said. “Being only five hours from North Carolina, you wouldn’t think that there could be such bad poverty especially being in the United States of America.”
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Teen creates film about area church


    GRAHAM — “A Compass Always Points North,” a history of Hawfields Presbyterian Church, will be shown at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at the Graham Cinema, 119 N. Main St.
Tolar Ray, a rising senior at Eastern Alamance High School, interviewed congregation and community members throughout the last year. The hourlong film was shot at three locations that the church has been previously located.
“I started about a year ago trying to get it proposed, but it was difficult to get approved as the normal Eagle Projects are construction projects and tangible,” Ray said. “After it got approved, I interviewed congregation members and Dr. Bill Vincent, the historian at the Alamance County Historical Museum. They gave me a great ground to start on.”
Ray shot 12 hours of footage, which took multiple weeks to edit.
“I’d say that the coolest thing about the project is having a modernized local history again,” Ray said. “The last time that the Hawfields Church history was modernized was in the 1960s when ‘Church of the Old Fields’ was published. Robert Scott, a former N.C. governor, was working on the sequel to that book but passed away writing it, unfortunately. It’s not like you can obtain this information from history textbooks in school, and some information our local libraries don’t possess.”

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Children’s museum holding a shoe drive


   GRAHAM — The Children’s Museum of Alamance County (CMAC) is holding a shoe collection drive now through July 31 to raise funds to aid in programming and operating expenses.
The children’s museum will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all the donated goods. Those dollars will benefit the Children’s Museum of Alamance County.
Donate gently worn, new or used shoes to the Children’s Museum, 217 S. Main St., Graham. For other drop-off locations, call the museum at 336-228-7997.
“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Tom McLean, CMAC board member. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us and help those less-fortunate become self-sufficient. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
All donated shoes will be redistributed through Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations in such countries as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the sales are used to feed, clothe and house families.


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