Rev. Wendy Woodruff, along with her spouse Mary, were welcomed at the Metropolitan Community Church of Winston-Salem on April 10. Woodruff has taken the post of pastor for the congregation.

Church welcomes new clergy

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Metropolitan Community Church of Winston-Salem,4105 Patsy Dr., welcomed Rev. Wendy Woodruff as its new pastor on April 10 at its morning service. She was joined by her spouse, Mary Woodruff.

In a communique with the membership, Woodruff shared that during the move from Wisconsin that the majority of the trip was beset by storms until she crossed into North Carolina. There she was welcomed with sunshine.

“Maybe God was telling us that we really had made the right decision. Maybe God was saying that it is our time to be in North Carolina. That feeling was reinforced as we drove up to MCCWS for the first time. My name was painted on the sign and it wasn’t stick-on letters, it was real paint! I guess you are stuck with me for a while, at least until the paint begins to fade,” she shared.

However, she is concerned with the state of affairs that exists currently with the state legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory, saying that she felt that they were not so welcoming. She has encouraged her congregants to voice their opinions on inclusiveness and to share those concerns with state representatives and others who target those most vulnerable.

Woodruff was most recently at Milwaukee MCC in Wisconsin. She received her Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary. The couple have one grown son.


Run supports Pride org

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. The 3rd Annual Rainbow Run 5K – Running with Pride, will be held on May 14, 9 a.m., beginning at Washington Park, 228 W. Acadia Ave., and will meander through the Washington Park neighborhood.

Age group awards will be presented. Best Male and Best Female Pride Attire will also be awarded.

Entry fee is $25 until May 9 at 6 p.m. and $35 on the day of the race. All 2015 event entries will be honored at the 2016 race.

Registration and packet pick-up will take place between 7-8:30 a.m. at the event starting point.

The event’s presenting sponsor is The Adam Foundation.


Pride giving program unveiled

SALISBURY, N.C. Salisbury Pride has announced that is has rolled out its new Equality for All (EFA) Circle monthly giving program.

Participants can make tax-deductible contributions while making a difference throughout the year. Payment is available through PayPal or by credit card.

Giving levels come with an assortment of benefits depending on the amount given. Monthly levels are: red, $5 with receipt of one free EFA Circle backpack; orange, $10 with red perks plus receipt of a free festival T-shirt each year; yellow, $20 with red and orange perks plus entry to the VIP tent at the festival, plus a free one-time Pride bundle; green, $50 with red, orange, yellow perks plus 50 percent off (or cost) to events all year long; blue, $75 with red, orange, yellow, green perks plus free entry to all events all year long; and purple, $100 or more with red, orange, yellow, green and blue perks plus free space at the festival.

Salisbury Pride is slated for June 25. More details will be forthcoming as they are revealed.


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