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The Bridge Café on Buffaloe Road at First Alliance Church:
Café – Community – Development

What’s on this week at The Bridge Café Raleigh:

***Click a link below for a further description of an event.***

July 16, Tuesday
8:30am – 11:30am The Bridge Café open Tuesday – Saturday
6:00pm – 7:00pm Come to the Table – Soup or Entree Salad Meal
7:00pm – 8:00pm Code Girls – July Book Club – open to all
7:00pm – 8:00pm Jam with Joan in July – Workshop
7:00pm – 8:00pm An Invitation to Rediscover – Workshop

Wednesday, July 17
9:30am – 11:30am Card Games with Vicki

July 18, Thursday

9:30am-10:30am Community Breakfast

July 20, Saturday
8:00am – 12:00pm Buffaloe Road Produce

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, July 31
12:00pm – 1:30pm ABC’s of Being a Children’s Book Author – Kelly Starling Lyons- Talk

Saturday, August 31
9:00am – 11:00am International Play Music on Your Porch Day

Saturday, September 21
10:00am – 7:00pm Ignite the Spark to Eradicate Suicide – Event-at Unity of the Triangle Church, Raleigh

Saturday, October 12
9:00am – 4:00pm FAC Women Christmas Bazaar

An Invitation to Rediscover – Workshop at The Bridge Café on Tuesdays in July

Pastor Dan Rothra will be leading a new workshop at First Alliance on Tuesdays evenings _7-8 pm) in July: ” An Invitation to Rediscover.” These studies of the Bible are based on engaging podcasts by Marty Solomon of BEMA Discipleship.

In our western world, knowledge comes through logic, deduction, and clear instruction. In the world of the East, knowledge is gained through discovery, questions and exploration. Guaranteed to get you thinking!

Interested? Just listen in advance of class to the sessions below in Series 1 and come ready to look at the Bible in a fresh way.


Week 1 – July 9th – Session 0 and 1

Week 2 – July 16th – Session 2

Week 3 – July 23rd – Sessions 3 & 4

Week 4 – July 30th – Sessions 5 & 6 & 8

Jam with Joan in July – New Workshop!

To prepare for International Play Music on Your Porch Day at the Bridge Café (First Alliance Church) on Saturday, August 31, 2024, 9:00am-11:00am, Joan Burroughs will be hosting a jam on Tuesday July 9th, and 16th from 7:00 to 8:00pm. Join us at 4400 Buffaloe Road! (Watch this space for additional possible music jams on Tuesdays July 23rd and 30th.)

Guitars and other instruments are needed! Vocalists are needed as we will be singing some old Gospel favorites. Those who participated in the dulcimer lesson will have a chance to put their new found musician skills to work. This jam is a prelude to the big jam on August 31st, where you will be taking part in a world-wide event where folks come outside to play music on their porch. For that, we have the biggest and best porch ever! If the world would stop to play and listen to the music for one day, then for one day there would be world peace. With all the music being played around the world, we have a chance to present the Gospel through ours!

All are welcome! Musicians note that the playlist for August 31st will be in the Key of D, so if you know those chords you’re all set! Amateurs and professionals alike are welcome to join us.

Ignite the Spark to Eradicate Suicide – Event-
Saturday, September 21st
(10am – 7pm) at Unity of the Triangle Church, Raleigh

Did you know that suicide is the No. 2 cause of death in teens aged 10 to 18 in North Carolina?

If you are affected by suicide or know someone who is, come attend this community event on Saturday September 21st (10 a.m. – 7 pm) at Unity of the Triangle Church, 5570 Munford Road, Raleigh, NC.

Opportunities for involvement will include volunteering, attending, becoming a vendor, becoming a donor or becoming a sponsor!

Join our panel of individuals who take you through their own experience of healing and perspectives after being touched by suicide. Gain insights into what we as members of society can do to change the trajectory of this growing epidemic.

For more information visit www.ignitethespark.co or speak with Sheyenne Kreamer at 919-671-6134.

The morning session from 10 to Noon is free and will feature panel discussions. The afternoon session from 1- 4 pm requires a $20 ticket and preferably pre-registration (to plan for numbers) with personal access to wellness professionals, Christian counselors and others from our community. The $20 ticket is to help support this and future events, and if you can’t attend you can donate or sponsor someone else on the website.

In the evening until 7 pm, rally with us at Dix Park to build the energy towards new solutions! The Creator who made us can heal us!

Card Games at the Bridge Café –
Wednesday, July 17th at 9:30 am

Do you enjoy playing card games? Our card playing hostess Vicki Strayer is back at the Bridge Café on Wednesday July 17th from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.. Join her to learn a new card game or share a favorite.

All are welcome to join friends or meet new ones at this card playing event. For more information contact Vicki Strayer at 919-523-6218 or email grammie10.vs@gmail.com

The Bridge Cafe is located at the entrance to First Alliance Church at 4400 Buffaloe Rd, Raleigh, NC

Code Girls-
July Book Club Book! Open to All

Join us for our new book club for the four Tuesday evenings in July at the Bridge Café. Our informal gathering is from 7-8 pm and all are welcome. Here are details of “The Code Girls” by Liza Mundy – a NY Times Best Seller. You can reserve your free loan copy from Marty Poehler by phoning 919-606-2169 or email martypoehler@gmail.com. Books are available now!

We have heard stories of the men who served during the deadliest war in history, but what of the women? During World War II, more than 10,000 women were recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy to serve as code breakers. Not only did these women break codes that helped bring an end to the war, they also worked to create codes for the United States. Though their work has been held a secret for years, Code Girls breaks the silence and enlightens the readers to the scientific accomplishments of these women. Published in 2017; 416 pages.

ABCs of Being a Childrens Book Author – Kelly Starling Lyons – Wednesday, July 31st

Join us at the Bridge Café on Wednesday July 31st from 12:00 – 1:30 pm to hear children’s book author Kelly Starling Lyons share “The ABC’s of Children’s Book Publishing”. Kelly has published children’s books for more than 20 years. The talk includes a sandwich lunch for $4 and will have opportunity for questions.

If possible, please sign up in the entrance to the Bridge Café (4400 Buffaloe Road, Raleigh) so we can plan for numbers – or email marthapoehler22@gmail.com. Or just come along.

Here is more information about Kelly:

Kelly Starling Lyons began her journey to become a children’s book author in her hometown of Pittsburgh. She learned the art of storytelling from her mom who took her to productions at a children’s theater, wrote plays and made up bedtime tales. Her grandparents, who showed their imagination through cooking and gardening, taught her to honor the magic of history and home. Surrounded by creativity, Lyons began to write.

She curled up near the radiator behind her bedroom door and allowed her pen to take her to other worlds. A canopy of trees transformed into a make-believe fortress, backyards hid treasure and tunnels to faraway lands, bridges that crossed the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers spanned distance and time.

Now a children’s book author and teaching artist, her mission is to center Black heroes, celebrate family, friendship and heritage and show all kids the storyteller they hold inside. Many of her books have won accolades including a Caldecott Honor for Going Down Home with Daddy, illustrated by Daniel Minter; Christopher Award for Tiara’s Hat Parade, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell; a Geisel Honor for Ty’s Travels: Zip, Zoom, illustrated by Nina Mata and Junior Library Guild selection for Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon, illustrated by Laura Freeman. Her latest picture book, My Hands Tell a Story, illustrated by Tonya Engel, earned two starred reviews.

Kelly also writes for chapter book readers. Her Jada Jones series has earned praise for celebrating an African-American girl who loves science, friends and family. The latest is Jada Jones: Nature Lover. In 2022, Kelly’s Miles Lewis spin-off series debuted. The first book, Miles Lewis: King of the Ice, is a Junior Library Guild selection. Stay tuned for more easy readers, picture books and chapter books.

Find out more about Kelly at www.kellystarlinglyons.com

For more information about this event, contact Martha Poehler 919- 931-4228 or marthapoehler22@gmail.com

Buffaloe Road Produce on Saturdays at 8:00 AM

Buffaloe Road Produce Saturdays is open 8 am – Noon at the Bridge Café (entrance to First Alliance Church at 4400 Buffaloe Road) and offering fresh produce for about $1/lb. plus an opportunity to meet your neighbors on Buffaloe Road. Come meet a new friend or bring your neighbor along. And stay tuned for special events coming up this spring and summer at these family gatherings.

Come to the Table Meal – TUESDAY MEALS AT 6:00 PM

Our popular Tuesday evening “Come to the Table” dinners (6 pm) are on Tuesdays at the Bridge Café. Enjoy a home-cooked entree, salad and dessert for $4 and meet your neighbors. Why not bring a friend? We’re serving up great meals every Tuesday!

If you’d like to help cook or serve for these events, there’s a sign up sheet in the entrance to the Bridge Café – or speak with Pastor Dan.

Following the meal are free workshops (7-8 pm) – see above in “What’s on this week at the Bridge Café Raleigh” for listing. No experience necessary for any of these workshops – all are invited!

October 12th –
FAC Women Christmas Bazaar

We know October seems a long way off, but some of you may want to start creating clothes, crafts, cards or other items NOW to sell at the FAC Women’s Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, October 12th from 9 am – 4 pm – at First Alliance Church (4400 Buffaloe Rd, Raleigh). All proceeds from the sale of donated items will go to support victims of human trafficking. You can bring these to the church office for our secretary Ruby now or nearer the time. Not too crafty yourself? Maybe you have a sister or spouse or neighbor who would like to make something for us to sell.

Others of you may want to reserve a space to sell your own products and gifts – a limit of 20 spaces (7′ x 8′) are available and will be outside but under cover – and must be reserved by August 31st at $20 per space. Outside vendors may keep all the proceeds of their sales or have the option of donating a percentage to the cause. Your choice!

To reserve a space or for more information, contact Ruby at 919-850-0698 or office@facraleigh.org

The bazaar will also offer homebaked goods, coffee and other food – so you bakers out there could also donate fresh baked cookies and treats for the day. It will be publicized in the Buffaloe Road community so we expect a good turn out for this neighborhood event to support victims of human trafficking. Your small donation could help make a big difference for others.

To see all events at First Alliance Church visit www.facraleigh.org

The Bridge Café

Tuesdays-Saturdays 8:30 – 11:30 AM

The Bridge Café (at entrance to First Alliance Church) has great bottomless coffee and home-baked treats. Programs include: TUESDAYS 6-6:30 PM – “Come to the Table” Soup or Salad Entree Supper ($4 suggested donation – not required) – followed by 7pm-8pm Workshops. (See listing above under, “What’s on this week at The Bridgé Cafe Raleigh.”)
All are welcome!

Community Breakfast at The Bridge Café!
Thursday Mornings at 9:30

Join us every Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Bridge Café for a Community Breakfast for only $4 per person. Enjoy home-cooked hot and cold treats, freshly roasted coffee and a chance to meet your neighbors on Buffaloe Road. Free Wifi. All ages welcome!

We’re located in the entrance to First Alliance Church at 4400 Buffaloe Road, Raleigh, NC.

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Community Center

Kids Clothes (infant to pre-K)Inside The Bridge Café.
Food Pantry (at Bridge Café at First Alliance Church –
parking lot.)
Supportive environment.
Opportunities to participate.
Book reading groups.
Music jam sessions.
Collaborative ventures.

Food Pantry in the parking lot of the Bridge Café

Did you know about the Community Food Pantry at 4400 Buffaloe Road? (in parking lot of First Alliance Church). It was started by neighborhood residents Allison & Brandon DeLucca with the help of Dan Rothra, Kent Hoffman and Nora Hoffman (all in the photo) as a service to our neighborhood.

The Pantry is open 24/7 with the motto “Take What You Need – Leave What You Can.” It operates solely on the generosity of the Buffaloe Road community and First Alliance Church.

If you wish to donate non-perishable food or small toiletry items, you can leave them inside the pantry cupboard or deliver to the Bridge Café (entrance to First Alliance Church) Tuesday-Friday (8:30 – 11:30 a.m.) or Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)


Growth opportunities.
Shared experiences.
Teaching / learning.
Becoming better at family, finances, and the future.

The Bridge Café on Buffaloe at First Alliance Church:
Café – Community – Development

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Saturday mornings 8:30am to 11:30am
+Special events at 6:00 PM Tuesday evenings :
Come to Table soup meals for $4 donation – open to all
Workshops at 7:00 PM- listed above – open to all