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 In 2018 Church of the Nativity will once again participate in Habitat for Humanity of Wake County’s annual Episcopal Build.   This will be Nativity’s third consecutive year joining other area Episcopal churches in co-funding and collaboratively constructing a Habitat House for a needy Wake County family.   To participate, simply go to Habitat’s Episcopal Build sign-up page at, and be sure to indicate that you are a member of CoTN.  Please consider signing up for the Saturday of week 3 of the Build – Saturday, March 3d — which is the day that Nativity will provide the meal and a majority of the volunteers.  Volunteers will also be especially needed on the first day of the Build, February 10th.

As usual, the project will begin with a first-day Wall Build and Wall Raising.  This day begins at Habitat’s construction facility and will wrap up with volunteers raising exterior and interior walls at this year’s home site, located at 3057 Camden Creek Drive, Raleigh.  It’s an exciting and energetic day of fellowship.  Lunch will be provided.

Other churches participating in this year’s Episcopal Build include Christ Church, Church of the Good Shepherd, St. Ambrose, St. Christopher’s, St. Mark’s, St. Michael’s, St. Paul’s and St. Timothy’s Episcopal Churches.  Staff from the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, St Augustine’s University, and Episcopal Campus Ministries will also participate.

The home site for this year’s Build is in Crosstowne, a subdivision in southeast Raleigh near where Garner Road and Cross Link Road meet. Habitat Wake is building on more than 100 lots in this neighborhood, and nearly half of the homes have been completed.

Like the Episcopal Build last year, Habitat’s construction teams have consistently been building the homes in less than 10 weeks. So, this year’s Build will be only nine weeks in duration, ending Saturday, April 21.  Based on volunteer and superintendent feedback, Habitat has also dropped the volunteer numbers slightly to 15 volunteers every day except Day 1 when many people can participate, and Week 9, when only five volunteers will be needed.  This is expected to create an even better experience for volunteers.  While most volunteer work gets done on Saturdays, you can also sign up for Thursdays and Fridays – which typically involve smaller teams.

The mission of Habitat for Humanity of Wake County is to put God’s love into action by partnering with families who live or work in Wake County to build and purchase safe, affordable homes with donors, volunteers and shoppers at Habitat’s “ReStore” re-use building supply outlet.  Since 1985, Habitat Wake has partnered with more than 600 families, donors and volunteers to build safe, affordable, energy-efficient homes in all parts of Wake County.  Habitat Wake is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical housing ministry that has improved the lives of seven million people around the world through affordable housing.

Last year alone, more than 18,500 individuals volunteered their time with Habitat Wake. More than 2,700 corporations, congregations, individuals and local organizations provided financial and volunteer support.  Habitat Wake ReStores provide a sustainable revenue stream in support of Habitat’s mission, enabling the organization to build even more homes.

For more information from Habitat Wake regarding this year’s Episcopal Build, go to the web at   For information on Nativity’s participation in the 2018 Build, contact Chris Christiansen or Sam Taylor.