Belief Briefs

Aug. 06, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

‘Sacred Sound’ concert at Won-Buddhism temple
CHAPEL HILL – The Won-Buddhism Meditation Temple will host a “Sacred Sound Healing Concert: A Journey Through the Chakras” from 7:15-8:45 p.m. Saturday at 8021 Old N.C. Highway 86 in Chapel Hill. The suggested donation is $10. Daran Wallman and Edie Stuber will guide the concert.
For information, visit or email Wallman at

New Hope Presbyterian celebrates 258th anniversary
CHAPEL HILL -- New Hope Presbyterian Church will celebrate its 258th anniversary with its annual Homecoming event on Aug. 24.
The worship service will be held at 11 a.m., with guest preacher former interim pastor the Rev. Ray Mims. Mims served as pastor from May 2011 to November 2013. After the service, there will be a potluck lunch.
New Hope Presbyterian is a member of the Presbyterian Church USA. It is at 4701 N.C. Highway 86 North in Chapel Hill. The Rev. Kerri Hefner is pastor. For information, call 919-942-4710 or visit 

Bible class at Biscuitville
DURHAM – A new Bible class for everyone begins this month and will be held every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at Biscuitville, 1806 Holloway St. The teacher will be Ronnie T. Northam Jr., pastor of Faith Community Center. Free New Testament Bibles will be provided. For information, call Brevard Brown at 919-471-3712.

Upward Soccer this fall at Aldersgate
DURHAM -- Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1320 Umstead Road, will begin hosting Upward Soccer, part of the Upward Sports nonprofit Christian sports league for girls and boys ages 5 to 8.
The league will run from September to November. It will not keep score and there will be short devotions at halftime of every game. Register online at, and click on the soccer ball.
Volunteers are also needed to be prayer partners, devotion leaders, coaches and referees. For information, contact Holly Hall (, Debbie Sykes (, Cameron Burleson (, Mitch Moser ( or the church office at 919-477-0509, ext. 100.

Afternoon concert at St. Mark
DURHAM – St. Mark AME Zion Church will host “An Afternoon with Friends” featuring Sylvia Smith Prescott in concert at 4 p.m. Aug. 24. Music will be provided by the St. Mark Chancel Choir. Selections will include classical, jazz, gospel and anthems. St. Mark AME Zion is at 531 S. Roxboro St. For information, call 919-688-2092.

Taize services at St. Luke’s Episcopal
DURHAM – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is offering its Taize service again after a summer intermission. Taize services are held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every second Sunday of the month beginning Sept. 14. The meditative services use simple songs sung repeatedly with harmonies and gentle musical accompaniment. St. Luke’s is at 1737 Hillandale Road.

Organ concert Aug. 17 at St. Paul’s Lutheran
DURHAM -- The 5th Annual Gretchen Wilson Memorial Organ Concert will be presented at 4 p.m. Aug. 17 in the sanctuary at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road. The guest organist will be concert and recording artist Christa Rakich, who directs the music program at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford, Connecticut. Rakich will be accompanied by St. Paul's new minister of music, Jacqueline Nappi, on harpsichord and piano.
The concert will include both sacred and popular music. It will feature music on the organ, including a two-organ duet played on the Whitfield Wolff Memorial Organ Opus 17 and the Brombaugh Opus 23, a selection on harpsichord, and the premiere of a piece written by local composer and Duke graduate Michael Trinastic. A reception will be held in Trinity Hall after the concert. Admission is free.
For information, call the church at 919-489-3214 or visit

Lay Day, choir celebration at Emmanuel AME
DURHAM -- Emmanuel AME Church’s annual Lay Day Celebration will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2018 Riddle Road. Guest speaker is Penny Oliver, newly elected president of the Western North Carolina Conference Lay Organization.
Also, the New Vision United Choir of Emmanuel AME Church will celebrate 15 years of ministry through song at 3 p.m. Aug. 17 at the church. 

Healing, deliverance services at Friendship Fellowship
DURHAM – Friendship Fellow Community Center, 1100 Holloway St., will host a “Healing for the Heart” service at 10 a.m. Aug. 10 to talk about healing the past. Friendship Fellowship will also host two nights of “Healing and Deliverance” services at 7 p.m. Aug. 21-22. Julia Ross Harrelson is pastor. Elder Michael Rogers Chambers of Apostolic House of Deliverance Church in Durham is the guest speaker. For information, call 919-949-2944.

Students perform at Mount Vernon end-of-camp
DURHAM -- Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S. Roxboro St., will hold the closing program of its Academic Enrichment Summer Camp at 9 a.m. Friday in the sanctuary. The camp focused on reading comprehension, mathematic proficiency and the arts. Students will present what they have learned in the arts, including dance, song, drawing and sewing.  

Bible study workshop at Abounding in Grace
DURHAM -- Abounding In Grace Christian Church will offer a free workshop, “How To Study The Bible,” at 10 a.m. Saturday in the meeting room at La Quinta Inn, 4414 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.
The workshop will address “how to properly study and interpret the word of God, and to gain the knowledge needed to be able to rightly divide the word, including the controversial Bible scriptures and topics of today’s society.” Seating is limited, so reservations are requested.
Future workshop subjects are “Christian Men and Marriage: Do You Believe in Fairy Tales?” and “Basic Banking And Finance For Teens And Young Adults.”
For information, contact Pastor Calvin Suiter at 919-627-4773 or, or visit

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