Nobel winner Lefkowitz honored at Beth El Synagogue
DURHAM – Robert Lefkowitz, the Duke University professor and physician who received the 2012 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, was honored with an Aliyah to the Torah at Beth El Synagogue in Durham Dec. 1. Beth El Rabbi Daniel Greyber invited the congregation to recite the blessing upon seeing a person of distinguished worldly learning and spoke about Judaism’s long history of a positive view and relationship with science and the disproportionate number of Jews who have won the Nobel prize, especially in the sciences, Greyber said.
Live Nativity in Hillsborough
HILLSBOROUGH – Fairview Baptist Church, 600 Cornelius St., Hillsborough, will have a live Nativity scene from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 15-16. For information, call 919-732-3571 or visit www.fairviewbaptistonline.org.
Hope Valley Baptist presents Celtic Christmas celebration
DURHAM – Hope Valley Baptist Church will present “Tapestry of Light: A Celtic Christmas Celebration” at 7 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary, 6900 Garrett Road, Durham. “Tapestry of Light” by North Carolina native Joseph M. Martin joins traditional carols, primarily from Ireland and England, with Scripture reading and candle lighting. Sanctuary choir, 22-piece festival orchestra and soprano Faith Houck as soloist. The Christmas story will be retold by Hope Valley Baptist’s newly called pastor, the Rev. Bill Bigger, and church member Amy Sauls. Choir and orchestra will be conducted by Ken Smith, minister of music. No admission charge, no collection will be taken. The event is Hope Valley Baptist Church’s Christmas gift to the community.
Living Nativity at Christus Victor Lutheran
DURHAM – Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1615 E. N.C. Hwy 54, Durham, will present its Living Nativity from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Drive or walk through the Christmas story come alive. For information, visit www.christus-victor.org.
Deacon to deliver initial sermon Sunday
DURHAM – Deacon Thad Hodge will deliver his initial sermon during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S. Roxboro St., Durham. He joined Mount Vernon Baptist in 1985 and serves as a deacon and president of the Perry Washington Sunday school class. His theme will be “God Loves You.” A recent retiree, Hodge is a native of Wendell and a graduate of N.C. State University. He and his wife have five children and two foster children. The public is invited. The Rev. Jerome Washington is pastor.
William Turner to give MLK keynote at Duke
DURHAM – The Rev. William C. Turner, a 1971 Duke University graduate and a member of one of the first classes to include African Americans, will deliver the keynote address for the university’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at Duke Chapel. This year’s theme, “Power, Protest & Transformation,” complements the 50th anniversary of Duke’s first black undergraduate students. Parking is available in the Bryan Center garage. Turner is a professor at Duke Divinity School and pastor of Durham’s Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church. For information, visit mlk.duke.edu.
N.C. Boys Choir to perform Dec. 17 at Duke Chapel
DURHAM – The annual Christmas concert at Duke Chapel featuring the North Carolina Boys Choir, Chamber Choir and Girls Choir will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and over, and $8 for children 12 and under. They will be available at the door one hour before the concert, or by calling 919-489-0291. For information, visit www.ncboyschoir.org. Other selections include “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day,” John Rutter’s “Christmas Night” and Handel’s “For Unto Us a Child Is Born” and the Hallelujah chorus.
Christmas program at Cameron Grove
DURHAM – Cameron Grove Baptist Church, 816 Berwyn Ave., Durham, will present its annual Christmas program at 4 p.m. Dec. 16. For information, call 919-220-7402.
Candlelight service Sunday at Mt. Vernon Baptist
DURHAM – Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S. Roxboro St., Durham, invites the public to its annual candlelight service at 5 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary. The service is sponsored by the Mass Choir. All of the church’s choirs will perform and sing songs of Jesus’ birth.
‘O Holy Night’ production at Community Baptist Dec. 16
DURHAM – The Music Department of Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, Durham, will present the Christmas production of “O Holy Night” by Russell Mauldin during the 8 a.m. worship service Dec. 16. The community is invited. The Rev. Percy R. Chase is pastor.
Cantata, Love Feast at Epworth UMC
DURHAM – Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Road, Durham, will present two musical cantatas and its annual Moravian Love Feast this month. The community is invited. The Children’s Cantata will be performed at 9 a.m. Sunday. Also on Sunday, the church’s Moravian Love Feast will be held at 7:30 p.m. Moravian buns and coffee at a candlelight service of carols and music by a brass ensemble. The Chancel Choir will present its cantata at 11 a.m. Dec. 16 during the worship service. For information, call the church office at 919-489-6557.
Concert at Baha’i Center Dec. 16
DURHAM – The Baha’is of Durham are sponsoring a concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Baha’i Center, 5103 Revere Road. Munirih Sparrow, singer and guitarist from Saskatchewan, Canada, and Gustaff Besungu, singer, guitarist, and drummer from Cameroon, West Africa, will perform together. Their music is inspired by Baha’i scripture. Everyone is invited. For information, call 919-489-6690.
UNC Methodist, Presbyterian campus groups lead Advent service
CHAPEL HILL – UNC groups will come together at 7 p.m. Sunday for the Advent lessons and carols worship service at University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. The UNC Women’s Glee Club, Tarpeggios, Vision and the praise bands from the UNC Wesley Campus Ministry and Presbyterian Campus Ministry will lead the music. The UNC Wesley Campus Ministry, Presbyterian Campus Ministry and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will lead the traditional service. Hot chocolate will be served after the service, and a free will offering will be collected for missions. All are welcome.
Jewish Reform movement leader at Duke Sunday
DURHAM – Rabbi David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College and an expert on Jewish religious thought, ethics and modern Jewish history, will speak at Duke University at 6 p.m. Sunday. Ellenson will present “Jewish Peoplehood in the Jewish State: Marriage, Conversion and the Future of Israel” at the Nasher Museum of Art. Free and open to public, but RSVP to Serena Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-660-3504. A gala reception celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Duke Center for Jewish Studies will follow the lecture and includes admission to the Nasher exhibit “Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore.” Ellenson is a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem and a fellow and lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. For information, visit http://jewishstudies.duke.edu.
Advent at Parkwood UMC
DURHAM – Parkwood United Methodist Church, 5123 Revere Road, Durham, has several events planned for the Advent season. During the 11 a.m. service Sunday, seasonal music will be performed by the PUMC Bell Choir and others. The church will host a Moravian Love Feast at 7 p.m. Sunday, with hot beverages and pastries.
Other Advent services:
-- 11 a.m. Dec. 16: Worship service featuring the PUMC Adult Choir performing the cantata “A Candlelight Christmas” composed by Benjamin Harlan.
-- 11 a.m. Dec. 23: Festival of lessons and carols.
-- 7 p.m. Dec. 24: Christmas Eve communion service.
-- 11 a.m. Dec. 30: Worship service followed by potluck dinner. For information, call 919-544-1078 or visit email@example.com.
‘A Very Brave Christmas’ Dec. 16 at Sanctuary UMC
DURHAM – Sanctuary United Methodist Church, 2317 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, will present a Christmas pageant, “A Very Brave Christmas,” at 2 p.m. Dec. 16. The play, written and directed by Sanctuary’s Lay Leader Mark Hipps, follows a girl named Pat on a journey of fancy parties, auto mechanics, homeless shelters, teenage rebellion and being lost. Along the way she finds herself in the company of a scarecrow, a tin man, and a lion who help her discover the true meaning of Christmas. A fellowship meal will be provided starting at 1 p.m.
Advent events at Aldersgate UMC
DURHAM – The chancel choir at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1320 Umstead Road, Durham, will present a cantata, “Advent Witnesses,” during the 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. services Sunday.
Other Christmas events:
-- 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16: Love Feast in the Family Life Center with a sweet bun, coffee and music.
-- 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19: Christmas service of comfort and hope. A compassionate Christmas service for those who are experiencing a difficult year of loss or life challenges.
-- 4 p.m. Dec. 24: Family worship service with no-rehearsal Christmas pageant.
-- 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dec. 24: Carols, communion and candlelight worship services in the sanctuary.
Gift wrapping at St. Joseph AME
DURHAM – Minnie S. Pearson Women’s Missionary Society will offer gift wrapping for a nominal fee from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph AME Church, 2521 Fayetteville St., Durham.
UMW cookie sale at Pleasant Green
DURHAM – Pleasant Green United Methodist Women will hold their 15th Annual Christmas Cookie Sale from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 15. Cookies, candies, breads, cakes and pies for sale in the fellowship hall at Pleasant Green United Methodist Church, 3005 Pleasant Green Road, Durham.
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