Belief Briefs

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 09:29 AM

Clergy breakfast to support workers organizing
DURHAM – NC Raise Up and Durham Congregations In Action will host a breakfast May 1 for pastors and faith leaders to support low-wage workers organizing. The breakfast discussion will be held at 7:30 a.m. May 1 at Durham Presbyterian Church/Iglesia Emanuel at 2504 N. Roxboro St., Durham. Discussion will include working conditions and efforts by workers to come together to advocate for higher wages and better working conditions. For information and to RSVP, email or call 919-604-8167.

Community festival Saturday at Ebenezer Missionary
DURHAM -- A community festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 2200 S. Alston Ave. The theme is “Health Awareness Day -- Taking Care of the Temple.” Activities include a walk-a-thon, Zumba, line dancing, hula-hoop contest, and games for children.
Representatives from the American Heart Association and Durham Diabetes Coalition will share information. Refreshments will be served.
For information, call the church at 919-596-2131. The Rev. Cornelius E. Battle Sr. is pastor.

Durham CAN assembly Sunday
DURHAM – Durham Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods will meet at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Nehemiah Christian Center, 514 N. Mangum St. Durham CAN will hold an assembly meeting with school board candidates and members, then go out on a Souls to the Polls campaign. For information, visit

Black figures in Islamic history presentation Sunday
DURHAM – Masjid Ibad Ar-Rahman, 3034 Fayetteville St., will host a presentation, “Black & Noble: A Study of Important Black Figures in Islamic History,” by Shaikh Omar Suleiman from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited. For information, email Shaikh Mawlid Khalif at

Baptist Men to build ramps Saturday across N.C.
North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry and North Carolina Baptist Men will spend Saturday building wheelchair ramps across the state for its Rampin’ Up! event. The outreach is held in conjunction with NC Operation Inasmuch – a one-day mission opportunity in the state. Ramp-building teams will be at work in every county. For information, call 877-506-2226. In 2012, Rampin’ Up! built ramps for more than 300 aging adults in North Carolina. Baptist Men is an auxiliary to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

Groups celebrate anniversary at Mt. Calvary UCC
DURHAM -- The Male Chorus, Cheek Club and Progressive Clubs of Mount Calvary United Church of Christ, 1715 Athens Ave., will celebrate their respective anniversaries together at 4 p.m. Sunday. Area choirs will be a part of the program.

Missionary Day, initial sermon at Paynes Chapel A.M.E.
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Annie K. Strickland Missionary Society of Paynes Chapel A.M.E. Church will celebrate its Annual Missionary Day at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, which is at the intersection of Highway 57 and Schley Road in Hillsborough. The Voices of Deliverance of Chapel Hill will perform.
Also, Brother Delmar Breeze will deliver his initial sermon at 3 p.m. May 4 at Paynes Chapel A.M.E. Church. The Rev. Milton Battle is pastor. The public is invited.

Master’s Men concert at Berea Baptist
DURHAM – Master’s Men will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at Berea Baptist Church, 5011 Fayetteville Road in Durham. Master’s Men is a male a cappella ensemble dedicated to providing inspirational music to the glory of God. Selections will include hymns, spirituals and gospel.
Robert Cox directs, assisted by founding member Larry Triplett. Free. For information, call the church at 919-544-7151 or visit

Holocaust memorial event Sunday at Chapel Hill Kehillah
DURHAM -- The Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish community’s Yom HaShoah Holocaust Memorial commemoration will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Road in Chapel Hill.
The program features the personal story of Abe Piasek, who grew up in Bialobrzegi, Poland. In 1940, when he was 12, most of the 1,500 Jews in his hometown were either killed or deported to concentration camps of Maidanek and Treblinka. It was the last time Piasek saw his family. He was held by Nazis in camps at Radom, Auschwitz and Weinhausen before being liberated by U.S. troops near Dachau in 1945. He now lives in Raleigh.
The program also includes recognition of winners of the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation’s Holocaust essay contest, recognition of other local Holocaust survivors, and period songs performed by the Triangle Jewish Chorale. The event is free and open to the public.
For information, contact Sheva Zucker at 919-286-3628 or

Mt. Level Missionary Baptist celebrates 150th
DURHAM -- Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church will hold its 150th Anniversary Celebration May 2-4. The theme is “A Walk In Their Footsteps.” The Rev. Leonzo D. Lynch, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Charlotte, will be the speaker at a praise and worship service at 7 p.m. May 2.
A skit, “A Walk In Their Shoes, A Tour Down Memory Lane,” and basket lunch will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3. The Rev. William C. Turner Jr., pastor of Mt. Level, will preach at the 10 a.m. worship service May 4.
Mt. Level is at 316 Hebron Road in Durham. For information, call 919-477-3893. All events are free and open to the public.

Happy Sunday, youth revival at Emmanuel AME
DURHAM – Emmanuel AME Church will celebrate “Be Happy Sunday” during the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday at the church, 2018 Riddle Road. Also, Emmanuel will celebrate its annual youth revival at 7 p.m. nightly Monday-Wednesday.
Guest preachers are the Rev. Michael White of New Beginners Christian Fellowship, Asheboro; the Rev. Mycal Brickhouse of St. Joseph AME Church, Durham; and the Rev. Jason Thompson of Chicago.

Barbecue, chicken sale at Holland Chapel AMEZ
CHATHAM COUNTY -- Holland Chapel AMEZ Church will sell pork barbecue plates and grilled chicken plates May 2-3. Other items include string beans, slaw or potato salad, roll and dessert.
The cost is $8 per plate/$4 sandwich. Sale begins at 10 a.m. each day in the church fellowship hall, 360 Burgess Road, Apex (in Chatham County). For information, call 919-362-7831.

Mount Vernon Baptist camp registration open
DURHAM -- Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S. Roxboro St., is registering students for its 2014 Summer Academic Enrichment Camp. Registration is $20 before May 1 and $25 after. The day camp will be held from June 23 to Aug. 8 for rising kindergarteners through eighth-graders. The camp costs $95 per week.
There is also a one-week ACT Prep camp for high school students June 23-26 for $100.
For information, contact Director Ingrid Jones at or 9l9-672-2090 or the church office at 919-688-1823.

Pastor anniversary at Community Baptist
DURHAM -- The congregation of Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, will celebrate the Rev. Percy R. Chase’s 36th anniversary as pastor of the church during the 8 a.m. service Sunday. Various groups within the church will pay tribute and make presentations to Chase, followed by the Rev. Jerome W. Washington of Mount Vernon Baptist Church as guest minister.
The community is invited. For information, call the church at 919-544-1319.

Episcopal Women luncheon April 29 at St. Philip’s
DURHAM -- The Episcopal Women of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church will host their annual salad luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 29 at the church, 403 E. Main St. Tickets are $8 at the door. For information, email

Book signing at St. Paul AME
CHAPEL HILL – A member of St. Paul AME Church in Chapel Hill will sign copies of the book she recently co-authored, “Faith that Works: Applying God’s Word to the Job Search,” after church services at 1 p.m. Sunday at 101 N. Merritt Mill Road. She will donates royalties to the church’s new St. Paul Community Village. For information, visit

Yard sale May 3 at Ebenezer Baptist in Hillsborough
HILLSBOROUGH -- Ebenezer Baptist Church will hold a yard sale benefiting missions from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3 at the church, 1210 Pleasant Green Road, Hillsborough. For information, call 919-383-6668 or visit

Edgewood Baptist sportsman banquet Saturday
DURHAM -- Edgewood Baptist Church, 1807 Infinity Road, will host its fourth annual Men’s Sportsman Banquet at 5 p.m. Saturday. Free dinner and door prizes. Guest speaker is Rod King of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. For information, call 919-471-2664.

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