Belief Briefs

Feb. 26, 2014 @ 04:34 PM

Small Baptist churches to merge Sunday
DURHAM – Glenn School Road Baptist Church and Harvest Baptist Church will merge with a special service on Sunday.
Harvest Baptist, which was founded 11 years ago and has met in various buildings, will bring its congregation and pastor to Glenn School Road Baptist. The pastor of Harvest Baptist, the Rev. Richard Hedges, will become pastor of the merged church, which will keep Glenn School Road Baptist as a name until choose a new one.
The special service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at 1815 Glenn School Road, Durham, with John Saunders Jr., director of missions for the Yates Baptist Association, preaching. Hedges said that about 20 people attend Harvest on a weekly basis, with about 40 people total in the congregation. It had been meeting at the Fellowship Building near Southern High School. Glenn School Road Baptist has about 10 to 20 people attending weekly, with a larger membership. The song leader from Harvest will serve at the newly merged church. The Rev. Charles Wilson, the pastor of Glenn School Road Baptist before the merger, will sing at the special service. Before serving at Harvest, Hedges was pastor of Edgewood Baptist Church.

Fisher Memorial UHC celebrates 130 years
DURHAM -- Fisher Memorial United Holy Church will celebrate its 130th anniversary this weekend. Bishop Elroy Lewis is pastor. An afternoon of remembrance with demonstrations and music related to the historical era of the church will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, 420 E. Piedmont Ave., Durham.
During the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, the guest speaker will be Bishop Clifton Buckrham, pastor of Resurrection Fellowship United Holy Church in Greensboro. For the 3 p.m. service Sunday, the guest speaker will be Elder Joseph Williams, pastor of Greater Guiding Star United Holy Church in Goldsboro.

Grey Stone Church drops Baptist from name
DURHAM -- Grey Stone Baptist Church in Durham has changed its name a little. It is now just Grey Stone Church. The Rev. Clay Waters, senior pastor of Grey Stone Church, explains: “This past summer, we went through a process to have an open dialogue in our congregation about how a lot of unchurched people have wrong perceptions of what it means to be a Baptist,” he said. “We were concerned how these wrong perceptions could keep people from hearing the good news about Jesus Christ. We voted this summer to remove the name to remove a stumbling block to the gospel. We are still affiliated with our denomination, but simply made the decision for outreach purposes,” Waters said. Grey Stone is at 2601 Hillsborough Road in Durham. Sunday services are at 8:45 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. For information, visit

Ash Wednesday at Christus Victor Lutheran
DURHAM -- Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1615 E. Highway N.C. 54, Durham, will hold Ash Wednesday services at noon and 6 p.m. Wednesday. Services will include Scripture lessons and the imposition of ashes.
On following Wednesdays throughout Lent until April 9, Agape meals and services will be held at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m. For information, call 919-544-7195 or visit

World Day of Prayer event at Dickerson Chapel AME
HILLSBOROUGH -- The 34th World Day of Prayer, “2014 Egypt -- Streams In The Desert” will be held at noon March 7 at Dickerson Chapel AME Church in Hillsborough. A light lunch will be served.
The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year. For information, visit

Efird study on Acts during Lent
DURHAM -- First Presbyterian Church’s Annual Lenten Bible Study, led by James “Mickey” Efird, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon beginning March 6 at the church, 305 E. Main St. It continues Thursdays throughout Lent until April 10. The study this year will be on the Acts of the Apostles.
Efird is professor emeritus of biblical interpretation at Duke Divinity School. The community is invited. For information, call the church at 919-682-5511.

100 Men in Black concert March 9 at McMannen UMC
DURHAM – The 100 Men in Black chorus will perform at 5 p.m. March 9 at McMannen United Methodist Church, 4102 Neal Road, Durham. Marlon E. West is director of the all-male chorus. A love offering will be taken for Durham Habitat for Humanity and canned food donations for Urban Ministries will be accepted. For information, call 919-383-1263 or visit

Georgetown priest to speak on Ignatian spirituality
DURHAM – The Rev. Brian McDermott of Georgetown University, will present a workshop, “Loved Sinners Called to Companionship with Jesus,” from 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 16 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2438 S. Alston Ave.
The workshop will explore the dynamics of the Preparatory Days, First Week and Second Week of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises. The focus will be “God’s  transformation of our desire.” Lunch will be served. All are welcome. For information, call the parish at 919-957-2900.

Brunswick stew dinner at Pleasant Green UMC March 8
DURHAM -- Pleasant Green United Methodist Church will hold a Brunswick Stew-Chicken ‘n Dumplings Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. March 8 at the church, 3005 Pleasant Green Road in Durham. Sit down or take out. The cost is $8.50 for adults; $4 for children 10 and under. Stew is also sold by the quart for $8.50. To pre-order, call the church at 919-383-5764 or visit 

ECLA hosts ‘Forward Together’ faith conference in Raleigh
RALEIGH – The Multicultural Committee of the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will hold “Forward Together: God’s Work, Our Hands, Faith in Action” from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh.
The one-day conference will examine public policy issues affecting North Carolinians within a theological context. Speakers and workshops will explore legislation related to unemployment, access to health care, investment in public education and voting rights, with an emphasis on how to care for those in poverty.
People of all faiths are welcome to attend. Speakers include the Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina; Rodney Ellis, president of the North Carolina Association of Educators; Jennifer Frye of Democracy North Carolina; Gene Nichol of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, UNC School of Law; Judith Roberts of Racial Justice Ministries, ELCA; and the Rev. James Thomas, associate professor at Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary. Registration costs $12. For information, visit or call 919-632-1783 or 980-237-1005.

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