Belief Briefs

Jun. 04, 2013 @ 10:18 PM

Clergy to protest in Raleigh on Monday
DURHAM – Local clergy will gather at 5 p.m. Monday at Bicentennial Mall across the street from the North Carolina Legislative Building on Jones Street in downtown Raleigh on Monday to protest General Assembly policies that hurt the poor.
The clergy gathering is a separate protest from the weekly “Moral Monday” protests organized by the NAACP.
Organizers include the Rev. William Turner of Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church and Duke Divinity School, and the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Hawkins has called on fellow clergy to attend and said the clergy do not plan to enter the Legislative Building to be arrested, though they will acknowledge the NAACP protestors. For information, email Hawkins at

Youth Day at Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist on Sunday
DURHAM -- The Youth Department of Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate “Youth Day” at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2400 Cheek Road. Guest minister will be the Rev. Todd H. McCauley, associate pastor of White Oak Missionary Baptist Church in Apex. The public is invited.
For information, contact Sister K.R. Cozart at 919-475-2977. Rev. Norman T. Davis is the interim pastor.

UMD and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church hold Beloved Community event
DURHAM -- Urban Ministries of Durham and St. Philips Episcopal Church will celebrate Durham’s connectedness with its 5th Annual Beloved Community celebration and cookout from 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Community Garden at St. Philip’s Church, 403 E. Main St.
The event is open to members of the community in need and those who want to help. The cookout begins at 6:30 p.m. There will be a children’s arts and crafts area and live music from the Emanuel Rockers from Iglesia Hispana Emanuel.
To donate food or clothing to UMD, call Elizabeth Newman at 919-682-0538, ext. 170 ,or email her at To make a financial contribution, go to

N.C. Evangelical Lutheran synod holds annual assembly
The North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, based in Salisbury, hosted 550 members and guests May 31-June 1 for its annual synod assembly held at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory.
The theme of the 2013 NC Synod Assembly was “Joyfully Sharing God’s Story.” The synodical emphasis for 2013-15 will be “Forward Together: In Christ. In Community.” The Assembly adopted a resolution to participate in the ELCA’s $15 million Malaria Campaign by raising $250,000 by 2015 to help eradicate malaria primarily in African countries.
The other resolution asks the synod’s bishop and members of the synod to communicate with President Obama and legislators to develop and vote for “just, compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform legislation with a path to citizenship.”
One of three new synodically approved worshiping communities includes Celebration, an extension of Abiding Savior Church in Durham. There are more than 200 ECLA congregations in North Carolina. For information, visit     


June events at Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church ushers’ anniversary will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2001 St. Mary’s Road. The preacher will be the Rev. Bennie Torain, pastor of Greater Orange Grove Baptist Church. 
Also, Cain’s Chapel and Lipscomb Grove Missionary Baptist church will fellowship at 9:45 a.m. June 16 with a joint Sunday school at 800 Lipscomb Grove Church Road in Hillsborough. Cain’s Chapel will host Family and Friends Day during worship on June 23, followed by lunch. The church’s Vacation Bible School will be held at 6 p.m. June 24 and at 7 p.m. June 25-28. For information, call 919-471-4564 or visit

Mount Vernon Baptist to ordain deacons
DURHAM -- Mount Vernon Baptist Church will hold ordination services for Deacons Brian Kilgore, Rod McKinnie and Charles Young Sr. at 5 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary, 1007 S. Roxboro St.
The guest speaker is the Rev. Gary L. Brown, pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Apex. Music will be provided by the Mass Choir of Mount Vernon and a guest choir of New Hope Baptist Church. The public is invited. For information, call the church at 919-688-1823. The Rev. Jerome J. Washington is pastor.

Men’s Day at West Durham Baptist on June 23
DURHAM -- West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens St., will observe Men’s Day during the 10 a.m. worship service June 23. The Rev. Adrian Arnold, associate minister at West Durham Baptist, will be the speaker. The public is invited. For information, call the church at 919-682-4453. The Rev. Terry Thomas is pastor.

Building Fund service at True Way Holy Church on Sunday
DURHAM -- A Building Fund service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at True Way Holy Church, 4124 Fayetteville St. The pastor is Elder Nina Jones. Guest preacher will be the Rev. Arthur Nesbitt Grier II, pastor of Yanceyville Missionary Baptist Church.  Everyone is invited. The service is sponsored by Sister Alease Venable 919-596-8625.

UNC philosophy professor to discuss grief
DURHAM -- UNC philosophy professor Gerald Postema will discuss his new book,
“Grief’s Liturgy: A Lament” at 9:45 a.m. Sunday in Watts-Hill Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St. It is part of the church’s summer book discussion series.
“Grief’s Liturgy” is a lament-Psalm and love song that was written in the wake of the death of Postema’s wife, Linda, in 2008. Postema is the Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law at UNC Chapel Hill and a member of First Presbyterian. For information, call the church office at 919-682-5511. The public is invited.

C4 Church to hold Worship and Family Day at Falls Lake
DURHAM – C4 Christ Centered Community Church will hold Worship and Family Day at Falls Lake on Sunday. The worship service will be at 10:30 a.m. in the Falls Lake Community Building followed by lunch and family games at Rolling View State Recreation Area at Falls Lake on Baptist Road in Durham.

VBS, Street Reach at St. John’s Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 917 Onslow St., will host a free gospel concert at 6 p.m. Saturday. Vacation Bible School will be held June 10–13, with dinner from 5-6:15 p.m. and VBS from 6:30-8:15 p.m. St. John’s will also host Street Reach from 6-8 p.m. June 14 with a carnival, watermelon contest and free food. Bring lawn chairs. If interested in setting up a booth or volunteering, call Sylvia Belcher at 919-286-0332.

100 Men in Black to perform Sunday at Markham Chapel
DURHAM – The 100 Men in Black will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at Markham Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 3630 Old Chapel Hill Road.
Other performers include Brothership Gospel Train, Mario Elam, Roshauh and Unspoken Instrument of Praise Dancers. For information, call 919-638-2361. The Rev. Richard S. McMillan is pastor. Evangelist Julia R. Harrelson is host.

Block party at Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse on June 15
DURHAM -- Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse will host a neighborhood block party from 4-7 p.m. June 15 at the Pavilion at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2700 N. Roxboro St.  Performers include Todd Parrott (high energy harmonica, vocals and keyboard) and David McNight & Bruce Emery (easy listening instrumentals). The party will also feature Big Island Shaved Ice, a Durham City fire truck, food, games and a youth karaoke contest. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. For information, visit or email Parking is available behind the church on Hugo Street. Held rain or shine.

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