Belief Briefs

Aug. 20, 2014 @ 09:47 AM

Episcopal Church of the Advocate celebrates first women priests
CHAPEL HILL -- The Episcopal Church of the Advocate will host a celebration and commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the historic ordination of the “Philadelphia Eleven,” the first women to be ordained as priests in the Episcopal Church.
The event will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church, 8410 Merin Road.
Festivities include a Eucharist at which one of the “Philadelphia Eleven,” the Rev. Carter Heyward, will preach, followed by a panel discussion facilitated by the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. The Rt. Rev. Anne E. Hodges-Copple, bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and the first woman to be elected bishop in the state, will also participate in the celebration.
All are welcome. For information, visit or call (919) 219-4437.

Pilgrim UCC taking ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
DURHAM – Ten staff members of Pilgrim United Church of Christ will participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after church Sunday. They’ll be doused by buckets of ice water to raise awareness of ALS – formerly called Lou Gehrig’s disease – and will also donate money to ALS research.
The Rev. Ginger Brasher-Cunningham, who is participating, has made an open call for all Durham clergy to take the challenge and donate money. She said they’d try to use rainwater for Sunday’s event, which will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the end of the service at Pilgrim UCC, 3011 Academy Road.

New rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal
DURHAM – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church has called the Rev. Helen Svoboda-Barber as its new rector. Her first Sunday was Aug. 17.
She grew up in small town Kansas and is a graduate of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. She has served churches in Kansas and Ohio. St. Luke’s is located at 1737 Hillandale Road in Durham. For information, visit

Cookout Saturday at Morning Star MBC
DURHAM – Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church will hold its free annual community cookout from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 4610 Fayetteville Road in Durham. The cookout was rescheduled after the Aug. 3 event was rained out. For information, call 919-544-8596.

University UMC celebrates music director
CHAPEL HILL – University United Methodist Church will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tim Baker, director of the music ministry, on Sunday at the church, 150 E. Franklin St.
Baker will preach at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services, with receptions in his honor following each service in the fellowship hall. Also, from 6 to 7 p.m. there will a community hymn sing at Steel String Brewery, 106 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. For information, call the church at 919-929-7191.

Women’s Day at Lipscomb Grove MBC
HILLSBOROUGH -- Lipscomb Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 800 Lipscomb Grove Church Road, will hold its annual Women’s Day Program at 10:45 a.m. Aug. 31.
The theme is “A Women of Many Hats.” Guest speaker will be Elder Frances Lunsford from Refiners Fire Community in Durham.

Barbecue chicken supper in Bahama
BAHAMA -- Ellis Chapel United Methodist Church will host a Barbecue Chicken Supper from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2516 Levi Lane. Eat-in or take-out. The cost of $8 includes meal, beverage and dessert.

Family and Friends Day at Mount Zoar MBC
DURHAM -- Mount Zoar Missionary Baptist Church, 2400 Cheek Road, will hold Family and Friends Day at 11 a.m. Sunday. The guest minister will be the Rev. Mark Royster, associate minister of First Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. Dinner will be served after morning worship.
For information, call Sister Dorothy Bernard at 919-956-5375. The public is invited.

Kol Haskalah Sunday school open house
CHAPEL HILL -- A Sunday School Open House of Kol Haskalah, a Humanistic Judaism congregation, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday in Murphey Hall on the UNC campus. There will be opening session classes and a film by founder Rabbi Sherwin Wine explaining Humanistic Judaism.
Classes range from from preschool through Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Dim sum snacks and coffee will be available.
For information, call 919-968-7888 or visit

Back to school at New Life Christian Center
DURHAM -- New Life Christian Center Teen Ministry is having a Teen Back to School Celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, 7415 Fayetteville Road.
Parents are invited to bring teens with them for ministry and having fun with other teens. For information, call the office at 919-405-2080 or visit

Book reading at Hillsborough Presbyterian
HILLSBOROUGH -- Local author Randi Davenport will read from her second novel, “The End of Always,” at 4 p.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall of Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, 102 W. Tryon St. Light refreshments will be available.

Greek language classes at St. Barbara Orthodox
DURHAM -- The Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church community will offer adult and children's classes in Greek at the intermediate and beginner levels. Classes are held at the church, 8306 N Carolina 751, on Saturdays, with time to be determined. Classes begin Oct. 4 and the tuition costs are $15 per class. For information and/or to register, contact Helen Paliouras at or call 919-942-4229.

God’s Generals healing crusade in September
DURHAM – God’s Generals Inc., a coalition of Churches in the Durham, Apex, Morrisville and Burlington, is bringing Healing Crusade 2014 to Durham.
The crusade includes five nights of preaching, teaching, healing, prayer and anointing. Services will be held at 7 p.m. nightly Sept. 22-26 at Greater Refuge Temple, 1438 Maplewood Drive in Durham. Ministers are Bishop J. Phillip Betts of Oxford, Apostle Clara Lawrence of Raleigh and Pastor Steve Raj or Durham.
All services are free and open to the public. For information, call Pastor Gene Rentrope at 919-819-6393.

Vicar leaves St. Titus’ Episcopal
DURHAM – The Rev. Michael Battle has completed his one-year appointment as vicar to St. Titus’ Episcopal Church and goes on to a yearlong assignment to the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In an outgoing note to the parish, he said he prays “our work together has cultivated the soil for rich growth.” His last Sunday was Aug. 17. St. Titus’ is at 400 Moline St.

Women’s fellowship conference at Henderson Grove MBC
DURHAM COUNTY -- Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church Women’s Fellowship Conference will be held Sept. 12-13 at the church, 2806 Page Road in Morrisville. The theme is “Women Under Construction.” The cost is $40. For information, call 919-596-6750 or visit

Flea market Saturday at West Durham Baptist
DURHAM -- West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens St., will hold a Community Flea Market from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday in the church parking lot. Booth/table rental costs a minimum donation of $10. For information, contact Marian Starnes at 919-949-8507 or The event is hosted by the West Durham Baptist Church Youth Ministry.

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