Belief Briefs

May. 28, 2014 @ 10:47 AM

New priests, vicars appointed to Catholic parishes
RALEIGH -- The Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, announced new priest assignments in the diocese, including in Butner, Hillsborough and Chapel Hill.
The Rev. Dominic Thomas of the Zion Province of the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and pastor of Saint James Catholic Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been appointed administrator of Saint Bernadette Parish in Butner.
Also, the Rev. Monsignor Desmond R. Keenan, a retired priest of the Diocese of Raleigh, has been appointed parochial vicar for Hispanic Ministry at Saint Bernadette. The Rev. Monsignor Stephen C. Worsley, parochial vicar at Saint Mark Parish in Wilmington, has been appointed pastor of Holy Family Parish in Hillsborough. The Rev. John A. Wall, pastor of the UNC Chapel Hill Newman Student Center Parish, returns to retirement from active priestly ministry.
In other local diocese news, Holy Cross Parish in Durham has been entrusted to the Friars of the Our Lady of the Angels Province, Order of Friars Minor Conventual, and a friar will be named shortly. The UNC Chapel Hill Newman Student Center Parish has also been entrusted to the Friars of the Our Lady of the Angels Province, Order of Friars Minor Conventual, and two friars will be named shortly.
The changes will take effect June 26.

New pastor installation at Terrell’s Creek Missionary Baptist
CHAPEL HILL -- Terrell’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church will install the Rev. Claude Dunston as pastor
At 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 3419 Old Greensboro Road. The Rev. Wesley Elam Sr., pastor of Northeast Baptist Church of Durham, will preach. He will be accompanied by the Northeast Baptist Church Mass Choir. Clergy and members of the New Hope Association will assist with the pastoral installation service. Everyone is welcome.

St. Barbara Greek Festival this weekend
DURHAM – The annual St. Barbara Greek Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 8306 Highway 751 in Durham. Festival proceeds benefit the St. Barbara Building Fund and the American Red Cross.
The festival will include flavors, sights and sounds of Greece. Greek food for sale includes gyros, spanakopita, pastitsio, baklava and kourambiedes. The Taverna will feature Greek wine and beer. There will be continuous Greek music and scheduled folk dance performances. The bouzouki band Opa! will perform from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday. All are welcome to join in community dancing anytime. Greek cultural exhibits, travel videos and tours of the landmark Byzantine-style domed church will be featured both days.
There will also be a Bakaliko grocery store, arts and crafts, religious items and imports along with the church cookbook. For information, call 919-484-1600, email or visit

Student celebration services at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church and the A.E. Love Scholarship/Education Committee will host an Achievement Celebration for students in grades K-12 at 6 p.m. June 4, at Mt. Level, 316 Hebron Road.
The annual Baccalaureate service will be held June 8. The guest speaker at 8 a.m. will be Minister Braxton Shelley, and 10:30 a.m. the guest speaker will be U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield. The theme is “Students Approved by God,” with Scripture reference II Timothy 2:15: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
For information, call 919-477-3893.

Food donations needed at Walltown food bank
DURHAM – Walltown Neighborhood Ministries’ food bank donations are low. The food bank needs food and gift card donations. It serves 70 families monthly as well as emergency cases. There are 30 to 40 families on a waiting list.
Food donations may be dropped off at any time.
For information, call Minister Sylvia Belcher at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church at 919-286-0332.

VBS, community carnival at St. John’s Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 917 Onslow St., will host Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. June 9-12. Music, Bible study and crafts are among the activities planned. All ages are invited to attend.
Also, Walltown Neighborhood Ministries Street Reach, a free community carnival, will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 13 at the church. There will be free food, games and a watermelon contest. Entrance cost is donation of four nonperishable food items. All food donations will go to the WNM Food Bank.
The carnival is sponsored by Walltown Neighborhood Ministries, Watts Street Baptist Church, Blacknall Presbyterian Church, Grace Lutheran, Church, St. John's Missionary Baptist, Duke Community Affairs and Urban Hope. For information, call Minister Sylvia Belcher at 919-286-0332.

‘Relationships’ session at Holland Chapel AME Zion
CHATHAM COUNTY -- The Life Givers Ministry, a women’s group at Holland Chapel AME Zion Church, will present the second women’s session, “Relationships – How to Make Them Work” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 360 Burgess Road, Apex. The guest speaker is Minister Micara Sessoms. Men are also welcome to attend. For information, call the church office at 919-362-7831. 

Hymn festival Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran
DURHAM -- St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, ELCA will present “Journeying With The Risen Christ,” a hymn festival led by Michael Burkhardt, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the church sanctuary, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road.
Burkhardt, a Lutheran composer and recitalist, will lead a group of choirs and instrumentalists from St. Paul’s, Westminster Presbyterian in Durham and St. Philip Lutheran in Raleigh in events that will include Scripture readings, singing and organ music. For information, call the church office at 919-389-3214.

Food festival at Levin on JCC June 8
DURHAM -- The Levin Jewish Community Center will host a Jewish Food Festival from noon to 5 p.m. June 8 at the JCC, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road. The festival will showcase Jewish delicacies from around the world, including Mediterranean falafel, Israeli salad, New York pastrami sandwiches and chocolate egg creams.
“One of our main goals of the JCC is to build community, and what better way than for people to join together over a shared love of food?” Susan Levy, executive director of the Levin JCC, said in an annoucement. “Seeing the joy that comes from people tasting food they haven’t had since their childhood, or those who are trying something for the first time makes this event thrilling.”
The full menu is available at, and general festival information at 

Pastor anniversary at Greater Orange Grove Baptist
DURHAM -- Greater Orange Grove Baptist Church will celebrate the anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Bennie C. Torrian on Sunday at the church, 5524 N. Roxboro Road. During the 8 a.m. worship service, the Rev. Charles R. Tyner Sr. of White Oak Missionary Baptist Church in Apex will preach, with music by the White Oak choir.
The Rev. Robert L. Daniel will preside. The guest speaker at the 4 p.m. celebration will be the Rev. Luther K Brooks, congregation and choirs of Saint James Full Gospel Baptist Church in Durham. Minister Kirby Mack will preside. For information, call the church at 919 479-0220.

Usher anniversary at Cain’s Chapel MBC
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Ushers Auxiliary of Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 43rd Anniversary at 4 p.m. June 8 at the church, 2001 St. Mary’s Road in Hillsborough. The Rev. Julius Richmond, associate minister, Cain’s Chapel, will preach. For information, visit

The Taylors to sing at Edgewood Baptist
DURHAM -- The Taylors, a Southern gospel singing group, will perform at 6 p.m. June 8 at Edgewood Baptist Church, 1807 Infinity Road. For information, call 919-471-2664.

Workshop by Abounding in Grace Christian Church
DURHAM -- Abounding In Grace Christian Church founders Pastors Calvin and Gilda Suiter will present a workshop, “Finding Your Divine Purpose,” from 10 a.m. to noon June 7 in the meeting room at the La Quinta Inn, 4414 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.
The workshop will discuss divine purpose and calling, and the process of discovering it. Free. For information and reservations, contact Abounding In Grace at 919-627-4773, or

Yard sale Saturday at King’s Park
DURHAM -- King’s Park International Church, 1305 Odyssey Drive, will hold a large yard sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Lawn games, food trucks at UUMC Sunday
CHAPEL HILL – University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., will host lawn games, bluegrass music and food trucks on the church lawn at noon Sunday. Food trucks include Big Mike’s BBQ, Chirba Chirba Dumpling and Parlez-Vous Crepes. For information, visit

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