Belief Briefs

Jan. 01, 2014 @ 04:30 PM

Covenant Presbyterian launches yearlong study
DURHAM -- Covenant Presbyterian Church will explore the African-American worship experience in relation to the biblical story throughout 2014. The church has a theme and manual for worship services every month, beginning with a January focus on immigration. The theme will be part of each week’s worship service and Sunday school.
This month’s schedule is “Go Forth Into the World” on Sunday, “Colonization Period” on Jan. 12, “The Promised Land” on Jan. 19 and “The Law, Race and Migration” on Jan. 26. Future themes are “Church of the Slaves: Slavery, Racism and the Bible” in February and “Black Women and Faith” in March. The Rev. Jimmie Hawkins is pastor of Covenant Presbyterian, 2620 E. Weaver St., Durham. For information, visit or call 919-682-1484.

Church bowling league starts Jan. 5
DURHAM -- The St. Paul AME Community Bowling League, open to all churches, begins its 16-week winter session Jan. 5. The league has members from Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Henderson and Burlington. It meets every Sunday at 5 p.m. at AMF Bowling Lanes at 4508 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. in Durham. First-time bowlers are welcome.
The interest meeting will be held at  4 p.m. Sunday, followed by the first night of bowling. For information, contact Contact Carlotta Armstrong-Young at or 919-929-9948 or league adviser Tommy Young at 919-929-9948 or 

Exhibit, talk of Israel synagogue excavation Jan. 11
DURHAM -- “Israel: Multiple Realities,” a special exhibit featuring ancient and contemporary Israel, will be on display this month in The Rosenzweig Gallery of Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Road.
Jodi Magness, an archeologist and Judaic scholar at UNC Chapel Hill, and her husband Jim Haberman, a photographer, participated in the excavation and documentation of a 1,600-year-old Jewish synagogue found in Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Northern Israel on the west side of the Sea of Galilee. Excavations that began in 2010 have revealed scenes on the mosaic floor, including Samson and the foxes (Judges 15:4), and another that shows Samson carrying the Gate of Gaza (Judges 16:1-3).
Magness and Haberman will present a talk and slideshow at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, and include a viewing of the exhibit.

Wilson-Hartgrove to preach MLK sermon at Watts
DURHAM – Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove will preach the MLK Day sermon at Watts Street Baptist Church during the 11 a.m. worship service Jan. 19 at the church, 800 Watts St. Wilson-Hartgrove is a minister at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church and a founder of Rutba House in the Walltown neighborhood. He will talk about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The public is invited to attend.
“As we remember Dr. King’s life, we look forward to Jonathan’s challenging us to pursue God’s beloved community in Durham here and now,” said Diane Hill, Watts Street Baptist Church minister with adults.
The service will be followed by a lunch and discussion about issues of race and poverty in Durham. Lunch reservations can be made by calling the church office at 919-688-1366.

DivorceCare support group at Aldersgate UMC
DURHAM -- Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1320 Umstead Road, will begin offering a separation/divorce support group this month. DivorceCare is a free support group that will meet weekly. It is centered around a 13-week, video-based program, though participants may attend any week. Sessions will be held on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday through March 31 in the Aldersgate UMC Family Life Center Room 207. It will be led by Michelle Tucker and Jack Snyder.
For information, contact or Jack Snyder at 919-797-0882 or

Citywide Revival to be held next week
DURHAM -- The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Durham and the vicinity will have the annual Citywide Revival at Peace Missionary Baptist Church, 2608 Hwy. 55, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Jan. 10. 
The revivalist for the week will be Dr. Henry J. Lyons of Tampa, Fla.  The IMA is inviting all brothers and sisters in Christ to be present and be spiritually revived.
For information, contact the Rev. B'Angelo Burch via email at

Peace Missionary to host prayer for nation
DURHAM -- Durham County Mission Union and other county unions will have prayer for the nation on Wednesday from noon until 2 p.m. at Peace Missionary Baptist Church, 2608 Hwy. 55. The community is invited to attend. 
For information, contact the Rev. B'Angelo Burch at (919) 672-1058.

Late-night services to support Christian Campus Ministry
DURHAM -- Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, will have two late-night services supporting Christian Campus Ministry on Tuesday and Jan. 9 at 10 p.m. at the church. 
On Tuesday, the N.C. Chapel Hill Gospel Choir will render the music.   
The campus communities are invited to share in these services.
For information, call the church at (919) 544-1319. The Rev. Percy R. Chase is pastor.

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