Belief briefs, July 17

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 08:28 AM

Helm starts Jazz Vespers at White Rock Baptist

DURHAM -- Lenora Zenzalai Helm will initiate Jazz Vespers at White Rock Baptist Church at 4 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary, 3400 Fayetteville St. in Durham. Jazz Vespers will blend liturgy with jazz. Helm is a vocal musician, composer, lyricist, arranger, teaching artist, former U.S. Jazz Ambassador (1998-99) and MacDowell Colony Composer Fellow. She currently teaches in N.C. Central University’s music department. For more information, contact the church office at 919-688-8136 or


OCIM charity softball tourney

HILLSBOROUGH--Orange Congregations In Mission will hold its annual Russell Wagoner Charity Softball Tournament Sept. 12-13 at Cedar Grove Park, 5800 Highway 86 North in Cedar Grove. Registration has begun for teams interested in playing in the tournament. For more information, call OCIM at 919-732-6194 ext.10 or visit OCIM at for an application. All proceeds will benefit the ministries of Orange Congregations In Mission.


‘Agency D3’ VBS at Edgewood Baptist

DURHAM – Edgewood Baptist Church will host Vacation Bible School, “Agency D3 Needs You!” from 6 to 8:15 p.m. July 23-25 and 9 to 11 a.m. July 26 at the church, 1807 Infinity Road in Durham. VBS will be followed by Awana Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 26, with games, food and a bounce house. For information, call 919-471-2664.


Homecoming Aug. 3 at Calvary Baptist

DURHAM -- Calvary Baptist Church, 1204 Lynn Road, Durham, will hold its 66th homecoming at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 3. Rev. Bill Bennett, pastor of Calvary from 1950 to 1954, will preach. The service will be followed by a covered dish lunch in the James E. West Fellowship Hall. 


Hinshaw Music presents ‘Celebration’ workshop Aug. 1-2

DURHAM -- Tom Shelton, who is originally from Greensboro, will be the featured clinician and conductor at an annual choral workshop, “Celebration,” to be held Aug. 1-2 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham. The workshop is sponsored by Chapel Hill-based publisher Hinshaw Music. Shelton is an assistant professor of sacred music at Westminster Choir College and president-elect of the American Choral Directors’ Association. During the workshop, Shelton will lead clinics on technique and repertoire and discuss the circumstances and motivation for his compositions. Participants sing together with live piano accompaniment as Shelton and the other clinicians conduct them through new choral repertoire. Other clinicians for the workshop include composer Mark Hayes and William Carroll, Hinshaw editor and former associate dean of the UNC-Greensboro School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Also, in conjunction with the workshop, Welborn Young of UNC Greensboro will direct the Bel Canto Company of Greensboro at 8 p.m. Aug. 1 in a concert at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh. The concert will feature works by Shelton, Hayes and other Hinshaw composers. To register for the two-day workshop, visit or call 919-933-1691.  


VBS at Mt. Olive Baptist

PITTSBORO -- Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 5043 Mt. Olive Church Road, Pittsboro, will hold Vacation Bible School for ages 3 to 15 Sunday through July 25. The theme is “Agency D3.” It will be held from 6 to 8:45 p.m. nightly Sunday through July 24, then Friday Fun Family Night at 6:30 p.m. July 26. For information, call 336-376-3788 or visit


New Hope Missionary Baptist Association to meet next week

DURHAM -- The New Hope Missionary Baptist Association's 144th Annual Session will convene Sunday through July 25 at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 2200 S. Alston Ave. in Durham.  The session kicks off with a gospel concert at 6 p.m. Sunday. Classes and workshops will be held all week.  The keynote speakers for the week are John Kinney and Charles Booth. The New Hope Missionary Baptist Association is a consortium of 41 churches in Alamance, Durham, Harnett, Orange and Wake counties.  Rev. Cornelius E. Battle Sr. is the moderator of the association and pastor of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist. For information, call the church at 919-596-2131. 


Peace Missionary Baptist celebrates 40th with special concert

DURHAM -- Peace Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a special concert at 4 p.m. July 27 at the church, 2608 Apex Highway (NC Hwy 55) in Durham. The celebration in song will feature church choirs The Voices of Peace, Spirit of Peace, Angels of Peace, Male Chorus and Senior Choir. The choirs will sing selections from all four decades of the church’s existence. Peace, pastored by the Rev. William E. Daye, invites the entire community to attend the special worship and praise musical. 

 For more information, call 919-598-9888.


Revival at Cain’s Chapel

HILLSBOROUGH – Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 2001 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough, will hold a revival at 7 p.m. Monday through July 23. Guest preachers are Rev. James Richmond of Shady Hill Baptist Church in Roxboro on Monday; Rev. Deborah Brown of Flat Rock A.M.E. Church in Hillsborough on Tuesday; and Rev. Dwight Wilkerson, pastor of Dan River Bethel Church in South Boston, Va. on July 23. For information, call 919-471-4564 or email


Yard sale at Emmanuel AME

DURHAM -- Emmanuel AME Church’s Rosa Horry Women’s Missionary Society is sponsoring at yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 26 at the church, 2018 Riddle Road in Durham. The rain date is Aug. 2. Toys, household items and clothing will be for sale. Space for personal sales will be available for a $25 donation. For more information, call Wanda Alexander at 919-544-6370 or Lisa Jackson at 919-530-8659.


Recognition Day Sunday at West Durham Baptist

DURHAM -- West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens St., will observe Youth Recognition and Recognition Day during the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday.  Rev. Adrian Arnold, associate minister, will be the speaker.


Street Reach carnival, yard sale in Walltown

DURHAM -- Walltown Neighborhood Ministries Street Reach, a free community carnival, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 917 Onslow Street, Durham. There will be food, games and a watermelon contest. Admission is four non-perishable food items for the WNM Food Bank Program. Food donations and gift cards can also be dropped off at any time. For more information, call Min. Sylvia Belcher at 919-286-0332. Sponsors include Watts Street Baptist Church, Blacknall Presbyterian Church, Grace Lutheran Church, St.  John's Missionary Baptist Church, Inc., Urban Hope, Self Help Credit Union, The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders and  Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership.

Also, St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church will host yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 917 Onslow St., Durham.


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