Belief Briefs

Sep. 18, 2013 @ 01:56 PM

Fall revival at Lincoln Memorial Baptist

DURHAM -- Lincoln Memorial Baptist Church, 1500 S. Roxboro St., will hold its Fall Revival at 7 p.m. nightly Sept. 25- 27. Bishop Clarence Laney of Monument of Faith Church will be the guest speaker Sept. 25-26. Sept. 27 is Youth and Young Adult Night, with youth choirs, praise dancing and youth speakers. The community is invited. For information, call Barbara Harrell 919-433-6268.

Randy Estelle at Bethel Christian Center on Sunday

DURHAM -- Pianist and vocalist Randy Estelle will visit Bethel Christian Center on Sunday for its 10:30 a.m. service and a special service at 6 p.m. at the center, 1835 Rose of Sharon Road. Estelle’s music ranges from neo-classical to contemporary praise. The event is free.

Celebrate the Nations at Life International

DURHAM – Senior Pastor Steve Raj of Life International will host “Celebrate the Nations” at 10 a.m. Sunday at 4823 Meadow Drive.

Life International will observe its 28th anniversary with guests and presentations by The Magic of African Rhythm, Bangra Elite and LI Modern & Hip-Hop Dance. Afterward, everyone is invited to a “Taste of the Nations” with free international and domestic foods.

The vision and mission of Life International, founded in 1985, extends to the far corners of the world. For information, visit or call 919-382-1944.

Pope to be ordained; Kenney moving

DURHAM -- Connie Conwell Pope will be ordained at 11 a.m. Saturday at Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 505 E. End Ave.

Her ordination follows a successful catechism before members of the Compassion Baptist Association and was recommended by the Rev. Carl W. Kenney II, who will preach the ordination sermon in his last act as a minister in Durham.

Kenney, who served as senior pastor of Orange Grove from 1989 to 2002 and was a local columnist, is moving to Missouri to attend to his aging parents. Pope has been assistant pastor at Compassion Ministries, and worked as a member of the Christian Education and Youth Ministries at First Chronicles and The Nehemiah Church. She completed her theological studies at Liberty University and has a nursing degree from N.C. Central University.

100 Women in White at Mount Zoar Missionary Baptist

DURHAM -- Mount Zoar Missionary Baptist Church, 2400 Cheek Road, will hold a 100 Women-In-White program at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The guest speaker will be Sister Eunice O. Sanders, a retired assistant superintendent and former Hillside High School principal. The public is invited.

Also, Mount Zoar’s Sunday school picnic will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the home of the Rev. and Mrs. Norman T. Davis in Apex.

The Traveler’s Ensemble Choir will celebrate their anniversary at 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at the church. Local choirs will sing.

For information, call the Rev. Norman T. Davis, interim pastor, at 919-362-7057.

Homecoming at Fletcher’s Chapel UMC on Sunday

DURHAM – Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 1919 Fletcher’s Chapel Road, will celebrate 188 years with a homecoming service at 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by a covered dish dinner at noon. The speaker will be current Pastor Kris Williams. Call 919-688-3186.

Ensemble to perform at wives, widows group’s anniversary

DURHAM -- The Durham Association of Ministers’ Wives & Ministers’ Widows will observe its 41st anniversary at 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Mt. Olive A.M.E. Zion Church, 1515 W. Club Blvd.

The Perry Plus Ensemble will perform, featuring favorites in the African-American church music tradition including anthems, gospel hymns, African-American spirituals, and contemporary gospel and praise songs. The ensemble is composed of five daughters and two sons of Artelia M. Perry and the late Rev. Lawrence P. Perry, and three of their spouses.

Artelia Perry, the association’s founder, convened the first meeting on Sept. 23, 1972, at Mt. Olive Church. Joyce Perry Edwards will direct the ensemble. Gregory Thompson, associate professor of Music at Winston-Salem State University and St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church organist, will be accompanist. The public is invited.

Family and Friends Day, revival at Emmanuel AME

DURHAM -- Emmanuel AME Church will celebrate Family and Friends Day at 10 a.m. Sept. 29 at the church, 2018 Riddle Road, Durham. Guest preacher is the Rev. Albert Thompson, pastor of Society Hill AME Church in Manning, S.C. The theme is “Family & Friends Praising God Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.”

Emmanuel's annual Fall Revival will be held at 7 p.m. nightly Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The three-night evangelist will be the Rev. Wanda Howell, pastor of Clover Garden AME Church in Burlington. The public is always welcome.

Outreach fair at University UMC

CHAPEL HILL – The community is invited to a food truck rodeo and community outreach fair from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St. The event includes three food trucks, UNC Communiversity, Durham Tech English as a Second Language, Housing for New Hope and church groups.

For information, visit or call 919-929-7191.

‘Harvest of Dignity’ event Monday at ERUUF

DURHAM -- The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a worker-based human rights organization involved in the movement to end labor abuses in agriculture, will participate in the “Harvest of Dignity” film screening and panel discussion on Monday at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road.

“Harvest of Dignity” is a co-production of Carrboro's Minnow Media and the Farmworker Advocacy Network. A post-screening panel discussion will also include Witness for Peace, the North Carolina Council of Churches and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. A pre-screening dinner will feature a presentation by the CIW. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers joins the event as part of their Publix Truth Tour throughout the Southeast.

The film screening and panel discussion begin at 7 p.m. and are open to all at no charge. The dinner presentation begins at 5:30 p.m., and a $20 donation is suggested. RSVP for the dinner to For information about the event, call Michael Durbin at 919-360-5963.

UCCH celebrates 20 years of being Open and Affirming

CHAPEL HILL -- United Church of Chapel Hill will celebrate 20 years of being an Open and Affirming Congregation this weekend at the church, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jen Jones, communications director for Equality NC, will address the recent Supreme Court ruling overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. There will also be workshops on community and family life issues facing LGBTQ persons, families and the greater community. For information and to register, visit On Sunday, the Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, UCC minister and executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, will preach at the 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. services and a guest for the 10 a.m. adult forum. Open and Affirming is United Church of Christ’s designation for congregations, campus ministries and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. For information, call the church at 919-942-3540 or email

Fish fry Sept. 28 at St. Paul AME

CHAPEL HILL -- St. Paul AME Church, 101 N. Merritt Mill Road, will have a Fish Fry from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Dinner of Southern fried fish or barbeque, hush puppies, drink, vegetables and dessert for a donation of $9. For information, call 919-967-3961.

Missions and Evangelism weekend at Union Baptist

DURHAM – Union Baptist Church will hold its 2013 Missions and Evangelism Weekend Sept. 28-29 at the church, 904 N. Roxboro St. Churches and organizations are invited to come together Sept. 28 to volunteer. Workshop and training from 8:30 a.m.-noon, then going out to volunteer from 1-4 p.m. at nursing homes, Genesis House, Salvation Army and Ronald McDonald House. A box lunch will be provided.

On Sept. 29, youth will be recognized at the 11:15 a.m. service. Wear white to the service. To register, call Carolyn Leathers at Union Baptist at 919-688-1304 or visit

Community Arts Festival at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian

DURHAM -- A Community Arts Festival will be held at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5. The theme is “A Celebration of Home,” and proceeds will benefit homeless ministries in Durham including Habitat for Humanity and Housing for New Hope. Admission is $10 per person, $30 per family. The festival will host an arts and crafts show and sale handcrafted by Durham artisans. The festival will include a silent auction, live music, pumpkin patch, games and food trucks.

There will be a juried photography contest for all ages in categories related to “home.” For information about submitting a photo in the contest, email Trinity Avenue Presbyterian is at 927 W. Trinity Ave.

For information, call the church at 919-682-3865 or email

Yiddish songfest benefit for UMD Oct. 6

DURHAM -- A Yiddish songfest to benefit Urban Ministries of Durham will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 6 at Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St.

The concert, known as “What’s Not to Like?” features local singers and musicians performing traditional ballads and lullabies as well as Yiddish theatre songs and post-war and contemporary works. Light refreshments to follow. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; children under 13 admitted free. Transportation is available. Contact 919-682-7468 or

Grief care support program starting in October

DURHAM -- St. Paul's Lutheran Church, ELCA will host a series of grief care and support programs called “Growing Through Grief” starting in October.

The program will be provided by a coalition of Durham churches and organizations including St. Paul’s, Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Project Compassion and Westminster Presbyterian Church. The goal is to provide long-term, ongoing grief support to individuals. Sessions will include fellowship, lectures on various aspects of grief, and small group discussions led by trained facilitators. Meetings will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 1-Nov.6, and bimonthly after, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road.

The program is free and open to all. Preregistration is requested via or 919-923-7310. For information, call St. Paul’s at 919-489-4213.

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