Belief briefs

Mar. 15, 2013 @ 02:30 PM

Play, panel discussion on Holocaust

DURHAM -- New York actress Susan Stein will perform her one-woman play “Etty” at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 West Cornwallis Road.

The performance is sponsored by the Chapel Hill-Durham Holocaust Speakers Bureau and the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill as a part of the Jewish community’s commemoration of the Holocaust. 

For tickets, call the Levin JCC at 919-354-4936. They are $10 in advance for general admission, $5 for seniors, students, teachers and JCC members.

“Etty” is based on the letters and diaries of 29-year-old Dutch Jew Etty Hillesum. Adapted and performed by Stein and directed by Austin Pendleton, the one-woman play is a portrait of Etty’s struggle to declare her humanity in the face of Nazi brutality beginning in 1943 as she is about to be deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. The 45-minute performance will be followed by a panel discussion with Stein; Harold Kudler, who is on the board of directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and is chair of the American Psychoanalytic Associations Soldiers and Veterans Initiative; Peter Stein, a sociologist at the UNC Institute on Aging and member of the Holocaust Speakers Bureau; and Beth Berman, a translator whose work has focused on the German resistance to Hitler.

For information about the play, visit


Brenda Howerton to discuss HBCUs at West Durham Baptist

DURHAM -- Durham County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairwoman Brenda Howerton will discuss Historically Black Colleges and Universities at the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday at West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens St.

Howerton is a graduate of Shaw University, an HBCU. She is CEO of The Howerton Group. The public is invited to attend. 

West Durham Baptist Church was formerly in the historic Brookstown community and moved to Athens Street in 1969. The Rev. Terry Thomas is the pastor.


Fisher Memorial UHC celebrates longtime members

DURHAM – Fisher Memorial United Holy Church, 420 E. Piedmont Ave., will celebrate 50 Years Membership during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday. 

Celebrants are Fred Bennett, Vera Bennett, Doris Randal, Cynthia Shaw, Odessa Shaw Jr., Clarence Toomer and Allan G. Smith. Bishop Elroy Lewis, pastor, will deliver the message. The public is invited.


Midweek services program March 17

DURHAM -- Cameron Grove Baptist Church, 816 Berwyn Ave., will hold a program about midweek services at 4 p.m. Sunday. Pastor Louis Cash and congregation members from Greater Clegg’s Chapel Community Missionary Baptist Church of Timberlake will be guests. All are invited to attend.

For information, call 919-220-7402.


71st anniversary of Community Baptist on Sunday

DURHAM -- Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, will celebrate its 71st church anniversary during its 8 a.m. service Sunday.

Guest minister will be the Rev. Charles Tyner of White Oak Baptist Church of Apex.  The community is invited. The Rev. Percy R. Chase is pastor.

For information, call the church at 919-544-1319.


Joint Missionary Baptist Lenten service at Mt. Calvary

BAHAMA -- Each year the Missionaries of Durham County Union come together during Lent to honor the suffering and death on the cross of Jesus Christ. The next joint service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 8021 Stagville Road.

The Rev. James W. Smith is the pastor and will deliver the message on the “The Sixth Word.” All are welcome.

Also, Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist will celebrate the 22nd pastoral anniversary of the Rev. James Smith at 3 p.m. March 24.

The guest speaker is the Rev. Louis Cash, pastor of Greater Clegg’s Chapel Community Missionary Baptist Church, accompanied by his choir and congregation. For information, call 919-471-4034 or visit


Holy Desires presentation at Holy Cross Catholic

DURHAM -- Holy Cross Catholic Church’s year on Ignatian Spirituality continues with a presentation at 10 a.m. Saturday on Holy Desires – “the deep longings of our hearts, the ways that God speaks to us directly.” Fr. Michael Proterra, SJ, is the speaker. Holy Cross is at 2438 S. Alston Ave. For information, call the parish office at 919-957-2900.   


Community Seder at Kehillah Synagogue

CHAPEL HILL -- Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Road, invites the Jewish community to attend its annual Passover Seder at 5:30 p.m. March 26.

Rabbi Jennifer Feldman will lead the Seder. She describes Passover as “an opportunity for all Jews to come together to tell our shared story of moving from slavery to freedom and to understand the universal meaning of this message of redemption.”

Retelling the story of Exodus occurs through words, songs, an entertaining and interactive recounting of the plagues, with activities for children. The Haggadah has been designed to be fully accessible to Hebrew and non-Hebrew speakers.

About 120 people attended last year’s Seder. Cost: adults/$36 by Friday; $45 after; children under 10/$18 by Friday; $24 after. For tickets, contact or 919-942-8914.


Square Dance on Saturday at Epworth UMC

DURHAM - Epworth United Methodist Church will host “Square Dance Fun Nite” from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Epworth is at 3002 Hope Valley Road. The cost is $5 per person.

Caller Jimmy Roberson will show beginners what to do. Wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes. For information, call 919-542-3708 or email


Easter egg hunt at Fletcher’s Chapel UMC

DURHAM -- Fletcher's Chapel United Methodist Church, 1919 Fletcher's Chapel Road, will host an Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. March 23, rain (inside) or shine (outside). A light breakfast will be provided.  Everyone is welcome.


Food giveaway Saturday

DURHAM -- West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens St., will hold the Community Free Food Giveaway at 10 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall. 

Recipients are asked to bring their own shopping bags. For information, call Deacon William Thomas at 919-688-5479 or the church office at 919-682-4453. 


Ministers Prayer Network holds conference March 30

DURHAM – The Durham chapter of Ministers Prayer Network International will present the 70 Days Prayer & Fasting Conference, “Dismantling the Walls of Religion,” from noon to 4 p.m. March 30 at the Holiday Inn Express, 4912 S. Miami Blvd.

Guest speaker is Apostle Mosy Madugba, international head coordinator of Ministers Prayer Network. For information, contact Evangelist Prince Uzuka at 919-672-1277 or Minister Annette Love at


Holy Week services at University Presbyterian

CHAPEL HILL -- University Presbyterian Church, 209 E. Franklin St., will hold special worship services for Holy Week and Easter.

Holy Week services begin March 24, Palm/Passion Sunday, with 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship. Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 28, with communion. A 7:30 p.m. Tenebrae service will be held on March 29 for Good Friday. Easter Sunday services will be held on March 31 at 8:30 and 11 a.m. and include the One Great Hour of Sharing, a special offering that helps support the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Self-Development of People program and the Presbyterian Hunger Program.

Everyone is welcome. For information, visit or


Passion of Christ series at First Presbyterian

DURHAM -- Robert Brawley, McGaw professor emeritus of New Testament at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, will lead a two-week series on Luke’s account of the Passion of Christ at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St. Classes are at 9:45 a.m. Sunday and March 24 in Watts-Hill Hall. The public is invited.


Workshops for senior citizens at Flat Rock AME

Flat Rock AME Church, 919 New Sharon Church Road in Orange County, will host workshops for senior citizens from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 6. Topics include housing, legal aid, social services, estates, funeral planning, senior care, budgets and finances, from experts in their respective fields. For information, call 919-732-9904 or 919-493-6119. The Rev. Linda K. Norflett is pastor.


100 Men in Black perform at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist

DURHAM -- Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, 5222 Mt. Sinai Road, will host its annual Pastor’s Aide Anniversary at 3 p.m. April 6. The worship service and musical program will feature the 100 Men in Black in concert and the Sons of Bethel. Admission is free.

For information, contact Cinderella Johnson at 919-419-4439 or 919-450-5530 or Barbara Barbee at


Children of the World Choir to perform at Rose of Sharon

DURHAM -- Children of the World Choir, an international children’s choir, is coming to perform at Rose of Sharon Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The church is at 4109 Guess Road. For information, call 919-477-3993.


Parkwood Easter Egg Hunt March 23

DURHAM – Parkwood United Methodist Church will host the Parkwood neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. March 23 at 5123 Revere Road.

PUMC Youth Group and volunteers will host the egg hunt as well as outdoor games and field activities for children 10 and under.

Bring your own basket. About 3,000 eggs will be hidden on church grounds, in different areas for various age groups. Prizes will be given to children who find Golden Eggs.

For information, call the PUMC office at 919-544-1078.


Children’s Easter celebration at Durham Memorial Baptist

DURHAM -- Durham Memorial Baptist Church, 133 Robbins Road, will hold its annual children’s Easter celebration from 3-5 p.m. March 24. The event will feature carnival games, bounce house, egg hunt and the Easter story for children. It is free.

For information, call the church office at 919-596-7350.


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