Belief briefs

Mar. 20, 2013 @ 04:43 PM

Law professor to talk about poverty

DURHAM -- The public is invited to hear Gene Nichol speak on poverty in North Carolina at 7 p.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall of Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Dr., Durham. Nichol’s presentation is part of the church’s Lenten study of poverty.  The director of the UNC Center for Poverty, Work and Opportunity, Nichol is also the Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law. Discussion will follow Nichol’s talk. Childcare available. For information, call the church office at 919-489-6557.

Gospel music Saturday at New Jerusalem Community Church

DURHAM -- A gospel musical program will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at New Jerusalem Community Church, 3107 Hursey Street, Durham. Bishop Bennie Griffin Jr. is pastor. The benefit service will feature The Discipleaires of Danville, Va.; The Mighty Tenernears of Burlington; Second Chance of Hillsborough; Frank Alston and the Gospel Lights of Chapel Hill; Tony and the Magnificent Voices of Durham and The Mighty Golden Bells of Raleigh. Everyone is invited.  The service is sponsored by Sister Alease Venable (919-596-8625).

Humanistic Judaism Seder March 30

DURHAM -- Kol Haskalah will hold its annual Humanistic Judaism Seder from 5-7:30 p.m. March 30 in fellowship hall of Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham. Congregation provides chicken, matzo, wine, grape juice and other drinks. Bring a Passover dish to share with 8-12 people. For ticket information, call 919-968-7888 or email

Parkwood Easter egg hunt on Saturday

DURHAM – Parkwood United Methodist Church will host the Parkwood neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday at 5123 Revere Road, Durham. 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 children who find Golden Eggs. Also, Durham County Sheriff’s Office SCOPE Motorcycle Unit, Parkwood Fire Department trucks, Sparky the Fire Dog, the Easter Bunny and Pumcie the Dragon will be there for kids to see. For information, call the PUMC office at 919-544-1078.

Pastor anniversary at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist

BAHAMA -- Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the 22nd Pastoral Anniversary of Rev. James W. Smith at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 8021 Stagville Road in Bahama. The Rev. Louis Cash, pastor of Greater Clegg's Chapel Community Missionary Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker.  He will be accompanied by his choir and congregation.

Usher anniversary at Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist

DURHAM -- The Junior and Senior Usher Board of Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate their 79th Ushers Anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2400 Cheek Road in Durham. Guests will be Rev. C. R. Tyner, choirs, congregation and ushers of White Oak Baptist Church in Apex. The public is invited. For information, call Rev. Norman T. Davis at 919-362-7057.

Atkinson to speak at St. John’s Missionary Baptist

DURHAM -- St. John's Missionary Baptist Church, 917 Onslow Street, Durham, will celebrate Family and Friends Day at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Darryl V. Atkinson, staff attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, will be the guest speaker. The public is invited. A repast will be served following the service. Rev. Robert L. Daniels is pastor.

Easter egg hunt at Fletcher’s Chapel UMC

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

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 Holiday Inn Express, 4912 S. Miami Boulevard, Durham. 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

Photo exhibit of East Durham portraits opens Sunday

DURHAM – A photography exhibit by Titus Heagins, “Durham Stories,” will open at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham. Heagins will give a presentation at the opening reception. “Durham Stories” is a series of large portraits of mostly East Durham residents. He has been shooting un-posed photos in the neighborhood for the past five years. Heagins received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and master of fine arts from the University of Michigan. His work is held by the Smithsonian, N.C. Museum of Art and N.C. Central University.

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. Sunday. Carnival games, bounce house, egg hunt and the Easter story for children. Free. For information, call the church office at 919-596-7350.

100 Men in Black perform at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist

DURHAM -- Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, 5222 Mt. Sinai Road, Durham will host its annual Pastor’s Aide Anniversary at 3 p.m. April 6. Worship service and musical program featuring the 100 Men in Black in concert and the Sons of Bethel. Free admission. For information, contact Cinderella Johnson at 919-419-4439 or 919-450-5530 or Barbara Barbee at

Ana Egge to perform benefit concert

DURHAM – Americana musician Ana Egge will perform at 7 p.m. April 5 in the Parish Hall at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main St., Durham. She has toured extensively, and her seventh album was produced by Steve Earle. Her travels began early, with a childhood living on the North Dakota plains, in a bus on the California coast and in a New Mexico hot springs commune. Tickets are $15/advance, $20/at the door, $8 for youth. Childcare available. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 919-682-5708 or by mail. Call 919-682-5708 for information. Profits are donated to Urban Ministries of Durham.

Workshops for senior citizens at Flat Rock AME

ORANGE COUNTY – 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.  Rev. Linda K. Norflett is pastor.

Building fund service at True Way Holy Church

DURHAM -- A Building Fund service will be 4 p.m. Sunday at True Way Holy Church, 4124 Fayetteville St., Durham. Guest preacher will be Bishop Bennie Griffin Jr., pastor of New Jerusalem Community Church of Durham, accompanied by his choir and congregation.  Everyone is invited. The pastor is Elder Nina Jones. The service is sponsored by Sister Alease Venable (919-596-8625).

Peace and justice pilgrimage in Durham next week

DURHAM -- Witness for Peace Southeast is holding its 27th annual Pilgrimage for Peace and Justice next week, with a stop in Durham March 27. The local stop includes marches and remarks at the Durham Economic Resource Center and Durham County Jail. The focus this year is on immigration and ending the “war on drugs.” For details and to participate, visit

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