Belief briefs

Mar. 27, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

Ministerial Alliance presents ‘Seven Last Sayings of the Cross’

DURHAM -- Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Durham and Vicinity will present “Seven Last Sayings of the Cross” at noon Friday at Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 505 East End Ave., Durham. Rev. Herbert R. Dickerson is host pastor.

Rev. William Everett is IMA president. The public is invited.

Good Friday service at Russell Memorial C.M.E.

DURHAM -- The Russell Memorial C.M.E. Church, 703 South Alston Ave., Durham, will hold a Good Friday worship service at noon Friday. For the “Seven Last Words from the Cross,” seven church members will say Jesus’ last words. The choir will sing. Rev. Wayne A. Williams, pastor. For information, call 919-682-2523.

‘Mary’s Three Visitors’ at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist

DURHAM -- Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 2200 S. Alston Ave., will host a community Easter egg hunt from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. On Easter morning, the church drama ministry will present a play, “Mary’s Three Visitors.” The play depicts Mary’s three surprise visitors -- a Roman soldier, a carpenter and a woman -- one year after Jesus’ crucifixion. The service starts at 7 a.m., and breakfast will be served after the worship service. The public is invited.

Egg hunt, Easter services at Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist

DURHAM -- The Youth Department of Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor and Easter egg hunt from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2400 Cheek Road, Durham. Games, candy, prizes and food will be provided. All are invited to attend.

Easter Sunday worship services at Mt. Zoar begin at 6 a.m. Sunday with the sunrise service with guest worshippers Rev. E. Nathaniel Wall and the congregation of New Calvary Baptist Church. Easter continues with breakfast at 7 a.m., Sunday school at 8 a.m. and worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday, with music by Traveler’s Ensemble. For more information, call Rev. Norman T. Davis at 919-362-7057.

Holy Week liturgies at Church of the Holy Family

CHAPEL HILL – The Church of the Holy Family’s Holy Week liturgies include Holy Eucharist celebrated in the Nave at noon today and again at 7 p.m. with foot-washing and stripping of the altar for Maundy Thursday. A prayer vigil will be kept tonight through Friday morning following the Maundy Thursday liturgy. The Good Friday liturgy begins at noon on Friday. The Great Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter with Holy Baptism and Confirmation will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday.

On Easter Sunday, the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 7:55 a.m., 8:55 a.m., and 11:05 a.m. Incense will be used at the 11:05 a.m. service. The Rev. Sarah Ball-Damberg, recently appointed assistant to the rector, celebrates her first Holy Week with Holy Family, which is at 200 Hayes Road in Chapel Hill. She previously served at St. Elizabeth’s in Apex and as Episcopal chaplain to Duke University. 

Easter egg hunt at Temple Baptist

DURHAM – Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Drive, will host a community Easter egg hunt from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Snacks, games and egg walk. Temple Baptist fourth and fifth graders will help run the games.

Last Supper tonight at Christ UMC

CHAPEL HILL – Christ United Methodist Church will reenact the Last Supper as though in the DaVinci painting at 7 p.m. today, Maundy Thursday. Music, interspersed with the 12 disciples’ monologues, culminates in celebrating Holy Communion, followed by stripping of the altar in preparation for Good Friday. Christ UMC is at 800 Market St., in Southern Village in Chapel Hill.

Easter at Bahama Baptist

BAHAMA -- Bahama Baptist Church, 7917 Willardville Station Road in Bahama, will hold a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. Friday. On Saturday at 10 a.m., there will be an Easter egg hunt for children ages 1 through 11. Crafts and games. Easter Sunday services begin with a sunrise service at 8 a.m., followed by potluck breakfast and Sunday school. Rev. Wes Murray will preach during the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday. A nursery will be provided. The adult choir will sing special music at Good Friday and Easter services. 

Easter giveaway at Durham Rescue Mission Friday

DURHAM – The Durham Rescue Mission will host its annual Easter Community Dinner at noon Friday for the homeless and working poor. Hundreds of Easter baskets will be given to at-risk children, food bags for adults and clothes to everyone. The mission gave away more than 1,000 baskets last year. The event will be at the mission’s new Center for Hope at 1201 E. Main St., Durham.

Holy Week services at Durham Mennonite Church

DURHAM – For Holy Week, Durham Mennonite Church will observe Maundy Thursday from 6-8 p.m. today with a simple meal, service of song and reflection on scriptures, the Lord’s Supper and a ceremony of mutual foot-washing. From noon to 3 p.m. Friday, the church  will hold a Devotion of the Hours, with 30-minute segments of prayers, hymns, scripture readings and reflections on them. Visitors are welcome to come and leave as they would like during those hours. On Saturday, from 5:30-6 p.m., there will be a vespers service of hymns, prayers and Scripture, with special invitation to remember those who have died in the past year. On Easter Sunday, there will be a potluck breakfast at 8:30 a.m., Bible study at 9:30 a.m., and worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Durham Mennonite Church is located at 603 Lynn Road in Durham. For information, visit

Big Easter egg hunt Saturday at Central Park

DURHAM – Vintage Church and the YMCA are sponsoring an Easter egg hunt event, called “Durham Easter,” from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Durham Central Park, 507 Foster St. More than 12,000 eggs will be hidden for the second annual event, which also includes live music, bounce houses, food trucks, face painting, dunking booths and crafts. Local nonprofits will also share information.

Transforming Hope Ministries fundraiser

DURHAM – Transforming Hope Ministries has launched a “Coin Wars” fundraiser to raise money for Emma’s Home, its safe house for teenagers who have been exploited by human trafficking. Coin Wars teams at local churches and other groups are competing to collect the most coins for Transforming Hope through April 20, when they will deliver coins during a Festival at Hope event at Newhope Church in Durham. For information, visit or email

Humanistic Judaism Seder on Saturday

DURHAM -- Kol Haskalah will hold its annual Humanistic Judaism Seder from 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday 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

Class on the Resurrection Sunday at First Presbyterian

DURHAM -- Jae Won Lee will speak Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St. in Durham. She will teach the adult class at 9:45 a.m. titled, “Resurrection: From Tomb to Table.” She will explore the meanings of resurrection and what the Easter message means. She is an independent scholar in Chicago who taught at McCormick Theological University and received her doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in New York. She is the author of “Paul and the Politics of Difference.” For information, call 919-682-5511.

‘Seven Last Words of Christ’ at St. Mark AME Zion on Friday

DURHAM – St. Mark AME Zion Church’s music department will dramatize the “Seven Last Words of Christ” through music and narration at 6 p.m. Friday at the church, 531 S. Roxboro St., Durham. For information, call 919-688-2092.

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