Health Awareness Festival Saturday at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist
DURHAM – Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 2200 S. Alston Ave., Durham, invites the public to its Health and Community Awareness Festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The festival focuses on diabetes and other health and wellness issues. Zumba, line dancing and other games for folks of all ages. Free food and clothing. Special appearance by Jerry Smith from 103.9 The Light radio station. For information, call the church at 919-596-2131. The Rev. Cornelius E. Battle Sr. is the pastor.
‘Elvis’ to sing gospel at Angier Avenue Baptist
DURHAM – Elvis Presley impersonator Armando Angus will provide the special music at Angier Avenue Baptist Church during the 11 a.m. worship on Sunday at the church, 2101 Angier Ave., Durham. Everyone is invited. For information, call the church at 919-596-6430.
Spotlight on breast cancer at Russell Memorial C.M.E. conference
DURHAM – Russell Memorial C.M.E. Church, 703 S. Alston Ave., will present its Women's Conference 2013 this weekend. The theme is “Your Physical Health, For Your Spiritual Wealth” with a focus on breast cancer awareness. The weekend will kick off with a Celebration of Life Brunch at the Hilton Durham on Hillsborough Road from 9 a.m.-noon. Breast cancer survivors will tell their stories and will be celebrated and recognized. Health information will also be provided. The attire for the occasion is pink. On Sunday, the conference will conclude with a Hats on for Health morning worship service at 10 a.m. at Russell Memorial C.M.E. Everyone is encouraged to wear a hat for health and the color pink. The morning message will be delivered by the Rev. Lavisha Williams, pastor of St. Joseph C.M.E. Church in Chapel Hill. For information and to purchase tickets to the Saturday brunch, visit www.russellmemorial.com or call the church at 919-682-2523. A portion of proceeds will benefit a local cancer support organization. The Rev. Wayne A. Williams is pastor.
Missionary society anniversary at O’Bryant Chapel AME Zion
CHAPEL HILL – The O’Bryant Chapel AME Zion Church Missionary Department will celebrate the 133rd anniversary of the WH & OM Society at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 509 Chapel St., Chapel Hill. The guest speaker will be Sister Marie Darlin of Long’s Memorial AME Zion Church in Durham. The Rev. Willie McCrimmon is pastor. For information, call the church at 919-929-2786.
Prayer gathering for imprisoned Bahai’s in Iran
DURHAM – Durham Bahá’ís will host a public prayer gathering on Sunday dedicated to imprisoned Bahá'is in Iran. Bahá’ís in Durham are inviting all who believe in freedom of religion and justice to join them in a Public Devotional Gathering from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the Bahá’í Intercommunity Center, 5103 Revere Road, Durham. Seven former Bahá'í leaders known as the Yárán-i-Iran (Friends of Iran) have been imprisoned for five years.
The gathering is to mark the fifth anniversary of the imprisonment, to pray for a swift end to the incarceration of all Bahá'ís in Iran and for their spiritual and physical protection, together with that of all prisoners of conscience in that land. Azadeh Perry of Chapel Hill and sister-in-law of one of the imprisoned Bahá’í leaders, Saeid Rezaie, will speak about the condition of the prisoners. To learn about the Bahá’í Faith in America, visit www.bahai.us. For information about Durham Baha’is, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-251-8085.
Entertainment on the Lawn at Russell Rosenwald School
HILLSBOROUGH – The Friends of Russell Rosenwald School will host an afternoon of Entertainment on the Lawn at noon Saturday in front of the school, which is next to Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist church, 2001 St. Mary’s Road in Hillsborough. Alumni of North Carolina Rosenwald schools are invited. Singers, dancers, kids’ corner, storytellers, poetry reading, health screening, food. Bring your lawn chair. Donations may also be mailed to “Friends of Russell Rosenwald School,” 2001 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278.
Anti-death penalty play at ERUUF
DURHAM – Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham, will present the play “Dead Man Walking” from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Friday as part of its anti-death penalty campaign. The ERUUF Players’ performance is free and open to the public. The staged reading is based on the 1993 book by Sister Helen Prejean about her work as a chaplain on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Directed by Joan Seiffert of Durham, the production stars Gerda Presson of Raleigh as Sister Helen and Tom Honeycutt of Chapel Hill as the prisoner. The event is co-sponsored by ERUUF’s Task Force to Abolish the Death Penalty, which works with local groups to advocate for repeal of the death penalty and to oppose efforts to repeal North Carolina's Racial Justice Act. For information, visit www.eruuf.org. All are welcome.
Ministers’ wives and widows to be honored at Legacy Luncheon
DURHAM – The Board of Directors of the Lawrence & Artelia Perry Scholarship Fund will sponsor the 1st Annual L&APSF Legacy Luncheon to honor people from the Durham area “who walk in the pathways of faith, family, history, and love,” and to provide funds to maintain the Scholarship Fund. This event will be held at 11:30 a.m. May 25 at the Washington Duke Inn, 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham. During this inaugural luncheon, the L&ASF Board will honor senior ministers’ wives and widows who have “served the Durham community for many years alongside their husbands as dedicated partners and who continue to provide inspiration to the faith community.” The L&APSF will recognize Priscilla Cheek, Myrtle Cunningham, Sylvia Elam, Rose Ingram, Lorrine Lynch, Juanita B. Davis, Esther T. High, Annie Melvin, Peggy Miller, Margaret Rose Murray, Bena Mitchell, Doris Perry, Artelia M. Perry and Martha V. Thorpe. The scholarship fund helps students of Bennett College, Livingstone College and N.C. Central University. Tickets are $35. To purchase tickets or to make a tax-deductible contribution, go to www.perryscholarshipfund.com or contact Joyce Perry Edwards, chair of the L&ASF Board of Directors, at 919-908-0153 or legacy@PerryScholarshipFund.com.
Copies of a book about Artelia Perry’s life, “Artelia: Portrait of an African-American Matriarch,” written by daughter Joyce Perry Edwards, will be for sale at the luncheon.
St. Paul AME hosts bowling tourney
DURHAM – St. Paul AME Church’s Male Choir is hosting an 8-Pin, 9-Pin, no tap bowling tournament on May 25 at AMF Lanes, 4508 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham. Check in is at 5:30 p.m. Tournament starts at 6 p.m. First place, $300; second place $200; third place $100. Entry fee is $35. Women will receive a strike for knocking down 8 pins on their first ball. Men will receive a strike for knocking down 9 pins on their first ball. For information, call Tommie Young at 919-929-9948. www.bowlingtournamentclubsofamerica.com.
Teen camp at New Covenant UHC
DURHAM – New Covenant United Holy Church, 2811 Dearborn Drive, Durham is currently registering teens (ages 13-19) for summer Bible camp. Registration is $100 for two weeks. For more information, call Minister Trilby McClammy at 919-220-0140, email email@example.com or visit the website for an application at www.newcovenantdurham.org. The camp will focus on self-image, self-confidence, self-esteem and loving yourself. The 2013 theme is “Reigning as Champions.” Camp will be held the first two weeks in July from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.
VBS at Glendale Heights UMC
DURHAM – Glendale Heights United Methodist Church, 908 Leon St., Durham, will host a free Vacation Bible School June 20-23, called “Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand for God.” Medieval-themed event meets from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday evenings and on Saturday from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., with lunch being served. The Sunday session begins at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited. For information, call the church at 919-220-6138.
Buddhist meditation workshop on compassion
CHAPEL HILL – The Kosala Mahayana Buddhist Center will host Ethan Lechner, a meditation teacher in of New Kadampa Tradition, for a talk on “A Heart of Compassion, Our Strongest Protection” from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the center, 711 W. Rosemary St., Suite E, Carrboro. The workshop costs $20/general, $12 for students and seniors. Donations accepted. Lechner will give teachings and lead meditations to cultivate a happy heart of compassion.
VBS at St. Paul’s Lutheran
DURHAM – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham, will offer “Kingdom Rock” Vacation Bible School June 24-28 for children ages 3 through grade 5. VBS will be held from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day, with early drop-off and after care services available. VBS activities will include Bible learning experiences, team building games, science fun gizmos, Bible songs, snacks and take-home crafts. Register at the church, www.stpauls-lutheran.com or 919-489-3214. Registration fee of $10 per child due by June 10.
Prayer breakfast, Women’s Day at Greater Orange Grove Baptist
DURHAM – Greater Orange Grove Baptist Church, 5524 N. Roxboro Road, Durham, will hold its annual prayer breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the church. The topic is “I Am,” and features several women ministers as guest speakers. Greater Orange Grove will also celebrate Women’s Day at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, with guest speaker Minister Patricia Becton of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. Everyone is welcome. Rev. Bennie C. Torian is pastor. For information, call 919-479-0220.
Apostolic and prophetic gathering Friday
DURHAM – Revival Crusade International Inc. and Judy Anderson Ministries will present an “Apostolic & Prophetic Prayer Gathering: Offensive Spiritual Warfare -- Pulling Down Strongholds & Setting the Captives Free (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Durham Room at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton, 2515 Meridian Parkway, Durham. Hosted by Apostle Virginia Spencer of RCI, with guest speaker Bishop Judy Anderson from Upper Marlboro, Md. For information, call 919-245-3797 or visit www.revivalcrusadeintl.org.
Heart of Carolina chorus to perform free concert May 22
DURHAM – Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1320 Umstead Road, Durham, will host a free concert featuring the Heart of Carolina barbershop harmony chorus at 6:30 p.m. May 22 in the church sanctuary. The all-male group is composed of 32 members who will sing sacred and secular favorites.
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