‘Celebration of Spirituals’ at Hayti
DURHAM – The Durham County Library is sponsoring “A Celebration of Spirituals” with author and illustrator Ashley Bryan at 7 p.m. June 5 at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St. in Durham. The Rev. Luke Powery, dean of Duke Chapel, will give historical context to spirituals sung by the 100 Men in Black Chorus, accompanied by Paula Harrell. Bryan’s work includes several award-winning children’s books, including two about spirituals. The event is free and open to the public.
Pastoral anniversary, VBS, Father’s Day at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist
DURHAM – Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 2200 S. Alston Ave., Durham will hold several special events in June. The public is invited. At 10 a.m. Sunday, the church will celebrate the 14th pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Cornelius E. Battle. Sr. Rev. Sherman Tribble, dean of doctoral studies at the Apex School of Theology, is the guest preacher. Also, Ebenezer Missionary Baptist will hold Vacation Bible School June 10-14 from 6-8 p.m., with classes for all ages. A light supper is served each night. On June 16, the church will celebrate Father’s Day at 10 a.m. The Rev. Ray Barnes, pastor of the End Time Christian Fellowship in Creedmoor, is the guest preacher. Ebenezer will also hold Youth Day at 10 a.m. June 23 and Missionary’s Day at 10 a.m. June 30, with Ebenezer’s own Evangelist Omelia Barnum as guest preacher. For information, call the church at 919-596-2131. The Rev. Cornelius E. Battle Sr. is the pastor.
Summer at Grace Lutheran Church
DURHAM – Grace Lutheran Church, 824 N. Buchanan Blvd., Durham, will continue with its two Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., this summer, and offer two Sunday school classes at 9:45 a.m., with a puppet ministry for children pre-K to middle school and an intergenerational study of C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” Grace Lutheran’s church picnic will be held at 12:45 p.m. June 9 at Northgate Park’s small picnic shelter. Vacation Bible School, “Tell It On the Mountain,” will be held from 9 a.m.-noon June 10-13 for children age 3 through fifth grade. For information, visit www.gracelutheranchurch.net or email email@example.com.
Union Baptist Church hosts free legal clinic
DURHAM – A free legal clinic will be held from 9 a.m.-noon June 8 at Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro St. in Durham. Confidential one-on-one legal consultations will be offered by N.C. Bar Association member attorneys in the areas of traffic law, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, unemployment and labor issues, workers compensation, wrongful termination, Social Security disability, car accidents and wrongful death. Pre-registration required. Call 919-698-9205 to reserve a time slot.
Block party at Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse on June 15
DURHAM – Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse will host a neighborhood block party from 4-7 p.m. June 15 at the Pavilion at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2700 N. Roxboro St., Durham. Performers include Todd Parrott (high energy harmonica, vocals and keyboard) and David McNight & Bruce Emery (easy listening instrumentals). The party will also feature Big Island Shaved Ice, a Durham city fire truck, food, games and a youth karaoke contest. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. For information, visit sacredgroundscoffeehouse.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking is available behind the church on Hugo Street. Held rain or shine.
Also, St. Paul UMC is starting a contemporary worship service that will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Sacred Grounds. The coffeehouse is a small building right next to the church. If you want to sing or play music in the contemporary service, call the Rev. Steve Murphy at 919-410-8273.
‘Sacred Rest’ discussion at library
DURHAM – WUNC “The State of Things” radio host Frank Stasio will host community conversation about what it means to approach rest from a place of sacredness, called “Sacred Rest: A Time Sensitive Matter,” at 7 p.m. May 30 at the Durham. The panel includes Rabbi Steve Sager, rabbi emeritus of Beth El Synagogue; Claudia Horwitz, founding director of Stone Circles at The Stone House; and Usha Rajagopalan, former Hindu chaplain at Duke University.
VBS at Lawrence Road Baptist in June
HILLSBOROUGH – Lawrence Road Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School for children from 6-8 p.m. June 23-27 at the church, 1901 Lawrence Road in Hillsborough. The theme is “Colossal Coaster World: Facing Fear, Trusting God.” For information, call the church at 919-732-9193.
Children’s Day, VBS at Community Baptist
DURHAM – Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, Durham, will have a Children’s Day program at 4 p.m. June 9 at the church to kick off a week of activities. The program will feature poetry, songs, dance and other activities presented by the youths.
Vacation Bible School will be held on June 10-14 from 6- 8 p.m. at the church. VBS includes arts and crafts, music, and spiritual study on the theme “Praising the Living God.” The sessions daily will end by having snacks together and on Friday, conclude with a cookout at Solite Park. All ages from beginners to adults may register for VBS after the 8 a.m. Sunday worship service or on site June 10, before the first session begins. For information, call the church at 919-544-1319. The Rev. Percy R. Chase is pastor.
Pastoral anniversary at Greater Orange Grove Missionary Baptist
DURHAM – Greater Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 5524 N. Roxboro Road, Durham, will celebrate its pastor’s 17th anniversary at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Bennie C. Torian is pastor. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Harold McGill of Faith Baptist church in Durham and his congregation. The B.C.T. Jubilee and other ministers will be in the program. Everyone is welcome. Dinner will be served. For information, call 919-479-0220.
Preschool enrollment at Bethesda UMC
DURHAM – Open enrollment is ongoing at Adonai Preschool, a Christian-based preschool at Bethesda United Methodist Church, 2309 S. Miami Blvd. in Durham. The preschool serves 2- to 5 year-olds. For information, visit www.adonaipreschool.com or email Cate Caroon at email@example.com.
Send information for Belief Briefs to Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is noon Mondays. Submissions should follow the format above.