Apr. 10, 2013 @ 03:09 PM

Free legal clinic at Union Baptist on Saturday
DURHAM – The Union Baptist Church Economic Ministry will offer a free legal clinic from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro St., Durham, in the Chapel. Confidential one-on-one legal consultations on employment discrimination, sexual harassment, unemployment and labor issues, workers compensation, wrongful termination, Social Security disability, car accidents and wrongful death will be offered by a N.C. Bar Association member attorney. Pre-registration required by calling 919-698-9205.
‘Three Types of Persons’ at Holy Cross Catholic
DURHAM – Holy Cross Catholic Church will conclude its presentations for Ignatian Spirituality Year with a session on The Three Types of Persons at 10 a.m. Saturday. David Fleming, SJ, characterizes the three types as ”... a lot of talk, but no action, to do everything but the one thing necessary, and to do God’s will is my desire.” Fr. Michael Poterra, SJ, of St. Raphael Parish in Raleigh will be the presenter. Holy Cross is located at 2438 S. Alston Ave. in Durham. For information, call the parish at 919-957-2900.
Program about Muslim veil at Southwest Library
DURHAM – The Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies will present a program at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Southwest Regional Durham Library on “The Veil,” about traditions and practices of Muslim women wearing the veil in the Middle East and around the world. It is part of the Muslim Journeys series project funded by National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The library is located at 3605 Shannon Road, Durham.
Cub Scout Pack 495’s 50th anniversary party Sunday at Parkwood UMC
DURHAM – Cub Scout Pack 495 will celebrate its 50th anniversary from 2-4 p.m. Sunday with a party at its charter organization, Parkwood United Methodist Church, 5123 Revere Road, Durham. Cub Scout Pack 495 has been serving the South Durham area for the past five decades. Past members as a Scout, parent or leader are invited. Chili cook-off, hot dogs, games and Scout activities. Bring Pack memorabilia and vintage Pinewood Derby cars for the track. For information, contact Cubmaster David Bailey at 919-656-5089 or
Blacktop Games on Saturday at Carver Pond Apartments
DURHAM – The 3rd Annual Blacktop Games will be held from noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Carver Pond Apartments, 4001 Meriwether Drive in Durham. Sponsored by five local churches and a national ministry, Blacktop Games is a day of fun and community outreach for kids and adults in need of services and assistance. There will be games for children up to age 16, positive messages presented by Duke and UNC sports celebrities and others, DJ with music and live performance, free food and prizes. Blacktop Games also includes a help fair for adults. Local agencies, nonprofits, and ministries including Housing for New Hope, Durham County Department of Social Services, Pregnancy Support Services, Christian Assembly Emergency Food Pantry and Cooperative Extension/Welcome Baby will provide information about their services. Blacktop Games is free and open to the public. For information, visit or call 919-471-0220.
William Turner pastoral anniversary at Mt. Level
DURHAM – Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the 23rd pastoral anniversary of the Rev. William C. Turner Jr. on April 21. The theme is “God’s Servant: Hearing the Voice of the Lord” with Scripture reference Isaiah 6:8. The 8 a.m. service speaker will be the Rev. Emmanuel McGirt of Mount Level, and at 10:45 a.m. Charles Campbell, professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School, will preach. The church is located at 316 Hebron Road, Durham. For information, call the church at 919-477-3893.
Advent Lutheran to celebrate 25th anniversary
CHAPEL HILL – “Rejoice and Remember,” the 25th Anniversary celebration of Advent Lutheran Church, will be held at 5 p.m. April 20 at the church, 230 Erwin Road in Chapel Hill. There will be a worship service with music by the Praise Band followed by a buffet dinner. Advent was established in 1987 as a new mission of the Southeastern District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The Rev. Robert Bremer was founding pastor. The church building was dedicated in 1996, and members designed the stained glass window behind the altar. The Rev. John V. Benham III has been pastor since 2008.
For information about the church, call 919-968-7690 or email
Spaghetti fundraiser for Mt. Bethel preschool Friday
BAHAMA – Mt. Bethel UMC Preschool and After School in Bahama will have a Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Bahama Ruritan Building, 8202 Stagville Road. It is a fundraiser for scholarships. Adult plates cost $6, children’s plates will be $4.50. Tickets are available at the door.
TV documentary on N.C. Muslims, panel discussion April 18
DURHAM – The WRAL-TV documentary “Faith, Fear and Freedom“ will be shown at 7 p.m. April 18, followed by a panel discussion on North Carolina’s growing Muslim population. The 20-minute documentary first aired on the television station in December and explores the lives of North Carolina Muslims and examines anti-Islamic prejudice and discrimination often fueled by the actions of Islamic extremists. It was produced by Clay Johnson and hosted by David Crabtree, both of WRAL-TV. Crabtree will moderate the panel discussion after the screening in The Garage, Bay 4 of Duke University Smith Warehouse, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Durham. Panelists are Abdullah Antepli, the Muslim Chaplain at Duke and associate director for Community & Student Outreach at the Duke Islamic Studies Center; Amna Baloch, a UNC graduate who was active in interfaith collaborations through UNC’s Muslim Student Association; Carl Ernst, the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and co-director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations; and David Schanzer, associate professor of the practice for public policy at Duke and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.
UNC athletes coming to Antioch Baptist in Chapel Hill
CHAPEL HILL – Antioch Baptist Church in Chapel Hill will host its first “What’s Up on the Corner?” event at 6:30 p.m. April 20 at the church, 1707 White Cross Road, Chapel Hill. UNC track, lacrosse, football, and gymnastics athletes will be there for an evening of fellowship and ice cream. For information, call 919-929-2230, email or visit
Free barbecue at Farrington Road Baptist
CHAPEL HILL – Farrington Road Baptist Church will host a free barbecue from 1-5 p.m. April 20 at the church, 5936 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill. Silent auction, raffle, music, bake sale and bounce house.
Organ concert April 20 at St. Paul’s Lutheran
DURHAM – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will host its 2013 Gretchen Wilson Memorial Organ Concert at 1 p.m. April 20 at the church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road in Durham. Reception to follow. Recitalist is Tom Brown, minister of music at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill. The program will include works by Mily Bakakirev, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Frederic Chopin, Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Josef Haydn and Louis Vierne. Brown is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School in New York City. He has performed in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall as part of the Allied Arts Piano Series, and toured around the world. The concert and reception are free, though contributions will be accepted toward the Gretchen Wilson Memorial Organ Concert Fund. For information, call the church at 919-489-3214.
Efird Bible study on Acts
HURDLE MILLS – Little River Presbyterian Church will host a Bible study on the book of Acts by the Rev. James “Mickey” Efird from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays in April. A reception will follow each session. The public is invited. Little River Presbyterian is located at 4211 Little River Church Road in Hurdle Mills. For information, call 919-732-6523 or visit
Israel Awareness Week events continue
DURHAM – Israel Awareness Week continues in Durham with events this weekend. At 1 p.m. Saturday, there will be a talk by Israeli scholar Mishael Caspi titled “Religious Pluralism in Israel: Problems and Prospects” at Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St., Durham. Free. Also on Saturday, “Israel After Dark: Israeli Wine and Music” will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Levin JCC, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham. Israeli wine tasting followed by a concert of Israeli music at 9 p.m. performed by New York-based musician Avram Pengas. Proceeds go to the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation’s Hadera Project. Minimum donation of $25 per person.
On Sunday, a talk, “The Arab Minority in Israel: Outlook for the Future,” by Israeli scholar Elie Rekhess will be given at 10:30 a.m. at Beth El Synagogue. Rekhess is the Visiting Crown Chair in Middle East Studies at Northwestern University and senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. Free. For information, contact Sandy Kessler at or 919-286-3628.
Bread for the World discussed at First Presbyterian
DURHAM – Lloyd Schmeidler will speak at First Presbyterian Church at 9:45 a.m. Sunday about the work of Bread for the World, an organization that uses advocacy to work to alleviate hunger. Schmeidler is a project manager for the city’s Opening Doors to Prevent & End Homelessness in Durham. For information, call the church at 919-682-5511.
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