Prayer vigils to honor shooting victims
DURHAM – A prayer vigil to honor the life of Mohammed Arfan Sundal will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at Sundal’s restaurant, Kabab & Curry House, 2016 Guess Road, Durham. Sundal was fatally shot Dec. 6. He was 51 years old and the father of two daughters and two sons. All faiths and ages welcome.
A prayer vigil to honor the life of Kaaylon Pamplin will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Nebo Street and Burlington Avenue. Kaaylon died Oct. 9 from gunshot wounds inflicted on Oct. 6. He was 17 years old and a student at Hillside High School. The vigil will be led by the Rev. Ginger Brasher-Cunningham of Pilgrim United Church of Christ.
The purpose of the vigils, sponsored by the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham, are to honor the victim’s life with presence and prayers, to offer comfort to family, friends and neighbors, and to affirm the goodness of our community.
For information, call Marcia Owen at 919-358-1113 or visit nonviolentdurham.org.
Advent reflection at Mt. Bethel Presbyterian
DURHAM – The Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church sanctuary at 3541 Rose of Sharon Road, Durham, will be open for quiet Advent reflection from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday and Tuesday. Printed suggested meditations will be available. Self-guided meditation, reflection and prayer. For information, call 919-383-3854.
Christmas lullabies, Compline at Church of the Holy Family
CHAPEL HILL – Operatic baritone S.T. Kimbrough, pianist Alma Gaudette and guitar player Josh Kimbrough will present “Christmas Lullabies” at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Church of the Holy Family, 200 Hayes Road, Chapel Hill. The selections are from S.T. Kimbrough’s new album and feature lullabies of the 15th to 21st centuries from Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Spain. The concert is free.
Also, Compline will be sung at 8 p.m. Sundays during Advent. Compline is an ancient monastic service marking the end of the day, chanted at the Church of the Holy Family by a small choir in candle light. Christmas Eve services at the church include a festive service especially for children at 5 p.m. Dec. 24 and a more reflective service at 10 p.m. Dec. 24. Christmas Day service is at 10 a.m. Dec. 25. All events are open to the community and free. For information, call 919-942-3108.
‘Changed By a Baby Boy’ at Olive Branch Baptist Church
DURHAM – The choir of Olive Branch Baptist Church, 123 Olive Branch Road, Durham, will present “Changed By a Baby Boy” at 6 p.m. Sunday. The cantata arranged by Lari Goss is a Southern gospel work celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and what it means to others.
Memorial service for homeless at UMD Dec. 20
DURHAM – The annual memorial service to remember those who were homeless or formerly homeless and died over the past year will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at Urban Ministries of Durham’s courtyard, at 410 Liberty St. The public is invited to the half-hour service. For information, contact Patrice Nelson of UMD at 919-682-0538, ext. 127, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas play at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist on Sunday
DURHAM – Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate Christmas with a Christmas play titled “The Christmas Program” presented by the church’s drama ministry at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2200 S. Alston Ave., Durham. The public is invited. The Rev. Cornelius E. Battle Sr. is pastor.
Free food giveaway Saturday
DURHAM – West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens St., will hold its Community Free Food Giveaway at 10 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall. Recipients are asked to bring their own shopping bags. For information, call Deacon William Thomas at 919-688-5479 or the church at 919-682-4453. The Rev. Terry Thomas is pastor.
Pepper Choplin’s ‘Night of the Father’s Love’ at Temple Baptist
DURHAM – Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Dr., Durham, will present “Night of the Father’s Love” by Pepper Choplin during the 11 a.m. service on Sunday. The adult choir and soloists will be accompanied by strings and percussion. Narrators are Peggy Gold, Interim Minister Steve Bolton and Minister Scott Hovey, who will share Scripture passages and personal reflections. Conducted by music minister Deitra Arrington-Cates. Organist is Vangie Poe. For information, call 919-309-0050.
‘God’s Greatest Gift’ play at Emmanuel AME
DURHAM – The Christian Education Department of Emmanuel AME Church will present a play, “God’s Greatest Gift,” featuring church members of all ages, at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2018 Riddle Road, Durham. Also, Emmanuel AME Church will have Watch Night service at 10:15 p.m. Dec. 31, joined by members of St. John AME Church in Raleigh. The public is always welcome.
Church of Reconciliation love feast at New Hope Camp
CHAPEL HILL – The Church of Reconciliation, Presbyterian Church USA, of Chapel Hill will celebrate a Moravian Love Feast at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at New Hope Camp and Conference Center, 4805 N.C. 86, Chapel Hill. During church renovations, Sunday services are being held at Carol Woods Retirement Community, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill. Fellowship begins at 9 a.m. with worship at 9:30 a.m. This Sunday is a service of lessons and carols. All are welcome.
Youth program, cantata at Bahama Baptist
BAHAMA – Bahama Baptist Church, 7917 Willardville Station Road, Bahama, will present a Christmas program by children and youths at 5 p.m. Sunday followed by choir cantata, “There is Peace in the World Tonight” by Randy Vader and Jay Rouse. Choir director is Jennifer Pendergraft. The Christmas Eve service will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 24.
Caroling, dinner at Christus Victor Lutheran
DURHAM – Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1615 E. N.C. 54, Durham, will go Christmas caroling and have a hot dog dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, worship services are at 8 and 10:30 a.m., with a family night Christmas program at 4 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. All are welcome. For information, call the church at 919-544-7195.
Love feast at University UMC
CHAPEL HILL – University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, will hold its 39th annual Love Feast in the Moravian tradition at 7 p.m. Sunday. The UUMC Youth Choir and Covenant Handbells will lead the music for the service of carols, hymns and bread. Childcare will be provided for children up to age 5. University UMC held its first Love Feast in 1973 and it has grown to attendance of about 700 people. For information, visit www.chapelhilluumc.org or call 919-929-7191.
Union Baptist gathering donations for hurricane recovery
DURHAM – Union Baptist Church is gathering donations for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts through a “Christmas from the Carolinas” program of Watts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Raleigh. Donations of non perishable food items, personal hygiene items, warm clothing and winter coats will be sent to Operation Recovery Newark at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. Items needed include diapers, blankets, towels, bottled water, toiletries and socks, undergarments, T-shirts and winter outerwear in all sizes. Donations can be dropped off at Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro St. in Durham until Sunday. White Rock Baptist Church at 3400 Fayetteville St. in Durham is accepting monetary donations only for the program, through Sunday. For information, visit www.wattschapel.org/fillthetruck.html.
‘All is Well’ cantata at Farrington Road Baptist
CHAPEL HILL – The choir of Farrington Road Baptist Church, 5936 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, will present a Christmas cantata “All Is Well,” at 11 a.m. Sunday. Music minister is Sandi Brady. Service officiated by U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Jason Hughes, pastor. All are welcome.
Live Nativity in Hillsborough
HILLSBOROUGH – Fairview Baptist Church, 600 Cornelius St., Hillsborough, will have a live Nativity scene from 6-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information, call 919-732-3571 or visit www.fairviewbaptistonline.org.
Christmas at Duke Chapel
DURHAM – Duke Chapel will host a candlelight open house from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 20, featuring holiday music on organs and carillon. Multiple Christmas Eve services will be held, including a children’s service at 2 p.m. Dec. 24, a participatory service with drama and music. A Christmas Eve service of carols and Holy Communion will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 24 with the Durham Children’s Choir and a sermon from Duke Chapel Dean Luke Powery; and a worship service at 6 p.m. Dec. 24 with carols, the Amalgam brass ensemble and a sermon by Powery. A traditional lessons and carols service with community choir, Scripture and choral music will be held at 11 p.m. Dec. 24, with prelude at 10:30 p.m. All Christmas Eve services will be streamed online, with the 11 p.m. service also broadcast on News 14 Carolina. Parking available in the Bryan Center deck. Duke Chapel will be closed on Christmas Day.
Interfaith celebration Sunday
DURHAM – The Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South will hold its annual Interfaith Celebration for Community, Spirit and Change at 7 p.m. Sunday at Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St., Durham. Music by a cappella group Stella, Kathleen Hannan & Bodies and Voices & Spirit Chorus. All are welcome. Bring a candle. Suggested donation of $5-10.
N.C. Boys Choir to perform Monday at Duke Chapel
DURHAM – The annual Christmas concert at Duke Chapel featuring the North Carolina Boys Choir, Chamber Choir and Girls Choir will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and over, and $8 for children 12 and under. They will be available at the door one hour before the concert, or by calling 919-489-0291. For information, visit www.ncboyschoir.org. Other selections include “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day,” John Rutter’s “Christmas Night” and Handel’s “For Unto Us a Child Is Born” and the Hallelujah chorus.
Christmas program at Cameron Grove
DURHAM – Cameron Grove Baptist Church, 816 Berwyn Ave., Durham, will present its annual Christmas program at 4 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 919-220-7402.
‘O Holy Night’ production at Community Baptist Sunday
DURHAM – The Music Department of Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, Durham, will present the Christmas production of “O Holy Night” by Russell Mauldin during the 8 a.m. worship service Sunday. The community is invited. The Rev. Percy R. Chase is pastor.
Concert at Baha’i Center Sunday
DURHAM – The Baha’is of Durham are sponsoring a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Baha’i Center, 5103 Revere Road. Munirih Sparrow, singer and guitarist from Saskatchewan, Canada, and Gustaff Besungu, singer, guitarist, and drummer from Cameroon, West Africa, will perform together. Their music is inspired by Baha’i scripture. Everyone is invited. For information, call 919-489-6690.
UMW cookie sale at Pleasant Green
DURHAM – Pleasant Green United Methodist Women will hold their 15th Annual Christmas Cookie Sale from 9-11 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall at Pleasant Green United Methodist Church, 3005 Pleasant Green Road, Durham. Proceeds go to UMW missions. For information, visit www.pleasantgreenumc.org.
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