Belief Briefs

Sep. 25, 2013 @ 09:34 AM

Lunch for new Durham clergy Oct. 3
DURHAM – All new clergy in Durham are invited to a welcoming luncheon at noon Oct. 3 at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 407 E. Main St. Bishop Elroy Lewis of Fisher Memorial United Holy Church, Rabbi John Friedman of Judea Reform Congregation and the Rev. Joe Harvard, recently retired from First Presbyterian Church, will host the gathering, which is sponsored by Durham Congregations in Action.
The lunch will be a time for getting to know each other and discuss challenges and opportunities for ministry together.
After lunch, Durham County Manager Mike Ruffin will show the new Durham County Social Services building to the group. RSVP to 919-688-3068 or

Homecoming at Faith Baptist
DURHAM -- Faith Baptist Church, 3321 Cheek Road, will celebrate homecoming Sunday starting at 10:40 a.m. with special music. The guest speaker is Eli Prine of Long Avenue Baptist Church in Florida, the former youth director at Faith Baptist. A covered dish dinner will follow the service. For information, call 919-688-6780.

Fall, Food and Music Festival at McMannen UMC
DURHAM -- McMannen United Methodist Church will hold its annual Fall, Food, and Music Festival from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 5 on the church grounds, 4102 Neal Road.
The festival will feature baked goods, a boutique sale, bluegrass music, a yard sale, a silent auction, youth entertainment, and a roasted peanut sale. This year’s event will also include a custom car show from 1 to 3 p.m., along with Brunswick stew and barbecue cooked on-site. Take-out orders of Brunswick stew will be available for $7.50
per quart. Pre-sold stew can be picked up at McMannen’s Scout hut after 2 p.m. on Oct. 5. Take-out and sit-down meals will be sold in the fellowship hall and include Brunswick stew, barbecue, chicken and dumplings, slaw, hushpuppies and desserts from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. (adults, $9; children under 10 with an adult eat free). For information, call the church office at 383-1263 or Dale Coats at 407-0988.

Ellen Bukstel concert Friday at Sacred Grounds
DURHAM – Ellen Bukstel will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2700 N. Roxboro St. Bukstel’s songs are described as funny ranging to moving compositions of love, remembrance and social awareness. There is no fee, but an artist donation is requested. For information, visit and

St. Barbara Orthodox offering Greek classes, sponsoring fashion show
DURHAM -- Greek language classes for adults at beginning and intermediate levels are offered Saturday mornings at Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 8306 NC Highway 751, Durham. Children’s classes are also offered, at a teacher’s home in Chapel Hill.  The fall semester begins October 5 and tuition is $15 per class. For information, contact Helen Paliouras at 919-942-4229 or
Also, St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church’s outreach program will sponsor an “Autumn Designs” Fashion Show Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Hope Valley Country Club, 3803 Dover Road, Durham. Fashions are by Smitten Boutique of Durham. UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will give a presentation on breast cancer awareness. Proceeds will benefit the cancer center and St. Barbara’s building fund. Fashion Show tickets are $45 each. For tickets, call Lou Constantinou at 919-682-8892.

Homecoming at Greater Orange Grove Baptist
DURHAM – Greater Orange Grove Baptist church, 5524 N. Roxboro Road, will celebrate homecoming at 8:45 a.m. Sunday. Deacon Theresia McGee will lead the service. The Rev. Bennie C. Torian will preach. The GOGBC Gospel Choir will sing. Dinner will be served. Everyone is welcome. For information, call 919-479-0220.

All-choir celebration at Mt. Gilead Baptist
DURHAM -- Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Music & Arts Ministry will host its annual All-Choir Celebration at 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at the church, 404 Dowd St. Guest clinician will be Minister Patrick Lundy, En Sound Music Artist of the Year award winner and director of Christian Fine Arts at the Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, Md. For information, call 919-688-6052.

Union Baptist needs BackPack Buddies program food donations
DURHAM -- Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro St., needs food donations for its BackPack Buddies food ministry, which provides child-friendly, nutritious food to children on weekends during the school year.
BackPack Buddies gives food to 30 students weekly from Fayetteville Street Elementary and Global Scholars Academy. Items needed include 100 percent juice boxes, milk, healthy snacks and canned fruits and vegetables. For information, contact Jackie Love at 919-423-5855 or email or Carolyn Leathers at 919-451-6544.

Men’s Day at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 906 S. Roxboro St., will celebrate Men’s Day at the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday. The Rev. Stanley V. Burnett will be the guest speaker. The Rev. Anthony E. Cozart Sr. is pastor.

Homecoming at Edgewood Baptist
DURHAM -- Edgewood Baptist Church, 1807 Infinity Road, will celebrate homecoming on Oct. 6. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m., worship service is at 11 a.m. and a covered-dish lunch will follow. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Terry Harper. For information, call 919-471-2664.

Perry Plus Ensemble to perform at wives and widows group’s anniversary
DURHAM -- The Durham Association of Ministers’ Wives & Ministers’ Widows will observe its 41st anniversary at 4 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Olive A.M.E. Zion Church, 1515 W. Club Blvd.
The Perry Plus Ensemble will perform, featuring favorites in the African-American church music tradition including anthems, gospel hymns, African-American spirituals, and contemporary gospel and praise songs. The ensemble is composed of five daughters and two sons of Artelia M. Perry and the late Rev. Lawrence P. Perry, and three of their spouses.
Artelia Perry, the association’s founder, convened the first meeting on Sept. 23, 1972, at Mt. Olive Church.
Joyce Perry Edwards will direct the ensemble. Gregory Thompson, associate professor of music at Winston-Salem State University and St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church organist, will be accompanist. The public is invited.

Mount Vernon Baptist publishes church history book
DURHAM -- Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S. Roxboro St., will present its new book, “The History of Mount Vernon Baptist Church: Remembering Our Past, Reshaping Our Future,” from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday and after church in the sanctuary.
The book is for sale for $50 along with other 127th church anniversary commemorative items including a plate for $20 and a tote bag for $5. The book is 240 pages, with 125 photos, two poems, 12 personal reflections, and 22 interviews woven into the historical narrative. Authors and editors will read from the book. For information, call the church at 919-688-1823.

Family and Friends Day, revival at Emmanuel AME
DURHAM -- Emmanuel AME Church will celebrate Family and Friends Day at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2018 Riddle Road.
Guest preacher is the Rev. Albert Thompson, pastor of Society Hill AME Church in Manning, S.C.  The theme is “Family & Friends Praising God Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.” Emmanuel's annual Fall Revival will be held at 7 p.m. nightly Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The three-night evangelist will be the Rev. Wanda Howell, pastor of Clover Garden AME Church in Burlington. The public is welcome.

Praise and fellowship at New Trinity Church
DURHAM – New Trinity Church, 2619 Riddle Road, will host two nights of praise and fellowship at 7 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 26) and Friday. Elder Michael Rogers Chambers will be the guest speaker. Music will be provided by Men of Grace. The Rev. Darlene H. McNair is pastor. Evangelist Julia Ross is sponsor. For information, call 919-949-2944.

Community Arts Festival Oct. 5 at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian
DURHAM -- A Community Arts Festival will be held at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5. The theme is “A Celebration of Home,” and proceeds will benefit homeless ministries in Durham. Admission is $10 per person, $30 per family.
There will be an arts and crafts show, silent auction, live music, pumpkin patch, games and food trucks. There also will be a juried photography contest in categories related to “home.” For information about the photo contest, email
Trinity Avenue Presbyterian is at 927 W. Trinity Ave. For information, call the church at 919-682-3865 or email

Yiddish songfest benefit for UMD Oct. 6
DURHAM -- A Yiddish songfest to benefit Urban Ministries of Durham will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 6 at Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St.
The concert, “What’s Not to Like?”, features local singers and musicians performing traditional ballads and lullabies, Yiddish theater songs and contemporary works. Light refreshments will be available. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; children under 13 admitted free. Transportation is available. Contact 919-682-7468 or

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