Jan. 30, 2013 @ 03:44 PM

‘Vernon Johns Story’ for movie day at Mt. Calvary
DURHAM – Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 8021 Stagville Road, Durham, will show “Road to Freedom: The  Vernon Johns Story” at 3 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall. Johns was a minister, civil rights leader and Martin Luther King Jr.’s predecessor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Admission is $8 and includes movie, hot dogs, popcorn and drinks. The Rev. James W. Smith is pastor. All are welcome. For information, call 919-471-4034, email or visit
Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Valentine events at Parkwood UMC
DURHAM – Parkwood United Methodist Church’s Lenten events begin at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 12 with a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper hosted by United Methodist Men. The public is welcome. Ash Wednesday services will be held at 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Feb. 13. Also, a Valentine dinner hosted by the United Methodist Youth will be held from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 17. All events will be held at the church, 5123 Revere Road, Durham. For information, call 919-544-1078 or visit
Vigil Sunday for Johnny Villatoro
DURHAM – The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham will hold a prayer vigil to honor the life of Johnny Danilo Villatoro at 6 p.m. Sunday at the corner of Firth Road and Bon Air Avenue. Villatoro’s family and the coalition invite the public to attend. Villatoro, 35, a father of three, was fatally shot Dec. 28. The coalition said he was a “beloved brother of nine siblings, and always kind and generous to family and strangers.” The Rev. Bill McIntyre of Immaculate Conception Church will lead the vigil. All faiths and ages welcome.
Compassion workshop at Buddhist center
CARRBORO – Kosala Mahayana Buddhist Center will host “Concentrating on the Heart of Compassion: a Meditation Workshop” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at 711 W. Rosemary St., Carrboro. $30/general; $17 for students and seniors. Gen Kelsang Tilopa will lead special meditations to cultivate compassion. No experience necessary. All ages welcome.
Clergy CROP breakfast canceled; other events planned
DURHAM – The annual CROP Hunger Walk breakfast for clergy scheduled for Feb. 6 has been canceled due to limited RSVP responses. However, team captain kick-off events will be held at 7 p.m. tonight and 9 a.m. Saturday, both at First Presbyterian Church, 305. E. Main St., Durham. For information, call the Rev. John Stirewalt of Church World Service at 888-297-2767. Durham CROP Walk will be held March 17 at Duke Chapel.
Poverty focus of Lenten series at Epworth UMC
DURHAM – The public is invited to hear three speakers as part of Epworth United Methodist Church’s Lenten mission study of poverty. The Rev. Hope Morgan Ward, Bishop of the UMC North Carolina Conference will speak at the church at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Epworth, 3002 Hope Valley Road, Durham. The Rev. Mel Williams, pastor emeritus of Watts Street Baptist Church and leader of End Poverty Durham, will speak at 7 p.m. March 3; and Gene Nichol, UNC Chapel Hill law professor and director of the UNC Center for Poverty, Work and Opportunity, will speak at 7 p.m. March 24. Presentations will be held in the church fellowship hall and followed dialogue. Also, seven adult Sunday school classes will use the United Methodist Women book “Poverty” during classes at 9:45 a.m. Sundays during Lent. For information, call the church at 919-489-6557. 
Preschool open house at St. Stephen’s Episcopal
DURHAM – St. Stephen’s Episcopal Preschool will host an open house from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 10 at 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham. Learn about the church’s half-day preschool. For information, call 919-489-6789.
Bill Leslie concert to benefit OCIM
HILLSBOROUGH – Bill Leslie, Celtic musician and WRAL news anchor, will perform a benefit concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough. All proceeds support Orange Congregations In Mission’s Samaritan Relief Ministry. Tickets are a $20 donation. A reception will follow. For information, call 919-732-6194, ext. 12.
Pedal, Pipes at Pizza on Saturday
CHAPEL HILL – The Durham-Chapel Hill Chapter of the American Guild of Organists has rescheduled its Pedal, Pipes and Pizza event for children for 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. Workshop followed by pizza and dessert. For information, email
Mental health and faith conference March 8
CHAPEL HILL – A day-long conference, “Faith, Mental Illness, and The Journey Toward Wholeness,” will be held March 8 at St. Thomas More Church, 940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill. Professional Continuing Education credits are available from Wake Area Health Education Center, a sponsor of the conference along with churches, nonprofits and Faith Connections on Mental Illness. The third annual conference is aimed at clergy and lay leaders, medical and mental health professionals, and those who want to learn more about helping individuals who suffer from mental illness and those who care for them. Keynote speaker is nun and psychologist Sister Nancy Kehoe, who will speak about the role of faith and spirituality in treating mental illness. Guest speaker Barbara “Bebe” Smith of UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work will speak about “Non-Medication Treatment for Mental Illness.” Other sessions will discuss substance abuse and mental illness diagnoses, youth and addictive behaviors, and crisis response.
Registration is $20/person by Feb. 15, $30/person after, and includes lunch. Register at or call 919-942-6227. Faith Connections on Mental Illness is an inter-faith coalition of faith communities whose mission is work with all faith communities to welcome, include, support, educate, and advocate for individuals and families who are living with mental illness. Visit
Scout Sunday Feb. 10 at Community Baptist
DURHAM – Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, Durham will observe Scout Sunday during the 8 a.m. service on Feb. 10. The church will recognize Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and their achievements over the past year. Scout leaders are Kenneth Ruffin, Cub Master Pack 437; Rodney Henderson, Scout Master Troop 437; and Joletha Leathers, Girl Scout Troops 752 and 13561. The Rev. Percy R. Chase is pastor.
Talent search at Mt. Hermon Baptist
DURHAM – Mount Hermon Baptist Church, 4511 Old N.C. 10,  Durham, will host an area talent search called Talent Unlimited from 3-6 p.m. March 23 for students in first through 12th grades. Auditions by age category will be held in February. To information and to register for an audition time, visit Talent can be in areas of music, art, drama, dance, instrumental and ensemble. Registration deadline is Feb. 14. Corporate or private sponsorships are available by calling 919-383-2982. Winners will be recognized in a special ceremony.
Ambassadors perform at Valentine’s Dance
CHAPEL HILL – The Ambassadors jazz band will perform at United Church of Chapel Hill’s annual Valentine’s Dance from 7:30-10 p.m. Feb. 9 in the church fellowship hall, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. The Ambassadors are a 17-piece swing big band conducted by trombonist Larry Triplett. The dance will also feature pianists Renée McBride and Julie Mitchell, who will perform show tunes during the band’s breaks. Tickets are $15/person in advance; $20 at the door. Net proceeds will support the church’s music program. Tickets include an all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet and fair trade coffees and teas. Online tickets at under “Special Events at United Church” or call 919-942-3540.
Mary Rocap benefit concert at The Depot
HILLSBOROUGH – A benefit concert and silent auction for The Episcopal Church of the Advocate will be held from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at The Depot, 246 S. Nash St., Hillsborough. ECOTA recently moved the historic St Philip’s Chapel from Germanton to Chapel Hill to use as its first permanent worship space. The concert will feature Mary Rocap, Tim Wells & Friends, and The Hushpuppies. The silent auction will feature items including a pew from St Philip’s. The Advocate is raising money to make site improvements and bring the building up to code. For information, visit
Women’s conference at Jones Grove Missionary Baptist
HILLSBOROUGH – The Jones Grove Senior Missionary Women’s Conference will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 9 at Jones Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 2713 Coleman Loop Road, Hillsborough. The Rev. Angela Richmond of Cain's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church will speak on “Are You Doing the Work of God?” and the Rev. Annette Love of Northside Baptist Church will speak on “Abuse of Women and Children.” Nancy Thompson will provide Brunswick stew for lunch. For information, call the church at 919-732-9404.
The Taylors to perform at Guess Road Baptist
DURHAM – The Taylors, a Southern gospel group from Lillington, will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at Guess Road Baptist Church, 3102 Guess Road, Durham. Free admission; love offering. For information, email
Black history films, discussion at Mt. Vernon Baptist
DURHAM – Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S. Roxboro St., Durham, invites the public to the 2013 Black History Film Series Wednesdays in February. The Rev. Jerome J. Washington is pastor. The schedule:
-- 7 p.m. Feb. 6, in the sanctuary: “An Evening of Jazz: History and Music,” with featured artists Denise Barnes, Oliver Hodge, Michael Jones and Peter Joyner, who will lead the discussion with Charles Joyner.
-- 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13, in the education building: “Imitation of Life,” the 1934 movie based on the Fannie Hurst novel. Veronica Robinson will lead discussion.
-- 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20, in the education building: “Once Upon a Time: When We Were Colored,” based on Clifton L. Taulbert’s book. David Wiggins will lead discussion.
-- Mt. Vernon’s Sunday school convocation will be held at 9:15 a.m. Feb. 24, with “Reflections: Oral History of Mount Vernon Baptist Church.” Discussion led by Ingrid Jones and Amatullah King with panelists Anita Cameron, Carrie McNair, Ralph Judd, Panzola McMillian, Ruby Philyaw, Carolyn Thomas, Louise Sims, Deacon Oscar Vereen, Trustee David Wiggins and Velma Wilson.
-- 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27, in the education building: “Freedom Riders,” about the 1961 bus rides in the South by college students who were attacked. Discussed led by Percy Murray, retired administrator and chair of the N.C. Central University history department. For information, call the church at 919-688-1823.
Missionary Baptist session Saturday
CREEDMOOR – East Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Association will hold a one-day session beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Smith-Thomas Convention Center, 2174 Brassfield Road, Creedmoor. For information, call Pastor Robert Daniels at 919-286-0332.
Country breakfast at Mt. Carmel Baptist
CHAPEL HILL – Mount Carmel Baptist Church will hold its annual country breakfast from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, 2016 Mount Carmel Church Road, Chapel Hill. Breakfast items include ham, sausage, stewed apples, eggs and biscuits. Adults/$10; children under 12/$5. All you can eat. Eat in or take out.
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