Feb. 14, 2013 @ 04:20 PM

Black History event at Glenn’s Grove Missionary Baptist
ROUGEMONT – Glenn’s Grove Missionary Baptist Church will hold a Black History Month event at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. The speaker will be the Rev. Milton Dickerson of Raleigh. Dinner will be served immediately following the morning service. All are invited to come and worship. Glenn’s Grove is located at 7001 Guess Road in Rougemont. The Rev. T.C. Nicholson is pastor.
Manley to become pastor emeritus; Black History Month to be celebrated at First Baptist in Chapel Hill
CHAPEL HILL – First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill, will honor its former pastor, the Rev. J. R. Manley, at 10 a.m. Saturday by conferring him with the honor of pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church for his 65 years of service. A leader in religious and civic life, Manley was the first African-American elected to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board, among other accomplishments. Interim pastor the Rev. Josephine L. Harris invites everyone to attend.
Also, First Baptist Church will celebrate Black History Month at 11 a.m. Sunday. Guest speaker Tyronna Hooker is the North Carolina Teacher of the Year for 2012 and Teaching Fellows Program Director at N.C. Central University. Youths will share information about their unsung African-American heroes. Everyone is encouraged to wear their African attire.
Purim celebration at Kehillah Synagogue
CHAPEL HILL – Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, will kick off its Purim celebration with an early event for new and prospective members at 7 p.m. Sunday with a Hamentaschen bake off and a Purim Shpiel (musical revue). The Jewish holiday of Purim is celebrated annually to commemorate deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the biblical book of Esther. Hamantaschen pastry is tri-cornered and traditionally filled with prune or poppy seeds. The baking contest, judged by David Roth, will award Best Overall, Best Modern and Best New Filling. The Purim Shpiel will be performed by the Kehillah Shpielers, led by Mary Ann Freedman, with an ABBA music theme. Kehillah Religious School fifth-graders will also perform their own song. The official Purim holiday begins at sundown Feb. 23, and the Megillah will be read at 6:30 p.m. For information, visit
George Debnam to speak at North East Baptist
DURHAM – N.C. Central University trustee emeritus George C. Debnam will be the guest speaker at 10:45 a.m. Feb. 24 at North East Baptist Church, 3204 N.C. 55, Durham. Debnam is a retired Raleigh physician and Shaw University trustee and alum. He recently received the Founders Award by Mechanics & Farmers Bank board member Joseph M. Sansom. Debnam grew up on a sharecropper’s farm, entered college at age 15 and earned his medical degree at 23. During his 50-year career, he delivered 11,500 babies, performed more than 5,000 surgeries and frequently followed the lives of his patients from birth through adulthood. Debnam is also an author and will share his experiences during the Black History celebration at North East Baptist Church. The Rev. Wesley Elam is pastor. The community is welcome. For information, call 919-544-2142.
Conference on Muslim veil to explore cultural issues
CHAPEL HILL – UNC Chapel Hill, in partnership with Duke University, will host a conference about Muslim women and their veils at the conference “ReOrienting the Veil” Feb. 22-23 in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center at UNC. The conference intends “to expand the dialogue about the tradition of wearing the veil and the meaning of the headscarf for Muslim women. Participants will discuss the multifaceted questions of why and how Muslim women wear the veil in an increasingly globalized and fashion-conscious world.” The conference is free and open to the public. The registration deadline is Friday. Scholars and artists will give presentations on Muslim women’s veiling, followed by response from a local faculty and a question-and-answer session. For information, visit
Gospel music at Markham Chapel
DURHAM – Markham Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 3630 Old Chapel Hill Road, Durham, will host its 2013 Gospel Musical Event at 4 p.m. Sunday. Invited groups include Traveling Sons, Min. Carolyn Satterfield, Men of Grace, Markham Chapel Male Chorus, Mario Elam, Roshuah Salehm, Twilights and others. Evangelist Julia R. Harrelson is coordinator. The Rev. Richard S. McMillan is pastor. For information, call 919-638-2361.
Lent series on African-American health at St. Titus’ Episcopal
DURHAM – African-American health disparities is the topic for the Lenten program at St. Titus’ Episcopal Church, 400 Moline St., Durham. Noon day prayer and lunch table talk presentations will be held Wednesdays during Lent, Feb. 20-March 20. Speakers from Durham agencies and programs will make presentations at noon, followed by lunch and dialogue. Subjects include sickle cell disease; N.C. Harm Reduction Coalition; bystander CPR training and stroke and heart attack warning signs; CAARE; and HIV prevention at N.C. Central University.
Duke student to give sermon for Student Preacher Sunday
DURHAM – Duke University senior Jocelyn Streid has been selected to preach at Duke Chapel for Student Preacher Sunday at 11 a.m. Feb. 24. Streid’s sermon, “How These Stories End,” is based on Luke 9:28-43a. The sermon was chosen by a committee from the chapel and Religious Life staffs.
“Not many preachers, let alone student preachers, feel up for tackling the topic of death,” said Meghan Feldmeyer, chapel director of worship. “But Jocelyn was brave in pursuing the theological and pastoral implications of our love affair with modern medicine, while also pointing out its limitations.” Streid is an English major, PathWays Chapel Scholar and Robertson Scholar. Duke University Chapel Sunday worship services are webcast live at
Comedy night at Farrington Road Baptist
CHAPEL HILL – Farrington Road Baptist Church, 5936 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, will host Comedy Night from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 23. Clean comedy for the whole family and a free spaghetti dinner. For information, call 919-489-5889 or visit 
‘Lord’s Acre Day’ concert at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist
BAHAMA – Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 8021 Stagville Road, Bahama, will host “Lord’s Acre Day: A Musical Concert” at 3 p.m. Sunday. Groups include Haw River Male Chorus, New Hope Male Chorus, New Red Mountain Gospel Choir, Peace Male Chorus, The Mighty Inspirational Male Chorus and Mt. Calvary’s Choir. John Thorpe is emcee. All are invited. Dinner will be served after the program. The Rev. James W. Smith is pastor. For information, contact the church at 919-471-4034, or visit
UPC adult class on poverty in Orange County
CHAPEL HILL – University Presbyterian Church will hold an adult education class, “Poverty Around Us: How Should We Help?” for six Sundays, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Sunday through March 24 in the Terrace Room at UPC, 209 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. The community is invited. The class is being led by the UPC Local Outreach Committee and will focus on local poverty in and around Orange County. Pamela Smith and Joyce Waterbury will lead the class, along with guest speakers. For information, contact Heather Ferguson at 919-929-2102 or Visit and
Tax prep and legal clinic events Saturday at Union Baptist
DURHAM – Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro St, in Durham will host two events from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church. Tax Preparation Tips Workshop will include important 2012 tax information from the IRS and N.C. Department of Revenue. Call 919-402-8351 to reserve your seat. During the same time Saturday, the church will host a Free Legal Clinic with one-on-one legal consultations relating to employment discrimination, wrongful termination, labor issues, workers compensation, sexual harassment, Social Security/disability, car accidents and wrongful death. Reservations required to meet with an attorney. Call 919-698-9205 to reserve a time slot.
Poverty series during Lent at Pilgrim UCC
DURHAM – Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Road, Durham, will host a Lenten series, “Poverty in Durham: A Faith Perspective” on Tuesdays during Lent. Programs are held from 6:30-8 p.m., with heavy hors d’oeuvres at 6:15 p.m. Childcare provided. The first session, to be held Tuesday, is “The Challenge of Poverty in Durham” and features the Rev. Mel Williams of End Poverty Durham, Stan Holt of United Way and Kimberly Crowe, a member care representative for Aetna Life Insurance. Other topics are “The Axis of Poverty: Jobs and Housing” on Feb. 26, “Beyond Charity: Addressing Causes and Empowering People” on March 5 and “Advocacy for the Poor” on March 12. For information, call 919-489-1381.
Women’s conference March 8 at Edgewood Baptist
DURHAM – A Women’s Conference with Connie Cavanaugh will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. March 8 at Edgewood Baptist Church, 1807 Infinity Road, Durham. The theme is “Created to Do Beautiful Things.” Dinner tickets are available for $15 until March 3. Mail a check to Edgewood Baptist Church, Ladies’ Conference, 1807 Infinity Road, Durham, NC 27712. For information, call 919-384-6116 or 919-471-2664.
Efird leads Lenten study of John at First Presbyterian
DURHAM – First Presbyterian Church’s Annual Lenten Bible Study led by James “Mickey” Efird begins today. Classes will be held from 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays during Lent. The study this year will be on the Gospel of John. Efird is a professor emeritus at Duke Divinity School. The community is invited to attend. For more information, call 919-682-5511. First Presbyterian Church is located at 305 E. Main St., Durham.
UMC Bishop Ward to speak about poverty at Epworth UMC
DURHAM – The Rev. Hope Morgan Ward, bishop of the UMC North Carolina Conference will speak at 7 p.m. Sunday at Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Road, Durham. Her talk is part of Epworth’s Lenten mission study of poverty. Other speakers include the Rev. Mel Williams, pastor emeritus of Watts Street Baptist Church and leader of End Poverty Durham, who 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, who will speak at 7 p.m. March 24. Also, adult Sunday school classes are using 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.
Funeral planning talk at Grace Lutheran Feb. 27
DURHAM – Grace Lutheran Church, 824 N. Buchanan Blvd., Durham, will host Mark Higgins, president of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service and Crematory, on Feb. 27 for discussions on funeral planning and practices. Higgins will speak at 11 a.m. during a soup and salad lunch and again at 6 p.m. during the church’s Lenten supper. RSVP to the church office at
Food giveaway Saturday at West Durham Baptist
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 office at 919-682-4453. The Rev. Terry Thomas is pastor.
‘Into the Woods’ fairy tale musical at United Church
CHAPEL HILL — A multigenerational cast will present “Into the Woods,” Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s fairy tale musical, in six performances Feb. 22-March 2 at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-23 and March 1-2; and at 4 p.m. Feb. 24. A children’s matinee of Act 1 will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 23. American Sign Language interpreters will sign the March 2 performance. Led by stage director Chip Baker and musical director Richard Wall, the cast of 29 actors and singers includes several families. Families in the cast include sisters Erin and Caitlin Flanagan and their mother, Heidi Middendorf-Flanagan; Ryan Widd and his mother, Michele Widd; Kaselehlia Sielken and her mother, Sandy Polson, and father, Skip Polson; and sister and brother Betsy Graham and David Graham. The cast ranges in age from Erin Flanagan, 8, to Raleigh Mann, 78, who portrays a character called the Mysterious Man. There is no admission charge. Donations support tablenc, a local organization that provides food to hungry children in the community. To reserve free tickets, visit
Brunswick stew, chicken dinner at Pleasant Green UMC
DURHAM – Pleasant Green United Methodist, 3005 Pleasant Green Road, Durham, will have a Brunswick Stew and Chicken Dumpling Dinner from 4-7 p.m. Feb. 23. Sit down, take out or stew by the quart. $8.50/adults and $4/children 11 and under. Stew is $8.50 per quart. To reserve stew by the quart in advance, call 919-383-5764. Leave your name, phone contact and number of quarts to reserve. Orders may also be placed online at
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. For 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 today.
Black history film discussions at Mt. Vernon Baptist
DURHAM – The Black History Film Series at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S. Roxboro St., Durham, continues with “Once Upon a Time: When We Were Colored” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and “Freedom Riders” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Films are followed by discussion. For information, call the church at 919-688-1823.
Variety of studies for Lent at UCCH
CHAPEL HILL – The 2013 Lenten Series for United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., will be a three-week series of meals and classes beginning Feb. 20. Meal from 5:45-6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall followed by eight different Lenten studies until 7:30 p.m. Childcare available. Programs include “RACE - The Power of an Illusion,” “Four Simple Phrases: Powerful Tools to Transform and Heal Relationships, “Pilgrimage of Lent,” “Poetry & Transformation,” “Earth Ministry: New Narratives” and “The Artist Way: An exploration of art as spiritual practice.” Also, Ring Together Junior Handbells will be held from 6:15-7:15 p.m. for children and youth. For more information. visit or call 919-942-3540.
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