Watch Night in Chapel Hill
CHAPEL HILL – A Watch Night service will be held at First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill, at 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31. A fellowship breakfast will be served immediately after entering into the New Year. Everyone is invited to come have fellowship, fun and praise God for a New Year. The Rev. Josephine L. Harris is pastor.
Watch Night at West Durham Baptist
DURHAM – West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens St., and Mt. Calvary United Church of Christ will hold a joint Watch Night service at 11 p.m. Dec. 31 at West Durham Baptist. The public is invited. For information, call 919-682-4453.
Duke Chapel dean to speak at DCIA banquet
DURHAM – Durham Congregations in Action will hold its annual dinner and meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1902 Perry St., Durham. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Luke A. Powery, dean of Duke Chapel. There will also be special music, community service organizations will receive funding awards for hunger and human service programs, and DCIA officers and board members for 2013 will be installed. The dinner is $14 per person. Reservation deadline is Jan. 15 at 919-688-2036 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment will be accepted at the door.
Watch Night at White Rock
DURHAM – White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville St., Durham will hold its Watch Night service at 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31. For information, call the church office at 919-688-8136.
Watch Night at Emmanuel AME
DURHAM – The members of Emmanuel AME Church, 2018 Riddle Road, Durham will have Watch Night service at 10:15 p.m. Dec. 31, joined by the members of St. John AME Church, Raleigh. The public is always welcome.
Israel film series, discussion at Kehillah Synagogue
CHAPEL HILL – Duke Professor Shai Ginsburg and Rabbi Jennifer Feldman will discuss a documentary film series, “Israel from the Inside Out: A Human Perspective,” for six weeks at the Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Road. Chapel Hill. According to Ginsburg, “In this series we aim to diversify the vision of Israel. We are screening some of the most successful, critically and commercially acclaimed, Israeli documentary films in recent years. The films explore a wide range of issues and themes: immigration and emigration, aging, gender, ethnicity, Israeli urban centers and the kibbutz, past dreams and present reality and, yes, also the Israeli Palestinian conflict and the Jewish Holocaust.” The schedule: 7-9 p.m. Jan. 12, “Life in Stills;” 7-9 p.m. Jan. 26, “Fragments;” 7-9 p.m. Feb. 2, “Children of the Sun;” 7-9 p.m. Feb. 16, “The Queen Has No Crown;” 7-9 p.m. March 2, “To See If I Am Smiling” and 8-10 p.m. March 16, “The Hangman.” To register, call 919-942-8914. Suggested donation is $18 per person for the series or $5 per film.
Epiphany Ring Handbell Festival Jan. 6
DURHAM – Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1320 Umstead Road, Durham, with have an Epiphany Ring Handbell Festival at 7 p.m. Jan. 6. The third annual Epiphany festival features eight to 10 handbell ensembles from the Triangle.
New Year’s Eve jazz concert to benefit IFC
CHAPEL HILL – A jazz concert featuring The Bradshaw Quartet and Christen Campbell will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. There is no admission charge, but contributions will be accepted to benefit the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service. The jazz quartet is led by Charles Bradshaw on piano and keyboards, who has played with Johnny White and the Elite Band, Liquid Pleasure, The Brothership and United Voices of Praise. Singer Campbell has performed with Dave McKenna, The San Francisco Swing Experience and Marcus Miller. The Bradshaw Quartet also includes Odessa Shaw Jr., drums and percussion; Matthew Busch, tenor and soprano saxophone; and Brad Kintner, upright and electric bass. For information, contact UCCH at 919-942-3540 or email@example.com.
Initial sermon, Watch Night at St. John’s Missionary Baptist
DURHAM – Deacon Sharon Farrington will preach her initial sermon at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 917 Onslow St., Durham. Also, St. John’s Missionary Baptist will hold a prayer vigil and Watch Night service at 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31. The public is invited to attend. The Rev. Robert L. Daniels is pastor.
‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ at Duke Memorial UMC
DURHAM – American one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian-Carlo Menotti will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10-11 and 3 p.m. Jan. 12 at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, 504 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham. Grey Lehman of the Durham Children’s Choir sings the role of Amahl, with other choir members as villagers along with members of the Duke Memorial Sanctuary Choir. Other cast include Elizabeth Linnartz, mother; Blayne Ziegenfuss, Markos Simopoulos and Lewis Moore, kings; and Stephen Pysnik, page. Music director is Cyril Murphy of Duke Memorial and stage director is Jane Williams, theatre director at Orange High School in Hillsborough. The producer is Scott Hill, founder and director of the Durham Children’s Choir.
Tickets are $10/adults; $5/children and seniors. For information, contact Scott Hill at 919-489-1451 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Cyril Murphy at 919-683-3467, ext. 112, or Cyril@dukememorial.org.
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