Belief Briefs

Dec. 04, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Toy donations needed for Christmas Market

DURHAM -- Duke Memorial United Methodist Church is seeking donations of new or like new toys for its 2nd Annual Christmas Market. The Christmas Market offers a creative way to provide for families in need while honoring their dignity, said the Rev. Reynolds Chapman, minister of adult discipleship and witness at the church.

Donated toys will be set up as a store at extremely reduced prices. Families referred from local agencies such as Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Hospitality Network and Urban Ministries of Durham will shop the market for their children. All money raised will be donated back to the agencies.

Donate toys to the Duke Memorial office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through Friday. The shopping event will be Dec. 14. For information or to volunteer, visit or contact Chapman at or 919-638-6062.

Mary through poetry at Church of Reconciliation

CHAPEL HILL – Church of Reconciliation will present “The Light Insists on Itself in the World” during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday at 110 N. Elliott Road. It traces the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, from her infancy to extreme old age, via the poems of writer Lucille Clifton. The poetry will be interpreted on the chancel stage by the “Butterflies,” the middle and high school girls class at the church.

Breakfast with St. Nick at Bethel Presbyterian

DURHAM -- Bethel Presbyterian Church, 3541 Rose of Sharon Road, will host Breakfast with St. Nick from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. There will be a hot breakfast buffet, crafts, framed photo with St. Nicholas, face painting, holiday tattoos, puppet sing-along, raffle tickets, door prizes and bake sale. Tickets are $20 per family or $5 single. For information, visit or call 919-383-3854.

Breakfast with Santa at Durham Memorial Baptist

DURHAM – Durham Memorial Baptist Church will host Breakfast with Santa, a Craft/Bake Sale and Breakfast all Day for kids ages 0 to 100 on Saturday. Santa Claus will be there from 9 to 11 a.m., with photographs available. The event continues until 3 p.m. with the craft fair, bake sale, silent auction and breakfast of eggs, pancakes, ham, sausage, biscuits, gravy, juice and coffee for $7. Pancakes for kids are free. All proceeds will benefit the church building fund. Durham Memorial Baptist is at 133 Robbins Road. For information, visit

‘Quilts Through the Ages’ at Hillsborough Presbyterian

HILLSBOROUGH – Hillsborough Presbyterian Church will host “Quilts Through the Ages” Quilt Show and Craft Fair from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Strudwick Hall at the church, 102 W. Tryon St. View more than 40 antique and new quilts that will be on display, and purchase handmade crafts made by the Sew 'n Sews. Tickets for a chance to win the annual Mission Work Quilt will also be available. Admission to the quilt show is free.

Antioch Baptist’s 20th anniversary

DURHAM -- Antioch Baptist Church, 1415 Holloway St., will host its 20th Church Anniversary Celebration at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. J.D. Ballard of Raleigh will be the guest speaker, and the Antioch Sanctuary Choir will provide music. The public is invited. The Rev. Michael D. Page is the host pastor.

Living Nativity at Christus Victor Lutheran

DURHAM -- Christus Victor Lutheran Church will present its Living Nativity from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14 at the church, 1615 E. NC 54 Highway. Drive or walk through to see biblical characters and live animals. The event is free. For information, call 919-544-7195.

Annual See and Taste Gala at NCCU

DURHAM -- Tickets are available for the United Christian Campus Ministry Annual See and Taste Gala at N.C. Central University to be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in the LeRoy T. Walker Complex, 600 Nelson St. The event will be an evening of sampling culinary delights, fellowship and fun. There will be door prizes and entertainment by Southern High School "Groove" and more. Tickets are $20 per person and a table of 10 for $200. Call 919-530-5263 for tickets and information.

Advent Festival, Alternative Giving Fair at First Presbyterian

DURHAM – First Presbyterian Church’s Annual Advent Festival and Alternative Giving Fair will start at 9:45 a.m. Sunday with craft making by preschool and elementary school children. After the 11 a.m. worship service, wassail and refreshments will be served, and the older children, youth, and adults will make cards and crafts.

The Alternative Giving Fair will feature Café Justo, FPC Shawl Ministry, Genesis Home, Habitat for Humanity, Housing for New Hope, Human Kindness Foundation, Our Children’s Place, Student Farm Workers, Threshold, Urban Ministries of Durham and Wheels4Hope.

Interim pastor the Rev. Mark E. Diehl will preach on “The Unwelcome Advent Guest.”

For information, call 919-682-5511 or visit The public is invited to attend. First Presbyterian is at 305 E. Main St.

Interfaith celebration Dec. 14 at Beth El Synagogue

DURHAM – The Interfaith Celebration for Community, Spirit, and Change will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St. All are welcome. Bring a candle. Suggested donation is $5 to $10. Contact Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South at 919-683-1236 or

Boys Choir, Chamber Choir present Christmas concert

DURHAM -- The North Carolina Boys Choir and Chamber Choir will present their annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Duke Chapel in Durham. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for children 12 and younger and will be available at the door one hour before the show. Ticket outlets include The Regulator Bookshop in Durham and University Mall in Chapel Hill. Call 919-489-0291 or visit for information.

The North Carolina Boys Choir was founded in 1972 as the Durham Boys Choir, and renamed the North Carolina Boys Choir in 1983. The choir has sung at Duke since 1975 and tours nationally. This Christmas Concert will include Bach's Cantata 142 sung in German, carols with descants, and secular works including "Jingle Bells,” "Little Jack Horner” and “Gloucestershire Wassail.” It is a concert for all ages. The choir is under the direction of its founder, William Graham; and Scott Mann, associate director; David Cole, accompanist; and Paul Neebe and Michael Mole, trumpets.

‘Testament of Women of the Bible’ at White Rock

DURHAM -- Titus Women of White Rock Baptist Church will present its December Christmas breakfast program, “Testament of Women of the Bible,” a drama portraying named and unnamed women of the Bible, at 9 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall, 3400 Fayetteville St. Women of all ages are invited. Register at or call the church office at 919-688-8136.

Alternative Gift Fair at St. Luke’s Episcopal

DURHAM -- St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will hold its Alternative Gift Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday and again Dec. 15 in Johnson Hall at the church, 1737 Hillandale Road. The Alternative Gift Fair benefits organizations including Duke Homecare and Hospice, Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, Maple Court Veterans Missioners and Meals on Wheels. For information, visit

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