Jan. 16, 2013 @ 11:27 AM

NCCU develops course for faith-based disaster response
DURHAM – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has certified a workshop, developed by N.C. Central University, for faith-based organizations to be better prepared for disaster response. “Mobilizing Faith-Based Community Organizations in Preparing for Disaster” was created by NCCU’s Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development, part of the NCCU Department of Criminal Justice. Now offered nationwide, the eight-hour workshop brings together faith-based groups, emergency management and nongovernment organizations to improve community response to severe storms and other disasters.
“Faith-based organizations delivered timely and vital services after Superstorm Sandy, offering proof once again of how important the faith community is to emergency management efforts,” M. Chris Herring, executive director of the institute, said in the announcement.
A second workshop, also certified by Homeland Security, is “Planning and Intervention for Gangs, Hate and Terrorist Groups in Rural Jails and Prisons.” Both courses were developed with funding from Homeland Security and the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium.
Prayer Walk on Tobacco Trail on MLK Day
DURHAM – In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to address repeated assaults on the American Tobacco Trail, BlessDurham and PrayDurham will be co-hosting a Prayer Walk on Martin Luther King Jr. Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday on the American Tobacco Trail. Multiple stations will be set up to facilitate prayer for various concerns like gun violence, schools, law enforcement, government officials, children and families. The community is invited to come anytime during the walk, which begins at the trail entrance across from Morehead Avenue, the Northern trail head. Parking is available along Morehead Avenue, under the Durham Freeway or in the American Tobacco Campus parking deck.
School of Evangelism workshop next week
DURHAM – A three-night School of Evangelism will be held from 7-9 p.m. nightly Jan. 23-35 in the T.Q. Business Complex at 212 Corcoran St., Durham. The school is hosted by Power In The Word Ministries, An Evangelistic Outreach Ministry and other local churches. The School of Evangelism was started in 1999 as a Tool to “rekindle the fire and passion for the unsaved in our community,” said Pastor Perry Tankard. Classes are designed to equip clergy and lay leaders to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ to their peers one-on-one. Participants receive study materials. Registration is $35/person and $10 for children 8-18, or discounts for church groups. To register, contact Pastor Perry Tankard at 919-949-1970 or The registration deadline is Tuesday.
Sandy benefit concert Monday at Christ UMC
CHAPEL HILL – Christ United Methodist Church, 800 Market St., Chapel Hill, will hold a “Benefit Concert for the Victims of Hurricane Sandy in the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” at 4 p.m. Monday. Sponsored by the American Guild of Organists and the Chapel Hill Music Teachers’ Association. All proceeds go to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (, which will spend all funds toward direct relief efforts of Sandy.
Georgetown priest to speak at Holy Cross Catholic
DURHAM – The Ignatian Spirituality Year Continues at Holy Cross Catholic Church at noon Jan. 26 in the church’s activity center, 2438 S. Alston Ave., Durham. The Rev. Brian McDermott, SJ, of Georgetown University will speak on “Making Good Decisions.” The series focuses on specific meditations in the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, who spent years of prayerful discernment developing ways of praying, living and relating to God. For information, call 919-957-2900.
Prison chaplain to speak MLK Sunday at Watts Street Baptist
DURHAM – The Rev. Prinn Deavens, senior chaplain at the Raleigh Correctional Institution for Women, will preach during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday at Watts Street Baptist Church, 800 Watts St., Durham for Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday.
Deavens is a Mississippi native who graduated from Tougaloo College and Duke Divinity School. She will share some of King’s writings related to “the unknown kingdoms that exist behind prison walls.” The service will be followed by a luncheon discussion exploring ways to carry on King’s legacy of peace and reconciliation. Both are open to the public.
Food giveaway at West Durham Baptist
DURHAM – West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens St., will hold the 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.
First Afrikan Church pastor to guest preach
DURHAM – The Rev. Mark A. Lomax, pastor of the First Afrikan Church of Lithonia, Ga., will speak during the adult forum at 9:45 a.m. in Watts-Hill Hall and preach during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., in Durham. The adult forum will also include First Presbyterian pastor, the Rev. Joe Harvard, for a discussion of “Where Do We Go From Here?” about Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream today. Mary D. Williams will sing during the worship service. Lomax is the founding pastor of the First Afrikan Church and professor of homiletics at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. Williams has told the history of the African-American South through song for more than 20 years. For information, contact the church office at 919-682-5511.
Faith Summit on Child Poverty to be held Jan. 24
DURHAM – Registration is ongoing for the Faith Summit on Child Poverty to be held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 24 at Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro St., Durham. There are 14,000 Durham children in poverty, and the summit will focus on action congregations and agencies can take to reduce child poverty. Breakout sessions will focus on age groups birth to 5, 6 to 12 and 13 to 18. Speakers include J. Herbert Nelson, director of the Office of Public Witness, Presbyterian Church USA and N.C. NAACP President the Rev. William Barber. Free with a recommended $10 donation for lunch; must RSVP for lunch. For information, email The summit is sponsored by faith, community, government and university groups.
Praise and pizza Saturday at Advent Lutheran
CHAPEL HILL – Advent Lutheran Church, 230 Erwin Road, Chapel Hill, will host Saturday Night Praise and Pizza from 5:15-7 p.m. Saturday. The event will begin with a praise service of music, prayer, and the Francis Chan video “God’s Love for Us,” followed by fellowship and pizza. The event is free and everyone is welcome.
For information, call 919-968-7690 or email
Organ recital by Alexander Anderson
CHAPEL HILL — Alexander Anderson will give an organ recital at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the sanctuary of United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. The program is dedicated to the late Robert Bergstrand, whose life was dedicated to peace and social justice. Free admission, but donations will support the Peacemaking Scholarship awarded annually to a Chapel Hill senior. The program will include three landmarks of the organ repertoire by Bach, Cesar Franck and Julius Reubke. Anderson, who was born in Scotland and attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, has performed extensively in the U.S. and in Europe. He has been an assistant at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, organist and director of Chapel Music at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and director of Music at Haileybury College in Hertfordshire, England. He retired to Chapel Hill with his wife, Jenny, who is director of Music at United Church of Chapel Hill. For information, call 919-942-3540 or email
Efird lecture series in Hillsborough
HILLSBOROUGH – James “Mickey” Efird will return to Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, 102 West Tryon St., to lead the Hughes Lecture Series on Mondays in January. The topic is “The Book of Jeremiah.” Lectures will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in the sanctuary followed by a reception in Strudwick Hall. Child care will not be provided. For information, call 919-732-3131.
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