Belief briefs

Mar. 06, 2013 @ 08:50 AM

Women’s Day services at Mt. Level

DURHAM -- Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church will hold its annual Women’s Day services March 16 and March 17. The theme is “Women of God: Ministering through Sacrifice, Evangelism and Praise - Proverbs 31:10, 20, 30.” The March 16 event will be 8:30a.m.-1 p.m. and include guest speaker the Rev. Olive Joyner, musical guests The Kelly Singers and workshops on human trafficking, domestic abuse, health and wellness and Women in Motion. Free breakfast and lunch. Pre-registration is required. The speakers for March 17 services are Rev. Joanne Browne-Jennings of Mt. Level at 7:55 a.m. and Rev. Cynthia Hale of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Ga., at the 10:45 a.m. service. The church is at 316 Hebron Road, Durham. Rev. William C. Turner Jr. is pastor. For information, contact the church at 919-477-3893.

Community Seder at Kehillah Synagogue

CHAPEL HILL -- Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, invites the Jewish community to attend its annual Passover Seder at 5:30 p.m. March 26. Rabbi Jennifer Feldman will lead the Seder. She describes Passover as “an opportunity for all Jews to come together to tell our shared story of moving from slavery to freedom and to understand the universal meaning of this message of redemption.” Retelling the story of Exodus occurs through words, songs, an entertaining and interactive recounting of the plagues, with activities for children. The Haggadah has been designed to be fully accessible to Hebrew and non-Hebrew speakers. About 120 people attended last year’s Seder. Cost: adults/$36 by March 15/$45 after; children under 10/$18 by March 15/$24 after. For tickets, contact or 919-942-8914.

New Horizons school hires director

DURHAM – New Horizons Academy of Excellence, a faith-based private school for at-risk high school students, has moved forward with expansion plans. Louis Threatt, a teacher at New Horizons, has been named executive director of the school, which will be renamed New Horizons Character and Leadership Academy. Threatt is a graduate of N.C. Central University and Duke Divinity School. New Horizons is expanding to elementary and middle school. The elementary school has joined with another Christian school, B.E. Academy. For information, visit

Children of the World Choir to perform at Rose of Sharon

DURHAM -- Children of the World Choir, an international children’s choir, is coming to perform at Rose of Sharon Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. March 14. The church is at 4109 Guess Road, Durham. For information, call 919-477-3993.

Parkwood Easter Egg Hunt March 23

DURHAM – Parkwood United Methodist Church will host the Parkwood neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. March 23 at 5123 Revere Road, Durham. PUMC Youth Group and volunteers will host the egg hunt as well as outdoor games and field activities for children age 10 and under. Bring your own basket. About 3,000 eggs will be hidden on church grounds, in different areas for various age groups. Prizes will be given children who find Golden Eggs. For information, call the PUMC office at 919-544-1078.

Unfailing Love Christian Church collects 225 shoes

DURHAM -- Unfailing Love Christian Church hosted a shoe drive with The Sole Project March 2. They collected 225 pairs of shoes that will be donated to children and adults internationally through The Sole Project, a nonprofit based in Atlanta. For information, visit Unfailing Love’s pastor is Rose Thomas. For more about the church, email

Jewish senior program grants available

The 2013 BJH Foundation for Senior Services is accepting grant applications for programs that meet physical, mental and social needs of Jewish seniors. To apply, visit Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that serve Jewish seniors in North and South Carolina. The deadline is April 15.

Men’s fish fry, prayer breakfast, worship at Russell Memorial C.M.E.

DURHAM -- The Ministry to Men of Russell Memorial C.M.E. Church, 703 S. Alston Ave., Durham, will celebrate its 2013 Men’s Conference Friday-Sunday. Activities include a Fish Fry at 11 a.m. Friday, a Prayer Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday and a worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday. For information, call the church office at 919-682-2523.  Rev. Wayne A. Williams, pastor.

St. Paul AME Community Bowling League starts

DURHAM -- The St. Paul AME Community Bowling League will soon begin its season and is open to the community. They meet at 5 p.m. Sundays at the Durham AMF Bowling Lanes. First-time bowlers welcome. The league begins this month and lasts 16 weeks. Contact Carlotta Armstrong-Young at or 919-929-9948; or league advisor Tommy Young at 919-929-9948 or  

Immigration issues discussion at First Presbyterian

DURHAM – Andrew Whalen will lead a discussion on immigration issues at 9:45 a.m. Sunday in Watts-Hill Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham. Also, Rabbi John Friedman of Judea Reform Congregation in Durham will discuss the pink stripe and “No Lawful Status” words to be printed on some immigrants’ North Carolina driver’s licenses.

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