Belief Briefs

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 12:33 PM

Family and Friends/Little River Day in Bahama
BAHAMA -- Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church will observe Family and Friends/Little River Day at 11 a.m. Sunday at 8021 Stagville Road.
Guest preacher will be the Rev. Herbert R. Davis, pastor of Nehemiah Christian Center and executive vice president of Apex School of Theology. All are welcome. Dinner will be served. The Rev. James W. Smith is pastor of Mt. Calvary.
For information, call the church at 919-471-4034, email or visit

Documentary discussion at RCND lunch
DURHAM -- The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham will hold its monthly community roundtable luncheon at noon Thursday at the Shepherds House United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall, 107 N. Driver St. The entrance is in back.
Daryl Atkinson of Southern Coalition for Social Justice will lead a follow-up discussion of the documentary “The House I Live In,” which was shown at last month’s meeting. He will present information about how North Carolina racial disparities in drug enforcement, racial profiling and community violence reflect issues from the film. All are welcome. Lunch is provided.
For information, call Marcia Owen at 919-358-1113.

Immigration reform vigil on Sunday
DURHAM – There will be a Prayer Vigil for Immigration Reform from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at CCB Plaza, 201 N. Corcoran St., in downtown Durham. Those who pray will urge North Carolina representatives to support a path to citizenship, family unity and workers’ rights.

Block party Saturday at McMannen UMC
DURHAM -- McMannen United Methodist Church will host its first Block Party from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the church, 4102 Neal Road.
All ages are invited, and the event will feature games, food, fellowship and music on the church grounds. Special music will be provided by the Big Fat Gap bluegrass band from Carrboro and the Boys of Summer, McMannen’s men’s group that sings old-time gospel favorites.
For information, contact Jackie Bolen at 919-383-1263 or

Christ UMC camp presents musical
CHAPEL HILL – The fith annual C-CAMP (ChristChurch-Community Acting and Music Camp) invites everyone to a free production of Allen Pote’s “Once Upon a Parable.”
The children’s musical will be produced by participants in Christ United Methodist Church’s day camp for musicians and actors ages 4-18. The performance will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Christ UMC, 800 Market St. An ice cream sundae reception will follow.

New music director, office manager at Trinity UMC
DURHAM -- Trinity United Methodist Church welcomed two new members to its staff this month.
Rozanna Vancil Goocey is Trinity UMC’s new director of music and organist. Katie Byers-Dent is the new office manager.
Goocey previously served as director of music and organist at West Plano Presbyterian Church in Plano, Texas. She received her master’s degree in sacred music from Perkins School of Theology.
Byers-Dent is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and a former office manager at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church and other congregations.
Trinity UMC will welcome both new employees at a reception Sunday in the church parlor after the 11 a.m. service. The church is at 215 N. Church St. in downtown Durham. For information, call 919-683-1386.

Health fair at Peace Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- Peace Missionary Baptist Church will hold a community health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2608 Apex Highway.
The free event is presented by Peace’s Women’s Ministry. The health fair will include blood pressure and glucose screenings, talks by local health experts, exercise sessions, fellowship and complimentary brunch. Participants may also sign up to be an organ and/or tissue donor.
The Rev. William E. Daye is pastor. The community is invited. For information. call 919-598-9888.

Family and Friends Day at Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- Mount Zoar Missionary Baptist Church, 2400 Cheek Road, will observe Family and Friends Day at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Norman T. Davis is interim pastor. Guest minister will be the Rev. Mark Verbal and his congregation from the Tabernacle of Joy Ministries in Durham. Dinner will be served after the service.
For information, call Sister Dorothy Bernard at 919-956-5375.

Conversation on same-sex marriage at JCC
DURHAM – The Levin Jewish Community Center will hold the first event in a new series called JCC Conversations, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. A pre-program reception begins at 2 p.m.
“JCC Conversations: Love & Equality” will feature outtakes from the documentary film “Living in the Overlap” and a panel discussion about marriage rights in North Carolina. Tickets are available online at Tickets for the pre-program reception with a reserved seat at the program are $36. General admission is $12 and $8 for Levin JCC members.
The panel discussion will include Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin, Marcie and Chantelle Fisher-Borne, and Lydia Lavelle.
Gerber and Berlin are the subject of “Living in the Overlap,” have been together for 47 years and recently married. The Fisher-Bornes are plaintiffs in the 2012 lawsuit, Fisher-Borne v. Smith, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in Greensboro on behalf of six same-sex couples and their children, which challenges the state’s ban on second parent adoption.
Lavelle is a Carrboro alderperson and N.C. Central University law professor who was involved in reviewing the Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 8.
For information, visit or contact Penny Rich at or 919-354-4944.

Harlem Globetrotter speaking Sunday at St. John’s Baptist
DURHAM -- Former Harlem Globetrotters basketball player Thomas “Hawk” Long will be the guest speaker at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 917 Onslow St. The public is invited. The Rev. Robert L. Daniels is pastor.

‘Come, Play, Stay and Pray’ at Aldersgate UMC
DURHAM -- Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1320 Umstead Road, will host “Come, Play, Stay and Pray” for the community from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Aldersgate will worship, play lawn games and enjoy snacks on its new field and under the picnic shelter. Also, Aldersgate UMC will hold its Back to School Bash for youth in sixth through 12th grades from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. There will be a cookout and games. For information, visit

Marine to speak on ‘Choices’ at Antioch Baptist in Chapel Hill
CHAPEL HILL – U.S. Marine Corps Maj. John Saitta will speak on “Choices” at 7 p.m. Saturday for the second in Antioch Baptist Church’s free event series, “What's Up on the Corner?”
The church is at 1707 White Cross Road. The target age for the event is 13 to 35, but all are welcome. Saitta will answer questions after his presentation.
For information, call 919-929-2230 or visit

Homecoming at New Hope Presbyterian in Chapel Hill
CHAPEL HILL -- New Hope Presbyterian Church will celebrate its 257th anniversary with a Homecoming worship service and potluck lunch at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 4701 NC Route 86.
The Rev. Byron Wade, pastor of Davie Street Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, will lead the service. New Hope Presbyterian is a PC (USA) church founded in 1756. For information, call 919-942-4710 or visit

VBS this weekend at Farrington Road Baptist
CHAPEL HILL--Farrington Road Baptist Church, 5936 Farrington Road, will host Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and conclude on Sunday  from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with lunch. Activities for ages 3 through fifth grade. The theme is “Colossal Coaster World.” Register at or call the church office at 919-489-5889.

Back to School service at Emmanuel AME
DURHAM -- Emmanuel AME Church, 2018 Riddle Road, Durham, will hold a special Back to School Service for All Young People during the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday. The guest preacher is Rev. Jason D. Thompson, a youth minister from Chicago who is originally from Hillsborough. The theme is “It takes a Village to Raise a Child.”

Community bowling league starts Sunday
DURHAM -- The St. Paul AME Community Bowling League, which has members from various churches and cities, begins its new season on Sunday. The league meets at 5 p.m. Sundays at the Durham AMF Bowling Lanes at 4508 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.
League members do not need bowling experience. The interest meeting is from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, followed by the league’s first night of bowling. The cost is $12 weekly for 16-week season. Contact Carlotta Armstrong-Young at  or 919-929-9948, or league adviser Tommy Young at 919-929-9948 or 

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