Belief Briefs

Aug. 28, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

Brian Blount to preach at University Presbyterian
CHAPEL HILL -- The Rev. Brian K. Blount, president and professor of New Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary, will be the Margaret McLaughlin Endowment Preacher on Sept. 15 at University Presbyterian Church, 209 E. Franklin St. He will preach at the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.
Blount is a scholar in New Testament studies, with work focused on Mark and Revelation, and the author of five books. He has served as Union’s president since 2007, after 15 years as the Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, Princeton Seminary and Emory University. For information about UPC, visit

Wagoner softball tourney benefits OCIM
CEDAR GROVE -- The annual Russell Wagoner Charity Softball Tournament to benefit Orange Congregations In Mission will be held Sept. 13-14 at Cedar Grove Park in Cedar Grove in Orange County.
The opening ceremony will be at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 13, followed by the first game. The tournament is a fundraiser to honor the life and work of Russell Wagoner, who was an active OCIM volunteer and a lover of softball.
Team registration is open until Sept. 6. Call OCIM at 919-732-6194, ext. 10 or visit and print the application. Proceeds from the tournament will help to support OCIM's ministries including Meals on Wheels and the food pantry.

Men’s Day at Mount Level Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church Annual Men’s Day Celebration Sept. 8 at the church, 316 Hebron Road.
The theme is “Becoming the Master’s Mighty Men” and the Scripture reference is Ephesians 6:10-24. At 7:50 a.m., the speaker will be Rev. Travis Albritton, associate pastor of Monument of Faith Church in Durham. At 10:45 a.m., the speaker will be the Rev. Rodney Sadler, associate professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary and associate pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Charlotte. The Rev. Dr. William C. Turner Jr. is pastor of Mount Level.  For information, call the church at 919-477-3893.

Friends of Russell Rosenwald School Day, yard sale
HILLSBOROUGH – The annual Friends of Russell Rosenwald School Day will be held at Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church during the 11 a.m. service on Sept. 8 at the church, 2001 Saint Mary’s Road.
The Rosenwald School, a former school for African-Americans, is on the church property.
On Sept. 7, the church and Friends of Russell Rosenwald School will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon. Spaces are available for $10, with proceeds kept by the seller. To donate items for Friends of Russell to sell, email Baked goods will also be sold. The rain date is Sept. 14. Proceeds will fund the restoration of the old school. For information, visit

New Ignite Talks series at Levin JCC
DURHAM – The Jewish Federation has announced its schedule for Ignite Talks: Local Leaders as Social Innovators, a new networking and educational forum targeting the local professional community that will be held at the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road.
Through talks and interviews with business and community leaders who have ties to the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish community, the federation hopes to provide a unique venue to promote corporate social responsibility, community building and continuing education, according to the announcement.
The first event will be held Sept. 17 and feature Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst, who will speak about “The Role of Corporate Social Responsibility in Building a High Performing Culture.” Before Red Hat, he was COO for Delta Airlines. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m., followed by the presentation at 9 a.m. Tickets are $18 at
The second Ignite Talk will feature Kevin McDonald, president of TROSA, from 7:30-9 a.m. Nov. 12. In January, speakers will be Kathy Manning, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America, and Randall Kaplan, local business leader and chair of the Board of Governors of International Hillel. Dr. Victor Dzau, chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University and president and CEO of Duke University Medical Center, will be the Ignite speaker in February. Friends of Ignite may support the series with $250 donations that include one ticket to each breakfast event and recognition in the programs.
For sponsorship information, email For information about Ignite Talks, contact Erin Biggerstaff at or 919-354-4953.

Small groups at Duke Memorial UMC
DURHAM -- Duke Memorial United Methodist Church at 504 W. Chapel Hill St. is forming small groups to meet for fellowship, learning and discussion. Each group also engages in mission together. For information, visit

Holland Chapel AMEZ revival, Family & Friends events
APEX – Holland Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church will hold five days of events in a row in September for Family & Friends Fun Day, Family & Friends Day, and its annual revival.
Activities begin with Family & Friends Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 on the church grounds, 360 Burgess Road, Apex (in Chatham County). A cookout, dunking booth, face painting, clown, community organizations and Chatham County emergency personnel will be part of the activities.
Family & Friends Day will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 15 with guest speaker the Rev. Franklin L. Rush, presiding elder for the Wilson District of Cape Fear Conference. The Harmony Male Chorus will sing. Recognition will be given to the family with the largest donation and attendance. Dinner will be served following worship. Holland Chapel A.M.E.Z. Church’s annual revival will be held at 7 p.m. nightly Sept. 16-18. Rev. Franklin D. Williams Jr., pastor of Roanoke Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson, N.C. will be the guest speaker again this year. Host pastor is Rev. Orlando R. Dowdy. 
For information about any of the events, call the church office at 919-362-7831.  

Westminster pastor to preach on ‘Day 1’
DURHAM – The Rev. Chris Tuttle, senior pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, will be the featured speaker Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, a syndicated ecumenical radio program also online at
Tuttle is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. In his sermon for Sept. 29, “Blindness and a Vision of Community,” Tuttle explores Jesus’ parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). Tuttle’s sermon for Oct. 6, based on Luke 17:5-10, is titled “Lord Jesus, Give Us a Sticker!” “Day 1,” has been broadcast every week for 68 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.”

Yard sale Sept. 7 at St. Barbara Orthodox
DURHAM -- Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church will hold an “Attic Treasures & Yard Sale” from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at the church, 8306 N.C. 751 in Durham. Household items, books, tools, sporting goods, children’s clothing, toys and furnishings.  For information, call the church at 919-484-1600 or visit

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