Belief Briefs

Oct. 30, 2013 @ 07:38 PM

New pastor of First Baptist in Chapel Hill
CHAPEL HILL – The Rev. Rodney Lavon Coleman is the new pastor of First Baptist Church in Chapel Hill.
Coleman is a  graduate of Winston-Salem State University, received his master of divinity from Wake Forest University and his doctorate in ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He taught for 13 years in Forsyth County Schools. He previously served at New Calvary Baptist Church in Greensboro and Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Mocksville.
In Chapel Hill, he succeeds the Rev. J.R. Manley, who served as pastor of First Baptist for 65 years. Coleman also has more than 20 years of experience as a minister of music and is the co-founder of Colebro Entertainment, Inc. and founder of Colebro Community Empowerment Organization and Colebro Music Academy. He is a singer, songwriter, producer, composer and recording engineer working on his second album, “LifeSongs II:  The Transition.”

Christian women book “Talking Taboo” launches Saturday
DURHAM -- The book launch of “Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Reality Center, 916 Lamond Ave., Durham. “Talking Taboo” features essays from 40 Christian women under 40 and is edited by Erin Lane and Enuma Okoro.
Jeanette Stokes, executive director of the Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South, will speak about the history of young women's voices in Durham. There will be drinks and appetizers. There will also be a reading at 2 p.m. Saturday at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill; and at 7 p.m. Monday at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham.

Holy Ghost Weenie Roast at Christian Assembly
DURHAM -- Christian Assembly Church will host its annual Holy Ghost Weenie Roast from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight as an alternative to trick-or-treating. Free hot dogs, drinks, candy for the kids, a contest for best happy costume, inflatables, hay ride, games and prizes. The event is free. All ages are welcome. Christian Assembly is at 5516 N. Roxboro Road in Durham. For information, visit or call 919-471-0220. 

Barbecue fundraiser at Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church
DURHAM -- Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church will hold a smoked barbecue fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, 3541 Rose of Sharon Road. The menu includes smoked barbecue plate for adults, $9; children’s plate, $6; 1 pound of pork barbecue for $9; 1 pound of smoked chicken for $9. Visit or call 919-383-3854.

St. Titus’ to package Stop Hunger Now meals
DURHAM -- Volunteers are invited to help St. Titus’ Episcopal Church package 10,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, 400 Moline St. The Stop Hunger Now meal assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring into small meal packages that are shipped around the world to support school feeding programs and crisis relief.  For information or to volunteer, call St. Titus’ at 919-682-5504 or email

Georgia church guests at Revival Crusade International
DURHAM -- Apostle Virginia Spencer and Revival Crusade International Inc. will present a night of revival, “You Shall Recover All,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Comfort Inn, 1816 Hillandale Road, Suite 110 in Durham. Revival guest is Apostle Dale Osburn of Latter Rain Christian Church, Mableton, Ga. Also, Revival Crusade International’s women fellowship will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with guest Prophetess Kimberly Burks of Latter Rain Christian Church. For information, call 919-245-3797 or 919-909-0380 or visit

Ham and eggs at Duke’s Chapel UMC
DURHAM – Duke’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 807 Old Oxford Highway, will have a Country Ham & Egg Supper from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Adults/$8; children ages 6-12/$4; and free for children under 6. All proceeds go to missions.

OCIM Service of Thanksgiving on Nov. 10
HILLSBOROUGH -- Orange Congregations In Mission's annual Service of Thanksgiving will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at Orange Cross Roads Baptist Church, 1920 Orange Cross Roads Church Road. Delegates from various denominations will also participate in the service. Non-perishable food donations are welcome. For information, call 919-732-6194 or visit

Climate change discussion Sunday
CHAPEL HILL -- Susannah Tuttle, director of NC Interfaith Power & Light, will give a presentation from the Climate Reality Project and lead a discussion from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The presentation will be followed by a dialogue about what effective actions can be taken individually and as a group. For information, visit or call 919-942-3540.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal collecting food for Rescue Mission
DURHAM – St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will hold a “Thanksgiving Ingathering” to benefit Durham Rescue Mission. St. Stephen’s Church and the St. Stephen’s Preschool, located at 82 Kimberly Drive in Durham, will be collecting non-perishable food items through Nov. 24. Especially needed are canned vegetables, canned ham, pasta, rice, sugar, flour and canned fruits. No glass. St. Stephen’s will deliver the food to the Durham Rescue Mission for its Thanksgiving meals.

‘In Memoriam’ at St. Thomas More Catholic on Sunday
CHAPEL HILL -- Remembering those who have passed away during the past year, The Schola Cantorum of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St., will present a musical “In Memoriam” at 4 p.m. Sunday. Roger Petrich will direct. Vocal soloists are Aileen Sutter, Will Begley, Laura MaKay-Gondek, Tom Stumpf, Hal Crain and Lauren Machos. The free event will be followed by a reception. For information, contact Roger Petrich at or 919-942-6233. Or visit

Southeastern Threshold Choir gathering Nov. 15-17
CHAPEL HILL -- Threshold Choirs, founded by Kate Munger, honor the ancient tradition of singing at the bedsides of people on the thresholds of life. They visit bedsides in small groups to offer comfort and compassion through song.
Threshold Choirs are spiritual but not religious. There will be a Southeastern Threshold Choir gathering Nov. 15-17 at Camp New Hope in Chapel Hill. Munger will lead current and prospective Threshold Choir members in singing, harmonizing and experiencing the spirit and community of the service.
The cost is $45 by Nov. 1, $55 after Nov. 1. Register at For information, call 919-636-9245 or email Anyone can join the Community Sing and Potluck at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Camp New Hope Dining Hall. There is a $5-$10 requested donation. Camp New Hope is at 4805 NC 86 South, Chapel Hill. For information, visit

White Rock women to talk about value
DURHAM -- Titus Women of White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville St., invites females of all ages to a discussion, “Understanding Your Value,” at 9 a.m. Saturday at the church. The Rev. Trish Harleston will lead the “real talk.” To register, visit or call 919-688-8136.

Avila retreat Friday
DURHAM -- The Avila Retreat Center will offer a “Take A Break from Busy” retreat from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at 711 Mason Road, Durham. The personal retreat day provides the space on one’s own to rest, relax, wander the grounds, walk the labyrinth, sit in a gazebo by autumn woods, journal, create or pray. Half-hour spiritual direction sessions with Ami Hudson are available. The cost is $40 and includes lunch; $50 includes lunch and a private room. Nondenominational spiritual direction 30-minute sessions are $25. Call 919-477-1285 or visit

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