Belief Briefs

Nov. 13, 2013 @ 09:18 AM

World Overcomers to feed 1,400

DURHAM -- World Overcomers Christian Church hopes to provide Thanksgiving food to 1,400 families during its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive this month. Food and financial donations will be accepted through Sunday. The drive is led by the CARE Inner-City Missions Ministry of World Overcomers. Food will be distributed to those in need in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill on Nov. 23. It is the eighth year of the food drive.

Last year, more than 6,000 people received food, according to the church, and they hope to serve more this year. Local businesses partnering with World Overcomers include SAM’s Club in Morrisville. Additional funds raised will go toward the church’s Christmas outreach, Angel Tree, which provides families in need the opportunity to create a wish list, and church and community members sponsor them for Christmas. Donations may be dropped off at the WOCC administration office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at 2310 Presidential Drive, Suite 101, or at the church from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 2933 S. Miami Blvd. Services are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays. For information, visit

Sanctuary ground-breaking at Aldersgate in Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL -- Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 632 Laurel Hill Road, will hold a groundbreaking service for its new sanctuary after the 11 a.m. church service Sunday. The current sanctuary will become the fellowship hall. Aldersgate UMC was established in 1955. Its preschool children and families will also participate in the groundbreaking, followed by a bake sale. All are welcome.

Church World Service president to preach Sunday

CHAPEL HILL – The Rev. John McCullough, president of Church World Service, will preach at the 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services Sunday at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. McCullough will preach in celebration of UCCH’s support of Church World Service, particularly through its Alternative Gift Market, which will be held Nov. 23-24. Church World Service is an international humanitarian agency with programs in development and humanitarian affairs, advocacy for social justice, and refugee assistance around the world and in the U.S. For information, visit

Harvard to preach Covenant Presbyterian’s homecoming

DURHAM -- Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2620 Weaver St., will celebrate its 126th Homecoming during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Joe Harvard, retired pastor of First Presbyterian Church. Harvard said this is also the 30th anniversary of the reunion of the United Presbyterian Church, which included churches in the North, and the Presbyterian Church U.S., which was Southern, to become PCUSA. The Rev. Jimmie R. Hawkins is pastor of Covenant.

Homecoming at Fisher Memorial UHC

DURHAM -- Fisher Memorial United Holy Church will celebrate its 129th Homecoming/Family and Friends weekend Saturday and Sunday. The theme is “Homecoming: A Family Reunion.” From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, activities include a cookout, mini-concert from the Male Chorus and a fashion show. On Sunday at 11 a.m., the Rev. Marcus Croom will speak and the Male Chorus will provide music. The annual Homecoming dinner will be served after the service. Fisher Memorial is at 420 E. Piedmont Ave. For information, call 919-682-7416. Bishop Elroy Lewis is pastor.

Lincoln Health leader to speak

DURHAM -- Access to health care in Durham will be the topic of the Faith and Community Class at 9:45 a.m. Sunday in Watts-Hill Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St. Dr. Howard Eisenson will lead discussion on the Affordable Care Act and other topics. Eisenson is chief medical officer of the Lincoln Community Health Center. For information, call 919-682-5511.

Men’s Day weekend at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist

DURHAM – Men’s Day will be celebrated this weekend at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 2200 S. Alston Ave. The theme is “Men Standing for God.” The “Men Helping Men” fellowship breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Danny Conyers is the guest speaker for the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday. The Rev. Cornelius E. Battle Sr. is pastor Ebenezer.

Young adult potluck, Youth Talent Showcase at White Rock

DURHAM -- The White Rock Baptist Church Young Adult Ministry is hosting a Potluck/Sheepfold Luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall, 3400 Fayetteville St. People ages 18-33 are encouraged to come and bring a dish. For information, email Tiffany Richberg at or Courtney Fields at Also, White Rock will host the Youth Talent Showcase from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Songs, dance and spoken word will be performed by the Youth Ministry of White Rock and sister church First Calvary Baptist Church in Clayton. Refreshments will be served.

Vigil for Jevontez Massey Nov. 23

DURHAM -- The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham invites the community to a prayer vigil honoring the life Jevontez Deshawn Massey at 1 p.m. Nov. 23 at Morning Glory Avenue and Belt Street in Durham. Massey was fatally shot Nov. 5. He was 22 years old, father of a 1-year-old daughter and beloved by many. The vigil will be led by faith leaders from across the city.

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