Belief Briefs

Nov. 20, 2013 @ 10:32 AM

Walltown annual service, food drive Sunday
DURHAM -- Walltown Neighborhood Ministries will hold its annual joint worship service and community food drive at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 917 Onslow St. Music will be provided by St. John’s Women’s Choir and Blacknall Presbyterian Church Choir.
Everyone should bring a bag of nonperishable items and toiletries as a sign of their “desire as a community to share what God has given us so that no one among us is in need.” Food donations will go to the WNM Food Bank, or donate gift cards from Food Lion, Walmart, Sam’s Club or Costco.

Jon Acuff at The Gathering Sunday
DURHAM – Jon Acuff, author of “Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average & Do Work That Matters” will be the guest speaker at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday at The Gathering Church, which meets at Creekside Elementary School, 5321 Ephesus Church Road, Durham. Acuff will speak on “How to be Brave.” His popular blog is Jon Acuff, who lives in Tennessee, is the eldest son of Gathering Church Pastor Mark Acuff and Libby Acuff. For information, visit

Comedy hour at New Hope Church of the Nazarene
HILLSBOROUGH -- New Hope Church of the Nazarene, 3603 NC 86 South, will host an hour of humor and music with comedian Scott Davis at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. For information, call 919-644-1127. Admission is free.

Pastry sale at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox
DURHAM -- Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church’s annual Greek Pastry Sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the church, 8306 NC Highway 751. There will be pastries for sale and a Grecian Café serving a spanakopita and pastitsio plates. Proceeds benefit the North Carolina Medical Ministry and other charities. The sale is sponsored by the Ladies Philoptochos Society. For information, call Helen at 919-942-4229.

BeadforLife at Temple Baptist Sunday
DURHAM – Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Drive, will host a BeadforLife BeadParty from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. BeadforLife’s slogan is “Eradicating poverty one bead at a time.” The nonprofit sells jewelry made by women in Uganda from recycled paper and shea nuts. Women are paid above fair trade wages. Jewelry prices range from $4 to $25, with net profits reinvested in development projects to fight poverty. For information, call Deitra Arrington at 919-309-0050.

Hanging of the Greens at Russell Memorial CME
DURHAM – The 2nd Annual Hanging of the Greens Program to mark the beginning of Advent will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at Russell Memorial CME Church, 703 S. Alston Ave. The service shares the meaning behind all of the décor during the Christmas and Advent season. For information, call the church at 919-682-2523 or email

Holiday women’s event at King’s Park with Lisa Bevere
DURHAM -- King's Park International Church, 1305 Odyssey Drive, invites women to “Here Come the Holidays: Receive Your Greatest Gift” from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3. Lisa Bevere will be the guest speaker and there will be a vendor market and a light dinner. Register online at

Varsity Church packaging meals for local children
CHAPEL HILL -- Varsity Church of Chapel Hill will host an event to package 10,000 meals for local food insecure children from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 8 in the cafeteria of Smith Middle School, 9201 Seawell School Road in Chapel Hill. All the meals will go to Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools.
The event, called Feed 10,000, is part of the 3-year-old Varsity Church’s focus on child hunger since it started, said Pastor Chad Simpkins in a church announcement. Varsity Church is working through the Sterling, Va.-based organization Generosity Feeds to package the meals. To volunteer or to donate money for the meals, visit For information, contact Simpkins at or 919-537-9293.

Pastor networking website receives award
DURHAM -- Vanda V. Wilson-Wormack, founder of, received the 2013 Black Essence Award for Excellence in Online Global Christian Ministry at the Black Essence Awards held last month in South Bend, Ind. Her website connects pastors, promotes their work and shares inspirational videos. Wilson-Wormack is also a member of Northeast Baptist Church in Durham.

Women’s ministry anniversary in Bahama
BAHAMA -- The Women’s Ministry of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its ninth anniversary at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 8021 Stagville Road in Bahama. The Rev. Alma Forte, associate pastor, will preach. Women ministry members from other churches are invited to come out in red and worship with Mt. Calvary. For information, call 919-471-4034.

Budgeting workshop by Abounding in Grace Christian Church
DURHAM -- Abounding In Grace Christian Church will offer a free empowering workshop, “Your Money and You – Budgeting Made Easy,” at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 in the meeting room of La Quinta Inn, 4414 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd. Information will include budgeting basics and how to overcome money management challenges. The workshop presenter is Pastor Calvin Suiter. Abounding In Grace Christian Church holds services at 11 a.m. Sundays and home Bible study via toll free conference calls at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. For information, visit or contact Suiter at 919-627-4773 or

‘Behold The Lamb of God’ concert Dec. 7
DURHAM -- Andrew Peterson will bring his “Behold The Lamb Of God” Christmas Tour to Durham at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 for a concert at Church of the Good Shepherd, 3741 Garrett Road, Durham. Tickets are $18/advance; $25 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at

Holiday and Craft Bazaar Dec. 14 at Triangle Presbyterian
DURHAM -- Triangle Presbyterian Preschool & Kindergarten will host a Holiday and Craft Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at Triangle Presbyterian Church, 5001 Tudor Place. More than 40 vendors of homemade crafts and home-based businesses. Funds raised from vendor table rentals and drink and food sales will support the scholarship fund at Triangle Presbyterian Preschool & Kindergarten. 

ERUUF donates to women, LGBT youth groups
DURHAM – Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship donated $4,017 in grants to local groups that conduct women-led service projects and help LGBT youths. Grant recipients were Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects (SWOOP), which uses the collective power of women working together to complete large-scale, one-day community service projects; and InSideOut, a youth-founded and led organization that provides leadership opportunities and safe space for North Carolina LGBTQ youth.

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