Belief Briefs

Aug. 14, 2013 @ 08:59 PM

Back to School event a success at Greater Emmanuel Temple of Grace
DURHAM -- Greater Emmanuel Temple of Grace, Nehemiah Christian Center and Word Empowerment Church gave away more than 300 backpacks of school supplies and served food to more than 200 families at the 2013 Back to School Community Day held Aug. 10. Minister Demarcus Williams, director of evangelism at Greater Emmanuel, thanked God and the community organizations, sponsors, elected officials and churches who participated to make it a success.
“This event was truly a testament of what can be accomplished when the community comes together to serve the needs of the people. It is my hope that this collaborative effort will continue for many years to come,” Williams said.

‘Temple’s Got Talent Show’ on Sunday
DURHAM -- Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Drive, will host its first “Temple’s Got Talent Show” at 4 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary.
Talents include piano selections, “Cups” from “Pitch Perfect” by Anna Kendrick, soloists of all genres, a gymnastic routine, a monologue, and “Ode to Cabbage” as comic relief. The emcee will be Mary Strauss, and there will be a guest appearance by a celebrity performer.
An ice cream and cake social will follow in the fellowship hall.

Fish fry in Roxboro on Saturday
ROXBORO -- The New Hope Person Male Chorus of Timberlake will sponsor a Fish Fry from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Rose’s parking lot on Madison Boulevard in Roxboro. Donations are $7 per plate and include two sides and hushpuppies. Desserts and drinks will also be on sale for $1 each.
For information, call Deacon Anthony Moore at 336-583-8790 or Deacon Dwight Thorpe at 336-583-6685.

‘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. Aug. 24. Aldersgate has a  new playing field that it is sharing with the community by worshipping, playing lawn games and enjoying snacks all on the Aldersgate 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. Aug. 25. There will be a cookout and games. For information, visit

Marrow registry, choir concert at Peace Missionary Baptist
DURHAM – Peace Missionary Baptist Church will hold a bone marrow donor registry drive from 4:30 to 7 p.m. tonight at the church, 2608 Apex Highway.
People ages 18 to 44 are invited to join the Be The Match donor registry, which connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant.
Those attending the marrow donor drive will fill out a registration form and have a cheek swab. Patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases need a bone marrow transplant.
For information about the registry, visit
Also, Peace Missionary Baptist Church’s Voices of Peace Choir will present a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church. The free concert is presented by Peace’s Pastor’s Aid organization.
The Rev. William E. Daye, pastor of Peace, invites the community to join the worship and praise service. For information, call 919-598-9888.

Choir to hold flapjack fundraiser at Applebee’s
DURHAM -- The Apple Gold Group, a franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, has partnered with the St. Joseph A.M.E. Church Senior Choir to host a Flapjack Fundraiser starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Applebee’s at 5340 McFarland Drive.
Proceeds will offset the costs associated with the continuation of the senior choir program. Tickets for the fundraiser are $7 and can be purchased by calling Ruth Reid-Coleman at 919-414-0280.
Breakfast includes a short stack of pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee.

Women’s conference at Greater Refuge Temple
DURHAM – Greater Refuge Temple will host its 2013 Women’s Conference this weekend at the church, 1438 Maplewood Drive.
The conference theme is “Moving Beyond Pain to Wholesomeness,” with the motto “Overcoming the Stigma.” There will be seminars, fellowship and worship.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with the conference held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Minister Regina Boney, co-pastor of Victory at Calvary Holy Church, will preach. For information, call 919-596-7141 or the church at 919-220-9883.

Young adult Latter-day Saints gather in Charlotte
More than 1,200 North Carolina and South Carolina young single adult members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attended a conference Aug. 9-11 in Charlotte.  The theme, “No More Strangers,” was chosen from the New Testament, Ephesians 2:19.
Speakers included Sherri Dew, president and CEO of Deseret Book Company, and Brad Wilcox, professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Brigham Young University. According to a release, participant Joshua Rasmussen, a Duke University student, said he was “coming away with a renewed commitment to finding joy in my everyday life. I was reminded that by changing my attitude, I can find joy and safety in obedience.”

Reunion choir to record live at St. Mark AME Zion on Sunday
DURHAM – The St. Mark AME Zion Church’s Inspirational Voices Reunion Choir will present “Feel the Spirit,” a live recording, at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church, 531 S. Roxboro St. For information, call 919-688-2092.

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. Aug. 24 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

Food give-away at West Durham Baptist
DURHAM -- West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens St., will have the Open-Market Food Give-away from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the fellowship hall. The community is invited. Bring your own shopping bags.
For information, call the church at 919-682-4453 or Deacon William Thomas at 919-688-5479. The Rev. Terry Thomas is pastor.

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. Aug. 25 at the church, 4701 NC Route 86.
The Rev. Byron Wade will lead the worship service. Wade has been the pastor of Davie Street Presbyterian Church in Raleigh since 1996 and served as vice moderator of the 218th General Assembly. New Hope Presbyterian was founded in 1756 and is a congregation of The Presbyterian Church (USA). For information, call 919-942-4710 or visit

Back to School service at Emmanuel AME
DURHAM -- Emmanuel AME Church, 2018 Riddle Road, will hold a Back to School Service for All Young People during the 10 a.m. worship service Aug. 25.
The guest preacher will be the 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.”

VBS at Braggtown Baptist
DURHAM -- Braggtown Baptist Church, 3218 N. Roxboro St., will hold Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Aug. 22 for children ages 3 through fifth grade.
There will also be adult VBS with guest teacher Ralph Thompson of Emergency Chaplains. The theme is “Jungle Jaunt” and will include Bible study, recreation, games, crafts, snacks and more.
A Black Top Party Kickoff for VBS will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with water slides, bounce house, games and food. Both events are free to the public.
For information, call 919-220-1166.

Community bowling league starts Aug. 25
DURHAM -- The St. Paul AME Community Bowling League, which has members from various churches and cities, begins its new season on Aug. 25.
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. Aug. 25, followed by the league’s first night of bowling. The cost is $12 weekly for a 16-week season.
Contact Carlotta Armstrong-Young at  or 919-929-9948, or league adviser Tommy Young at 919-929-9948 or 

Homecoming, revival at Mt. Zion AME
HILLSBOROUGH -- Mt. Zion AME Church, 5124 Highway 86 North, will hold its Homecoming service at 11 a.m. Sunday. Revival services will be at 7 p.m. nightly Aug. 21-23.
The speaker will be the Rev. Thomas O. Nixon of St. Paul AME Church in Chapel Hill.

Women’s Retreat at First Baptist in Chapel Hill
CHAPEL HILL -- First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson St., will hold its first Women’s Retreat from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall. The Rev. Josephine L. Harris is interim pastor. There will be sessions on women and the church, makeovers, finance and hair care.
The $5 registration includes lunch. For information, call 919-942-2552.

Youth events at Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- The Youth Department of the Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist Church, 2400 Cheek Road, will sponsor a Back To School Bash from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
School supplies and lunch will be provided to each child. For information, call K.R. Cozart at 919-475-2977.
Also, the Youth Department will observe a Scholarship Day Program in honor of the late Sister Viola Holloway Philpott at 3 p.m. Sunday. 
Gospel music will be provided by the United Believers in Christ, the Mt. Gilead Male Chorus, Brother Plummer Jones and others. The Mount Zoar Youth Dance Team will perform. For information, call Sister Mary Vanhook at 919-596-4067.
The Rev. Norman T. Davis is the interim pastor.

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. Aug. 25.
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, who 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.
“We embrace the opportunity to celebrate the lives of those fighting for equal rights and gender equality,” Steve Schauder, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill, said in a release. “Fighting for justice is one of the highest Jewish values that there is, which is why I am delighted that the Levin JCC is providing a platform for such an important conversation to take place.”
For information about JCC Conversations, visit or contact Penny Rich at or 919-354-4944.

Fish Fry Saturday at Russell Memorial CME
DURHAM -- Russell Memorial CME Church will host a Fish Fry from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 703 S Alston Ave. Fish sandwiches are $5, fish dinners are $8. Proceeds will benefit the Russell Memorial Male Chorus.
For information, contact the church at 919-682-2523 or

‘Colossal Coaster World’ VBS 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. Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 24, and conclude on Aug. 25 from 9:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. with a potluck meal. Activities will be available for children ages 3 through fifth grade. The theme is “Colossal Coaster World.” Register at or call the church at 919-489-5889.

Prayer breakfast Saturday at Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist
HILLSBOROUGH -- Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church invites the community to its Annual Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the church, 2001 St. Mary’s Road. Several ministers will pray on various topics.
Other events at Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist this month include a Prayer & Praise service at 7 p.m. Aug. 23, and the N.C. Gospel Choir anniversary and Missionary anniversary at 4 p.m. Aug. 25.
The Rev. Obadele St. George is pastor. For information, call 919-471-4564 or visit

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