May. 02, 2013 @ 12:04 AM

Church Women United groups hold May Friendship Day on Friday
DURHAM – Two local Church Women United groups will celebrate May Friendship Day this week. Church Women United-Durham Unit will hold May Friendship Day from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Gethsemane Baptist Church, 906 S. Roxboro St., Durham. The theme is “Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock.” The Rev. Anthony E. Cozart Sr. is pastor.
The Rev. Gussie Thompson is president of CWU-Durham. For information, call 919-688-6767.
Also, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Church Women United will celebrate May Friendship Day at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill. For information, call Dolores Clark at 919-260-4566.
National Day of Prayer event, lunch today
DURHAM – BlessDurham and Durham Ministers In Prayer are sponsoring an event from noon to 1:30 p.m. today for the National Day of Prayer. Corporate prayer for areas of local and national concern will be followed by a free lunch, both held in the Durham Armory building, 220 Foster St. downtown.
Claire Holley benefit concert Friday
DURHAM – Claire Holley will perform a benefit concert for Urban Ministries of Durham at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main St., Durham. Holley was the first performer to launch the Strings Attached Productions concert series 10 years ago. She is a singer/songwriter who grew up in Jackson, Miss., lived in Chapel Hill and is now in Los Angeles. She has released multiple albums and her songs have been used in films and television shows. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $8 for youths. Childcare available. Buy tickets at or 919-682-5708. For information, visit
Children’s choir celebration Sunday at Cameron Grove Baptist
DURHAM – The Children’s Choir of Cameron Grove Baptist Church, located at 816 Berwyn Ave., Durham, will celebrate its anniversary at 4 p.m. Sunday. All are invited to attend. The Rev. J.L. Alston is pastor. For more information, call 919-220-7402.
Revival at Bahama Baptist
BAHAMA – The Rev. Larry Harper, pastor of First Baptist Church in Creedmoor, will be the guest speaker during revival services at Bahama Baptist Church. The revival kicks off with a barbecue and Brunswick stew dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 7917 Willardville Station in Bahama. Barbecue costs $5/quart; stew costs $7/quart. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. There will be a 5:30 p.m. dinner on Wednesday before the final revival service. For information, call the church office at 919-471-3181. The Rev. Wes McMurray is pastor of Bahama Baptist.
Homecoming on Sunday at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist
DURHAM – Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 76th Homecoming with a service at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 5222 Mt. Sinai Road, Durham. Dinner will follow the service. The theme is “Come Home,” an invitation to current and former members and friends to gather, reconnect and honor the heritage of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist. The guest minister will be the Rev. Lisa Taylor, associate pastor of New Jerusalem Cathedral of Greensboro. The celebration will also feature the Reunion Choir of current and former members of the youth choirs of Mt. Sinai. For information, visit
Guest preachers Sunday at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist
DURHAM – Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church’s 149th Anniversary Celebration will be held Sunday. The theme is “Marching Forward to Reach the Unsaved,” with Scripture reference Matthew 19:25-26. The 7:55 a.m. speaker is the Rev. Latonya Agard, pastor of Bazzel Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Fuquay-Varina. The 10:45 a.m. speaker is Sherman Tribble, a vice president and dean at the Apex School of Theology. The church is located at 316 Hebron Road, Durham. The Rev. William C. Turner Jr. is pastor. For information, call the church at 919-477-3893.
Science, evolution and Christianity speakers at UCCH Friday
CHAPEL HILL – As a part of an emphasis on the environment at United Church of Chapel Hill, the Rev. Michael Dowd, and his wife, Connie Barlow, will speak on “Science, Evolution, Christianity and Global Warming” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at UCCH, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in the Assembly Hall. Dowd is the author of “Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religious Will Transform Your Life and Our World.” Barlow is a science writer and evolutionary educator. For information, visit or call 919-942-3540.
Concerts, speakers at St. John’s Missionary Baptist this month
DURHAM – St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 917 Onslow St., Durham, will hold a Mother’s/Women’s Day celebration at 10:45 a.m. May 12. Speaker is Minister Shirley Barbee. Also, The Sensational Nightingales of Durham will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. May 14 at the church. St. John’s will celebrate the 28th pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Robert L. Daniels on May 18 with a gospel concert from 4-6 p.m. and during worship at 10:45 a.m. May 19. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Dewey Williams, associate minister at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church.

Film focuses on black churches’ response to HIV/AIDS

DURHAM – Union Baptist Church will host a screening of the documentary “The Gospel of Healing: Volume One: Black Churches Respond to HIV/AIDS” at 7 p.m. May 9 at 904 N. Roxboro St., Durham. Prior to the screening, local pastors and church representatives will be able to meet with producers Paul Grant and Tracey A. Middleton-Grant, who are based in Washington, D.C. The film explores the power of the faith community to respond to HIV/AIDS in the African-American community. Sponsors are the Durham Faith Community on HIV/AIDS, Duke University School of Medicine, Ministry Matters, and Union Baptist. For information, contact Yvonne Dunlap at 919-402-1881 or Rev. Daphne C. Wiggins at 919-688-1304 or

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