Belief Briefs

Mar. 05, 2014 @ 09:09 AM

Founders Day at Apex School of Theology
DURHAM -- Apex School of Theology will celebrate the 19th annual Founders Day at 10 a.m. Saturday at the school, 1701 T.W. Alexander Drive in Durham.
The guest speaker is the Rev. Rodney L. Coleman, pastor of First Baptist Church in Chapel Hill.
Apex School of Theology also will host its Dr. Archie D. Logan, Jr. Lecture Series, “Our Moral Obligation Within & Beyond” on Monday and Tuesday. Lectures begin at 6 p.m. both nights. On Monday, there will be a student panel discussion with the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Durham. On Tuesday, guest speakers are the Rev. Timothy Boddie of Shaw University Divinity School and the Rev. Dr. Jerry Grimes of Peter’s Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Wallace. For information, call 919-572-1625 or visit

Lenten programs at St. Titus’ Episcopal
DURHAM – St. Titus’ Episcopal Church will hold noon services and lunch table talk presentations on Wednesdays during Lent beginning March 12 at the church, 400 Moline St.
The topics will be health disparities and issues affecting African-Americans. The first presentation, by an N.C. Central University student, will discuss “Breastfeeding Practices among Young African American Moms” on March 12. The Rev. Stuart Hoke will discuss “Which Spirit -- The Distilled One or The Holy One?” about alcoholism March 19. Future topics include suicide prevention, HIV prevention and childhood obesity. For information, call 919-682-5504 or email

Women’s Day Celebration at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist
DURHAM – Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church will hold its annual Women’s Day Celebration March 16 at the church, 316 Hebron Road. The theme is “God’s Word: Healing Women’s Brokenness through the Generations,” referring Jeremiah 18:4 and Psalms 34.
The speaker for 7:55 a.m. worship service is the Rev. Chalice Overy, and for 10:45 a.m. is the Rev. Hazel A. Wilson, pastor of Mount Pelier Presbyterian Church in Rowland. There will be a panel discussion on “Helping Women Heal from their Brokenness” at 10:30 a.m. March 15, with lunch.  All events are free.
For information, call 919-477-3893 or visit The Rev. William C. Turner Jr. is pastor.

Former dean to speak at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist
BAHAMA – Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 8021 Stagville Road in Bahama, will celebrate the 23rd pastoral anniversary of the Rev. James W. Smith at 11 a.m. March 30. The guest speaker will be the Rev. J. T. Roberson Jr., pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Warrenton. Roberson is the former dean of Shaw University Divinity School. The community is invited.

Beacon Light celebrates 21st anniversary
DURHAM -- Beacon Light Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 21st church anniversary during the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday at the church, 403 Cook Road. The speaker will be the Rev. Lillie Cannon. Dinner will be served after the service.
The Rev. Clarence Burke is pastor. For information, call 919-688-2206.

Triangle Orthodox Christians hold joint vesper service
RALEIGH -- All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 520 Buck Jones Road in Raleigh, will host the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vesper Service for all Orthodox Christians in the Triangle area at 5 p.m. Sunday. 
After the service, which includes several Orthodox priests, a light Lenten dinner will be served in the Fellowship Hall for a free will donation to International Orthodox Christian Charities. The guest speaker will be Louis Zagami, development ffficer for IOCC. 
For information, contact the host priest, Father Nicholas Sorensen, at or call the church at 919-859-1332.

Americans United leader to speak Sunday
CHAPEL HILL – The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, will speak on “Religious Liberty: The Good, The Bad, and the Truly Ugly” at 2 p.m. Sunday at Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliott Road. The program is free to the public.
Lynn’s talk will launch the new Orange- Durham chapter of Americans United. A panel discussion will include Gregory C. Malhoit, former executive director of the N.C. Justice Center and law professor at N.C. Central University; the Rev. John L. Saxon, of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh and emeritus professor of public law and government at UNC Chapel Hill; and District Court Judge Beverly Scarlett. The Rev. Rollin O. Russell will facilitate.

‘Choosing Africa’ author to speak at Hillsborough Presbyterian
HILLSBOROUGH -- B. Susan Bauer, author of “Choosing Africa,” will discuss and reading from her book at 7 p.m. Sunday at a meeting of the Hillsborough Presbyterian Church Book Club. The public is invited to attend the event held in the church’s education wing and followed by a reception with the author.
Hillsborough Presbyterian is at 102 W. Tryon St. “Choosing Africa” is a narrative of the three years the Bauers spent as faculty members of a seminary in Namibia.

Family and Friends Day Sunday at West Durham Baptist
DURHAM -- West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens St., will observe Family and Friends Day during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday. The public is invited. The Rev. Terry Thomas is pastor. For information, call 919-682-4453.

Creative hymnody at Westminster Presbyterian
DURHAM – As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, Westminster Presbyterian Church will host “We Hunger, God: Creative Hymnody with Mary Louise Bringle” on March 30 at the church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Road.
Bringle, a scholar and hymn writer, will lead a day of music, worship and learning. She is the author of “We Hunger, God,” a hymn commissioned for the church. Bringle will be the guest preacher at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services; talk about creating a new hymnal at 9:45 a.m.; and discuss the creative process of hymn writing at 12:15 p.m. March 30. The discussion will be held in the Westminster Fellowship Hall.
For information, visit RSVP for lunch at Contact Westminster at 919-489-4974 or visit

T.O.P Ministry changes location
DURHAM -- Apostle Ane' Thomas of  T.O.P Christian Ministry, which ministers to veterans, family and friends, will begin worshipping at a new location, 2510 Glendale Ave., Durham. It met previously at Hayti Heritage Center. Services at the new location are held from noon to 1 p.m. Sundays. For information, call 919-309-5822.

March Madness at Holland Chapel AMEZ
CHATHAM COUNTY -- Holland Chapel AME Zion Church, 360 Burgess Road, Apex, will hold its third March Madness at 10 a.m. Sunday. Support youth, dress down in favorite school attire, and a tailgate will follow the service in the fellowship hall. Each family is asked to bring a picnic basket and tablecloth to share food with friends and family members. For information, call the church office at 919-362-7831.

Community Baptist celebrates 72nd anniversary
DURHAM -- Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, Durham, will celebrate its 72nd church anniversary during its 8 a.m. service on March 16. The guest minister will be the Rev. William Everette, president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Durham and vicinity. The community is invited. The Rev. Percy R. Chase is pastor. For information, call the church at 919-544-1319.

Family & Friends service Sunday at St. John’s
DURHAM –St. John's Missionary Baptist Church, 917 Onslow St., Durham, will observe Family & Friends Month at its 10:45 a.m. service Sunday. Dinner will be held after the service. St. John’s pastor, the Rev. Robert L. Daniels, will preach.

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