Apr. 17, 2013 @ 03:38 PM

Presbyterian seminary president to speak April 27
DURHAM – Covenant Presbyterian Church in Durham will hold a fundraising dinner on April 27 with guest speaker the Rev. Brian Blount, president of the Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond. The dinner is the start of Covenant’s capital campaign to eliminate its mortgage, which has six years left on it. Covent pastor the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins said the church wants to cut the remaining mortgage owed in half. Blount will speak about the relationship between Union seminary and the Triangle. The dinner, which includes music, will be held at 5 p.m. April 27 at the Durham Convention Center downtown. Tickets are $40 each, and churches can reserve tables with 10 seats. Reservations may be made through the Covenant church office, 919-682-1484. The church is located at 2620 E. Weaver St., Durham.
‘Down Home: The Cantata’ a musical presentation of N.C. Jewish life
DURHAM – “Down Home: The Cantata” is the latest way of sharing North Carolina’s Jewish history following a book, DVD and exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History a few years ago. “Down Home: The Cantata” will be the premiere of an original composition by composer Alejandro Rutty and performed by the Triangle Jewish Chorale, soloists and an orchestra at 3 p.m. April 28 in Goodson Chapel at Duke University. Rutty is an associate professor of music at UNC-Greensboro. The cantata features audio recordings from the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina archives. The cantata will be performed again at 3 p.m. May 12 at Beth Meyer Synagogue in Raleigh and at 3:30 p.m. May 19 at Temple Emanuel in Greensboro. All three performances are free and open to the public. Singer and choral conductor Lorena Guillen will lead the performances of the piece commissioned by Eric Meyers, religion professor and director of the Duke Center for Jewish Studies.
A Walk for Hunger April 28 in Hillsborough
HILLSBOROUGH – Orange Congregations In Mission’s annual A Walk For Hunger will be held April 28. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 201 W. King St., Hillsborough. The walk begins at 2 p.m. and continues to Gold Park. All proceeds support the OCIM food pantry and the Meals On Wheels ministry. For information, contact OCIM at 919-732-6194, ext. 10, or visit
Songs of Spring at Asbury UMC
DURHAM – The Asbury United Methodist Church Choir will present its Spring Music Festival, “Songs of Spring” at 5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 806 Clarendon St., Durham. Hymns, choral arrangements, solos and instrumentals. Covered dish dinner to follow in Fellowship Hall. For information, contact Minister of Music Jeff M. Hood at 919-514-7644 or
Buddhist center holds meditation class
CARRBORO – The Kosala Mahayana Buddhist Center will host David Rademacher, a meditation teacher in of New Kadampa Tradition, for a talk on “Transforming Adversity” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Kosala Center, 711 W. Rosemary St. Suite E, Carrboro. The class costs $20 and $12 for students and seniors. Rademacher will teach basic Buddhist insights and meditation tools to change adverse condition into opportunities.
Revival through Friday at Russell CME
DURHAM – Russell Memorial CME Church, 703 S. Alston Ave, Durham, will continue its annual Spring Revival at 7 p.m. tonight through Friday. Elder Benjamine Stephens III of Trinity Temple Church of God in Christ in Grandview, Mo., is the guest evangelist. The public is invited. The Rev. Wayne A. Williams, pastor.  
Duke’s Chapel UMC hosts ‘Taste of Durham,’ auction
DURHAM – Duke’s Chapel United Methodist Church will host a night of food and fellowship with a “Taste of Durham” and Silent Auction from 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday at the church, 807 Old Oxford Road, Durham. Food featuring dishes from local restaurants, live music, door prizes and silent auction. Auction proceeds go to missions.
Sportsman banquet at Edgewood Baptist
DURHAM – Edgewood Baptist Church will host its 3rd Annual Men’s Sportsman Banquet at 5 p.m. April 27 at the church, 1807 Infinity Road, Durham. Guest speaker will be Albert Long. Free sportsman dinner, door prizes and raffle. For information, call 919-471-2664.
Braggtown Baptist celebrates 75 years
DURHAM – Braggtown Baptist Church, located at 3218 N. Roxboro Road, Durham, will hold its 75th Anniversary/Homecoming Celebration on April 28. Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m. with worship service at 10:45 a.m., followed by a catered lunch in the Fellowship Hall. Luncheon reservations are required. To make reservations, call the church office by Monday at 919-220-1166.
Week-long day camp in July at St. Paul’s Lutheran
DURHAM – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Durham will be hosting the Agape Day Camp for children entering grades 1-8 the week of July 7-12. The day camp will be run by Agape-Kure Beach Ministries, a partner of the NC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The day camp will be led by Camp Agape counselors, with activities for elementary and middle school youth. The camp will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with early and after care available. Cost is $125. Registration deadline is May 1. For information, contact St. Paul’s Day Camp Coordinator Diane Archer at 919-489-3214 or by email at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, ELCA is located at 1200 W. Cornwallis Road in Durham,
William Turner pastoral anniversary at Mt. Level
DURHAM – Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the 23rd pastoral anniversary of the Rev. William C. Turner Jr. on Sunday. The theme is “God’s Servant: Hearing the Voice of the Lord” with Scripture reference Isaiah 6:8. The 8 a.m. service speaker will be the Rev. Emmanuel McGirt of Mount Level, and at 10:45 a.m. Charles Campbell, professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School, will preach. The church is located at 316 Hebron Road, Durham. For information, call the church at 919-477-3893.
Gorman Christian Academy’s Spring Fling
DURHAM – Gorman Christian Academy will hold its Spring Fling from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27 at Gorman Baptist Church, 3311 E. Geer St., Durham. The Spring Fling is a community outreach event with food, fun and fellowship for families. There will be vendors, a dunking booth, face painting, a silent auction and games. Auction items include Disney World passes, a hotel stay and a basketball signed by UNC coach Roy Williams. The event will be held rain or shine and is free to the public. Gorman Christian Academy serves students in grades K-8.
First Baptist Chapel Hill celebrates 148th anniversary
CHAPEL HILL – First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill, will celebrate its 148th anniversary with events next week. The theme is “First Baptist Church: 148 Years of Building and Expanding a Strong and Lasting Foundation.” There will be a casual worship service at 6:30 p.m. April 24 with guest minister the Rev. Mitchell Simpson of University Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. A worship service at 7 p.m. April 25 will feature guest minister the Rev. Anthony Cozart of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Durham. Worship at 7 p.m. April 26 will include guest minister the Rev. Sheral Raines of Lillington First Baptist Church. On April 28, the 11 a.m. worship service will include guest minister the Rev. Marie Bennetone of White Oak Baptist in Apex and president of the New Hope Missionary Association Women’s Auxiliary. A reception will follow the service. The Rev. Josephine L. Harris is interim pastor of First Baptist Chapel Hill. The church is also starting a 20-week Bible study with DVDs and discussion on Wednesdays through Aug. 28. Devotion at 6:45 p.m., followed by an hour of study at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
Barbecue fundraiser Saturday at Mt. Bethel Presbyterian
DURHAM – Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church will hold a smoked barbecue fundraiser from noon-4 p.m. Saturday at the church, 3541 Rose of Sharon Road, Durham. $8.50/plate for adults, $6/plate for children. For information, visit or call 919-383-3854.
Pastor’s anniversary at Community Baptist
DURHAM – Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, Durham, will celebrate the 35th anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Percy R. Chase, with special events April 27-28. Community leaders, friends, family, church auxiliaries and the congregation will pay tributes and make presentations to Chase during an event from 4-6 p.m. April 27 at the church. During the 8 a.m. service April 28, guest minister the Rev. Donald Cozart of Pastor Paradise AME Zion Church in Broadway, N.C. will deliver the message. The church invites the community. For information, call the church at 919-544-1391.
Food giveaway Saturday at West Durham Baptist
DURHAM – West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens St., Durham, will hold its Community Free Food Giveaway at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall. Recipients are asked to bring their own shopping bags. For information, call Deacon William Thomas at 919-688-5479 or the church office at 919-682-4453. The Rev. Terry Thomas, pastor.
Advent Lutheran celebrates 25th anniversary
CHAPEL HILL – “Rejoice and Remember,” the 25th anniversary celebration of Advent Lutheran Church, will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 230 Erwin Road in Chapel Hill. There will be a worship service with music by the Praise Band followed by a buffet dinner. Advent was established in 1987 as a new mission of the Southeastern District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The Rev. Robert Bremer was founding pastor. The Rev. John V. Benham III has been pastor since 2008. For information about the church, call 919-968-7690 or email
Chicken fundraiser at Rose of Sharon Baptist
DURHAM – Rose of Sharon Baptist Church will hold a barbecue chicken fundraiser to raise money for its Missions Fund from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. April 26 at the church, 4109 Guess Road, Durham. $8 per plate, eat-in or take-out, and includes chicken, green beans, boiled potatoes and roll. For information, call 919-477-3993.
UNC athletes coming to Antioch Baptist in Chapel Hill
CHAPEL HILL – Antioch Baptist Church in Chapel Hill will host its first “What’s Up on the Corner?” event at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 1707 White Cross Road, Chapel Hill. UNC track, lacrosse, football, and gymnastics athletes will share their testimonies during the free evening of fellowship and ice cream. This event is first in a series. For information, call 919-929-2230, email or visit
Free barbecue at Farrington Road Baptist
CHAPEL HILL – Farrington Road Baptist Church will host a free barbecue from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 5936 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill. Silent auction, raffle, music, bake sale and bounce house.
Kenyan pastors to talk about church growth
DURHAM – The Rev. Miriam Muringi and the Rev. Robert Ngugi, who both Presbyterian pastors from Kenya, will speak at 9:45 a.m. Sunday in Watts-Hill Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham. They will discuss church growth in Kenya. Muringi and Ngugi are spending a year studying at the Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. For information, call the church at 919-682-5511.
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