Belief Briefs

Jul. 31, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Jehovah’s Witnesses district convention next two weekends

RALEIGH -- The District Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which includes about 1,200 delegates from Durham and Chapel Hill, will be held this weekend and Aug. 9-11 at PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Road in Raleigh.

The convention theme is “God’s Word Is Truth!” based on John 17:17. It will be held from 9:20 a.m. to 4:55 p.m. Aug. 2, 3, 9 and 10, and from 9:20 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Aug. 3 and Aug. 10. Events each weekend include a talk, “What Is Truth?” and dramatic plays to bring Bible stories and lessons to life.

Everyone is invited. No collection will be taken. For information, visit or call 919-475-5060.


Mighty Royallettes celebration this weekend at True Way Holy Church

DURHAM -- The 49th Anniversary of The Mighty Royallettes will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and at 4 p.m. Sunday at True Way Holy Church, 4124 Fayetteville St. Elder Nina Jones is the overseer. The celebration will also feature Tony and the Magnificent Voices of Durham, The Wade Sisters of Goldsboro, The Discipleaires of Danville, Va., Joyce Miles Distant Journey of Raleigh, The New Voices of Faith of Mocksville, the Rev. Harvey Jones and the Triangle Starlights of Raleigh, The Mighty Tenernears of Burlington, Anthony McCrae of Durham, Irene Bailey and the Family Gospel Singers of Durham, United Voices of Bell-Yeager of Durham, Vanhook Special of Durham, Thelma Bass and the Faithfulaires of Durham and others. 

Everyone is invited. The event is sponsored by Sister Alease Venable (919-596-8625).


Reunion choir to record live at St. Mark AME Zion on Aug. 18

DURHAM – The St. Mark AME Zion Church’s Inspirational Voices Reunion Choir will present “Feel the Spirit,” a live recording, at 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at the church, 531 S. Roxboro St. in Durham. CDs will be available. For information, call 919-688-2092.


Efland UMC youth elected president at UMC youth session

EFLAND -- Chadwich Cecil from Efland United Methodist Church was elected president at the Annual Conference Session for Youth of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, held this month at Methodist University in Fayetteville. He is a rising senior at Orange High School. 


National Night Out at Russell Memorial CME

DURHAM -- Russell Memorial CME Church, 703 S. Alston Ave., will be hosting National Night Out in conjunction with its Annual Back to School event at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

During National Night Out, Russell Memorial will provide the community with food and information about community leaders. The congregation will also be distributing back packs with supplies for children returning to school.

Russell invites the community to come out and take part in efforts to unify and uplift the community. For information, contact the church office at 919-682-2523 or


Car show and fish fry at Mt. Zion A.M.E. on Saturday

HILLSBOROUGH -- Mt. Zion A.M.E Church will host its first Car Show and Fish Fry from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 5124 Highway 86 North in Hillsborough. It hopes to make it an annual event. The car entry fee and vendor space costs $15. To register, call 919-819-3167.

VBS at Christus Victor Lutheran

DURHAM - Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1615 E Hwy 54, will host Vacation Bible School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 11-15 for ages 4 through rising eighth-graders. “Kingdom Chronicles” includes stories, crafts, games and songs. Register at For information,

contact Dave Seibert, director, at 919-656 -0619 or


Kingsolver book discussed Sunday

DURHAM – Barbara Kingsolver’s “Flight Behavior: A Novel” will be discussed for the Summer Book Reading Series at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in Watts-Hill Hall at the church, 305 E. Main St.

Will McDow will lead discussion of Kingsolver’s book about a young mother on a farm in Tennessee who makes a discovery and opens up environmental, economic and political issues in her small town. McDow is manager of the Southeast Center for Conservation Incentives for the Environmental Defense Fund. He is a member of First Presbyterian. For information, call the church at 919-682-5511.


White Rock Baptist prayer events, tea

DURHAM – White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville St. will host a Prayer Workshop: Barriers to Experiencing God through Prayer at 7 p.m. Aug. 14.

It will focus on what keeps you from having a lifestyle of prayer and how to overcome what hinders you from praying.

The church’s Rainbow Tea will be held Aug. 24. The theme is “Women of Charm and Grace.” Tickets are $20. White Rock will also hold its 13th annual Prayer Retreat in the mountains at the Ridgecrest Conference Center Sept. 13-14. Registration deadline is Aug. 11. For information about any of the events, call the church office at 919-688-8136.


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