Belief Briefs

Sep. 11, 2013 @ 12:08 PM

New leader at Unity Spiritual Life Center
DURHAM – Unity Spiritual Life Center, 2604-H Carver St., has a new spiritual leader, Paula Zabkar. She took her first Unity class in 2004 and has taken more than 380 hours of classes through the Unity Institute in Kansas City, Mo. She became a licensed Unity teacher in 2010 and is also a life coach, Oneness Blessing (Deeksha) Giver, practices Ho’oponopono, is a hospice volunteer, speaker and blogger.
Her mission is to “empower people to claim the truth, express their magnificence and to be open to unlimited possibilities with enthusiasm and expectancy.”
For information, visit or at

Braxton D. Shelley concert at Mount Level Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- Braxton D. Shelley and Testimony will perform a concert, “Because You Waited,” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church, 316 Hebron Road. Admission is free. The Rev. William C. Turner Jr. is pastor. For information, call the church at 919-477-3893.

AME Zion pastor retires to Durham, pens first book
DURHAM – The Rev. Murray L. Edwards, former pastor of Kyles Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, has retired and moved back to Durham.
He previously served as the presiding elder of the Wadesboro-Monroe District of the A.M.E. Zion Church, supervising 22 churches in Anson and Union counties. He also pastored St. John A.M.E. Zion Church in Wilson and Soldiers Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Salisbury.
Edwards recently published his first book, “Bridging Theology and Practice: The Pastor at Work,” available on his website

Pastoral celebration at New Life Christian Center
DURHAM – The 25th Pastoral Celebration of Pastor Andrew and Cheryl Singletary will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at New Life Christian Center, 7415 Fayetteville Road. The guest speaker is Bernard Grant. For information, call 919-405-2080 or visit

Women’s Preaching Festival in October
DURHAM -- Homegrown: North Carolina Women’s Preaching Festival will be held Oct. 10-11 at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, 927 W. Trinity Ave. More than 65 North Carolina clergywomen from several denominations attended the 2012 festival.
The 2013 festival will include preaching, group conversations, prayer, worship, meals and celebration. Registration is $40. Duke Divinity School student registration is free through a donation from the Duke Women’s Center. Scholarships are available. Registration deadline is Sept. 30. For information, visit

Homecoming at Riverview UMC
BAHAMA -- Riverview United Methodist Church, 1127 Orange Factory Road, will hold it annual homecoming at 11 a.m. Sunday. A covered dish meal will follow the service at the Bahama Ruritan Building, 8202 Stagville Road. The Rev. Marilyn K. Shipman is pastor.

Homecoming at Mt. Hermon Baptist
DURHAM – Mount Hermon Baptist Church, 4511 Old NC 10, will hold a homecoming service at 10:50 a.m. Sunday. The guest speaker is the Rev. Jesse Buell of
Central Heights Baptist Church in Dandridge, Tenn. A potluck meal will follow the service.

Holland Chapel AMEZ revival, Family & Friends events
APEX – Holland Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church will hold five days of events in a row in September for Family & Friends Fun Day, Family & Friends Day, and its annual revival. Activities begin with Family & Friends Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the church grounds, 360 Burgess Road, Apex (in Chatham County). Family & Friends Day will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday with guest speaker the Rev. Franklin L. Rush, presiding elder for the Wilson District of Cape Fear Conference. The Harmony Male Chorus will sing. Dinner will be served after worship. The annual revival will be held at 7 p.m. nightly Sept. 16-18. The Rev. Franklin D. Williams Jr., pastor of Roanoke Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson, N.C., will preach. Host pastor is the Rev. Orlando R. Dowdy. For information, call the church at 919-362-7831.  

Volunteers needed for Grace Lutheran health clinic
DURHAM -- Grace Lutheran Church needs volunteers to help at a free health screening clinic for its neighbors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at the church, 824 Buchanan Blvd.
In addition to health screenings, each participant will receive lunch and each family unit will receive a free bag of groceries. Child care will be provided, and there will be a clothing closet for children and adults. There will be a short training session prior to the event, with several dates available. Grace welcomes volunteers from other groups.
Call the church office at 919-682-6030 or email

Family Day at Cameron Grove Baptist on Sunday
DURHAM -- Cameron Grove Baptist Church, 816 Berwyn Ave., will celebrate Family Day at 4 p.m. Sunday. Several musical groups and choirs will perform. All are invited to attend.
For information, call 919-220-7402.

Prison Ministry Day at Community Baptist Sept. 22
DURHAM -- Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, will celebrate Prison Ministry Day at its 8 a.m. service Sept. 22.
The Orange County Correctional Gospel Choir will share spiritually uplifting music along with testimonies from residents. The church coordinator of the program, Melvin Speight, and the congregation invite the community to join in this celebration.
For information, call the church at 919-544-1319. The Rev. Percy R. Chase is pastor.

Men’s conference at Mt. Zion AME
HILLSBOROUGH -- Mount Zion AME Church, 5124 Highway 86 North, will host a Men’s Conference at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 and from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 21. Registration is $25 online at and click on “Events,” or at the church from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 20 or 8 to 9 a.m. Sept. 21.
The Rev. Kenneth Ray Hammond of Union Baptist Church will preach at the opening worship service. Workshop presenters are the Rev. Alphonso E. McGlen of Bethel AME Church, Greensboro; the Rev. Joseph B. Pridgen of Union Hill AME Church, Clayton; and the Rev. Steven L. Lyons of St. James AME Church, Winston-Salem.

University UMC yard sale Saturday
CHAPEL HILL – University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, will hold its annual community yard sale from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Funds from the sale support the poor, victims of domestic violence and the mentally ill. For information, visit or call the church at 919-929-7191.

Homecoming at historic St. Mary’s Chapel on Sunday
HILLSBOROUGH -- The 61st annual homecoming service at historic St. Mary’s Chapel will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the chapel on the corner of St. Mary’s and Schley roads near Hillsborough.
Pump organ music begins at 4:45 p.m. The Rev. Susan Gladin will officiate. Music by Women’s Singing Circle of St. Matthew’s Church. Bring a covered dish for dinner after the service. For information, call 919-475-2404.

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