Belief Briefs

Jan. 29, 2014 @ 11:45 AM

Voter education event Saturday at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church, 316 Hebron Road in Durham, will host a Voter Education/Voter Registration program at 9 a.m. Saturday to discuss new voting laws. Omisade Burney-Scott of Democracy North Carolina will be the guest speaker.
Topics for discussion include voter identification, early voting, absentee voting, and registration deadlines. Attendees will have an opportunity to update their voter registration information at the end of the program. There will also be a special dramatic presentation by Dorothy Clark titled “Give Us the Ballot.”
For information, contact Brenda Newkirk at 919-471-1936, Denise Rowson at 919-957-7855 or Rosa Anderson at 919-471-0290. Refreshments will be served.

DCIA banquet rescheduled for Monday
DURHAM -- Durham Congregations In Action postponed its annual banquet meeting because of the snow this week. The banquet has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, 504 W. Chapel Hill St. Eboni Marshall Turman of Duke Divinity School will still deliver the keynote address. The cost of the dinner is $14. RSVP to

Antioch’s annual Red and White luncheon Feb. 6
DURHAM -- Antioch Senior Saints Ministry will host its Annual Red and White Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Durham Armory, 201 Foster St. An afternoon of fun, food and fellowship will feature comedian “GraveDigger” and DJ Greg.  The attire is red and white. $10 donation per person. For tickets, call 919-880-2788. 

‘The Butler’ screening, discussion at Mt. Vernon Baptist
DURHAM – Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S. Roxboro St., invites the public to a screening of “The Butler” at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary. The 2013 film is a drama based on the life of a longtime butler in the White House who served during the civil rights movement. Post-screening discussion led Rev. Jerome J. Washington, pastor of Mt. Vernon. For information, visit or call 919-688-1823.

Pastor installation weekend at First Baptist in Chapel Hill
CHAPEL HILL -- First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson St. in Chapel Hill will host Pastor Installation Weekend Feb. 7-9. Installation preacher for the 7 p.m. Feb. 7 service will be the Rev. Haywood Smith, pastor of St. James Baptist Church in Leasburg. The Rev. Haywood Gray, executive secretary of the General Baptist State Convention in North Carolina will be the guest preacher at the 11 a.m. service on Feb. 9. The Rev. Rodney L. Coleman is the sixth pastor of First Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to attend.

Extra RCND lunch, Circles of Hope and Healing both meet Feb. 6
DURHAM – Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham will hold two events on Feb. 6 at Shepherds House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St.
The first event at noon is a continuation of the January monthly roundtable discussion about working for peace in the new year and ways to respond to violence in Durham. All are welcome. Lunch is provided at no charge. The regular RCND meeting for February will be held Feb. 27.
The second event will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 6, also at Shepherds House. Circles of Hope and Healing are for loved ones of homicide victims. A professionally trained “circle keeper” maintains the process and values established by circle members. Circles of Hope and Healing meet on first and third Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m., with dinner followed by the circle.
The entrance for both events is in the back of the church, to the fellowship hall.
For information, contact Marcia Owen at 919-358-1113 or

Apex School of Theology preaching event in Durham
DURHAM -- Apex School of Theology Doctor of Ministry Program will sponsor a preaching event Monday and Tuesday at Peace Missionary Baptist Church, 2608 NC Highway 55 in Durham. The speaker will be Bishop Rudolph McKissick Jr., a preacher and recording artist from Jacksonville, Fla. Events will be held at 6:45 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The Rev. W.E. Daye is pastor of Peace Missionary Baptist. Free and open to the public. For information, call the Apex School of Theology at 919-572-1625.

El Futuro leader to discuss Hispanic services
DURHAM -- Dr. Luke Smith, a psychiatrist and executive director of El Futuro, will speak about the mission of El Futuro at 9:45 a.m. Sunday in Watts-Hill Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham.
El Futuro served more than 1,500 Hispanic children and adults in 2013 with mental health and substance abuse problems. Smith will discuss what El Futuro is doing to reach out to the Hispanic community. The Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. will feature Interim Pastor Mark E. Diehl preaching on “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations: 4. The Practice of Risk-taking Mission and Service.” For information, call the church at 919-682-5511.

Aging plans, issues discussed in Temple Baptist workshop
DURHAM -- Temple Baptist Church will host a free workshop about getting older on four Sundays from 4 to 5:15 p.m. beginning this Sunday. Topics include decisions about aging parents or your own senior years plan. Temple Baptist is located at 4504 Sterling Drive. For information, call 919-309-0050 for more information.

‘Solutions to Violence’ talk in Chapel Hill Feb. 14
CHAPEL HILL -- Howard and Alice Ammerman will speak about “Enough Blood Shed 101: Solutions to Violence, Terror, and War” at 11 a.m. Feb. 14 at Binkley Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill. For information, visit

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