Belief Briefs, Feb. 20

Feb. 18, 2014 @ 10:58 PM

Several firsts honored at African American history program

DURHAM – The annual African American History Program at Antioch Baptist Church on Sunday will include several Durham residents who broke barriers. The program will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1415 Holloway St. in Durham. Special guests are the 2014 honorees: Eldee Brown, the first African American chiropractor in Durham; Clydie Pugh-Meyers, the first African American nurse at Duke University; James Ballard, the first African American student enrolled in Duke Divinity School; Hortense McClinton, the first African American faculty member hired at UNC-Chapel Hill; Virginia  Williams, an organizer of the Royal Ice Cream Parlor sit-in; Horace Hedgepeth, the first African American bus driver in Durham; and Rev. Luke Powery, the first African American dean of Duke Chapel. Featured guests include the North Carolina Community Choir from Rocky Mount and Ebenezer Hymn Choir of Charlotte, which will perform spirituals and hymns reflective of African American heritage.  

Durham firefighter to speak at Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist

DURHAM – Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist Church, 2400 Cheek Road, Durham, will conclude its celebration of Black History Month at 11 a.m. Sunday with a presentation by Brother John O. Lyons, one of the first African American firefighters in Durham. The Rev. Norman T. Davis, interim pastor, will deliver the message followed by a soul food dinner. For information, contact Davis at 919-362-7057.

Presbyterian College Choir and Ringers to perform Feb. 27

DURHAM – The Presbyterian College Choir and Ringers will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, 927 W. Trinity Ave., Durham. Anthems, sacred hymns and spiritual songs. The PC Choir is the touring choral ensemble of Presbyterian College of Clinton, S.C.

Russell Memorial CME celebrates February birthdays  

DURHAM -- The Missionary Society of Russell Memorial CME Church will hold a Rainbow Birthday Luncheon at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 703 S. Alston Ave., Durham. Fellowship with others who share your birthday month. Food, a comedian and other entertainment. For information, call the church at 919-682-2523. Rev. Wayne A. Williams is pastor. 

Women’s Day at Mount Zion AME

HILLSBOROUGH -- The women of Mount Zion AME Church will host their annual Women’s Day celebration at 11 a.m. March 9 at the church, 5124 NC 86 N in Hillsborough. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Natasha Miller, associate minister of Persimmon Grove AME Church in Greensboro. The community is invited. The theme is “Women of God: Empowered to Serve.”

New Twilights at Faith Worship Center Sunday

DURHAM -- Faith Worship Center will hold a fundraiser featuring The New Twilights and other performers at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at 315 Southerland St., Durham.

Durham Negro League players at ‘42’ screening Saturday

DURHAM -- Mount Vernon Baptist Church will host a black cultural festival Saturday at the church, 1007 S. Roxboro St., Durham. The festival begins at 10 a.m. with a tribute to Nelson Mandela, followed by activities for kindergarten to adults as well as exhibits, sales and silent auctions. J & C Catering food truck on site for lunch. The programs ends with performances of members singing, dancing, comedy, poems and readings, then at 5 p.m. the church will host the rescheduled screening of “42: The Jackie Robinson Story,” in the sanctuary. Negro League alumni will lead the post-screening discussion, including  Willie “Pete” Hayes of the Durham Rams and Baltimore Orioles; Willie Bradshaw of the Durham Rams, Durham Eagles and the Colts; and Roy Alston of the Durham Rams. Mt. Vernon will host a Voting Rights Forum featuring speakers from Democracy NC at 6 p.m. Feb. 26. For information, visit or call 919-688-1823.

Scott Holmes to speak at RCND roundtable

DURHAM -- The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham will hold its monthly community luncheon roundtable from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at Shepherds House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St., Durham. The meeting is in the fellowship hall, which has an entrance in back. The discussion will focus on “repairing the harm of violence in Durham” with Scott Holmes, who is a Quaker, N.C. Central University law professor and a lawyer. Lunch is provided. All are welcome. For information, contact Marcia Owen at 919-358-1113 or

Business workshop for women at White Rock Baptist

DURHAM -- LaShon Harley, director of the Small Business Center at Durham Technical Community College, will host a workshop on “the importance of branding your business,” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 1 at White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville St., Durham. Female entrepreneurs will show their products and services. A light breakfast and brown bag lunch will be served. To register, call 919-688-8136. 

LeBeaus gospel duo at Leesville Road Baptist

DURHAM -- The LeBeaus, a father and son southern gospel group, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Leesville Road Baptist Church, 6211 Leesville Road, Durham. A love offering will be taken.  

Financial Peace University at Cedar Grove UMC

CEDAR GROVE -- Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, 5218 Efland-Cedar Grove Road in Cedar Grove, will host Financial Peace University beginning March 2. Financial Peace University is a nine-week program on personal finance for people to manage their money better, eliminate debt and build wealth. Material is Biblically based and taught via video by David Ramsey, and small group interaction. Sessions will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Sundays at Cedar Grove UMC through May 4 (except for Easter). Courtney Doi will facilitate. Cost for materials is $93 per family. Childcare will be provided for each session. Register at

For information, contact the church office at 919-732-8405 or Doi at

Yard and book sale Saturday at Bethany UMC

DURHAM -- Bethany United Methodist Church will hold a yard and book sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in its new Fellowship Center at 2903 Guess Road in Durham. All kinds of books, furniture, small appliances, home décor and children’s toys. Proceeds will be used for Bethany UMC’s building fund.

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