Belief Briefs

Sep. 04, 2013 @ 03:42 PM

High Holidays with Chabad

CARRBORO -- Rohr Chabad of Durham/Chapel Hill and Duke University will present free, inclusive Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.

They are hosting the services and meals at the Carrboro Hampton Inn & Suites, 370 E. Main St., Carrboro. Chabad services include songs, commentary and the use of English-Hebrew prayer books. Lubavitch Rabbi Zalman Bluming is the host rabbi for the Rosh Hashanah services through Friday, and Yom Kippur services Sept. 13-14.

Register online at or call 919-357-5904. For information about Chabad and the High Holidays, visit

Family and Friends Day, revival at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist

DURHAM -- Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church will observe Family and Friends Day on Sunday.

“Sunday Teaching” is at 8:55 a.m. and the worship service is at 10 a.m., followed by fellowship and dinner. Attire is casual.

The church is at 2200 S. Alston Ave. The Rev. Cornelius E. Battle Sr. is pastor. For information, call the church at 919-596-2131.

Also, Ebenezer Missionary Baptist will have its Fall Revival at 7 p.m. nightly Sept. 11-13. Guest preachers are John T. Chapman from Apex First Baptist on Sept. 11; the Rev. Herbert R. Davis from Nehemiah Christian Center on Sept. 12; and the Rev. Terry Thomas from West Durham Baptist on Sept. 13. The public is invited.

Worldview U with Christian Assembly, James Banks

DURHAM -- Christian Assembly Church has announced the launch of Worldview U Sept. 14-15. Worldview U is an approach to discipleship that “can be used to more effectively make disciples of Jesus wherever they are, regardless of location, affiliation, or denomination.” Events are free and everyone is welcome to participate.

On Sept. 14 from 9-11:30 a.m., there will be a “Praying for Your Family” workshop, followed by a bag lunch discussion 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., then a prayer bus tour of Durham from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Registration is required for Sept. 14 events.

On Sept. 15, there is a worship service at 11 a.m., then a food truck rodeo at 12:30 p.m. at Christian Assembly Church, 5516 N Roxboro Road.

The featured speaker is Rev. James Banks, author of “ Prayers for Prodigals,” “The Lost Art of Praying Together” and “Praying the Prayers of the Bible.” Banks is the founding pastor of Peace Church. To register, visit or call 919-471-0220.

Homecoming Sunday at Duke’s Chapel UMC

DURHAM -- Duke’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 807 Old Oxford Road, will hold its annual Homecoming at 11 a.m. Sunday. A covered dish meal will follow the worship service.

Volunteers needed for Grace Lutheran health clinic

DURHAM -- Grace Lutheran Church will host 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. Volunteers are needed to serve as advocates, who are guides who help each guest select appropriate medical and personal care resources. There will be a short training session prior to the event, with several dates available. Grace welcomes volunteers from other churches, Scout troops, or other volunteer organizations. Call the church office at 919-682-6030 or email

Homecoming at historic St. Mary’s Chapel on Sept. 15

HILLSBOROUGH -- The 61st annual homecoming service at historic St. Mary’s Chapel will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 15 at the chapel on the corner of St. Mary’s and Schley roads near Hillsborough. Jane Umstead will provide pump organ music starting at 4:45 p.m. The Rev. Susan Gladin will officiate at the service, and the Women’s Singing Circle of St. Matthew’s Church will provide music.

Bring a covered dish for dinner after the service. For information, call 919-475-2404.

Awana, Living Proof simulcast at Edgewood Baptist

DURHAM -- Edgewood Baptist Church, 1807 Infinity Road, will begin its Awana program from 4-6 p.m. Sunday and subsequent Sundays through May.

Awana is an approach for evangelizing and discipling kids in the church and community. For information, call 919-471-2664. Also, Edgewood Baptist will hold a Living Proof Live Simulcast with Beth Moore from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Sept. 14. The cost is $20 per person. Call 919-471-2664 for information and reservations. Enjoy lunch on your own or call 919-471-2664 by Sept. 11 to reserve a catered lunch for an additional $10.

Timothy Olsen concert at Chapel of the Cross

CHAPEL HILL -- The Durham-Chapel Hill chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Chapel of the Cross will present a concert featuring organist Timothy Olsen at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the church, 304 E. Franklin St.

Olsen will perform works by Joseph Bonnet, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Johann Sebastian Bach, César Franck, Aaron Travers and Georges Bizet. The public is invited. Admission is free, and a free-will offering will be collected to benefit the Durham-Chapel Hill AGO’s scholarship and development programs. Olsen is the Kenan Professor of Organ at North Carolina School of the Arts and associate professor of organ at Salem College in Winston-Salem. He also serves as cantor at Augsburg Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem. For information, call Van Quinn at the Chapel of the Cross at 919-442-2570.

New interim pastor; marriage study at First Presbyterian

DURHAM – First Presbyterian Church in downtown Durham has hired an interim senior pastor.

The Rev. Mark Diehl will take the pulpit on Sept. 15. He was previously the interim pastor of Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church in Tarboro. First Presbyterian’s longtime pastor, the Rev. Joe Harvard, retired in May.

Also, First Presbyterian will spend six weeks this fall, beginning Sunday, looking at the issues of marriage. It will look at what Scripture says about marriage, what Jesus said, and how opinions are guided by culture, politics and theology.

It will be held Sundays through Oct. 13 at 9:45 a.m. in Watts-Hill Hall. Teachers include Robert Brawley, professor emeritus of New Testament at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago; Homer Ashby, professor emeritus of pastoral care at McCormick Theological Seminary; and Jean Cary, recently retired professor of law at Campbell University School of Law. Copies of the six-week study will be available for participants to take home.

For information, call the church office at 919-682-5511. The public is invited to attend. First Presbyterian Church is at 305 East Main St.

Pastor celebration at Mount Zoar on Sunday

DURHAM -- Mount Zoar Missionary Baptist Church, 2400 Cheek Road in Durham, will observe a “Celebration of Pastoral Service” in honor of the Rev. Norman T. Davis, interim pastor, at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Davis has served Mt. Zoar for more than a year and has been a preacher for 38 years. The guest minister will be the Rev. John Doe and his congregation, choirs and ushers from Gwynn’s Chapel Baptist Church in Pelham, N.C.

Dinner will be served at 2 p.m. The public is invited. For information, call Sister J.W. Cozart at 919-682-9473.

Talk on suffering Sunday

DURHAM -- Jonathan Sarfati of Creation Ministries International will present a message about issues of suffering and God at 6 p.m. Sunday at Olive Branch Baptist Church, 123 Olive Branch Road.

Sonshine Class at Yates Baptist

DURHAM – The Yates Baptist Church Sonshine Class for developmentally disabled adults will hold its fall weekly meetings on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 11 from 5-7 p.m. at the church, 2819 Chapel Hill Road. There will be a meal ($3.50), Bible lessons, crafts, games and fellowship. For information, call the church office at 919-489-2309.

Start-Up Sundays at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

DURHAM -- St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s Start-Up Sundays will be held Sunday and Sept. 15 at the church, 82 Kimberly Drive.

There will be a ministry fair on Sunday in the Parish Hall from 8:45-10 a.m. (continental breakfast available) and again during coffee hour after the 10:30 a.m. service, from 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

On Sept. 15, Sunday school programs begin at 10 a.m. with children’s music time in the Parish Hall, followed by classes in the education building at 10:30 a.m. Children join their parents at the time of the Peace for Family Communion at the 10:30 a.m. service. Nursery care is available at 9:15 a.m. Adult Forum at 9:15 a.m. in the Davis Room and choir rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. in the church building. At noon, preschool families are invited to a picnic at the playground with hot dogs and drinks. Bring food for a potluck with the children.

Grandparents Day Sunday at West Durham Baptist

DURHAM -- West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens St., will observe Grandparents Day during the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday. The public is invited. The Rev. Terry Thomas is pastor. For information, call 919 682-4453.

Male Chorus anniversary on Sunday

DURHAM -- The Male Chorus of Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, will celebrate its 56th Anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.

The CBC congregation invites the community to the “spiritually uplifting” celebration. For information, call the church at 919-544-1319. The Rev. Percy R. Chase is pastor.

Barber to speak at UCCH Witness Wednesday

CHAPEL HILL – The Rev. William Barber and members of the Greenleaf Christian Church of Goldsboro will join United Church of Chapel Hill on Sept. 11 for a Wednesday night program and the first of four Witness Wednesdays.

Wednesdays Together begins at UCCH with a meal at 5:45 p.m. and various program tracks from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Barber is also president of the North Carolina NAACP.

Other Witness Wednesdays include “Voting Rights” on Sept. 18 with Anita Earls, Coalition for Southern Justice; “Public Education” on Sept. 25 with Chris Hill, NC Justice Center; and “State Budget and Taxes” on Oct. 2 with Alexandra Forter Sirota, NC Justice Center. For information, visit or call 919-942-3540.

Fun Day, Rally Day at Christus Victor Lutheran

DURHAM -- Christus Victor Lutheran, 1615 E. NC Highway 54, will host Family Fun Day at 11 a.m. Saturday. Games, food and fellowship. Bring a side dish.

Also, Rally Day for children will be held at 9:15 a.m. Sunday. Potluck breakfast and meet Sunday school teachers. Call 919-544-7195 or visit for information.

Youth Blast in Efland on Sunday

EFLAND -- The Efland United Methodist Church is sponsoring a free, nondenominational Youth Blast for all youth in the surrounding area from 3-7 p.m. Sunday at the Efland Ruritan Club ballfield in Efland. In case of rain it will be held at the Big Barn in Hillsborough. The event includes games, fellowship, food, music and an inspirational speaker. For information, contact Benny Cecil at 919-270-4542 or

Brian Blount to preach at University Presbyterian

CHAPEL HILL -- The Rev. Brian K. Blount, president and professor of New Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary, will be the Margaret McLaughlin Endowment Preacher on Sept. 15 at University Presbyterian Church, 209 E. Franklin St.

He will preach at the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. Blount is a scholar in New Testament studies and the author of five books. He has served as Union’s president since 2007, after 15 years as the Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Wagoner softball tourney benefits OCIM

CEDAR GROVE -- The annual Russell Wagoner Charity Softball Tournament to benefit Orange Congregations In Mission will be held Sept. 13-14 at Cedar Grove Park in Cedar Grove in Orange County.

The opening ceremony is at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 13, followed by the first game. The tournament is a fundraiser to honor the life and work of Russell Wagoner, who was an active OCIM volunteer and a lover of softball. Team registration is open until Friday. Call OCIM at 919-732-6194, ext. 10 or visit Proceeds support OCIM's ministries including Meals on Wheels and the food pantry.

Men’s Day, concert at Mount Level Missionary Baptist

DURHAM -- Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church Annual Men’s Day Celebration Sunday at the church, 316 Hebron Road.

The theme is “Becoming the Master’s Mighty Men” and the Scripture reference is Ephesians 6:10-24. At 7:50 a.m., the speaker will be the Rev. Travis Albritton, associate pastor of Monument of Faith Church in Durham. At 10:45 a.m., the speaker will be the Rev. Rodney Sadler, associate professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary and associate pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Charlotte. Also, Braxton D. Shelley and Testimony will perform a concert, “Because You Waited,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the church.

Admission is free. The Rev. William C. Turner Jr. is pastor. For information, call the church at 919-477-3893.

Friends of Russell Rosenwald School Day, yard sale

HILLSBOROUGH – The annual Friends of Russell Rosenwald School Day will be held at Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church during the 11 a.m. service on Sunday at the church, 2001 Saint Mary’s Road.

The Rosenwald school, a former school for African-Americans, is on the church property. On Saturday, the church and Friends of Russell Rosenwald School will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon. The rain date is Sept. 14. Proceeds will fund the restoration of the old school. For information, visit

Yard sale Saturday at St. Barbara Orthodox

DURHAM -- Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church will hold an “Attic Treasures & Yard Sale” from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 8306 N.C. 751 in Durham. For information, call the church at 919-484-1600 or visit


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