Belief Briefs

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 12:07 AM

St. Titus’ Episcopal annual Pauli Murray service July 1

DURHAM -- St. Titus’ Episcopal Church, 400 Moline St., will host the annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Pauli Murray at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The celebration will be the third service honoring Murray as a saint since the Episcopal Church voted in 2012 to include her in “Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints.” She is honored every July 1 on the church calendar. She is honored as a saint for her advocacy of the universal cause of freedom and as the first African-American female priest ordained by the Episcopal Church.
The Rev. Stuart Hoke will preach. A choir of members of congregations in Raleigh and Durham will provide special music under the direction of Ramon Holloway, St. Titus’ music director. Everyone is invited to the service and the reception to follow. Hoke is a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of New York who retired in 2008 as executive assistant to the rector of Trinity Wall Street and missioner to St. Paul’s Chapel at Ground Zero. Hoke previously served at St. Titus’ and has worked as a supply priest throughout the North Carolina diocese.

Revival this week at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church’s annual revival is being held at 7 p.m. nightly this week through Friday. The theme is “Burning with Passion to Know Jesus,” referring to Philippians 3:10. The Rev. Langston Logan, pastor of Lawson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Roxboro, is guest speaker. There will be guest choirs each night. 
Mt. Level is at 316 Hebron Road in Durham. For information, call 919-477-3893 or visit

DurhamCares discussed at RCND
DURHAM -- The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham’s monthly Community Luncheon Roundtable will be held from noon to 1 p.m. today at Shepherds House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St. The fellowship hall entrance is in back. There will be a discussion about community development with the Rev. Keith Daniel of DurhamCares. DurhamCares is a faith-based organization founded to help residents love their neighbors and invest in their community. Lunch is provided. All are welcome. For information, contact Judi Vos at

Men’s Day at Covenant Presbyterian
DURHAM -- Covenant Presbyterian Church will celebrate its annual Men’s Day at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2620 E. Weaver St. The Honorable James A. Joseph, former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa, is the guest speaker.
He is the only U.S. ambassador to South Africa to present his credentials to President Nelson Mandela. In 1999, the Republic of South Africa awarded him the Order of Good Hope. Joseph is an ordained minister and graduate of Southern University and Yale Divinity School.
His sermon will highlight Covenant's 2014 Worship Theme: “The African-American Presbyterian Faith Journey: From Slavery to Freedom to Faith.” Covenant will also recognize its 2014 Man of the Year during the service. Refreshments will be served after the service.

New Jerusalem to host Wendell guests
DURHAM -- A special service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at New Jerusalem Community Church, 3107 Hursey St., Durham. Guest preacher will be Rev. Everett Sanders, pastor of New Jerusalem Holiness Church in Wendell, accompanied by his choir and congregation. There will be a special performance by The Mighty Golden Bells of Raleigh.  The service is sponsored by Sister Alease Venable, 919-596-8625.

Be Free gathering, book signing at Victorious Fellowship
DURHAM -- Be Free Ministries 2014 Summer Gathering will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Victorious Fellowship, 3329 Chapel Hill Boulevard Service Road. The theme is “Relationships: Michael Jackson Style.” To register, visit Also, Victorious Fellowship will host a book signing at 2:30 p.m. Saturday for “Broke2Rich: The Keys to Financial Success” by M.T. Simmons.
Simmons is the founder of Broke2Rich, a financial consulting agency based in Durham.

Yard, bake sale Saturday at Peace Church
DURHAM -- Peace Church will hold a church yard/bake sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 6114 Russell Road. There will be activities for children. The sale will raise money for the church building fund.

New Twilights to sing Sunday
DURHAM -- The New Twilights gospel group of Durham will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at Faith Worship Center, 315 Southerland St. in Durham. The singing ministry will also feature The Jones Brothers, the Rev. Little Sister Arlene Blackwell, the Rev. P. Covington and The Woodie Specials. Free. For information, call 919-812-7047. 

Lake Junaluska Singers to perform
CHAPEL HILL -- The Lake Junaluska Singers, a professional choir, will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 9 at Christ United Methodist Church, 800 Market St. in Chapel Hill.
Since 1954, the Lake Junaluska Singers have served as musical ambassadors for Lake Junaluska and the United Methodist Church. Concerts include classical choral music, hymn arrangements, spirituals and musical comedy. There is a pre-concert at 7:15 p.m. July 9 by the Christ Church Chancel Bells handbell choir, under the direction of Christ UMC’s music director, Daniel Steinert, and featuring Jonathan Dolan, violin, and Phil Pitner, trumpet. The handbell choir will join LJS on its opening piece by Glenn L. Rudolph, “Lord, We Bring Our Gift of Music.”
There will be ice cream at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free. For information, call Steinert at 919-969-1686 or email

Joy Night at Friendship Fellowship Center
DURHAM – Friendship Fellowship Center, 1100 Holloway St., will hold Joy Night at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Guest speakers are Minister Anita D. Evans of Lakeview Church of Durham and Min. Barry Lyles of Durham. For information, call 919-949-2944.

Mount Vernon ACT Test Prep closing program
DURHAM -- Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S. Roxboro St., will hold its ACT Test Prep closing program at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the sanctuary. Eleven high school students took test prep at Mount Vernon this week. The speaker will be the Rev. Jerome J. Washington, pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist.

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