NCCU history professor to speak at Paynes Chapel A.M.E.
HILLSBOROUGH – Paynes Chapel A.M.E. Church will celebrate Black History Month at 11 a.m. Sunday. Freddie Parker, professor of history at N.C. Central University, will be the guest speaker. He will be accompanied by Pastor Milton Battle and the Paynes Male Chorus. Paynes Chapel is located at the intersection of Highway 57 and Schley Road in Hillsborough.
Former Duke Chapel dean to speak at Ash Wednesday service
DURHAM – The Rev. William Willimon, professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School, will speak at the annual downtown Ash Wednesday community service at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham. A light lunch will be served at noon. The imposition of ashes will take place at the service. Willimon served as the dean of Duke Chapel and professor at Duke University for 20 years. He returned to Duke after serving as the UMC Bishop of the North Alabama Conference from 2004 to 2012. The author of several books, he is editor-at-large for The Christian Century. The Ash Wednesday service is sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church, Fisher Memorial United Holy Church, First Presbyterian Church and Watts Street Baptist Church. The public is invited. For information, call the church office at 919-682-5511.
Chili, pie contest to benefit adoption
HILLSBOROUGH – Ebenezer Baptist Church is holding a “Bring Kevin Home” chili cook-off and pie contest Saturday to raise money for the adoption of a boy named Kevin from Uganda to the Noel and Kelly Durfey family. Bring dishes to the Ebenezer Baptist Church Family Life Center, 1210 Pleasant Green Road, Hillsborough, for the tasting and judging at 5:45 p.m. Saturday. The Durfeys will share their adoption story. Donations will be accepted at the event to help the Durfeys travel to Uganda to adopt Kevin. For information, call 919-928-4697 or visit the Durfeys’ adoption journey blog at http://believe422.blogspot.com/.
Appreciation service for True Way pastor on Sunday
DURHAM – The annual Appreciation Service for Elder Nina Jones, pastor of True Way Holy Church, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at 4124 Fayetteville St., Durham. Guest preacher will be the Rev. Jerry O. Wilson Sr., pastor of Beulah Baptist Church, Leasburg, N.C., and moderator for the Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Association. Wilson will be accompanied by the Beulah Baptist Church family. Everyone is invited. The service is sponsored by Sister Alease Venable, 919-596-8625.
Sweetheart Night, Black History events at Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist
HILLSBOROUGH – Cain's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 2001 St. Marys Road, Hillsborough, will host a prayer/praise service at 7 p.m. Friday. The annual Sweetheart Night will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 16. Cain’s Chapel will celebrate Black History on Feb. 17, which lunch after church and artifacts on display. The church will also host a joint Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 with the Rev. J.T. Alston of Kime’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Mebane as guest preacher. For information, call 919-471-4564 or visit
Tax prep workshop Feb. 16 at Union Baptist
DURHAM – Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro St, Durham will host a “Tax Preparation Tips” Workshop from 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 16 at the church. Important 2012 tax information from the IRS and N.C. Department of Revenue will be discussed. Call 919-402-8351 to reserve your seat.
‘Lord’s Acre Day: A Musical Concert’ in Bahama
BAHAMA – Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 8021 Stagville Road, Bahama, will host “Lord's Acre Day: A Musical Concert” at 3 p.m. Feb. 17. Groups appearing will include Haw River Male Chorus, New Hope Male Chorus, New Red Mountain Gospel Choir, Peace Male Chorus, The Mighty Inspirational Male Chorus and Mt. Calvary's Choir. All are invited. Dinner will be served after the program. The Rev. James W. Smith is pastor. For information, contact the church at 919-471-4034, email@example.com or visit www.mtcalvary-bahama.com.
Friendship Sunday, Shrove Tuesday at Grace Lutheran
DURHAM – Grace Lutheran Church, 824 N. Buchanan Blvd., Durham, will hold Friendship Sunday this Sunday. Friends and neighbors are invited to worship services at 8:30 or 11 a.m. and an open house tour of the church with coffee and donuts provided at 9:45 a.m. Grace will be collecting food for the preschool's food pantry. Also, Grace Lutheran will begin Lent with a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Proceeds will benefit the Duke Lutheran's mission trip to Mexico. Mid-week services will begin with Ash Wednesday services at 12:30 and 7 p.m., and subsequent Wednesdays through March 20. Lenten suppers, catered by Pulcinella's Italian restaurant, will be served at 6 p.m., before the service. Contact the church office to RSVP for the suppers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s Day at Emmanuel AME
DURHAM – Emmanuel AME Church’s Annual Men's Day Celebration will be held during the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday. The speaker will be Brother Dwayne Elam. The Male Chorus of Emmanuel will render the music. The church is located at 2018 Riddle Road, Durham. The public is always welcome.
Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, agape meals at Christus Victor Lutheran
DURHAM – Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1615 E. N.C. 54, Durham, will begin its Lenten season with a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the fellowship hall. Ash Wednesday services will be at noon and 7 p.m. on Feb. 13, with imposition of ashes and Holly Communion. Agape meals with responsive reading, prayer and Scripture will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Lent beginning Feb. 20. For information, visit www.christus-victor.org/.
Free Valentine’s Day cookies at Edgewood Baptist
DURHAM – Edgewood Baptist Church, 1807 Infinity Road, Durham, will hold a “Valentine Cookie Extravaganza” on Feb. 14. The church invites the public to stop by the church between noon and 2 p.m. on Valentine’s Day to receive a free gift of love – a dozen cookies as long as supplies last.
George Debnam to speak at North East Baptist
DURHAM – N.C. Central University trustee emeritus George C. Debnam will be the guest speaker at 10:45 a.m. Feb. 24 at North East Baptist Church, 3204 N.C. Hwy 55, Durham. Debnam is a retired Raleigh physician and Shaw University trustee and alum. He recently received the Founders Award by Mechanics & Farmers Bank board member Joseph M. Sansom. Debnam grew up on a sharecropper’s farm, entered college at age 15 and earned his medical degree at 23. During his 50-year career, he delivered 11,500 babies, performed more than 5,000 surgeries and frequently followed the lives of his patients from birth through adulthood. Debnam is also an author and will share his experiences during the Black History celebration at North East Baptist Church. The Rev. Wesley Elam is pastor. The Durham community is welcome to attend. For information, call 919-544-2142.
University and Amity UMCs partner for Ash Wednesday services
CHAPEL HILL – Two Chapel Hill churches, University United Methodist Church and Amity United Methodist Church, will join together for Ash Wednesday worship services at 2 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 13) in the chapel of University UMC, 150 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, and then at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Amity UMC, 825 N. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. The Rev. Gloria Harris of Amity UMC will preach at both services. Services will include prayer and the imposition of ashes. The 7 p.m. worship service at Amity will also feature music by University UMC’s children’s choir and the combined adult choirs of both churches. All are welcome. For information, call the University UMC office at 919-929-7191.
Elvis tribute, gospel singer to perform at Cane Creek Baptist
HILLSBOROUGH – Cane Creek Baptist Church in Hillsborough will host a benefit meal and concert Saturday to raise funds to sponsor Cane Creek youth’s Appalachian Service Project mission trip and a summer retreat to Camp Caswell. CCBC presents Chapel Hill native and award-winning Elvis tribute artist, Keith Henderson and “Illusions of the King,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cane Creek Baptist Church Activity Center, 6176 Orange Grove Road, Hillsborough. Henderson’s show will be comprised of two sets – full gospel and then Elvis tribute. Lauren Henderson Miller, Henderson’s daughter, will accompany him on stage. There will be a barbeque dinner from 6-6:45 p.m. Tickets are $30 for dinner and show; $20 for show only. For information, contact Paige Winslow at 919-630-2686 or email@example.com. Visit Cane Creek Baptist at www.canecreek.org.
Conference on Muslim veil to explore cultural issues
CHAPEL HILL – UNC Chapel Hill, in partnership with Duke University, will host a conference about Muslim women and their veils at the conference “ReOrienting the Veil” Feb. 22-23 in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center at UNC.
The conference intends “to expand the dialogue about the tradition of wearing the veil and the meaning of the headscarf for Muslim women. Participants will discuss the multifaceted questions of why and how Muslim women wear the veil in an increasingly globalized and fashion-conscious world.” The conference is free and open to the public. The registration deadline is Feb. 15. Scholars and artists will give presentations on Muslim women’s veiling, followed by response from a local faculty and a question-and-answer session. Presenters include Elizabeth M. Bucar of Northeastern University and author of “The Islamic Veil: A Beginner’s Guide;” Todd Drake, creator of the series “Esse Quam Videri – Muslim Self-Portraits;” Maryam Eskandari, ambassador to the U.S. for the Vatican religious art and architecture conference; Homa Hoodfar of Concordia University in Canada; Carla Jones of the University of Colorado- Boulder; Typhaine Leservot of Wesleyan University; and Marilia Marchetti of the University of Catania, Italy. For information, visit http://veil.unc.edu/conference.
Small groups starting at Duke Memorial UMC
DURHAM – Duke Memorial United Methodist Church is inviting people to join small groups at the church “to be in fellowship with others and grow in your relationship with God.” New topics and groups are starting this month. For information and to sign up, visit dukememorial.org/smallgroups.
Poverty series during Lent at Pilgrim UCC
DURHAM – Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Road, Durham, will host a Lenten series, “Poverty in Durham: A Faith Perspective” on Tuesdays during Lent. Programs are held from 6:30-8 p.m., with heavy hors d’oeuvres at 6:15 p.m. Childcare provided. The first session, to be held Feb. 19, is “The Challenge of Poverty in Durham” and features the Rev. Mel Williams of End Poverty Durham, Stan Holt of United Way and Kimberly Crowe, a member care representative for Aetna Life Insurance. Other topics are “The Axis of Poverty: Jobs and Housing” on Feb. 26, “Beyond Charity: Addressing Causes and Empowering People” on March 5 and “Advocacy for the Poor” on March 12. For information, call 919-489-1381.
Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Valentine events at Parkwood UMC
DURHAM – Parkwood United Methodist Church’s Lenten events begin at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday with a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper hosted by United Methodist Men. The public is welcome. Ash Wednesday services will be held at 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Feb. 13. Also, a Valentine dinner hosted by the United Methodist Youth will be held from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 17. All events will be held at the church, 5123 Revere Road, Durham. For information, call 919-544-1078 or visit www.parkwoodumc.org.
Bill Leslie concert to benefit OCIM
HILLSBOROUGH – Bill Leslie, Celtic musician and WRAL news anchor, will perform a benefit concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough. All proceeds support Orange Congregations In Mission’s Samaritan Relief Ministry. Tickets are a $20 donation. A reception will follow. For information, call 919-732-6194, ext. 12.
Mental health and faith conference March 8
CHAPEL HILL – A day-long conference, “Faith, Mental Illness, and The Journey Toward Wholeness,” will be held March 8 at St. Thomas More Church, 940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill. The third annual conference is aimed at clergy and lay leaders, medical and mental health professionals, and those who want to learn more about helping individuals who suffer from mental illness and those who care for them. Keynote speaker is nun and psychologist Sister Nancy Kehoe, who will speak about the role of faith and spirituality in treating mental illness. Guest speaker Barbara “Bebe” Smith of UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work will speak about “Non-Medication Treatment for Mental Illness.” Other sessions will discuss substance abuse and mental illness diagnoses, youth and addictive behaviors, and crisis response.
Registration is $20/person by Feb. 15, $30/person after, and includes lunch. Register at www.wakeahec.org or call 919-942-6227. For information, visit faithconnectionsonmentalillness.org.
Talent search at Mt. Hermon Baptist
DURHAM – Mount Hermon Baptist Church, 4511 Old N.C. 10, Durham, will host an area talent search called Talent Unlimited from 3-6 p.m. March 23 for students in first through 12th grades. For information and to register for an audition time, visit https://sites.google.com/site/talentumlimited2013/. Talent can be in areas of music, art, drama, dance, instrumental and ensemble. Registration deadline is Feb. 14.
Ambassadors perform at Valentine’s Dance on Saturday
CHAPEL HILL – The Ambassadors jazz band will perform at United Church of Chapel Hill’s annual Valentine’s Dance from 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday in the church fellowship hall, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Chapel Hill. The Ambassadors are a 17-piece swing big band conducted by trombonist Larry Triplett. The dance will also feature pianists Renée McBride and Julie Mitchell, who will perform show tunes during the band’s breaks. Tickets are $15/person in advance; $20 at the door. Net proceeds will support the church’s music program. Tickets include an all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet and fair trade coffees and teas. Online tickets at unitedchurch.org under “Special Events at United Church” or call 919-942-3540.
Black history films, discussion at Mt. Vernon Baptist
DURHAM – The Black History Film Series continues Wednesdays at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S. Roxboro St., Durham. Films are followed by discussion.
-- 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13, in the education building: “Imitation of Life,” the 1934 movie based on the Fannie Hurst novel. Veronica Robinson will lead discussion.
-- 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20, in the education building: “Once Upon a Time: When We Were Colored.”
-- Mt. Vernon’s Sunday school convocation will be held at 9:15 a.m. Feb. 24, with “Reflections: Oral History of Mount Vernon Baptist Church.”
-- 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27, in the education building: “Freedom Riders.” For information, call the church at 919-688-1823.
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