Jan. 23, 2013 @ 10:42 AM

Vigil on Saturday for Jelani Dandy
DURHAM – A prayer vigil to honor the life of Jelani Kamau Dandy will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at The Leaf in Durham Central Park on Foster Street. Dandy, 24, was shot on Nov. 12, 2012, and died the next day. The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham, who organized the vigil, said he was beloved for his encouragement to others, his care for his dogs and his love for his family.
The Rev. Susan Dunlap of Duke Divinity School will lead the vigil. Dandy’s family and the coalition invite you to attend. The vigil’s purpose is to bring people together to honor Dandy’s life, offer comfort to his family, friends and neighbors, to pray for peace and healing, and to affirm the goodness of the community. All faiths and ages welcome.
East Cedar Grove association holds session Saturday
CREEDMOOR – East Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Association will hold a one-day session at 9 a.m. Saturday at Smith-Thomas Convention Center, 2174 Brassfield Road, Creedmoor. For information, call Pastor Robert Daniels at 919-286-0332
Temple Baptist celebrates 125th anniversary
DURHAM – Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Drive, Durham, will celebrate its 125th anniversary during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday. Temple Baptist was founded Jan. 29, 1888.  The speaker will be the Rev. Clay Warf, former pastor from 1975-1992. A reception will follow the service. A homecoming meal to celebrate the anniversary will be held in the spring. For information, call 919-309-0050 or email
Mary Rocap benefit concert at The Depot
HILLSBOROUGH – A benefit concert and silent auction for The Episcopal Church of the Advocate will be held from 4-8 p.m. Feb. 2 at The Depot, 246 S. Nash St., Hillsborough. ECOTA recently moved the historic St. Philip’s Chapel from Germanton to Chapel Hill to use as its first permanent worship space. The concert will feature Mary Rocap, Tim Wells & Friends, and The Hushpuppies. The silent auction will feature items including a pew from St. Philip’s. The Advocate is raising money to situate the building on the site, make site improvements and bring the building up to code. For information, visit
Deacons, Deaconess & Trustees Day at Cain’s Chapel
HILLSBOROUGH – Deacons, Deaconess & Trustees Day will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 2001 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough. Also, a pray and praise service will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 8. For information, visit All are welcome to attend.
Women’s conference at Jones Grove Missionary Baptist
HILLSBOROUGH – The Jones Grove Senior Missionary Women’s Conference will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 9 at Jones Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 2713 Coleman Loop Road, Hillsborough. Guest speakers include the Rev. Angela Richmond of Cain's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, who will speak on “Are You Doing the Work of God?” and the Rev. Annette Love of Northside Baptist Church, who will speak on “Abuse of Women and Children.” Nancy Thompson will provide Brunswick stew for lunch. For information, call the church at 919-732-9404.
‘Vernon Johns Story’ for movie day at Mt. Calvary
DURHAM – Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 8021 Stagville Road, Durham, will present “A Day at the Movies” at 3 p.m. Feb. 2 in the fellowship hall. In honor of Black History Month, “The Vernon Johns Story” will be shown. Admission is $8 and includes movie, hot dogs, popcorn and drinks. The Rev. James W. Smith is pastor. All are welcome. For information, call 919-471-4034, email or visit
Baha’i scientist to speak at Durham Baha’i center
DURHAM – Dinesh Singh, a Bahá’í theoretical physicist from Canada, will be the guest speaker at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bahá’í Center, 5103 Revere Road, Durham. Singh will talk about “Belief in Science and Belief in God: One Scientist’s Response to the ‘New Atheism’ Challenge.” For information, call Kathy Lee at 919-251-8085.
Anniversary at Payne’s Chapel A.M.E.
HILLSBOROUGH – Payne’s Chapel A.M.E. Church will celebrate its 164th anniversary on Sunday. The Rev. Milton Battle, pastor, will preach the celebration sermon at 11 a.m., accompanied by the Payne’s Chapel Gospel Choir. At 2:30 p.m., the Rev. Vaughan Brayboy Jr., pastor of Orange Cross Road Church in Hillsborough, will preach, accompanied by the Orange Cross Road Church family. Payne’s Chapel A.M.E. is located at 3424 Schley Road, Hillsborough.
Youth & Young Adult Week at Russell Memorial CME
DURHAM – Russell Memorial CME, 703 S. Alston Ave., Durham, will hold its annual Youth & Young Adult Week. There will be an open forum discussion at 6 p.m. Monday called “Let's Talk!” with guest speaker Leslie Nambo of Partners in Caring at Duke University. Revival will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 30-Feb. 1 with young adult guest speaker the Rev. Tiggs Washington of Chicago. Sunday services at Russell CME are held at 10 a.m. The Rev. Wayne A. Williams is pastor. For information, call the church office at 919-682-2523.
The Taylors to perform at Guess Road Baptist
DURHAM – The Taylors, a Southern gospel group from Lillington, will perform at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at Guess Road Baptist Church, 3102 Guess Road, Durham. Free admission; love offering. For information, email
New service at St. Paul’s Lutheran – The Refuge
DURHAM – Saint Paul’s Lutheran (ELCA), 1200 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham, is offering a new church service at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays called The Refuge. The service has the altar at main stage, a band and hymns, but no organ music. Vicar Andrew Tucker, the Lutheran campus minister at Duke University, said the goal is to “offer a faithfully Lutheran liturgy with elements that speaks not only to lifelong Christians, but to people with questions about faith, people who have never entered church, or people who feel like the church has left them.” All are welcome to come as they are. The Refuge is first in a series of new creative arts initiatives at Saint Paul’s. For information, call 919-489-3214, ext. 34.
‘A man’s heart and mind’ discussion at White Rock Baptist
DURHAM – Gideon Guys and Titus Women of White Rock Baptist Church will sponsor a discussion, “What Women and Men Should Know About a Man's Heart and Mind” from 9-11:30 a.m. Feb. 2 in the fellowship hall, 3400 Fayetteville St., Durham. Men and women are invited to attend. Breakfast will be served. Call the church office at 919-688-8136 to reserve a seat.
Black history films, discussion at Mt. Vernon Baptist
DURHAM – Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S. Roxboro St., Durham, invites the public to the 2013 Black History Film Series Wednesdays in February. The Rev. Jerome J. Washington is pastor. The schedule:
-- 7 p.m. Feb. 6, in the sanctuary: “An Evening of Jazz: History and Music,” with featured artists Denise Barnes, Oliver Hodge, Michael Jones and Peter Joyner, who will lead the discussion with Charles Joyner.
-- 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,” based on Clifton L. Taulbert’s book. David Wiggins will lead discussion.
-- 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.” Discussion led by Ingrid Jones and Amatullah King with panelists Anita Cameron, Carrie McNair, Ralph Judd, Panzola McMillian, Ruby Philyaw, Carolyn Thomas, Louise Sims, Deacon Oscar Vereen, Trustee David Wiggins and Velma Wilson.
-- 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27, in the education building: “Freedom Riders,” about the 1961 bus rides in the South by college students who were attacked. Discussed led by Percy Murray, retired administrator and chair of the N.C. Central University history department. For information, call the church at 919-688-1823.
University UMC hosts DivorceCare
CHAPEL HILL – University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill,  will offer DivorceCare, a divorce recovery support group that offers a safe and loving place to find help, discover hope and experience healing. DivorceCare is a 13-week video seminar series featuring experts on divorce and recovery topics as seen from a Christian perspective. The seminars are combined with support group discussion. Sessions meet from 2-4 p.m. Sundays in the UUMC conference room. Childcare provided. For information or to register, call the church at 919-929-7191.
Floetic Voices Soul Café on Sunday at Apostolic Revival
DURHAM – The Church of the Apostolic Revival, 1207 E. Angier Ave., Durham, will host Floetic Voices Soul Café at 5 p.m. Sunday. Doors open at 4 p.m. Floetic Voices showcases area recording artists at the church every other month. Sunday’s performance will feature 16 artists.
CROP Walk clergy breakfast Feb. 6
DURHAM – Durham faith leaders are invited to the 8th Annual CROP Hunger Walk Breakfast at 9 a.m. Feb. 6 at Eno River Unitarian Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham. Guest speaker is Gene Nichol, Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at UNC. Durham CROP Hunger Walk will be held March 17. Clergy and staff should RSVP to the Rev. John Stirewalt, assistant regional director of Church World Service at  or 888-297-2767.
Unity prayer at Friendship Fellowship
DURHAM – Friendship Fellowship Center will host “Unity Community Prayer: Coming Together to Make a Difference in the Community” at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 2 at the church, 2024 Angier Ave., Durham. For information, call 919-638-2361.
Country breakfast at Mt. Carmel Baptist
CHAPEL HILL – Mount Carmel Baptist Church will hold its annual country breakfast from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 2 at the church, 2016 Mount Carmel Church Road, Chapel Hill. Breakfast items include ham, sausage, stewed apples, eggs and biscuits. Adults $10; children under 12 $5. All you can eat. Eat in or take out.
Georgetown priest to speak at Holy Cross Catholic
DURHAM – The Ignatian Spirituality Year Continues at Holy Cross Catholic Church at noon Saturday in the church’s activity center, 2438 S. Alston Ave., Durham. The Rev. Brian McDermott, SJ, of Georgetown University will speak on “Making Good Decisions.” The series focuses on specific meditations in the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, who spent years of prayerful discernment developing ways of praying, living and relating to God. For information, call 919-957-2900.
More C.S. Lewis at First Presbyterian
DURHAM – Wesley Kort will continue a discussion of the insights of author C.S. Lewis on the understanding of faith in God at 9:45 a.m. Sunday in Watts-Hill Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham. at 9:45 am on Sunday. Kort is a religion professor at Duke University and author of “C.S. Lewis: Then and Now.”
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