Belief Briefs

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 11:36 AM

Birth of the Bab service at Baha’i Center
DURHAM -- Bahá’ís in Durham invite the public to an observance of the Birth of the Báb at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Intercommunity Bahá’í Center, 5103 Revere Road. The Báb, who was born Oct. 20, 1819, in Shiraz, Persia (Iran), and whose name means “the Gate” in Arabic, was the herald of Bahá’u’lláh, prophet and founder of the Bahá’í faith. Bahá’ís worldwide will be observing this anniversary.
The observance at the Durham Bahá’í Center on Saturday will include a spiritually uplifting program of prayer, devotional readings and music, followed by a gathering of fellowship.

Revival, homecoming at Faucette Memorial C.M.E.
DURHAM -- Faucette Memorial C.M.E. Church will hold revival services at 7 p.m. nightly Oct. 23-25 at the church, 2124 Charles St. Prophetess Patricia Hayes from Word of Faith Christian Community Church will be the revivalist. Also, Homecoming will be observed Oct. 27. The 11 a.m. speaker will be the Rev. Julian Couch, pastor of Faucette; and the 4 p.m. speaker will be the Rev. William Mosley, Pastor of New Horizon C.M.E. Church in Raleigh.

Vigil for shooting victim Saturday
DURHAM -- A vigil to honor the life of Jermaine Andre "Dre" McDonald will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at 109 N. Hyde Park Ave. McDonald, 37, was fatally shot June 18 in front of his home. McDonald’s family and friends remember his generosity and talent for restoring and repairing vehicles, his kindness and steadfast love. The vigil will celebrate his life and to lament the injustice of his death.
The Rev. Allen Jones, associate minister of Antioch Baptist Church, will lead the vigil. All are welcome. It is sponsored by the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham. For information, contact Marcia Owen at 919-358-1113.

Renovations at Church of Reconciliation
CHAPEL HILL -- The Church of Reconciliation, 110 Elliott Road, will begin worshipping in its newly renovated worship space Sunday. The renovation also included an addition to the fellowship hall.
The $1 million project was designed by Bizios Architect with work by CT Wilson Construction Co. In November, there will be special services each Sunday for dedication and celebration of the completed project. The project was funded by congregational pledges and a bank loan. The budget also included funds for mission.
The worship space has expanded from 2,500 square feet to 3,330 square feet, providing more seating. Features include large windows and decking with river rocks. The fellowship hall will seat 100 people and includes a kitchen, bathrooms, improved energy efficiency and a pavilion. For the past year, the church worshipped in the assembly hall at Carol Woods in Chapel Hill.

Thelma Bass and the Faithfulaires performance Sunday
DURHAM -- Thelma Bass and the Faithfulaires will celebrate their 18th anniversary with a musical performance at 5 p.m. Sunday at the old Durham Armory, 220 Foster St. Performers include George Dean and the Gospel Four of Memphis, One Accord of Durham, Godz Men of Chesapeake, Va., The Disciplairs of Danville, Va. and others.
For information, call Thelma Bass at 919-308-2149.

Fall Fest at Asbury UMC on Saturday
DURHAM – Asbury United Methodist Church, 806 Clarendon St., will host its annual Fall Fest from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot. There will be pumpkin painting, trunk-or-treat, arts and crafts, a cake walk and pie eating contest. Music by the Asbury UMC choir. Chili cook-off dinner served at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall. For information, call the church at 919-286-0711 or Sara Bayles at

Walnut Grove UMC Harvest Festival on Saturday
HURDLE MILLS -- Walnut Grove United Methodist Church, 7215 Walnut Grove Church Road, will hold its 61st Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday.
Beginning at 11:30 a.m., lunch will include barbecue and Brunswick stew, slaw, hushpuppies, drinks and desserts until 1 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children under 10. Takeout is available.
A live auction from 1:30 to 5 p.m. will include four handmade quilts, crafts, jams, pickles and baked goods. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. with same menu as lunch.
For information call 919-732-5722.

The Taylors to perform at Mt. Moriah Baptist
DURHAM -- Mt. Moriah Baptist Church will host Southern gospel group The Taylors at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the church 549 Erwin Road, Durham. Their new single is “Gettin’ Ready Today.” Admission is free; a love offering will be received. Call 919-489-3425.

Fish fry, outdoor worship Sunday at Temple Baptist
DURHAM – Temple Baptist Church will host a fish fry on its front lawn Sunday at 4504 Sterling Drive. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by worship service on the lawn at 10:30 a.m., fellowship and activities at 11:30 a.m. and the meal at 12:30 p.m., followed by games. Menu is flounder or hot dogs, coleslaw, potatoes, hush puppies, drinks and desserts. Dress casual and bring a lawn chair.
Call the church office for information or to reserve your meal at 919-309-0050.

Homecoming, mortgage burning at Cameron Grove Baptist
DURHAM -- Cameron Grove Baptist Church, 816 Berwyn Ave., will celebrate homecoming during the 11 a.m. service Sunday. Dinner will be served. Cameron Grove will have its Mortgage Burning Service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, with Pastor Mable Weaver and Seed Time and Harvest Church as guests. All are invited. For information, call the church at 919-220-7402.

UMW Fall Festival at Mt. Sylvan UMC
DURHAM -- Mount Sylvan United Methodist Church, 5731 N. Roxboro Road, will host its annual United Methodist Women’s Fall Festival from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the fellowship hall. There will be a ham and sausage biscuit breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Crafts, canned and baked goods, and yard sale items will be for sale. A silent auction from 9 to 10:30 a.m. includes a spinet piano. The hot dogs and chili lunch sale at 11 a.m.
Money raised at the festival supports UMW missions. Church youth are also having a pumpkin patch fundraiser for youth missions. The community is invited. For information, call the church at 919-471-0032.

Homecoming, Hallelujah festival at Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- Mount Zoar Missionary Baptist Church, 2400 Cheek Road, will observe its 148th homecoming service at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Norman T. Davis, interim pastor, will preach. Dinner will be served. The public is invited. For information, call Sister Mary B. Vanhook at 919-596-4067.
Also, the Youth Department of Mount Zoar Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor a Hallelujah Festival from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Parents are asked to bring their children. There will be games, food and fellowship. For information, call Sister K.R. Cozart at 919-475-2977.

Watts and Hills discussion Sunday at First Presbyterian
DURHAM -- Author Howard Covington will lead a discussion of his book, “Favored by Fortune: George W. Watts and the Hills of Durham” during the Faith and Community class at 9:45 a.m. Sunday in Watts-Hill Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St. Covington wrote about four generations of the Watts-Hill family -- George Washington Watts, John Sprunt Hill, George Watts Hill and George Watts Hill Jr.
For information, call the church at 919-682-5511. The public is invited to attend.

Chorus anniversary, pastor appreciation at Holland Chapel AMEZ
CHATHAM COUNTY -- The Harmony Male Chorus of Holland Chapel AMEZ Church will celebrate its anniversary at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 360 Burgess Road, Apex, in Chatham County.
Guests include L&B Singers, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Male Chorus, The Bullock Singers, Mt. Olive Echoes, Thompson Chapel AMEZ Church and others. The public is invited. The Rev. Orlando R. Dowdy is host pastor. For information, call the church at 919-362-7831.
Also, an Appreciation Service for Dowdy and First Lady Marie Dowdy will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 27. The guest speaker is the Rev. Norman T. Davis, interim pastor of Mt. Zoar Baptist Church in Durham. A banquet will be held at 3 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Durham. Tickets are $30 for adults, $12.50 for children 11 and under. Contact Sister Bernice Barbee at 919-362-8942.

Education, family days at Community Baptist
DURHAM -- Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, will observe Christian Education Day during the 8 a.m. service Sunday. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Eddie White of First Calvary Baptist Church.
On Oct. 27, the church will celebrate Family Day at the 8 a.m. service with guest speaker the Rev. Michael Page of Antioch Baptist Church. The community is invited. For information, call the church at 919-544-1319. The Rev. Percy R. Chase is pastor.

Fall Festival at Hope Valley Baptist
DURHAM -- Hope Valley Baptist Church, 6900 Garrett Road, will host a Fall Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26. There will be bingo, games, a cake walk, bounce house, refreshments and trunk-or-treat. For information, call 919-493-1809.

‘Sludge Diet’ presentation Saturday in Chapel Hill
CHAPEL HILL -- The Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist, 106 Purefoy Road, will host a presentation at 7 p.m. Saturday by Sewage Sludge Action Network, a group of environmental activists based in Hillsborough who “are concerned about toxic effects of using sewage sludge as fertilizer.” The 50-minute documentary “Sludge Diet” will be shown. The event is free. For information, visit

Revival at West Durham Baptist
DURHAM -- West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens St., will hold revival services at 7 p.m. nightly Monday through Oct. 23. Guest ministers will be the Rev. Michael Page of Antioch Baptist Church on Monday; the Rev. Wayne Williams of Russell Memorial CME Church on Tuesday; and the Rev. Mark-Anthony Middleton of Abundant Hope Christian Church on Oct. 23. The choir and congregation will accompany the guest ministers each night. The public is invited. For information, call 919-682-4453. The Rev. Terry Thomas is pastor.

Musical Extravaganza at White Rock
DURHAM -- White Rock Baptist Church’s 147th Anniversary Musical Extravaganza will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 26 at the church, 3400 Fayetteville St. Music by White Rock music ministries and guests Bidwell Church of Pittsburgh. Dress is casual.

Homecoming, Hallelujah carnival at St. John’s
DURHAM -- St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 917 Onslow St., will hold its homecoming celebration at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Minister Willis Farrington from St. Joseph CME in Chapel Hill will be the guest speaker. The public is invited. Dinner will be served. The Rev. Robert L. Daniels is senior pastor. Also, St. John’s will hold a Hallelujah Carnival from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Admission is three canned or dried food items per person that will be donated to the food bank of Walltown Neighborhood Ministries. The carnival includes games, food and candy. To register for the carnival, call Sylvia Belcher at 919-286-0332.

Presentation on enrolling in Affordable Care Act at Mt. Vernon
DURHAM – Lauren Chesson from the North Carolina Council of Churches will present “Introduction to the Affordable Care Act Heath Insurance Marketplace” at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 in the chapel at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 2007 S. Roxboro Road. Chesson will review the Affordable Care Act and give instructions on using the marketplace for enrolling in insurance. Her presentation will address the types of plans, the financial help available and the penalties for not having insurance.

Breast cancer discussion at St. Paul AME
CHAPEL HILL -- The St. Paul AME Church Missionaries and Health Awareness Committee are sponsoring a panel discussion for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at St. Paul, 101 N. Merritt Mill Road. It will replace the usual Wednesday night service.
Breast cancer survivors within the church family will share personal journeys and the role their faith played in their survival. A pink tea will follow the program.

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