Belief Briefs

Jun. 11, 2014 @ 10:51 AM

Hearse procession, vigil for homicide victims
DURHAM -- The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham will hold a city-wide vigil to honor North Carolina homicide victims from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Major the Bull statue at CCB Plaza downtown, on the corner of East Chapel Hill and Corcoran streets.
Before the vigil, a procession of 25 hearses will travel throughout the city to bear witness to the suffering of fatal violence. The vigil and hearse procession are part of The Funeral and Morticians Association of North Carolina’s 2014 Annual Conference held June 16-19 at the Durham Convention Center.
Durham residents are encouraged to join funeral directors from across the state in prayer and presence for victims of homicide.
For information, contact the Rev. Allen Jones at 919-491-6752 or

Cain’s Chapel to give award to DA Stanback
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Men’s Ministry of Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 2001 St. Mary's Road, Hillsborough, will celebrate Men’s Day at the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday.
The guest speaker will be Larry Spruill, professor of history and theology at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. The Men’s Ministry will also give its Distinguish Citizen Award to Durham District Attorney Leon Stanback.
Special guests will be the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge of Red Mountain in Rougemont. For information, call 919-471-4564.

‘The Jesus Connection: What a Friend’ VBS
DURHAM -- North East Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly Monday through June 20. The theme is “The Jesus Connection: What a Friend.” It seeks to bring attendees to a closer walk with Jesus Christ and is geared toward technology like video games, cellphones and Facebook.
VBS invites community children, ages 3 and older, as well as adults, to attend. A prize will be given at the closing for the youth contributing the most items to the community food bank. North East is at 3204 Highway 55 in Durham. Call the church at 919-544-2142 if you need transportation.

Appreciation service for Cora S. Hunter
DURHAM -- St. Mark AME Zion Church will hold an appreciation service for Cora S. Hunter at 4 p.m. June 22 at the church, 531 S. Roxboro St. Hunter has served the music ministry of the church for more than 30 years.
The St. Mark family and the community will celebrate her many years of faithful service. For information, call Annie Hamilton at 919-598-1587.

Community Life Festival June 28
DURHAM -- Life Community Services Inc. and Life International will host the second annual Community Life Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 28 at 4823 Meadow Drive, Suite 200. Admission is free. There will be family-friendly activities, games, food, vendors, health screenings and performances. For information, call 919-382-1944 or visit

VBS, Men’s Day at West Durham Baptist
DURHAM -- West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens St., will hold Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly Monday through June 20. The theme is “Choosing God’s Way.”
Also, West Durham Baptist will celebrate Men’s Day during the 10 a.m. worship service June 22. Brother Henry Gunn will be the speaker. For information, call 919-682-4453.

VBS at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist
BAHAMA -- Vacation Bible School will be held at 6 p.m. nightly June 23-27 at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 8021 Stagville Road. There will be classes for all ages.

Musical revival at Friendship Fellowship Center
DURHAM – Friendship Fellowship Outreach Center, 1100 Holloway St., will hold a Soul Winning Musical Revival at 7:30 p.m. June 20, 5 p.m. June 21 and 3 p.m. June 22. Performers include Pastor Jasper Cameron and Soullifters, Mario Elam, Men of Grace, Pettiford Brothers and Triangle Community Choir. For information, call 919-949-2944.

Homeschooling seminar Saturday at Christian Assembly
DURHAM -- Christian Assembly Church and its Worldview U will present “Thinking of Homeschooling?” for parents, conducted by Jan Dalton, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Christian Assembly, 5516 N. Roxboro Road.
Dalton, a graduate of Grove City College, has homeschooled her four children. She previously worked at the Center for Environmental Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill. To register for the free workshop, visit or call 919-471-0220.

VBS at Christus Victor Lutheran
DURHAM -- Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1615 NC Highway 54, will hold Vacation Bible School Sunday through June 19. VBS will be held nightly from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for children ages 4 through rising eighth-graders. Curriculum is “Kingdom Chronicles” and will include Bible stories, games and crafts. Register online at under “special events: VBS 2014” or contact David Seibert at 919-656-0619 or   

Women’s retreat, mentor program by North East Baptist
DURHAM -- The Sisters in Salvation women’s ministry of North East Baptist Church will host a women’s retreat Oct. 23-26 at the Beach Colony Hotel in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Women interested in attending should call North East Baptist Church at 919-544-2142. Meals and bus transportation will be included in the fee, payable in installments. The total cost is $300, with a $50 deposit due by Sunday. Sisters in Salvation mentors women of all ages. The Daughters of Eve is a community-style mentoring program for girls age 9 and older with activities from meal preparation to game nights. This mentoring program is based on the Titus 2 model of intergenerational teaching. For information about the Daughters of Eve, call the church office and leave a message for the Rev. Sharon Lee. North East is at 3204 Highway 55 in Durham.

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