Belief Briefs

Jun. 19, 2013 @ 11:48 AM

Barber to speak at St. Mark AME Zion

DURHAM – The Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, will be the guest preacher at St. Mark AME Zion Church Men’s Day observance at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, 531 S. Roxboro St. Senior pastor is the Rev. G. Ray Coleman.

Vacation Bible School at Russell Memorial

DURHAM -- Russell Memorial C.M.E. Church invites the community to Vacation Bible School, “Jesus Family Reunion: The Remix!” held at 6:30 nightly Monday through June 28. Those attending will experience fellowship, learning, spiritual growth and fun. Registration begins at 6 p.m. VBS classes will be held for children, youth, young adults and adults. The church is at 703 S. Alston Ave. The Rev. Dr. Wayne A. Williams is pastor. For information, visit or call the church office at 919-682-2523.

Men’s Day, VBS at Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist

DURHAM -- Men’s Day will be observed at 11 a.m. Sunday at Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist Church, 2400 Cheek Road. The special guest minister will be the Rev. C.R. Edwards, retired minister of First Baptist Church in Fayetteville. The public is welcome to attend. For information, call C. D. Cozart at 919-682-9473. The Rev. Norman T. Davis is interim pastor.

Also, Mt. Zoar will host Vacation Bible School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. nightly Monday through June 28. The theme is “Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s World Comes Together.” Dinner will be served. All are welcome to attend. Call Sister G.C. Headen at 919-698-0295 for information.

Parent session Saturday for Mt. Vernon day camp

DURHAM – Mt. Vernon Baptist Church will hold its final parent information and registration session for its summer camp at 11 a.m. Saturday in the education building, 1007 S. Roxboro St.

The seven-week summer camp begins Monday and ends Aug. 9, running weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the church. The cost is $90 per child, siblings, $85. Morning and afternoon child care available for an additional charge. Breakfast, lunch and snack will be provided. Transportation is not available.

The camp includes reading, writing, math, language arts and Algebra I and II, and enrichment activities for first- to ninth-graders.

Other activities include swimming, basketball and drum line. For information, call the church office at 919-688-1823 or Director Ingrid Jones at 919-943-7633.

Jubilee Christian Church to dedicate sanctuary June 29

DURHAM -- Jubilee Christian Church International (Chapel of Victory) invites the community to celebrate God’s faithfulness at the grand opening and dedication of its new sanctuary at 2 p.m. June 29 at 4809 Prospectus Drive.

The dedication will include music, food, performances and inspirational speakers. Jubilee Christian Church is led by Pastors Bisi and Toyin Tofade. RSVP by June 23 to

For information, call Jackie Brown at 919-400-8762 or visit

Covenant Presbyterian picnic and fair June 29

DURHAM – The Covenant Presbyterian Church Picnic and Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to dusk on June 29 at 2620 Weaver St.

Children and adult games, bounce house, face painting, crafts, auctions, blood pressure screenings and food. It is a fundraising event that also has several free activities.

Summer community cookout at Duke Memorial

DURHAM – Duke Memorial United Methodist Church will host a summer community cookout after worship on June 30, from 12:15-2:30 p.m. Food, a bouncehouse, snow cones, and games will all be part of the festivities.

For information, contact Reynolds Chapman at

LRTs choir anniversary at Holland Chapel

CHATHAM COUNTY -- The LRTs choir of Holland Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, 360 Burgess Road, Apex, will celebrate its anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Appearing on the program will be The Dowdy Boys, Sure Destiny, Sanford Aires, Focus and Otis Stroud. The public is invited to attend.

The host pastor is the Rev. Orlando R. Dowdy. For information, call the church office at 919-362-7831.

Men’s Day Sunday at Community Baptist

DURHAM -- Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, will celebrate Men’s Day during its 8 a.m. service Sunday. The speaker will be the Rev. Robert Gunter, associate minister of Prince Chapel CME Church in Moncure.

The community is invited to the service of praise and worship. For information, call 919-544-1319. The Rev. Percy R. Chase is pastor.

Heaven discussions at First Presbyterian

DURHAM -- BJ and Parker Morton and the Rev. Marilyn Hedgpeth will lead the first of two discussions about heaven at 9:45 a.m. Sunday in Watts-Hill Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St. They will discuss former Harvard University professor Eben Alexander III’s memoir, “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Near Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife.”

On June 30, Duke Divinity student Jon Nelson will lead a discussion of “The Difference Heaven Makes: Rehearing the Gospel as News,” which explores the scriptural witness of heaven in the Bible. Copies of both books will be available for purchase.

For information, call the church office at 919-682-5511. The public is invited to attend.

Shelly Moore concert at Bahama Baptist

BAHAMA -- Recording artist Shelly Moore and the Shelly Moore Band will perform at 6 p.m. June 30 at Bahama Baptist Church, 7917 Willard Station Road. Moore’s three albums are “Unraveling,” “A Hymn Project” and “Hope and Decay.” Tickets are not required, but a love offering will be taken. There will be an ice cream social following the concert. The Rev. Wes McMurray is the pastor.

Meditation class Saturday at Kosala Mahayana Buddhist Center

CARRBORO -- Kosala Mahayana Buddhist Center, 77 W. Rosemary St., Suite E, in Carrboro is holding a meditation class, “Mahamudra: Watching the Mind” from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. The cost is $20; $12 for students and seniors.

The workshop is an introduction to the practice of Mahamudra meditation. Buddhist teacher David Rademacher will shed light on the nature and function of the mind, and how to meditate on the mind itself. Everyone is welcome. No previous experience is necessary. For information, visit or email Monica Heiser at


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