Belief Briefs

Jan. 16, 2014 @ 09:28 AM

Prayer vigil for Huerta on Sunday
DURHAM -- A prayer vigil to honor the life of Jesus Huerta will be held at 6:45 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 810 W. Chapel Hill St. Huerta, 17, died from a gunshot wound in the backseat of a Durham Police Department patrol car Nov. 19. He was a student at Riverside High School.
The vigil will be led by the Franciscan friars of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The service will not include a march. It is sponsored by the Huerta family, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham, Durham Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods, El Centro Hispano and Durham Congregations in Action. For information, call Marcia Owen at 919-358-1113.

Efird leading Romans study
HILLSBOROUGH – James “Mickey” Efird, biblical scholar and professor emeritus of Duke Divinity School, is leading the Hughes Lecture Series held Mondays this month at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, 102 W. Tryon St. The people and events in the book of Romans, which describes the early Christian church, is the subject for the 7-8:30 p.m. sessions. The community is invited to the presentations, followed by a reception in Strudwick Hall. Call 919-732-3131 for information.

First female AME bishop to preach at Duke Chapel
DURHAM – The first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishop Vashti MacKenzie, will be the guest preacher for the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday at Duke University Chapel on campus. All are welcome. For information, call 919-681-9488.

Black Church Studies director to speak at DCIA banquet
DURHAM – The Rev. Eboni Marshall Turman, director of the Office of Black Church Studies and assistant professor of black church studies at Duke Divinity School will be the guest speaker at Durham Congregations in Action’s annual banquet meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, 504 W. Chapel Hill St.
DCIA will also present community service organizations with 2013 funding awards for hunger and human service programs, and install officers and board members for 2014. The dinner is $14. The reservation deadline is Jan. 22. Call 919-688-2036 or email Payment will be accepted at the door (checks should be payable to “DCIA” and noted for the 2014 banquet).
Turman previously served as assistant minister at Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City.  She is an ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

Craft and hobby show Jan. 26 at Efland Presbyterian
EFLAND -- Efland Presbyterian Church will hold a Craft and Hobby Show from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 26 as part of its community fellowship series. Everyone in the community is invited to display his/her work for no fee and to come browse the displays. Knitters, woodworkers, photographers, potters, quilters, artists and amateur crafters are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. 
Efland Presbyterian is at the intersection of Efland-Cedar Grove Road and U.S. 70 in Efland. For information, call Marsha Efland at 919-732-8753 or Karen McAdams at 919-732-7701.

Mount Calvary UCC remembers late pastor
DURHAM – Mount Calvary United Church of Christ will remember its late pastor, the Rev. Josiah Cecil Cheek, on what would have been he and his wife’s 44th Pastoral Anniversary.
The church will host a memorial service at 4 p.m. Jan. 26 at the church, 1715 Athens Ave. in Durham. The Rev. Cheek died in November. Mount Calvary UCC officers and members will commemorate his life and service at the event. The community is invited to attend. For information, visit

Christian unity service Jan. 23
DURHAM – A service of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at Resurrection United Methodist Church, 4705 Old Chapel Hill Road.
Various Christian traditions in Durham are invited to “gather in one place to worship and pray for visible unity in Christ’s body.” The service will include a message from the Rev. Richard Hays, dean of Duke Divinity School, and will invite participants to a ceremony of shared foot washing as a sign of reconciliation and mutual love. For information, email

Aging lecture series at Levin JCC
DURHAM -- Jewish Family Services, an agency of the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill is launching a four-part lecture series for adults with aging parents, aging parents themselves or those thinking and planning retirement. Admission is free, and all lectures will take place the third Thursday of the month from 7-8 p.m. at the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road.
The series begins tonight with “Planning for Long Term Independence” with Martha Grove Hipskind, eldercare consultant and in-home services coordinator. On Feb. 20: “Financial Planning as your Parents Age” with financial adviser Julie Kelly. On March 20: “Downsizing, Decluttering, and Relocating” with Jodi Bakst and Susan Morris, senior real estate specialists. On April 17: “Financing Long Term Care” with Janett Greenberg, retired long term care executive. RSVP to Donna Rabiner at 919-354-4922 or

Revival at Friendship Fellowship Outreach
DURHAM – Friendship Fellowship Outreach Center will host a revival at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 116 N. Mineral Springs Road. Evangelist Julia Ross is host. Pastor Annie Woody and the congregation of Jesus Word Church in Durham will render the service. All are welcome. For information, call 919-638-2361.

Drumming workshop, MLK services at ERUU
DURHAM – Musician Matt Meyer will lead two worship services and direct a drumming workshop on Sunday at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road. He will lead the 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. worship services, titled “Power, Justice and Love: A King Day of Reflection.” Attendees will "sing out a vision of the promised land and celebrate the life of a modern Moses." All are welcome.
Meyer will hold a “Drumming and Spirituality” workshop from 1:30 to 3 p.m. for people of all skill levels. Register for the workshop at or 919-489-2575. Based in Boston, Meyer is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association on Council on Cross Cultural Engagement and is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music.

University UMC to offer DivorceCare
CHAPEL HILL -- University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., will offer a DivorceCare support group for those struggling with separation or divorce, regardless of where they may be in the process, beginning Jan. 26.
DivorceCare is a 13-week video series combined with support group discussion of the materials and any issues the participants wish to bring up within the group. The sessions will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays in the UUMC conference room. Child care will be provided. For information or to register, please call the church at 919-929-7191.

Legacy planning discussion Sunday at First Presbyterian
DURHAM -- A two-week discussion about legacy planning will take place at First Presbyterian Church, starting Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in Watts-Hill Hall, 305 E. Main St. Certified Financial Planner Lisa Gabriel will speak on “You Don’t Have to Be a Legend to Leave a Legacy.” Gabriel teaches at the Duke University Osher Lifelong Institute. The Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. will feature Interim Pastor Mark E. Diehl preaching on “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations: 2. The Practice of Passionate Worship” and will feature a dedication of the church’s new hymnals. For information, call the church at 919-682-5511.

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