Belief Briefs

Apr. 30, 2014 @ 11:31 PM

National Day of Prayer event at NCCU
DURHAM -- N.C. Central University’s United Christian Campus Ministry and BlessDurham are co-sponsoring an annual National Day of Prayer gathering at noon today at NCCU. People of faith are invited to gather at NCCU’s outdoor amphitheater from noon to 1 p.m. for corporate prayer, followed by a complimentary light lunch. 
Free parking is available in the student union parking lot at the corner of Fayetteville and Nelson streets. Visit for a map and information. This is a free event and everyone is invited to participate.

Homecoming Sunday at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, 5222 Mt. Sinai Road, will celebrate its 77th Homecoming at 11 a.m. Sunday. Mt. Sinai pastor, the Rev. Sherman R. Tribble, will preach. Dinner will be served after the service.
The theme is “It’s Time to Come Home Again.” Everyone is invited, with a special invitation to former members and extended family.

Combined choirs concert on Saturday
DURHAM -- The combined choirs of First Presbyterian Church and Watts Street Baptist Church will present a Spring Choral Concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St. The program will feature music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Manz, Courtney and Rutter. The concert is free.
For information, call First Presbyterian at 919-682-5511.

‘Liturgical Mysteries’ author at St. Paul’s Lutheran Sunday
DURHAM -- St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, ELCA will host an evening with Mark Schweizer at 7 p.m. Sunday in Trinity Hall at 1200 W. Cornwallis Road in Durham.
Schweizer is a musician, composer, author and publisher from Tryon. He wrote the book series “The Liturgical Mysteries.” The program will include conversation, music and dramatic readings, followed by coffee and dessert. A free-will offering will be accepted. For information, call the church o at 919-489-3214.

Women honored May 11 at Terrells Creek Baptist
CHAPEL HILL -- Terrells Creek Baptist Church will honor women in the church and community at 11 a.m. May 11 during the morning worship service. The guest speaker will be First Lady Lisa Dunston, a mother and spiritual leader.
The church is at 3419 Old Greensboro Road in Chapel Hill. The Rev. Claude Dunston is pastor.

Triangle Orthodox Chorale concert May 10 at St. Barbara
DURHAM -- The Triangle Orthodox Chorale will present a concert, “Sacred Orthodox Music of the Ecclesiastical Year” at Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church at 7 p.m. May 10. The church is at 8306 N.C. Highway 751 in Durham.
Directed by Elia Nicholas and accompanied by organist Irina Monzolevskaya, the 40-voice chorale will perform hymns celebrating major Christian holy days. The hymns will be sung in the original Greek, with English translations provided. The chorale includes choir members from Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Raleigh, Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Charlotte, and All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cary.
A donation of $15 is suggested.  Proceeds will benefit the chorale and the Saint Barbara Church Building Fund. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. A reception will follow the concert. For information, contact Helen Paliouras at 919-942-4229 or

Magnolia Klezmer Band, Triangle Jewish Chorale to perform
DURHAM -- The Magnolia Klezmer Band and the Triangle Jewish Chorale will perform together a concert of Yiddish, Ladino and Klezmer music at 3 p.m. May 11 at Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road. Yiddish songs reflect a culture from central and eastern Europe to the New York theater scene. Ladino reflects roots in Spain, and Klezmer is lively dance music of eastern Europe. Donations are welcome.
For information, email or or visit

Women’s Day event at New Hope Missionary Baptist
APEX -- The New Hope DIVAS of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 581 New Hope Church Road in Apex (Chatham County), is celebrating Women’s Month with a DIVAS & Daughters Brunch at 11 a.m. May 24. The guest speaker will be Sister India Reaves, author of the “I’m T.O.U.G.H Devotional.”  The church will celebrate Women’s Day at 11 a.m. May 25 with guest speaker Minister Jessica Dunn of Transformation Christian Church in Raleigh.

Activism art exhibit at St. Philip’s Episcopal
DURHAM – “Boycott! Art of Economic Activism” exhibit will be on display for limited hours in May in the parish house at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main St., Durham. The exhibit was initiated by the American Friends Service Committee and produced in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. The exhibit is poster art over 60 years. For information and viewing hours, call Donna Hicks at 919-688-3419 or visit

Children lead service Sunday at UUMC
CHAPEL HILL – On Sunday, May 4, about 60 children in kindergarten through fifth grade will lead the worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday at University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. Children’s choirs will share the story of Noah through song and scripture. They will present “100% Chance of Rain,” a jazz cantata composed by Walter Horsley and directed by Rebecca Dyck.
For information, call the church at 919-929-7191 or visit

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