Belief Briefs

Aug. 13, 2014 @ 10:03 AM

Jeremiah Wright to preach in Durham
DURHAM – The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, is the keynote speaker during Apex School of Theology’s Community Wide Worship Service Aug. 25-27.
The theme is “From Passion to Purpose: The Excellence of Ministry in the Midst of Need – On Telling Your Story.” The theme song is “Blessed Assurance.”
Wright will speak at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 26 and at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 27.
The guest speaker at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 25 is the Rev. Robert C. Scott, pastor of Central Baptist church in St. Louis, Missouri. Guest choirs are Voices of Peace, Morning Star Mass Choir, White Oak Gospel Choir and Union Baptist Mass Choir.
All services will be held at Peace Missionary Baptist Church, 2608 Apex Highway in Durham. The Rev. William E. Daye is pastor of Peace Missionary and chairman of the Apex School of Theology trustee board.
Wright will also speak at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 for a doctorate of ministry intensive at the school, 1701 T.W. Alexander Drive. For information, call 919-598-9888.

Vigil Thursday for couple killed in December
DURHAM – The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham will hold a prayer vigil to honor the lives of Jerron McGirt and Jessica Liriano  at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the lawn of Shepherds House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St.
Jerron McGirt, 34, and Jessica Liriano, 33, were fatally shot Dec. 16, 2013, at their home on Cheek Road. Liriano’s former boyfriend has been charged with their deaths.
Rabbi Darryl Crystal of Judea Reform Congregation will lead the vigil. Aug. 14 would have been McGirt’s 35th birthday. The purpose of the vigil is to honor them with presence and prayers, to mourn with their families, friends and neighbors, and to affirm a common bond. All faiths and ages are welcome.

DCIA to honor Rabbi Friedman
DURHAM – Durham Congregations In Action, the collaborative group of about 60 congregations, will honor Rabbi John Friedman at its monthly meeting at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Road.
Friedman is retiring from Judea Reform Congregation after 34 years. This is his last month as an active rabbi at Judea Reform, as he will be on sabbatical for his final year, starting in September. Friedman has been an active member of DCIA since 1980 and served as president for two years.
For information, call DCIA at 919-688-2036.

Berea Baptist hosts screening of ‘God’s Not Dead’
DURHAM – Berea Baptist Church, 5011 Fayetteville Road, will host a screening of “God’s Not Dead” at 6:15 p.m. Aug. 24. The 2014 film features appearances by the Newsboys, Willie Nelson and Korie Robertson. It is the story of a young man who must prove to his atheist philosophy professor and class that “God’s Not Dead.”
The film will be shown in the fellowship hall. Bring a chair or blanket. All ages are welcome. Snacks and drinks will be for sale, with proceeds going to the BBC Youth Ministry Fund. For information, call the church at 919-544-7151 or visit

Author Carl Weber coming to Barnes & Noble
DURHAM – Author Carl Weber will sign copies of his latest church-set novel, “The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride” at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons in Durham.
Weber’s latest drama-filled novel (Grand Central Publishing hardcover; Aug. 19; $25), is the sequel to the bestselling “The Choir Director.” In “The Choir Director 2,” choir director Aaron Mackie proposes to church secretary Tia Gregory but is left at the altar, and turns to Bishop T.K. Wilson for help. For information about the author, visit 

Family and Friends Day at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 8021 Stagville Road, will observe Family and Friends Day at 11 a.m. Aug. 24. The guest preacher will be Haywood Gray, executive secretary-treasurer of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Dinner will be served.
The Rev. James W. Smith is pastor. For information, call 919-471-4034, email or visit

Prayer breakfast, gospel celebration at Cain’s Chapel MBC
HILLSBOROUGH – Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church has a prayer breakfast, gospel choir anniversary and missionary anniversary events this month. All events are held at the church, 2001 St. Mary’s Road.
The Annual Deaconess Prayer Breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. The theme is “It’s Praying Time.” Also, A Celebration of Gospel Music will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday for the 33rd anniversary of the gospel choir. Cain’s Chapel MBC’s Missionary Auxiliary will celebrate its 78th anniversary at 4 p.m. Aug. 24. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Michael Harris of Lee’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Grove, along with the congregation and choir.
For information, call 919-471-4564 or visit

Dance ministry celebration at Lincoln Memorial Baptist
DURHAM -- The Lincoln Memorial Baptist Church Dance Ministry will celebrate its second anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1500 S. Roxboro St. The special guest will be Suah African Dance Theater and Wesley Williams from Greensboro. The program is described as uplifting and spiritual to share with youth and young adults. Refreshments will follow the performance.
For information, contact Barbara Harrell at 919-688-7922 or 919-949-2301.

Gospel Artists United concert Aug. 30
DURHAM – The 3rd Annual Gospel Artists United concert will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 30 at Victorious Praise Church, 2116 Page Road.
Hosted by Patty Denny, the benefit concert for breast cancer awareness will feature John Thorpe & Truth, Marshetta Parker, Anthony “Adeion” Hill and Cashyra. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 VIP, $12 at the door, and $5 at the door for children ages 5 to 13. Proceeds will support the Duke Cancer Institute’s Office of Health Equity and Disparities programs. Mammograms screenings registration will be available from 1-2:30 p.m. before the concert.
For information, call Patty Denny at 919-641-2750.

UCCH sponsors Gay Games
CHAPEL HILL -- The United Church of Christ is the first religious denomination to be a major sponsor of the Gay Games, and the United Church of Chapel Hill is one of more than 30 UCC congregations to also sign on as individual sponsors of the event.
United Church of Chapel Hill has provided financial support for the Gay Games, the ninth international competition being held through Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio, home of the UCC’s headquarters.

The Hoppers in concert at Ridgecrest Baptist
DURHAM -- The Hoppers will present a concert at 7 p.m. Monday at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 1104 Milton Road. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the door or online at For information, call the church office at 919-477-5426.

Concert kicks off Christ the King retreat
DURHAM – The annual Christ the King Church retreat will be held Friday-Sunday on campus, 4405 Hope Valley Road.
The retreat will focus on “inward change, outward missional living and upward worship” at the Moravian church. The retreat begins with a concert by Justin McRoberts at 7 p.m., with food trucks from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Concert tickets are $5 at the door.
On Saturday, McRoberts will lead the program for adults and youth from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (lunch provided). Special programs, including bounce houses, for kids of all ages. Child care will be provided for infants and toddlers. McRoberts will also lead worship and preach on Sunday.
For information, call the church at 919-471-9916.

Community bowling league starts Aug. 24
DURHAM – St. Paul AME Community Bowling League is recruiting new amateur bowlers. The league bowls at 5 p.m. Sundays starting Aug. 24 at AMF Lanes,
4508 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. The cost is $12 per week (includes bowling and shoes). Teams are composed of three people.
An informational meeting will be held at 4:15 p.m. Aug. 24 at AMF. The purpose of this league is to bring St. Paul church members, other church members and communities together to fellowship, exercise and have fun while getting to know each other.
Payment of $32 due the first night of bowling to cover league sanction for one year and the first night of bowling. For information, contact Angeline Warren at or 919-967-6450; or Carlotta Armstrong at or 919-929-9948.

Divorce Care support group at Aldersgate UMC
DURHAM -- Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1320 Umstead Road,  will host Divorce Care beginning Sept. 9. The free support group meets weekly and is led by people who have been through divorce/separations.
Divorce Care is open to the community and meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room 205 in the Aldersgate Family Life Center. For information, contact Jack Snyder at 919-797-0882 or; or Holly Hall at

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