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Feb. 20, 2013 @ 08:51 PM

Black History program at Cameron Grove Baptist on Sunday
DURHAM – Cameron Grove Baptist Church, 816 Berwyn Ave., Durham, will hold its annual Black History program at 3 p.m. Sunday. Pastor Dwight Wilkerson and congregation from Dan River Baptist Church will be guests. Dinner will be served. All are invited to attend. For information, call 919-220-7402.
Will McFarlane to perform at New Bethel UMC on Sunday
ROUGEMONT – Musicians Hall of Fame inductee Will McFarlane will perform during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday at New Bethel United Methodist Church, 9022 New Bethel Church Road in Rougemont. McFarlane plays guitar with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, also known as The Swampers. He was Bonnie Raitt’s guitar player and sang backup vocals on tour for six years and plays guitar on Joss Stone’s latest CD.
McFarlane’s wife, Janet, will join him at New Bethel. For information, contact Paul McFarland at 336-364-9295.
Black History program Sunday at Greater Orange Grove Baptist
DURHAM – Greater Orange Grove Baptist Church will celebrate Black History with a program at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 5524 N. Roxboro Road, Durham. Guest speaker is Lakoya Yarborough, a history major at N.C. A&T University and the granddaughter of Pastor Bennie C. Torian. Greater Orange youths will present past leaders. Everyone is welcome. For information, call 919-544-4420.
Guatemalan Student Support Group banquet Friday
CHAPEL HILL – The Guatemalan Student Support Group of Chapel Hill, which brings impoverished Guatemalan youth to the Triangle area for high school and college, will hold a “Lighting the Way to Leadership” fundraising banquet from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill. Tickets are $25. Call 919-467-2650 to RSVP or purchase tickets online at gssg.charityhappenings.org.
Black History service at Greater Refuge Temple
DURHAM – Greater Refuge Temple’s senior ministry will wrap up its Black History services on Feb. 28 from noon to 2 p.m. at the church, 1438 Maplewood Drive, Durham. Guest speaker is Vivian McKoy. Lunch provided. For information, call 919-596-7141.
Michael Page to preach at Lincoln Memorial Baptist
DURHAM – Lincoln Memorial Baptist Church, 1500 S. Roxboro St., Durham, will hold a Black History program at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Michael Page, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited to attend. Wear African attire. There will be a Black Art display and soul food potluck after the program. For information, call Barbara Harrell at 919-688-7922.
Ignatian Spirituality events at Holy Cross Catholic
DURHAM – The study of Ignatian Spirituality continues at Holy Cross Catholic Church with a presentation on the “Three Kinds of Humility” by Fr. Michael Proterra, SJ, at noon on Saturday. Also, at 5 p.m. Friday there will be an evening of prayer in the Ignatian tradition followed by a simple supper. The prayer precedes the Holy Hour at 6 p.m. and Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. The church is located at 2438 S. Alston Ave., Durham. All are welcome. For information, call the parish office at 919-957-2900.
Anti-human trafficking event in Hillsborough
HILLSBOROUGH – The United Methodist Women of Hillsborough United Methodist Church will hold an event to learn more about human slavery and find ways to personally help end human slavery.  The event, “Stolen Lives” will be held at 2 p.m. March 2 at Hillsborough UMC, 130 W. Tryon St., in Hillsborough. Childcare available. Presentation by Susan Young, a reception and informational fair. 
Duke Chapel dean to preach at Watts Street Baptist
DURHAM – The Rev. Luke A. Powery, dean of Duke Chapel and an associate professor of the practice of homiletics at Duke Divinity School, will preach at 11 a.m. Sunday at Watts Street Baptist Church, 800 Watts St., Durham. The public is invited to attend.
Powery, an ordained Baptist minister, will deliver a sermon titled “Body Talk,” based on Philippians 3:17-4:1 and Luke 7:36-50.
Disaster response workshop for faith leaders March 9
DURHAM – Outstretched Hands Community Development Corporation will offer a workshop, “Preparing the Research Triangle Faith Community for Disaster Response,” from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 9 at the N.C. Central University Whiting Criminal Justice Building. The workshop aims to inform church leaders about preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural and human disasters. Material is derived from Mobilizing Faith-based Community Organizations, developed by NCCU in conjunction with the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The facilitator for the course is M. Chris Herring, a minister and the executive director of the NCCU Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development. $10 donation. Register at info@outstretched-hands.org and include how many people will attend. Make checks payable to Outstretched Hands and mail to P.O. Box 11617, Durham, NC 27703 or pay onsite on March 9. For information, call Herring at 919-530-5206.
Soul food dinner at Mount Zoar Missionary Baptist on Sunday
DURHAM – Mount Zoar Missionary Baptist Church, 2400 Cheek Road, Durham, has been observing Black History Month during the 11 a.m. worship services on Sundays. On Sunday, Mount Zoar Missionary Baptist will have a traditional soul food dinner after the service. The Rev. Norman T. Davis is pastor. For information, call 919-362-7057.
Fisher Memorial UHC celebrates 129 years
DURHAM – Fisher Memorial United Holy Church will observe its 129th Church Anniversary on March 3 at the church, 420 E. Piedmont Ave., Durham. One of the sons of the church, Elder Jerry Powell, will preach during the 11 a.m. service. Powell is pastor of Alston Chapel UHC in Pittsboro. Music will be rendered by the Mass Choir and the United Voices of Praise of Chapel Hill and Durham. Dinner will be served following the service. Bishop Elroy Lewis is pastor. For information, call 919-682-7416.
Women to celebrate World Day of Prayer in Hillsborough
HILLSBOROUGH – Hillsborough Presbyterian Church will observe the World Day of Prayer from noon-1 p.m. March 1 at the church, 102 W. Tryon St. Complimentary lunch after service. This year’s World Day of Prayer theme is “I Was a Stranger and You Welcome Me.” The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women who welcome all to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday of March. More than 20 churches from Hillsborough, Durham, Chapel Hill, Mebane and the area will celebrate the 33rd year that the local event will be held, started by the late Anne Salomon and now led by her daughter Sue Faulkner. For information, visit www.worlddayofprayer.net. For the local event, call Hillsborough Presbyterian Church at 919-732-3131. 
World Day of Prayer at Christus Victor Lutheran
DURHAM – The Women of the ELCA of Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1615 E. N.C. 54, Durham, will observe World Day of Prayer on March 1. All people are welcome to come to the church, which will be open for silent prayers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a spoken Litany of Prayer and Thanksgiving at noon and 7 p.m. by the Rev. James Huffman, pastor. Sit in a pew or kneel at the altar and pray on your own. For information, call 919-544-7195 or visit www.christus-victor.org.
Judge Pat Evans among speakers at Mt. Gilead Women’s Conference
DURHAM – Mount Gilead Baptist Church will host its Annual Women’s Conference from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 9 at the Hilton Hotel, 4810 Page Creek Lane, Durham. The theme is “Transforming Women through God’s Word.” The registration fee of $30 includes breakfast and lunch. Guest speakers in the morning are the Rev. Faye S. Gunn of Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va.; Mt. Gilead’s own Pamela Owens, who will discuss “Sista –Take Charge!” highlighting Deborah; and the Rev. Sylvia Branch of St. Mark AME Church, with a message on “Praying.” Afternoon speakers are Melissa Wade of The Light 103.9 radio station and Durham County District Court Judge Pat Evans, who will discuss crime and juvenile activity. Line dancing with Ra-Chel Fowler. The conference concludes March 10 at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 404 Dowd St., Durham, with the Rev. Daphne Wiggins-Obie of Union Baptist Church speaking at 7:45 a.m. and the Rev. Faye S. Gunn speaking at 10:15 a.m. March 10. Tickets can be at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 919 688-6052. 
Musical program at Holland Chapel A.M.E. Zion
APEX – The LRTs of Holland Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, 360 Burgess Road, Apex, will sponsor a musical program at 3 p.m. Sunday featuring the Rev. Johnny Holloway & The Gospel Jubilees of Raleigh, The Gospel Tones of Apex, Credric and Company and The Golden Stars of Goldston. The Rev. Orlando R. Dowdy, host pastor. Also, Holland Chapel A.M.E.Z. will sell plates of barbecue, chicken and fish with sides and dessert from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 8-9. Eat-in, take out or local delivery. Plates are $7 each; sandwiches are $3. Call the church office at 919-362-7831 to order.
Services planned for National Week of Prayer for the Healing of HIV/AIDS
DURHAM – The National Observance of the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of HIV/AIDS will be observed in Durham March 3-9. Faith groups, churches and the community join for the 16th year to bring education and awareness to congregations; show love and compassion for victims and families living with HIV/AIDS, and to remember those who died. Schedule of events:
March 3: “Real Talk: What Youth Need to Know about HIV/AIDS” at 11:15 a.m. Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro St., Durham. Also, “Service of Vision, Unity and Faith” at 3 p.m. at Centennial Chapel, N.C. Central University.
March 4: “Service of Remembrance and Hope” at 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2438 S. Alston Ave., Durham.
March 5: “Service of Caring, Support and Service” at 7 p.m. at Imani MCC IMANI MCC, 3602 C View St., Durham.
March 6: “Service of Healing through Study and Prayer” at 7 p.m. at Morehead Avenue Baptist Church, 1008 Morehead Ave., Durham.
March 7: “Service of Compassion and Love for All People” at 7 p.m. at Kyles Temple AME Zion Church, 409 Dunston St., Durham.
March 8: “Young People, STD, and HIV:  How to Survive the Pressure” at 7 p.m. at Russell Memorial CME Church, 703 S. Alston Ave., Durham. Co-Sponsored by Mt. Level Baptist Church and Partners in Caring.
March 9: “COMPASSIONfest – A Gospel Music Service” at 3 p.m. at First Calvary Baptist Church, 1311 Morehead Ave., Durham. Also, “Community Candlelight Remembrance Service” at 7 p.m. at Healing with CAARE, Inc., 214 Broadway St., Durham.
The Durham Faith Community on the Healing of HIV/AIDS welcome the participation of interested faith organizations during regular meetings held second Tuesdays at Union Baptist Church. For information, contact 919-402-1881 or durhamfaithcommunity@yahoo.com.
UMC Bishop Ward to preach at University UMC
CHAPEL HILL – Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church will preach at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services Sunday at University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. Ward leads the conference of 821 churches in 56 counties. She received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and master of divinity from Duke Divinity School. To information, visit www.chapelhilluumc.org.
George Debnam to speak at North East Baptist
DURHAM – N.C. Central University trustee emeritus George C. Debnam will be the guest speaker at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at North East Baptist Church, 3204 NC 55, Durham. Debnam is a retired Raleigh physician and Shaw University trustee and alum. During his 50-year career, he delivered 11,500 babies and performed more than 5,000 surgeries. Debnam will speak during the Black History celebration at North East Baptist Church. For information, call 919-544-2142.
Lent series on African-American health at St. Titus’ Episcopal
DURHAM – African-American health disparities is the topic for the Lenten program at St. Titus’ Episcopal Church, 400 Moline St., Durham. Noon day prayer and lunch table talk presentations held Wednesdays during Lent. Speakers from Durham agencies and programs will make presentations at noon, followed by lunch and dialogue. Subjects include sickle cell disease; N.C. Harm Reduction Coalition; CPR training and stroke and heart attack warning signs; CAARE; and HIV prevention.
Women’s conference March 8 at Edgewood Baptist
DURHAM – A Women’s Conference with Connie Cavanaugh will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. March 8 at Edgewood Baptist Church, 1807 Infinity Road, Durham. The theme is “Created to Do Beautiful Things.” Dinner tickets are available for $15 until March 3. Mail a check to Edgewood Baptist Church, Ladies’ Conference, 1807 Infinity Road, Durham, NC 27712. For information, call 919-384-6116 or 919-471-2664.
Comedy night at Farrington Road Baptist
CHAPEL HILL – Farrington Road Baptist Church, 5936 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, will host Comedy Night from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Comedy for the whole family and free spaghetti dinner. For information, call 919-489-5889 or visit www.farobap.com.     
North Carolinians Against Gun Violence at UCCH Sunday
CHAPEL HILL – United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., will host a discussion with Gail Neely of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Assembly Room. For information, contact United Church of Chapel Hill at office@unitedchurch.org or 919-942-3540.
Funeral planning talk at Grace Lutheran Feb. 27
DURHAM – Grace Lutheran Church, 824 N. Buchanan Blvd., Durham, will host Mark Higgins, president of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service and Crematory, on Feb. 27 for discussions on funeral planning and practices. Higgins will speak at 11 a.m. during a soup and salad lunch and again at 6 p.m. during the church’s Lenten supper. RSVP to the church office at office@gracelutheranchurch.net.
Pancakes fundraiser at Rose of Sharon Baptist
DURHAM – Rose of Sharon Baptist Church youth will have an all you can eat pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall, 4109 Guess Road, Durham.
Proceeds will help send youth to summer camp. Tickets are $7, or $8 for specialty pancakes, and include sausage and drink. Children under age 6 eat free with adult. For information, call the church office at 919-477-3993.
Brunswick stew, chicken at Pleasant Green UMC
DURHAM – Pleasant Green United Methodist, 3005 Pleasant Green Road, Durham, will have a Brunswick Stew and Chicken Dumpling Dinner from 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Sit down, take out or stew by the quart. $8.50/adults and $4/children 11 and under. To reserve stew by the quart, call 919-383-5764 or visit www.pleasantgreen.org.

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