Belief briefs

Feb. 27, 2013 @ 12:13 PM

Women to celebrate World Day of Prayer

HILLSBOROUGH – Hillsborough Presbyterian Church will observe the World Day of Prayer noon-1 p.m. Friday at the church, 102 W. Tryon St. A complimentary lunch will follow the service.

This year’s World Day of Prayer theme is “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed 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 For the local event, call Hillsborough Presbyterian Church at 919-732-3131.  

Bishop to discuss Pauli Murray sainthood

DURHAM -- Durham County Library will host the Right Rev. Michael B. Curry, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, as he discusses the sainthood of Pauli Murray at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St., Durham. Curry will explore the meaning of sainthood and explain why the Episcopal Church elevated Murray to that status. Murray was a champion for civil and human rights who grew up in Durham and graduated from Hillside High School in 1926. She was a historian, attorney, poet, activist, teacher and Episcopal priest, and worked throughout her life to address injustice, to give voice to the unheard, to educate and to promote reconciliation between races and economic classes. For more information about the event, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-2068.

World Day of Prayer at Christus Victor Lutheran

DURHAM -- The Women of the ELCA of Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1615 E. NC 54, Durham, will observe World Day of Prayer Friday. 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

Empty Bowls fundraiser for UMD March 7

DURHAM – The 7th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for Urban Ministries of Durham will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 7 at the Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan St., Durham. Soups from 16 restaurants in the Triangle will be served, and tickets can also include the purchase of a pottery bowl made locally. For ticket information, visit

Evangelism conference at Mt. Level Baptist

DURHAM -- Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church, 316 Hebron Road, Durham, will hold its 2013 Evangelism Conference 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Rev. Madeline McClenney Sadler of is the guest presenter. The conference will discuss what image of Christ the church models to those who are incarcerated, what those released from prison believe that the church stands for, and how to “truly tell them that we receive, love, want and need them.” All are welcome to attend. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. For information, call 919-477-3893.

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 at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hillsborough UMC, 130 W Tryon St., in Hillsborough. Childcare available. Presentation by Susan Young, a reception and informational fair.  

Fisher Memorial UHC celebrates 129 years

DURHAM -- Fisher Memorial United Holy Church will observe its 129th Church Anniversary on Sunday at the church, 420 E. Piedmont Ave., Durham. 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.

Fish fry, prayer breakfast, worship at Russell Memorial

DURHAM -- The Ministry to Men of Russell Memorial C.M.E. Church, 703 S. Alston Ave., Durham, will celebrate its 2013 Men’s Conference March 8-10. Activities include a Fish Fry at 11 a.m. March 8, a Prayer Breakfast at 9 a.m. March 9 and a worship service at 10 a.m. March 10. For information, call the church office at 919-682-2523.  Rev. Wayne A. Williams, pastor.

Youth revival at Cain’s Chapel Baptist

HILLSBOROUGH -- Youth revival will be held at 7 p.m. nightly March 6-March 8 at Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 2001 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough. All area youth and their families are welcome to attend. For information, call 919-471-4564.

Rev. Obadele St. George, pastor.

Pope discussion at First Presbyterian

DURHAM – The Rev. Sam Miglarese, an associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church and a former Catholic priest, will discuss Pope Benedict’s resignation at 9:45 a.m. Sunday in Watts-Hill Hall at First Presbyterian, 305 E. Main St., Durham. Miglarese studied, taught and was ordained a priest in Rome. The public is invited.

St. Paul AME bowling league starting season

DURHAM -- The St. Paul AME Community Bowling League will soon begin its season and is open to the community. They meet at 5 p.m. Sundays at the Durham AMF Bowling Lanes. First-time bowlers welcome. The league begins in March and lasts 16 weeks. Contact Carlotta Armstrong-Young at or 919-929-9948; or league advisor Tommy Young at 919-929-9948 or  

Disaster response training offered at NCCU

DURHAM -- Outstretched Hands Community Development Corporation will offer a workshop, “Preparing the Research Triangle Faith Community for Disaster Response,” from 9 a.m. to 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 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 on site on March 9. For information, call Herring at 919-530-5206.

Evans among speakers at women’s conference

DURHAM -- Mount Gilead Baptist Church will host its Annual Women’s Conference from 8 a.m. to 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 include 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; Rev. Sylvia Branch of St. Mark AME Church, with a message on “Praying;” Melissa Wade of The Light 103.9 and Durham County District Court Judge Pat Evans.

The program will include line dancing with Ra-Chel Fowler. The conference concludes March 10 at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 404 Dowd St., Durham, with Rev. Daphne Wiggins of Union Baptist Church speaking at 7:45 a.m. and Rev. Faye S. Gunn speaking at 10:15 a.m. March 10. Tickets can be purchased at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 919 688-6052. 

Music groups to perform at Shepherds House

DURHAM – Shepherds House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St., Durham, will host a benefit service for radio ministry featuring six musical groups at 5 p.m. March 16. Host is Evangelist J. R. Harrelson. The service features Gospel Silhouettes of Apex, Men of Grace of Durham, Chosen Voices of Dunn, Voices of Lakeview of Durham, Traveling Sons of Pittsboro and the Chancel Choir. For information, call 919-638-2361.

Baby contest at Paynes Chapel A.M.E.

HILLSBOROUGH -- The Lay Organization of Paynes Chapel A.M.E. Church will host a Baby Contest, Fashion and Talent Show at 3 p.m. March 9. Babies “on parade” will be Chanler Mckenzie Watson, Anya Marie Williams, Chasney Grant Chambers, Kyleed Chase Royster and Brandy Marie Weaver. The church is at the intersection of Highway 57 and Schley Road in Orange County.

Breakfast fundraiser in Cedar Grove

CEDAR GROVE – Cedar Grove United Methodist Church will hold a ham and egg breakfast 6:30-10 a.m. Saturday as a fundraiser for its Relay for Life team. The church is at 5218 Efland Cedar Grove Road in Cedar Grove, Orange County. For information, call 919-732-8405.

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