Belief Briefs

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 12:47 AM

Slavery’s influence on Passover seders and Southern food
DURHAM -- JCC Conversations: Foods of Freedom will present “How Slavery Influenced the Passover Seder and Southern Tables” tonight with a lecture, question-and-answer session and book signing at the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road.
The lecture begins at 7 p.m., with a cooking demonstration at 5:30 p.m. Speakers are culinary historian Michael Twitty and UNC professor Marcie Cohen Ferris, author of “Matzoh Ball Gumbo.” For information about JCC Conversations, visit or contact Maya Osterman at or 919-354-4948.

U.S. Rep. Clyburn to speak at St. Paul AME
CHAPEL HILL – U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., will give the keynote address during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday at St. Paul AME Church, 101 N. Merritt Mill Road in Chapel Hill. Clyburn is the assistant Democratic leader of the U.S. House. His visit is part of the church yearlong 150th anniversary commemoration.
April’s theme is “Men of Destiny, Faith in Action and Moving Forward.” Other speakers in April include Dennis Gaddy, director of an ex-offender re-entry program; Associate Superintendent of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Rodney Trice, Allen Mask and others.
The Men of St. Paul will also host a community cookout from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Phoenix Place subdivision playground in the Rogers Road community. For information, visit or call Sandra Gentry at the church, 919-967-3961.

Watts Street Baptist names new pastor
DURHAM -- Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham has called the Rev. Dorisanne Cooper to be its next senior pastor. She will start the job this summer.
Cooper grew up in Waco, Texas, is a graduate of Baylor University and received her divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She previously served at Lake Shore Baptist Church in Waco and College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro.
Watts Street Baptist’s previous pastor was the Rev. Mel Williams, who remains involved with End Poverty Durham.

Labyrinth walk this weekend at Aldersgate
DURHAM -- Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1320 Umstead Road, will host a labyrinth walk in its Family Life center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Palm Sunday. The labyrinth has one path in and out and becomes a mirror for a journey toward and with God. All ages are welcome to walk. It is free.

‘Glorious Day’ cantata on Palm Sunday
DURHAM -- Rose of Sharon Baptist Church 4109 Guess Road, will perform an Easter cantata, “Glorious Day,” at 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Family and Friends Day at West Durham Baptist
DURHAM -- West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens St., will observe Family and Friends Day during its 10 a.m. worship service Sunday. The sermon topic will be “Happiness for Me in the Family.” For information, call 919-682-4453. The Rev. Terry Thomas is pastor.

Homecoming Sunday at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 2200 S. Alston Ave., will celebrate homecoming on Sunday. Sunday school is at 8:55 a.m. and worship service is at 10 a.m. The theme is “Reaching the Masses.” Dinner will be served after the worship service. The Rev. Cornelius E. Battle Sr. is pastor.

Pastoral anniversary, Easter services at Cain’s Chapel 
HILLSBOROUGH – Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the third pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Obadele and Sister Tammy St. George at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2001 St. Mary’s Road in Hillsborough.
The Rev. Dwight Wilkerson and Dan River Bethel Baptist Church of South Boston, Va., will lead the services.
Also at Cain’s Chapel, a Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7 p.m. April 17. The Easter sunrise service will be held at 6 a.m. April 20 at Lipscomb Grove Baptist Church, then Sunday school at 8:45 a.m. and Easter worship service at 10 a.m. at Cain’s Chapel. The church will also hold a prayer/praise service at 7 p.m. April 25 and observe Women’s Day on April 27 with the Rev. Angela Richmond preaching.
For information, visit

Camp registration at St. Paul’s Lutheran
DURHAM – Registration has begun for Camp Agape Day Camp to be held July 21-25 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road.
Camp Agape Day Camp for rising first- through fifth-graders will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with early drop-off and late pick up available. The camp will be run by staff from Agape-Kure Beach Ministries. Activities will include singing, hiking, crafts, nature study, Bible stories, games and group outings. For information, call 919-489-3214.
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