Belief Briefs

Apr. 17, 2014 @ 12:58 AM

Holocaust memorial event April 27 at Chapel Hill Kehillah
DURHAM -- The Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish community’s Yom HaShoah Holocaust Memorial commemoration will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 27 at the Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill.
The program features the personal story of Abe Piasek, who grew up in Bialobrzegi, Poland. In 1940, when he was 12, most of the 1,500 Jews in his hometown were either killed or deported to concentration camps of Maidanek and Treblinka. It was the last time Piasek saw his family. He was held by Nazis in camps at Radom, Auschwitz and Weinhausen before being liberated by U.S. troops near Dachau in 1945. He now lives in Raleigh.
The program also includes recognition of winners of the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation’s Holocaust essay contest, recognition of other local Holocaust survivors, and period songs performed by the Triangle Jewish Chorale.
The event is free and open to the public.
For information, contact Sheva Zucker at 919-286-3628 or

Seven Last Words of Christ, egg hunt at St. John’s Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 917 Onslow St., will hold a service of the “Seven Last Words of Christ” at 7 p.m. Friday. It will host an Easter Egg Hunt from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday for children ages 10 and under. Call Minister Sylvia Belcher at 919-286-0332 to register.

Easter services at United Church

CHAPEL HILL -- United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., will celebrate Maundy Thursday at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
For Good Friday, the church will hold a family service at 5 p.m. and a Taize service at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
On Sunday, Easter services begin with a sunrise service at 7 a.m. in UCCH’s Memorial Garden followed by breakfast. Worship services will also be held at 8:45 a.m. with United Voices of Praise and Crooked Creek performing; and at 11 a.m. with Crooked Creek and the Brass Ensemble.
An Easter brunch will be held at 10 a.m. Bring finger foods. For information, visit or call 919-942-3540.

Egg hunt Saturday at Fletcher’s Chapel UMC
DURHAM -- Fletcher's Chapel United Methodist Church, 1919 Fletcher’s Chapel Road, will host an Easter Egg Hunt, rain or shine, at 10 a.m. Saturday. A light breakfast will be served and the Easter Bunny will be visiting.

Easter services at St. Philip’s Episcopal
DURHAM -- St. Philip’s Episcopal, 403 E. Main St., will hold a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. tonight, including foot washing. A Good Friday service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Easter vigil service at 8 p.m. Saturday. On Easter, there will be services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday. For information, call 919-682-5708.

Stations of the Cross, cantata at University UMC
CHAPEL HILL – A Good Friday walk of the Stations of the Cross around Chapel Hill followed by a cantata are part of Holy Week at University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St.
The walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday on the church front lawn and include stops around the community. Each station will recall an account of Jesus’ suffering on his way to the cross and suffering in the Chapel Hill community.
At 7:30 p.m., the Chancel Choir and soloists will present “The Crucifixion” – a cantata by English composer and organist John Stainer. Child care will be available during the cantata. Also, services today will be held at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to commemorate Jesus’ Last Supper. On Easter, services include a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. in the courtyard in front of the church, and worship services in the sanctuary at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday. For information, call 919-929-7191 or visit

Outdoor Easter service at New Hope Missionary Baptist
CHATHAM COUNTY -- New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 581 New Hope Church Road, Apex (in Chatham County) will hold an outdoor Easter service at 10 a.m. Sunday. For information, call 919-362-9209.

Black figures in Islamic history presentation April 27
DURHAM – Masjid Ibad Ar-Rahman, 3034 Fayetteville St., will host a presentation, “Black & Noble: A Study of Important Black Figures in Islamic History,” by Shaikh Omar Suleiman from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. The public is invited. For information, email Shaikh Mawlid Khalif at

Egg hunt, Easter services at Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- The Youth Department of Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2400 Cheek Road.
Games, candy, prizes and food will be on hand. For information, call the Rev. Norman T. Davis at 919-362-7057.
Mt. Zoar will hold Easter services beginning with a sunrise service at 6 a.m. Sunday with guests the Rev. E. Nathaniel Wall and the congregation of New Calvary Baptist Church in Gorman. Easter events continue with breakfast at 7 a.m., Sunday school at 8 a.m. and worship at 9 a.m. Sunday.
Also, the Mt. Zoar Youth Department will sponsor an “O Taste and See Culinary Dinner” at 5 p.m. April 26 in the fellowship hall. For information, call Sister K.R. Cozart at 919-475-2977.

Gospel concert Sunday in Person County
TIMBERLAKE – The Family Gospel Singers 41st Anniversary Gospel Concert will be performed at 3 p.m. Sunday at New Hope Person Missionary Baptist Church, 1261 Tom Oakley Road in Timberlake. The concert will feature The Kings of Harmony of Hillsborough, The Mighty Tennenairs of Burlington, Mattie Alston and The Gospel of Praise of Greensboro, The Sure Destiny of Durham, The Sons of Zion of Greensboro, The Disciplairs of Danville, Va., True Lights of Bahama and others. For information, call 919-489-0286.

Edgewood Baptist sportsman banquet April 26
DURHAM -- Edgewood Baptist Church, 1807 Infinity Road, will host its fourth annual Men’s Sportsman Banquet at 5 p.m. April 26. Dinner is free and there will be door prizes. The guest speaker is Rod King of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. For information, call 919-471-2664.

Ministerial alliance presents ‘Seven Last Sayings’ Friday
DURHAM -- The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Durham and Vicinity will host the “Seven Last Sayings” at noon Friday at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 404 Dowd St. Speakers include the Rev. Marie Tapp, the Rev. Phyliss Murphy, the Rev. Trish Harleston, the Rev. Michelle Cotton-Laws, the Rev. Rhonda Royal-Hatton and the Rev. Anita Thompson.

Sunrise service at Antioch Baptist
DURHAM -- Antioch Baptist Church will host its Easter sunrise service at 6 a.m. Sunday at 1415 Holloway St. The Rev. Michael D. Page will preach. Communion will be served.

Easter events at St. Paul’s Lutheran
DURHAM -- St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, ELCA will hold Maundy Thursday services at noon and 7 p.m. today. Good Friday services will be held at noon and 7 p.m. Friday, and will be based on the Stations of the Cross displayed in the sanctuary.
The 7 p.m. service will be Tenebrae. Easter Sunday services will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, with breakfast at 9:30 a.m. followed by an Easter Egg Hunt for children.
St. Paul’s Lutheran is at 1200 W. Cornwallis Road in Durham. For information, call the church at 919-489-3214 or visit

First Baptist of Chapel Hill celebrates anniversary
CHAPEL HILL – First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill, will celebrate its 149th anniversary at two upcoming services. The Rev. Mitchell Simpson, senior pastor of University Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, will preach at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Mark R. Royster Sr., associate minister at First Baptist, will preach at 11 a.m. April 27. For information, call 919-942-2552.

Easter at Mt. Gilead Baptist
DURHAM -- Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 404 Dowd St., will hold an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by breakfast. Sunday school is at 9 a.m. and Easter worship at 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

Ham and eggs at Cedar Grove UMC Saturday
CEDAR GROVE – Cedar Grove United Methodist Church will hold a ham and egg breakfast from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, 5218 Efland Cedar Grove Road. For information, call 919-732-8405.

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