Belief Briefs

Feb. 05, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

Free health fair at St. Mark AME Zion on Saturday
DURHAM -- St Mark AME Zion Church will host a free Community & Family Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 531 S. Roxboro St. Participants include Cornucopia Center, The CAARE Program, Alliance Healthcare, Abundant Enterprise, Carolina Outreach, Durham Regional Health Coalition, Durham County Health Department Liz Losey and Pampered Chef, Eric Newsome and Smoking Cessation, and Gwendolyn Keith, a therapeutic and wellness coach. For information, call Alicia Reams at 919-599-0706.

Appreciation service for True Way Holy Church pastor
DURHAM – The annual appreciation service for Elder Nina Jones, pastor of True Way Holy Church, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at 4124 Fayetteville St.
The guest preacher will be the Rev. Brian K. Totten, pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Yanceyville. Totten will be accompanied by the Providence Missionary Baptist family. Everyone is invited.
The service is sponsored by Sister Alease Venable. For information, call 919-596-8625.

Deacon ordination Sunday in Roxboro
ROXBORO -- Mount Bethel Baptist Church will host an ordination service for Deacon-elect Frank Perry Jr. at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 418 Mount Bethel Church St. in Roxboro. The Rev. Benjamin Green is pastor. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Brud Perry, pastor of Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Danville, Va.
For information, call 336-597-2749 or email

105th anniversary of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist
DURHAM -- Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 2200 S. Alston Ave., will celebrate its 105th anniversary at 10 a.m. Sunday. The theme is “We've Come This Far By Faith.” The Rev. Danny Conyers, pastor emeritus of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Harrisburg, Pa., is the guest preacher. The public is invited to the worship service. The Rev. Cornelius E. Battle Sr. is pastor of Ebenezer.

Author to speak at Hillsborough Presbyterian book club
HILLSBOROUGH – The Hillsborough Presbyterian Church Book Club will host a reading with author Jill McCorkle and discussion of her most recent novel, “Life After Life,” at 7 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 102 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough. McCorkle lives in Hillsborough and is the author of 10 books. The public is invited.

‘42’ screening, discussion Wednesday
DURHAM -- Mt. Vernon Baptist Church continues its Black History Month events with a screening of “42,” the 2012 film about Jackie Robinson, and a post-show discussion with former Negro League baseball players at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the church sanctuary, 1007 S. Roxboro St.
Players include Willie “Pete” Hayes, who was an infielder for the Durham Rams and the Baltimore Orioles; Willie Bradshaw, who was a pitcher for the Durham Rams, Durham Eagles and the Colts; and Roy Alston, who was an infielder for the Durham Rams. 
Mt. Vernon will also host a recognition ceremony, gospel concert and Mable Bullock art exhibit from 3 to 5:15 p.m. Sunday. A ceremony will honor Mount Vernon history makers and the Senior Choir #1. The concert will feature church percussionist Amir Jones, Pete Joyner and Elijah Toomer, the Liturgical Dance Ensemble, Mt. Vernon Inspirational Choir and guest choirs Peace Missionary Senior Choir and Union Baptist Women's Chorale.

Lecture to focus on ‘Spirituality in Health Care’
DURHAM — Dr. Jill B. Hamilton, a specialist in the role of social support and spirituality in patient care, will be the keynote speaker for N.C. Central University’s 18th annual Helen S. Miller Lectureship and Luncheon from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 6 at Millennium Hotel, 2800 Campus Walk Ave.
Hamilton, who received her undergraduate degree from NCCU, has documented spiritual and religious practices of older African-Americans during times of illness or other stressful situations. She is an associate professor in the UNC at Chapel Hill School of Nursing.
The Helen S. Miller Lectureship and Luncheon is sponsored by the NCCU Department of Nursing. The deadline for registration is Feb. 18. Cost is $50 for professionals and $15 for students. For information, visit, download the event brochure at or call 919-530-6697.

Kidznotes choir to perform with Duke Chapel Choir Sunday
DURHAM – In a celebration of song and collaboration, the Kidznotes Beethoven Choir and the Duke Chapel Choir will perform together during the 11 a.m. service on Sunday. The Kidznotes Beethoven choir performed previously with the Duke Chapel Choir in 2012. Kidznotes serves students from five low-income Durham elementary schools -- Eastway, Y.E. Smith, E.K. Powe, Maureen Joy Charter School and Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet Elementary. Kidznotes expanded to Raleigh this past fall.

Debt workshop with Abounding In Grace Christian Church
DURHAM -- Abounding In Grace Christian Church, founded by Pastors Calvin and Gilda Suiter, will offer a free workshop, “How To Get Out of Debt – Using The Money You Already Have.”
The two-hour workshop will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 in the meeting room at the La Quinta Inn, 4414 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. Reservations are requested.
Pastor Calvin Suiter said the workshop is designed to “help you identify and end the credit abuse cycle, and then show you how to pay off those annoying debts.” For information about Abounding In Grace Christian Church, contact Pastor Calvin Suiter at 919-627-4773, or

Prayer breakfast, Men’s Day at Emmanuel AME
DURHAM -- Emmanuel AME Church’s Lay Organization and Men’s Day Committee will sponsor a prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday at the church, 2018 Riddle Road in Durham. The theme is “A Man Stands Tallest When He is on His Knees.”
Speakers are the Rev. Nathaniel Fuller, pastor of Hope Church International; Melvin Williams of Proud Fathers Inc.; and the Rev. Leon Parker of First Baptist Church in Raleigh.
Music and mime performances will be presented by by the EAMEC Male Chorus and Anointed Vessels of Popular Grove AME Church in Greensboro.
The event is free. The Rev. Anita Thompson is pastor. Also, Emmanuel will celebrate Men’s Day during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday. Emmanuel will celebrate Annual Men's Day. The theme is “Christian Men Walking from Darkness into the Light of Jesus: Matthew 5:14-16.” The Rev. Robert J. Yarborough of St. Mark AME Church in Smithfield will preach.

Intercessory prayer group at Holland Chapel AMEZ
CHATHAM COUNTY -- The Holland Chapel AMEZ Church Intercessors Prayer Group will gather from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 360 Burgess Road, Apex, which is in Chatham County. It will be a how-to clinic on “God’s instructions on faith stopping mountains.” For information, call Sister Beatrice Patillo at the church office, 919-362-7831. The Rev. Orlando R. Dowdy is pastor.  

Faith Connections on Mental Illness conference March 28
CHAPEL HILL – The Faith Connections on Mental Illness 4th Annual Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 28 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St. in Chapel Hill.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Harold Koenig, mental health expert, author, psychiatrist, and Duke University Medical Center professor. Also speaking, and participating in a panel discussion on spirituality and mental health care, is Warren Kinghorn, assistant professor of psychiatry and pastoral and moral theology at Duke University Medical Center and Duke Divinity School. Tonya Armstrong will speak on “Establishing an Effective Congregational Mental Health Ministry.”
Anyone who wants to learn more about mental illness and the community’s role in recovery may attend. Registration is $25/person by March 7 and $35 after. Register online at or call 919-942-6227 for a mail-in registration form. Faith Connections on Mental Illness is an inter-faith coalition of faith communities that work to welcome, include, support, educate and advocate for individuals and families who are living with mental illness. For information, visit or email

Pastor installation at First Baptist in Chapel Hill
CHAPEL HILL -- First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson St., will host Pastor Installation Weekend for the Rev. Rodney L. Coleman, the sixth pastor of First Baptist. Installation preacher for the 7 p.m. Friday service will be the Rev. Haywood Smith, pastor of St. James Baptist Church in Leasburg. The Rev. Haywood Gray, executive secretary of the General Baptist State Convention in North Carolina will be the guest preacher at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday. Everyone is invited to attend.

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