Belief Briefs: Churches to host special Lent events

Christians are about halfway through the season of Lent leading up to Easter, and local congregations are preparing for special events during Holy Week.

At University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, Holy Week services begin on April 9, Palm/Passion Sunday, with 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services. A service will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 13, Maundy Thursday, and communion will be served. A 7:30 p.m. service will also be held on April 14 for Good Friday, a Service of Tenebrae. Easter Sunday services will be held on April 16 at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and will include the One Great Hour of Sharing, a special offering that helps support the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Self-Development of People program, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program. University Presbyterian is located at 209 E. Franklin St. For more information, visit or

Also during Holy Week, Durham Ministers in Prayer, a group of men and women who have been praying together for 18 years, will hold a Maundy Thursday communion service from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 at Mosaic Church, 2031 W Club Blvd. There will be praise, prayer, preaching and communion. For more information, call Rev. Dan Johnson at 919-815-3111 or Rev. Michael Britt at 910-584-1101. Rev. Don Westbrook, senior pastor of Bethel Christian Center, is the facilitator of the Durham Ministers In Prayer.

Knights of Columbus at Catholic parishes have been holding Fish Fries on Fridays during Lent. There will be a Fish Fry on Friday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m. at Holy Infant Catholic Church, 5000 South Park Drive in Durham. Eat-in or take-out, the cost is $8 for fish and fixings. Drive-through service will also be offered.

Aside from Lent and Easter services, local congregations are hosting other special events this month:

St. Titus’ Epsicopal celebrates member’s 100th

St. Titus’ Episcopal Church will celebrate the 100 th birthday of Mozella Lambert McLaughlin on Sunday, March 26. A reception will be held immediately following the 10 a.m. service at St. Titus’ at 400 Moline St. in Durham. McLaughlin, originally from Chatham County, spent most of her teaching career in Durham Public Schools. For more information, call the church at 919-682-5504 or email

‘Sister to Sister’ forum at Union Baptist

The Women of Spirit of Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro St., Durham, will host a “Sister to Sister” forum at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 27. The discussion will be about the ties that bind and break the bonds of sisterhood among African-American women. The forum will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Free admission. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Kendra Pressley at 919-423-8454. Visit Women of Spirit Forums-Union Baptist Church on Facebook.

‘Tastes and Tunes’ for New Hope Camp

New Hope Camp and Conference Center will host its 12th annual benefit fundraising event, “Tastes and Tunes,” from 6 6o 8:30 p.m. April 8 at 4805 NC 86 South in Chapel Hill. Hors d’oeuvres and wine as well as a silent auction for local handcrafted items and gift certificates. Tickets are $20 per person. All proceeds will go toward New Hope Camp afterschool and camp programs, scholarship funds and facilities and pool maintenance. For information, email, call 919-942- 4716, or visit

Country breakfast at Bell-Yeager FWB

The men of Bell-Yeager Free Will Baptist Church are sponsoring a “Big Country Breakfast” starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 25 at the church in support of their Men’s Day. Bell-Yeager is located at 128 E. Cornwallis Road in Durham. The menu includes bacon, fatback, sausage, salmon cakes, smothered chicken, grits, eggs, biscuits, molasses, coffee and juice. Donation of $8, and you can eat in or take out. You can get tickets or more information by calling 919-489-3963. You can also pay at the door.

Ham and egg supper at Duke’s Chapel UMC

A ham and egg supper will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. April 1 at Duke's Chapel United Methodist Church, 807 Old Oxford Road in Durham. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children younger than 6. Proceeds benefit Urban Ministries of Durham and Heifer Project International.

Mental Illness conference March 31

The 7th Annual Faith Connections on Mental Illness Conference will be held on March 31 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St. in Chapel Hill. Registration is open for “Transforming Lives: Overcoming Stigma in Mental Illness,” a day-long program focused on the stereotypes, bias, stigma and silence faced by those dealing with mental illness. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and include breakfast and lunch. Register online at and visit Faith Connections on Mental Illness is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with all faith communities to welcome, include, support, educate and advocate for individuals and families who are living with mental illness.

Usher board anniversary

Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist Church located at 2400 Cheek Road in Durham, will celebrate the 84th Anniversary of the Junior and Senior Usher Board at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26. The special guest will be Rev. Charles R. Tyner Pastor of White Oak Missionary Baptist Church, with the Male Chorus, Ushers and congregation. For more information, call Rev. Norman T. Davis at 919-362-7057.

Pew Rally

Emmanuel AME Church will celebrate its “3rd Pew Rally” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26 at 2018 Riddle Road in Durham. The theme is “Songs that touch the Soul,” and songs by various artists will be performed.

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan: 919-419-6563, @dawnbvaughan