Rev. William Daye, founding pastor of Peace Missionary Baptist Church, will be celebrated for his 43 years of service to the church on Sunday. The retirement celebration in his honor will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, 4700 Emperor Blvd. in Durham.
Daye retired earlier this year and named new pastor Rev. D. Gregory Ceres.
“When people think of me I want them to think that I have been honest and straight forward and that I have not taken advantage of the church or people. I have tried to treat people like I would want to be treated,” Daye said. His pastoral career spanned 57 years and he served at six other North Carolina churches.
In 2015, Daye talked to The Herald-Sun about answering the call to preach and preparing sermons. He said then he didn’t need a week to write a sermon.
“If you just give me the Bible and 10 minutes, I can give you a 30-minute sermon,” he said. “The membership teases me: ‘You’ve got four lines on that piece of paper and are preaching 30 minutes.’ I remember because it’s in the computer,” Daye said, tapping his head.
Daye told the church he has no elaborate plans for his retirement other than caring for his wife and doing a little traveling. Daye, 88, has been married to Nora Daye for 64 years.
For more information about the retirement celebration, call 919-598-9888.
In other local faith news this week:
Rev. Joe Harvard named pastor emeritus
First Presbyterian Church has named retired pastor, the Rev. Joe Harvard, as pastor emeritus. Harvard, a leader in Durham outside his congregation as well in several faith and community groups, retired in 2013 after 33 years at First Presbyterian.
Harvard served for the past two years as interim pastor at First Scots Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He and his wife Carlisle have returned to Durham and will worship at First Presbyterian. Rev. Mindy Douglas, pastor of First Presbyterian, said this is the right time to honor Harvard for his years of “faithful service, deep compassion, generosity of spirit and vision for God’s justice in the city of Durham and beyond.”
Emmanuel AME celebrates anniversary
Emmanuel AME Church will celebrate its 137th Church Anniversary at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. The theme is “Rooted and Built Up in Jesus Christ — Firm in Faith: Collosians 2:7.” Rev. Jason Thompson will preach at the 10 a.m. service, and Rev. Shelton T. Miles Sr. will preach at 3 p.m. The church is located at 2018 Riddle Road in Durham.
Men’s Day at Community Baptist
Community Baptist Church will observe Men’s Day at the 8 a.m. service on Sunday, June 25 at 4821 Barbee Road in Durham. Rev. Dudley Flood of Martin Street Baptist Church will be the guest speaker. For information, call the church at 919-544-1319.
VBS at Duke’s Chapel UMC
Duke’s Chapel United Methodist Church will host “Hero Central” Vacation Bible School at 807 Old Oxford Road in Durham. VBS will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 23 with supper provided; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June with lunch provided; and 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 25, with worship at 11:00 a.m.