The Chancel Choir and brass ensemble of United Church of Chapel Hill will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, celebrating the themes of birth and rebirth.
The music comes from Christmas and Easter choral repertoire and features Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata and anthems from the Easter portion of Handel’s Messiah.
There is no admission charge for the concert at the church located at 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. An offering will be received for the Alamance-Orange Prison Ministry to help former inmates reintegrate into their communities and families.
Accoding to organizers:
• About 95 percent of inmates eventually leave prison and return home.
• More than 900 state and federal laws deny North Carolinians a wide range of privileges and rights based on a criminal record.
• North Carolina’s three-year recidivism rate is 40 percent.
The Chancel Choir is the church’s 45-voice main choir that sings in worship each Sunday of the academic year, takes part in special services such as Lessons and Carols at Christmas, and performs a major concert annually. The conductor is Jennifer Anderson, director of music at the church.
United Church’s brass-quintet will be joined by brass players from the community to form a double quintet. They will perform works by Pachebel and Bach on their own, and will join the choir for Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata. Alexander Anderson will conduct the double quintet.
‘Men of Destiny’
St. Paul AME Church, 101 N. Merritt Mill Road, is holding a Men of Destiny Conference today through Sunday with the theme “What Must I Do To Be Saved?”
Events include a 6 to 7 p.m. Bible study today and Thursday led by the Rev. Melvin Graham of Mt. Zion AME Church in Hillsborough as well as special speakers today and Thursday at 7 p.m. On Friday, the Rev. Daisy Long from St. Matthew AME Church in Saxapahaw will lead a 7 p.m. Family Worship Service.
Saturday, a free community cookout and outreach is set from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Phoenix Place Subdivision playground in the Rogers Road community. Activities will include fun activities for children and food as well as free diabetes health screenings by Piedmont Health Services.
State Rep. Larry D. Hall will lead the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday. The public is invited to all the events.
Free barbecue Saturday
A free community barbecue is set 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Farrington Road Baptist Church, 5936 Farrington Road.
In addition to North Carolina barbecue, the event will feature a bounce house for kids, music, bake sale, snow cones and popcorn.
Tickets for a drawing for an iPad will be sold with all proceeds going to G.U.M. Drop Ministries and a mission trip to Belize.
All are welcome.
Catholic Charities benefit
The third annual Celebrate God’s Gifts Gala, hosted by Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, is set from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 27 at the Raleigh Marriott City Center.
This is a fund-raising event for Catholic Charities, a private, nonprofit, social service agency serving people of Eastern North Carolina.
Festivities will include presentation of the 2013 Bishop F. Joseph Gossman Community Service Award to Ron and Jeannette Doggett. They have supported such organizations as Catholic Parish Outreach, Habitat for Humanity and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
Tickets for $75 will include drinks and a seated dinner as well as entertainment from the Moore Square Band. For sponsorships or to purchase tickets, call 919-821-8146 or email email@example.com.
Capital campaign kickoff
A dinner meeting at which the Rev. Dr. Brian Blount, president of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va., will speak may interest to Presbyterians and others in the Chapel Hill area.
The event is set for 5 p.m. April 27 at the Durham Convention Center in downtown.
Sponsored by Durham’s Covenant Presbyterian Church, the dinner will kick off a capital campaign to help pay off the church’s mortgage.
“We have six years left on our mortgage and want to cut it in half,” said the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, pastor. “We will have dinner, music and hear Dr. Blount speak on the relationship between the Triangle and Union Seminary,” said Hawkins, who is a graduate of Union.
Tickets are $40 and churches can reserve a table for 10 people. For reservations call 919-682-1484.
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