On Faith

On Faith: Classical organ concert Friday night

September 10, 2013 

The American Guild of Organists and the Chapel of the Cross will present a concert featuring organist Timothy Olsen at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

He will play works by Louis Vierne, Jan Sweelinck, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms and Cesar Franck.

Admission is free and a free-will offering will benefit the guild’s Durham-Chapel Hill chapter scholarship and development programs.

Organist Olsen is the Kenan Professor of Organ at the UNC School of the Arts and associate professor of organ at Salem College in Winston-Salem. He also serves as cantor at Augsburg Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem and was the first-prize winner of the 2002 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.

A native of Frost, Minn., Olsen has a bachelor of music degree from Concordia College and graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

Chapel of the Cross at 304 E. Franklin St. is handicap accessible. Contact Van Quinn at Chapel of the Cross, 919-442-2570, for further information.

Women’s Bible study

Women of all ages are invited to Discovery Bible Study at the Chapel Hill Bible Church, 260 Erwin Road.

A new series on the Gospel of Matthew will begin Thursday and will include worship, teaching, prayer and group discussions. The weekly sessions, held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., will be led by Kathy Russell. Child care is available.

Discovery Bible Study began in 1988 and is celebrating its 25th year of weekly fellowship and Scripture study. It is open to all women in the community and newcomers are welcome. For more information go to www.biblechurch.org/ministries/adult.

Legacy Women's Bible Study, sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church, features a weekly large group teaching followed by small group discussions and fellowship at the church, at 800 Market St. in Southern Village.

Kathy Russell from Fresh Water Ministries will lead the study set from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays in the church sanctuary. Registration for the study titled “Living Abundantly: Exploring the Parables of Jesus” from September through March 21, 2014, is $40. Child care is available for $150 per child and can be paid in two installments.

Go to www.christmethodist.org to register or contact the church office at office@christmethodist.org. The number is 919-969-8820. Questions may be directed to Kathy Parker at kpark@bellsouth.net, 919-967-5962.

Community yard sale

University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., will hold its annual community yard sale from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The sale features clothing, toys, books, collectibles, furniture and household items, all intentionally priced low as a service to the community.

In addition to providing low-cost clothing and basic household items, the sale raises money to support the poor, victims of domestic violence and the mentally ill.

For more information call the church office at 919-929-7191 or visit www.chapelhillumc.org.

Church golf tournament

HillSong Church, 201 Culbreth Road, will host the Hole4one Golf Tournament on Sept. 25. Tee time is 8 a.m. at the Chapel Ridge Golf Club in Pittsboro.

The money raised from the tournament will go to support mission work with orphans and economically vulnerable children in Kombolcha, Ethiopia. HillSong works with the children's Hope Chest to care for these children through food provision and educational support.

Sign up on the day of the tournament or sign up online at http://hole4one.com. For more information, call the church office at 919-967-3056.

St. Paul Fish Fry

St. Paul AME Church, 101 N. Merritt Mill Road, will host its annual Fish Fry from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, to benefit the building fund for St. Paul Village Church, a future church in the Rogers-Eubanks Community.

There is a $9 donation with tickets available from church members.

Prayer workshop

The Rev. Tom Ward, retired chaplain of The University of the South, will lead an introductory workshop in the basics of Thomas Keating's method of Centering Prayer at The Church of the Holy Family, 200 Hayes Road, on Saturday, Sept. 28.

The workshop is free of charge and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided, but participants may wish to supplement these with a lunch of their own.

Participants may wish to buy a copy of Keating’s “Open Mind, Open Heart” in advance or buy one at the workshop.

Interim minister named

The Rev. Gary Kowalski has been named interim minister for the coming year at Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist, 106 Purefoy Road.

A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Divinity School, Kowalski is the author of several books on spirituality, nature, history and animals. His book “Revolutionary Spirits: the Enlightened Faith of America's Founding Fathers” will be the subject of a lecture set for Thursday with dinner at 6:30 p.m., $4 per person, and speaker at 7:30 p.m.

Christian spirituality

The ecumenical program called the Friends of Christ School for Christian Spirituality is beginning its classes this week. Since the school's opening in September 2012, class enrollment has exceeded 80.

Classes are located at Amity United Methodist, Chapel of the Cross Episcopal, St. Thomas More Catholic and Holy Family Episcopal.

Instructors include Laura Dunham, founder, Church of St. Joseph; Heather Ferguson, co-coordinator, University Presbyterian; Stephanie Ford, Binkley Baptist; the Rev. David Frazelle, Chapel of the Cross; Deacon Phil Rzewnicki, co-coordinator, Holy Cross; the Rev. Molly Link Shivers, University United Methodist; and guest lecturer for the fall the Rev. Clarke French, rector, church of the Holy Family.

Classes are usually offered in both day and evening sessions. Each eight-week class costs $25 and includes books and materials. Students are mentored in their spiritual practices by school faculty. Group spiritual companioning is integrated into each eight-week class.

Four core classes are offered over a two-year-period: The Christian Journey as Transformation (pre-requisite to other classes), Spiritual Wisdom and Guidance, Practices for the Journey, and Discernment and Rule of Life

To learn more about the school, registration, and class schedules visit the school’s website at friendsofchristschool.com.

Health-care reform

The 10 a.m. Adult Forum Sunday at United Church of Chapel Hill will give an update on health-care reform in North Carolina. Gina Upchurch, executive director of Senior PharmAssist, will lead the conversation.

Starting Oct. 1, people without health insurance are encouraged to sign up for standardized coverage through new health-insurance marketplaces with coverage to take effect Jan. 1. Among topics to be addresses are What is the plan for citizens of North Carolina? and Who should be paying attention to this enrollment time?

The church is located at 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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