On Faith

Church festival to benefit homeless ministries

September 25, 2013 

Trinity Avenue Presbyterian will hold a Community Arts Festival on Oct. 5. “A Celebration of Home” will benefit homeless ministries in the community, including Habitat for Humanity and Housing for New Hope.

Among the events will be an arts and crafts show and sale that includes jewelry, paintings, ceramics, textiles and wood carvings, all handcrafted by Durham artisans. Silent auction items will include arts and crafts objects as well as a dinner in downtown Durham for four and use of a vacation condo at the beach.

Local photographers are invited to submit photos in a juried contest for all ages, including children, in categories of Home, Family and Community. Email tapcfestival@gmail.com for information about submitting a photo.

Live music will include Harry Jansen, church organist, accompanying silent movies. Other musicians will include Terry Allebaugh and Heath Tuttle on harmonica and blues guitar singer/songwriter Emily Musolino. Also, Sandy Freeman and the Oak Creek Bluegrass Band, West African drum band Rhythmicity, a cappella jazz ensemble Avante and singer Janet Stolp.

Children may visit the Pumpkin Patch, play games and get their faces painted. Food trucks will include Tooties, Big Mike’s Barbeque and LocoPops.

Trinity Avenue Presbyterian is located at 927 W. Trinity Ave., between Gregson and Duke streets. Parking will be east of the church on Trinity Avenue in the church parking lot and in the Durham School of the Arts parking lot.

Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, $30 per family.

Calvary to carry water

Once again, Calvary United Methodist, 304 E. Trinity Ave., will be the “water church” at the annual N.C. Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday .

Church volunteers will hand out free water from the Cozy’s parking lot, corner of Ninth Street and West Markham Avenue. Labels on the bottles will identify Calvary as an open and affirming church.

A 5K run will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Duke’s East Campus at the corner of Main Street and Campus Drive. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the same site.

New ordination

Connie Conwell Pope was ordained recently at Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church, following a successful catechism before members of the Compassion Baptist Association.

Her ordination was recommended by the Rev. Carl W. Kenney II, who preached the ordination sermon as his last act as a minister in Durham. He is leaving to return to his aging parents in Missouri after 25 years in Durham, part of that time as senior pastor at Orange Grove.

Pope served as assistant pastor at Compassion Ministries of Durham from 2010 until it was disbanded last year. She also worked as a member of the Christian Education and Youth Ministries in both First Chronicles and The Nehemiah Church.

She completed theological studies at Liberty University and has studied at the divinity school at Shaw University. She received a degree in nursing at N.C. Central University and is a registered nurse.

New clergy luncheon

A luncheon to welcome new clergy to Durham is set for noon Thursday, Oct. 3, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main St.

Bishop Elroy Lewis, Rabbi John Friedman and the Rev. Joe Harvard will host the gathering, sponsored by Durham Congregations in Action.

For the past 25 years, clergy in the city have been gathering with new colleagues to get acquainted and to welcome them to the community. The occasion also provides opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities for ministry together.

All clergy are invited and can make a reservation by calling 919-688-2036 or emailing dcia@dcia.org.

McMannen United Methodist Church

McMannen United Methodist Church will hold its annual Fall, Food and Music Festival from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

The festival will feature freshly baked goods, a boutique sale, bluegrass music, a yard sale, silent auction, youth entertainment and a roasted peanut sale.

This year’s event will also include a custom car show from 1 to 3 p.m. along with Brunswick stew and barbecue cooked on site.

Take-out orders of stew will be available for $7.50 per quart. Orders of up to 50 quarts of stew per person will be sold before the festival and can be picked up at the church’s Scout hut after 2 p.m. on festival day.

Take-out meals and sit-down meals in the fellowship hall will include stew, barbecue, chicken and dumplings, slaw, hush puppies and homemade desserts, served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets for adults are $9 and children under 10 are free.

‘Autumn designs’

An “Autumn Designs” fashion show and luncheon is on tap Saturday, Oct. 5 at Hope Valley Country Club, 3803 Dover Road, sponsored by the Outreach Program of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church.

The event from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. will include a presentation on breast cancer awareness by the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

A $45 donation is suggested with all proceeds to benefit the center and the building fund at St. Barbara Church.

Tickets available by calling Lou Constantinou at 919-682-8892.

Yiddish songfest

A Yiddish songfest to benefit Urban Ministries of Durham is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St.

The concert, “What’s Not to Like?” will feature local singers and musicians performing traditional ballads and lullabies as well as Yiddish theater songs and post-war and contemporary works.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 13 admitted free.

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