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On Faith: Help pack meals for hungry kids Dec. 8

November 26, 2013 

The Varsity Church of Chapel Hill will again tackle child hunger in Chapel Hill and Orange County, where an estimated one in four children go to bed hungry every night.

The church will host an event to package 10,000 meals for local children from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 8, in the cafeteria at Smith Middle School, 9201 Seawell School Road.

“As someone who works with under-resourced families at Seawell Elementary here in Chapel Hill, I see the impact of our children not having enough food,” said Linda Williford, family specialist at the school. “Parents work hard to take care of their children, but sometimes the funds just run out and there is little to no food in the house. This event is a great way to make a difference in the lives of our children and their families.”

Chad Simpkins, pastor at Varsity Church, said people who want to participate should sign up now because space is limited to 300 volunteers. There is no age limit, so kids as well as adults can take part.

Last year when the church held the same event, 300 volunteers showed up to package 10,000 meals, Simpkins said.

“We raised $8,700 toward our goal of $10,000, which was amazing. Those donations came from all over the community. In the end we handed out the meals to 20 schools, 18 in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, one school in Orange County and one in Durham County.”

Individuals, churches and businesses are encouraged to donate to the project to help buy the meals. The goal is to raise $10,000. Each dollar equals one meal.

Varsity Church is working through a national organization called Generosity Feeds of Sterling, Va. Ron Klabunde founded the organization.

For further information or to volunteer, call Simpkins at 919-537-9293.

AIDS Memorial Quilt

A Durham congregation will display panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt during special times Sunday through Saturday, Dec. 1-7.

The NAMES Project Foundation of Atlanta, which began creating the work in 1987, is loaning two large 12 feet by 13 feet sections, each with eight of the original 3 feet by 6 feet panels. They will hang in the sanctuary at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, for viewing by the public.

Highlights of the week include:

• Sunday: Ross McKinney, a physician who did some of the early pediatric AIDS research at Duke Medical Center and is a member of the Fellowship, will present testimonials about the quilt during the 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. services.

• Monday-Tuesday: Panels may be viewed 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

• Wednesday:Viewing from noon to 4 p.m.

• Thursday and Friday: Viewing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

• Saturday: Viewing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the film “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt” will be shown in the sanctuary. David Sokal, a physician and a Fellowship member who has worked in Africa, will introduce the video and discuss HIV/AIDS prevention.

These events are all open to the public.

‘Gifts Galore ’n More’

The women at Advent Lutheran Church, 230 Erwin Road, are holding a shopping event called “Gifts Galore ’n More” at 3 p.m. Thursday. Proceeds will benefit nonprofit Abundant Joy Center for Women’s Ministries, a Christian ministry offering confidential spiritual and emotional healing at no cost to women in a season of transition or crisis.

Complimentary dessert and coffee or tea will be served in the cafe. Shoppers will want to browse through themed gift baskets that will be sold in the silent auction. For-sale items include homemade holiday cookie trays, stocking stuffers, handcrafted items, small floral pieces and wreaths, gift tags, favors, inspirational cards, monogrammed totes, organizers from “Thirty-One,” Mary Kay cosmetics, “Made With Love” jewelry by Loni, travel items, jewelry and gifts for children.

Post Turkey Day Jam

A Post Turkey Day Jam is set for 8 p.m. Friday at Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro, to benefit the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service.

Singer/songwriter Jon Shain will bring together some of the area’s best musicians for an evening to help the IFC provide holiday meals during this season. This year’s lineup includes Shain, Sally Spring and Ted Lyons, Birds and Arrows and Brett Harris.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

Organ recital

An organ recital by James Lazenby is set for 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Benedict’s Anglican Church on Weaver Dairy Road. The recital will be followed by Evensong.

Lazenby will play works of J.S. Bach, including the “St. Anne Prelude” and “Fugue in E flat major.” The recital will be followed by a traditional service of Evensong, a sung evening prayer from the “Book of Common Prayer” (1928).

Admission is free.

Hanukkah celebration

Kehillah Synagogue will celebrate Hanukkah on Sunday with candle lighting, dinner, singing and dreidel games.

The program begins at 5:30 p.m. when latkes, hummus, veggies, cheese, bagels and fruit are served. Dinner is $5 per person with a $20 maximum per family. Juice for children and wine for adults are included. And there will be jelly doughnuts for dessert. Families are invited to bring their own menorah and candles for candle lighting at 6:30 p.m.

All will be asked to add their voices to sing Hanukkah’s greatest hits.

Kehillah is located at 1200 Mason Farm Road in Chapel Hill.

Handel’s ‘Messiah’

The choir at University Baptist Church, 100 S. Columbia St. in Chapel Hill, will present part one of Handel’s “Messiah” during the 11 a.m. service on Sunday.

Soloists are undergraduate voice students in the UNC Music Department. They are Miles Herr, tenor; Kaswanna Kanyinda, alto; Shalfi Jalota, soprano; and Aaron Thacker, bass-baritone. Sarah Bereza, a graduate of Duke University, is the organist and Craig McCoy, minister of music, is the director.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

‘Venite Adoremus’

A concert at 4 p.m. Sunday St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough, will celebrate the newly released Christmas CD of the St. Matthew’s Women’s Singing Circle, “Venite Adoremus.”

The CD features familiar and not-so-familiar Christmas and seasonal songs, including Andres Moore Healy singing “O Holy Night” and Claire Wright singing “Gesu Bambino.” Harpist Ericka Patillo accompanies many of the songs.

The concert will be in the church with candles and twinkling lights. Readings and poetry are included in the program.

A reception will follow, and CDs will be available for purchase.

The Women’s Singing Circle was founded in 2009. It meets monthly for a service of evening prayer and a time of singing traditional sacred music.

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