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On Faith: UNC students to lead Lessons and Carols service

December 3, 2013 

Daniel Gilbert is the author of the New York Times best-seller “Stumbling on Happiness,” and he will be the keynote speaker at the Jewish Community Center Saturday, Dec. 7.


UNC students will come together at University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., to lead a traditional service of Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

Students will read each of nine Scripture readings from the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which was first held at King’s College in Cambridge on Christmas Eve in 1918. Music groups from the Wesley Campus Ministry, the Presbyterian Campus Ministry, the Newman Center and the Fellowship of Baptist Campus Ministries will be joined by the UNC Women’s Glee Club, the Tarpeggios, and Vision and UNC music students to provide the music.

“There’s a lot of variety because each of these groups offers something different,” said Tim Baker, director of the ministry of music at the church. “The Tarpeggios will be a capella; the Women’s Glee Club will offer something more classical. Some of the campus ministries will bring drums and guitars. There will also be a cello student, an organ student and a piano student contributing instrumental music.”

The congregation will also join in singing carols, and the service will end with “Silent Night” being sung by candlelight. Hot chocolate will be served after the service, and a freewill offering will be taken for missions. All are welcome.

Holiday craft show

St. Thomas More School will hold its 10th annual Christmas Holiday Shoppe Craft Show on Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Friends and Family Hall of the church at 940 Carmichael St.

Shoppers can enjoy one-stop shopping with gift items from 60 talented artisans and crafters from across North Carolina. A raffle, musical entertainment and a special visit from Santa will add to the fun. The Candy Cane Coffee Bar will be open all day for those who need a caffeine-fueled boost. The cake booth is always popular, and the Reindeer Cafe will be serving hot lunch on demand.

Proceeds from this event that runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. will benefit St. Thomas More School by enriching its educational programs.

Admission is free.

NAACP speaker

The Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood, staff member of the N.C. State Conference of NAACP, will speak at the 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services Sunday morning, Dec. 8, at the Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Road. A discussion will be held afterward.

As other congregations, members of Community Church were active in the Forward Together Moral Movement with the state NAACP from April through July at the General Assembly in Raleigh.

The congregation has recently conducted a fundraising for NAACP in recognition of its social justice work in opposition to the actions of the General Assembly on voting rights, health care, public education, workers’ rights, women’s rights and environmental protections.

Those members of the congregation who were arrested during the demonstrations particularly want to help defray costs incurred for the “Moral Monday” movement, including legal expenses of challenging unjust laws and defending those arrested while exercising their constitutional rights. The members have signed an open letter to Gov. Pat McCrory calling for a special session of the legislature to end cuts to Medicaid and unemployment benefits. All are welcome to the services.

JCC campaign kickoff

Dr. Daniel Gilbert is keynote speaker for the Annual Campaign Kickoff Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road in Durham.

During the event at 6:30 p.m., the federation will honor the contributions of Eric Meyers and Perri Shalom-Liberty. Meyers, a long-time volunteer for the Jewish community and current member of the federation board, will receive the Sarah and Mutt Evans Leadership Award.

Shalom-Liberty, incoming chair of the Federation’s Israel Center, will receive the Earl and Gladys Siegal Young Leadership Award.

The keynote speaker is the author of the New York Times best-seller “Stumbling on Happiness,” Daniel Gilbert. He is professor of psychology at Harvard and is a Guggenheim Fellow; he appears before Dizzy Gillespie on the list of the “Most Famous High School Dropouts.”

For further information, call Penny Rich at 919-354-4944.

Quilts on display

“Newport Splendor,” a handcrafted quilt resplendent with shades of blue and gold, will be star attraction at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, 102 Tryon St., from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Other quilts, both vintage and contemporary, will be displayed and a variety of handcrafted decorations and gifts will be on sale.

The featured quilt derives its name from a Newport, Tenn., impoverished community in the Appalachian mountains. For the past 11 years, a work crew from Hillsborough Presbyterian has made an an annual mission trip to Newport to make home repairs and build housing for the area’s low-income, elderly or disabled members.

The quilt show is a free event that will include up to 40 quilts and quilted items. While the quilts are not for sale, visitors will have the option to buy exotic ornaments and hangings, aprons, potholders, table runners and other items, all created by church artisans to support the annual mission trip.

Humanistic Hanukkah potluck

Kol Haskalah will hold a Humanistic Hanukkah Potluck and Auction from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road in Durham.

Members and guests are asked to bring a dish for eight people or more. Members will make latkes to serve. A nonperishable food item is also requested to feed the hungry.

Christmas pageant

New Hope Presbyterian Church, located on N.C. 86 between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, will present its annual Christmas pageant during the Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m. on Dec. 15.

This is a departure from the past, but organizers say it will allow the entire church to experience the Nativity narrative together. Since the church serves a large rural and urban area, it is hard to get a lot of folks together at times other than on Sunday morning.

The age range of performers is from infants to high school to adults, who will read the Bible passages as a narrative; actors do not actually have spoken lines. This means more children can participate.

The public is invited.

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