On Faith

Music series to highlight Chapel in the Pines new building

July 1, 2014 

Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church has announced the Strobilus Music Series to be held in the sanctuary this fall with performances likely taking place on Saturday or Sunday afternoons.

The monthly series will feature a range of primarily acoustic performers, from classical chamber ensembles to choral groups and modern acoustic bands and singers.

“Common elements will be programs that take advantage of the natural acoustics in the beautiful sanctuary of the church (as opposed to using amplification), and programs that hopefully expand the audience as well as entertain them,” said Nathan Kotecki, who is organizing the series.

Designed to welcome visitors into the relatively new church building that houses the Chapel in the Pines congregation, the Strobilus Music Series is also planned for enrichment and fellowship for the congregation as well as for Chapel Hill and the greater community, Kotecki said.

Admission will be free with a suggested donation.

The series takes its name from the botanical term for the pinecone, a reference to the pine woods that surround Chapel in the Pines and give it its name.

The church with a Chapel Hill address is located at 314 Great Ridge Parkway, off Mann’s Chapel Road.

Sunday worship at the church is at 10:30 a.m. and the church office can be reached at 919-960-0616.

St. Paul anniversary

St. Paul AME Church, 101 S. Merritt Mill Road, is publishing a souvenir journal to commemorate its 150th anniversary. The church was organized in 1864.

People who have photos or other items that would help document the rich history of this congregation should submit them by July 26.

For information and publication rates call Glenda Harris at the church office, 919-967-3961.

Same-sex recognition

The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church USA has voted to recognize same-sex marriage in its church constitution.

The amendment, approved 429 to 175 by the Presbyterian General Assembly meeting in Detroit recently would add language that marriage can be the union of “two people,” not just “a man and a woman.” It requires approval from a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries, which will vote on the change over the next year. (Presbyterians don’t usually do anything in a hurry, so don’t expect to see any immediate change on this issue. Voting in the presbyteries will take place as they normally meet during the coming year.)

The assembly also passed a separate measure, voting 371 to 238 to allow ministers to preside over gay weddings in states where such unions are legal. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage. North Carolina is not one of the 19 states, however.

Alex McNeill, executive director of church advocacy group More Light Presbyterians, was quoted in press reports. “For some people it felt like coming home to the church again,” he said. “People will see that the Presbyterian Church is a place where you can bring your full self.”

In 2011, Presbyterians voted to ordain clergy who have same-sex partners, but ministers were still barred from celebrating gay marriages.

The Episcopal Church started allowing same-sex marriage blessings last year.

The United Church of Christ has allowed same-sex marriages since 2005.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America allows individual church ministers to make decisions on gay marriages.

Usher anniversary

Ushers at Haw River Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate their 88th anniversary at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Host pastor is the Rev. Dr. Junious Jones.

The church is located at 1099 Mt. Gilead Church Road, Pittsboro.

Summer concert

The Burwell School Historic Site, 319 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, and Mt. Bright Baptist Church’s Gospel Choir will present a summer concert during the Hillsborough Arts Council’s last Fridays events.

The next performance is at 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of Burwell School on Friday, Aug. 29.

The event is free and open to the public

Summer sermon series

University Presbyterian Church, 209 E. Franklin St., is continuing its Summer Sermon Series titled “Jesus Said.”

For Christians who profess to believe in Jesus Christ, the Bible reveals him in many ways, some metaphoric, some spiritual. Some of these descriptive ideas are Jesus the Word made flesh. Jesus the peacemaker. Jesus the rabble rouser. Jesus the Son of God, Jesus the poor carpenter. Jesus the leader, Jesus the servant, Jesus the Savior.

The sermon series is exploring some of the things Jesus said in an attempt to get to know him better. Following are upcoming titles:

• July 6: Jesus said: Believe.

• July 13: Jesus said: You are wrong.

• July 20: Guest preacher the Rev. Ted Churn, New Hope Presbytery executive.

• July 27: Guest preacher the Rev. Julio Ramirez-Eve.

• Aug. 3: Jesus said: Forgive them.

• Aug. 10: Jesus said: You do not know.

• Aug. 17: Jesus said: Follow me.

Sunday worship services are at 11 a.m.

Contact Flo Johnston at flo.johnston314@gmail.com or 910-361-4135.

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