On Sunday, Trinity United Methodist Church downtown will celebrate the first service held in its sanctuary on Sept. 20, 1925, 90 years ago.
After the 11 a.m. service, a historic marker will be dedicated signifying the registration of Trinity as a United Methodist Historic Site by the church’s General Commission of Archives and History in Madison, N.J.
The resolution was adopted by the North Carolina Conference at its annual meeting in Wilmington in June.
The church was designed by ecclesiastical architect Ralph Adams Cram. The pipe organ was built especially for Trinity by E.M. Skinner, a prominent organ designer. Beautiful Gothic lancet stained glass windows on the west wall depict scenes from the Old Testament and those on the east wall events in the life of Christ. The triple chancel window represents the Holy Trinity.
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The annual church picnic will follow the dedication and will be hosted by Habitat for Humanity in celebration of 26 years of partnership with Trinity where its offices are housed. This partnership is one example of the church’s continuing ministry to the Durham and world communities.
This kind of outreach ministry was a factor in the church’s being selected as a United Methodist Historic site.
130 years of giving back
St. Titus Episcopal Church, 400 Moline St., will celebrate 130 years of giving back to the community on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27.
A picnic will be held on the church grounds from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 26.
Worship and praise will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 27.
The Very Rev. Will Mebane, interim dean at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo, New York, will deliver the homily on Sept. 27. He is a Durham native who grew up in the St. Titus church. The Rev. Stephanie Yancy, vicar of St. Titus, will be the celebrant.
Additional highlights of the celebration include historical displays, sharing memories of the past, praise for the present and hope for the future celebration in word and song. After the Sunday service, an outdoor reception with music and entertainment is planned.
Additional highlights of the celebration include recognition of octogenarians, other church members, former priests and rectors and former members who have been ordained to ministry.
A directory describing how members have given back to the community through their ministries will be displayed.
The church’s Outreach Ministry has asked individuals to bring non-perishable food items for a donation to a community food bank. Commemorative financial donations to support the mission and ministry of the church will be accepted.
Organized in 1885, St. Titus was given parish status in the Diocese of North Carolina in 1972. It is a welcoming, historic and predominantly African American congregation.
Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church, 316 Hebron Road, will hold services at 7:55 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to celebrate its annual International Sunday on Sunday.
The Rev. Farleyson Tarpley of the People’s Christian Church will speak at the early service and the Rev. Dr. Robert Moses of High Point University will be guest preacher for the 10:45 a.m. service.
The theme for International Sunday is “Embracing the Call to be a Global Church.”
Dr. William C. Turner Jr. is the host pastor.
Family and Friends
Family and Friends Day Weekend is set Saturday and Sunday at Holland Chapel AME Zion Church, 360 Burgess Road, Apex.
Fun day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday will feature good food and activities and games for adults and children. Area government officials and personnel have been invited.
Guest speaker for morning worship at 10 a.m. Sunday is the Rev. Lawrence R. Turner Jr., presiding elder of the Raleigh District of the AME Zion Church and a former pastor of Holland Chapel. During his tenure at the church, a fellowship hall and activity building was completed and named in his honor.
The Harmony Male Chorus will sing for the service on Sunday.
Revival services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. Guest speaker is the Rev. Ronald Thomas, pastor of Love Grove AME Zion Church in Sanford. Area church choirs will sing.
All are welcome.
One World Market on Ninth Street will celebrate 23 years of Fair Trade in Durham with a Fair Trade party titled “Fairly Local” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
The event will feature live music from Young Chrystal Alice, local beer and food and a local raffle with more than $1,500 in gift certificates, including such Durham venues as Geer Street Garden, Little Dipper Fondue, Blu and Primal, Bull City Burger and Brewery and Pompieri Pizza. Also Durham Symphony Orchestra tickets, Hour Long Massage, Crossfit Durham and Bull City Ciderworks.
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