The fifth annual Gretchen Wilson Memorial Organ Concert is 4 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road.
Guest organist is concert and recording artist Christa Rakich, who directs the music program at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford, Conn.
She will be accompanied by St. Paul’s new Minister of Music, Jacqueline Nappi, on harpsichord and piano.
The concert will include both sacred and popular music. It will feature music on the organ, including a two-organ duet played on the Whitfield Wolff Memorial Organ Opus 17 and the Brombaugh Opus 23, a selection on harpsichord and the premiere of a piece written by local composer and Duke graduate Michael Trinastic.
A reception will be held in Trinity Hall afterward.
The concert and reception are presented free of charge.
Jacqueline Nappi started her position as minister of music at St. Paul’s last month. She is originally from Cary and in addition to her work at the church, she is music teacher at the Methodist Children’s Center in Cary and maintains a number of piano students.
She completed the master of music degree in harpsichord performance at SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied with Arthur Haas.
She holds a bachelor of music education degree from the Hartt School and made her solo debut on the harpsichord in 2011.
Prayer vigil Thursday
A prayer vigil to honor the lives of Jerron McGirt, 34, and Jessica Liriano, 33, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday outside Shepherds House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St.
The two were fatally shot on Dec. 16, 2013, at their home on Cheek Road. Jessica’s former boyfriend has been charged with their deaths.
Rabbi Darryl Crystal of Judea Reform Congregation will lead the vigil, which coincides with what would have been McGirt’s 35th birthday.
The purpose of the vigil is to honor the pair with presence and prayers, to mourn with their families, friends and neighbors and affirm a common bond.
Prayer vigils are part of the ministry of the Religious Coalition.
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1320 Umstead Road, has announced it will offer Upward Soccer, a non-profit Christian sports league designed for boys and girls 5 to 8 years old, beginning after Labor Day and ending in late November before Thanksgiving.
This is described as “sport with a purpose,” in which skills for the sports arena and values for life are emphasized. Biblical values are stressed such as leadership, teamwork, integrity and respect.
Volunteers are needed to act as prayer partners, devotion leaders, caches and referees.
A volunteer orientation meeting will be held later in August.
Space is limited so kids are asked to sign up now aldersgate.org since space is limited.
For additional information, contact Holly Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, Aldersgate is offering to the community at no charge a support group called DivorceCare that begins Sept. 9.
This group meets weekly and is led by people who have been through divorce/separations. It will meet at the church from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 205 in the Family Life Center.
Each session is self-contained so you can attend any or all of the sessions.
For questions, contact Holly Hall or Jack Snyder at the church 919-477-0509.
Donate school supplies
Housing for New Hope is asking the Durham community to help 50 children who were formerly homeless and now have a place to call home succeed in school this year by donating backpacks and school supplies.
Call Housing for New Hope at 910-489-6282 if you want to contribute or if you would like to hold your own drive to benefit these children.
The New Vision United Choir of Emmanuel AME Church, 2018 Riddle Road, will celebrate 15 years of ministry through song at 3 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited. The Rev. Anita Thompson is the pastor.
Canned goods needed
The Durham Rescue Mission has put out a plea to the community for canned vegetables, including corn, green beans, peas, mixed vegetables and lima beans.
Normally, the mission buys canned food at the N.C. Food Bank, but donations have been down this summer and for the past month, canned food has been unavailable.
The mission is asking individuals as well as churches and civic clubs to help in this time of need.
Deliver donations to 1201 E. Main St. or 507 E. Knox St. To make monetary contributions toward buying canned food visit DurhamRescueMission.org.
The mission continues to provide housing and food for more than 450 men, women and children each day.
Contact Flo Johnston at email@example.com or 910-361-4135.