The Christian Science Society of Chapel Hill will hold its annual Thanksgiving Day service of readings and testimonies from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church at 1300 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., corner of Dixie Lane.
After readings, all are invited to share testimonies of gratitude for healings and the good in their lives experienced during the past year.
A Global Thanksgiving Feast to embrace the “Beloved Community” will feature international food, stories of affirmation, arrival and acceptance from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, at Vimala’s Curry Blossom Cafe, 431 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.
Co-sponsored by Church World Service, the event is free. Donations accepted, and all are welcome.
CROP Walk reception
Durham’s CROP Hunger Walk participants and supporters are invited to an evening reception on Monday, Nov. 28, to honor the top 10 teams who excelled in mobilizing walkers and raising money to fight hunger locally and globally in the 2016 event.
Those being recognized with Gold and Silver “Sneaker Awards” include six congregations, two businesses, two schools, two nonprofit organizations and one university.
The Rev. Larry Bowden, pastor of Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church, a longtime supporter of the CROP Walk, will speak to the gathering. Light refreshments will be served, provided by Harris Teeter, one of the walk’s largest annual corporate sponsors.
The program begins at 6 p.m. at the Lions Club building at 1850 Hillandale Road, Durham.
Since its beginning in 1975, Durham’s CROP Hunger Walk has raised more than $4 million to fight hunger. It is the oldest walkathon of any kind in North Carolina and the third largest CROP Hunger Walk in the United States.
St. Thomas More Catholic School will hold its 13th annual Christmas Holiday Shoppe craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Friends and Family Hall at the church, 940 Carmichael St. in Chapel Hill.
Shoppers will find 65 artisans and crafters from throughout North Carolina who will sell their creations.
A raffle, holiday music and bake sale along with the Candy Cane Coffee Bar and the Reindeer Cafe will add festive flair.
Admission is free with all proceeds to benefit St. Thomas More Catholic School’s educational programs.
Morning Star music
The music ministry at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 4610 Fayetteville Road, Durham, will present “Worship the New Born King,” arranged by Perrianne Davis, on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11. The Saturday event begins at 6 p.m. and the Sunday one at 11 a.m.
Featured groups will include the Inspirational Choir, the Male Chorus and the Children’s Choir.
William A. Henderson Sr. is senior pastor of the church.
The Durham Community Chorale will present “Holiday Magic” at Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Drive, Durham, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.
The Chorale will celebrate the season with music that spans the centuries, selections in Middle English, compositions by Bach and Mozart as well as gospel and spiritual pieces drawing on African American culture.
The chorale is directed by Melody Zentner with accompaniment by Jon Lafane.
Tickets are $10.
Messiah tickets on sale
Tickets are now on sale for the annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah” at Duke Chapel, an event that traditionally marks the beginning of the Christmas season in Durham.
Eighty-four years and several hundred performances later, it continues to be loved by audiences and performers alike.
Internationally renowned soloists join with an orchestra of North Carolina professionals and the chapel choir to sing the story of Christ’s life, from a world in darkness to one redeemed by the risen Jesus.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4.
Tickets available online or at Page Box Office, located next door to the chapel, for $20 full price, $15 Duke employees, $5 non-Duke students and $18 for groups of 10 or more. Duke students are free.
Performances last for about three hours with no intermission. Seat cushions are permitted, but no food or drink in the chapel, with the exception of bottled water.
Food ministry grant
Efland United Methodist Church in Orange County has received a $7,500 grant from the Duke Endowment to enhance its food ministry in the Efland community in conjunction with Orange County Outdoors Ministry, a collaborative of area churches.
The church has served the community since 1905 and seeks to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and care for the sick and imprisoned. The church that now provides meals to the home bound, holiday meals, back to school clothing and supplies is considering expanding into a community service center with the assistance of Wesley Community Development Corporation’s Seeds of Change program.
This program, also a Duke Endowment funded project, is designed to network congregations that are re-imagining the use of space, land and facilities for community use.
The church hosts a 6 p,m. community potluck dinner on the first Thursday of the month to which all are welcome.
The Efland church is located at 3418 U.S. 70 West. Donations of food to the pantry or monetary donations to the outreach work of the congregation are accepted. The Rev. Lori Higgins can be reached at 919-732-7957.