A CD release concert by the Women’s Singing Circle of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, followed by a reception.
The CD, “Homecoming,” includes Kate Campbell’s “Jesus is the way Home,” Sacred Harp’s “Holy Manna,” Keb Mo’s “Hand it Over,” Joe Newberry’s “Resurrection Day,” and two originals by Mary Rocap.
Accompanying the singing are Charlie Ebel on guitar, Lew Wardell on bass and Bob Mutter on percussion. Parish musician David Arcus also adds a couple of tracks: “Precious Lord,” which Andrea Edith Moore sings, and a moving medley of four of the songs on the CD.
The CD is dedicated to the legacy of St. Mary’s Chapel and its annual homecoming service. The circle, formed in 2009, meets monthly at St. Matthew’s for Compline, a service of prayer at the close of day, and singing.
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The focus is on sacred music with roots in the 19th century drawing from various folk streams including harp songs, spirituals and hymns as well as contemporary songwriters.
The CD is also dedicated to the memory of those slain at Charleston’s Mother Emanuel AME Church this year, especially 79-year-old Susie Jackson. “Precious Lord” was added to the CD because it was her favorite hymn.
The painting on the cover, titled “Sunflower Harvest,” is by former member and artist Ebeth Scott-Sinclair.
Tickets are $10 and available at the church office or at the door. The Faith and the Arts Series of the church is hosting the reception.
The church is located at 210 St. Mary’s Road.
A new midweek event series called “Wednesday Night Alive!” is ongoing from 7 to 9 p.m. at Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Road.
This week, Nov. 11, a drumming circle, open to drummers of all ages, will be featured. On Nov. 18, “Sacred Flow,” an evening of music, movement and meditation is planned.
A $10 donation is suggested for these events.
Unity Center of Peace embraces a positive path for spiritual living and envisions the Divine light awakening in all. Call 919-968-1854 for information.
Antioch Baptist Church, 1707 White Cross Road, is hosting a country breakfast along with a craft sale fundraiser from 6:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.
The smorgasbord menu includes scrambled eggs, country ham, sausage, grits, cheese, biscuits, gravy, tomatoes, cooked apples, waffles, pancakes, fruit, yogurt, milk, orange juice, coffee, tea and soda.
“Select anything, or everything,” is the invitation. Payment is by donation and proceeds will go to local missions, including help for families in need.
The craft sale will feature Christmas items, all made or donated by women in the church.
Hours are from 6:30 to 10 a.m.
Women of Destiny
The Women of Destiny Conference is set Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 18-22, at St. Paul AME Church, 101 S. Merritt Mill Road.
Featured speakers and leaders on Wednesday and Thursday nights at 6 p.m. will include the Rev. Mary Jane Palmer of St. Paul; Sister Addie Laws and the Rev. Beverly Solomon of Hamlet Chapel CME Church and St. Paul; and Sister Zaynah Hunt of Vertical Church in Hillsborough.
On Saturday, those attending the conference will put in a Day of Service at Stratford House Assisted Living in Chapel Hill. The Rev. Dr. Cecelia GreeneBarr of Smith Chapel AME Church in Inkster, Michigan, will preach on Sunday.
The theme is “Women Harvesting God’s Blessing: It’s Your Season.”
Mary Catherine Hinds, senior field director at Church World Service, will speak at the 10 a.m. Adult Forum at United Church of Chapel Hill on Sunday, Nov. 15.
She works out of the Southeast office for Church World Service located in Raleigh and will speak about the CWS project to transition children from the exploitation of childhood labor to educational opportunities and a future with hope.
Hinds has been with the agency for 11 years, and has traveled to Nicaragua with her church’s Sister Cities program and has visited CWS projects in Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Serbia and Moldova.
Women’s Voices Chorus will return to Strobilus Arts at Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Nov. 21.
The 3 p.m. program titled “Jumping, Soaring, Spinning” will feature jazz, gospel and classical music from the Renaissance to modern day.
Conducted by musical director Allan Friedman and accompanied by Nancy Whelan, Women’s Voices Chorus is the Triangle’s only community-based classical chorus for sopranos and altos.
The concert is free with a suggested $10 donation.
The church is located at 314 Great ridge Parkway, off Mann’s Chapel Road.
Contact Flo Johnston at email@example.com or call 910-361-4251.