A guest minister will speak on being liberal in a conservative community at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road in Durham.
“Thinking Mango Thoughts in a Meatloaf Town” is the title of the sermon by the Rev. Meg Barnhouse, who is the settled minister at the First UU Church of Austin, Texas.
She grew up in North Carolina and Philadelphia. Since graduating from Duke University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she has served as a college chaplain, pastoral counselor and congregational minister.
Visitors always welcome at Eno River church.
First Presbyterian Church, a historic congregation in downtown Durham, will mark 100 years of music making with a Centennial Celebration Organ Recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20.
The church’s organ was built by the Austin Organ Co. of Hartford, Connecticut, in 1916. It received tonal upgrades over the years and additional ranks of pipes in 1964. There are three manual keyboards, pedal keyboard and 40 stops, 36 of which are at the front of the church and four in the antiphonal organ case in the rear gallery of the church.
First Presbyterian has been at the corner of Roxboro and Main streets since the church’s founding on Dec. 31, 1871. The current sanctuary was dedicated on May 16, 1916.
The recital will feature Kathy Parkins at the organ, assisted by Joe Robinson, oboe; Mary Kay Robinson, violin; Ben Maxwell, cello; and Lesley Curtis, soprano.
They will perform works by Bach, Buxtehude, Elgar, Rachmaninoff and Rthalben-Ball.
The recital is free and open to the public.
An Athenian Grill, sponsored by St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 8306 N.C. 751, will offer eat in or take out from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19.
The menu includes gyro, lamb and beef mix on grilled pita bread, $8; souvalaki, pork on grilled pita bread, $8; spanakopita plate with small salad and pita bread, $10; Greek salad with side of pita bread, large $7 and small $4.
The Ladies Philoptochos Society is holding its 12th annual holiday Greek pastry sale with pick up from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19.
Items include baklava, loulourakia, paximathis, finikia, kourambiethes and spanakopita for $8 to $20.
Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2620 Weaver St., will celebrate its 129th Homecoming Sunday, Nov. 20.
The Rev. Patrice Nelson, former director of Durham Urban Ministries, will speak at the 10 a.m. service. A luncheon will follow in the church’s fellowship hall.
The Rev. Jimmie Hawkins is pastor.
The Alternative Gift Market at United Church of Chapel Hill on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-20, will help children whose poverty forces them to work too early in life, foregoing education and hope for the future.
Through 35 different vendors/missions, gifts of aid and development throughout the world can be given. For example, through Church World Service, United Church of Chapel Hill seeks to build Safe School Zones in Kenya.
Gifts of fair trade, world crafts through One World Market or the Jinga Fair Trade all help alleviate poverty and empower low-income people through trade.
The Orange/Alamance Prison Ministry will be selling pecans to support their work.
The market is a reminder that not every child born in a stable survives. For many children born into poverty, conditions have not changed in 2,000 years.
Market hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. The church is located at 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
‘Walk in Their Shoes’
Open Table Ministry will holds its “Walk in Their Shoes” 3-mile walk for the homeless on Saturday, Nov. 19.
The walk will begin from Solite Park at 4704 Fayetteville Road, travel about 1.5 miles south on the American Tobacco Trail, and then return, for a total of three miles. Come enjoy a food truck, as well as free coffee, tea, and music. Registration opens at 9 a.m., the walk will begin at 10 a.m. Registration is free and all ages are welcome.
Registration will be available on site, or you can pre-register at www.opentableministry.org/walk-in-their-shoes.
Run 4 Peace
Unity Center of Peace will host its first Run 4 Peace 4k and Family Fun Walk on Sunday, Nov. 20, in the Carolina North forest near the center, 8800 Seawell School Road in Chapel Hill.
A timed run begins at 2:30 p.m., followed by a 1-mile free, family fun walk.
The afternoon will feature games and activities for children and families followed by a raffle featuring a variety of cool prizes. Food trucks will provide meals, snacks and drinks.
The center will collect donations on behalf of the Dispute Settlement Center of Carrboro.
A pancake sale at Carrboro United Methodist Church from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, will also feature a wide variety of home-baked goods just in time for the Thanksgiving table.
As in past years, both whole and half cakes, pies, breads and jellies will be sold.
The church is located at 200 Hillsborough Road.