A Stop Hunger Now benefit concert featuring Old North State Brass is set Sunday, Sept. 21, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Road.
Stop Hunger Now is a global humanitarian aid organization that helps alleviate hunger around the world with meal-packing events that offer a hands-on role in feeding hungry people. Westminster will pack 10,000 meals at an event in October, but must raise $2,500 first to purchase those meals.
This benefit concert at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary is free and open to all, but donations supporting the effort will be accepted.
Old North State Brass is an ensemble of accomplished volunteer musicians from the Triangle area that is dedicated to exploring brass repertory and to providing enriching, educational and entertaining music for diverse audiences.
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Founded in January 2009 and led by conductor and director Peter T. Boor, the group has performed classical, jazz, sacred and popular music. Organist Monica Rossman, who has been Westminster’s minister of music for 20 years, will join the ensemble in a number of works.
Child care will be available for children 5 and under by reservation only. Email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, Sept. 17, with the ages of children to make a reservation. Call 919-489-4974 for more information.
White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville St., is offering a free class open to the public on being prepared for disaster from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Durham Red Cross instructors will teach how to open, operate and close a disaster shelter.
Although this is a free class, participants must register by today by calling the church office at 919-688-8136 or by sending an email to helen@email@example.com.
A farewell reception for Dr. John Saunders and his wife, Sally, is set from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Yates Baptist Church, 2819 Chapel Hill Road.
Saunders has been director of missions for Yates Baptist Association for almost 20 years. He has accepted the call to serve as executive director for the Roanoke Valley Baptist Association in Roanoke, Va.
This is a “floating” event with an official presentation by the Yates Association to be made at 3 p.m.
North East Baptist Church, 3204 N.C. 55, will celebrate the 23rd anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Wesley Elam, beginning with a talent show at 7 p.m. tonight at the church.
The celebration will continue on Sunday when the Rev. David L. Jones, pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Morrisville, will be the 7:45 a.m. speaker. The Rev. Mark Royster, faculty member of Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Missions Convention will be the 10:45 a.m. speaker.
Family and Friends
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 2200 S. Alston Ave., will celebrate Family and Friends Day on Sunday. The theme is “Reach Out.”
In addition to honoring families, military veterans, law enforcement and fire fighters will be recognized.
Teaching is at 9 a.m. on Sunday, followed by a 10 a.m. worship service. The day will include food and fellowship and the dress code is casual. All are invited.
Holland Chapel AME Zion Church, 360 Burgess Road, Apex, will celebrate Family and Friends Day on Saturday, Sept. 20.
The event is set from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with activities for all ages. Food will include hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn and snow cones. Activities will include a water slide, a bouncer, face painting, corn hole, basketball, family feud and newly wed game.
Missionary evangelist and business owner, the Rev. Saundra L. Nettles, owner of Fosnet Self Defense and Surveillance Systems will make a presentation. The Chatham County Fire Department and area political candidates have been invited to attend.
Gospel DJ Avon Lassiter Jr. will play old and contemporary gospel music. Host pastor, the Rev. Dr. Orlando R. Dowdy and First Lady-Elect Marie Dowdy will attend.
Family and friends in the area are invited to attend this event.
Big Back to School
For the record, the Rev. Ernie Mills at the Durham Rescue Mission reports the following totals for the Mission’s recent 15th Annual Back to School Party and Cookout for at-risk children.
Attendance: 4,397; hot dogs served: 3,753; backpacks given away, 2,927; pieces of clothing given away, 13,543; and food bags distributed, 1,800.
Among dignitaries at the event were Joe Touey and Tom Scales, executives from GlaxoSmithKline; Bert L’Homme, Durham Public Schools superintendent; and Wendell Davis, Durham county manager.
St. Paul Gala
The yearlong celebration of the 150th Anniversary of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill continues with a 150th Anniversary Gala Banquet scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept.r 19 at the Sheraton Hotel, 1 Europa Drive in Chapel Hill.
The invited keynote speaker will be U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.
Other speakers will include Justice Cheri Beasley, member N.C. Supreme Court; State Sen. Valerie Foushee; Orange County Commissioner Renee Price; Mayor Lydia Lavelle of Carrboro and Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt of Chapel Hill. Special guests will be all living past ministers who have served at St. Paul. The Mistress of Ceremony will be Deborah Noel, host of UNC-TV Black Issues Forum.
Entertainment will be provided by Lois Deloatch who resides in Durham, a jazz vocalist whose music is influenced by her gospel roots.
Tickets are $50 and are available from members and the church. For more information or to contact St. Paul by telephone at 919-967-3961 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The church’s website is stpaulamechapelhill.org.
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