McMannen United Methodist Church, 3102 Neal Road in West Durham, will hold its annual Fall Food and Music Festival on the church grounds from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
The festival will feature freshly baked goods, three bluegrass bands, a yard sale, a silent auction, youth entertainment and a roasted peanut sale.
Musical groups featured this year are the Leroy Savage Band, the Second String and and the Doc Branch Band. This year’s event will also include Brunswick stew and barbecue cooked on site.
Take-out orders of the church’s popular stew will be available for $7.50 per quart. Stew also will be pre-sold by the quart, up to 50 quarts per customer, for $7.50 each.
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To place pre-orders for stew by the quart, call the church office, 919-383-1263, or go online at mcmannenumc.org to Online Giving by Oct. 2.
Pre-sold stew can be picked up at McMannen’s scout hut after 2 p.m. on the day of the festival.
Take-out meals and sit-down meals in the fellowship hall will feature stew, barbecue, chicken and dumplings, slaw, hush puppies and homemade desserts. These meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., adults, $9; children under 10 with an adult, free.
Call the church office for further information or Dale Coats at 407-0988.
Grief support group
“Growing thru Grief,” a Durham-Chapel Hill grief support program, is offering a six-week educational series about the grief process, accompanied by small group discussions.
The series will begin Oct. 7 with meetings every Tuesday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road.
Topics to be covered include: Understanding Grief; Grief as a ‘Spiritual Journey; Loss, Grief and Identity; Coping with Grief; Complicated Grief; and Remembering and Re-membering.
The Rev. Betty Morton, a certified life and spiritual coach and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, will lead the meetings.
Sponsoring churches and organizations include Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hall-Wynne Funeral Home, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Project Compassion, Westminster Presbyterian Church and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
The program is free and open to the public.
New Housing director
Gretchen Senez is the new executive director of Housing for New Hope. She began her new job on Oct. 1.
Terry Allebaugh, founder and executive director of the non-profit agency, left last year. The Rev. Katie Crowe, board member and senior pastor of Trinity Avenue Presbyterian, chaired the search team.
Senez and her husband, Rob, and their son Nate moved from New York to re-connect with family already in the Triangle area.
In her previous position, Senez was a deputy CEO who designed and led programming that connected chronically homeless with comprehensive support services and long-term housing solutions. She also worked with agencies in designing medical, domestic violence and mental health services for people in need.
Housing for New Hope is in its 22nd year of working to prevent and end homelessness in the Triangle. Since 1992, it has built more than 70 units of housing options and has become known for its innovative array of support services provided by 25 staff members. Housing for New Hope serves about 2,500 clients.
Benefit fish fry
A Community Fish Fry will be held Friday at Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Drive, with proceeds going to Durham Urban Ministries and other local ministries.
Serving times, eat in or take out, are 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 per plate of fried fish, potatoes, cole slaw, hush puppies, dessert and beverage.
Free delivery is available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a minimum order of 10 plates.
Buy tickets by calling the church at 919-309-0050.
Loving Heart Christian Center will hold a 6 p.m. Unity Service in Room 110 of the Hillandale Road Comfort Inn on Saturday.
The speaker is Apostle Walter McLaurin of God Cannot Lie Ministries of Durham. Pastor Jesse Brown and Elder Annette Brown are hosts.
‘Peace in the Family’
During October, faith communities in Durham and Chapel Hill will hold worship services on the topic “Peace in the Family!”
The idea and the organization of these services came from the Rev. Jimmy Hawkins of Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2620 E. Weaver St.
“This is in response to the epidemic of violence being perpetrated in our families by those who should love and protect us,” Hawkins said. “We decry domestic violence directed toward spouses, significant others and toward children. Far too long we have been indifferent and turned the other way; therefore, we offer an opportunity to worship on the theme of ‘Healing and Wholeness,’ and to offer strategies for overcoming violence in all of its appearances in our families.”
Following is the schedule of services at this time:
• Oct. 5:Pilgrim Church of Christ
, 3011 Academy Road
• Oct. 19:Monument of Faith Church
, 900 Simmons St., Durham, and Church of Reconciliation, 110 N. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill.
• Oct. 26:Duke Chapel
, Duke University campus and Durham Mennonite Church, 603 Lynn Road.
Check with individual churches for time and other details.
Flo Johnston at temporary email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-361-4135.