Durham News: Community

June 17, 2014

On Faith: Mentoring program open to girls and women, 9 and up

The Sisters in Salvation, a woman’s ministry at North East Baptist Church, 3204 N.C. 55, offers Bible studies and mentors women of all ages.

The Sisters in Salvation, a woman’s ministry at North East Baptist Church, 3204 N.C. 55, offers Bible studies and mentors women of all ages.

The inter-generational mentoring program, called the Daughters of Eve, invites females 9 and up to participate in activities such as meal preparation and game nights.

A recent event was an overnight lock-in in which members participated in reading the book of Psalms. The event also included reenactment of the feeding of the 5,000.

For more information call the church office at 919-544-2142 and leave a message for the Rev. Sharon Lee, minister to women.

Christian women

The Durham Christian Women’s Connection will hold its monthly luncheon at 9:45 a.m. Saturday in the Commons Dining Room at Croasdaile Village, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway.

The event will include a consignment store fashion show, and Marge Monahan will speak on “From Broken to Overflowing Heart,” about a perfectionist changed through the trials in her life.

The $10 fee includes a hot buffet lunch.

Circles of Hope

Circles of Hope and Healing will gather for dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday in the fellowship hall at Shepherds House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St., followed by a 7 p.m. meeting.

Circles of Hope and Healing are for loved ones of homicide victims to share their experience of grief in a safe, non-judgmental place. No one has to speak if they don’t want to. A trained counselor will lead the group.

Members meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of every month at Shepherds House church.

Dinner is served by CORE Catering, and there is no charge.

‘Flying Over Home’

Jeanette Stokes, the founder and executive director of the Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South on Watts Street, will read from her new memoir, “Flying Over Home,” at 7 p.m. Monday at the main Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

Stokes follows her father’s journey from Savannah to Durham, New Orleans, Tulsa, Moscow and Tokyo in an effort to understand the man who left his family and then died too soon.

Stokes has written three previous books.

The reading is co-sponsored by the library and the Resource Center.

Writing workshop

“The First Draft is the Easy Part,” a workshop with Stuart Horwitz, will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South, 1202 Watts St.

The workshop will introduce writers to the Book Architecture method, a process for organization and revision of fiction and narrative non-fiction. The presentation will provide examples of the method in action, alternating with in-depth workshop exercises.

Horwitz is part of an independent editors group based in Providence and Boston. His new book “Blueprint Your Bestseller: Organize and Revise any Manuscript with The Book Architecture Method” was named one of 2013’s best books about writing by “The Writer Magazine.”

The cost is $35.

Rescue Mission certified

The Durham Rescue Mission has received national certification by the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions.

At this time, only 10 percent of the 300 missions that are members of this group have received this certification.

The accreditation process included a comprehensive management and organizational review on and off-site by a review committee.

Durham Rescue Mission is Durham’s oldest and largest ministry providing emergency, transitional and long-term shelter, education opportunities, counseling and vocational training to 400 men, women and children each day.

Cuba Choral Exchange

The Triangle Cuba Choral Exchange will present a choral concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at McMannen United Methodist Church, 4102 Neal Road.

The 39-member choral exchange group is led by Rodney Wynkoop, conductor, and Nancy Clapp-Channing, tour leader.

The public is invited to come hear American sacred, folk and spirituals, Austrian sacred and Cuban selections complete with accompanying drums, guiro, maracas and shakers.

A $10 contribution is suggested.

Medicaid expansion

The North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church held its annual meeting recently on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory.

The assembly adopted a resolution encouraging members of the synod to ask their elected representatives to develop and vote for Medicaid expansion. And by written statement, the Synod communicated with the governor and the legislature, strongly urging that they enact legislation accepting expansion funds in the state.

The resolution also encourages all members of the synod to pray for just, compassionate legislation that will enable 500,000 more citizens of the state to have access to affordable health care.

Hunger relief

The Society of St. Andrew, a national nonprofit hunger-relief ministry, reported recently that it rescues 30 to 35 million pounds of fresh, nutritious, excess produce each year that would otherwise go to waste for various marketing reasons.

Many area churches take part in its gleanings that result in contributions to the Food Bank of North Carolina and to local food banks like the one in Durham, located at 2700 Angier Ave.

Last year more than 6.2 million pounds of food was distributed to 172 agencies in Durham, Chatham, Granville, Orange, Person and Vance counties.

In these counties, all served by the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, more than 96,000 individuals are at risk of hunger; 30,000 of these are children and more than 6 percent are 65 years and older.

Contact Flo Johnston at flo.johnston314@gmail.com.

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