Most Saturday mornings you will find three or four parishioners from Durham’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church weeding and planting in the vegetable garden that provides fresh produce for low-income families in the parish.
The past few weekends, however, have been spent establishing a pollinator garden at the church on West Chapel Hill Street, a gift from Keep Durham Beautiful and Durham County Cooperative Extension through the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden Program. Burt’s Bees, headquartered in the American Tobacco Campus, funds the program.
Early this summer, the parish received training for volunteers, 24 pollinator plants and topsoil and mulch donated by the Rock Shop on Hillsborough Road.
The garden, now finished, will be on display during a Healthy Bee, Healthy Me pollinator garden tour on Saturday, Oct. 15, with a rain date of Sunday, Oct. 16.
The pollinator garden was of particular interest to the parish because it already has a community garden and because the new garden will be a resource for the STEM classes at Immaculata Catholic School.
“The honey bees, native bees, butterflies and other pollinators attracted to our new garden also pollinate the organic vegetables that we grow,” said volunteer Alice Wernicki. And the pollinator garden provides opportunities for lessons in ecology, biology and horticulture, as well as “a place of beauty for the entire community to enjoy.”
A recent United Nations report said up to 40 percent of the world’s pollinators face extension. Three-fourths of the world’s food crops rely on bee and other insect pollinators.
“As people of faith, we believe that God’s care for creation compels us to do justice to the earth and all of the creatures on it, including bees and butterflies,” said Father Charley Miller, one the Franciscan friars at Immaculate Conception. “The loss of pollinators through hive collapse, use of pesticides and climate change will have an impact on food production worldwide,” he said.
The Won Buddhist Temple, at 8021 Old N.C. 86 in rural Orange County, will hold its 12th annual bazaar from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.
You can buy a variety of teas, Korean pancakes and dumplings, nutty rice cakes, meditation clothing and cushions, wooden gongs and singing bowls, prayer beads, incense, handmade rice paper cards, traditional Korean crafts, pottery and dharma books.
The public is also invited to enjoy live music, Korean food, mini-classes about Buddhism, meditation, chanting and the ancient healing practice Qigong.
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, at 403 E. Main St. in downtown Durham, will hold its annual Liberian Dinner and Fashion Show from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in the church parish hall. Use the Queen Street entrance on the side of the church.
Authentic Liberian cuisine will be served. Proceeds will benefit the Bromley Mission School for Girls in Liberia, a project supported by the congregation.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Contact Martha Dargbeth at 919-423-9661.
St. Matthew’s concert
Singer and songwriter Mary Rocap will present a solo concert at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Road in Hillsborough at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16.
She never aspired to be a songwriter, but in her 40s came to realize there were songs within that longed for expression.
Her songs find inspiration from two main sources. The first is the natural world and the place of people within it. The second is her attempt to walk in faith, acknowledging that doubt is never far behind. In addition to pursuing music, she is a quilter, baker, bookkeeper and chronicler of her backyard flock of chickens.
Tickets are $10 and available from the church office. A reception will follow the recital.
Church block party
After worship Sunday, Oct. 9, the public is invited to attend a Neighborhood Block Party from noon to 3 p.m. at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Music will be provided by United Church’s Ambassadors along with the Brazilian Combo from Iglesia Unida and the worship team and Community Empowerment Choir from Orange United Methodist Church across the street.
Food will be available from three popular food trucks or hot dogs from Girl Scout Troop 243.
Face painting and games will be offered for children, and adults will have opportunity to support the Chapel Hill-Carrbobo Peacemaking Scholarships given annually to local high school seniors.
Since most elections are heavily influenced by the economy, United Church of Chapel Hill will revisit its covenant on economic justice during three forums at 10 a.m. Sundays.
Speakers include two economists and a research professor, who will talk about the post Great Recession economy and the Affordable Health Care Act.
These forums will be held in the church fellowship hall between Sunday services and are open to all.
Speakers are Dr. Tonmoy Islam and Dr. Tom Tiemann, both economists at Elon University; and Dr. Jonathan Kotch, emeritis research professor at UNC.
Lay-led Jewish services
The Jewish High Holiday services at Congregation Etz Chayim in Chapel Hill offer a unique combination of lay-led spiritual prayers and participatory intellectual discussions. No fee is required.
The Yom Kippur service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, and after a break that afternoon.