Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, 4109 Guess Road in northern Durham, has an outdoor light display with more than 21,000 LED lights synchronized to music.
The display is being held from dusk to midnight through New Year’s Day. You can see it from the car and listen to it by tuning your car radio to 90.1 FM.
“The light display is our gift to the community,” said the Rev. Jeff McCarrthy, senior pastor. “I’ve always enjoyed seeing synchronized light shows on houses, so I thought why can’t we do this as a church.”
The Rev. Jonathan Hendrickson, associate pastor, and a team from the church designed the display and hung the lights.
“Christmas Plugged has become an event for so many families in our community,” he said. “Even in July we have people asking if we are doing the lights again.”
The church will offer free refreshments this weekend from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 18, the display will be temporarily turned off and the church’s Worship Team will present an “Unplugged” acoustic Christmas Concert for the community. The 6 p.m. concert is free.
The senior choir at St. Paul AME Church in Chapel Hill will celebrate its 40th Jubilee Cantata Concert of Christmas Music at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.
The cantata is performed by the church’s senior choir each year under Minister of Music Deborah Woodward. Johnnie Ponder has performed in all 40 years of this special event.
“For the community, we provide an excellent program that catapults everyone into the Christmas spirit,” Ponder said.
The historic church, 152 years old, is at 101 S. Merritt Mill Road. A reception will follow the concert. All are welcome.
A 5 p.m. vigil to honor the lives of five Durham men will be held Thursday, Dec. 8, in front of Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St., Durham.
Donald Fields Sr., 54, was fatally stabbed June 26; Reginald Carter, 35, was fatally shot June 28; Reginald Cole, 50, was fatally shot June 30; Andre Bond, 19, was fatally shot July 10; and Jamie Nathaniel Daniels, 33, was fatally shot July 17.
A prayer for the community will be offered by Imam Mowlid Ali of Masjid ar-Rahman. The Rev. Keith Daniel from CityWell Church will preside.
Sponsored by the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham, vigils lament lives taken by violence, offer comfort to family and friends and bear witness to peace among all.
“Just show up, know nothing, expect healing” is the word from the coalition.
Emmaus Way will present the “The Magnificat Revolution,” an Advent celebration of music, libations and merriment at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Reality Ministries, 916 Lamond St., with music by Skylar Gudasz, Jeff Crawford, Casey Toll, Tim Carless and Mark Williams and others.
The beer, refreshments, merriment and music are free. Participants are invited to make a donation to the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham to help with burial homicide victims whose families have been denied support from N.C. Victim Compensation Fund.
The Monday noon book group at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., is reading “Healing the Heart of Democracy” by Parker Palmer.
The book describes how people in everyday settings like families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations and workplaces can resist divide-and-conquer politics and restore a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.”
Books are available for $14. The group meets in the church library with the Rev. Richard Edens. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch and join the conversation. All are welcome.
The Pittsboro Bach Society will present a 4 p.m. Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 11, at New Hope Presbyterian Church, at 4701 N.C 86, Chapel Hill.
The community is invited to attend this event as well as the church’s 6 p.m. Christmas Eve service. Special music will be presented by instrumentalists from the church.
The Durham Christian Women’s Connection will hold its Christmas luncheon at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Croasdaile Village, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway in Durham.
Featured speaker will be Emily Roten on the theme “Quit Overpacking,” lessons of hope and healing.
A hot buffet lunch will be served for $10.
Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian will hold an Alternative Gift Market in the church narthex following worship on Sunday, Dec. 11.
Among items to be sold are crosses made of white earthenware clay and impressed with a decorative pattern of vines made by Karen Fisher to benefit The Farm at Penny Lane in North Chatham County. Proceeds will support the work and mission of the farm that serves those with severe and persistent mental illness. They sell for $15 each.
Crocheted necklaces, made by a group of women from First Presbyterian Church of Aiken, S.C., will be available with proceeds to benefit the Formula for Life Project that provides formula for infants born of HIV-positive mothers in the Mwandi Mission Hospital in Mwandi, Zambia. These colorful necklaces sell for $5.
The alternative market supports both local and global nonprofit organizations.