A Durham preacher and congregation who have been on a 14-year quest to build a church debt-free are turning to the larger community for help finishing the job.
Theirs is is not a big fundraising campaign but a simple decision to put the word out that a helping hand would be a godsend as the Church of God Evening Light begin the final phase of their dream to have a church home.
Since Pastor Jerry Lennon took over from Pastor Melvin Lennon, his father, the 25-member congregation has met for worship and study at the pastor’s home.
Members are engaged in the areas of mentoring youth, particularly single mothers, helping individuals with drug addiction and through a cooperative program with Ebenezer Baptist Church, providing counseling for individuals suffering from depression and other mental illnesses.
The church, located in northern Durham, also has a prayer line for folks with special requests or crisis situations to call. The number is 712-432-1413, Code 2014. The church is on Facebook at facebook.com/COGELDdurham where contributions can be made to the building fund.
“The year 2015 is the year we want to finish the building,” the pastor said this week. “God has blessed us and we are almost there.”
The pastor says he and his church have put in sweat equity over the years and are now looking to finish the project that has faced many obstacles, challenges and delays, but they have not let any of these kill their dream.
Pastor Lennon can be reached at 919-740-3748. The church mailing address is 6219 Kelvin Drive, Durham 27713.
Durham City Councilman Eddie Davis will present the recent U.S. Department of Justice analysis of Durham’s violent crime and police-community relations at the Community Luncheon Roundtable from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday.
The analysis reports that Durham’s homicide rate for black males age 15 to 34 was about eight times the national rate during the years 2009-20012.
The Roundtable meets in the fellowship hall at Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church at 107 N. Driver St. Entry is at back near the playground.
All are welcome. Lunch is provided by CORE Catering.
Sandal swap shop
One World Market, Durham’s only Fair Trade store, is sponsoring a Sseko Sandal Swap Shop on Friday.
Anyone with straps they never wear, or someone who thought a particular color was just for them, but wore them only twice, is invited to the 5-7 p.m. event.
Sandals can be traded with other sandal lovers and once you’ve swapped, you can shop the markets’ collection of Sseko ribbons at 25 percent off.
Staff members will be on hand to help customers style their Ssekos in new ways. All are invited to enter to win Sseko door prizes, including a $130 leather bucket bag.
Sseko Ribbon Sandals are handmade in Uganda by young women who have recently graduated from high school. The women work for Sseko for nine months; Sseko matches their earnings, giving them opportunity to attend the university. Some recent graduates have moved into rewarding careers in Uganda, where the job market is tough, especially for women.
Sseko is helping to end extreme poverty through job creation and by building sustainable economies in Uganda, said April Ravelli, director of One World Market.
The store is located at 811 Ninth St.
Meet the author
Halim Mustafa Al-Kanemi will read and discuss his book “The Development of Al-Islam in the African American Community” at a Meet the Author event Tuesday at Durham’s Main Library.
Al-Kanemi explains the religion as an intrinsic part of the African-American cultural and religious heritage. He chronicles the growth of movements in Al-Islam among African Americans by reflecting on his own experiences as a member of the Nation of Islam under Minister Louis Farrakhan, the National Community of Imam Jamil Al-Amin and the Community of Imam WD Muhammad.
The event is set for 7 p.m. and is open to all interested persons.
Contact Flo Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-361-4135.