Rose of Sharon Baptist Church at 4109 Guess Road has launched a light display featuring more than 17,000 LED lights synchronized to music as its gift to the community during the Christmas season.
You can view the display from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. through New Year’s Day for free from the car. It will last about 10 minutes. Tune the car radio to 90.1 FM.
Last year was the first for this light show, said the Rev. Jeff McCarthy, senior pastor.
“I’ve always enjoyed seeing synchronized light shows on houses,” he said, “so I thought, why can’t we do this as a church.”
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The Rev. Jonathan Hendrickson, associate pastor and worship leader, along with a church committee did the synchronization and hung the lights.
The light display is part of the overall celebration of Christmas at Rose of Sharon called “Christmas Plugged and Unplugged.”
The church will offer free drinks from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first two weekends of the display. On Saturday, Dec. 19, and Sunday, Dec. 20, at 6:30 p.m. the display will be temporarily turned off and the church’s worship team will present a free “Unplugged” acoustic Christmas concert for the community.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 1200 W. Cornwallis Road is offering an Advent musical event to the community at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, with the church’s senior choir, bell choir and other musicians.
J.S. Bach’s Cantata, “Nun komm, der Heiden Helland” and other Advent music will be featured.
St. Paul’s also offers Advent worship in the church sanctuary using the Holden Evening Prayer service each Wednesday at 7 p.m. and continuing until Christmas.
Durham Christian Women’s Connection will celebrate Christmas with special music and a luncheon at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in the dining room at Croasdaile Village, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway.
Cindy Ribet with her dulcimer will entertain and Yvette Perrin from Virginia will speak on “When Life Becomes a Reality Show.”
Cost for the luncheon is $10 and reservations are essential by calling 919-384-2073 by today or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, began Sunday and continues through Sunday, Dec. 13.
Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Road, welcomes the community for the following Hanukkah events:
Candle-lighting on each evening at 5 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, Shabbat services at 7 p.m. on Friday and candle-lighting at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Judea Reform lobby. Participants may bring their own menorah and candles and join the community in reciting the Hanukkah blessings.
Hanukkah workshop from 12:30 p.m. on Sunday as Rabbi Larry Bach will consider Hanukkah in its multiple incarnations, the contemporary holiday in American life, the mitzvot of observance with families and Hanukkah’s significance within the global Jewish community.
Participants are invited to shop the Hanukkah collection at Judea Reform’s Eisman Gift Shop, open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Judea Reform Congregation, a member of the Union for Reform Judaism, is a welcoming community where Jews in the Durham and Chapel Hill area gather to worship, learn, serve and actively engage in sacred tradition of a shared heritage.
Since the synagogue opened in 1971, the congregation has quintupled in size to become the largest Reform congregation in the Triangle.
The music ministry of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 4610 Fayetteville St., will give its annual Christmas cantata titled “Wise Men Still Seek Him” at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 12.
Music by the Inspirational Choir, Male Chorus, the youth and children’s choirs will be featured.
The concert is free and all are welcome.
The Aldersgate United Methodist Church Chancel Choir will present the Christmas cantata “I Wish You Christmas” at both the 8:15 and 11 a.m. services Sunday, Dec. 13, at Aldersgate United Methodist, 1320 Umstead Road.
Also on Sunday, the annual church-wide caroling event is set for 3 p.m. and is open to the community.
More Advent events
Parkwood United Methodist Church, 5123 Revere Road, has announced its calendar of events for the season of Advent.
▪ Sunday, Dec. 13: Worship at 11 a.m. with the Chancel choir performing a choral cantata.
▪ Saturday, Dec. 19: Las Posadas service at 5 p.m. outside the church with the arrival of Mary and Joseph seeking a place to stay from the innkeeper. Once invited inside, they share the story of the Nativity and celebrate Christ’ birth with music, cakes and snacks. Children are welcome to participate in the festive events by dressing as magi and angels.
▪ Sunday, Dec. 20: Festival of Lessons and Carols at 11 a.m. Congregation participates in the reading of the lessons and singing hymns and carols.
▪ Thursday, Christmas Eve: Candlelight communion service at 7 p.m.
A candlelight vigil against gun violence, sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Churches, is set from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Road.
The vigil commemorates the 32,000 lives lost every year to gun violence in this country. Roughly once a week this year, on average, a small child has found a gun, pointed it at himself or someone else and pulled the trigger.
Additionally, since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, there have been at least 864 other mass shootings in the U.S. Gun violence affects people regardless of age, income, location, religion and race.
Durham Congregations in Action will hold its monthly assembly on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lyon Park Community Center, 1309 Halley St.
Raquel Dominguez, mediation manager at the Elna B. Spaulding Conflict Resolution Center, will make a presentation on conflict resolution.
The Durham Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children held its annual Holiday Remembrance dinner last evening at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main St.
Regardless of whether they celebrated Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza, these parents came together to honor their loved ones who were victims of violence in the city.
Health Care for All North Carolina in cooperation with the N.C. Council of Churches has announced a grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem.
The $25,000 grant will make it possible for 26 faith-based organizations across the state to provide education about the health and economic benefits of Medicaid expansion.
The project will focus on communities in Tier 1 counties, where access to medical care is threatened by inadequate health insurance coverage. Medicaid expansion could provide coverage to up to 500,000 state residents. Without it, health facilities may close as has already happened in Belhaven and Louisburg.
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