The annual yard sale at Chapel Hill’s University United Methodist Church is Saturday, Aug. 27, in time for back-to-school shoppers as well as those looking for everything from antiques to sporting goods.
Sponsored by United Methodist Women, the sale runs from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“The sale is an opportunity to connect with the entire Chapel Hill-Carrboro community and we welcome all,” said Linda Griffin who has chaired the sale for the past six years.
The entire congregation comes together to make this sale happen with help from Boy Scout Troop 39, sponsored by the church; Girl Scout Troop 590; inmates from Orange Correctional Center; students from the Wesley Campus Ministry at UNC and others.
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Proceeds support nonprofit projects in the community and at the church. Recipients of last year’s sale, which netted more than $15,000, included IFC Homestart providing housing and services to 50 homeless women and children at a time; IFC Pantry, Orange County Rape Crisis Center; Wesley Campus Ministry, Meals on Wheels, Cornucopia, Appalachian Service Project, University UMC Preschool scholarships and Mental Health America of the Triangle.
‘Cure Violence’ talk
The Community Roundtable in Durham meets from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in the fellowship hall at Shepherds House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St.
Deputy Public Health Director Eric Ireland will present the new Durham County initiative “Cure Violence.” This project uses a public health approach to reducing violence.
All are welcome. No RSVP needed.
New Hindu temple
A new Hindu temple Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir has opened in a building in Cary that once housed the Hispanic Ministry of a United Methodist Church.
Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir has performed the various rituals to begin organizing daily aarti, bi-weekly Satsang Sabha followed by mahaprasad, festivals, community gatherings and religious/cultural classes in the temple.
Opening ceremonies were held in July, led by a priest from India, including various punjas. Members have been meeting in homes and in community halls since 1999. Future plans are to renovate the building.
Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism in Nevada, said: “It is important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions of a consumerist society. I hope this temple will help in this direction.”
The temple is located at 500 Southeast Maynard Road in Cary.
Kol Haskalah open house
Kol Haskalah, a Humanistic Judaism congregation, will hold an open house Sunday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon in Murphy Hall on the UNC campus.
The pre-K through B’nai Mitzvah educational focus enhances self-respect and responsible behavior in a program grounded in the ethics and culture of Judaism. Teachers will be present during the Open House to discuss their classes and the music component that is taught on Sundays along with families in the congregations. David Sennett is the education director.
Upcoming activities include Ros Hashanah in early October when the shofar will call this congregation to a celebration of reflection and renewal of self and action in the community.
An ongoing activity is providing and serving dinner one Sunday a month at Urban Ministries of Durham. A related Humanistic Judaism book group meets every other month, alternating fiction and nonfiction books to discuss.
Kol Haskalah is part of the Society for Humanistic Judaism begun in 1963 by Rabbi Sherwin Wire.
Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive in Chapel Hill, hosts the Rev. Dr. Karen-Marie Yust, specialist in childhood spirituality, Saturday, Aug. 27.
This free event runs from 9:30 am to 3:30 p.m. with the morning session from 10 am to noon geared to parents and the afternoon session from 1 to 3:30 p.m. to church educators.
There is an open invitation to all interested persons. Registration is required by email firstname.lastname@example.org. A catered lunch option of $10 is available from 12:15-1 p.m.
Tons of furniture
Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Durham and Orange counties and Blue Cross and Blue Shield have combined forces to move 17.5 tons of furniture from the 180,000 square feet of office space in the Blue Cross building in Chapel Hill.
This donation is a result of Blue Cross completing its move from the iconic glass building in Chapel Hill to University Drive in Durham.
ReStore accepts donations of new and gently used furniture, appliances, home décor, mattresses, cabinetry, windows, tools, flooring, lighting and more.
Blue Cross donations made to the ReStore includes tables, desks, rolling chairs, waiting room chairs, artwork, filing cabinets and patio furniture.
The donation pickup extended over four weeks, resulting in three 42-foot trailers and one box truck, all filled with new inventory for ReStore.
“Businesses who are looking to remodel or move may consider throwing out old items, but ReStore is here to encourage those businesses to donate unwanted items instead,” said Bonnie Ashley, ReStore director. “This donation from Blue Cross will make a lasting impact on Habitat for Humanity.”
In 2015, donations and purchases made at the ReStore enabled six homes to be built for deserving families in Durham and Orange counties and kept 875 tons of goods from hitting the landfill.