Chapel Hill: Community

On Faith: Kehillah Synagogue to hold annual yard sale

Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Road, will hold its annual yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Over the last several years, the synagogue found a successful fund-raising strategy to supplement its Religious School and Preschool programs while also providing low-cost clothing, furniture, toys and electronics for the larger local community.

This event is staffed by volunteers from the synagogue who collect tax-deductible item donations as well as assist with organizing and running the sale.

“It really is a community effort,” said Barbara Brown, Kehillah’s preschool director. “It takes all of us to plan and implement the yard sale successfully and we all benefit when our educational programs are enhanced.”

In an effort to support the broader community, all items that remain at the end of the sale are donated to other local non-profit organizations.

‘Black Lives Matter’

Bishop Hope Ward of the N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church will lead a gathering titled “Sacred Conversations: Because Black Lives Matter” Wednesday at Duke Memorial UMC, 504 W. Chapel Hill St., in Durham.

The event, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the sanctuary, will feature prayers and conversation.

Speakers will include the Rev. Al Shuler, pastor of New Creation UMC in Durham and three professors from Duke Divinity School, Mary Fulkerson, professor of theology; Willie Jennings, associate professor of theology and black church studies; and J. Kameron Carter, associate professor of systematic theology and back church studies.

“We believe the church should be involved in discussions of race as both a prophetic voice and an instrument for change when and where needed. Our goal in this holy conversation is to create paths of solidarity, integrity, honesty, respect, compassion and action,” a church news release said.

Day of rest

Former emergency room physician Dr. Matthew Sleeth has diagnosed Americans with a sobering case of “busyness” and suggests a simple remedy to cure the 24/7 lifestyle that ails them. Stop.

In his most recent book “24/7: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life,” Sleeth details the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of a weekly “stop day.” Or as some people of faith might say, a sabbath day or a day of rest.

“Just a short while ago, everything in society came to rest one day a week,” says Sleeth. “No more. Now we go 24/7. This harried, multitasking lifestyle is taking a serious toll on our personal and societal health.”

Drawing from the stories of thousands of patients he saw as a doctor, Sleeth makes a convincing case on all levels, physical, mental and spiritual, to unplug one day each week for the sake of a healthier, more meaningful life.

Dr. Sleeth and his wife, Nancy, will lead a Sabbath Living workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, at Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin St.

Each participant will develop an individualized plan for prioritizing and practicing a weekly Sabbath. The $10 registration includes lunch and a copy of Dr. Sleeth’s book.

Register on the Chapel of the Cross website,

New preschool director

Pittsboro Baptist Church, 121 W. Salisbury St. in Pittsboro, has appointed Jennifer Cashion as the new director of the church’s preschool program and as children’s minister, effective Feb. 3.

She will supervise the work of 16 teachers and oversee operations of the preschool program. As the minister to children, she will oversee all the church’s programs for children from newborns to fifth graders.

Pittsboro Baptist Preschool operates Monday through Friday from September to May, serving more than 100 children. There is also a summer camp program held Tuesdays through Thursdays during the month of July.

A native of Goldsboro and graduate of UNC Wilmington, Cashion worked with PPD, a clinical trials company, for 13 years and was most recently senior clinical manager.

Leigh Corley, the former children’s minister and preschool director, resigned to return to her home state of Mississippi.

Registration for the preschool and summer camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at the church.

‘Sacred Sound’

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough will present a free advanced screening of “Sacred Sound,”a documentary film being produced by parishioner Robin Arcus, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.8.

“Sacred Sound” focuses on one summer week when 50 ordinary American girls learn to sing extraordinary music in the manner of the great British cathedral choirs. They rise willingly at dawn to march through morning mist to sit on hard pews for the sake of offering themselves to God through music and beyond.

Told primarily through two choristers, these young people take to heart the words of the Mass as not mere words, but the means by which humans relate to heaven. They carry the torch of sacred traditions nearly lost in the world today. These choristers sing not simply to preserve this music for museum archives, but as something made alive and relevant through the very breath of their being.

St. Matthew’s is located at 210 St. Mary’s Road.

Contact Flo Johnston at or call 919-361-4135.