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Faith: Series to examine Celtic Christianity

The adult Sunday School Class at the Church of Reconciliation Presbyterian Church will have an upcoming series of three presentations titled “Reflections About Celtic Christianity,” with the first class set for Sunday.

Howard and Nancy Corson Carter will present art, poetry, song and prayer that reflect their 2013 pilgrimage to the Island of Iona, Scotland, with the Shalem Society for Spiritual Formation.

Subsequent classes are March 2 when the presentation is about “Sacred Places,” and March 9, “Sacred Altars and Shrines.” The class meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the church fellowship hall.

“We will explore how the Celtic mission, which emphasizes the image of God as the heart of the human and the conviction of the essential goodness of creation as God's dwelling place can continue to inspire us,” said Jo Anne Peterson, of the Adult Education Committee.

The public is invited to attend the series at the church, located at 110 N. Elliott Road in Chapel Hill.

Black gospel sing

Haw River Missionary Baptist Church is sponsoring a Black History Gospel Sing on Sunday.

“We invite area churches to join us in lifting up our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in songs,” said host pastor the Rev. Junious Jones.

The sing will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the church, 1099 Mt. Gilead Church Road, Pittsboro.

Student preacher picked

Duke University senior Hannah Ward has been selected to preach on Student Preacher Sunday at Duke Chapel.

Ward, a religion major from Asheville, will deliver her sermon during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday. A reception afterward will be held in the chapel basement.

Her sermon, “Everybody's Perfect,” is based on a Scripture passage in Leviticus where Moses delivers the Ten Commandments, coupled with a passage in the Gospel of Matthew of Jesus' conversation with his disciples about the commandments. The sermon was selected after being reviewed and nominated by a committee that included representatives from the chapel and the Religious Life staff.

“Hannah's sermon on the topic of perfection is an appropriate subject for Duke students, who often find themselves suffering under the weight of this ideal expectation,” said Meghan Feldmeyer, the chapel's director of worship. “Hannah's exploration of the passage is theologically astute and insightful,”

Each February, Duke Chapel selects a student to preach on Student Preacher Sunday.

The selection process is open to any undergraduate who wishes to submit a sermon. Criteria include relevance of sermon to that Sunday's Scripture, sermon delivery and appropriateness of subject matter for a chapel service.

Duke University Chapel's Sunday worship services are open to the public and are webcast live at

‘Starry Knight Gala’

St. Thomas More Catholic School will hold its annual Gala and Auction “The Starry Knight Gala” on Saturday, March 1, in the Friends and Family Hall at the church, 940 Carmichael St. in Chapel Hill.

This year the gala features the cuisine of Gary Wein, executive chef and co-owner of Savory Fare and Chef John Akhile of Shiki Sushi.

To buy tickets to the event, place an online bid by Monday, Feb. 24, or make an auction donation at

All proceeds benefit St. Thomas More Catholic School and the enrichment of its educational and cultural programs.

Day of Prayer

A World Day of Prayer service, sponsored by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Unit of Church Women United, is set for 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 7, at Church of the Holy Family, 200 Hayes Road.

The worship program “Streams in the Desert” will be presented by the women of Carrboro United Methodist Church.

All women are invited to attend. Registration begins at 10 a.m.

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