John M. Perkins, civil rights leader and founder of the Christian Community Development Association, will speak at two events in Durham on Saturday, Nov. 5. Both will be held at ReCity, 112 Broad St.
At 8:30 a.m. he will share his vision for restoration in communities at the DurhamCares breakfast fundraiser. The mission of DurhamCares is to mobilize city residents and institutions to love their neighbors.
At 10 a.m., Duke Chapel will host a talk titled “Persevering in Pursuit of the Beloved Community” about how to sustain community development work for the long haul. This talk is being held in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Duke Chapel Pathways House and in celebration of the reopening of the chapel after a year of restoration work.
Perkins grew up in a sharecropping family in rural Mississippi, where he was later active in the civil rights movement. As a minister, he has started churches, youth programs, a daycare center, a cooperative farm, health centers and a low-income housing development.
Along with his wife, he leads the John & Vera Mae Perkins Foundation in Jackson, Mississippi.
Perkins has received 13 honorary doctorates. He is an international speaker and teacher on reconciliation, leadership and the philosophy of ministry known as Christian Community Development.
In an unusual and impressive service on a recent Sunday, Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church in partnership with the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service in Chapel Hill, offered a service of Vespers for All Souls.
The service commemorated the lives of homeless men, women and children who died during the past year in Chapel Hill, by recognizing that this segment of the community often goes unseen and forgotten during their lives, and especially in their deaths.
The musical centerpiece of the service was the Faure Requiem, sung by the Binkley Chancel Choir and the N.C. Boys Choir.
Annual fall bazaar
Watts Street Baptist Church, at the corner of Watts Street and Urban Avenue in Durham, will host its 39th annual Fall Bazaar and church yard sale on from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.
The event features handmade arts and crafts such as crochet and needlework, dolls and holiday decorations. Also, second-hand treasures, including furniture, appliances, kitchen items, dishes, jewelry, electronics, toys, games and books.
During the morning, breakfast items like sausage and ham biscuits, coffee cake and coffee will be served. At lunch, hot soup, chili, cornbread and sandwiches will be available. Roasted peanuts, homemade cakes, pies and other treats will be available all day.
“The annual fall bazaar is our major fund-raising event with all proceeds going to our youth group’s summer mission experiences and toward the restoration of the church’s Good Shepherd window in the sanctuary,” said Kelly Sasser, minister of youth and their families.
The common good
On the eve of the national election, Monday, Nov. 7, The Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill is opening its chapel for a simple, Taize style service of prayer for the country and the common good.
Vicar Lisa Fischbeck says that the end of a tumultuous election season is a time to turn hearts and minds to God.
“It is a time to be still in the presence of God, to acknowledge our fears and our hopes, and to open ourselves to God’s peace,” she said.
The public is invited to join the service for prayer and chant, readings, silence and hope.
Advocate Chapel is open for prayer and meditation daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The church is located at 8410 Merin Road.
Money for missions
The men and women of Carrboro United Methodist Church are planning an event to raise money for missions.
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, the men will serve delicious pancakes for supper at $7 per person, $5 for those under 12 years of age.
Afterward, baked goods provided by the church’s good cooks will be sold, including whole and half cakes, pies, breads and jellies.
The event will be held in the church fellowship hall, located at 200 Hillsborough Road, next to Carrboro Elementary School.
A local congregation has taken an unusual approach to juvenile prison ministry.
Since Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian, 314 Great Ridge Parkway, Chapel Hill, does not have a youth group this year, the church is taking itself to the youth at Chatham Youth Development Center, a juvenile detention facility in Siler City.
The facility houses 32 teenage boys and girls in four units.
The goal of this church’s outreach is to encourage the youth through visits, talking with them, creating art work and playing board games.
The church volunteers have visited twice a month since January and are looking for others to join this ministry.
An announcement from the church noted that the only thing the residents at the juvenile center really don’t like is being preached to!