Chapel Hill: Community

Faith: Chapel in Pines to host two concerts in March

Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church will have four diverse musical groups performing in two concerts in its Strobilus Arts series during March.

Vox Virorum and Muskingum Concert Choir will present an eclectic joint choral program of sacred and secular music at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Franklin Street Traditional Jazz Band and the Gospel Jubilators will present a stirring program exploring the intersection of New Orleans-style jazz and gospel music at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 21.

Located at 314 Great Ridge Parkway on the Chatham County side of Chapel Hill, Chapel in the Pines Church has a hardwood interior and expansive views of the surrounding pine forest.

The Triangle-based Vox Virorum, directed by Jeremy Nabors, is a community-based men's chorus. The program on Sunday includes traditional spirituals, pirate songs, and a rendition of Franz Biebl's arrangement of the “Ave Maria.”

Directed by Zebulon Highben, the Muskingum Concert Choir, the other group on the bill Sunday, is the premier choral ensemble at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio.

Each year the choir presents its repertoire of music from the Renaissance through the modern era both throughout the country and internationally. Their program will include 16th century polyphony by Giovanni Palestrina and an array of contemporary songs of praise and inspiration.

This joint concert on Sunday will be followed by the closing reception for the Strobilus Winter Arts exhibition, a curated show of works in many media by 11 members and friends of Chapel in the Pines.

Refreshments will be served and a silent auction of works donated by the artists will be held. Proceeds will benefit the Brushes With Life Gallery in the N.C.Neurosciences Hospital in Chapel Hill.

The concert program on March 21 is titled “Traditional Jazz & Gospel Music.” Based in Chapel Hill, the Franklin Street Traditional Jazz Band is an eight-piece ensemble formed to celebrate the jazz traditions that originate in New Orleans.

The Gospel Jubilators of Durham are an all-male a cappella group that specializes in the jubilee tradition of gospel singing dating to the '30s and '40s.

Chapel in the Pines Church welcomes everyone to these concerts.

Lenten retreat day

St. Thomas More Catholic Church will hold a parish lenten retreat day on Wednesday, March 18.

Father Robert Barron, renowned scholar and author, will make a 3 p.m. presentation, titled “Seven Deadly Sins;Seven Lively Virtues,” followed by a reception at 6 p.m. in the Friends and Family Hall. He will make a second presentation at 7:15, a variation of the afternoon presentation.

Father Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and president/rector of University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.

Founded in 1940, St. Thomas More is celebrating 75 years of service to Chapel Hill as a parish community. Father Barron’s visit is one of many special events planned for this jubilee year.

The church is located at 940 Carmichael St.

Clothing giveaway

The Take and Wear Clothes Closet at Lystra Baptist Church will be open from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The church is located at 686 Lystra Road, off U.S.15-501.

Everything is free and customers should arrive no earlier than 8:45 a.m. since customers will draw for their place in the shopping line.

Speaker from Ghana

Robert Moses, a native of Ghana and an assistant professor of religion at High Point University, will preach at the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, March 22, at University Baptist Church on South Columbia Street.

He is the second guest speaker as part of the church's year-long anniversary celebration honoring the 25 years the Rev. Mitch Simpson has been its pastor.

Before teaching at High Point University, Moses served as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 2012.He is an ordained Baptist minister and during his studies at Duke Divinity School was Minister of Youth at University Baptist.

He is the author of “Practices of Power: Revisiting the Principalities and Powers in the Pauline Letters.” Also, he has written scholarly articles in biblical studies and is currently researching a book on wealth and poverty in the gospels.

Day of Prayer

The Carrboro-Chapel Hill Church Women United will celebrate World Day of Prayer at 10 a.m. Friday at Church of the Holy Family, 200 Hayes Road, located near Glen Lennox.

The program, written by the women of the Bahamas, will address the question Jesus asked, “Do you understand what I have done for you?”

The women of University Presbyterian will present the program.

Ministers conference

Because Christianity and Judaism share many practices and traditions, the 34th annual Minister’s Conference is set for Thursday, March 19, at Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St. in Durham.

Patricia Ahearne-Kroll, assistant professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota, is the featured speaker for the 10 a.m. event. Lunch will follow her presentation.

She received her Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School and her M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.

Area faith leaders are invited to spend a morning with others learning how insights from Judaism and from Christian text centuries ago in Egypt contribute to understanding of faith traditions today.

“Who says we can't go back to Egypt?” is the theme that will resurrect forgotten stories rooted in Egypt, told by Greek speaking Jews, and saved from extinction by Christian scribes, reminding participants of what gems remain to be rediscovered in these joint traditions.

This annual event is supported by the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Durham and Chapel Hill.

Call Phil Seib at 919-354-4967 at the federation office for registration and further information.

Contact Flo Johnston at or call 910-361-4135.