It may be hard to believe there’s a Baptist church around these parts that has never had a homecoming celebration followed by dinner on the grounds.
Chapel Hill’s Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive, has announced that the church is planning its first Binkley Homecoming Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 20, and yes, there’s dinner on the grounds.
Nationally recognized preacher, Dr. James Forbes, 80, will lead the 11 a.m. worship service.
Forbes was an intern at Binkley in 1962 and has stayed in touch with friends at the church over the years. For 18 years, he was senior minister at Riverside Church in New York City where he is now senior minister emeritus.
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He was the first African American to lead this interdenominational, interracial and international church located on the Upper West Side of New York City. Forbes is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Church and the Original United Holy Church of America.
Riverside was built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1927. The 2,400-member church is affiliated with the American Baptist Church and the United Church of Christ.
Before his call to Riverside’s pulpit, he served as a professor of preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York.
Having grown up in Raleigh and with a brother, also a preacher, who still lives there, Forbes has a strong connection to North Carolina. He is noted for his preaching style and in 1996 was named as one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English speaking world in a survey conducted by Baylor University.
Binkley is requesting an RSVP by Sept. 11 from all who plan to attend the Sept. 20 homecoming event. Phone 919-942-4964 or email email@example.com.
As teachers, parents, students, administrators and staff prepare to begin a new school year in Chatham County, community members are invited to gather at 4 p.m. Sunday for a Community Prayer Service for Chatham County schools.
This is an annual ecumenical service sponsored by Pittsboro Presbyterian Church and held in the church’s Nooe Park, next to the courthouse circle. Everyone is invited.
Kehillah Synagogue, a Chapel Hill Reconstructionist Synagogue, is now enrolling students in its Religious School on Sundays.
The school meets from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for kindergarten to second graders and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for third to seventh graders.
The educational vision is implemented through hands-on learning, development of personal meaning and creative approaches to the curriculum.
In addition to its core subject areas, Hebrew, Bible, History, Holidays, Prayer and Mitzvot, an elective period is offered to third- through seventh-grade learners. These electives will be driven by students’ interests.
School begins at 9 a.m. this Sunday with an opening program in the sanctuary. At 11:30 a.m. students will gather as a community for potluck to meet new friends and to catch up with old ones.
Prospective families are welcome to a trial day of school. Contact Sherri Morris, education director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-942-5817 to schedule a visit or for further information.
The St. Paul AME Community Bowling League is now recruiting new amateur bowlers to join the fun.
Bowling on Sundays will start this Sunday with a 4:15 p.m. informational meeting followed by bowling at 5 p.m.
Interested persons should come prepared to pay $32 for the first night of bowling. This will cover league sanction for one year and the first night of bowling.
AMF Durham Lanes is located at 4508 Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham. The cost is $12 per person per week. This includes shoes and bowling.
The Take and Wear Clothes Closet at Lystra Baptist Church, 686 Lystra Road, off 15-501, will be open from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Everything is free.
A summer celebration for John Dorward, who is retiring as executive director of Inter-Faith Council for Social Services, is set from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Rock Quarry Farm, Hwy. 54 west.
Guests are invited to come sit a spell with John and celebrate his contributions. Isabel Taylor will provide music, accompanied by refreshments from Breadman’s and the ice tea bar.
Kindly RSVP by calling 919-929-6389, ext 15.
Contact Flo Johnston at email@example.com or call 910-361-4135.