Durham News: Community

On Faith: Trinity Ave. Presbyterian to host Women’s Preaching Festival

The third annual Homegrown N.C. Women’s Preaching Festival will be held Oct. 23-24 at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, 927 W. Trinity Ave. Registration is underway.

The past two festivals included more than 65 clergy women who gathered for two days of celebrating, learning, worshiping and community building.

Attendees represented the African Methodist Episcopal, Baptist, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, Mennonite, Moravian, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, Holiness and Quaker churches, as well as non-denominational ones.

The cost is $40 with a special rate of $10 for students and free for all Duke Divinity School students.

Google Homegrown N.C. Women’s Preaching Festival for registration.

The festival is sponsored by Duke Divinity School Women’s Center and the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South.

Greek classes

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 8306 N.C. 751, is offering classes for adults and children who are interested in learning to speak and to read and write Greek. Both intermediate and beginner’s classes will be offered.

Classes will be held at the church on Saturdays around midday, exact times to be determined in the next few weeks.

Classes will begin Oct. 4 and tuition costs are $15 per class.

For more information and/or to register, contact Helen Paliouras at elenipali@attt.net or 919-942-4229.

Back-to-School Party

The Durham Rescue Mission with help from GlaxoSmithKline will hold its annual Back to School Party, beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday at 1201 E. Main St.

More than 500 volunteers, the mission staff and residents are expected to serve 10,000 free hot dogs, host carnival games with prizes, give away 12,000 free clothing items along with 1,800 free bags of groceries and 3,500 free backpacks filled with school supplies for all students who attend with a parent or guardian.

Last year, more than 4,500 students attended this event.

‘God’s Not Dead’

“God’s Not Dead” will be shown at 6:15 p.m. Sunday at Berea Baptist Church, 5011 Fayetteville Road. It is appropriate for all ages and features the Newsboys, Willie Nelson and Korie Robertson.

The free movie will be shown in the fellowship hall. Viewers should arrive by 6 p.m. and bring a blanket or lawn chair for comfort.

Snack items and drinks will be sold, with proceeds going to the church’s Youth Ministry Fund.

One World online

One World Market, Durham’s only Free Trade store, now has an online store available at shoponeworldmarket.com.

The market, 811 Ninth St., has worked for the past 22 years to help alleviate poverty in more than 70 developing countries.

The new online store is filled with Fair Trade jewelry, accessories, home décor and gifts. Shopping online will support workers, many of them women, who work at home and have no place to market their crafts in their own countries.

‘Philadelphia 11”

It was 40 years ago this summer when 11 women, now known as the “Philadelphia 11,” were ordained to the priesthood by bishops from around the Episcopal Church in the United States.

This somewhat “irregular” and certainly controversial event in the summer of 1974 took place at Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia. It is now considered as a breakthrough, Holy-Spirit-filled moment in the life of the church and in the Anglican Communion.

The Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill is hosting the North Carolina Diocesan celebration of this anniversary event Sunday.

Festivities will begin with a Eucharist at 4 p.m. The Rev. Carter Heyward, a North Carolina native and one of the 11, will preach.

Following a brief reception, a panel discussion will be led by Bishop Michael Curry and include Dr. Sam Laurent, the Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner, seminarian Hershey Mallette and Heyward.

Afterward, a potluck supper will be served, augmented with food from Bullock’s Barbecue in Durham

A book table will feature books about the Philadelphia 11 and books by the panelists, who will be available to sign copies.

The offering for the Eucharist and 20 percent of all book sales will go to the Diocesan Harvest for Hospitality Campaign.

Chapel Hill’s Church of the Advocate is located at 8410 Merin Road.

Godly Play

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Road, will begin offering Godly Play for kindergarten and first grade children during Sunday worship, beginning Sept. 7.

This is a Montessori-inspired method of teaching and learning that draws children into stories and invites them to experience the holy through creativity and imagination.

Following the children’s message at the 11 a.m. service, this group will assemble in a special Godly Play room on the ground floor of the Mission Center.

An informational gathering for parents to introduce the new method will be held at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 31.

Special assignment

Vicar Michael Battle, interim priest at St. Titus Episcopal Church, 400 Moline St., for the past year, has been appointed to a special one-year assignment to the Episcopal Divinity School, a seminary in Cambridge, Mass.

At St. Titus, he worked with the parish on several goals, including maintaining a healthy congregational life, continuity of leadership, consciousness of recent history, discovering a new emerging identity as a mission, managing natural changes in leadership in the church, strengthening relationship with the Diocese of North Carolina and committing to a new future.

“The vestry and I have worked closely together and supported each other by prayer, word and example,” he wrote in a letter to the congregation. “I feel very good about where we are with these goals. I pray our work together has cultivated the soil for rich growth.”

He said goodbye to the church last Sunday during its two services and at a farewell reception.

Summer concert

The Burwell School Historic Site and the Gospel Choir from Mt. Bright Baptist Church will present a summer concert during the Hillsborough Arts Council’s last Fridays event Friday, Aug. 29.

This special performance is set for 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the Burwell School, 319 N. Churton St. in Hillsborough.

Those who attend should bring their own seating and blankets. Punch will be served. No alcoholic beverages are permitted.

The event is free and open to the public.

You can reach Flo Johnston at flo.johnston314@gmail.com or 910-361-4135.