Durham News: Community

On Faith: Moravian Food and Craft Bazaar on Nov. 1

Christ the King Moravian Church on Hope Valley Road will hold its traditional Moravian Food and Craft Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 1.

A lot of things about this event are memorable, like the live brass music the pastor and a few members of the congregation provide, as well as those Moravian sugar cakes, a taste treat for sure. But one of the most popular food items, a best seller over the years, has been Moravian chicken pies.

“Folks are often waiting in line when we open at 9 a.m. to be sure they get several of them,” said Alison Carlson, the leading organizer. “I’ve known returning customers to buy 10 or 12 at a time so they can stock their freezers.”

Specialties such as those sugar cakes and Mrs. Hanes’ Moravian Cookies in several tasty varieties will be available this year, as well as a large selection of homemade baked goods.

Unique homemade crafts including wreaths, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations, jewelry, purses and knitted items will be featured.

The event will include live Christmas music, warm biscuits, coffee and cider sold by Christ the King’s Youth group.

The bazaar runs from 9 a.m. to noon and the church is at 4405 Hope Valley Road. This is a fund-raising event that supports both local and international missions.

‘Listening for Grace’

A new play by Ted Swartz about relationships, sexuality and the church “Listening for Grace” is coming to Duke Memorial United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Swartz uses his distinctive humor to give voice to tears and hopes when a faith community engages in question around sexuality and same-sex relationships. The show is about a father’s journey, a church’s struggle and a search for commonality.

A reviewer has said: “It’s a piece about church. It’s a piece about fatherhood. It’s a piece about community. It’s piece about our sexuality. And it’s an entertaining and enlightening piece about openness and love.”

The play is free and open to the public. The church is at 504 W. Chapel Hill St.

Shabbat services

Local weekly Shabbat services are offered at the following synagogues in Durham and Chapel Hill:

• Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St., Durham, Saturdays, 9:30 a.m

• Judea Reform, 1933 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham, Fridays, 7:30 p.m.

• Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, Fridays 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9:45 a.m.

• Durham Orthodox Kehillah, Saturdays 9 a.m., meets at Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St.

• Chabad, Fridays 6:45 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m., meets at 501 N. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill.

Faith & the Arts

The Faith & the Arts Series at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough, is presenting a reading by three outstanding poets at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. They are Jaki Shelton Green, Phillip Shabazz and Marielle Prince

Green, who was 2009 Piedmont Laureate, has received the North Carolina Award for Literature and the 2007 Sam Ragan Award. She was inducted into the N.C. Literary Hall of Fame on Oct. 12.

Shabazz is a poet, author and teaching artist. His work explores issues of community and culture in America and his writing expresses diverse points of view, from poems about family and friends challenged by the complexities of life to narrative that celebrate human possibilities.

Prince, a daughter of St. Matthew’s is now living in Charlottesville, Va. She received her MFA from the University of Virginia where she also taught poetry and composition and served a term as poetry editor of Meridian magazine. She loves the process of bringing new poets and poems into the reading community.

The Faith & the Arts Series began in 2010 as a result of St. Matthew’s desire to be more intentional in its support of the arts.

A reception to meet the poets will follow the reading. This is a free event, but donations will be accepted.

Healthy Churches 2020

As Americans struggle with high rates of preventable and treatable diseases, Healthy Churches 2020, a national conference presented by The Balm in Gilead will convene in Greensboro, Nov. 13-15 at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons/Koury Convention Center.

The conference will offer workshops on disease prevention, care and treatment to strengthen the knowledge and skills of people involved in faith-based health activities such as a health ministry, annual church health fair, community kitchen, faith-based clinic or other health programs.

The conference will help attendees address pressing health concerns, including diabetes, obesity, mental illness, smoking cessation and Alzheimer’s in congregations and communities.

Those invited to attend include pastors, church members, medical professionals, health ministry coordinators, nurses, community health workers, missionaries, social workers and health department representatives.

Google Healthy Churches 2020 for registration information.

Contact Flo Johnston at fjohnston314@gmail.com or call 910-361-4135.