Worship Without Walls, a joint worship service of six downtown United Methodist congregations, is set for 10 a.m. Pentecost Sunday, May 22, at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion at Durham Central Park.
The Rev. Edgardo Colon-Emeric, a professor of Christian theology at Duke Divinity, is the worship leader.
Holy Communion will be part of the service that includes a collaborative liturgy, guest musicians, a community choir and children’s choir.
Worshipers are encouraged to bike to the service. In celebration of Creation Care, a bike parade will follow a special blessing of bikes.
At 11 a.m. participants will offer themselves as a gift to the Durham community through a variety of service projects, including picking up litter and bagging sweet potatoes.
Lunch will be served by Camp Chestnut Ridge at noon.
Participating churches are Trinity, Calvary, Citywell, Duke Memorial, Asbury and New Creation United Methodist churches.
All are welcome.
Heidi Aycock from Judea Reform Religious School is the 2016 winner of the Durham/Chapel Hill Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.
The Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation sponsor this award to recognize local teachers who make a lasting impact on the lives of Jewish children, and contribute to excellence in Jewish education.
Aycock has been teaching at Judea Reform Congregation since the mid-1990s. In those 20 years she’s learned a lot about how to engage students through different modalities and through personal connections. She loves to use games, puzzles, art, and stories to draw students in and help them express their Jewish-ness. Aycoks has a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Guilford College and a master’s degree in journalism.
The North American Grinspoon Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education have recognized over 700 outstanding educators in the U.S. and Canada in the past 15 years. Today the award celebrates successful innovation in Jewish education through a partnership between the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the participating community.
Trinity United Methodist Church’s new pastor will preach for the first time at the downtown church July 3.
The Rev. Susanne Priddy, who comes to Durham after 28 years as a chamber of commerce professional.
Priddy graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She has a master’s degree from Bellevue University and a master of divinity from Duke Divinity.
Her husband, Michael Priddy, has bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from UNC and spent 35 years in public school administration, retiring in 2005 as superintendent of schools in Pitt County.
The Durham Christian Women’s Connection will hold its May luncheon and program at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the Commons Dining Room at Croasdaile Village, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway.
Lavanda Moore, a cancer survivor, will share helpful insights on health and in a talk called “When you get to the end of the rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
A hot buffet lunch will follow the program. The cost is $10.
An evening of gospel singing with Keith Henderson will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, in the sanctuary at Durham Memorial Baptist Church, 133 Robbins Road.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Dessert and coffee will be served following the concert.
Get ticket information by calling 919-596-7350.
Open Table Ministry, which seeks to provide a faithful response to homelessness in the Durham community, needs money to provide housing to those who have no place to turn.
The need this spring has been greater than the ministry’s annual budget allots, and it needs to replenish its Emergency Housing Fund.
Tax-deductible donations may be made to the Open Table office, located at Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 N. Church St. The ministry is also accepting donations at the church office of bottled water, socks, underwear, T-shirts, blue jeans and sunscreen.
Open Table community gathers at noon Monays at Trinity to share lunch and fellowship. All are welcome.