A classical organist who has been recognized by national critics as a virtuoso will perform at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church on Sunday.
Paul Jacobs is the first organ soloist to win a Grammy Award and was the youngest-ever chairman of the organ department at The Juilliard School when he was appointed in 2004.
Jacobs is known for being a champion of the pipe organ. He doesn’t believe the instrument should be excluded from mainstream classical music.
He performs the work of legendary composers such as J.S. Bach, as well as pieces penned by more contemporary composers such as Mason Bates.
Jacobs’ musical career began with piano lessons at age 5. He began playing the organ when he was 12. By 15, he was head organist of his parish in Pennsylvania and at 23 played all of Bach’s organ works in an 18-hour music marathon on the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death.
The concert will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the church, which is located at 2209 Fairview Road in Raleigh.
The event is free and open to the public, which is a gift from Hayes Barton United Methodist to the community in memory of the church’s late organist, David Witt.
Jacobs will attend a reception in the church fellowship hall after the concert.
Church Women United of Raleigh/Wake County will host its May Friendship Day at 10 a.m. Friday, May 1, at Community United Church of Christ.
This annual celebration recognizes the special relationships that enrich lives on a daily basis. The theme of this year’s event is “The Journey of the Caregiver.”
If you are interested in attending or would like additional information, call Susie Heath at 919-870-9623.
Community United Church of Christ is located at 814 Dixie Trail in Raleigh.
Yavneh is a Jewish Renewal Community in Raleigh that invites anyone to explore Jewish spirituality in a non-judgmental environment.
Yavneh will host a potluck dinner and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) discussion at 6 p.m. Friday, May 1.
The event will take place in the Community Life Center at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, where Yavneh is nested, at 1725 North New Hope Road in Raleigh.
After dinner, there will be a presentation and informal discussion around the topic “Living LGBTQ in Living Judaism.” The discussion is a precursor to Yavneh’s participation in Out! Raleigh the following day.
Challah and Kiddush wine will be provided. Participants with last names beginning with A through F should bring dessert. Those whose last names begin with G through N should bring main dishes those with last names O through Z should bring side dishes.
Many of the attendees prefer vegetarian food.
RSVP by noon Thursday, April 30, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Science and Christianity
Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville will welcome biochemist Fuz Rana for a presentation on how science and Scripture fit together.
Rana’s studies of cellular systems convinced him that a creator does exist. Through his books and speeches, Rana cites evidence from biochemistry, genetics and human origins that supports Creation.
The discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Faith Baptist Church on 249 Holden Road in Youngsville.
Gospel and bluegrass fundraiser
Ebenezer United Methodist Church will welcome the gospel and bluegrass group Hammer-n-Song from Carthage on Saturday, May 16.
Tickets cost $12 each and include an evening of music and dinner at the church, which is located at 6020 Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh. Tickets for children younger than 12 are $5 each.
The menu includes barbecue chicken, fixings and a drink. There is also a kid-friendly menu.
Dinner is from 5 to 6 p.m, and singing begins at 6.
Tickets need to be purchased by May 2. For tickets, call the church at 919-772-1664.
Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at email@example.com.