Faith: Boys Choir to perform Christmas concert at Duke Chapel

December 17, 2013 


The North Carolina Boys Choir will present a holiday concert at Duke Chapel on Thursday.

The North Carolina Boys Choir and Chamber Choir will present its annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Duke Chapel.

The Christmas Concert includes Bach's Cantata 142 sung in German, carols and descants and secular works including “Jingle Bells,” “Little Jack Horner” and “Gloustershire Wassail.” It is a concert for all ages.

The choir is directed by its founder, William Graham, and Scott Mann, associate director. David Cole is accompanist with Paul Neebe and Michael Mole on trumpets.

The Boys Choir was founded in 1972 and has sung at Duke Chapel since 1975 as well as toured nationally.

Tickets available at the door are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for children 12 and younger.

Christmas programs

North East Baptist Church, 3204 N.C. 55, will hold its Christmas program at 7 p.m. tonight (Dec. 18). Christmas Day service will be at noon and a Watch Night service at 10 p.m. Dec. 31. Wesley Elam is pastor.

A Blue Christmas Service is set for 7 p.m. tonight at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Road. This special service gives time and space to those who have experienced loss or sadness that makes the holiday season especially challenging. All are welcome.

Music and poetry of the season will be featured at a 4 p.m. Sunday service at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St. Lesley and Deborah Cocianis will provide music and the Rev. Marilyn Hedpeth, associate pastor, will do a poetic narration. The Christmas Eve service at the church will begin at 5 p.m. and will include a pageant and Holy Communion with a Candle Lighting Service.

St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, 1902 Main St., will have a 5:45 p.m. congregational carol sing accompanied by the choir and organ on Christmas Eve. It will be followed by the Christmas Eve service, beginning at 6 p.m. On Christmas Day, a quiet and meditative service is set for 10:30 a.m.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road, will hold three services on Christmas Eve. A 5 p.m. service is offered for families but appropriate for all ages. A 7 p.m. candlelight service with the Laudate Handbell Choir participating, and a 10 p.m. candlelight service with the senior choir providing music.

The Christmas lineup at Parkwood United Methodist Church continues Sunday during the 11 a.m. worship service during the congregation participates in the traditional readings of the lessons and singing of hymns and carols. The Christmas Eve celebration at 7 p.m. will end with a candlelight service and Holy Communion. The church is located at 5123 Revere Road.

Eno River donation

Local groups that conduct women-led projects and help LGBT youths will benefit from $4,017 donated by Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road.

The grants include $1,870 to Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects that use the collective power or women working together to complete large-scale, one-day community service projects.

A grant of $2,146 went to InSideOut, a youth-led organization that provides leadership opportunities and a safe space for queer youth.

These donations result from recent Generosity Sunday collections at Eno River Fellowship. Six times per year, the fellowship designates a local charity to receive that month's special offering.

12,000 toys

The Durham Rescue Mission needs 12,000 new, unwrapped toys for the boys and girls who will attend the mission's Christmas Toy Give-A-Way on Christmas Eve.

In addition, the mission needs 175 turkeys, lots of caned green beans and corn for the Christmas Eve meal.

“Please join me in helping provide toys for needy children who will attend our Christmas event,” the Rev. Ernie Mill says. “Many of these children would not get a gift if it were not for the generosity of our community.”

Collection sites are at Wallmart at New Hope Commons and Park Village-Nifty 50. Toys may also be dropped off at the mission, 1201 E. Main St. before Saturday.

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