Correspondent Flo Johnston reports Bethany United Methodist, an inner-city congregation, has launched a capital campaign to buy 2.5 acres next to its 2809 Guess Road location.
The property includes the 8,000 square foot former Guess Road Veterinary Clinic. The church plans to convert the building into additional worship and fellowship space. The price of the property is $775,000, says the Rev. Jimmie Weaver.
The church had been talking about moving to a new location, but a search committee could not find a suitable site. When the property became available, the church decided to expand its present campus and continue its ministry from the inner-city.
“The decision is need-driven,” Weaver says. “We need additional space and more access to the present church property. This will allow us to begin new ministries and to expand some ministries with a larger kitchen and fellowship space. Hospitality and food ministry is a large part of this church’s DNA.”
Read more about this story and other news in the faith community Wednesday in The Durham News.
See video from the consecration ceremony for the new Sri Venkateswara Temple in Cary. Video by staff photojournalist Ted Richardson.
Our religion writer Flo Johnston reports in her next column that Mark Acuff, pastor at the Chapel Hill Bible Church for the past eight years, has resigned his post, effective Dec. 15.
In a letter of resignation to the congregation in early December, Acuff wrote, “Over the past several months the Elder Board has been involved in conversations about the vision and direction of the church. Our church has experienced many transitions over the last eight years and we are still seeking to know what we should most be about. What vision, identity and approach to ministry should most characterize us. It has become clear to me that it is time to conclude my leadership in this process.”
Acuff and his family will continue to live in Chapel Hill. The Elder Board has provided the pastor a sabbatical that began on Dec. 15 and will continue until July 1, 2009.
During the next three months, preaching will be rotated among three pastors on the staff, Randy Russell, Scott Vermillion and David Ward, said Cyndi Whisnant, communications director.
We'll have more on this story coming in The Chapel Hil News. Look for Flo's column next Wednesday.
Thousands of local Muslims came to Dorton Arena to pray and celebrate the holiday Eid ul-Adha or Festival of the Sacrifice. Staff photos by Shawn Rocco.
Readers offer their verdicts on Sen. Elizabeth Dole's campaign ad that links Kay Hagan to the Godless Americans PAC: contemptible, disgraceful, sordid. Several aren't all that happy with Hagan's response, either.
We began a new feature this month on the cover of the Thurday Life, etc. section. The debut coincided with the move of faith coverage to Thursdays, from Fridays. Readers are responding to "Questions about Faith," a column where local clergy answer questions posed by readers. The October 16 column on whether the Bible condones genocide provoked criticism.
N&O Features Editor Debra Boyette said the column was intended to stimulate thought and discussion. It was not intended to be a column featuring just academic experts. Debra said she primarily wanted the expertise that comes from having relationships with people who are living and struggling with faith and other issues day to day. Most questions will be answered by leaders of local churches, synagogues and mosques. Some academics have also agreed to answer questions.
Future columns will specify that the opinions are those of the writer. Some questions will be answered by more than one person.