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ZOOM WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Children’s Ministry -- Sunday at 10:15 am

Sunday school -- Sunday at 2:00 pm

Nursery -- Sunday at 4:00 pm

Young Adult Bible Study -- 2nd & 4th Sunday's at 5:30 pm

Everyone is encouraged and invited to participate in these ministries. 

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Rev. Varonica Livingston   02/28/2021Get in Good Trouble

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ZOOM Worship on February 28, 2021, @ 10 am 

following a 9:45 am coffee hour!

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We are excited to be joining together to worship on ZOOM this Sunday, February 28th at 10:00 am. It will be an exciting chance to see everyone worshipping together as "in-person" as possible. Feel free to join us before service at 9:45 AM for an informal coffee hour to gather, meet, and greet.

You can join, as always, on your computer, laptop, tablet, or by calling in on your landline.

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Reflecting on February as Black History Month, which is reserved for a celebration of African American culture, fashion, and history, everyone is encouraged and welcome to wear their African Attire. Let's see what you've got!


    We look forward to seeing you there!



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2021 Gathering Session

This Saturday, February 27 @ 2 PM!

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At 2:00 pm on February 27, 2021, we will have another gathering session to keep us updated with everything happening at New Creation UMC. 

Call the Church office to get your ZOOM link.  You can join on your computer, laptop, tablet, or by calling in on your landline.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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New Creation UMC Celebrates Black History Month - Religion

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In 1972, an African-American, the late Joseph Bethea, was elected bishop to lead the members of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Bethea’s commitment to integration in religion was consistent with his belief that the church can only be strong if its decision-making process incorporates people of all ethnic groups.

“God loves all people. People of all races and cultures can serve in leadership positions in the church,” he said. “Integrating the church is the key to attracting young people to the ministry. The church becomes a place where they can work, and I think people will better hear the call of God in their lives if they hear the church is open.”

Most of his work in the ministry was carried out in North Carolina, where he was instrumental in securing the appointment of a black woman to an all-white Methodist church. As superintendent of Rockingham District, he was successful in instilling harmony in a tri-racial district, where there were almost equal numbers of white Americans, African-Americans, and Native Americans.

Bethea was literally born to preach. His father, the Reverend Rufus Bethea, was a Methodist Episcopal minister, and young Joseph delivered his first sermon from the pulpit of his father’s church at the age of five. After completing his bachelor’s degree at Claflin College in 1953, Bethea planned a career in public education. His father had other ideas. Convinced that his son would commit to the ministry, the elder Bethea enrolled him in seminary during his final year in college. “My father enrolled me before I even knew about it,” said Bethea. “I don’t know whether he had some insight.”

He went on to earn a master of divinity degree at Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. After pastoring churches in upstate South Carolina and North Carolina, he helped develop and served as the Director of the Black Church Studies Center at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. Bishop Bethea received numerous honors and awards including the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor bestowed to noted individuals by the state of South Carolina.

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Richard Allen was a minister, educator, writer, and one of America's most active and influential Black leaders. In 1794, he founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the first independent Black denomination in the United States. He opened his first AME church in 1794 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Elected the first bishop of the AME Church in 1816, Allen focused on organizing a denomination in which free Black people could worship without racial oppression and enslaved people could find a measure of dignity.

He worked to upgrade the social status of the Black community, organizing Sabbath schools to teach literacy and promoting national organizations to develop political strategies.

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Join Us For Noon Day Lenten Study


For Noonday Bible Study, we'll be enjoying a Lenten study following the book "The Journey to Transformation: 2021 Lenten Study" by Sharma D. Lewis. We started this past Wednesday 24th, but feel free to join us at any time!

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To learn more about the book and purchase it, click the amazon link.


Hope you join us!


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A New Year, A New Goal!

As New Creation looks to 2021, we plan to make a positive impact on our community and our world through Christ. Please help us to achieve this by making a financial pledge. With your pledge, you share your intention for regular giving to New Creation, and that information helps us to plan our ministries and activities for the year.

Our goal is to reach $331,000 this year. Currently, our pledges for the year are up to $108,940. 
I'd say it's a "mission possible"!

You can find an electronic pledge form on our website:  http://newcreationumcdurham.org/pledge-form.html

Please note that the old link was faulty, so if you previously entered your pledge, please enter it again on the new form. We apologize for the erroneous link and the inconvenience. You will receive a confirmation email (from the sender “JotForm”) after you've entered your pledge.

You can also contact the church office to get a donation form mailed to you. In addition to your financial support, consider making a pledge to pray for the church or to serve in a specific ministry.

You can also contact the church office to get a donation form mailed to you. In addition to your financial support, consider making a pledge to pray for the church or to serve in a specific ministry.


Thank you for being a part of New Creation. We are all moving forward together – to know Christ and to make Christ known!


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One More Week!

Your suggestions are wanted! We are wrapping up our search for an official title for New Creation's bi-monthly newsletter. It would be great to receive a few more, so send us your fun, original, or even traditional ideas by the end of February.

A few of the suggestions we have already received:

  • New Creation's Good News
  • The Good News
  • Faith Matters
  • Hope Happens
  • Creation News and Views
  • News and Views  From Creation
  • Creation News You Can Use
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Email secretary@newcreationumcdurham.orgor give us a call at 919-688-4578.

Thanks in advance!


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Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987. Women’s History Month 2021 will take place from Monday, March 1-Wednesday, March 31. Stay tuned for highlights on notable women in history throughout the month of March in the Weekly Wrap Up and newsletter!

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