Welcome

Join us in worship at:  806 Clarendon Street, in Durham, North Carolina; space provided by Asbury UMC

Sunday — 09:00 a.m. Gathering in Song and Praise, with Word and Table

10:30 a.m.  Sunday School

11:30 a.m. —Post Worship Meetings

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Coming Soon: Confirmation Class of 2018-2019:

  • Interested in being a mentor for a student in confirmation? Contact Katy Medinas-Lockley at ktmedinas@gmail.com
  • Letters haven been sent to parents; if we missed you, email ktmedinas@gmail.com  
  • Confirmation Parent Meeting Oct. 21st during Sunday School
  • Confirmation begins Oct. 28th during Sunday School

Although confirmation is not a sacrament in The United Methodist Church, it is an important marker along our spiritual journeys.

At baptism, we are initiated into the new covenant in Jesus Christ and membership in the Church, Christ’s body in the world. For many, this happens when they are very young.

We recognize children are members of their human families, but no one expects them to clean their rooms or empty the dishwasher until much later. In the same way, “baptized infants are members of the Church—the family of faith—but are not yet capable of sharing everything involved in membership,” By Water and the Spirit, The United Methodist Church’s official statement on baptism, teaches.

Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith. “What God offers us must be accepted in repentance and faith,”

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Celebrating Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month at New Creation UMC

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Saturday, September 15th marked the beginning of Hispanic/Latino Heritage month in the United States. It is a time to recognize and celebrate the rich contributions brought forth by people that have come to the United States from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, as well as Central and South American nations.
 
Throughout this month, we will have opportunities as a church family to immerse ourselves in Hispanic/Latinx culture. Please consider participating in at least one of the following:

  1. Plan to attend and help us promote our first “Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Night”which we will celebrate on Saturday, October 13th at 6 pm! We will enjoy delicious food, traditional music and dances, and fun activities for the whole family. 
  2. Sign up for a weekly email highlighting historic Hispanic/Latino figures, such as Cesar Chávez and Dolóres Huerta, which God has used in diverse ways to uphold justice and equality in the United States. You are welcome to do so by following this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJSEno5bwL21h4GLX_JoQ-KsrcwBlUXkKhxraSA55_L1PZaw/viewform?usp=pp_url.          

Please contact me if you would like more information regarding Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, the opportunities offered above, or if you would like to share any comments or questions you may have at evergara@nccumc.org and 919-308-8095.
 
Paz en Cristo,
Pastor Edgar

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Edgardo



`Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Edgardo Colón-Emeric who was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at Duke Divinity School. He is the Director of the Center for Reconciliation.



His new book,  "Óscar Romero’s Theological Vision: Liberation and the Transfiguration of the Poor, is forthcoming."

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James

James Sanders Jr. has been chosen by the Upsilon Tau Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. to be honored as its 2018 Omega Man of the Year. James was selected because he demonstrated excellence and the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity , civic and social responsibility. Before relocating to Durham, James had served the Chapter as Basileus, Keeper of Records and Seals, Chair of the Upsilon Tau Scholarship Committee and participated in its community outreach activities. The Award will be presented in Poughkeepsie, New York at the Grand Hotel on November 10, 2018.  Congratulations James!

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Their Silence Fills the Earth

by Bishop Bruce Ough

October 4, 2018

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the nation was riveted by the testimony given to the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Judge Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave compelling, courageous, and at points, raw, tender witness to her experience of sexual assault. Judge Brett Kavanaugh gave equally emotional, forceful, and, at times, bellicose defense of his innocence. The hearing played out on the stage of a deeply divided, politically charged Senate Judiciary Committee—equally a consequence and cause of the divisive tribalism that now characterizes and threatens our great democracy.

I am always struck when studying how Jesus called individuals to discipleship to realize that he almost always started by making safe space for them. I encourage you to re-read the gospels and note how frequently Jesus had compassion on the people, invited individuals to come to the center of his attention, welcomed persons to be seated at the banquet tables, went into the intimate space of their homes, sheltered those on the margins from religious bullies, engaged outsiders in deep conversations, listened to the heart-song of followers, or scratched in the dirt to diffuse accusatory behavior.
 

Jesus shows us the way at this critical moment. So, I urge all who seek to follow Jesus to:

  • create safe space for those women and men who have been sexually harassed, assaulted, or abused;
  • listen with compassion and honor the stories;
  • seek training on best practices for ministering to survivors of sexual abuse and assault;
  • discover the referral and support services in your community, and learn how to make appropriate referrals for survivors;
  • become familiar with and speak to The United Methodist Church’s teachings on sexual abuse and harassment (pages 113-114 of the 2016 Book of Discipline); and
  • be vigilant and resolute in reporting perpetrators and abusers to appropriate authorities.

  As I sat down to write these reflections, the words of the Psalmist came to me:

 Their words aren’t heard, their voices aren’t recorded,
But their silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.
—Psalm 19:3-4 (The Message)

Click here to read the entire article.

Bishop Bruce R. Ough is resident bishop of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area of The United Methodist Church.

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"When Jesus said, 'I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly' in John 10:10, he wasn’t thinking about a victory for those who have used religion to fight back against the gains of the civil rights movement. Jesus was inviting all of us to work together for the vision at the heart of that movement — a beloved community where all people created in God’s image can thrive."– Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, writing in "The Evangelical Case Against Judge Kavanaugh" in the Sept. 3 New York Times.

Jonathan lives in Durham, NC where he directs the School of Conversion.

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