Children’s Ministry:  Sundays at 10:15 am

Adult Sunday School:  Sundays at 2:00 pm 

Nursery:  Sundays at 4:00 pm

Young Adult Bible Study:  2nd & 4th Sundays at 5:30 pm

Wednesday NoonDay (12 PM) Bible Study:  Following "Journey to Transformation: 2021 Lenten Study," by Sharma D. Lewis

Everyone is encouraged and invited to participate in these ministries.


Rev. Varonica Livingston - NCUMC 07.18.2021 - Take Time for Jesus


Join Us for 10:00 am ZOOM Worship on July 25, 2021


We are excited to be joining together to worship on ZOOM this Sunday, July 25th at 10:00 am.

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.

Hope to see you there!


Ministry Spotlight - Administrative Council Chairperson

The ministry spotlight for this week is the Administrative Council Chairperson.  

Melissa Rasberry serves as the Administrative Council Chair for New Creation.  We interviewed her to give some insight into serving in this role for the church.


Interview with Melissa Rasberry:

What are the responsibilities of the Council Chair?

According to the UMC Book of Discipline, the Administrative Council shall "provide for planning and implementing a program of nurture, outreach, witness, and resources in the local church. It shall also provide for the administration of its organization and temporal life. It shall envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the mission and ministry of the church.” As Council Chair, I have the honor of planning and facilitating our bi-monthly meetings by working with Pastor Livingston and other church leaders to determine key updates and business items. Together, we co-create the mission and ministry of the church (based on the input of our members) and make decisions to ensure New Creation’s sound spiritual, financial, and physical health.

What has been the most interesting or rewarding about serving in that capacity?

The work was intense and tiring at times; however, it was truly rewarding to serve as the Council chair leading up to and during our move into our permanent home here at 4705 Old Chapel Hill Road. It was a dream (and many, many prayers) come true! I was humbled and honored to serve on the team that worked out the purchase of the property and ensured our smooth entry.

How long have you served and did you need prior experience?

I began serving as the vice-chair of the Administrative Council in the fall of 2017. I transitioned into the chair role toward the end of that year as the individual who was serving could no longer do so. In the past, I served as a co-chair of the SPRC committee, which helped me to understand the workings of the Administrative Council. Though that experience was helpful, it would not be required to serve as the Council chair. Anyone with knowledge and skills in team-building, strategic planning, and administration would suit this role well. 


What have you learned as Chair of the Council and being a part of this committee in general?

Serving as the Council chair has helped me to better understand the United Methodist Church (UMC) as a whole. I did not grow up Methodist so I’ve had to learn a lot about the policies and procedures of the UMC.

The Administrative Council Chairperson provides initiative, and collaborative leadership for the administrative council to fulfill the mission and vision of the congregation.

Spiritual Gifts and Qualifications for the Leader:

  • This chair benefits from having one or more of these spiritual gifts: leadership, administration, faith,  servanthood, discernment, and teaching. 
  • Useful skills for this position are the ability to listen to and communicate with people of all ages, work with other ministry leaders, preside over meetings, delegate responsibility, and follow up to complete tasks.

The Church Council is the administrative agency of the charge conference to envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the ministry of the congregation. (The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2016, ¶252) The chair of this group is elected annually by the charge conference (¶251.3).

Responsibilities of the Chairperson:

  • This leader meets and works with the pastor, lay leader, and others to fulfill the mission of the church.
  • The leadership team chair, along with the pastor and lay leader, are the primary spokespersons for the vision and mission of the church and encourage all other ministry leaders.
  • This person should organize an annual planning meeting for church vision and ministry goals.
  • This person should become familiar with United Methodist resources and organization.
  • During the year, this leader prepares and communicates the agenda for meetings, leads the meetings, follows up actions by assigning responsibility for implementation, coordinates the activities of the leadership team, and maintains a healthy and growing spiritual life. 

To learn more about the role of the Administrative Council Chairperson, click here.

To learn more about the role of the Administrative Council, click here.

If you have a particular interest in knowing more or serving in this capacity in the coming year, don't hesitate to get in touch with Pastor Livingston or any member of Lay Nominations (Bernice Johnson, Carolyn Black, Rev. Jessie Larkins, Gloria McAuley, Inez Fisher, Lynn Smith, Barbara Logan, and Delores Vaughn).

We welcome your questions and your desire to serve!


A Service of Welcome for Bishop Fairley September 19, 2021, at 4:00 pm


A Service of Welcome is planned for Bishop Leonard Fairley at 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 19, at Soapstone United Methodist Church located at 12837 Norwood Road in Raleigh, NC. A reception will immediately follow the service at 5:00 pm.

Additionally, Bishop Fairley will be meeting with the clergy and laity of the Corridor District on September 20, 2021.

First United
 Methodist Church in Graham, NC  will be hosting these gatherings as follows:

  • Clergy: 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Laity: 7:00-8:00 pm

Hold these dates and plan on attending and inviting others as we welcome him and his wife, Dawn, to the NC Conference!



Connections: The Richness of the Connection

Bishop Ward highlights the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference on Wednesday and the Annual Conference Session (ACS) for Youth in this busy week for the conference.





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