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ZOOM MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES!

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:  Every Wednesday via ZOOM

Everyone is encouraged and invited to participate in these ministries.

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NCUMC 11.28.2021 - A Righteous Branch - Rev Varonica Livingston

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Advent Season Study Continues

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The church continues itsAdvent Season Study, based on the book "The Heart That Grew Three Sizes: Finding Faith in the Story of the Grinch" by Matt Rawle.  If you'd like to join any of the studies and would like a copy of the book, a $5 donation is requested. You are all welcome to join us!

Study dates and leaders:

  • Wednesdays at noon: Dec. 8 & 15, led by Rev. Livingston and Rev. Dr. Larry Johnson
  • Sundays at 10:15 am: Dec. 5, 12 & 19, led by the children's ministry team
  • Sundays at 5:30 pm (Young Adult Study): Dec. 5, 12 & 19
  • Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm: Dec. 7, 14 & 21, led by LaNella Smith
  • Sundays at 11:30 am: Dec. 5, 12 & 19, led by Sashir Moore-Sloan, Domnique Sloan, and Teerayut Teerasupaluck

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Second Sunday of Advent - Dec. 5, 2021 @ 10 AM

Pre-registration is requested for contact tracing should there be a COVID case. Each week, the Sign-up Genius link will be in the newsletter for your convenience. Please click the linked SignUp Genius graphic below to register for upcoming services. Click the Sign-Up button for the Sunday Worship date/s you wish to attend, then click the Submit & Sign Up bottom toward the bottom of the page.

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If you do not sign up, that will not prohibit you from entering the building. Please adhere as much as possible.


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Peace is Like a Light Shining in a Dark Place

As we light the second of the four outer candles on our Advent wreath, we are reminded that as Christmas draws nearer, the light of this new candle drives darkness even further into the distance.

This second candle is the ‘peace’ candle. Christmas is about celebrating the arrival, the birthday, of the Prince of Peace.

Advent is about waiting, longing, preparing, and working towards His return.

The Peace Prayer of St. Frances of Assisi is possibly more relevant now than it was when it was written about 800 years ago. There is so much injury,  despair, and darkness in the world today.

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That’s where we come in. It’s up to us to be instruments of justice that lead to His peace as we go forth in the world to sow God’s love.

To read the Peace Prayer of St. Frances, follow the link to the right.

As we contemplate the peace candle, on this second Sunday of Advent, we can confidently celebrate in the peace we find in Jesus Christ.

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Protocols for In-Person Worship

As we continue to gather in person for Sunday worship,you are encouraged to continue following the safety protocols. The Reopening Committee has carefully chosen them according to CDC guidelines to ensure we have a safe space to worship. With this new COVID variant (Omicron), it is especially important that we follow these protocols to keep each other safe. 

 A list of New Creation's protocols is available at the church if you should want one, in previous newsletters, and always available by phoning or emailing the office.

Thank you for your continued diligence and cooperation, as we look forward to the coming of Christ during this Advent season.

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Public Hearing Notice: December 6, 2021, @ 7:00 PM

The Durham City Council will hold in-person and virtual public hearings for Case: 518 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

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Public Participation:
The meeting will be held in person in the City Council Chambers, 1st Floor, 101 City Hall Plaza but may also be accessed online using the Zoom virtual meeting platform.

David Arthur will be representing and speaking on behalf of New Creation in support of the zoning proposal.

Webinar ID: 941 2140 4814

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You may view instruction to participate in the virtual meeting or to watch it live by clicking on the link to the right.

Zoning Proposal

  • 518 Martin Luther King Jr. (Z2000017) is a request to change the zoning from Commercial General with a Development Plan (CG(D)) to Residential Suburban-Multifamily with a Development Plan (RS-M(D)) and a proposed change of the Future Land Use Map designation from Commercial to Medium-High Density Residential located at 518 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

Additional Information
If you would like additional information on this proposal, the agenda and staff report will be posted on the website approximately one week before the hearing at this link: 
https://durhamnc.gov/AgendaCenter/City-Council-4

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This is the Lord's Table & We Don't Set the Guest List

What do you understand when you hear, "This is the Lord's table and we don't set the guest list”?

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Eating together is a powerful sign of unity. Jesus regularly caused a stir among the religious authorities whenever he welcomed to his table those who were seen as unexpected guests. When United Methodists gather for communion today, we often talk about the “open table,” following Jesus’s example.

On December 7, let's ask Dr. Edgardo Colón-Emeric, Dean of Duke Divinity School, what it means to invite everyone to the Lord's Table, with host Michelle Hettmann. To learn more and listen to the conversation, use the link to the right.

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Our Commitment: Connectional Ministries and Missions

  • ~10% of our budget goes to apportionments
  • Supporting our UM Conference, retired pastors, and missions
  • Based on our budget

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December is "Write a Friend Month”!

The month of December is known for many things, including National Write a Friend Month. This season, celebrate the holidays with some brisk walks in the nippy air, sit by a fire, and drink hot chocolate. But, don’t forget to write to your friends, family, and complete strangers. Spread the Christmas cheer by writing as we finish out the year!

For more ideas on how to celebrate Write a Friend, click the link; you know you want to!


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Procrastination Awareness Month 

December is Procrastination Awareness month and it arrives at just the right time when the New Year's Resolutions deadline is fast approaching. If you’ve been putting off working on your goals or even regular tasks now is the time to get in gear and learn how to break the procrastination habit.

According to the psychologist, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen, there are three main types of procrastinators. If you know which one you are, it can make it much easier to take steps toward learning and incorporating new habits and attitudes so you can begin making progress on those tasks and goals that you've been putting off. In Wanda Thibodeaux's article "The 3 Main Types of Procrastinators, According to Psychology," she cites these three types:

  1. The Avoider
  2. The Optimist
  3. The Pleasure Seeker
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If you're looking for more insight on your procrastination type, and new habits and mindsets to break the pattern, continue reading here.





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