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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.       __________________________________________________________

             Worship Service Video 10-18-2020

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Worship Update

From the Pastor’s Pen

Outdoor worship this Sunday at 10 am. Feel free to bring your lawn chair. Masks will be available, and we will practice social distancing. It will be a time of praise, worship, celebration, and fellowship. Rev. Edgardo Colon-Emeric will preach the morning message.

Rev. Colon-Emeric is an Associate Professor of Reconciliation and Theology, Director of the Center for Reconciliation, and Senior Strategist, Hispanic House of Studies at Duke Divinity School. He was the first Latino to be ordained as elder in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and was the founding pastor of Cristo Vive United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C. He directs the Central American Methodist Course of Study and the Peru Theological Initiative. He also serves with the United Methodist Committee on Faith and Order and on both national and international Methodist-Catholic dialogues.

Although Hispanic Heritage Month ends in October, may we continue to recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic/Latino Americans to the history and culture of our society.


~ Pastor Livingston

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Fall 2020  Bible Study

Please join us for the New Creation Fall Stewardship Bible Study!
We will discuss chapters 5 and 6 of Developing a Servant’s Heart by Charles F. Stanley on Sunday, Oct 18, 5:30 – 7 pm. Bernice Johnson will lead the discussion.

You can join via computer, tablet, smartphone, or regular phone. Books are available at the church. Please contact the church office (919-688-4578) or Donita Robinson (doctorbrain@technogizmo.com) for more information.

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Hispanic Heritage Month  

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                                                                      Ballet Hispánico
Ballet Hispánico was founded by Tina Ramirez, a New Yorker of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent, who was born in Venezuela.  "She had a group of young ladies who were learning flamenco and she wanted to give them a platform to showcase their art and their ethnicity," explains longtime dancer Melissa Verdecia.
 
Eduardo Vilaro became artistic director of the company 11 years ago. "Ramirez's vision was to give access and to show artists beyond the stereotypes ..." he explains. "Her heart has always been to give Hispanic and Latinx people the place they deserve in the American landscape."

Born in Cuba and raised in the Bronx, Vilaro is ready to build on that commitment. "My vision is really about developing this platform further to serve the Latinx community by creating leadership — or leaders."

Ballet Hispánico embraces the multitude of Latinx cultures and communities. "I'm interested in exploring the intersectionality of our diaspora ..." Vilaro says. "What is Latinx? And who are we? I'm much more interested in having the art catapult us into dialogues."

"The company has really evolved to show that Latinx people aren't just ... salsa dancers wearing the rumba ruffles," says longtime dancer Melissa Verdecia. "We're multi-layered, complex individuals that have had many cultural and life experiences from all over."
 
So, the 15 members of the company don't just learn the dance repertoire, they lead workshops, give classes, in New York City and wherever they tour.

"Our dancers are ambassadors of the culture, but, you know, much more so of human kindness and connectivity," he says.  Verdecia says the mission of education, outreach and engagement has been a constant through all her years with Ballet Hispánico. "We were trained in seminars on how to engage with different demographics and age groups — I found that to be so useful and invaluable," she says.

Verdecia has worked with senior citizens, people with learning disabilities, incarcerated youth — she even taught a social dancing workshop in Israel, where no one spoke the same language, but they all learned to mambo, salsa and merengue.  "By the end of the class, we were able to pair one Palestinian girl with one Israeli girl," she recalls. "People were having such a great time — it was evident in their body language. And it was a true testament to how verbal language is not our only source of communication, that art and movement and physical touch is what breaks down these barriers that our society has set up for us."

Dancing brought romance to Verdecia, as well. She married another member of the company and they're expecting their first child in January. The two performed a duet together in a video for the company's online fundraiser, Noche Unidos, in June.
 
Like many performing arts organizations, the COVID-19 crisis has forced Ballet Hispánico to do a quick pivot to online outreach."Immediately, we went into free programming that we shared on our social media, says Michelle Manzanales, a choreographer and director of Ballet Hispánico's School of Dance. "Because we knew how important it was for our students and for our community to continue to dance, to continue to connect."

Vilaro loves Fiesta Fridays. "The best!" he says. It's an opportunity for "sharing food recipes from dancers, artists, families, to everyone. So that has really buoyed our profile in many ways, and also helped sustain us."
  
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                                  Early Voting and Same Day Registration

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Early voting for the November 3, 2020 General Election will be held Thursday, October 15th to Saturday, October 31st at 14 locations. Durham County voters may choose to cast a ballot at any one of these sites during the early voting period. 
Click here to view our flier. 
Click here to view the best bus route to each early voting site. 
Daily stats will be updated here on a nightly basis after the close of voting each day beginning Thursday, October 15th. 

The Board of Elections met on July 23, 2020 to discus an early voting plan for the 2020 General Election. Click the link to view the approved plan.               2020 General Election Absentee One-Stop Voting Plan

Check out our Early Voting Locator Tool to find the site closest to you, bus routes, and wait times!  

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