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Pastor Varonica Livingston 

ZOOM WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Children’s Ministry, Sunday at 10:15 am
Sunday School – 2:00 pm
Nursery, Sunday at 4:00 pm
Young Adult Bible Study, Sunday at 5:30 pm
 
Everyone is encouraged and invited to participate in these ministries.

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Pastor Varonica Livingston
email: vmlivingston@nccumc.org

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To be a Rainbow Covenant Church, a local church needs to meet the “first mile” by paying in full apportionments as set by Annual Conference. Then each local church is asked to support at least one project in each of the five lanes of the Rainbow Covenant.

Each lane reminds the local church that it has touched persons with the love of God in its own community, in the broader areas of the Conference, on a national level, and throughout the world.

New Creation has a history of being a Rainbow Covenant Church, so we encourage our members to donate to the Second Mile.

Rainbow Covenant Lanes The lanes are organized so that churches can connect persons in mission and the projects with which they are involved. 


The lanes are:

  • Lane One: Persons in Mission
  • Lane Two: Conference Advances
  • Lane Three: National Missions
  • Lane Four: World Missions Lane Five: UMCOR












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Awaiting His Next Book!

Dr. Lester Ruth, a research professor of Christian worship at Duke Divinity School, and member of New Creation UMC is passionate about enriching the worship life of current congregations, regardless of style.

He believes that careful reflection on the worship of other Christians—whether past or present, whether Protestant, Roman Catholic, or Eastern Orthodox—can serve to enrich the church today.

Dr. Ruth is a member of the Charles Wesley Society and served as president until the spring of 2016. He recently co-authored "Lovin’ On Jesus: A Concise History of Contemporary Worship" with Dr. Swee Hong Lim. He and Dr. Lim are working on a larger history of this same liturgical phenomenon to be published in 2021. This upcoming book is tentatively entitled "Presence and Purpose: The Parallel History of Praise & Worship and Contemporary Worship." 


To learn more about Dr. Ruth and peruse his other published articles and books, go to his Duke University website.











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The Bennett College National Alumnae Association, Durham Chapter, invites you to attend and support their virtual “Thirtieth Annual White Breakfast Scholarship Fundraiser” on December 12, 2020, at 11 am.

The Chapter will honor a distinguished community leader with the “Woman of Vision Award of Excellence”. Other distinguished awards will be presented to a Friend of Bennett College and the Chapter Phenomenal Woman Award will be presented to a deserving Bennett College Alumna.

A special event this year will feature "The Belles of Liberty". A presentation by four Bennett Belles, including Dr. Linda B. Brown, author, will highlight their role and participation,as Bennett women, in the 1960s Woolworth sit-ins.


For the cost of $20, you will receive the link to attend. If you'd like to virtually attend this breakfast, please contact Mrs. Jackie Anderson as soon as possible (time is of the essence!) at 
jandersonbenn@gmail.com or call her at 919-308-6962 to let her know of your interest or questions. Any questions you have about the event can also be addressed by Carolyn Black at 919-864-8729.


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The Purpose and Symbolism of the Advent Wreath

The use of the wreath and candles during Advent is a longstanding tradition that was originally adopted by Christians in the Middle Ages as part of their spiritual preparation for Christmas.

The wreath and candles are full of symbolism tied to the Christmas season. Thewreath itself, which is made of various evergreens, signifies continuous life. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life we find in Christ.

Even the individual evergreens that make up the wreath have their own meanings that can be adapted to our faith. The laurel signifies victory over persecution and suffering. The pine, holly, and yew signify immortality and the cedar signifies strength and healing. The pine cones that decorate the wreath symbolize life and resurrection. The wreath as a whole is meant to remind us of both the immortality of our souls and God’s promise of everlasting life to us through Christ.

The candles also have their own special significance. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent, and one candle is lit each Sunday. Three of the candles are purple because the color violet is a liturgical color that signifies a time of prayer, penance, and sacrifice.

The first candle, which is purple, symbolizes hope. It is sometimes called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. It represents the expectation felt in anticipation of the coming Messiah.

The second candle, also purple, represents faith. It is called the “Bethlehem Candle” as a reminder of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.
 

The third candle is pink and symbolizes joy. It is called the “Shepard’s Candle,” and is pink because rose is a liturgical color for joy. The third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday and is meant to remind us of the joy that the world experienced at the birth of Jesus, as well as the joy that the faithful have reached the midpoint of Advent.


On the fourth week of Advent, we light the final purple candle to mark the final week of prayer and penance as we wait for the birth of our Savior. This final candle, the “Angel’s Candle,” symbolizes peace. It reminds us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.

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Have faith during this second week of Advent, Church Family!

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