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Journey Toward Ordained Ministry

Saul Gastelum, our Duke intern, has been awarded the Journey Toward Ordained Ministry Scholarship through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of the UMC.  Congratulations Saul!

The Journey Toward Ordained Ministry program combines much-needed scholarship support with ongoing mentoring by committed United Methodist clergy. Additionally, scholars, mentors, and Board staff spend time in retreat together for reflection and discernment. Students say they learn a great deal at the retreats and from mentors, in addition to the financial support of a $5,000 scholarship each year.

Saul will be traveling to Nashville, Tn on August 24th to attend a retreat with all the Journey Toward Ordained Ministry Scholarship recipients.

Funding for this program comes from local church offerings on World Communion Sunday, held the first Sunday in October. The receipts allocated to GBHEM are earmarked for scholarships for racial-ethnic students.


New Creation UMC will resume feeding the homeless at St. Joseph Episcopal Church, Friday, September 7th and are looking for more New Creation members to join this joyful outreach to our community members in need of a good meal to start their weekend.  We arrive at St. Josephs each Friday morning at 7 o’clock to prepare the breakfast.  Our guests begin breakfast at 8:00 AM after morning prayer when breakfast is served buffet style.  This is an excellent opportunity to put our mission and vision into action.  Our guests are happy to have a good breakfast and when the opportunity presents itself to have a conversation around the table or at the kitchen door.

This outreach is open to anyone (men, women, students) who is willing to serve on any Friday.  If it would assist member to joining this happy breakfast brigade we can schedule you for a specific Friday every month or every other month whatever works for your schedule.  Check your calendars and your desire to serve.  Commit to reflecting God’s love to our community family through food and conversation. For more details please talk with Mary Jones, Fran Lynch, or LaNella Smith.


Can we make disciples while we make members?

The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 states: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. ” The task is clear. We know how to make members. Are we equally adept at making disciples?

The work of discipleship is an ongoing process yet many congregations admit they do not have an intentional system for doing so. Those that do can attest to the transformation they see in the lives of people.

The Conference Board of Laity is offering an opportunity for lay and clergy leaders across the conference to create systems of intentional discipleship formation, or improve on an existing one. The event will be led by Dr. Phil Maynard of and author of the books, “Shift: Helping Congregations Back Into the Game of Effective Ministry” and “Membership to Discipleship: Grow Maturing Disciples Who Make Disciples.” The event will be offered in 4 locations to increase access across the conference. The day’s activities begin at 9:30 (check in) with training running from 10 am – 3:30 pm. The fee is $10 per person and includes lunch.

Dates and Locations:

Friday, August 24 – Corridor and Fairway Districts: Aldersgate UMC, Durham

Saturday, August 25 – Capital and Heritage Districts: Garner UMC, Garner

Monday, August 27 – Beacon and Sound Districts: St. James UMC, Greenville

Tuesday, August 28 – Gateway and Harbor Districts: Chestnut Street UMC, Lumberton

If one district location doesn’t work for you, please sign up for the one that meets your location needs.


How to do the changes to Social Security affect you?

Join the Durham Social Security Office for this important Social Security event that's open to the public.

Sat, August 11, 2018
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Durham County Public Library
4505 South Alston Avenue
Durham, NC 27713

There are more than 500 different ways to claim your Social Security benefits. In this workshop, you will learn about many of the strategies you can use to help maximize your Social Security benefits. We're highly knowledgeable in Social Security matters and will be the host to guide you through the potential pitfalls and windfalls of Social Security.

This is strictly an educational workshop, no products will be promoted.

Topics we will discuss:

  • Now versus later; how to decide when you should apply for benefits
  • Ways to maximize your Social Security benefits
  • Spousal benefits
  • What happens if your spouse is still working
  • How divorce or death can affect your Social Security income
  • Three biggest mistakes people make with Social Security
  • Ways you can reduce taxes on Social Security

Learn ways to maximize your Social Security Benefits, pay less in taxes and have your questions answered. Order your FREE tickets today.


Sunday, August 12th , is the 12th Sunday after Pentecost.

The scriptures for Sunday are:

  • 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
  • Psalm 130 (UMH 848)
  • Ephesians 4:25-5:2
  • John 6:35, 41-51


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