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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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Bible Study will resume on Wednesday, September 16th at noon. It will be via ZOOM. All are invited to join us for an interactive study on the Book of James. 

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Bishop Ward introduces Lisa Yebuah as the Spiritual Director and Advisor for Inclusion and Equity, working with the Cabinet and the Leadership Team.

Bishop Ward:
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ.

It’s a joy to share leadership in this season with Lisa Yebuah. I invited Lisa to take on a new mantle of leadership, new to our Annual Conference, as we seek to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ offering extensive, honest, lovely, and warm welcome to all people. Lisa is serving the Cabinet and the Leadership Team as our Spiritual Director and Advisor for Inclusion and Equity. Lisa welcome and thank you. Share a little of your heart for this work. 

Lisa Yebuah:
One of my favorite passages of scripture is John 10:10 where Jesus tells his disciples “the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy but I have come that you may have life and life more abundantly,” and I believe that as a clergy person and as a person who is a Christ-follower, I’m covered in the dust of my rabbi that my life has to be committed to those things that bring about life and life more abundantly, which means that I have to also interrogate those things in our world that steal, kill and destroy, and when we think about dismantling white supremacy or systems of oppression or patriarchy, then that’s where I want to invest my time and also my energy. I feel like this invitation on the Cabinet and with our leadership team helps me, alongside my colleagues, to interrogate those systems even within our Annual Conference that may actually steal, kill and destroy, so that we might be people who are about life-giving life.    

Bishop Ward:  
We thought long and hard and prayerfully about Lisa’s title. She is our Spiritual Director and Advisor around matters of inclusion and equity. Lisa, open up those words for us a little bit.

Lisa Yebuah:
Yes, I think it’s really important specifically with the Cabinet that we marry our head and heart. That we not only be about kind of mental exercises but that we believe transformation comes when the work that we’re doing, whether it be anti-racism work, whether it also look like us coming home to ourselves, that it also be heart and spiritual work. When our head and our hearts are married, then they begin to communicate to our hands and our feet that we not operate as personas as clergy persons, but we operate as people who know we can be redeemed by God. So I really do believe that the first step in doing this hard work of dismantling supremacy within so that we can be just in our districts actually begins with how we know ourselves as created by God. It has been a gift to have individuals who are so willing on the Cabinet to allow me to ask us hard questions and to do this good work together. 

Bishop Ward:  
We are grateful to God for Lisa’s ministry among us. She helps us breathe deeply filling our lives, hearts, and souls with the Holy Spirit so that we might indeed live abundantly and invite all United Methodists to live abundantly also. May Christ be with you today and always.

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Hispanic Heritage is a period meant for recognition, education, and celebration, similar to Black History Month in February. This celebration was created to recognize the positive impact that Hispanic Americans have left on the country. This week we pay tribute to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer: Sonia Sotomayor entered the record book as the first Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the High Court. Sotomayor was born in the Bronx on June 25, 1954, to Juan Sotomayor and Celina Baez, both native Puerto Ricans. Sotomayor decided to become an attorney at the age of 10 upon watching an episode from the legal drama "Perry Mason." With this goal in mind, she studied diligently while attending Cardinal Spellman High School. Through self-enforced discipline, Sotomayor graduated valedictorian of her class in 1972. Her early success earned her a scholarship to study at Princeton University. She joined student groups selectively but did not hesitate once committed. When serving as co-chairman of the Puerto Rican activist group Accioncion Puertorriquena, she accused the Princeton administration of discriminating against Puerto Ricans in hiring. In support of this work for Puerto Rican rights, she crafted an impressive senior thesis on the life of the famed Puerto Rican Luis Muñoz Marín. In 1976, Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor's degree in history. She received her J.D. from Yale where she co-chaired the Latin American and Native American Students Association and worked as an editor for the Yale Law Journal. On the recommendation of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the George H. W. Bush administration nominated Sotomayor to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on November 27, 1991. On another recommendation from Moynihan, President Bill Clinton nominated Sotomayor to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on June 25, 1997. On May 26, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court Justice in what Democrats called an "easy one". The Senate confirmed her on August 6, 2009, on a 68-31 vote divided mostly along party lines. Hispanics celebrated her appointment to the Supreme Court as a first, and the working-class of the Bronx hailed the success of one of their own.. 

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We may run out of letters this year. It’s only September, and already we’re nearly through the alphabet!

For only the second time in history, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is so intense that the U.S. National Hurricane Center may resort to naming new storms using letters from the Greek alphabet.

And even as millions on the Gulf coasts are deluged with the wind, rain, and flooding, as of this writing millions more out West flee massive wildfires. Across the globe, 2020 has seen massive monsoon flooding in South and Central Asia and torrential rains and catastrophic flooding throughout the African continent. Use the link below to make your generous donation. 

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We congratulate Sashir Sloan. Sashir has been selected to participate in a pilot program, Synch Blast. She, along with a select group of social studies teachers in the district, will evaluate the program and provide feedback to the Durham Public Schools Board of Education. Sashir was selected as a representative from Githens Middle School where she teaches social studies.

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