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Pastor Varonica Livingston
email: vmlivingston@nccumc.org

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ZOOM Worship on February 28, 2021, @ 10 am following a 9:45 am coffee hour! 

We are excited to be joining together to worship on ZOOM this Sunday, February 28th at 10:00 am. It will be an exciting chance to see everyone worshipping together as "in-person" as possible. Feel free to join us before service at 9:45 AM for an informal coffee hour to gather, meet, and greet!

You can join, as always, on your computer, laptop, tablet, or by calling in on your landline. Your ZOOM link is below.

Reflecting on February as Black History Month, which is reserved for a celebration of African American culture, fashion, and history, everyone is encouraged and welcome to wear their African Attire. Let's see what you've got!

 We look forward to seeing you there!



2021 Gathering Session This Saturday, February 27 @ 2 PM!

At 2:00 pm on February 27, 2021, we will have another gathering session to keep us updated and in touch with everything happening at New Creation UMC. 

Your ZOOM link is below. You can join on your computer, laptop, tablet, or by calling in on your landline.

New Creation UMC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

TOPIC: Gathering Session - February 27, 2021TIME: Feb 27, 2021, 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
We look forward to seeing you all there!

New Creation UMC Celebrates Black History Month - Religion


In 1972, an African-American, the late Joseph Bethea, was elected bishop to lead the members of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Bethea’s commitment to integration in religion was consistent with his belief that the church can only be strong if its decision-making process incorporates people of all ethnic groups.

“God loves all people. People of all races and cultures can serve in leadership positions in the church,” he said. “Integrating the church is the key to attracting young people to the ministry. The church becomes a place where they can work, and I think people will better hear the call of God in their lives if they hear the church is open.”

Most of his work in the ministry was carried out in North Carolina, where he was instrumental in securing the appointment of a black woman to an all-white Methodist church. As superintendent of Rockingham District, he was successful in instilling harmony in a tri-racial district, where there were almost equal numbers of white Americans, African-Americans, and Native Americans.

Bethea was literally born to preach. His father, the Reverend Rufus Bethea, was a Methodist Episcopal minister, and young Joseph delivered his first sermon from the pulpit of his father’s church at the age of five. After completing his bachelor’s degree at Claflin College in 1953, Bethea planned a career in public education. His father had other ideas. Convinced that his son would commit to the ministry, the elder Bethea enrolled him in seminary during his final year in college. “My father enrolled me before I even knew about it,” said Bethea. “I don’t know whether he had some insight.”

He went on to earn a master of divinity degree at Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. After pastoring churches in upstate South Carolina and North Carolina, he helped develop and served as the Director of the Black Church Studies Center at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. Bishop Bethea received numerous honors and awards including the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor bestowed to noted individuals by the state of South Carolina.

 

Richard Allen was a minister, educator, writer, and one of America's most active and influential Black leaders. In 1794, he founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the first independ ent Black denomination in the United States. He opened his first AME church in 1794 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Elected the first bishop of the AME Church in 1816, Allen focused on organizing a denomination in which free Black people could worship without racial oppression and enslaved people could find a measure of dignity.

He worked to upgrade the social status of the Black community, organizing Sabbath schools to teach literacy and promoting national organizations to develop political strategies.

Join Us For Noon Day Lenten Study

For Noonday Bible Study, we'll be enjoying a Lenten study following the book "The Journey to Transformation: 2021 Lenten Study" by Sharma D. Lewis. We started this past Wednesday 24th, but feel free to join us at any time!

To learn more about the book and purchase it, click the amazon link.

Hope you join us!
   

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987. Women’s History Month 2021 will take place from Monday, March 1-Wednesday, March 31. Stay tuned for highlights on notable women in history throughout the month of March in the Weekly Wrap Up and newsletter!


 

Connections: Welcoming the Stranger
 

Bishop Ward invites us to join the event “Welcoming the Stranger” as she and Mike Frese read stories from persons fleeing violence and danger in their countries, hoping to relocate to the United States.

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