Wednesday’s Word




Easter greetings,
What the resurrection of Jesus tells us is that death is now a God-place.  In the resurrection of Jesus, God has transformed death into life, terror into amazement.  I mean, here's the thing - Easter, the resurrection, is about more than Jesus coming back to life.  Easter, like Christmas, is about the incredible intersection between the human and the divine that continues to this day.  If the resurrection is only about Jesus having a heart beat and inflated lungs, then let's just say so and call it a day and go eat some ham.  Theologian Becky Brown put it this way:

"Jesus isn't a history lesson that happened long ago in some ancient land, Jesus wants to connect with us right now."

Jesus’ resurrection becomes a model for resurrections, not just in the sweet heavenly bye-and-bye but here and now!  Because it’s here and now that we are dying of fear.  It is here and now that we long to hear someone say, “Don’t be afraid!  Do not fear!  I know you are looking for the resurrected Jesus that you yourself might know resurrection too.”

So what exactly does it mean to experience the resurrection right now?

It means we come to know ourselves to be alive to God and dead to sin.  It means we are forgiven.  The resurrection of Jesus gives us a clean slate for starting over; for living a new amazing life free from fear!

Happy Easter!
Pastor Al



A discussion series on the US Justice Systems by individuals who had/have direct interaction with the judicial system revealing its promise and failures, its policies and practices and how they impact the community. The 4th session will be with a panel of individuals who are concerned about all citizens having equal access and equitable treatment before the law and their recommendations on what steps citizens can take to have a positive/changing impact on the judicial system.


  • Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
  • Hosted by:  New Creation United Methodist Church sharing space with
  • Location:  Asbury United Methodist Church @ 806 Clarendon St, Durham, NC 27705 

APRIL 20TH , Session 1
Covers the policies and procedures involved when a person is arrested, cash bail and jail.
Speakers: James West person with firsthand knowledge Robert Singagliese a Public Defender. 

MAY 18TH  , Session 2  
Details the processes involved in court preparations, plea bargaining, practices of overcharging and trial.
Speakers: Omar Guess person with firsthand knowledge and James Stanley Attorney.

MAY 25TH  , Session 3 
Deals with sentencing, added charges, the impact of ‘for profit prisons’, and release from prison preparations.
Speakers: Wilbert Pipkin person with firsthand knowledge and Omar Taylor a Housing and Reentry professional.  

June 1st, Session 4 
This panel will give the attendees some ideas and actions that they can pursue in order to support positive change in the legal system, bringing the judicial system more in line with the US Constitution and the purported ideals of our country.

**Light refreshments will be available at each session


Corridor United Methodist Women District Spiritual Retreat

The District Retreat was held at New Sharon UMC in Hillsborough.  Five UMW members from New Creation attended the retreat: Bernice Johnson, Mary Jones, Gloria McAuley, Jimmie Shuler and LaNella Smith.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Elaine Heath, former Dean of Duke Divinity School.  She spoke on her book," Five Means of Grace: Experience God's Love the Wesleyan Way".  The five means of grace are Prayer, Searching the Scriptures, The Lord's Supper, Fasting and Christian Conferencing. We delved into searching the scriptures reflecting on John 15:1-11.  Afterwards we focused on Sabbath Living.  Thanks to the Space4Grace leaders, we made prayers beads, vision boards and Sabbath boxes. There was also the opportunity to do the stations of the cross.

Gloria and Jimmie making prayer beads as Deaconess Lisa Bachman looks on.  Lisa works with Space4Grace: A Community-based Model for Christian Discipleship.

Our finished products; vision boards, sabbath boxes and prayer beads.



Who in Durham needs a jobs pipeline: people who are unemployed and underemployed, youth, and those who have served time in the criminal justice system. In addition, employers need a local source of well-prepared, well-trained employees.

Who builds the Durham jobs pipeline? Everyone has a role to play, according to Durham CAN, whose members—including our church, New Creation UMC, can identify people who need jobs. The City of Durham’s office of Workforce development will identify companies that are hiring. The job specific training will be developed and executed by Durham Technical Community College. And local businesses and other employers will hire the newly trained residents.

This idea is becoming a reality thanks to fact finding and meetings between Durham CAN and community partners, including the City of Durham, Durham Technical Community College, the Durham Housing Authority, and Duke University. Representatives of these organizations publicly committed to the jobs pipeline idea on Thursday, March 21, 2019, during a Durham CAN Assembly at Monument of Faith Church.

In attendance were 455 delegates of Durham CAN member organizations, including three delegates from New Creation. However, more than 600 people attended, many of them from Wake County who are starting their own sister organization to CAN.

We expressed our disappointment on Duke’s late-February decision not to donate land for the Duke-Orange light rail project. (The board of GoTriangle officially voted to end the project less than a week later, on Wednesday, March 28.) However, CAN leaders expressed our commitment to our partnership with Duke for a jobs pipeline.

Before hundreds of people at Monument of Faith, Sam Miglarese, Director of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership, gave Duke University’s update on its jobs plan:

  • Prioritizing workforce development,
  • Raising lowest wage to $15 per hour on July 1 (although he did not answer questions about whether this would apply to Duke-run hotels),
  • “Banned the box” on Duke job applications, indicating whether you have a criminal record, and
  • Planning a joint visit to Baltimore with Durham Tech representatives to visit a successful jobs creation program—a partnership between BUILD (an organization like Durham CAN) and John’s Hopkins University—that has trained and employed more than 500 people (see ).

Durham CAN is a nonpartisan organization of organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life in Durham. To learn more, contact New Creation UMC volunteers Rachel A. Hardy, Eugene Lofton, Mary Fulkerson, or Fran Lynch. Or visit the website:


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