Wednesday’s Word





New Creation Church family will gather on January 13, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to embark on a Journey into God’s preferred future. 
During our Retreat, we hope to deepen our relationship with God, to look at ourselves-deliberately focusing on issues and questions through reflection and meditation, and discussion and dialogue with others in order to come back with a renewed sense of directions for living. Please join us on January 13, 2018.  


  *  Pastor - Rev. Al Shuler

  * Administrative Assistant - LaNella Smith

  * Director of Music - Ernest Turner

  * Musican - Theous Jones

  * Custodian - William Whitfield

  * Nursery Attendant - Yo Gidney

  * Nursery Attendant - Felecia Griffin

  * Duke Intern - Saul Gastelum

  * Praise & Worship/Musician - Lance Scott


  * Musician - Ed Moon


New Creation Middle School Youth will be selling baked goods and sweets 

on Sunday

after church. Donate a dollar to Zoe Ministries, and get something yummy to eat or to share! All donations will go to Zoe Ministries (

) and will contribute to New Creation’s second mile giving.


Urban Ministries of Durham is in need of clothing as well as canned pasta and canned fruit.  New Creation will collect this items for the next two Sundays, December 10th and 17th.  The items will be stored in the Bridal Room downstairs.

Clothing items needed are listed below.  Clothing should be gently used and in excellent condition.

  • men's pants
  • warm tops 
  • warm winter jackets/coats for men, women, children
  • winter hats and gloves for men, women and children

Also needed are NEW underwear for boys and girls (all sizes) and NEW socks for boys and girls.

“Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’  Matthew 25:40



“Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish.” — 2 Peter 3:14, NRSV

On this second Sunday of Advent, this season of preparing and waiting, we wait for the coming of Jesus. We wait for heaven’s bright light to enter into the darkness of this world. 

In John Wesley’s sermon on the Means of Grace, he asks the question, “How shall we wait?” He concludes that our waiting involves actions, actions that imitate Christ, who prayed, healed the sick, fed the hungry and welcomed the unwelcome. This was not an option; rather, this was a command. “Because God bids, therefore I do; because he directs me to wait in this way, therefore here I wait for his free mercy, whereof cometh my salvation.” 

How shall we wait? Will we pray and search Scripture? Will we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, free the oppressed, care for the sick, and proclaim the Good News? 

How will we wait as The United Methodist Church? Will we be faithful to shining light in dark places around the globe by our prayers, presences, gifts, service and witness?

Through giving toward apportionments, we support the World Service Fund. This fund is used on a global level to train church leaders, create new faith communities, renew existing congregations, minister with the poor, stamp out diseases of poverty, and improve global health.

This is the waiting we are called to do together, striving toward righteousness and peace as we wait. 


News for the General Board of Church and Society

On Monday morning, December 4th,  Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe stood alongside interfaith leaders as she spoke at the launch of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.   Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe is the General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church.

The message of salvation brought by Jesus Christ binds us together as a people and sends us forth to bring healing in the midst of strife, justice in the midst of brokenness, and love in the midst of hate. As United Methodists, we are called to invite people to enter into a community of faith responsive to a vision of justice ministries that is biblically and theologically grounded, and to invite United Methodist congregations to play a prophetic role in bringing God’s vision to reality. Our mission is to advocate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the church and society.


News from Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA)

Last week, DCIA distributed $38,714  in CROP Walk funds to local agencies that serve the hungry in our communities.  Did you know that 25% of fund raised for CROP remain in Durham County and is used by Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA) to help our neighbors in need?  In order to best serve the most vulnerable in our county, DCIA then allocates the 25% to twelve hunger fighting agencies in Durham. They are:

  • Urban Ministries of Durham
  • Changing a Generation Outreach
  • Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC
  • Families Moving Forward
  • Housing for New Hope
  • Open Table Ministries
  • Partners for Youth Opportunity
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Mt. Calvary UCC Food Pantry
  • Society of St. Andrew
  • Threshold Clubhouse
  • Double Bucks for SNAP

Thank you to the New Creation folk who walked and to those who supported the CROP walkers.


  • January 15, 2018, 10:00 am - Annual MLK Jr. Day March and Program
  • January 23, 2018, 6:00 pm - DCIA Banquet, Duke Memorial UMC, Mayor Steve Schewel speaker.  See LaNella Smith for tickets.  Tickets are $15.00
  • March 25, 2018 - CROP Walk

Thank you New Creation UMC for being a member congregation of DCIA and for supporting its ministry.

LaNella Smith

DCIA Board Member



The lectionary text for

Sunday, December 10, 2017

  • Isaiah 40:1-11
  • Psalm 85:1-2,8-13
  • 2 Peter 3:8-15a
  • Mark 1:1-8


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