Wednesday’s Word


Meet Missionary Mary Zigbuo Mantor
March 3, 2019

Mary Zigbuo Mantor is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church serving as health Project manager for the Liberia Episcopal Area.  She is based in Monrovia, Liberia.  She will share her ministry with New Creation following morning worship on March 3rd.
Mary has served for 29 years in Liberia.  A career missionary, Mary and her late husband, Herbert, worked for 20 years in Liberia. After his death, she came home to the United States, but in 2014 voluntarily returned to Liberia in response to the Ebola epidemic.
Today, Mary works with the health board and the Liberian conference’s Department of Connectional Ministries  in the areas of capacity building, financial management, and healthcare planning.  Special emphasis is on Ganta Hospital, which serves a population of 65,000 people as a referral hospital in northeastern Liberia.
Mary is well known in our Conference, as she was raised in Bolton, NC. 
New Creation supports Mary Zigbuo each year through Lane 1 of the Rainbow Covenant program.


Meet the Heroes

New Creation hosted its second "Meet the Heroes" program on February 9, 2019.  Ninety-two children along with their parents participated in the program.  The purpose of this program is to inspire children to learn about and be proud of the accomplishments of Black men and women throughout history. 

Thanks to the leadership of Jermaine McGill, New Creation partnered with the Merck MMD Employee Resource Groups (Merck Interfaith Organization and League of Employees of African Descent) and the local non-profit Book Harvest to provide a one of a kind experience for children within the Durham community. Through the assistance of Volunteers from New Creation, Merck, NC State, and NC Central we were able to provide a fun educational experience for the Durham Community.

Bishop’s Forum on Support for Immigrants & Their Families

Monday, Feb. 18, 1-2:30 p.m.
The Methodist Building – Garner

I invite you to join me in a Bishop’s Forum on Support for Immigrants and Families.  As actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increase, many immigrants and families in our United Methodist churches and surrounding communities are being deeply traumatized. Families are left without regular sources of income. Families suffering medical issues are left without caregivers. Children are separated from parents. For many, acquisition of basic necessities has become a significant issue.

In this forum, we will:

• learn how we can faithfully respond as disciples of Jesus
• consider how we can be supportive in spirit
• understand ways we can provide needed assistance to immigrants and their families
• hear about specific needs from practitioners working directly with impacted families

We United Methodists affirm our biblical mandate in the United Methodist Discipline by stating, “We oppose immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children, and we call on local churches to be in ministry with immigrant families.”

Please join me, the cabinet, and the leadership team in this forum as we seek to love our neighbors.

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward


Praying Our Way Forward

Join the Prayer Community for the United Methodist Church

This prayer movement is a response to the Council of Bishops initiative called Praying Our Way Forward. We are called to a posture of prayer, praying for God’s leadership to guide us effectively in fulfilling the mission of the church. You are invited to pray for God’s guidance for the Special Session of General Conference.


4-Minutes Of Daily Prayer

The Council of Bishops is encouraging intentional engagement by United Methodists worldwide by asking everyone to pause and pray each day for the special-called General Conference from 2:23 through 2:26 a.m. or p.m.

If this time is not convenient for you, choose to pray at another time, but the council felt praying specifically at 2:23-2:26 p.m. which represent the dates of the special session of General Conference would be a helpful, effective, and unifying discipline for all United Methodists.

Prayer Guide

Invitation: We will begin with a moment of holy silence to allow for centering, settling, and focusing.

Minute #1 Prayer of Adoration
Good and great God, we recognize and celebrate that you are loving, kind, and faithful. You are everywhere in this world and beyond. You are also as close as our next breath. With John Wesley we rejoice knowing, “Best of all, you are with us.”
Silence, concluding with unison prayer: “Hear our prayer, O God.”

Minute #2 Prayer of Thanks
God of grace, we thank you that you hear us when we pray and are ever ready and able to act in ways beyond anything we could ask or imagine. Thank you for our brothers and sisters around the world, and especially for those who have offered to serve by attending the special-called General Conference. Thank you for ordering our steps and for preparing a way.

Silence, concluding with unison prayer: “Hear our prayer, O God.”

Minute #3: Prayer of Confession
Forgiving God, we confess that we have allowed fear and distrust to place distance between us and our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ. Forgive us for making idols of our own thoughts, voices, and opinions. Thank you for forgiving us and for your perfect love that casts out all fear.

Silence, concluding with unison prayer: “Hear our prayer, O God.”

Minute #4 Prayer of Asking
God of peace and wisdom, from this time forward, may we walk with you in trust and peace, and with our brothers and sisters in the love and unity you desire. May we truly sing together in harmony a song of praise that draws all to you. Even now, may you bless those who will attend the special-called General Conference, assuring them of your love, filling them with you wisdom, preparing them with your peace. May they and we become more sensitive to the voice of your Holy Spirit, so that all we do will please you and bring you glory.

Silence, concluding with unison prayer: “Hear our prayer, O God.”

All of these prayers we offer in the name of the Risen Christ. Amen


Peace and Justice Pilgrimage
April 29 - May 3, 2019
Birmingham, Marion, Selma, Montgomery in Alabama

Sponsored by The Corridor District Dismantling Racism Committee 

Alabama was the site of many of the most important events of the Civil Rights Movement. The Montgomery Bus Boycott begun by Rosa Parks sparked changes. The Children’s March in 1963 in Birmingham brought about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After “Bloody Sunday” and the Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, we got the Voting Rights Act of 1965. On this tour you will not only walk in the footsteps of those courageous people who were part of the Movement, but you will also meet some of them and hear their stories first hand.

Tour includes:

  • Kelly Ingram Park
  • 16th Street Baptist Church
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Museum
  • Talks from Movement “footsoldiers”
  • Rickwood Field
  • Coretta Scott King’s family home
  • Brown’s Chapel, Selma
  • Edmund Pettus Bridge
  • Selma Voting Rights Museum
  • Lowndes Co. Interpretive Center
  • Rosa Parks Museum
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Dexter Ave. Parsonage,
  • Montgomery Peace and Justice Memorial
  • Legacy Museum, Montgomery

The cost of the tour is:

  • Double room - $885.50 per person
  • Single room - $1183.00 per person

(includes transportation, hotels, entrance fees, & all meals except one dinner on your own in Montgomery).
For the tour schedule and registration go to this link:

Scholarships are available. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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