The Weekly: July 10, 2020
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Anti-Racism | NEW Resource

Join us as we, together, embark on the journey to being an anti-racist
people and congregation.
This formation guide and associated opportunities were created and curated by your Ministry Team specifically for you, the community of Duke Memorial.
Churches! Where are you?

 A message from Pastor Heather

 We recognize that this work is a journey. It's long, it's personal, it's emotional,
it's messy, and it's tough.

Still, we say yes.

In the name of a God who allows us to begin again and again.
In the name of God with brown skin, Jesus, who marched against discrimination all the way to the cross and whose redeeming love empowers us to do the same.
SERVE
Church Council | Full Inclusion

 On Tuesday, June 23, in recognition that much work remains to be done for us to reach full inclusion, the Church Council voted to reconvene the Full Inclusion Task Force with new membership and new focus on full inclusion across racial lines.

If you feel called to participate in the ministry of racial reconciliation or want more information, please contact Frank Brown (Council Chair), Gair McCullough (Council Vice-chair) or Pastor Heather Rodrigues
Serve in Worship | Live Stream

We are so grateful for everyone joining us for online worship!
There is a lot of work behind the scenes to worship with you on Sunday Mornings.

If you have interest in contributing your time and skills to help the AV team in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings (following the three W's),
please email Mark in the church office.

Opportunities include cuing slides, simple camera operation, and audio cuing.
Card Making

Do you like to use paper to make cards? Would you like to join a virtual, online group where we can see and talk to each other? This group's mission is to build friendships and Christ-connections as we create cards together! The cards we make will be donated to our Ministry Team for their personal use in pastoral care. All are welcome!
To join contact me, Janice Sapp
CONNECT
One Durham Prayer March

Churches around Durham are praying and marching for our community, judicial system, and peace this Saturday, July 11th at 11AM . Members of the Duke Memorial Ministry Team will be there, and we'll have extra signs if you need one.  

Meet at 11am at 1207 Angier Ave. Durham, NC 27701.

Feel free to bring signs, wear T-shirts, or any other outward sign that shows who you are and why you pray and march alongside our community. 
Masks and social distancing are required.
Evening Prayer
on the Front Lawn

Join your church family for evening prayer on  Tuesday evening, July 28, 6:00 pm.

Bathrooms will be accessible and the sanctuary will be open for those who want to meditate and reflect in silence. Bring your own blanket and/or chairs and a picnic dinner if you'd like.
Masks and social distancing required.

We have a place waiting for you.
COMMUNITY
Happy Birthday!
We celebrate the lives of these individuals in our community. Use the Member Directory and send them a note of love and encouragement.

7/13 - Melinda Thumm, Ximena Colopy, Miles Pearson
7/14 - Mike Connelly, Susan Snider, Lee Galbreath
7/15 - Stephanie Brennan, Sarah McCracken, Sarah Rodrigues, Caden Frasher
7/16 - Bill Stone, Tom Chandler Jr, Michael Hammond
7/17 - Stuart McCracken, Savannah Ward, Charlotte Miller, James Magette
7/18 - Annette Martin, Christen Howlett, Mickey Braun
Update | July 3, 2020

Thank you to the over 100 individuals and households who participated in the COIVD-19 Reentry survey. Your responses in the survey affirm our Ministry Team's "Do no harm" approach, prioritizing well-being over speed, which has guided our response from the beginning. We are grateful for all who continue to join us online for worship, church chat, small groups, committee meetings, and social media connecting. We are encouraged by your resiliency during this time as we learn new ways to connect, serve, and grow as a church family. We, your ministry team, will continue to plan and offer creative and safe opportunities for us to gather both online and in-person.
Heather Rodrigues
Lead Pastor, Duke Memorial UMC
Worship

Worship will continue online with livestream and church chat.
Groups

Formation groups will continue online and may gather in small groups outside.
Meetings

All committee meetings will continue online.
Serve

We encourage serving with our community partners.
Welcome Statement
As our Lord Jesus Christ calls us to love and accept every person, Duke Memorial United Methodist Church welcomes into our life together those of every age, race, ethnic background, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, family or socioeconomic status, educational background, and physical or mental ability. In our commitment to the reconciliation of all persons as beloved children of God, we celebrate our diversity and recognize the sacred worth and dignity of all. We invite you to join us in our faith journey toward discipleship in Christ with mutual respect, understanding, and love.