The Weekly: January 17, 2020
Grace and peace to you from our all-inclusive God,

As your incoming chair of Church Council, I wish to update you on some actions the Church Council initiated last summer. The results of last summer’s survey on LGBTQ+ inclusion revealed that a large majority (81%) of our congregation viewed the current policies of the UMC as contained in the Book of Discipline as harmful to LGBTQ+ persons and thus in conflict with our baptismal vows.

In protest of these discriminatory practices, the Church Council voted to delay quarterly apportionment payments and only make one payment at the final due date for apportionments. Interest gleaned by withholding apportionments will be used here locally in support of initiatives benefiting LGBTQ+ persons.These actions are being implemented this month, including full payment of 2019’s apportionments.

As part of council’s decision, we are sending a letter with our apportionment payment outlining our commitment to inclusion of and justice for LGBTQ+ persons among us.

Finally, we ARE a United Methodist congregation. We have no plans to leave the United Methodist church. However, as a United Methodist church, we are committed through our baptismal vows to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves - and this is one measure to that end. In total, Council voted in eight measures towards full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons.

Frank Brown - Chair, Church Council 2020

Stuart Harrell - Chair, Full Inclusion Task Force
Heather Rodrigues - Lead Pastor
The Seekers Group
New Weekly Study - Wednesdays - 01/29 - 8:00 am

In her book, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, Barbara Brown Taylor invites us to join her on her journey to rekindle her Christian roots. As she states, “ Holy Envy …is a book about how my envy of other traditions turned into holy envy, offering me the chance to be born again within my own tradition.”

Join the Seekers Group on Wednesday mornings at 8am in the Parlor beginning on January 29th as we read Holy Envy and explore the traditions of other religions and how such insights can inspire our own Christian faith.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. - Gary Boyd
Wednesday Morning Ladies
New Weekly Study - Wednesdays - 02/12 - 8:00 am

We will resume our study group February 12 at 9:30 am in the parlor. We will be reading and discussing “Sabbath” by Mueller. We have refreshments from 9:30 to 10:00 and then discussion until 11:00. All ages are welcome...we are a diverse group.

If you have any questions please contact
Barbara Self at 919-383-1830 or
Karalyn Colopy at 919-956-7875.
Living the Scriptures
Weekly Study Group
Thursdays - 10:30 am

We are a woman’s group who are trying to learn to live into the scriptures. We study books like Dr. Thomas Langford’s Christian Wholeness. We will have a speaker one day in January on “Mindfulness Meditation.” We had a speaker in the fall on “Centering Prayer.” 

We meet Thursdays at 10:30 am in the Parlor. Afterwards we gather for lunch at the Croasdaile Village dining room about 12:30 PM. All are welcome to join us. 
Please call Ann S. Smith for more information at 919-384-2981.
Faith & Poetry
Limited Weekly Study
Wednesdays - 9:30 am

Interested in poems and poets of faith?Rainer Maria Rilke? Denise Levertov? Helena de Bingen? Mary Oliver? More!
Read. Be moved. Discuss. Write, perhaps?

Short-term study. Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 15th at 9:30 am in the Parlor. 

For more information contact:
Lynda 717-440-2985 or Janice
Durham Pilgrimage of
Pain and Hope
A Special Invitation from Pastor Kris

Put on your walking shoes a join me for the Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope, together with friends from All Saints’ UMC. As we travel through Durham, we will grow in connecting Durham’s story, to our own stories, to God’s story. 
Dates: Pre-meeting 1/28, 6:30 pm. Pilgrimage 1/31 - 2/2 All Day. 
Info and Registration: or
Stephen Minister Training
Have you gone through a “rough time”? Perhaps it was a disappointment, a loss of a career or a marriage, or maybe the loss of a loved one. 
Think about how you recovered.
 - Who and what helped?
 - Did someone help you?
 - How long did it take? 
Have you thought about ways you might be able to help someone else? You don’t have to have answers for someone, but you could offer a listening ear. You might consider becoming a Stephen Minister! 
With the training you would receive, you could become “a wounded healer”. For someone who does not need a counselor, you could be a Stephen Minister who “walks with someone and listens”.
You would learn and practice how to care...
 - How to listen and not dictate or judge
 - How to be empathetic
 - How to pray for and with someone
 - How to let someone recover “their way”
To attend an overview of Stephen Ministry:
Thomas Crichlow, (919) 280-3615 or Blaine Butterworth, (919) 683-3285
Staff Love Offering

SPRC is planning a special celebration for our staff in February of 2020. We will continue collecting Love Offerings for them until February 4. Please share your love and gratitude with our staff as they strive to help us share Christ from the Heart of Durham!
Please make funds payable to Duke Memorial UMC and
designated for "Staff Love Offering"
Diaper Drive

  This month, we will celebrate Epiphany by remembering the generosity of the Magi to the newborn baby. Duke Memorial's Diaper Drive will last the whole month of January, benefiting the Diaper Bank of NC. We will collect diapers (new or opened packages), wipes, and feminine hygiene products outside the church office and at the altar rail every Sunday. Please consider donating to the children and women in need in our community, and contact Pastor Jennifer with questions.
Enrollment 2020-2021

 Duke Memorial Weekday School serves children ages 2-kindergarten in a loving play-based preschool environment. Registration for 2020-2021 begins on January 1.  Church members have priority over the general public if applications are received by February 6. To get more information or to schedule a tour, contact Julie Allen at or 919-688-5130.
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.
Sunday Connections
Sunday School | 9:45am
Options for all ages, nursery available

Welcome Center | 10:00am
Coffee and donuts

Worship | 10:55am
All ages welcome, nursery provided
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Submit announcements and questions to Mark in the church office.