The Weekly: November 1, 2019
A Letter from the Bishop
Dear Heather, 
Grace and peace to you and the people of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church. The North Carolina Conference rejoices in the recognition of your exceptional ministry by Church World Service. Congratulations as you receive the 2019 Church World Service Ecumenical Award in Washington, DC, this week. 

We echo praise to God for your faithful and prophetic engagement in refugee resettlement and welcome, fundraising for the Durham CROP Walk, housing offices for Durham Communities in Action, and solidarity with the LGBTQ community. 

The recognition of your leadership in ministries of justice and mercy inspires us all to hear anew and follow the wisdom of Amos, “to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God." 

With thanksgiving to God for your partnership in Christ's ministry, 

Hope Morgan Ward,
Bishop, NC Conference UMC
Stewardship 2020

It’s stewardship season, and time to consider how you will contribute to Duke Memorial in 2020. Stewardship packets have been mailed to the home address on file. Included in the packet is information about our current budget, our financial situation, and answers to questions about the capital campaign and paying our apportionments. This year, we are inviting you to consider increasing your pledge by ten percent. To read through the online version of the stewardship packet, and to fill out your pledge online. Commitment Sunday is November 10th!
A Note from Cyril Murphy, Minister of Music

Dear Duke Memorial, I am excited to share with you that soon you may see me with a child - for years I have desired to serve as a foster parent. Earlier this year, Methodist Home for Children accepted me into their midst and this fall I completed their certification classes. I share this with you because it is important to have a strong supportive community and gratefully, YOU, my church family are a part of that. As many of you know parenting is no easy task, especially not for those who come from more vulnerable circumstances. So as I look to provide love, hope, justice, and security for a young person in our world I have some requests. First, join me in prayer for this new journey and for the over 12,000 children and 7,000 foster homes in our area alone! Next, a more thoughtful ask - when they arrive be cautious of your language, specifically, rather than calling them a “foster kid” ask and call them by name. And, if you’re interested in helping in more tangible ways please reach out directly. I am excited for them to feel your welcoming embrace and I’m just as grateful to learn and grow together during this next phase of life.

With Love and Thanks - Cyril Murphy
Traffic Alert

10/23-11/5 - 11'8" Bridge Lift
Gregson St. is closed to all traffic around the 11'8" bridge. Access will be most convenient via NC 147 and W Chapel Hill St. Gregson is expected to be reopened on Wednesday, Nov. 5th.
Listening Sessions Follow Up

Thanks very much to everyone who attended the SPRC Listening Sessions or otherwise provided comments. The Staff Parish Relations Committee and the staff are actively reflecting on the comments and this will be helpful for planning and making adjustments to the ministry areas in the coming year.

Primetimers will meet on Wednesday, November 6, at 11:30am. Reynolds Chapman, Director of Durham Cares, will update us on their programs. Please bring a covered dish if you can. Come anyway.
Mobile Market

Help local community members gain access to quality food and produce by serving at Mobile Market November 16th.
A variety of roles available.
An Opportunity for More Music | The Patrons’ Music Fund

Did you know that the Patron’s Music Fund supports guest musicians who join us in worship? Over the last 7 years over $15,000 has been given and used to support special music here at Duke Memorial. THANK YOU to those of you who have given individually and from your estates. The fund is currently running low. It has for years supported guest musicians for Christmas Eve among other upcoming special services but currently does not have the capacity to do that. On behalf of the Music Ministry Team we would like you to consider if you can give towards this unique fund in our church. To learn more, please contact our Minister of Music, Cyril.
CWS | Microwave Needed

Church World Service provides ESL classes and associated child care to refugees at the church M-F. They need a microwave for various needs related to their programming. Please contact Operations Manager, Joe Stevens, if you have an operable microwave available for donation.
Youth Storm Response

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward joines conference youth in challenging us to support NC hurricane victims through the Youth Storm Response Fund.
The NC Conference will match all gifts made to
Open Table | A Walk in Their Shoes
Join Open Table Ministry's 10th annual Walk in Their Shoes , a 3-mile walk for the homeless and unsheltered which will take place on Saturday, November 2. All proceeds will benefit the homeless of Durham, enabling Open Table Ministry to provide free clothing, food, emergency shelter, and assistance with obtaining permanent housing .
Durham Cares | Advancing the Vision
Join DurhamCares on Tuesday, November 19th, for the 2019 Advancing the Vision Breakfast at the Durham Armory.

The featured speaker will be Virginia Williams, a civil rights leader and participant in Durham’s 1957 Royal Ice Cream Sit-in.

There will also be testimonials from people who have participated in DurhamCares programs like the Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope and Church Mobilization Network. The breakfast is complimentary and all donations made at the event will benefit DurhamCares. All are welcome. RSVP here.
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.