The Weekly: October 11, 2019
Stories of Faith and Hope
Balcony, center section, third row, right side… DeBerry’s have been sitting here for over 50 years. A short time in the life of our church, but three generations in our family. We have been choosing Duke Memorial for decades.
But why?

My parents chose Duke Memorial because it was large, vibrant, and provided the adult and children’s programming our family needed. They were rewarded each week by their adult Sunday School class, which often was so simulating that it ran over into worship at 10:55.
Barbara and I chose Duke Memorial because it reminded her of her church home in Asheville, and had such a strong and vibrant children’s program. One of my greatest joys was dropping my daughters off at Mary Canada’s classroom, just as I had been dropped there 40 years before!
Today we chose Duke Memorial because it remains a “church for the masses,” welcoming a wide, exciting and diverse congregation.

I don’t always agree with the route our church takes, I don’t always agree with what is said in the pulpit, I don’t always agree with the projects which our congregation undertakes. I do agree to be part of the discussion, remain loyal to the principles of Christianity and our church, and make a difference. I challenge you to do the same.

Tad DeBerry.
Why Duke Memorial: Stories of Faith and Hope is an ongoing series that features Duke Memorial members answering the questions of why they came, why they stay, and where they see God at work in our community. Stories are shared with permission in the Weekly and Sunday Bulletin.
Children's Sabbath | Sunday Worship

Join us on Sunday morning for a special worship service lead by children of Duke Memorial. Witness this beautiful image of the kingdom of God through music, art, preaching, and prayer. Sunday, 10:55am.

artwork by Lean Tonkin
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

Sunday, 10/20 - Bull City Race Fest
The Bull City Race Fest will impact many areas of downtown Durham Sunday Morning. Access will be most convenient via NC 147.

10/23-11/5 - 11'8" Bridge Lift
Gregson St. will be closed to all traffic around the 11'8" bridge beginning next Wednesday. A detour map will be shared when available. Access will be most convenient via NC 147.
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.
Stewardship 2020

It’s stewardship season, and time to consider how you will contribute to Duke Memorial in 2020. Stewardship packets will be available on Sunday in the sanctuary before and after worship, and in the church office all week. Please remember to pick yours up, and save us some postage! Included 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!
Mobile Market | Saturday

Help local community members gain access to quality food and produce by serving at Mobile Market this Saturday, Oct. 19th. A variety of roles available. 
Sunday Lunch

After worship on Sunday, join us for Sunday Lunch Tables at Alpaca Peruvian Chicken and Mellow Mushroom to have good food, and participate in great fellowship with your church family.
If you are interested in becoming a host, please email us.
Organ Recital

Organ Recital on Sunday (10/20) presented by Dr. Eurydice V. Osterman. The concert will consist of original pieces by the performer.
Duke Memorial Sanctuary, 3:30pm. 
Small Groups

Duke Memorial small groups offer an opportunity for curiosity, learning, conversation, and relationship with a goal of journeying together towards better faithfulness. Duke Memorial offers a range of small groups for people at various stages of life and faith.
Sunday School

Every Sunday at 9:45am Duke Memorial offers a variety of formation opportunities for children, youth, families, and adults.
Support DMWS | Dine Out

Dine out this Thursday, October 24th at Picnic! The restaurant will donate 10% of both dine-in and take-out sales from the entire day to the Duke Memorial Weekday School!  
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 .
Inclusive Conversation | UMC Next
Join Dr. William B. Lawrence (former Dean of Perkins School of Theology/former President of the United Methodist Judicial Council), Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, and LGBT leaders from the NC Annual Conference including Caleb Parker and Rev. Deborah Morgan as we gather together people who, like you, desire to grow in faith  

Build relationships with other faithful United Methodists, as we learn how the church is called through our history, doctrine, and scripture to be fully inclusive. Fully inclusive means LGBTQ+ people are affirmed, empowered, and protected in part by allowing marriage and ordination
Sweet Singer | Trinity UMC
On Sunday, October 20, 2019, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Durham, the character of Charles Wesley will appear in “Sweet Singer," a one-person musical drama dealing with his struggle against poverty, reluctant acceptance of life as a clergyman, opposition to slavery, courage in the face of violence, and poetic genius. Charles Wesley, the brother of John Wesley who co-founded Methodism, has been called the Sweet Singer of Methodism, writing over 9,000 hymns; 51 are found in the current Methodist hymnal.  

The drama will be performed by S.T. Kimbrough, Jr. who strives to present Wesley’s hymns in the context of his life. Kimbrough has had a career as musician, author, scholar of Charles Wesley, and clergyman, and as Associate General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.

The show begins at 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, most easily accessible from the breezeway on the left side of the Sanctuary. Trinity is located at 215 N. Church Street in downtown Durham. Parking is available across the street in the municipal and to the left side of the church in Trinity’s parking lot.
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
Announcements for distribution in email and bulletin are due by Wednesday at 5pm.

Submit announcements and questions to Mark in the church office.