The Weekly: November 29, 2019
Welcome | Rev. Kristen Williams
Minister of Adult Discipleship & Witness
We are grateful for the discernment of our search team; Stan Coffman, Roger Loyd, Beverly Christian, Karalyn Colopy, Pastor Heather Rodrigues and Jared Thomas, as we prepare to welcome our newest Ministry Team Member, Rev. Kris Williams, on January 2, 2020. 
“For as long as I can remember, I have been a cheerleader for others (even though I never made it past tryouts in Middle School, ask me about it sometime). My passion is to use this positivity to help others get the most out of their lives, both personally and professionally. 

I also love adventure - from the dance floor to business/ministry plan design, from motorcycling to mission and vision casting, from kayaking to knitting together various constituencies - I love adventure!

I have worked in these sectors: profit (banking IT), non-profit sectors (church, coaching), and government (prison chaplain). My experience has been in areas that include: information technology, product development, alternative delivery systems, systems analysis, developing volunteer leadership, directing committees, team building, budgeting, strategic planning, and leadership coaching. 

After a difficult time in my personal life, I heard God’s call to “take care of all his kids.”This call led me to Duke Divinity and full-time ministry as an Elder in the UMC.
Since then, I have served in rural, suburban, and urban settings, in churches with membership from 20-2,000. I have served in Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson, Durham, Alamance and Wake counties across the North Carolina Conference.”
I am super excited about putting all this to work as the Minister of Adult Discipleship and Witness at Duke Memorial.”

-Kris Williams
NEWS
Update | Campaign Forward

“The Capital Campaign arose from the recognition that our historic Sanctuary Building was in need of significant exterior and interior repairs to make it safe, secure, and welcoming for this and future generations. To date, 113 pledges of the $2.3 million pledged total have been completed in full! This is a magnificent accomplishment, and we are grateful for the generosity of each of these members. Over the last few months, Campaign Forward has worked to discern next steps for the interior space, mindful of our need to be good stewards of the funds entrusted to us and the historic property in which we worship.”
Stewardship 2020

It’s stewardship season, and time to consider how you will contribute to Duke Memorial in 2020. Stewardship packets have now been mailed to the household address on file. 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. Read through the stewardship packet, and fill out your pledge online.
A Note from SPRC
Listening Sessions Follow Up

“In September 2019, the Staff Parish Relations Committee held listening sessions to gather input from the congregation. Thank you to everyone who attended a session or provided comments to SPRC. Your input and engagement are essential to Duke Memorial... SPRC is dedicated to finding ways to unify and strengthen Duke Memorial to support the members and the staff and encourage our growth as we share Christ from the heart of Durham.”
You are Welcome, You are Loved

Since the adoption of our Welcome Statement in 2015, we have worked hard together as a congregation to live fully into its call. While previous efforts have focused intentionally on the inclusion of LGBTQ identified persons, our welcome statement and our faith call us even further. To that end, Church Council has approved a congregation wide campaign for the year 2020 that will engage the breadth of our welcome statement through worship, formation, and communication. Each month will focus on an individual call to welcome expressed in our statement such as age, race, and physical ability. We look forward to our year ahead as we live faithfully into our call of welcome and inclusion.
ENGAGE
Advent Midweek Dinner and Fellowship

What if God had waited to enter the world? What if God had waited for some perfect day when all the world’s problems were resolved? Come to the table each Wednesday evening during Advent (Dec. 4, Dec. 11, and Dec. 18) to explore these questions and more through scripture readings, prayer, poetry, art and dinner fellowship. 5:30 -6:30 pm, The Bradshaw Room. Childcare will be provided for younger children. 
Poinsettia Orders
The poinsettias that adorn our sanctuary every year are a beautiful tradition that reminds us of the breadth of our Duke Memorial family. Order a poinsettia in honor or memory of someone in your life to be included as part of our Advent season.
Grief, Prayer, & Hope

Are you feeling less than joyful as the holidays approach? Will there be a newly empty chair at your table this season? If so, here are some resources from our Blue Worship Service. These are meant to be words of encouragement, comfort, and hope to you or anyone you know who may be struggling this time of year.
Primetimers | December 4

Primetimers will meet on December 4th at 11:30 am in Whitford Hall. The program will be Christmas music led by Frank Brown and Cyril Murphy. Please bring a covered dish if you can. If you can’t, come anyway.
COMMUNITY
Messiah Sing-Along | Choral Society of Durham
Bring the entire family for a sing-along of Handel’s timeless classic, hosted by the Choral Society of Durham.

No tickets are required. A $10 donation per adult is suggested. Proceeds benefit the Choral Society and the DMUMC Christmas Market.

Duke Memorial UMC | Sunday, Dec. 1 | 4pm

DMWS | Dining Out
Support the Duke Memorial Weekday School by dining out this Tuesday, December 3rd at Tomato Jake’s out near Southpoint.

December 3, 4-10pm,
20% of sales, and try to show a flier, either on your phone or printed out.

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.
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
Announcements for distribution in email and bulletin are due by Wednesday at 5pm.

Submit announcements and questions to Mark in the church office.