The Weekly: February 7, 2020
FEATURED
Coffee with Council
Sunday, February 9th | 9 am

The 2020 Church Council is eager to talk with you! Please join us for Coffee with Council on Sunday, February 9 from 9:00-10:30 am in the Soul Cafe. This is a casual event intended to give you a chance to get to know the new church council members and to discuss issues affecting our church life. We hope you can drop in and join us. Stay tuned for additional opportunities to meet with church leaders throughout the year.
CONNECT
Lenten Workshop
Lent begins in the wilderness. The Spirit guides Jesus into the wilderness where he comes face to face with temptation and struggle. And in his forty days of fasting, resisting, and struggling, Jesus is shaped for ministry.

Our season of wilderness and shaping as a church family begins with our annual Lenten Workshop on Sunday, February 23rd from 12-2pm in Whitford Hall.

In our time together we will share a meal and participate in several activities aimed at preparing us and sustaining us for the journey. All ages are welcome to join in the preparations.
Formation Groups
This Is Us
 Are you interested in knowing more about Duke Memorial: who we are, what we are about, what drives us? Then please join us the first four Sundays in March
(3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22) for This is Us.

In our time together we will hear some of Durham’s story, the United Methodist story, Duke Memorial’s story, and your story. We will meet at church before worship from 9:00-10:15 am. You will hear from a variety of voices from our community and our church. If you would like to join us or have questions, please email Pastor Kris.
Wednesday Morning Ladies
New Weekly Study - Wednesdays - 02/12 - 9:30 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.
SERVE
Families Moving Forward
February 24-27

Help provide hospitality for otherwise-homeless families in our community by volunteering at Families Moving Forward.
A variety of roles available.

Email: Roger Loyd
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
COMMUNITY
Enrollment 2020-2021

Duke Memorial Parents' Morning Out (PMO) will begin enrollment on February 15, 2020. 

PMO's mission is to create a compassionate, safe, and nurturing Christian environment for infants, toddlers, and their parents.

Our program operates Monday- Friday from 9:15am-12:45pm. PMO accepts children 8 months old- 3 years old. You can enroll in PMO for up to three days/week. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a tour,
reach out to Annie Barrow
Housing for UM Missionaries

 Mary Zigbuo and her husband, retired UM missionaries from Liberia, are going to be in North Carolina from May to November 2020. They are looking for an affordable housing option in this area (ideally in or around Durham, but they are willing to entertain broadening their search). They would like to find a small apartment in someone's home with a separate entrance, a small house or perhaps a parsonage sitting empty which they might be able to rent short term. 
If you know of any such possibilities, please contact SusanHarsh-Cafferty
UPDATE | FINANCE
With God’s good Grace, DMUMC ended 2019 with a $38,153.77 surplus! We were at 101.1% of our budget for Total Revenue with $810,578.89. Pledged Income was up $21,499.09 over 2018’s total and was 2.13% over 2019’s budget. Unpledged contributions were $28,357.75 over total received in 2018, but was $2,220.87 under a very aggressive 2019 budget. Unpledged Contributions is the “plug number” used to balance the budget and in 2019 required extraordinary faith that we would reach our goal.

On the expense side of the ledger, we paid all $119,739 of our Mission payments (Apportionments). We had $29,338.88 is cost savings with almost all of that coming in Staff Compensation from positions unfilled for part of the year. This makes up the bulk of our surplus.

As we enter into the 2020 budget year, we are still trailing 2019’s regular pledges and don’t anticipate having any savings from Staff Compensation to help balance the budget this year. If you have not made your 2020 Pledge, please consider making one soon.

Steed Rollins, Chair, Finance committee​
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.