The Weekly: January 8, 2020
Official Statement

Duke Memorial UMC responds to political violence at the U.S. Capitol
January 8, 2021

We the pastors and Church Council of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church in Durham, NC, appreciate the commitment to duty and courage of the legislators who, on Wednesday evening, conducted the business of the nation in the face of violence and endorsed the votes of all Americans in the election of our next president. We thank the law enforcement, Secret Service, and military personnel who placed themselves in danger to protect others. We pray for those killed, injured, or terrorized by the violence, and for those who feel unheard and unsupported. 

At the same time, we denounce those who invoked the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus, during their violent assault on the United States Congress. Jesus calls us to reconciliation with God and with each other. When Jesus’ own disciples took up arms against Roman oppressors seeking to remove him and kill him, Jesus stopped the violence and healed the injured Roman. Jesus embodied self-sacrificing service for the sake of others, a willingness to die rather than violently insist on his own agenda. We are saved by Jesus, not by our violence. 

As a church, we again commit to stand up and speak out against evil, oppression and injustice in whatever forms they present themselves as we seek to love as Jesus loved: not in ways sentimental but in ways that lead to justice, mercy, forgiveness and grace for all. 

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Hebrews 12:14-15)

2021 Church Council, Duke Memorial UMC 
Rev. Heather Rodrigues, Lead Pastor
Rev. Jennifer Ingold Asbill, Minister of Children and Pastoral Care 
Statement crafted by 
Rev. Heather Rodrigues, Rev. Jennifer Ingold Asbill,
Rev. Renee Burnette, Jim Coble, and Gair McCullough
A Meditation of Lament & Hope 
A Faith Response to the Tragic Events of January 6, 2021

Your Pastoral Team offers this self-guided meditation of lament and hope as we all seek to process the range of emotions resulting from violence against our democracy.
It is a prayer practice in churches all over the world to give people a star word on Epiphany Sunday.
Star words are a lens that provide us with a way to look for God in our midst, both actively and in hindsight.

✨ How to Receive Your Star:
1. Pick up a blank, small wooden star outside the church welcome center or print this star cutout at home
2. Email Pastor Jennifer to receive your word for the year.
Book Study | Ladder To The Light
An Indigenous Elder's Meditations On Hope And Courage
Pastor Heather | Zoom

During a time of year when day's light is short and depression rates, high, find courage and hope alongside others: Join an 8 week journey of prayer, scripture and reflection on Ladder To The Light, meditations written by Choctaw Elder and Episcopal Priest Steven Charleston. Sessions will be on Wednesdays beginning January 27th, time TBD. "Darkness will not last forever. Together we can climb toward the light."

Contact Pastor Heather for more information.
Group Study | Holy Spirit
Pastoral Intern, Emma Rankin | Zoom

Join Pastoral Intern Emma Rankin on Mondays, 9:00 am, beginning January 25, for a 6-week study of the Holy Spirit. This group will explore different scriptures from both the Old Testament and the New Testament regarding what the Holy Spirit has done and is doing. They will also consider the importance of knowing the Triune God not only as Father and Son but also as the Holy Spirit.

Contact Emma Rankin for more information
Living into the Scriptures
Thursdays | 10:30am | Zoom

The Living into the Scriptures group that meets on Thursdays from 10:30 to 12:00 noon will begin again Thursday, January 14th. We are studying Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest who works with gang members in Los Angeles. Anne Lamott, author of Grace (Eventually), described the book as “lovely and tough and tender beyond my ability to describe . . . .” We welcome new members; please have interested women call Ann Stallings Smith at 919-384-2981.
Mobile Market

Saturday | January 16th

No training required. Share fellowship, food and laughs with our fantastic West End Volunteer team as we distribute fresh healthy food to hundreds of families here at Duke Memorial. There are a variety of roles available.

We're Hiring

Duke Memorial is currently accepting applications for two positions:
Minister of Youth
Minister of Spiritual Formation & Witness

Know someone great? More information about these opportunities and an online application are available at →
Diaper Drive 2021

This year there are two ways to give:

1) Drop off unopened diapers at the church in front of the welcome center doors.
The highest needs right now are: diapers size 4, 5, 6, 4T-5T pull-ups; Menstrual Pads (not liners or tampons); and 2XL & 3XL pull up adult incontinence products.

2) If you aren't able to get out and purchase the above items, please donate directly to The Diaper Bank of NC by following this link. You can add a note in your donation that it's part of DMUMC's diaper drive if you'd like.
2021 Online Giving

Fulfill your 2021 pledge the easy way with a monthly recurring gift.
Setup is fast at

Prefer to setup by phone? Schedule a call here→
Happy Birthday!

We celebrate the lives of these individuals in our community. Use the Member Directory and send them a note of love and celebration.

1/10 - Charles Mercer
1/11 - Joel Battiste
1/12 - Tim Turkington, Barbara DeBerry
1/13 - Mary Whanger, Joe Colopy
1/14 - David Bradley, EB Mullen
1/15 - Deborah Moore
1/16 - Mark Miller

Duke Memorial Weekday School serves children ages 2-kindergarten in a loving play-based preschool environment. Registration for 2021-2022 begins on January 1.  Church members have priority over the general public if applications are received by February 4. To get more information or to schedule a virtual tour, contact Julie Allen at or 919-688-5130.

Sunday Worship will continue online with live-stream and church chat.

Formation groups will continue online and may gather in small groups inside at DMUMC.**

Committee meetings will continue online and may gather in small groups inside at DMUMC.**
** With Restrictions. All reservations must be coordinated by the church office
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.