The Weekly: August 09, 2019
NEWS
Church Council | Full Inclusion
Our journey together towards full inclusion continues with this report from the Full Inclusion Task Force. View the report and a letter from our Church Council leadership with the link below.
Bishop Hope Morgan Ward | A Call to Action and Prayer
Against Gun Violence
Dear United Methodist friends,

Grace and peace to you as we seek to live faithfully in our wondrous yet wounded world.

I found myself in worship Sunday at Wrightsville UMC and Monday at the Rural Church Convocation singing a beloved hymn. In the wake of yet more horrific gun violence in Dayton and El Paso, the old words refreshed our call to follow Jesus even in difficult times.
 
I’m gonna lay down my sword and shield
down by the riverside.
I ain't gonna study war no more,
I ain't gonna study war no more.
I'm gonna talk with the Prince of Peace,
down by the riverside.
I ain't gonna study war no more . . .

The hymn was chosen well in advance of the horrific weekend violence. The well-worn words were God-gifted in this moment to help us respond faithfully, even in our grief and horror.  

In Christ we are called to be people who live the heartbeat of scripture through the power of the Holy Spirit in this time, in this place, in our communities, in our nation.

We are summoned to meditation, prayer and action in response to the continued horror and heartbreak resulting from gun violence in our country. Thoughtful and helpful resources are available for your use in convening and guiding conversation in your congregation. I ask you all to do three things and provide resources to support your efforts.

1. Pray wisely and specifically for those who have been injured, grieved and traumatized. This article will help you pray for what is needed by those most harmed.

2. Lead a conversation on gun violence in light of Scripture and the Social Principles of our church. (Statement from Bishop Kenneth Carter, President, Council of Bishops)

3.  Contact elected leaders and urge sensible legislation to curb gun violence and access to military assault weapons.

I covenant with you to do these three things, and to keep doing them, as we “talk with the Prince of Peace, down by the riverside.”
Living God, you give us dreams and visions for a world that is strong and gentle, brave and good. We pray in these troubled times for a fresh descent of your Holy Spirit upon your church. Help us to offer our witness, our prayers, our hearts and our minds in the great effort to curb gun violence in our country and our world. We pray that you, O God, will comfort hurting hearts, heal injured bodies, calm traumatized spirits, strengthen weak resolve and give to this nation a renewed will to heal division. Use your church in this time as an instrument of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord. With penitent and expectant hearts, we offer this prayer. Amen.
With gratitude to God for our shared life in Christ,

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward
Pastor Sabbatical
Pastor Heather returns from her sabbatical on Monday, August 12th. Welcome her back by joining us at Worship in the Woods on Sunday the 18th, as Heather leads us in worship and fun.
ENGAGE
Worship in the Woods
Join us as we welcome Pastor Heather back from her Sabbatical!

One week left to register-See you at Camp!
Sabbath Sunday School
May 19 - August 11 from 9:45-10:45am, Bradshaw Room

Join us for a spiritual formation experience designed to make room for God in our lives as individuals, families and a congregation.
  • There will be conversation, scripture study, and centering activities for all ages.
  • Nursery will still be provided for our youngest children.
Contact Pastor Jennifer with questions!
Mobile Market
August 17th 8am-1pm, Soul Cafe

Help local community members gain access to quality food and produce by serving at Mobile Market. A varitey of roles available.
SUPPORT
A Message from Stewardship
There's a Haitian proverb that says "God gives, but God doesn't share." The point isn't to paint a picture of God as a miser, but to remind us that while God has given us more than enough, we are the ones called to do the sharing. As a congregation we have some financial catching up to do. I would like to invite you to consider your pledged giving for this year, and begin thinking about how you might give to Duke Memorial UMC next year. What has God given you and called you to share? Is it the gift of leadership? Do you have richness in your relationships or finances? Maybe you have the gift of speaking the truth, or of healing. Do you have extra time, or has God placed you in a particular job or location where you can share? As we approach the end of the summer, whatever the gifts God has given you, I invite you to consider how you might share. 

If you would like to help us catch up on our pledged giving, visit our online giving page or make your offering this Sunday.

Stuart Harrell
Chair, Stewardship
I Can See Clearly Now
New windows were installed this week on the top floor of the education building. This is the first phase of total window replacement for the entire education building and will be funded by a combination of church member pledges, PMO, DMWS and Memorial Church Fund contributions.  - Thank You
SPRC Update | Olivia Suarez
Due to ongoing medical issues associated with injuries sustained last September at her home, Duke Memorial Custodian Olivia Suarez is uncertain of her return to work. In recognition of her 19 years of dedicated service to this congregation, SPRC would like to invite you to contribute to a love offering for Olivia.

Olivia holds a special place in the heart of Duke Memorial, and we pray that she may experience a complete recovery from her injuries
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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
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