August 1, 2019
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This Week In Worship
Colossians 3:1-11
We will wrap up our five-week series on Paul’s letters this Sunday by examining what a Christian life looks like. Paul is very clear about how our faith and new life in Christ is supposed to affect our behavior. He essentially is saying, “If you are raised as a new creation in Christ, then act like it!” In our culture, we have sadly divorced belief and practice. What I mean by this is one can claim to “believe” in Jesus and claim to be Christian without any evidence of the fact in their lives. We have reduced faith to a transactional agreement between us and God that basically states that we will agree to certain assumptions about what we claim as truth - and God for his part will reserve us a place in heaven. End of story. This is by no means the Christian Gospel. Jesus is our Lord, our guide, and our mentor. We are to be changed into an entirely new person through this relationship, even to the point that we began to resemble Christ Himself. I hope you will join together Sunday as we have this extremely important conversation.


About these changes. . . 

First I want to begin by seeking forgiveness for my lack of communication surrounding the changes to the 8:00 a.m. service. This goes beyond the change in time to some changes that have taken place in how that service is conducted as the choir will no longer be primary in the 8:00 a.m. service. I failed to let people know this and it is my fault alone as I should have conveyed this information to everyone. If you want to know why these changes were made, please come to the 8:00 a.m. service this Sunday. I will go into detail to the reasoning behind these decisions and I would rather discuss this in person than through writing. I ask that you trust that any decision I make regarding worship is made with the best interest of the church as a whole in mind, not due to any personal preference I may have. Come this Sunday if you want to hear more. 

Pastor Steve
Congregational News
Baptism
On July 28th we celebrated the baptism of Travis Glass, son of
Cody and Kalli Glass.
Welcome to the family of God!
Welcome New Members
On July 28th we welcomed Beth Gibson by transfer from Union Grove UMC in Union Grove, NC and Rhonda Lee Welborn by transfer from Wesley Memorial UMC in High Point, NC. Welcome to the DUMC family!
Beth Gibson
Rhonda Lee Welborn
Celebration of Life
A Celebration of Life service for Gladys McDowell will be held on Saturday, August 10th at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Reception to follow in the CORC.
JOY Monthly Meeting
JOY group will have it’s Camp Meeting dinner and gathering Thursday, August 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the Reynolds' tent #198A. Chicken will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert. We will gather at the Arbor after dinner for music by the DUMC choir and the sermon.
JOY Book Club
Join the JOY Book Club Monday, August 5th at 1:00 p.m. in the church library to review this month's selection, "White Like Her" by Gail Lukasik. The author adds to the ongoing conversation about race and racial identity in America by looking at the practice of racial passing through one family's story.

If you would like to send Mike any mail, his new Durham address will be:

Mike Sciascia
408 Andrews Rd
Durham, NC 27705
Discipleship
Sisters in Prayer Bible Study
Come join us for a 7-week study by Priscilla Shirer, "Discerning the Voice of God". This will be a DVD/workbook study and the workbook will cost $14.00. Discover the root to clear and daily communication with God - humble obedience. Learn how surrender unlocks His many blessings intended for us, centers us in His will, and helps us discern His voice in everyday life. MUST pre register on or before August 16th so that books can be ordered on time. Email Jo Killian at mamajos04@gmail.com to sign up. Childcare available upon request.
Friday Ladies’ Bible Study
Join us beginning Friday, September 6th as we begin a 7-week study by Priscilla Shirer study called “Discerning the Voice of God”. Our group meets on Friday's from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Please contact Sara Lee at gigisaralee@yahoo.com if you want her to get you a book. Childcare available upon request.
Outreach Bible Study
In partnership with Heartbeats Women’s Center, various Denver area churches are now offering the “Forgiven and Set Free” Bible study. This confidential and very small group 11 week study is designed specifically to help post abortive women overcome emotional and spiritual difficulties that many face, and move forward in peace, forgiveness, and freedom. Visit http://www.eastlincolnpcc.org/begin-the-healing , or call the Center at 704-489-0708 for more information or to sign up. All communications are confidential. The next studies begin at Church at Denver on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and at Denver Baptist on Tuesday, September 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Save The Date
The next Grace Break will be held Saturday, September 28 from 9:30-1:00. Julie Fleck will be our speaker.
Stewardship
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