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Lenten Sacrificial Offering

The Lenten Season is one of the most important seasons in the Christian faith. It is a period of 40 days, starting with Ash Wednesday and ending with Easter Sunday. During this period, Christians around the world participate in a season of penitence, prayers, fasting and self-denial, just as Jesus did when he spent 40 days in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-25 and Luke 4:1-13.

We encourage you to give up at least one lunch a week during Lent, and substitute it for a time of prayer, meditation, or study. Further, your are encouraged to place the funds you would have normally spent on lunch in your Lenten offering box. This will serve as a symbolic sacrificial gift, a reminder of Christ's sacrifice for us.

The funds will be used to support mission. Lenten boxes were distributed on Sunday and will be available at the Ash Wednesday service. 


In 2017, 39 people pledged to give regularly to New Creation.  The average pledge was $4320/year ($360/month or $83/week), and they ranged from $26 to $18,000/year. Please join you church family to support New Creation with your tithes and offerings!

Pledge cards will be available this Sunday.


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for helping us reach our goal of getting Mrs. Pearly Thompson home for the holidays.  Because of the generosity of your congregation's hands and wallets, together we raised more that $28,000 which provided for the remodeling and refurnishing of the Thompson home..  At the dedication of her home on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Mrs. Pearly said "I cannot believe what God has done here.  You all made a miracle happen."  We are grateful to serve alongside you as we witness to the power and love of God in action.

Grace and Peace,

Carol Goehrigh, DS
Jessie Larkins, ADS

Note:  New Creation UMC donated $646.00 for this effort.



Meet the Heroes is a kid-friendly interactive event where children pre-K to 5th grade will be able to meet actors portraying famous "Heroes" in Black History and participate in crafts and activities associated with the Hero’s accomplishments.


This event will provide outreach to the families of young elementary aged children. It provides an opportunity to live out three tenants of our mission; reconciliation, hospitality, and justice.


We have partnered with the Merck MMD Employee Resource Groups (Merck Interfaith Organization and League of Employees of African Descent) and the local non-profit Book Harvest to provide a one of a kind experience for children within the Durham community. Through the assistance of Volunteers from New Creation, Merck and Book Harvest we will be able to provide a fun educational experience for the Durham Community.

Location: New Creation United Methodist Church
Date: 24FEB2018
Time: 10am-2pm


Lenten Reflections 2018

Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday on February 14. Lent is a time of soul-searching, self-examination, and repentance which prepares us to receive the grace and hope Christ gives through his death and resurrection.

As you walk through the 40 days of Lent, we invite you to join us in sharing a daily Lenten Reflection. A reflection may be a photo, video, quote, poem, or other creative work that you own and reflects your interpretation of the daily word.

Share them on your public social media channel of choice (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) or post on the North Carolina Conference Facebook page. Don’t forget to tag your reflections with #generousnc. Each week we will share highlights from the previous week.


On April 4, 2018, join Bishop Ward and thousands of other Christians from across the country in Washington DC to add your voice to ending racism in our nation.

On that day – the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination – The United Methodist Church is joining other churches in the United States to rally on the National Mall and launch a multi-year effort to intensify ecumenically our work together toward racial justice.

For those wishing to attend from our conference, transportation will be provided from the NC Conference office in Garner to Washington by motor coach, and hotel accommodations have been secured. Travel dates are April 3-5, 2018. Registration with the conference is open until February 28. Make your plans now!  $300 Registration for Double Occupancy; $150.00 for Single Occupancy.



The lectionary text for
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday.

  • Genesis 9:8-17
  • Psalm 25:1-10 (UMH 756)
  • 1 Peter 3:18-22
  • Mark 1:9-15


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