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Wednesday’s Word




AprithSaturday, the 28
3:00 - 7:00 pm

 Tickets are $10.00 and are available from members of United Methodist Men.  Contact Eugene Lofton for more information.

Look at what  you get for a $10.00 investment:

  • Spaghetti – both meat and vegetarian sauce available
  • Garlic Bread or rolls
  • A healthy salad
  • A selection of drinks
  • Desserts 

There will also be drawings for prizes:                               

  1. Top drawing: 40” LCD, LED TV                           
  2. Secondary:  4 movie tickets, 2 Gas Cards

We will be serving from 3 pm until 7 pm.  The drawings will be announced during the dinner.
Come join us; enjoy the fellowship and help us continue to support the community.  All our efforts are to engage and promote the Word of Christ in Durham.  Come out, we would love to show you where He lives.
Eugene Lofton
New Creation United Methodist Men


When was The United Methodist Church created?

The United Methodist Church was created on April 23, 1968, when The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church joined to form a new denomination.

Uniting the two churches had been in the making for more than 10 years. Two years before the union, the General Conferences of each church separately approved the Plan of Union.

On April 23, Bishop Reuben H. Mueller, representing The Evangelical United Brethren Church, and Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of The Methodist Church joined hands at the constituting General Conference in Dallas, Texas. In unison, the two bishops, 1,300 delegates and 10,000 visitors recited these words:

"Lord of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The United Methodist Church. Amen."

To make the union happen, each denomination made compromises. The racially segregated Central Jurisdiction of The Methodist Church was eliminated, women clergy were assured the right to be ordained and have full clergy rights, and the Methodist practice of life tenure for bishops was adopted.

The Uniting Conference also approved the development of an official insignia for the new church and the cross and flame was adopted later that year.

Late in the conference, delegates realized that the work of actual uniting could not be completed in 1968. A special session of General Conference was approved for 1970. It met in St. Louis.

Thus these two churches, each with distinguished histories and influential ministries in various parts of the world, came together to become the largest Protestant denomination at that time.

Click here for the video of the uniting conference

50 reasons to celebrate The United Methodist Church


By Fran Coode Walsh*

Five decades is always an important milestone, and 2018 marks the Big 5-0 for The United Methodist Church. That’s the reason we’ve compiled a quick list of 50 reasons the world is a better place thanks to the witness and work of the people of the UMC.

There are so many more we could list and you surely have your own reasons. We encourage you to share them using #UMC50.

Check out the 50 reasons here: 


Social Principles 2020

General Conference in 2012 tasked the General Board of Church and Society with conducting listening sessions across the connection. From these listening sessions, Church and Society concluded that the Social Principles needed to be more theologically grounded, more globally relevant, and more succinct. At the 2016 General Conference, Church and Society was further tasked with bringing revised Social Principles to the 2020 General Conference.

The Social Principles revision has been underway for two quadrennia. Born out of a request from General Conference, the General Board of Church and Society has undertaken the global project, and looks forward to presenting a final draft to General Conference 2020 for consideration.

Follow this link to watch a short video of their process then read the draft document, and fill out the survey. Your responses will be collected and may influence the final draft submitted to General Conference.


The lectionary text for
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 5th Sunday of Easter 

  • Acts 8:26-40
  • Psalm 22:25-31 (UHM 752)
  • 1 John 4:7-21
  • John 15:1-8


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