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Pastor Varonica Livingston
email: vmlivingston@nccumc.org

Greetings, Easter people,

My brothers and sisters, grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord. Though the celebration of Easter Sunday has passed, we are still easter people. We stand firm on our faith and the hope we have in the resurrection. As easter people, we allow God to live through us.

We are the Body of Christ, a descriptor that speaks a truth about who we are and by which we live as easter people. Jesus is with us, within us, and in those, we encounter each day– our neighbors who need our love, a visit, a call, food, clothes, healing, forgiveness, and compassion. God lives and breathes through us, the Body of Christ.

May we live as easter people daily, giving as Jesus gave, working together toward a single purpose, love of God and one another, a love that was so evident in our Easter worship service. We worshipped together as one body, and the Spirit of the Lord permeated our worship space. Surely, God was present. For that, I am grateful.

Due to the pandemic and social distancing restrictions, I regret that we could not spend time together at our outdoor service and extend hospitality to our visitors as we would like. We are still living in unusual times, which we pray will end soon. However, I want to request that those members who had visitors at worship email the secretary at
 secretary@newcreationumcdurham.org or me with the visitor's name and address. I  would love to send them a thank you note for joining us this past Sunday.

On a final note, I am grateful for your acknowledgments on my birthday – calls, cards, email messages. Your thoughtfulness made my day memorable and special. Lee and I were also touched by your anniversary greetings, as well. We appreciate each of you more than you know and are grateful to be a part of the New Creation family.

Let's go forth together, living, giving, and loving as Easter people!



Blessings,
Pastor Livingston 






Conference-wide Worship Service This Sunday

The North Carolina Conference Restorative Justice and Mercy Ministry Team has identified the month of April as "Second Chance Month." Reflecting the Easter message of redemption that is available to all through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we hope to remind church members that people who are coming out of incarceration have served their time and deserve a second chance.

A conference-wide worship service will be held to recognize Second Chance Month. The Bishop would like for churches in the North Carolina Conference to join her for a conference-wide worship service.

 

The service will be broadcast at 11:00 am on April 11, 2021, at live.nccumc.org.

New Creation, we will join with our brothers and sisters across the North Carolina Conference in this worship service. Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend. 

Hope to see you there!

Drive-through COVID-19 vaccine clinic

What: Drive-through COVID-19 vaccine clinic (Moderna)
When: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Sat. 04/10/21
Where: Shepherd's House UMC, 107 N. Driver St, Durham, NC 27703
Who: Sponsored by Feed My Sheep of Durham, NC, Inc., Alignment Health and End Hunger Durham.

Those interested should fill out the two forms linked below. If you have any questions, email Jacqueline Blackwell, Executive Director of 
Feed My Sheep at beamblackwellj@yahoo.com.

Prevaccination Checklist
for COVID-19 Vaccines


Recipient Registration and COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Form

April is Autism Awareness Month

In 1970, the Autism Society launched an ongoing nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and assure that all affected by autism are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible.  In 1972, the Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week, which evolved into Autism Acceptance Month (AAM). This April, we continue our efforts to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change.

The Autism Society of America, the nation’s oldest leading grassroots autism organization, is proud
to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month in April 2021 with its “Celebrate Differences” campaign. Designed to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms, and realities of autism, #CelebrateDifferences focuses on providing information and resources for communities to be more aware of autism, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life.

The Autism Society recognizes that the prevalence of autism in the United States has risen from 1 in 125 children in 2010 to 1 in 54 in 2020 – recognizing this continued increase, the goal for AAM is to further increase awareness about autism signs, symptoms, and opportunities through information and referrals, events, printable and digital resources, and community partnerships with businesses and organizations dedicated to building inclusive experiences.

The Autism Society has a variety of resources designed to inform and encourage communities to celebrate differences and become more inclusive of individuals with autism. The campaign will overlap with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, and continue throughout the month. 

Read about our shift from “Autism Awareness Month” to 

“Autism Acceptance Month” here

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Join Us For Noon Day Bible Study

Noon Day Bible Study resumes again next week, April 14, 2021. Join us for our weekly Wednesday Zoom Bible study which is a focused engagement on understanding what God says.
 

Hope you join us!

   

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