Wednesday’s Word

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What is a benevolence fund? It’s money set aside to help those in need. At New Creation, it is the Good Samaritan fund. People – within and beyond New Creation – who need a little help can apply for funds to pay a utility bill, rent or an unexpected but critical expense.  Through our fund, we have also provided turkeys at Thanksgiving and hams at Christmas to community families with food insecurity.

Jesus stressed the importance of giving to those in need in the parable of the king:  “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who will receive good things from my Father. Inherit the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world began. I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.’

“Then those who are righteous will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’“Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’” (Matthew 25:34-40 Common English Bible)

If you donate to our Good Samaritan fund, know that your money will go to directly help local families in need. You can donate in church – just put Good Samaritan in the memo of your check or indicate Good Samaritan on the offering envelope. Or, you can donate online at https://onrealm.org/NewCreationUMC/SignIn. Thank you in advance for supporting those in need.

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CAN JUSTICE PREVAIL IN 2019

A discussion series on the US Justice Systems by individuals who had/have direct interaction with the judicial system revealing its promise and failures, its policies and practices and how they impact the community. The 4th session will be with a panel of individuals who are concerned about all citizens having equal access and equitable treatment before the law and their recommendations on what steps citizens can take to have a positive/changing impact on the judicial system.

SATURDAY SESSIONS

  • Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
  • Hosted by:  New Creation United Methodist Church sharing space with
  • Location:  Asbury United Methodist Church @ 806 Clarendon St, Durham, NC 27705 


APRIL 20TH– Covers the policies and procedures involved when a person is arrested, cash bail and jail.

Speakers: Omar Guess person with firsthand knowledge Robert Singagliese a Public Defender.

MAY 18TH– Details the processes involved in court preparations, plea bargaining, practices of overcharging and trial.

Speakers: James West person with firsthand knowledge and James Stanley Attorney.

MAY 25TH – Deals with sentencing, added charges, them impact of ‘for profit prisons’, and release from prison preparations.

Speakers: Wilbert Pipkin person with firsthand knowledge and Omar Taylor a Housing and Reentry professional.

June 1st 
Session 4
 –  Access to justice is defined as the ability of people to seek and obtain a remedy through formal or informal institutions of justice for grievances in compliance with human rights standards.  There is no access to justice where citizens (especially marginalized groups) fear the system and do not access it; where the justice system is financially inaccessible; where individuals have no legal representation; where they do not have information or knowledge of their rights. Access to justice involves normative legal protection, legal awareness, legal aid, counsel, adjudication, enforcement, and civil society oversight.   

**Light refreshments will be available at each session.

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