Imani MCC of Durham

Focusing Our Faith

“We live by faith (Imani) and not by sight.” II Corinthians 5:7
Imani MCC's 23rd Church Anniversary

Imani MCC's 23rd Anniversary
Happy Anniversary, Imani!
Under normal circumstances, we would be celebrating our 23rd anniversary this Sunday. This year has drastically changed our current state of “normal.” But that does not have to prevent us from celebrating God sustaining this body of believers for another year. That is especially true given what an extraordinary year this has been.
It has been nine months since we have been able to meet in person for worship. I have missed our times together tremendously, as I am sure many of you have. But this small, but great “little church that could” has been through challenging times before. The Lord has always kept us; and will not fail to keep us through this.
In addition to being anniversary time, the time for our Annual Congregational Forum and Meeting is approaching. Since it still is not advisable to meet in person, we will conduct our business virtually this year. By the end of this month, members and friends on record will receive (via email) a copy of the Board of Directors’ proposed budget for 2021. You will be given time to review it and to contact us with any questions or concerns. Please be reminded that all of our members and friends have “voice” as we do business - meaning, your questions and comments are welcome. Only full-fledged members of our Board and our congregation are eligible to cast votes to make final decisions. You will be given a link by which you can vote to approve or disapprove the proposed budget by a deadline date to be provided.
Given the suspension of most of our activities, during the pandemic, we do not have much other business to conduct or many decisions to make at this time. However, there is one more very important matter we need you to prayerfully consider. We have openings on our Board of Directors. At present, the duties have been trimmed down considerably. We meet once monthly online unless an emergency requires a special meeting. Eventually, all Board members will be authorized to sign church checks and will be asked to go to the church to do so on a rotating basis. So the bulk of the “work” consists of being present and prayerful as we do the business of the church. Please prayerfully consider whether you might serve Imani as a member of our Board during the coming year. Please contact me if you are willing to serve, as soon as possible. There will be a vote to confirm new members at the same time as the vote on the budget.
I want to remind you that though we’re not meeting in person, I am available for conversation, prayer, and any other pastoral care that you need and I can provide. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if your church can be of service to you.
This is the time of year when I begin asking God for a word or phrase to embrace as a “theme” for the coming year. You may recall that the phrase I was given for this year was, “Be Brave.” Could it be any clearer why God laid that on my heart for me to pass on to you?! Please keep me in your prayers as I seek to discern and do God’s will as your servant-leader. And rest assured that every one of you is in my prayers always and forever!
Grace, Peace, and Love,
Pastor Marilyn
Transgender Day of Remembrance

Trans Day of Remembrance - Durham Central Park
Come out and hear our very own Pastor Marilyn Bowens speak. Friday, November 20, 2020. Trans Day of Remembrance. Durham Central Park at 6 pm.

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Above-The-Tithe Challenge Offering
every Sunday thru November
Imani MCC and Friends: We are pleased and grateful to announce that several generous benefactors have pledged to match a total of $1,000 for this month’s Above-the-Tithe Challenge, which is in effect from now through November. This is a recurring fundraiser by which everyone can contribute to the support of this ministry.
FRIENDS WHO DO NOT USUALLY TITHE TO IMANI MCC: This is an ideal time to offer support because the entire amount that you give will count toward the goal to be matched. So this is an opportunity to bless us with double the amount that you actually give. Just put the words “Above the Tithe” in the note portion of your gift.
REGULAR TITHERS AND SUPPORTERS OF IMANI MCC: Your challenge is to add a little something extra to your usual offerings. That extra counts toward the amount to be matched. It’s based on the honor system. You tell us how much to count toward our goal.
Please give as you normally do – by using our Cash App $ImaniMCCofNC or smartphone apps – and reference “Above the Tithe portion = $__”.

Please, if you are able, take this opportunity to bless this ministry. Thank you in advance!
Above-the-Tithe Challenge Offering Record....
  • Sunday, November 1st: $150.00
  • Sunday, November 8th: $0.00
  • Sunday, November 15th: Please give!
  • Total toward $1,000 Challenge to Date: $150.00
Do you have your Rainbow Pride Candle yet?

Rainbow Pride Candle

Hope Mundine is helping us celebrate our Pride this Summer with these Rainbow Pride Candles. 100% of the profit from the sale of these candles will be donated to Imani MCC as a special fundraiser.

She says on her Etsy page, “Our homemade soy candles are made from premium soy wax. I use phthalate free fragrance oils in our candles for a clean burn. The fragrance is Jamaica Me Crazy.”

On her Facebook page, she says, “I’m stepping out on faith and doing something that I love buying for myself and wanted to share with the world. If you’re local, we can make arrangements for pickups and delivery.”

Contact Hope personally on Facebook or order yours today on Etsy.
Power Pledge Initiative Update

Imani Reaches Halfway Mark in 2020 Power Pledge Initiative!
The Committee for the 2020 Power Pledge Initiative is excited to announce that the Initiative’s pledgers have reached 50% of their total annual goal!
Participating pledgers have committed to giving a total offering of $24,100 to Imani MCC by year end. The Committee thanks the Power Pledge participants for their faithful and disciplined giving during the first half of the year! We look forward to the additional progress the Power Pledge group will make in coming months.
If you are interested in joining Imani MCC’s 2020 Power Pledge Initiative, it’s never too late! Contact Yvonne Ricci for more information, by email ( or text (919-810-0983).
Thank you all for your continued prayers for the Initiative’s success!!
Communion at Imani MCC

In response to expressions of appreciation for our virtual Communion celebration on Easter Sunday, we will celebrate Communion via Facebook Live on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays.
Any form of bread and beverage will suffice.
Virtual Wednesday Night Bible Study

The in person Wednesday Bible Study at our Ministry Facility is on hiatus. But you can still join us using your computer or phone at 7:00 pm on most Wednesdays! Pastor Marilyn has set up a Virtual Bible Study using Google's Hangouts Meet. Here's how to connect:

Join Hangouts Meet

Join by phone
‪+1 415-604-0770 PIN: ‪204 489 182#

Need help joining the study? Tap on the link that is right for you to get instructions: This service is being offered for free from Google.
Wednesday Night Bible Study

The in-person Wednesday Bible Study at our Ministry Facility is on hiatus due to the pandemic. But you can still join us using your computer or phone! Pastor Marilyn has set up a Virtual Bible Study using Google's Hangouts Meet.
Voices of Imani Rehearsal
The Voices of Imani is not currently rehearsing.
AIDS Alliance Food Pantry
All items collected for the Food Pantry will be taken to the AIDS Alliance Food Pantry. Remember your non-perishable items to share with those in need of food support.
You Can Tithe through Our Website
Please remember that you may use our website and click on the "Contribute" link. Your donation will be processed through PayPal but you do NOT need a PayPal account to Contribute.

And just to make sure we always get your Tithe, you can set up recurring contributions for every month by clicking on the "Make This Recurring (Monthly)" box. Thanks for supporting the faithful ministries of Imani MCC!

Cash App
You may now use the Cash App to send your tithes and offerings to Imani MCC. Our Cash App address is: $ImaniMCCofNC
Get Involved Imani MCC Ministry Teams
There are new and exciting ministry teams forming at Imani MCC. If you are looking to serve please feel free to join a team that aligns with your gifts and talents. For more information please contact Priscilla Ross.
  • Economic Empowerment Ministry
  • Community Outreach Ministry
  • Youth Ministry
  • Marketing/Media Ministry
Like Us on Facebook!

Please like the IMANI MCC Facebook Page. In order to assist with getting important information to you concerning the church, you really should like the Facebook page.

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Sermons on the Imani MCC website
Audio sermons are available on the Imani MCC website. (listen to the sermons)
Sunday's BulletinDid you know that you can see this Sunday’s bulletin online?
If you can’t make it to Imani MCC to worship one Sunday, please download the Worship Bulletin from the website and pray for us during the service.

And let’s say you are one of our jubilant singers in the choir or the congregation, and you want to make sure you have brushed up on the words for this Sunday’s songs. They are in the bulletin, and you can download it every week.

It’s available at this link:

Usually by Thursday afternoon of each week, we print the Worship Bulletins for Sunday. They are usually printed on both sides of a legal size sheet of paper and folded in thirds. They are printed in full color. Then, they are uploaded onto the website. Don’t miss a week of worship with Imani MCC.
Help Wanted!
We need a few good and Faithful Ones to help make our ministry more effective. Here are some of the openings:
  • Sound Team Volunteers
  • Cleaning Crew
  • Musicians: singers, piano, bass, guitar, sax, kazoo, etc.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities or know someone who might be good in them, please speak with Pastor Marilyn.
Imani MCC of DurhamImani MCC of Durham

Worship Service: Sundays at 10:00 am
Imani MCC Ministry Center
3602 C-View Street
Durham NC 27713
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