United Methodist Church
March 4, 2018
This Sunday
Worship 10:00a.m

Come and join us for worship service. 
Pastor Melody Tanner will continue the Lenten sermon series entitled "What Makes a Hero?" It is based on the book by the same name by Matt Rawle.  The title of her sermon is "Choose Holy. "  

You are encouraged to read What Makes A Hero? The Death-Defying Ministry of Jesus by Matt Rawle. Copies are currently available in our welcome center in the sanctuary. Suggested donation is $10; free for guests.

To read the scripture, click here. 
To listen to last week's sermon , click here. 

Everyone is welcome to stay after the service for fellowship.
Daily Prayer

Please set aside time each day to pray for 2-3 minutes. This week's prayer starter is:

" O Holy One, may I not be so consumed with right and wrong that I loose sight of what is holy.  Fill me with your spirit.  Teach me your ways.  Make me holy as you are holy..."

For more information, contact Pastor  Melody  by  clicking here .
Black United Methodist Doctors Broke Barriers
An Article

A Dallas church is a weekly gathering place for three friends who made their mark in medicine. Click here to read about them.

Bring Your Instruments
March 11

On the second Sunday of March, gather in the sanctuary about 9:45 with your guitars, or other C instruments, and jam along to a variety of tunes new and old.  This is an opportunity for folks to express themselves musically through their instruments.  Even if you can only play 3 chords on the guitar, come and join us.  The more, the merrier.  We will also have hand percussion instruments if you are so inclined. If someone wants to play the drum kit, you are welcome to set it up and do so. The music will be out on music stands. I look forward to seeing you!
Spring Bible Study
Fridays  at 10am
(No meeting 3/23)

Starting March 9, join us Fridays at 10am for a 10-week study by Beth Moore.    
A Heart Like His: Seeking the Heart of God Through a Study of David is an  in-depth look at the life of David. Beth Moore draws spiritual insight and understanding from a man who slayed a giant and saved a kingdom.

The workbook is $20. For questions, or to join, contact  Debbie Bonnewell. 
Stock the Freezer with Casseroles
Sat., March 10 at Noon

On Saturday, March 10, come help prepare and freeze casserole dishes. In the coming months, the dishes will be distributed to the GUMC community when needed. To RSVP for this event at the Bonnewell home or for more details, please email Debbie Bonnewell. 
Lenten Photo Journey
Through April 1

This Lent, Ghent UMC invites you to join our Lenten Photo
Journey, as part of your time of preparation for the coming of Easter. Each day, we'll post a word with scripture verse and an invitation for you to post a photo related to that word.   The goal is to look for God in your everyday life and to help you seek to strengthen your relationship with God during this time of preparation and reflection.
Simply post your photo on any of our social media outlets using the hashtag #2018GUMCLentPJ . HELP US GO  VIRAL. Invite your friends to participate!
Ghent Inspire Book Club
All are welcome

Next monthly meeting is a social gathering on Mon., Mar. 12 at  7:30pm. (location TBA). 

For our meeting on Mon., Apr. 9 at 7:30pm, we will discuss  Iscariot: A Novel of Judas by Tosca Lee.

For more information or meeting location, contact  Melanie Cramer.
Mark Your Calendars
Members and Leaders
  • Next Stakeholders meeting will be Mar. 8 @ 8am. Another meeting is scheduled for April 5.  (An additional meeting will be held Thursday, May 3 at 8am.)
  • We have our Leadership Team meetings on the 2nd Sunday of each month following worship.  Our next meeting is Sunday, Mar. 11 at 11:15a.m.

All are welcome to join our Ghent UMC choir. Rehearsals are in the sanctuary - Sundays at 9:30a.m. and Wednesdays 7-8p.m.  All are welcome to come.

For more info, please contact the Director of Music Ministry.
Congregational Care
New Webpage

In response to Christ's call to love one another, Ghent United Methodist wants the members of our congregation to care for one another. To understand more about our Congregational Care outreach, click on the church's website here. 
Jennifer Gross-Statler
Director of Congregational Care/ Marketing 

Jennifer Gross-Statler, our  Director of Congregational Care and Marketing, is available to visit and counsel those in our church community who so desire. Ghent UMC wants the sick, the burdened, and the lonely to feel the love of Christ. If you'd like a visit from Jennifer, call the church office at (757) 622-2843 or email her at
Ghent UMC

All adults,  children, and youth are invited to help on Sundays before and during worship.  Also, please consider purchasing altar flowers to enhance our worship space.  Click here   to learn more about the volunteer opportunities and to sign up.  
F or more information or to help, please contact the church office by  clicking here .   
Useful Links

Ghent UM Church

Weekly Sermons  

Church Calendar

G.U.M.P. (Preschool)

Online Tithe/Giving

The Upper Room Daily Devotional

Elizabeth River District

Virginia Annual Conference
Worship With Us!

Adult Sunday School 

Sunday Worship at 10:00a.m.
(Nursery Care Provided)

Children's Church
During Worship

Adult Sunday School
Sundays 9am

Adult Sunday School meets in the church library on the main floor. 
All are welcome.
GUMP Consignment Sale
Thank you!

Everyone at Ghent United Methodist Church Pre-School is thrilled to announce that the Spring Consignment Sale was the most successful so far. Thanks to our team leaders, volunteers, and the 90 consignors. Without you, the sale would not have been successful!
General Fund Pledging 
for 2018

Thanks to everyone who has pledged or already given! 

$149,690 has been pledged so far, but we need to reach, at least, $155,940 to meet our budgeting goals.

As I'm sure you know, this new chapter in the life of Ghent Church is refreshing. But, it needs your financial support. Please pray for God's guidance about your annual giving. Place your pledge card in the offering plate.

Sanctuary Campaign 
Our pledge goal of $60,000 for sanctuary renovations and repairs has been met. Thank you to everyone for helping us to meet this goal. Please send in all pledge donations by August 31, 2018.

Your brother in Christ,
Bill Whitehurst
Chairman, Stewardship

Safe Sanctuaries / Child Abuse Training
Sat., March 17 at GUMC

On March 17 from 9 am to 3 pm, the Elizabeth River District will hold its Safe Sanctuaries/Child Abuse Training. It is i deal for children/ youth ministry volunteers, nursery workers, church/ preschool teachers, and staff. This training will fulfill your church's Child Protection Policy's annual training requirement. Lunch will be served at noon. 

Please email the church so we can get a count of attendees.

To register to attend, click here.
Volunteers Needed
Please Help
  • We need volunteers to be on the outside clean up crew. Can you help clear the church grounds of debris on a weekly basis, a monthly basis, or as needed?

  • GUMC needs parking lot greeters. You would greet people before Sunday worship services begin. 
If interested or for more information, contact the church office.
Join a Small Group
Community Building Opportunities

  • Sunday mornings: Children's Church (details below)
  • Sunday evenings: Middle & High School Youth (details below)
  • Sunday mornings: Adult Sunday School
  • Monday evenings monthly: Ghent Inspire Book Club
  • Tuesday evenings: Young Family Small Group 
  • Wednesday mornings: Military Spouses Small Group 
  • 1st & 3rd Thursdays: Theology on Tap - open to all 
  • Fridays mornings: Bible Study
Click here to read  details about our adult and youth small groups.  And for additional information,  please contact Jonathan Tanner, Discipleship Director at or 757-622-2843.
GUMY (Middle and High School Youth)
Upcoming Activities
  • Sun. Mar. 11, 9:45am: Bring your C instrument and play along.
For more information about GUMY, please contact  Kim Kurtz by clicking here.
Volunteers Needed
Once a Month

During worship, we offer children's church for children ages 3 through 5th grade. During the scripture and sermon, they go to the library for a brief Bible lesson, activity or craft.

Please volunteer a few times per year to help educate our youth.
To sign up for a Sunday, click here.

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