United Methodist Church
October 22, 2017
This Sunday
Worship 10:00a.m.

Come join us for worship service. 
Rev. Tom Statler will be preaching the sermon this Sunday. The title of his sermon is "We Are an Easter People." It continues  our sermon series entitled "God is on the Move."

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:

" God, you are on the move. By the power of your Spirit, move in me.  Help me to overcome the fear I experience and find opportunities to serve and forgive others...

For more information, contact Pastor Melody  by  clicking here .

Book Sale and Parking Lot Fundraiser
SGAF Outreach

During the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, GUMC will have its Used Book Sale on Sat., October 21, 10am to 5pm.  The sale will be on our front porch and in the sanctuary lobby. Hardcovers $1.50; Paperbacks 75 cents.  

We will also host paid parking on Saturday and Sunday, too.  Volunteers are needed for both efforts.  Click here for more information and to sign up.  Proceeds benefit missions and church programs.
Food Collection
This Sunday

On Sunday, we will collect food for Ghent Area Ministry (GAM). Please bring canned goods such as tuna, and other non-perishable items such as cereal, to help stock the pantry at this outreach ministry. 

And remember, you have an additional option to help. For a donation of $5, we have a limited number of pre-assembled Food Bags available that we will send. Any checks should be made out to the church. For more information about  GAM,  click here. 
Ghent Inspire Book Club 
All are welcome

The next book club meeting will be Monday, October 23, 7:30pm at Cafe Stella in Norfolk. The  book is  Peace Like a River  by Leif Enger.  

For more information or meeting locations, contact Melanie Cramer.
United Methodists help, struggle amid wildfires
California Wildfires

First United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa, California, was always a church that helped others in need. After wildfires tore through Santa Rosa on Oct. 9, many in the church were homeless and relying on the help of others.

Despite the damage to homes of members, the church still opened its doors as a shelter.  Read more .
Fire and Hurricane

2 Ways You Can Help

Let us keep all of the disaster victims in our prayers. Also, remember to hold in prayer the continued health of rescue teams, all who are helping with recovery, and those churches in California, Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and Louisiana that serve as shelters and outreach. 
*Donate through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
Click here  to make an online donation at the UMCOR site. You can donate to either United States Disaster Response Advance #901670 or Material Resources Advance #901440. Please include your church name when you make a donation online. 100% of donations to UMCOR goes to relief work. 
Donate Your Old Glasses
GUMP Lobby

We now have a collection basket in the GUMP lobby for old prescription eyeglasses. Donated eyeglasses are given to a local Lions Club. In addition to the many causes that the club supports, " sight is one of Lions defining causes.   Lions have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve  eye health  and eye care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide." To read about the Lions Club International,  click here.
Service Projects
Nov. 12, 11:15am

In lieu of Operation Christmas Child (Shoe Box Packing), GUMC/GUMP will be packaging food for those in need. Our assembly day will be on Sunday, November 12th, 11:15am - 12:30pm. 

We will be packing ten (10) Thanksgiving Baskets for Ghent Area Ministry and making sandwiches for Saint Columba Ecumenical Ministries

A sign up sheet for donations will be coming soon.

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.
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 .   
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
Worship With Us!

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

Adult Sunday School 

Children's Church
During Worship

Adult Sunday School

Sunday 9am

Adult Sunday School is in the church library.  All are welcome.

Pledge Sunday
Sunday, Oct. 29 at 10am

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 to Ghent Church. Your pledge card should arrive in the mail soon or you may pick up a card in our new welcome center. Place your pledge card in the offering plate on Pledge Sunday, October 29.

Sanctuary Campaign Continues
We need to raise a total of $60,000 necessary for renovations and repairs of our sanctuary. And w e only have $6,310 to go!

Please indicate how you are able to help on the bulletin tear off sheet on Sunday or contact the church office.

Your brother in Christ,
Bill Whitehurst
Chairman, Stewardship
Volunteers Needed
Parking Lot and Kitchen Help
  • GUMC needs volunteers who are willing to act as greeters in our parking lot. You would greet people before Sunday worship services begin. 
  • We need volunteers who are willing to be on the GUMC kitchen crew list. Perhaps you can help clean up the kitchen on a weekly basis, a monthly basis, or as needed.
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 & Wednesday mornings: GUMP Community Meet-ups
  • Tuesday evenings: Young Family Small Group
  • Wednesday evenings: Military Spouses Small Group will begin Wednesday, Oct. 18
  • Thursday evenings: Chaps on Tap
  • Friday mornings: Fall Women's Bible Study
Click here to read  about the adult 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
  • Sat., Oct. 21:   Youth are invited to help with the used book sale and parking lot fundraiser. 
  • Sun., Oct. 29: Hunt Club or other pumpkin patch/maze activity
  • Nov. 10-12: Middle School All- Conference Retreat in Lynchburg - Registration Deadline Oct. 21
  • Dec. 1-3: High School All- Conference Retreat in Lynchburg - Registration Deadline Nov. 18
For more information about GUMY, please contact Kim Kurtz by clicking here.
Volunteers Needed
Once a Month

Please volunteer once a month to help educate our youth. 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. To sign up for a Sunday, click 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

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