United Methodist Church
January 14, 2018
This Sunday
Worship 10:00a.m

Come and join us for worship service. 
Rev. Melody Tanner will be starting a new sermon series entitled "Bow to the Cow!" The title of her sermon is "Quick to Turn Aside."

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:

"I bow my heart, I bend my knees.  Oh, Spirit, come and make me humble.  I turn my eyes from evil things.  Oh, Lord, I cast down my idols..."
(taken from Give Us Clean Hands by Charlie Hall)

For more information, contact Pastor  Melody  by  clicking here .
Christmas Decorations
Sunday, January 14 at 9am

This Sunday, v olunteers are needed come prior to worship at 9 a.m. to help take down Christmas decorations & to clean up the organ loft. Many hands make for light and quick work!
Mark Your Calendars
Members and Leaders
  • We have our Leadership Team meetings on the 2nd Sunday of each month following worship.  Our next meeting is Sunday, Jan. 14 at 11:15a.m.
  • District Training Day will be on Saturday, Jan. 20 at New Creation UMC in Chesapeake. Click here for more info and to register. Also, please let the church office know you are attending by clicking here.
  • Trustees/Endowment Committee meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. to review  endowments and approve scholarship applications. Please RSVP your attendance to the church office by email.
  • Bishop Lewis will be holding Chat 'n' Chew 2.0 on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Ebenezer UMC in Suffolk. Click here to register. Also, please let the church office know you are attending by clicking here.
  • Next Stakeholders Meeting will be Feb. 22 @ 8am at GUMC.
Thank you

Thank you to everyone who participated with Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team, especially during the blizzard. We were able to help provide a safe shelter and meals for 82 guests.
Rev. MLK, Jr. Dinner and Production
Sunday, Jan. 14 at 4pm

Legend has it that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders organized marches at the tables of Pascal's Restaurant in Atlanta in the 1960s.   The conversations they might have had will be depicted on Sunday, January 14 at a dinner theater presentation at the Wesley Community Service Center in Portsmouth.   This is a sit-down, fried chicken dinner, with the dramatic production presented right in front of you!

The $10 donation/ticket goes 100% to the Wesley Center, which is a mission of the United Methodist Women and supported by our Elizabeth River District.

Join Steve Vegh at this  MLK event which also appeals to the taste buds. Just email him ( if you want to go and he will forward that info to Wesley. 
Ghent Inspire Book Club 
All are welcome

January's book is  Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life  by Karen Maezen Miller. Meeting has been changed to Monday, January 15 at 7:30pm. Location TBA.

For more information or meeting locations, contact  Melanie Cramer.

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.
Winter Woman's Bible Study
Fridays in the library

Join us Fridays at 10am for a 6-week study by Melissa Spoelstra.  Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World  offers women hope for living in an uncertain world by learning to navigate the challenges and circumstances of their lives. The study includes brief daily homework, video, and discussion. 

There is a $15.99 cost to purchase the  study guide . For questions, or to join, contact   Debbie Bonnewell.

UMC Market  is an online shopping tool where retailers (like Amazon) give 2-5% of your purchase back to our church.  Simply sign up for UMC Market and designate Ghent UMC as the organization who receives the retailers' donations.   Click here  to get started.

Sound too good to be true?  Most online retailers have a 2-5% associates' fee they will pay to people who refer customers to their site.  It is not added to the purchase, but taken out of the company's profit.
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
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.
General Fund Pledging 
for 2018

Thanks to everyone who has pledged or already given! 

$143,190 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
Age Has its Benefits

The IRA Charitable Rollover is now permanent.  If you are 70 1/2 or older you can transfer up to $100,000 of your IRA as a gift to Ghent UMC and not have it incur tax.  For more information, contact the church office by clicking here. 
Giving Envelopes

Please pick up Giving Envelopes from our new welcome center.  Some have names assigned to them.
Volunteers Needed
Please 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 evenings: Young Family Small Group (Resumes on 1/16)
  • Wednesday mornings: Military Spouses Small Group
  • Thursday evenings: Chaps on Tap - open to all (Resumes in new year)
  • Friday mornings: 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
  • Jan. 14 No meeting
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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