United Methodist Church
September 24, 2017
This Sunday
Worship 10:00a.m.

Come join us for worship service this Sunday in the sanctuary. 
Melody's sermon is entitled "Forgive Stefan."  It continues our Disney themed sermon series entitled " The Most ______ P lace on Earth." 

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 created this earth out of nothing. We ask that you would make something out of us.  Make something out of your church.  Mold us and make us.  Shape us into who you want us to be.  We pray for the preparations being made for the Housewarming Party, our leaders, for your Spirit to move in our midst in a powerful way, and for people to come and experience your abiding love and presence with us for years to come..."

(This is the prayer starter for all of September.)

For more information, contact Pastor Melody
by  clicking here .
30 days of prayer
September 1-30

Beginning September 1, leading up to our Housewarming Party on Sunday, October 1, join Pastor Melody in "30 Days of Prayer" by...
  • Signing up here  for a specific day to come to the church to pray for a few minutes one day this month. Click here for more information.
  • Setting aside time each day to pray for the preparations for this event, for its leaders, for the Holy Spirit to move in a powerful way, and for people to come and experience God with us and become part of our faith community.  Mark it on your calendar or smartphone to pray this every day for 30 days.
Housewarming Yard Signs

Please consider sponsoring a yard sign for a donation of $15. The sign can be put in your own yard or other prominent visible location in Ghent or Norfolk. If you want to sponsor, but need GUMC to place it, we can. We have 30 signs available. 

You can grab a sign whenever the office is open or on Sunday. To pay, bring cash or check payable to Ghent UMC to the office or place in the offering plate on  Sunday with memo for yard sign.

We want to get the yard signs placed as soon as possible, so feel free to take one then make a contribution later if needed.
Fall Women's Bible Study
Fridays, 10am

Join the Women's Fall Bible Study at the church on Fridays at 10am. 
Invite as many other women as you would like for the 6-week study by Hayley DiMarco called A Woman Overwhelmed, A Bible Study on the Life of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

The materials are $16.00.  The format includes brief daily homework, video and discussion. If you have questions or would like to join us, call Debbie Bonnewell or email her.
Ghent Inspire Book Club 
All are welcome

The next book club meeting will be Monday, October 16, 7:30pm. Location TBA. 
This month, the book is  Peace Like a River by Leif Enger.  

November and December's books are  I Am the Door: Exploring the Christ Presence Within by Paul Ferrini  and I f You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas by Jean Gietzen.

For more information, contact Melanie Cramer.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
2 Ways You Can Help

As the pictures and stories keep unfolding, let us keep all of those recovering from the storms in our prayers. Remember to hold in prayer the search and rescue teams, those who continue to help, and those churches in Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and Louisiana that have been serving as shelters. 
*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. 
S anctuary Renovation Campaign

W e are in the process of giving our sanctuary a face-lift including paint and a new welcome center. The district has allocated $25,000 in matching funds, but we need to raise a total of $60,000 necessary for renovations and repairs. 
We only have $8,580 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
Consignment Sale
Starts October 7

Ghent United Methodist Preschool will host its consignment sale starting October 7 in the church's Fellowship Hall.

Come and shop for children's clothes (up to size 14), shoes, baby gear, games, toys, bikes, books, and more.  Click here to learn more information Any questions? Please email
Jennifer Gross-Statler
Director of Congregational Care/ Marketing 

Jennifer Gross-Statler, our new 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.  
Tellers needed   We need church members to serve as tellers. 
F or more information or to help, please contact the church office by  clicking here .   
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.
Sunday Worship Services

Our Sunday Worship Service start time will remain at 10a.m. Nursery care is provided.
Sunday, October 1 

During our worship service on Sunday, October 1, Ghent UMC will have its Housewarming. It is our official grand opening of our sanctuary followed by food and games in Stockley Gardens. 

Ribbon cutting is at 9:45am. Worship is at 10 a.m.
College - Sized Refrigerator

Is your college graduate done with his or her refrigerator? Donate it to GUMC. We'd like to use one for our after service refreshments. Please contact the church office if you have one to bring in.
Clean Up Team

This Season


During this hurricane season, GUMC needs volunteers who are willing to come out and help Pastor Melody and Jonathan with post storm clean up. This could include mopping up any water that leaks into the church. If you are willing to be on their call list, please let them know asap. 

GUMY (Middle and High School Youth)
Upcoming Activities
  • Sun., Sept. 24, 6pm: First youth meeting 
  • Sun., Oct. 1, 10am: Ghent UMC Housewarming - our official grand opening of the sanctuary followed by food and games. Ribbon cutting is at 9:45am.
  • Nov. 10-12: Middle School Conference Retreat
  • Dec. 1-3: High School Retreat 
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 the library for a brief Bible lesson, activity or craft. To sign up for a Sunday, click here.
Join a Small Group
Community Building Opportunities

  • Sunday mornings: Children's Church (details above)
  • Sunday evenings: Middle & High School Youth (details above)
  • 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.

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

For more info, please contact the Interim Music Director.
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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