United Methodist Church
May 21, 2017
This Sunday
Worship 10:55am

Come worship with us this Sunday. Rev. MelodyTanner will continue the Sermon Series "You. Me. We." Her sermon is entitled  "Love & Respect."   To read the scriptureclick here.   To listen to last week's sermon click here.

Everyone is welcome to join us after the service in the lobby for fellowship.
Daily Prayer

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

Dear Lord, help me to accept people the way they are, to have right judgement and so be a loving, caring, compassionate and respectful person, especially to those people who I find difficult to love. As each day goes by, help me to appreciate the friends and family I have who love me...

For more information, contact Pastor Melody by  clicking here .
Book Sale and
Parking Lot Fundraiser
May 20 - 21

During the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, GUMC will have its  Used Book Sale on Sat., May. 20, 10am to 5pm .
Volunteers are needed for both efforts, particularly 11:30am-1:30pm & 1:30-3:30pm. 

The sale will be on our front porch and in the lobby. Hardcovers $1.50; Paperbacks 75ยข.  We will also host  paid parking on Sat., May 20 & Sun., May 21 . Proceeds benefit missions and church programs. 
Heritage Sunday
May 24, 1738

This set aside day calls The United Methodist Church to honor its heritage by committing itself to the continuing call of God known and spread by Charles and John Wesley. 

Heritage Sunday
Heritage Sunday
Health Kits
Due May 28

We are sending Health Kits to Annual Conference on June 16-18 to help people displaced by disasters and conflicts.  Cash donations help us to purchase kit supplies in bulk; the cost of one kit is about $12.00, payable to Ghent UMC.  If you would rather assemble a kit (or more!) on your own, a list of items and instructions can be found by clicking here or on the bulletin board outside of the church office.  Kits and monetary donations are due by Sunday, May 28.
Honoring Betty Casey
Sun., Jun 4, 10:55am

During our June 4th worship service, we will formally honor the Ghent United Methodist Preschool students, teachers, and most especially Betty Casey. After being at the helm of the preschool for 20 years, Betty will be retiring at the end of the school year. Join us as we praise God and thank Him for the gifts and talents of our preschool director and staff. Following the service, there will be a reception on the porch.
Vacation Bible School
July 24 - 28

Vacation Bible School will be the week of July 24 - 28, 9am-12pm. 
  • If you'd like to make a donation, go to this page and click the donate button. 
For more info,  call the church office (757) 622-2843.
Special Bishops Meeting
Feb. 23-26, 2019

The Council of Bishops announced the call to a special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.  The special meeting will deal solely with the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, charged with finding ways to foster church unity amid deep differences around homosexuality. Read more.
Worship With Us!

Sundays 10:55a.m
(Nursery Care Provided)

Adult Sunday School 

Children's Church
During Worship
Adult Sunday School
  • Sunday 10am: Adult Sunday School is in the church library.  All are welcome.
GUMY (Middle and High School Youth)
  • Sat. May 20, 5 - 7pm: All youth and families are invited to help with the book sale clean up, followed by a pizza dinner.
  • Sun. May 28, 9:30am:  Confirmation Class
Parents, please sign up to lead or assist one evening.

For more information about GUMY, please contact the church office by  clicking here
Young Family Small Group
Tuesdays, 6:30pm

The Young Family Small Group meets weekly at the church. Childcare is provided. 

Volunteers Needed
Once a Month

Can you volunteer once a month to educate our youth?
During worship, we offer children's church for  children ages 4 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.

All are welcome to join our Ghent UMC choir.  Rehearsals are on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., and Sundays, 10:30 a.m.  For more info, please contact our Music Director, Joan John, by clicking here.
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 .   
Pastor John
Congregational Care Minister

Pastor John Shappell 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. Please click here to contact him directly.
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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