United Methodist Church
November 19, 2017
This Sunday
Worship 10:00a.m.

Come join us for worship service. 
Rev. Melody and Jonathan Tanner will be preaching the sermon on Sunday. The title of the sermon is "Neighbors Who Come From Afar." It continues  the sermon series entitled "Unite!" 

Unite! is our sermon series in November in which  we attempt to tackle some difficult issues that seek to divide us, but may yet be used to unite us in Christ.

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.
Practicing Unity in Christ
After Worship

Anyone who is interested in practicing working toward unity in Christ in the midst of disagreement is welcome to stay after worship to dialogue.  Participants will be assigned their position and asked to present it lovingly and respectfully based on Scripture.  Our church is a safe place to practice this so that when we leave this place, we may be better equipped to witness to our faith, to each other, and to the world.
Daily Prayer

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

" Oh God, you exist in perfect unity.  If only we could experience unity in You in this world.  Teach me to live peaceably with those with whom I do not agree that Your unity might begin with me...

For more information, contact Pastor Melody  by  clicking here .
Thank You
Community Service

Thank you to everyone who contributed items and helped assemble Thanksgiving bags and sandwiches. We assembled 16  Thanksgiving bags and made 13 bags of sandwiches. That is approximately 156 sandwiches. 

The Thanksgiving Baskets went to  Ghent Area Ministry and sandwiches to  Saint Columba Ecumenical Ministries
Ghent Inspire Book Club 
All are welcome

November's book club will be studying  I Am the Door: Exploring the Christ Presence Within by Paul Ferrini. The meeting will be November 20 at 7:30pm.

December's book will be  If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas  by Jean Gietzen. Meeting will be December 11 at 7:30pm.

For more information or meeting locations, contact Melanie Cramer.
The Ship is His Parish
Commander Tom Statler

Click on the link and go to page 12 to read an enlightening article about our Navy chaplain Rev. Tom Statler. He is featured in a magazine called The Missouri Methodists. 

Although, they will not meet this Thursday, Nov. 23, Rev. Tom leads our Chaps on Tap group on Thursdays at 6pm at  The Public House  at 1112 Colley Ave. in Norfolk. All men are welcome to join this casual conversation about living a life of faith in our current world.
Hanging of the Greens 
Sunday, Nov. 26

Save the date! 
After service on November 26, please stay and help us decorate the church f or Advent. 
Chili will be served.
Advent and Christmas

Come to our worship services  at 10 a.m.  each Sunday of Advent beginning Dec. 3  for advent candle lighting, music, and celebration. 

Advent Candle Lighting
Families and groups are encouraged to sign up for the advent wreath candle lighting each week by clicking here.

Bible Study
Debbie Bonnewell will lead a special Advent Bible study session for anyone who wants to attend. It will be on Friday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary.
If you have questions or would like to join, call Debbie Bonnewell or email her.  

Hanging of Chrismons
Children and teens will help hang Chrismons on our tree during worship on December 3. 

Living Nativity
Celebrate the light that has come into the world on Sunday, December 10 at 6pm in Stockley Gardens (at Raleigh Avenue). Parents can bring their children as early as 5:30pm to meet the animals. There will be a brief candlelight service at 6pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free, family friendly event.  Stay tuned for information on how you can volunteer to help.

Christmas Eve
Our Christmas Eve  Candlelight Communion Service is on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m.; there will be no morning worship that day. Nursery is provided for all services.
Fire and Hurricane
Victims in Recovery

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 that serve as 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 our church name when you make a donation online. 100% of donations to UMCOR goes to relief work. 

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.

* No rehearsal on Wednesday, November 22.

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
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!

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

Adult Sunday School 

Children's Church
During Worship

Adult Sunday School

Sundays 9am

This Sunday, adult Sunday School will meet 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! 

$135,540 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. Your pledge card has been mailed to your home or you may pick up a card in our new welcome center. Place your pledge card in the offering plate.

Sanctuary Campaign Continues
We need to raise a total of $60,000 necessary for renovations and repairs of our sanctuary. And we only have $6,060 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
Volunteer Appreciation Day
Sunday, Nov. 26

We love our volunteers! 
Join us as we celebrate our volunteers during service this day.  We will especially recognize the leadership of our church and thank them for their service in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

If you or your children have given time to help GUMC and you will be attending on Nov. 26, please email Jennifer Gross-Statler and let her know. 
Volunteers Needed
Please Help
  • Someone is needed to hang a new American flag and new Christian flag in the sanctuary.
  • Someone is needed to hang a new American flag on the outdoor flagpole.
  • GUMC needs volunteers who are willing to act as greeters in our parking lot. You would greet people before Sunday worship services begin. 
  • Please volunteer to help arrange furniture in the organ loft.
  • 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
  • Wednesday evenings: Military Spouses Small Group (no meeting on Nov. 22)
  • Thursday evenings: Chaps on Tap (no meeting on Nov. 23)
  • 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
  • Nov. 17 (Friday):  No concert outing
  • Nov. 19: We will be gathering at 6 pm at GUMC, then carpooling to Larchmont UMC by 6:30 to fill Thanksgiving bags and Christmas stockings. Dinner will be provided. We should be back to GUMC by 8:15. 
  • Dec. 1- 3:  High School All- Conference Retreat in Lynchburg - Registration Deadline Nov. 18
  • Dec. 10: Living Nativity Event 
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.

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