United Methodist Church
August 13, 2017
This Sunday
Worship 10:00a.m.

Come join us for worship service this Sunday. 
Jonathan Tanner's s ermon is entitled "Better than a Cricket. "   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:

"Centering God, God who cares so much for me: help me remember that you should be the primary source from which my life emanates.  I thank you that you have given me a sound mind and other resources to know how to live in this world, and yet I can look directly to your Word in the Scriptures to learn about the God who created me out of love, and out of love was willing to die for me because of my sin. This week guide me to look to your Word as I ...

For more information, contact Pastor Melody by  clicking here .
Scholarship Requests
Due this Sunday

If you wish to make a request for the fall GUMC scholarship, the deadline is this Sunday, August 13. To qualify for a scholarship, applicants need to be a member of our church, attending an accredited college full time (12+ hours), and maintaining a C or better grade average.
New applicants must fill out an application. The application can be obtained by  contacting the  church office.
Returning applicants need to submit an  original signature letter that includes where you are attending college in the fall, how many credit hours you will be taking, and your grade average thus far.  No transcripts are required. 
Sanctuary Renovation Campaign has Begun

As some of you may be aware, we are currently in the process of giving much of our facilities a bit of a face-lift.  We are hopeful that in the month of September, our sanctuary will have a new look.  Not only is it receiving a much-needed coat of paint, but an exciting new welcome center.  The lobby has been the traditional venue for greeting guests and members, but we are now bringing that into the sanctuary itself.  In order to achieve this, we are going to remove several of the rear pews, and create in place an area in which we can have coffee and conversation before and after services, a time to greet newcomers and make them feel at home and confirm the warmth of Christian love that Ghent Church has always conveyed to guests and to long time worshipers alike.  There will also be a space for young mothers to comfortably rock their infants or walk them around and still be able to participate in worship.  This will be a unique setting, an unparalleled one, not matched by any other church to my knowledge.

The district believes in our dreams and has allocated $25,000 in matching funds for us to make them come true.  It is up to us to raise the additional $60,000 necessary for renovations and repairs .   I feel confident that given the reward for our effort, we can do it.  Joyfully we can support it with our gifts.  We welcome gifts of $150, $500, $1,000, $5,000, or whatever amount you are able to give.   You may give one time or spread your gift over the course of 12 months.  Please call 757-622-2843 or email the church office to indicate how you are able to help.

We are embarking on a new phase in the life of our church, one that we hope will be popular with our present membership, but one that will be a magnet to a new generation.  As one of the oldest members of our congregation, awash in memories of early years, I greet the changes in store with excitement and confidence.  So I encourage you to join me in our fundraising effort to put a new face on our sanctuary and also to embrace the future.
Your brother in Christ,
Bill Whitehurst
Chairman, Stewardship
Photo Albums
From VBS

Go to our Facebook page and take a look at the great photos from last month's Vacation Bible School!
Useful Links

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Church Calendar

G.U.M.P. (Preschool)

Online Tithe/Giving

The Upper Room Daily Devotional

Elizabeth River District

Virginia Annual Conference
Worship With Us!

Sundays 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.
Young Family Small Group
Tuesdays, 6:30pm

The Young Family Small Group  meets Tuesdays, at 6:30pm  at the church. Childcare is provided. 
Needed in September

GUMC needs to borrow a  4000 watt generator for our Community Carnival held Saturday, September 16. It will give us more flexibility with the placement of inflatables. If have one, please contact  Kim Kurtz
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 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.
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

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. For more info, please contact the Interim Music Director.
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 .   

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