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February 6th, 2024

Grace Period


Have you ever felt you were “saved” by a “grace period?” A grace period is an extended time to pay off a debt, typically without incurring additional interest or charges. A grace period may come in handy, especially this time of year when the credit card bills come rolling in from the holidays. Sometimes, we need some time to get things in order. Maybe we need to wait for that month-end paycheck, or perhaps a grace period is required for payment because an unexpected expense occurred from something else.


Yes, grace periods can be a relief. Companies collecting our debts don’t have to offer them, but they do so that the situation is a “win-win.” They collect what’s due to them, and those of us who take advantage of the extra time (the “grace period”) can balance our finances over a more extended period.


Is there a catch to this?  Of course! We’ve all heard the phrase, “There’s no free lunch,” right? If we don’t meet the financial obligation during the grace period, the stakes and our debt increase. In addition, the next bill is coming right around the corner, and we need to prepare to pay that one also. If we don’t take an action immediately, the grace period vanishes quickly, leaving us in a deeper hole than when we started.


Thankfully, with our faith in our Lord, we have a different definition for “grace period,” which has a much longer impact than our month-to-month credit card payments. As we look forward to the year ahead, with the New Year still fresh in mind, let’s remember that Jesus has provided us with a Grace Period that extends through our lives here on earth and into eternity with him. Jesus didn’t look for payment from us and cleared all our debts on the Cross. Nor does Jesus look for us to make “interest payments” when we make mistakes and fall short of his example.  


God sent us God’s only son not to collect our debts but to pay our debts in full for eternity. There’s no “catch” to what God has given us. When we give our lives to the Lord, Jesus will provide us with the everlasting Grace Period that only he can offer. Let us fill our hearts and be thankful for his grace! 


Enjoy the lengthening days of the New Year!


Dom Perfetti – Former Lay Leader of BUMC

Worship With Us

In-Person / Live stream

Transfiguration Sunday

February 11th at 10:00 a.m.

Rev. Hyunwoo Kim will share his sermon, "Transfiguration: A Call to Faith, A Call to Prayer" Our scripture reading will be taken from Mark 9:2-13. The music will be provided by Festive Ringers, "Bound for Glory," the Sanctuary Choir, "All the way my savior leads me," and our Foundation Praise Team will lead us in song.

Click to view Live Stream.

Calendar of Events over the this week

Tuesday, Feb 6th

● Tuesday Drop in Bible Study at 10 a.m. (Zoom and Room 25)

● Cherub Choirs at 5:30 p.m. (Fellowship Hall and Choir Room)

● Festive Ringers at 6 p.m. (Sanctuary)

● Jubilation Ringers at 6:30 p.m. (Sanctuary)

● CYM Meeting at 7:30 p.m. (Zoom)

Wednesday, Feb 7th

● BUMC Youth meeting at 6:30 p.m. (Youth Lounge)

Thursday, Feb 8th

● Thursday 30-minute Prayer at 10 a.m. (Zoom)

● Wesley Bell Rehearsal at 6 p.m. (Sanctuary)

● Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal at 7 p.m. (Sanctuary)

● Foundation Rehearsal at 8 p.m. (Sanctuary)

Friday, Feb 9th

● SHIP’s Galley at 9 a.m. (BUMC Kitchen)

Saturday, Feb 10th

● Young Family Parents' Night Out at 5 p.m. (Fellowship Hall)

Sunday, Feb 11th

● Sunday School at 9 a.m. (for all grades PreK-12)

● Adult Sunday School at 9 a.m. (Room 25)

● Sunday Worship Service at 10 a.m. (Live-Stream available)

2024 Lenten Study

Our Lenten Study will begin in mid-February, and we will study Adam Hamilton's "Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws." 

Please REGISTER today. 

Here is a brief description of this study:

In Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws, pastor and bestselling author Adam Hamilton explores the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Luke. Through Luke's stories, we find Jesus' care and compassion for all as he welcomes sinners and outcasts. As we study Luke and see Jesus' concern for those who were considered unimportant, we hear a hopeful and inspiring word for our lives today.


New Members' Class

Join our New Members classes

on February 19th, 26th, 7 p.m.

We will explore the ministry and the vision of Bridgewater UMC and how we can live out our membership in the life of the church.

Contact Rev. Jennifer Cho or the Church Office ASAP!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

Mark your calendars!

on February 13th, 5 - 7 p.m.

Tickets are purchased in person on every Sunday mornings, or by clicking below button. Purchasing your tickets in advance will allow you to save $1 per ticket.

Tickets are priced at $4 (for kids 9 and under), $6 (for seniors 60+) and $8 (for adults and kids 10+).


Ash Wednesday Service

on Wednesday, Feb 14th

Noon and 7p.m. 

Next Wednesday(Feb 14th) is Ash Wednesday. We have two services, one at noon and another at 7 p.m. Feel free to join us at a time that suits you.

The 7 p.m. service will also be live-streamed on YouTube.

Lydia Circle Meeting

on February 8th, 6:30 p.m.

at the home of Kathy Chapin

We will be making Valentines for church members, family and neighbors that are in nursing homes or shut in and unable to attend church. Please contact the church office if you are interested to attend the meeting. All are welcome!

Pickleball Event

on February 11th, 2 p.m.

Are you interested in playing pickleball? If so, please pay attention to this event. It will be held at Hoop Heaven on February 11th from 2pm to 4pm. $15 in cash paid at the site. Please contact Linda Janci at [email protected]

Souper-Bowl of Caring

During February 4th - 11th

Let's tackle hunger with our annual Souper Bowl of Caring! We will be collecting UNEXPIRED food and non-food items February 4-11 to benefit The Food Bank Network of Somerset County

Items that they are in need of include: canned soups (pop tops preferred), cereal, long pasta (ex: spaghetti, fettuccine, Angel hair), shelf-stable milk, dish & laundry detergent, cleaning products, and toiletries. Items can be brought into the sanctuary and left of the team table of your choice. Any questions, please contact Veronica Sydlowski.

Parent's Night Out 

on February 10th Sat, 5p.m. - 8p.m.

Hey Parents! How would you like a few hours to catch up on some of those errands or perhaps to grab some dinner?

Well, now you can. The Young Family Ministry will be hosting a parents night out on Saturday February 10th from 5pm-8pm. The cost is $15 per child and dinner and snack are included.

The theme for this parents night is Mardi Gras! The children will decorate masks, make necklaces, play games and have a dance party. It's going to be a fun-filled night!

If you would like your child/ren to attend, click the button below to sign up. We hope to see you there!

*All children that attend should be potty trained*


Coffee Fellowship Volunteers

If you would like to sign up to be a host,

please sign-up on the bulletin board, or you can email Lisa Kautz at [email protected].

Winter Mission Drive for I-Rise

January-February 2024

collecting the following items:

Winter boots in various sizes (gently used)

Hats, gloves and mittens for all ages.

Pillows (new), twin and queen sheets

(new or gently used and clean, no flannel)

Pots and pans (gently used or new),

cooking utensils such as spatulas, spoons, tongs

Rise is a program sponsored by the Reformed Church of Highland Park. It is an official affiliate site of the Untied States Committee for Refugees & Immigrants (USCRI). Its mission is to assist recent refugees and asylees with finding housing and jobs, learning English, cultural orientation, and finding health care and mental health support. Most recently there has been an influx of refugees from Ukraine, Haiti, Afghanistan and South America, many of whom have suffered trauma from wars and extreme poverty. Groups collaborating with I-Rise including Christian churches, mosques, synagogues and local universities. I-Rise welcomes any and all support for their mission and they are grateful to BUMC for assistance with collecting needed items.

For Those In Need of Support

If you have found yourself struggling, or going through a particularly stressful life change, we invite you to meet with one of our Stephen Ministers. In meeting with a Stephen Minister, you will receive one-to-one, confidential, Christ-centered care.

To be connected with a Stephen Minister, please contact Mary Beth Gruber.

Prayer Requests

  • Prayers for Ron Medine (Friend of Glenn Buono)
  • Prayers for Mark Maclachlan (Brother of Sue Walton)
Click here to submit a prayer request

Helping Others

Food Drive Donations

Thank you for donating food to our neighbors. Please bring your non-perishable/non-expired items to the church, and place them in our “Food Bank” containers.

If you would prefer, you can bring your items to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County located at 7E Easy St, Bound Brook, NJ 08805. Thank you very much.

Sharing Gifts

Sharing your gifts with Bridgewater United Methodist Church is extremely important. Without these gifts, BUMC would not be able to provide its programs and ministries for members and friends.

Thank you for your support of BUMC!

You can use this QR code or click here for sharing gifts.