For the Week of January 10, 2021
Online Worship for Sunday, January 10: Preparing to Participate in the Promise

Join us online this week for
Holy Communion
(both services)

We invite you to have bread and juice ready to participate.
Liturgical Worship
Online
Sunday at 8:30 am

Recording can be viewed at your leisure
after 10:00 am.
Contemporary Worship Online
Led by Sounds of Faith
Sunday at 11:00 am
 
Recording can be viewed at your leisure
after 1:00 pm.
A New Year's Message from Pastor Sunil
Dear DUMC Family and Friends,

I am sure you understand the fear and uncertainty the Israelites felt. Their powerful leader was dead. Their own parents had also died in the last forty years. They were ill-equipped and untrained. They had a river to cross with no bridge and no engineers, and there were enemies on the other side that out-numbered them. They had no place to call home…yet.

The Israelites were a frightened and unsure people after the death of Moses, and they were supposed to cross the River Jordan to the “Promised Land” on the other side. Questions such as, “What awaits us on the other side? And how do we get there?” may well have been on their minds. It’s on our minds, too, as we look forward to the year 2021 – especially after a year like 2020!

One man in particular must have been very anxious – Joshua. When God chooses him to take on the task of leading the people into the Promised Land, Joshua is told, “Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged…” (Joshua 1:9). God encourages Joshua three times in the first nine verses of the book of Joshua to “Be strong and courageous.”

Promise preceded everything. We have just celebrated Christmas (however unusual that was). God’s promise of sending a Savior was fulfilled for you and me. He made salvation and much more available for us to receive in faith. After all, Emmanuel = PRESENCE (“God with us”)! All that remains is that we be obedient to his (Living) Word.

We may not know what awaits us as individuals, families, or as a church, across our “River Jordan” in 2021. But we have a God who has been faithful to us in the past. When we put our trust in the One who accompanies us, we know that all that we have to do is wait with eager anticipation for the promises that He wants fulfilled. We just need to know what they are, go in faith, and discover how He makes His promises real! As God said to Joshua, so I believe the Lord tells DUMC, as we follow Him into 2021: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go!” (Joshua 1:9)

Blessings,

Pastor Sunil Balasundaram
Sr. Pastor
This Week's Scriptures
Joshua 1:1-9
Common English Bible

After Moses the Lord’s servant died, the Lord spoke to Joshua, Nun’s son. He had been Moses’ helper. “My servant Moses is dead. Now get ready to cross over the Jordan with this entire people to the land that I am going to give to the Israelites. I am giving you every place where you set foot, exactly as I promised Moses. Your territory will stretch from the desert and the Lebanon as far as the great Euphrates River, including all Hittite land, up to the Mediterranean Sea on the west. No one will be able to stand up against you during your lifetime. I will be with you in the same way I was with Moses. I won’t desert you or leave you. Be brave and strong, because you are the one who will help this people take possession of the land, which I pledged to give to their ancestors.

“Be very brave and strong as you carefully obey all of the Instruction that Moses my servant commanded you. Don’t deviate even a bit from it, either to the right or left. Then you will have success wherever you go. Never stop speaking about this Instruction scroll. Recite it day and night so you can carefully obey everything written in it. Then you will accomplish your objectives and you will succeed. I’ve commanded you to be brave and strong, haven’t I? Don’t be alarmed or terrified, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Preparing to Participate in the Promise: A study in Joshua
A new four-part study
January 10 (including Communion)
Joshua 1:1-9
The Promise and Challenge of God

January 17
Joshua 6:1-5, 27
If God is for us, who can be against us?
January 24
Joshua 7:1-6, 13
Presumption and its Consequences

January 31
Joshua 24:14-15, 19-24
A Living Testimony of Obedience and Service
Want a quick overview of the book of Joshua?
Check out this video from The Bible Project.
Scattered geographically, but worshiping together by God's Spirit
Statistics from January 3, 2021 worship service

There were 279 views of DUMC's online worship service for January 3, 2021.

*A view represents 1 or more people worshiping on a single device

Health Connections: The COVID-19 Vaccines
by Laurie Lewis, RN, Minister of Visitation
Hope is on the horizon with vaccinations happening here in Doylestown and around the world. Doylestown Hospital has put out an excellent description of how COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed as per Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

The CDC issued recommendations for the administration of the current limited supply of vaccine, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) issued guidelines for distribution in the Commonwealth that will take place over the coming weeks and months. While there are disparities throughout the U.S., Pennsylvania remains in the initial 1A phase as of January 4, 2021.

Here is an abbreviated overview of the guidance:

Phase 1A
  • Healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities should be offered first doses.
Phase 1B
  • Frontline essential workers (e.g., emergency medical services (EMS), firefighters, law enforcement, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector).
  • People aged 75 years and older because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19.
Phase 1C
  • People aged 65 to 74 years because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19.
  • People aged 16 to 64 years with underlying medical conditions , which increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19.
  • Other essential workers, such as people who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety and public health.

Various states are offering vaccines in different ways, such as Florida, which has public clinics for everyone over 65. However, Doylestown Health is governed by Pennsylvania DOH guidelines.

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” Isaiah 43:19

Blessings,
Laurie Lewis, RN
Minister of Visitation
Giving Opportunities
January Mission of the Month: Youth Missions
"These mission trips help our students and leaders grow in their faith while also teaching them to step out of their comfort zones. At the same time, they are serving and sharing the love of Jesus with those in need."
Blanket Sunday - February 7
Church World Service (CWS) BLANKETS
Embracing neighbors in the aftermath

Have you ever been through a big storm? The kind where you’re glued to the weather channel, getting that terrifying text alert or hearing community sirens as you strategize the safest place in your house?

Families in western Ohio experienced that gripping fear when 15 tornadoes touched down overnight. And after the tornadoes finally let up, neighbors stepped out to a world that was broken. The destruction left a traumatic mark; even now, many families haven’t been able to move back into their homes.

But they aren’t alone, and they aren’t forgotten. Your gift to CWS Blankets today proves it, as did the gifts of thousands like you last year. With those gifts, members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Dayton, OH were able to immediately embrace their neighbors. In a matter of days, they were distributing blankets and supplies to those who lost everything. It signaled to a hurting community that someone cared about them. That Christ’s love comforts and heals. That we find light together in our darkest times.

Will you give generously to CWS Blankets today to set that in motion for future needs? You’ll signal your love to families who are desperate for a healing embrace.
 
How can you help?
 
A $10 donation will fund the cost of one blanket that can be shipped out to someone who is in great need for it. Please consider “giving back” to others by making a donation for Blanket Sunday (February 7). 

Here are two ways to can contribute:
  • Send a check to DUMC with “Blanket Sunday” in the memo line.
  • Donate directly online to Church World Services here: https://cwsblankets.org/donate/ (Please be sure to check the box that says, "I heard about this through a church or organization" and provide our church name and address).
 
For more information, visit https://cwsblankets.org/.
Ministry News
Elevation Online – Sunday, January 10, 2021 – 6:00-7:30 pm

This Sunday for Elevation Online, we will be gathering together via Zoom for a Christmas-themed virtual escape room. We will split up into teams and each team will need to solve puzzles and complete challenges in an attempt to have their team be the first to escape the North Pole. This will be a virtual experience you will not want to miss!
Questions, comments, or concerns?
2021 Confirmation Class

This year’s Confirmation Class will be fully virtual. The class is for any student in grade 7 or above who wishes to learn more about the Christian faith and how to make that faith their own. For more information, click the button below.

For any question, please contact Pastor Paul: PGeorgulis@doylestownumc.com


DUMC Kids! is back this Sunday!

  • Check your email for a message and an activity for kids PreK-4th grade.
  • Anchor Kids (4th/5th grades) - don't forget to join in the fun each Sunday via Zoom @ 11:00 am!
Thank you so much to everyone who made this year’s Digital Christmas Pageant such a beautiful success! Our amazing talent—from the littlest star to the beautiful musical performances—truly reflected the heart of our DUMC family as well as the meaning of Christmas. Thank you all so much for taking the time to be a part of this production. A big thank you also goes to Laura Siegle, who helped coordinate all of the costumes, Bethany Pocceschi, who helped with music, and, of course, Wendy Arnott, who artfully put all of the recorded pieces together to make the final product. Thank you all!
 
DUMC Kids’! weekly messages will resume for the week of January 10. I look forward to seeing everyone’s challenges and invite anyone who hasn’t already participated to join in the fun!

Divorce Care Spring Semester
starts Monday, January 11
 
Divorce Care is a 13-session, Bible-based program designed to support and allow healing for those going through separation, divorce or the end of a long-term relationship.
 
Meetings are on Monday nights, 7:00-9:00 pm. Information and online registration option can be found at DivorceCare.org.
 
Contact Deborah Schultheiss, Director of Caring Ministries, with questions or to register:
Grief Share Spring Semester
starts Thursday, January 14
 
Have you lost a loved one? Grief is a powerful emotion, no matter how strong your faith. With the pandemic, it has hit some people even harder.
 
If you would like support for the painful emotions you are experiencing, join coordinators Becky Van Dine, Betsy Bishop, and Donna Harrison. Meetings are on Thursday nights, from 7:00-9:00 pm. These sessions will give you tools to find strength and move forward in spite of your loss and pain. 
 
Contact Becky Van Dine with questions or to register:
DUMC Preschool
Our Preschool children will be making breakfast bags for The Vine in honor of Martin Luther King Day. The children look forward to this annual school-wide event. We will contribute over fifty bags this year! 


For more information
about our preschool,
please call Karen Borghi or Ann Kennedy at 215-345-9775
or visit our website at https://dumcpreschool.org/
In Brief
Bible Study
“Meant For Good”

Join our Women’s Bible Study group, Pampered By Grace, for this video-based six-week study (started Sunday, January 3) at 6:30 pm. We will meet via Zoom. The workbook is $11, and porch pick-up is available. Led by Laurie Lewis, Minister of Visitation.
Caring for Friends - January 20
12:30 pm meal assembly in the church kitchen.

All are welcome to contribute items and/or help assemble meals.

Menu: meatloaf, mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables.

Please contact Beth Fitz at 215-601-8748 for more information.
The DUMC Book Group meets the 4th Sunday of every month (currently via Zoom). New members welcome! To learn more, please contact Judy Coleman at 215-345-0797.

Next meeting: Sunday, January 24 at 7:00 pm, where we will discuss the book, Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran.
Join the Wesley Class Adult Bible Study

LIVE on Zoom
Every Sunday at 9:15 am for fellowship, Bible study, and discussion.

All are welcome!
Our next blood drive will be February 9. Appointments are required to limit overcrowding and make the donation process as safe as possible. Thank you.
Code Blue Shelter is looking for volunteers
Code Blue provides overnight shelter when the temperature is below 26 degrees. Our Volunteer Team makes it possible for our most vulnerable neighbors to come in from the cold.
The January/February issue of The Upper Room is now available for pickup at the church. The church building is typically open weekdays from 9-11 and 12-2. Can't get there between those hours? Did you know that the daily devotion and lots of other devotional resources available for free on their website (https://www.upperroom.org/)? You can even listen to the day's devotion. Check out the good things they have to offer.
Inspiration
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

Fountainview Academy
Sparrows

Cory Asbury
We are here for you!
Want to connect with a staff member?
While we are busily working remotely, we are still available to you.
Please feel free to reach out to us!
Pastor Sunil Balasundaram, Senior Pastor
John Bechtel, Business Administrator
Courtney Eickman, Technical Director
Pastor Paul Georgulis, Pastor of Student Ministries
Beth Houlton, Contemporary Worship Leader
Laurie Lewis, Lay Leader
Amanda Mandia, Director of Children's Ministries
Gay Brunt Miller, Administrative Assistant
Deborah Schultheiss, Director of Caring Ministries
Temple Sieger, Worship Leader for 11:11 Word & Worship
Sean Smith, Facilities Manager
Please feel free to call or email us!

Call us - phone: 215-348-5224 (phones are answered Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm)
Coming Up
January
10
Sunday
Online Worship Services
Liturgical Service - at 8:30 am (or any time after 11:00 am)
Contemporary Service - 11:00 am (or any time after 1:00 pm)
January
10
Sunday
Pampered by Grace Bible Study - 6:30 pm via Zoom
See above for more information.
January
17
Sunday
Online Worship Services
Liturgical Service - at 8:30 am (or any time after 11:00 am)
Contemporary Service - 11:00 am (or any time after 1:00 pm)
January
20
Wednesday
Caring for Friends - 12:30 pm
See above for details
January
24
Sunday
DUMC Book Group - 7:00 pm via Zoom
See above for details
February
9
Thursday
Blood Drive 2:00 to 7:00 pm
(Next Blood Drive will be Tuesday, May 11)
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Connections!
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Doylestown United Methodist Church
320 East Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
Main number: 215-348-5224
Worship Service Hotline:
267-245-7870