For the Week of July 18, 2021
DUMC Appoints New Organist and Music Director
Thomas Mellan has been appointed as the new organist for DUMC, beginning his role on Wednesday, July 14. Thomas graduated from USC Thornton School of Music with a double major in Organ and Composition.
Stephanie Hume is a familiar face to DUMC goers. She has directed DUMC's various children's choirs for the past 28 years. As of July, she will assume an expanded role, as Director of Music, which will include the adult Sanctuary Choir.

We are thrilled to welcome to Thomas and Stephanie into these new roles and look forward to how their many gifts will lead us in worship.

Please watch future editions of Connections to learn more about Thomas and Stephanie!
Worship News
Join us for
Summer Sunday Worship
In person and online
9:00 am Contemporary Worship
10:00 am Liturgical Worship
In person
(online returns in the fall)
11:11 (am) Word & Worship

Come as you are and be Encouraged!

July Worship Series: Rediscovering Christ’s Heart in our Faith
July 18
Living in the “far country”
while being at home – the older son
Luke 15: 25-31

What utter sadness to have everything but not really enjoy it! The older son had the Father, the “double inheritance” of the oldest son, the resources, and the “moral superiority.” But he saw himself as a slave, and experienced his work as drudgery. Yet the Father doesn’t give up on him – He pleads with him as well. While the destiny of the younger son is narrated, there is no conclusion to what the older son chooses as his destiny. Why does Jesus leave that part of the story open-ended?

The series:
July 4
Luke 15:1-2, 11-12, 28
July 11
The journey to and from the “far country” – the younger son
Luke 15: 13-20
July 25
Celebration –
the Joy of the Father
Luke 15: 20-24, 32
Last week...

Thank you to all who worship with us in person and online!
July 11: over 420 people

The baptism of Kielena Roshni BalaEddy was celebrated during the 10:00 am Liturgical Service last week.

Pictured L to R: William and Susan Eddy, Wyatt, Prerna and Kielena BalaEddy, Pastor Sunil and Praveena Balasundaram
For Your Prayers
We invite your prayers....

Baptism of Kielena
New Organist, Thomas Mellan
New Music Director, Stephanie Hume

Health & Healing
Pam, Derek, Dennis, Nolan, Keith, Erin, Sally, Barb, Nancy, George, Beverly, Brian & Alex, Ann

Life Struggles
Family relationships, those facing eviction, gun violence

Cody Family
Giddings Family
Remembering and Celebrating a Life Well Lived
Arthur Giddings
September 5, 1929 - November 24, 2020

A memorial service will be held at DUMC on Saturday, July 17
10:00 - 11:00 am Visitation
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Celebration of Life

Phase One of Thanksgiving Outside the Walls - Items due Monday!
If we can have Christmas in July - what about Thanksgiving in July? Our team is working hard to make the 5th Annual Thanksgiving Outside the Walls event a huge success, but we could use your help! A friend of the program and church member is heading up a girls empowerment camp this summer at the YMCA, and their team has graciously offered to help us assemble all of the blessing bags for the street outreach social workers. Please help us help the homeless in Bucks County.

See this link for items needed to complete the 60 street outreach bags we want to fill: Please drop off items in the green lidded totes marked for The Vine at our main doors. If you sign up for the Wawa Gift Cards, please email for different drop off instructions. All items are NEEDED by July 19.

Want to donate financially and let us do the shopping? No donation is too small! Use this link to make your confidential donation:

Since we are a volunteer-only program through our church, 100% of your donation is forwarded to those in need via street outreach workers. Talk about direct impact!

Please consider helping to make this Thanksgiving season a bit brighter for those who need a hand up. ❤️ Many thanks in advance for your support!
Mark Your Calendars!
Fun for the whole family!
Food Trucks!
Grilly Cheese * Sloby Ice Cream
Pink Skirt Desserts
Live Music!

Kids Activities!
Castle Bounce * Dunk Tank
Inflatable Obstacle Course * and more!
DUMC Program Info Stations!
An event for DUMC
and the whole Doylestown community & beyond!

Scan the QR Code to the left for more information.
We could use some volunteers!

If you are able to help with setup, cleanup, or maybe a few chores in between, please contact
John Bechtel at

Saturday, August 28 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Proceeds to Benefit
Hope International and Missionaries

This year’s Peach Festival will be held on Saturday, August 28 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. All proceeds raised will benefit Hope International and the three missionary teams we support working in Honduras, Asia Minor and India. Our 2021 Peach Festival will feature:
·       Pancake Breakfast
·       Book sale
·       Car Wash
·       Bake Sale
·       Live Music
·       Information tables that will showcase small groups and ministries

If you wish to volunteer or prepare BAKED GOODS for the bake sale, please email George Witter at with how you can help!

The book sale is back!

After a long rest, the Peach Festival is returning, and so is the used book sale.

Books, games, puzzles, DVDs, and vinyl records are acceptable and welcome. They may be left at the church from August 2 through August 25 on the designated table in Overholt Hall.

Please do NOT bring text books, sets of encyclopedias, inappropriate books, magazines, out of date electronic material, or books in bad condition.

Books will be on sale from August 3 through August 28. Payment will be in the form of cash (exact change only or an extra donation to the church), checks, or an IOU. Someone will be available on Sundays and the day of the Peach Festival. Otherwise, payment is on the honor system and can be turned in to the church office or slid under the office door. (Place cash or IOU form in envelopes provided on the donation table.) Any IOUs must be paid for on or before August 28. Remaining books will be donated to Buckingham Friends Peace Project at the conclusion of the Peach Festival. All proceeds benefit Hope International and our missionaries.

Questions? Please contact Paula or Jack Young at 215-794-8602.
Lay Leader Insight: Nothing to Cure
Laurie Lewis, RN, Minister of Visitation, Lay Leader
Allow me to speak personally: God did not answer my prayer.

Our granddaughter, Aubrey, is joyful, loves to laugh, can be mischievous, is creative, and knows her way around an iPad. She is 9 and has autism. When we first saw the symptoms, and she started working with the Intermediate Unit in Bucks County, we thought she would “catch up”. We prayed every night for God to heal her. Aubrey had problems with motor planning and speech. She didn’t really start talking until she was 4. Genetic tests showed some other problems, and we began to realize this would be a marathon, not a sprint.

Her little sister, April, was born two and a half years after Aubrey and was a dynamo out of the gate! As April grew, she didn’t know her sister was different. April has come to understand that autism is like an electrical change in the brain. When we turn on a light switch, we expect the light to go on. In Aubrey’s brain, the light may be blue or orange. It may blink or fail to light at all. This causes Aubrey to act and think differently, like her penchant for closing and locking doors, or listening to the same music repeatedly.

I recently saw this conversation with God online and it knocked me flat. While April has accepted the sister God gave her, I realized I was still trying to change the gift we were given. (I’ve personalized the conversation.)

Me: Hey God.
God: Hey Laurie.
Me: Cure autism, please.
God: No.
Volunteer Opportunities - Where is God nudging you?
We need YOU to Rise Against Hunger!
Join Us
to Pack Meals
on Saturday, July 24!
8:00 am until approximately 2:00 pm (in one-hour shifts)

Mark your calendar for the Saturday, July 24, 2021 Rise Against Hunger (RAH) meal-packing event.

DUMC has once again committed to packing at least 10,152 meals at a cost of 34¢ per meal or $3,452. Volunteers and donations are needed. The more donations we collect, the more meals we can pack and the more lives we can change!

UPDATE - Still needed:
  • $900 more in donations
  • 3 more volunteers
Camp Counselors Needed
for DUMC's week at Pocono Plateau (August 8-14)

Are you at least 18? Like having fun?
Like working with kids?
Looking for a way to use your talents with a limited time commitment?
Then we've got an opportunity for you!
Kingdom Growth Committee
Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven where moths and rust cannot destroy and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

This passage from Mathew’s Gospel (Matthew 6:19-21) speaks to the priority God places on the accumulation of earthly possessions versus heavenly treasures. While we often focus on the value of the treasure of our earthly possessions, God cares little for them and hopes instead that we will work to invest more of ourselves in building His Kingdom through devotion to Him, Christ’s teachings, and to our fellow man.

The mission of DUMC’s Kingdom Growth Committee is to work diligently to grow God’s Kingdom through inspiring others to leverage the three T’s (Time, Talent and Treasure) in appreciation for all God has done for us. His wish for us is to be His servants here on earth, drawing others to Him through the example we set as good Christian Stewards. Where do you fit into His vision? How do you answer His call? What more can each of us do? Consider the following:
July Mission of the month: Bucks County Opportunity Council
Outreach Ministries is excited to partner with the Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC) Self-Sufficiency Program for our July mission of the month. The BCOC aims to “reduce poverty and partner with the community to promote economic self-sufficiency for everyone in Bucks County.” Their vision is to make the community a bridge out of poverty.
At this time, there are 38,508 people living in poverty here in Bucks County; 6,991 of them are children. The adults may have lost jobs, gotten divorced, or been widowed. In order to pay their bills, they have wiped out their savings accounts. These are the examples of the people BCOC tries to help. At this time, BCOC, has only been able to assist 30% of those in need.
Ministry News
For more information, contact Pastor Paul:
or 267-245-7874
Upcoming Summer Events Student Ministries

Saturday, July 31 – Family fun @ DUMC's Summer Fest (music, food trucks, and more) – 5:00-8:00 pm
Sunday, August 1 – Parking Lot Party @ DUMC (water games, yard games, cookout) - 5:00-7:00 pm
August ?? – One-Day Mission Trip – Date and more details coming soon

Deborah Schultheiss
Director of Caring Ministries


Divorce Care Summer Semester
Monday nights: June 7- August 30
7:00-9:00 pm
For Information and registration, please go to: 
Caregivers' Support Group
Third Thursdays
2:00 pm in Room 2

Next meeting: Thursday, August 19
DUMC Kids!
Have questions about Children's Ministry at DUMC? Feel free to contact Amanda Mandia, Director of Children's Ministries, with questions about all things kids! 
In Brief
Mid-week Bible Study
with Pastor Sunil
 Wednesdays at 10:00 am through July 28
 "Praying the Lord's Prayer"
 A four-week study on learning to pray Jesus' way.

The NSGT small group (Nameless Small Group of Troublemakers), is starting a new 8-week study series on Monday, July 19 based on Mere Christianity by CS Lewis, and you are welcome to join us. We meet on Mondays from 6:00-7:30 pm in The Upper Room at the Church. If interested, please contact Greg Westerbeck at We’d love to have you join us.

The Wesley Class Adult Bible Study is meets Sunday mornings, 9:00 am in Room 2. You may also join the class by Zoom - CLICK HERE!

All are welcome to help assemble and freeze meals for delivery to the needy, isolated, shut-in, or elderly in the greater Philadelphia area. Food donations and helping hands are welcomed! Please contact Beth Fitz for more information: 215-601-8748. Menu items include: baked ziti with meat sauce, veggies, and applesauce. Please note change of next assembly date: July 28

The DUMC Book Group meets the 4th Sunday of every month in Room 2. Next meeting: Sunday, July 25 at 4:00 pm; Discussion - In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent, Marie Colvin. To learn more, please contact Judy Coleman at 215-345-0797. New members welcome! Click here for upcoming selections.
A Little Summer Church Humor
Coming Up
Worship Services
In-Person and Online Worship Services
  • 9:00 am Contemporary Service
  • 10:00 am Liturgical Service
In-Person (online returns in fall)
  • 11:11 am Word & Worship
Mid-week Bible Study - "Praying the Lord's Prayer"
A four-week study on learning to pray Jesus' way (July 7 - July 28)
Rise Against Hunger meal packing (8:00 am-approx. 2:00 pm)
See above for more info.
Worship Services
In-Person and Online Worship Services
  • 9:00 am Contemporary Service
  • 10:00 am Liturgical Service
In-Person (online returns in fall)
  • 11:11 am Word & Worship

Book Group (4:00 pm in Room 2)
Caring for Friends meal assembly (12:00 noon)
DUMC Summer Fest (5:00 - 8:00 pm)
Peach Festival (8:00 am - 12:00 pm)
For more events coming up in the next month, CLICK HERE!
You're event isn't listed?
Need to reserve a room?
Please call (215-348-5224) or email Gay Brunt Miller.
We are here for you!
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
Stephanie Hume, Director of Music
Laurie Lewis, Lay Leader & Minister of Visitation
Amanda Mandia, Director of Children's Ministries
Thomas Mellan, Organist
Gay Brunt Miller, Administrative Assistant
Deborah Schultheiss, Director of Caring Ministries
Laura Siegle, Assistant Director of Children's Ministries
Temple Sieger, 11:11 Word & Worship Leader
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)
To schedule facilities, please contact Gay Brunt Miller.
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Methodist Church
320 East Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901

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