For the Week of July 25, 2021
Worship News
welcome
 
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 25
Celebration – the Joy of the Father
Luke 15: 20-24, 32

Zephaniah 3:17 is a verse that is a hidden gem (also one of Pastor Paul’s favorite verses!). It talks about God’s joy. Nehemiah 8:10 also talks about YHWH’s joy. Does God actually celebrate us? Can we actually bring pleasure to God? One of the most neglected understandings of God is His celebration – His laughter. Understanding God’s celebration can give us a fresh appreciation of laughter and times of joy – even as He joins in our laughter, and we join in His!
The series:
July 4
Lostness
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 18
Living in the “far country” while being at home – the older son
Luke 15: 25-31
We are sad to announce....

that Thomas Mellan has taken another position. We will continue our search for an organist.
Last week...

Thank you to all who worship with us in person and online!
July 11: over 368 people
Coming in August...

Christian clichés (re)visited!!

It’s summer. People are on vacation. So we will focus on something a little “lighter"... a look at what is (inaccurately) known as “Bumper Sticker Theology,” or otherwise seen as Christian clichés. We will discover how or when these quaint sayings came about, and then how to rectify them. What version would accurately reflect scripture and be encouraging/challenging to our following Christ?
Summer Fest! Ya'll Come!
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,
as we welcome YOU back
and introduce ourselves to our neighbors!



Click the QR Code to the left
for more information.
Summer Fest volunteers needed!

Are you a "doer"? Or do you like people?
If so, we've got a job for you!

Here's an idea of what we need:

  • Setup, 4:00-5:00 pm - 3-5 volunteers
  • Cleanup, 8:00-9:00 pm - 3-5 volunteers
  • Parking, 4:45-7:30 pm - 2-4 volunteers
  • Floaters during the event, 5:00-6:30 or 6:30-8:00 pm - 8 volunteers (4 per shift)

Please contact
John Bechtel at jbechtel@doylestownumc.com
and help make our first Summer Fest a great success!
Peach Festival is BACK!
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 gtwitter@gmail.com 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.
Financial Report YTD June 2021
Submitted by Barbara Miller, Finance Chairperson & Karen Sablyak, Treasurer
***DUMC continues to experience a monthly operating deficit (e.g., expenses exceed the income) before special giving as shown in the chart above in red. However, our congregation has been truly generous with extraordinary giving with yet another special unrestricted gift of $26K received in June to be used towards operating expenses. As mentioned in previous reports, at the end of 2020 we received an unrestricted donation which allowed us to begin the year with a healthy cash balance. Then, again, in January & February, as you can see in the table above, members have stepped above and beyond the normal monthly giving and provided the church with additional gifts to support our operations (noted as special giving). We are so grateful to God for his blessings on the hearts of our church members.

As many of you know, the summer months can be financially challenging for DUMC and we ask that you prayerfully consider continuing your monthly/weekly giving during these months as we continue to work towards achieving our goal of positive monthly cash flow so we can retain a consistent healthy cash balance. Expenses will be increasing as we bring back staff so that DUMC’s music program is fully operational in the fall. This is an important commitment for our church as organ music, choirs (children, youth and adult), and handbells are all vital programs in building our church family.

DUMC is open for in-person worship and meetings, and we WELCOME YOU BACK. We hope to see you at the Summer Fest on Saturday, July 31, and the Peach Festival on August 28.

Thank you to our staff and the congregation for their continued support…but thank you most of all to our Heavenly Father…for He has provided and hears our prayers!

Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights… James 1:17
Lay Leader Insight: COVID Update
Laurie Lewis, RN, Minister of Visitation, Lay Leader
This week I need to put on my Health Official hat and give a brief update on COVID. 

Only 47% of eligible persons in Bucks County are fully vaccinated. Unfortunately, cases have gone up in Bucks County 250% in the last 14 days. This is mainly due to the spread among unvaccinated persons. 

Herd immunity that will protect our communities starts when 70% of the people have the vaccine. That’s how smallpox, mumps and measles were wiped out. We are not even close, so COVID is still spreading. 

Please talk to your healthcare provider about getting the vaccine. For most people, the benefits far outweigh the risks of having COVID. Many people who have had COVID have long-lasting health problems, including heart and lung issues. 

At DUMC we are still using our precautions, with cleaning and good air flow in all areas where people gather. We look forward to restarting our wonderful choirs and bells in September. It has been a blessing to gather together in worship, singing with full hearts and full voices. 

Let’s work together to keep this pandemic at bay. 

“...so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:17
Volunteer Opportunities
WANTED: MAN
A search is in progress for a man wanted by the Handbell Choir. So far, he has eluded detection, but he may be in the area. It is hoped he will turn himself in to the bell authorities, who are on the look-out. He is believed to be between 20 and 80 years old, with a desire to ring bass bells. If he has a prior record in another choir, that would be great. However, if he has no prior record, but just a desire to try something new, there are no qualifications necessary. Training is available.  
 
Contact Diana Durbin, Director: 215-801-0953 (cell); 215-348-7130 (home)
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
Kingdom Growth Committee mission:
to encourage our congregation to deepen our relationship with God and to heed His call to do great things for God by promoting activities that will expand His Kingdom.
Expect Great Things from God. Attempt Great Things for God.

The Kingdom Growth Committee is devoted to encouraging and considering possibilities. Anything is possible through our Lord Jesus Christ. You don’t have to look far to see His hand at work within our church during COVID:

  • DUMC made it through a tough year with the unexpected funding of the PPP loan and the generosity of our congregation to support our financial mission. We entered 2021 with a cash surplus.
  • By allowing us to pivot to virtual worship via live streaming, providing a continuous worship experience when COVID prevented face-to-face worship opportunities…and now providing the face-to-face worship experience we have been craving.

As Christians, we expect that God will care for us, that He has a plan for us, and that He will answer our prayers. Our role in our pact with God is to meet Him halfway by: 1) growing in our faith and encouraging others to grow as Christians; and 2) attempting to do great things as individuals, and as His church, to help expand His Kingdom. This is the mission of the Kingdom Growth Committee—to encourage our congregation to deepen our relationship with God and to heed His call to do great things for God by promoting activities that will expand His Kingdom. We need your help…

The Kingdom Growth Committee is seeking those who feel called to help us grow God’s Kingdom and who are willing to serve on the committee. As they say, many hands make light work…and we could use some extra hands. Please contact George Witter at gtwitter@gmail.com if you are interested in learning more.
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.
Back to School Backpack Drive!
Do you remember the first day of the school year? Remember being excited about going in with your new clothes and backpacks? There are some who don’t have the luxuries of these new items. Can we help out?

Once again, DUMC will be supporting the children served by the Methodist Home for Children in Philadelphia with backpacks and school supplies. The next time you head to Target and places like it, please consider picking up some supplies to help out some children in need.

Look for the bins under the portico or in the lobby of DUMC now through the month of August to collect new backpacks and new school supplies. Simply drop them off and we will make sure they are delivered to the children. No time to shop? Contact me to make a donation and I will do the shopping for you.

Thank you in advance for your donations, and God Bless.

Questions? Please contact Vince Strausser - 267-784-4790 or vstrausser@gmail.com
Discovery Service Projects
SAVE THE DATE
Discovery Service Projects: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
SUNDAY
26
SEPTEMBER
2021
1:00 - 2:30
The Board of Discovery Service Projects invites you to join us as we look back at the origin of our organization, our mission and projects, and a peek into our future service endeavors. You'll meet the Board, our founder, and learn how you can be a part of serving others.
Look for an invitation for a Zoom experience coming soon.
Discovery Service Projects
www.discoveryserviceprojects.org
discoveryserviceprojects@gmail.com - PO Box 172, Pipersville, PA 18947
Preschool Subs Needed
The Preschool is looking for certified teachers to add to our sub list for the coming school year. Please call the Preschool office at 215-345-9775 for an application.

Altar Flowers
Would you like to sponsor altar flowers for the sanctuary to honor, or in memory of, someone? The cost is $50, and you can choose to take the flowers with you after the 10 am Liturgical Service or designate that they be delivered to someone who is shut in or in the hospital.

See the bulletin board in the main lobby (Narthex) to sign up for an available week and complete an information form or contact Gay Brunt Miller in the church office (gmiller@doylestownumc.com or 215-348-5224).
Ministry News
For more information, contact Pastor Paul:
or 267-245-7874
Student Ministries
Upcoming Summer Events

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
  

Contact:
Deborah Schultheiss
Director of Caring Ministries

215-348-5224




Divorce Care Summer Semester
Monday nights: June 7- August 30
7:00-9:00 pm
 
For Information and registration, please go to: DivorceCare.org 
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! 
Thank you for saving lives!
Results of the July 15 Blood Drive
  • 68 donors scheduled
  • 51 donors registered
  • 9 deferrals
  • 5 power red donations
  • 1 first time donor
  • 47 total blood donations

Thank you for your support!

Our next blood drive will be held on Tuesday,
September 14, 3:00 to 8:00 pm. To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org
In Brief

Next meeting is this Sunday, July 25 at 4:00 pm; Discussion - In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent, Marie Colvin. The DUMC Book Group meets the 4th Sunday of every month in Room 2. To learn more, please contact Judy Coleman at 215-345-0797. New members welcome!  Click here for upcoming selections.
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 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!

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.

After this week, we'll be taking a break.... Wednesday morning Bible Studies will resume on September 15 with a new series. More details to come....

Coming Up
July
24
Saturday
Rise Against Hunger meal packing (8:00 am-approx. 2:00 pm)
See above for more info.
July
25
Sunday
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)
July
28
Wednesday
Midweek Bible Study - "Praying the Lord's Prayer"
(last week for this series)

Caring for Friends meal assembly (12:00 noon)
July
31
Saturday
DUMC Summer Fest (5:00 - 8:00 pm)
August
1
Sunday
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

Student Ministries Parking Lot Party @ DUMC - 5:00-7:00 pm
August
28
Saturday
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.
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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
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
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