For the Week of June 13, 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

This week we will celebrate
the confirmation of Kendra Brook Pitts
during the 11:11 Word and Worship service.


Come as you are and be Encouraged!

Thank you to the over 359 people who worshiped with DUMC
in person and online on June 6, 2021.
June Worship
This week - June 13

Paul: The Call to Break Walls
and Build Bridges
Acts 26:11-19
June Worship Series
Hearing God's Call
"Consider your calling, brothers and sisters..."
1 Corinthians 1:26 (NASB)

June 6
Jeremiah: The Call to Speak the Truth
Jeremiah 1:5-10

June 20
Jesus: The Call to be God's Servant
Luke 4:16-21


June 27
Sunil: The Call to Embody Christ's Boundless Riches (The Sunil Interviews)
Ephesians 3:7-9
This Week's Scripture: Acts 26:11-19
Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. I was so obsessed with persecuting them that I even hunted them down in foreign cities.

“On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’

“Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’

“ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

"So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven."
Honoring Our Graduates
Go With God: A Prayer for Graduates

Benediction written by the Rev. Jay Moyers. Video produced by United Methodist Communications.

DUMC celebrates and honors all the hard work of our graduates. Our prayers and love go with you as you enter the next stage of your life's journey!

Work + Fellowship = Beautiful Church...inside and out!
DUMC
Spring Work Day
Saturday, June 12
9:00 am – 12:00 Noon


Come help with our spring clean up!
(Rain or shine)
For Your Prayers
We invite your prayers....

Praises
for Graduates

Health & Healing
Bill, Anne, Nancy, Ella, Sherri,
the teens from CB East injured in an accident,
Jennifer, Aidan, Ron, Anntoinette

Life Struggles
Ann, Family

Hospice
Pete Cody

Grief
Mannino family and CB East Community.

Health Connections
Laurie Lewis, RN, Minister of Visitation, Lay Leader
With COVID vaccinations climbing toward 70%, and “herd immunity” that will protect the community, this will be the last Health Connections column. I hope they have been informative and encouraging in the darker days of COVID. As we work toward putting away our masks, please remember that there will be places you will still need a mask, e.g., hospitals, airports, or anywhere that has a sign requesting you wear a mask. So keep them handy. 😊

At DUMC we are fully open with worship, meetings, and volunteer groups functioning without limits on capacity. We are eager to see everyone! Please note: If you prefer a little more personal space during worship, our services are also being simulcast in Room 22 (immediately to the right when you enter the building double doors). 

Be encouraged, friends, knowing that God is alive and active in the world, always seeking us, blessing us, and directing our paths.

Next week I will debut my new column “Insights from your Lay Leader.” 
Financial Report YTD May 2021
Submitted by Barbara Miller, Finance Chairperson & Karen Sablyak, Treasurer
God continues to bless our church financially, as we begin to see the light and emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. While DUMC is experiencing a monthly operating deficit (i.e., expenses exceed the income), our congregation has been truly generous with extraordinary giving.

At the end of 2020, we received an unrestricted donation that allowed us to begin the year with a healthy cash balance. In January and February (see table below), members again stepped above and beyond the normal monthly giving and provided the church with additional gifts to support our operations. 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. We ask that you prayerfully consider continuing your monthly/weekly giving during these months, as we continue to work toward achieving our goal of positive monthly cash flow, so that we can retain a healthy cash balance.

As we reflect on the challenges we have experienced over the past fifteen months, we have also been blessed in many other ways. DUMC has collected approximately $12,000 from our generous congregation for various monthly missions during the first five months of the year! We have been able to provide online services each week, and DUMC is now open for in-person worship and meetings. WE WELCOME YOU BACK. Plans are underway for the fall to include a full music program of children, youth, and adult choirs, hand bells, and special programs.

Thank you to all of the 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!
Kingdom Growth Committee: Did You Know...?
Volunteer Opportunities - Where is God nudging you?
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Hopefully you have enjoyed sharing a "cuppa" these past few weeks! It's been so nice to see your smiling faces and chat a bit!

Coffee fellowship will take a break for the summer months and re-commence in the fall. Volunteers are needed to make this possible. This is an easy and rewarding ministry. Training will be provided!

Contact Cynthia Betancourt for more information or to volunteer for the fall.
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!
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!

Join the DUMC Production Team!

Lights, Camera, Audio, Media

No experience needed. We're training.

For more information contact Courtney Eickman
Ministry News

DUMC Kids!

Contact Amanda Mandia with questions about all things kids.
VBS is coming...are you?
June 21-23, 9:00-11:00 am

Open to kids 4 yrs – 6th grade. We are also accepting a few more teen volunteers (7th-12th grade), to assist our adult volunteers. 

We are close to capacity for VBS. Please email Laura Siegle to receive the registration link and to confirm that space is available. 

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: This week! Thursday, June 17


Stay tuned for summer activities!

In the meantime, feel free to
reach out to Pastor Paul
with any questions, comments, or concerns!
Mission of the Month: Methodist Services
Making a Difference
for Children and Families Since 1879
 
Heritage Moment: A Call to Serve
The work to serve others is a calling heard by many. Methodist Services has a rich 140-year history of engaging people from all walks of life who give time, talent and resources. You are a part of this generous history. We thank you.
 
Today, we recognize all those who have contributed to this tireless effort. Many continue to be members of the United Methodist Church community. Others are social workers, counselors and educators who have a passion for the work of caring for those in need; volunteers from the community at large (individuals and organizations) who lend a hand; board members who support the mission and vision of this ever-developing entity; donors of all gifts, large and small, who seek to change the trajectory of another person’s life; and an array of skilled professionals who sustain the campus as a vibrant space where people heal, live and learn.
 
Over the years, Doylestown United Methodist Church has given generously to Methodist Services. Your support has aided the rehabbing of a double room in our Bridge House Transitional Housing for homeless women, provided monthly food donations (via The Vine) for hundreds of formerly and currently homeless residents, contributed backpacks and school supplies for scores of children in our Head Start, PHL Pre-K, and Residential Programs, generously donated toys and personal care items for our children and families, and honored us as your Mission of the Month. Your support has truly been a blessing to Methodist Services.
March 2020 to June 2021: The pandemic certainly impacted our ministry. Through this period, Methodist Services was able to maintain all levels of support to our homeless women (ages 16-72), the families in our shelter, our 18-24 year-old population and our LGBTQ 18-24 year-old population. We were able to shift to virtual and hybrid learning and meetings. However, every resident in our programs still had to be physically and emotionally cared for with the same standards before, during, and after the pandemic. Methodist Services has continued our high standards for our clients with the end goal of success and self-sufficiency on the road to independence.

In 2020-21, Methodist Services will be celebrating all that we have done together, building upon the extraordinary vision put forth in 1878 by a gathering of women, called to serve, who organized and “moved in the matter with greatest care.” We could not do our work, without you! You help us make a difference in the lives of those we serve.
DUMC Preschool
Scenes from summer camp
Do you have a little one at home
between the ages of 2-6?
We have a preschool program for you!
Choose the right one for your child:
Time for Twos, Preschool for 3 year olds,
Kindergarten Readiness,
and Growing Into Kindergarten.
Our programs are tailored to each age for
a fun and educational preschool experience.
Call 215-345-9775 or visit our website www.dumcpreschool.org
Space is getting limited,
so call now for registration information!
Blood Drive - Thanks!
THANK YOU!
Thank you to all who helped make the June 3rd blood drive such a success including the DUMC staff in setting up Overholt Hall for the donors and Red Cross workers. We had a GREAT turnout with many donors from our own congregation! We collected 50 pints towards a goal of 51. This is a 98% goal achievement; and the most we have collected at DUMC since March!

Here is a breakdown of the numbers:
  • 62 donors scheduled
  • 11 deferrals
  • 4 power red donations
  • 1 first time donor
  • 50 total blood donations

Our next drive will be on July 15, from 2:00-7:00 pm.
Wesley Class Update
The Wesley Class Adult Bible Study
is meeting in person!
9:00 am - Room 2

Starting Sunday June 13, the Wesley Class begins a new series led by Kitt Finch, titled, "Vamps, Vixens and Not-So-Nice Women of the Bible."
 
Writes Kitt: "We know about God-fearing, patient, strong and pious women of the Bible. But what about the other girls? What about the ones who were bad for a moment, who made life-altering decisions, or quite frankly were down and out BAD? Why are they included in the Bible? And what can we learn from their lives?"
 
Kitt invites everyone to join the Wesley Class to hear about these not so likeable--but teachable--women.

Also still available on Zoom - CLICK HERE to join the conversation by Zoom!
In Brief
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! Next assembly date: June 16. Menu: Swiss Chicken, Veggies, Cranberry Sauce. Please contact Beth Fitz for more information:
215-601-8748.

Next meeting: Sunday, June 27 at 4:00 pm; Discussion: The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kid. The DUMC Book Group meets the 4th Sunday of every month. To learn more, please contact Judy Coleman at 215-345-0797. New members welcome!


Mid-week Bible Study
Wednesdays, June 30 through July 21, 10:00 am
"Praying the Lord's Prayer: Learning to pray Jesus' way"
Tech Advise from United Methodist Communications
Phishing emails are when a scammer impersonates some person or organization in hopes of getting the user to reply or click a link.

Some of us have received fake emails "from Pastor Sunil" or other friends or acquaintances. How do we know when they are real or fake? How do you avoid falling prey to phishing scams? Try these five simple habits that can help you protect yourself against this tricky tactic.
In God's Garden of Eatin'
Coming Up
June
13
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
June
16
Wednesday
Caring for Friends meal packing (12:00 noon)
June
17
Thursday
Caregivers' Support Group (2:00 pm)
June
20
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
June
21-23
Monday-Wednesday
Vacation Bible School
  • 9:00 am-11:00 am (Rain dates: Thursday and Friday)
June
27
Sunday
DUMC Book Group (4:00 pm)
June
30
Wednesday
Mid-week Bible Study - "Praying the Lord's Prayer"
A four-week study on learning to pray Jesus' way (June 30 - July 21)
July
15
Thursday
Blood Drive, 2:00-7:00 pm
Next Blood Drive: Tuesday, September 14, 3:00-8:00 pm
July
24
Saturday
Rise Against Hunger meal packing (8:00 am-approx. 2:00 pm)
We are here for you!
Want to connect with a staff member?
We are available - please feel free to reach out to us!

Starting in June, most staff are in our offices three days a week!
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 & 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, 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)
To schedule facilities, please contact Gay Brunt Miller.
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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