For the Week of May 2, 2021
Worship News

May Worship Series

EXPERIENCING GOD
through Scripture

May 2:
Knowing God's Ways through Scripture
Matthew 17:24-27

It is not only what God wants done but how He wants it done. In other words, not just the “ends” but the “means” as well! At stake are both His character (reputation/testimony) and our formation (discipleship). They are discovered by seeing the way(s) He works in the world around us. Very often God works very differently from the way the world around us works.


May 9 - Hearing God's Voice through Scripture
John 10:14-18, 25-29

May 16 - Becoming God's Handiwork through Scripture
Romans 12:1-12

May 23 - Discovering God's Purpose through Scripture
Philippians 2:12-13

May 30 - Topic be announced
9 am - Baptism of Charles Salisbury
10 am - Confirmation of Youth
Matthew 17:24-27
New International Version

After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”

“Yes, he does,” he replied.

When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?”

“From others,” Peter answered.

“Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”
Our Worship Services

Your RSVP by Friday noon is helpful, so that we can be prepared to welcome you, however

Walk-ins are Welcome!
In person and Online

Contemporary Worship
Led by Sounds of Faith
Sunday at 9:00 am

In person and Online

Liturgical Worship
Led by a duo of singers and organ
Sunday at 10:00 am
In person and Online

11:11 Word & Worship
Led by Power of Grace
Sunday at 11:11 am

Recordings can be viewed at your leisure after 1:00 pm.
Worship Statistics
Scattered geographically, but worshiping together by God's Spirit

Statistics from worship services on Sunday, April 25, 2021:

  • 19 - Contemporary Service in-person worshipers
  • 121 - Contemporary Service online service views*

  • 23 - Liturgical Service in-person worshipers
  • 89 - Liturgical Service online service views*

  • 29 - Word & Worship in-person worshipers
  • 119 - Word & Worship online service views*

Over 400 total people worshiped online and in person
in DUMC services on April 25, 2021.

*A view represents 1 or more people worshiping on a single device
Wednesday Morning Bible Study is Back!
In Memorium

Robert "Dennis" Bowers
February 1, 1942 - April 25, 2021
Husband of Nelda ("Nell")
Celebration of Life will take place at DUMC on June 26.
Health Connections: When Can I Ditch My Mask?
By Laurie Lewis, RN, Visitation Minister and Lay Leader
The short answer is not yet. People who are fully vaccinated and more than two weeks past their last shot may gather with other vaccinated people in small groups without masks. They can gather with one other household that is not vaccinated IF there is no one at high risk due to other health conditions (eg. heart disease, COPD, diabetes, immune-compromised, etc.).

In public places a mask is still needed. The risk to develop COVID-19 from a variant for a fully vaccinated person is quite low, but we may carry it to someone else who is high risk. Research is still being done.

Gathering outside lessens the chances of transmission as does social distancing. We still need to carry a mask when we are outside to use when we go into a building or have a conversation with someone else.

Approximately three million people are being vaccinated each day in the US. We are making progress!
“But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Looking for vaccine?

Currently Bucks County is running a free COVID vaccine clinic.
Located in Warwick Square shopping center on York Road in Jamison (at the former Giant).

No appointment necessary - just walk in!
Single dose J&J vaccine
Open Tuesday through Saturday
12:00-6:00 pm (but please arrive no later than 5:30 pm)
Available to anyone 18 or over
For Your Prayers
We request your prayers for....

Health & Healing
Cindy, Barb, Pete, Anne, Chloe, Jo

Hospice
Nancy

Grief
Family of Dennis Bowers
Mission of the Month: Missionaries
Our mission of the month is in support of the three missionary teams working to bring Christ into the lives of people who are seeking him:
  • Logos Vision in India
  • Steve and Debbie Buckner in Honduras
  • And our missionary friends from TMC Global serving in Asia Minor

Each husband/wife couple acts as a team in spreading the word of God. They travel to countries where Christianity is the minority, is prohibited, or is discouraged by the government. In a Christian county like Honduras, teams offer support where the poor often have no hope or future. Please click the picture to the left for a video to learn more about how these teams bring converts to Christ.

Each of these selfless couples helps to bring people to Christ through the lives they live, the service they provide and active mentorship to those who seek Christ as their Lord and Savior. Please join us this month in support of these wonderful and selfless missionaries. Thank you DUMC for your continued support and thanks for being a blessing throughout our world.
Kingdom Growth Committee
If The United Methodist Church were to reflect the ministry of Jesus in our life together, we’d be doing the things he did:

  • Jesus discipled those who would lead his church
  • Jesus welcomed those who didn’t know his Father, and those who did
  • Jesus met the physical and spiritual needs of the poor
  • Jesus healed the sick
Have you ever wondered if our church is doing those things?

The people of The United Methodist Church are engaging the world by imitating the ministry of Jesus—and the World Service Fund makes our Christian outreach possible.

The UMC is building leaders, like Jesus did. We’re sharing his love with those who hunger for it and shepherding those who’ve already tasted it. Like Jesus, we’re ministering among the poor. And we reflect his healing touch as we battle disease and fight to improve global health, all through the World Service Fund. Read our Blog to learn more about the World Service Fund.
DUMC Preschool
Do you have a little one at home ages 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.

Space is getting limited,
so call now for registration information!
 
Call 215-345-9775 or visit our website www.dumcpreschool.org
Ministry News

DUMC Kids!

Register for VBS 2021
We can't wait to see you in person!
June 21 - 23, 9:00 - 11:00 am

Click the link below to register both kids (4 yrs – 6th grade) and volunteers. We are accepting 6 more teen volunteers (7th-12th grade) to assist our adult volunteers. Please note that we will only have room for 50 participants, so registration is initially open only to our DUMC family. Registration has opened up to our community, so register now before spots fill up! 

Questions? Email Laura Siegle:
Anchor This Week

All 5th/6th graders are welcome to join our Live Zoom, Sundays @
11:00 am for bible study, games, discussion and fun! Just register here to receive all the details!

This week’s topic: 
Ezra and Nehemiah, Priest and Ruler
Pizza & Movie Night Details!

Anchor (5th/6th graders) will get together again to share some food (and ice cream), watch a movie, and donate some time to help a good cause outside the church.

May 21, 6-8 pm
DUMC Room 2

The Anchor class will be helping the Friday Morning Men's Group fill drawstring bags with essential personal hygiene items and more.  The materials collected and donated by the Men's Group, will be delivered to those in need in the Kensington community in concert with The GRACE Project.

We are excited to share time together and support the mission of Jesus Christ through DUMC outreach.

Please RSVP to Keith Camp: kdcamp@verizon.net

Pocono Plateau Summer Camp is on!

Pocono Plateau is a Christian Sleepaway Camp located on 750 acres with two lakes in the heart of the beautiful Pocono Mountains. During their week of camp, kids enjoy activities like archery, boating, bible study, swimming, games, crafts, campfires and horseback riding, bible study and fellowship.

We hope you (as counselors) and your campers (who’ve completed Grades 4 to 10) will come enjoy camp during the DUMC featured week,
August 8, 2021.

For more information and to register, visit poconoplateau.org or
Email Keith Camp: kdcamp@verizon.net; or
Scholarship assistance is available.
No Elevation this week - Sunday, May 2

There will be no Elevation this Sunday (May 2nd) or next (May 9th – Mother’s Day). We will see you again on Sunday, May 16th!
Questions, comments, concerns?
Contact Deborah Schultheiss, Director of Caring Ministries

Questions?
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 
Volunteer Opportunities and Donations Requested
Doylestown United Methodist Church
Blood Drive

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
3:00 - 8:00 pm
Overholt Hall

Appointments are preferred!

To schedule an appointment,
go to

Volunteer from Home Opportunity

DUMC is currently looking for one or two people to help with the Red Cross Blood Drives that we host. All tasks can be done from home, with a computer, in very little time during the month leading up to a blood drive. Easy to learn.

Those interested or curious to learn more, please contact: 
Sue Holihan at smholihan@comcast.net
or Lisa Ament at lisaament@me.com or (215) 514-3635. 
Feminine Hygiene Product Collection

DUMC Circle of Friends is collecting feminine hygiene products as well as diapers on behalf of Doylestown Women’s Health Center to benefit the Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank.

Feminine hygiene supplies are in high demand but are rarely ever collected or donated. In the United States, one in four women have struggled to obtain these supplies, and one in five girls have missed school due to lack of supplies. COVID-19 has only increased the demand. Every woman and girl deserves to participate fully in their daily lives. No one should have to miss work or school because it’s “that time of the month”. There is also always a high demand for diapers. (Click here to see a list of requested items.)

Please place donated items in the large blue tub marked “Doylestown Women’s Health Center” located under DUMC’s portico by Friday, May 14. Circle of Friends will take care of transporting these items. If you have questions, please contact Sue Holihan at smholihan@comcast.net.

Thank you so much for helping with this need!
Join the DUMC Production Team!!

Lights, Camera,
Audio, Media
 
No experience needed.
We're training.

For more information,
please contact Courtney Eickman,
DUMC's Technical Director, at CEickman@DoylestownUMC.com
Joyce Sanville and Sherri Baccagno make sure the Prayer Garden is a place of beauty.

There are weeds enough for everyone!

Like being outdoors?
Enjoy fellowshipping while you work?
Want to help keep our church property looking beautiful? 

Contact Joyce Sanville to pitch in!

Is There a Graduate in Your Family This Year?
Graduation is a significant life achievement, and we would like to acknowledge the hard work of all DUMC graduates in an upcoming issue of Connections.

Whether high school, tech school, college, or grad school, please send us information about the graduates in your family that are part of DUMC!
In Brief
The May-June issue of Upper Room devotional books has arrived! Stop by and pick up your copy for daily inspiration. Available between the main sets of doors at the portico. (Donations are appreciated but not required.)

Thanks so much to everyone who was able to participate in our meal assembly on Wednesday! We assembled 54 meals and had a first time helper. All are welcome! The meal for May 19 will be spaghetti and meatballs. Contact Beth Fitz for more information: 215-601-8748.


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!

Next meeting: Sunday, May 23 at 4:00 pm; Discussion: The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ozawa and Steven Snyder.
Musical Inspiration
Lord Speak to Me
That I May Speak

Eddie Lewis
Unadorned Trumpet
This I Believe

Sung by
Hillsong Worship
Sounds of Faith will be leading this song on Sunday.
There Was Jesus
Written by Zach Williams

Sung by
Power of Grace

Coming Up
May
2
Sunday
Worship Services
In-Person and Online Worship Services
  • 9:00 am Contemporary Service
  • 10:00 am Liturgical Service
  • 11:11 (am) Word & Worship
RSVPs are appreciated but walk-ins are welcome. Watch for Monday email with link.

No Elevation this week (resumes May 16)
May
5
Wednesday
Wednesday Morning Bible Study with Pastor Sunil
  • 10:00 am in the Sanctuary (for 6 weeks, through June 2)
May
9
Sunday
Worship Services
In-Person and Online Worship Services
  • 9:00 am Contemporary Service
  • 10:00 am Liturgical Service
  • 11:11 (am) Word & Worship
RSVPs are appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome. Watch for Monday RSVP email with link.

No Elevation this week (resumes May 16)
May
11
Tuesday
Blood Drive - 3:00 to 8:00 pm
(Next scheduled blood drive is Thursday, June 3, 2-7 pm)
May
12
Wednesday
Wednesday Morning Bible Study with Pastor Sunil
  • 10:00 am in the Sanctuary
May
19
Wednesday
Caring for Friends
  • 12:30 pm in the kitchen (spaghetti and meatballs)
May
30
Sunday
Confirmation Sunday
during the 10:00 am Liturgical Service
June
21-23
Sunday
Vacation Bible School
9:00-11:00 am; Registration required (see above)
July
24
Saturday
Rise Against Hunger
Food Packing Event
Spring in God's Garden of Eatin'
A Little Humor
Chuck Knows Church:
The Sign of the Fish
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 & Minister of Visitation
Amanda Mandia, Director of Children's Ministries
Gay Brunt Miller, Administrative Assistant
Deborah Schultheiss, Director of Caring Ministries
Laura Siegel, 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)
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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