For the Week of November 21, 2021
Included in this issue:
  • Celebrating birth and a life well lived
  • Explore ways to get actively involved in DUMC - Tea & Scones with Pastor Sunil this Sunday@4
  • God's Winter Garden begins December 5
  • Financial Report YTD October 31, 2021
  • Christmas Giving Opportunities
  • Lord, How Do I Pray?
  • Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

Welcome!
 
Join us for

Sunday Worship!
9:00 am Contemporary Worship*
9:00 am Sunday School
9:00 am Fusion (Youth) Worship
10:15 am Liturgical Worship*
11:11 (am) Word & Worship*
11:11 (am) Kids' Word

*Services available in person and online
Come as you are and be encouraged!
November Worship: Thanks and Giving
November 7: Gratitude that leads us to God
November 14: Thankful in all circumstances
November 21: Gratitude that leads to Generosity
November 28: First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, November 21
Gratitude that leads to Generosity 

A thankful heart leads to a giving heart. As we cultivate thankful hearts for God’s goodness, provision, and presence, generosity that impacts the world will flow naturally from our lives.

Exodus 35:4–9 (Common English Bible)

Moses said to the whole Israelite community, This is what the Lord has commanded: Collect gift offerings for the Lord from all of you. Whoever freely wants to give should bring the Lord’s gift offerings: gold, silver, and copper; blue, purple, and deep red yarns; fine linen; goats’ hair; rams’ skins dyed red; beaded leather; acacia wood; the oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet-smelling incense; gemstones; and gems for setting in the priest’s vest and in the priest’s chest pendant.
Join us this Sunday at 9:00 am in the Worship & Youth Center for FUSION, our Sunday morning youth worship service. Fusion is for all students in grades 7-12 and includes donuts, coffee, hot chocolate, juice, student-led worship, and a relevant message from God’s Word!
Last week...

Thank you to all who worship with us in person and online. On Sunday, November 7, over 397 people participated in person or viewed the services online.

The 9:00 am Contemporary Service was also treated to a beautiful collaboration of music between the Adult Bell Choir and Sounds of Faith. If you missed it, you can still enjoy from our Facebook page or our YouTube Channel!
New to DUMC?
Exploring ways to get actively involved in DUMC

Please join Pastor Sunil for
conversation, tea & scones
 on Sunday, November 21
4:00 pm in Room 2
 
This gathering will be an opportunity to:
  • Learn about various groups and ministries of the congregation
  • Meet others who are new to the congregation
  • Answer your questions
  • Explore the possibility of membership at DUMC

RSVPs by noon on Friday, November 19
are helpful (but not imperative):
215-348-5224
Life Begins and Ends
We rejoice with
Pastor Paul and Elise Georgulis

on the birth of
Natasha Eve Georgulis

Natasha Eve was born on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:31 am. She weighs 8 lbs. 6 oz, and is 20.5 inches long. She is named after her big sister, Natalie, and Christmas. Her name means “born at Christmas,” or nativity, and is a derivative of Natalia. Eve was a fitting Christmas-y middle name, so her full name means Christmas Eve. All three of Pastor Paul and Elise’s children have Christmas story-themed names: Gabriel, Natalie, and Natasha.
Amechi J. Aduba

May 22, 1941 - November 12, 2021

Services will be held:
Saturday, November 20 at Doylestown UMC
Visitation: 10:00 am
Celebration of Life: 11:00 am


Please remember Karen, their children (Amechi, Ifeoma, and Nnamdi), grandchildren, and the rest of their family in your prayers.
God's Winter Garden
by Barbara Rocca, DUMC's "Master Gardener"
God's Garden of Eatin was alive and well this year. If you are a gardener, you know that each year has its challenges and its successes, and this year was no different. The ultimate success and blessing, however, is being able to bring fresh organic vegetables to local food pantries. This year the garden produced and delivered over 1000 pounds! Praise God!

As the garden season comes to a close, I always feel sad that this outreach is put on hold until spring. Then it occurred to me that it doesn't have to! We are so blessed to be able to go to the store and buy vegetables and fruit whenever we want to. Why not buy a little extra and bring it to church with you on Sunday mornings?

The kick off of "God's Winter Garden" will begin on Sunday, December 5. Just bring fresh vegetables and fruit to church, and we will deliver them to the local pantries. From there, we will ask you to donate the first Sunday of every month.

Thank you in advance for your support of this new outreach. If you would like to help with this please, contact Barbara Rocca (sbsrocca@verizon.net) or simply talk to me at church.
Lay Leader Insights: Lord, How Do I Pray?
By Laurie Lewis, RN, Minister of Visitation, Lay Leader
Do you get tongue-tied when praying? Unsure of what to say to God?
One of the techniques that can help is this acronym, "ACTS". These words can be a prayer outline to guide what you say. Just speak from your heart.

Adoration: Praise God for who he is and what he has done. This helps align your heart with his. Praise keeps your eyes fixed on God and reminds you of his glory. There is nothing he cannot do. I often start with creation or Jesus' time on earth.

Confession: Tell God you are sorry for where you have fallen short. Look over your day and where you could have done better. Ask forgiveness and for God to help you do better. Then let it go. A humble heart honors God.
We Invite Your Prayers
Praise
Temple got a job as First Grade Teacher! The safe birth of Natasha Georgulis

Health & Healing
Dee, Nancy, Barb, Keith, Amy, Julie, Aubrey, Elizabeth, Jason, the Kane/Palmer family, Holly, Myrt, Kim, Elise, Sarah, Ann, Theresa, Barb, Beth, Marcy & John, Stephanie, Praveena, Teresa, Max, Aunt Patricia, Nathan

Life Struggles
Those serving in the military, Ruth, for God to send a great organist, college students

Hospice
Bob, Rich, John

Grief
Tony’s family, Debbie Quinn’s family, Squarcia family & friends, Aduba family & friends
Financial Report YTD October 31, 2021
Submitted by Barbara Miller, Finance Chairperson & Karen Sablyak, Treasurer
***We regret to report that 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. Overall, giving is down nearly $250K/year or $20K+/month compared to pre-COVID. While we have reduced expenses by more than 8%, many of DUMC’s expenses are fixed, so there continues to be a gap between income and expenses on a monthly basis. Additionally, we felt it was important to bring back the choir, bells and children’s programs this fall, despite the additional cost.

We continue to use operating cash reserves to cover deficits, but this is not a sustainable position for the church without a long-term solution. Various ideas are being discussed to address the cash flow, and we ask that you pray for the leadership’s guidance in this matter. It will be difficult to maintain these monthly deficits long-term, so we ask that you prayerfully consider continuing your monthly/weekly giving as we continue to work towards achieving positive monthly cash flow, so we can retain a consistent healthy cash balance.
 
FANTASTIC NEWS - Our membership continues to be strong with more than 400 people attending services on November 7, either in person or on-line. This is more than the pre-COVID attendance in 2019.

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 for times such as these and hears our prayers!

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17
Kingdom Growth Committee
Our Gifts are Magnified

“My wife and I give because we believe we have a responsibility to respond to the grace that God has shown in our lives. We give because we believe that the church, the United Methodist Connection and other organizations accomplish greater good in the lives of people, animals and the environment than we could on our own. We give because we believe that giving is a spiritual gift.”

Frank S. Dunnewind, Aldersgate UMC, Montgomery AL
November Mission of the Month: Pastors' Discretionary Fund
PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO
NOVEMBER’S MISSION:

PASTORS’ DISCRETIONARY FUND (PDF)

Ministering to those in need
in the Doylestown area

A Little Goes A Long Way!
Christmas 2021 Giving Opportunities
A Woman's Place Holiday Mom Shop - Donations Needed!

While we are sad that we cannot host a Holiday Party this year, we are working with A Woman's Place (AWP) to provide gifts for a “Mom Shop” so the children can still experience the joy of picking gifts for their mothers.

This year we will be collecting items for children to select holiday gifts for their mothers from the "Mom Shop".  If you'd like to donate items for children to choose from, click the link below for more information and a list of items that would be appreciated.

Collection through Thursday, December 9.
Christmas is coming!

We will again be collecting

$25 gift cards to
Walmart * Target * Giant * ACME
for Lenape Valley Foundation*
and
A Woman's Place*

*You may designate which program you would like your card(s) to support, if you like.

Deadline: November 28
Three ways to deliver them:
  1. Deposit them in the Caring Ministries Christmas box in the lobby
  2. Mail to the church, noting "CHRISTMAS" on the envelope (320 E. Swamp Road, Doylestown, PA 18901)
  3. Drop them off at the church office during business hours

Your generosity will bring light and care to those in need
during the Christmas season. Thank you!
Click logos below to learn more.
Children’s Ministry Giving Tree Is Back!
Giving Tree is in the lobby through December 5.
 
All Christmas gifts and gift cards collected will go to children being assisted by Methodist Services of Philadelphia.
 
How to give: Choose a tag or two off of the tree with a child’s age on it and take home a list of suggested gifts by age, located next to the tree. Please put your gift under the tree no later than December 5. Gifts should be either unwrapped or in a gift bag. Donations of wrapping materials are always welcome. Thank you so much for being a blessing to a child this Christmas! 
Christmas Poinsettias
Would you like to help beautify our sanctuary for Christmas Eve? You may purchase poinsettias to help create the spectacular poinsettia tree that adorns the front of the sanctuary.

$15/poinsettia (all red)
Orders due by December 12

Send or deliver check or cash along with order form to DUMC. Please note "poinsettias" on the envelope and check. (Order forms also available at the church.)
Legacy Giving Session
The Kingdom Growth Committee
will be hosting another
Legacy Giving session
on December 5, 1:00 - 2:00 pm,
in Room 2.

All are welcome to learn about our Legacy Giving program and how it affects the future of our Church.

Please sign up here to attend on December 5. 
Members' Meeting - December 5 @ 2:30 pm
DUMC leaders are seeking the counsel of members on Sunday, December 5, at 2:30 pm in the sanctuary.

Subject: Proposed Resolution to use Capital Building Fund Contributions & Endowment Fund Earnings to cover the annual cost of the mortgage payments.

With your counsel, the resolution will then be officially be acted on by church leadership at the Charge Conference meeting on December 8. We hope members will make it a point to be part of this important meeting.
Ministry News
Amanda Mandia
Director, Children's Ministry
Laura Siegle
Asst. Director, Children's Ministry
Hurry! Sign up today!

December 1, 6:00–7:30 pm
DUMC, Overholt Hall
Kids & Families (or just kids)

Let’s make and decorate cookies together while we hear about the real reason for the season- Jesus! Come as a family, or just bring the kids, because this Kids' Ministries event is sure to get everyone into the Christmas spirit! 

Sign up here to volunteer or attend: 

We will accommodate any food allergies or restrictions- contact Laura/Amanda in advance so the right arrangements can be made.
Mark your calendars for the Children's Christmas Celebration on December 19. We are back in person, and we need angels, shepherds, narrators and the rest of the important characters to tell the Christmas story in the sanctuary for our congregation! Afterwards, we will gather in Overholt Hall for refreshments and birthday cake for Jesus, and perhaps catch a glimpse of a special visitor.... The event will be from 4:00-6:00 pm (arrive at 3:00 if your child is playing a role), and there will be a rehearsal the day before on December 18th.

Look for more info to come!   

Join DUMC Kids' Worship
Our kids' programs are in full swing,
so register today!
Sunday School (3 yrs - 4th grade)
9:00 am, Overholt Hall
Anchor (5th/6th grades)
9:00 am, Room 22
Kids' Word (K - 6th grade)
11:11 am, Room 22
Interested in giving back or getting involved but aren't sure how?
Give teaching Sunday school a try!
Nursery Care (6 months – 2 years)
Staff Needed!
Nursery care will return once we have staff. 

Are you or anyone you know interested in caring for our congregation’s youngest members?
 This weekly, paid position in our nursery may be right for you!
Please reach out to Amanda @ AMandia@DoylestownUMC.com for more information. 
For more information,
contact Pastor Paul: PGeorgulis@DoylestownUMC.com
or 267-245-7874

Join us this Sunday at 9:00 am in the Worship & Youth Center for FUSION, our Sunday morning youth worship service. Fusion is for all students in grades 7-12 and includes donuts, coffee, hot chocolate, juice, student-led worship, and a relevant message from God’s Word!
Elevation Thanksgiving Dinner
Sunday, November 21, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

We hope you will join us for our Annual Elevation Thanksgiving Dinner. This dinner is for all students in grades 7-12. We will meet in Overholt Hall from 6:00-7:30 pm to eat scrumptious food together and play some group games. Please RSVP to Pastor Paul if you are planning on being there.
 
Hope to see you all there!
Contact:
Deborah Schultheiss
Director of Caring Ministries

215-348-5224
Divorce Care Fall Semester
Monday nights
7:00-9:00 pm
Ends 12/6
 
For information and registration, please go to: DivorceCare.org 
Grief Share Fall Semester
Thursday nights
7:00-9:00 pm
Ends 12/9
 
For information and registration,
please go to: GriefShare.org 
Caregivers' Support Group
Third Thursdays
2:00 pm in Room 2

For more information, email Deborah Schultheiss
Next meeting:
Thursday, January 20
(No meeting in December)
Get Involved!
Bible Studies
The Wesley Class Adult Bible Study meets Sunday mornings, 9:00 am in Room 2. You may also join the class by Zoom - CLICK HERE!
Men's Bible Study meets Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:00 pm in Room 10. Questions? Contact Ken Kugel.
PAMPERED BY GRACE women's Bible study: Sundays, 6:30-8:30 pm in person! Our first study is The Chosen--a mini-series about Jesus’ ministry. Join us and engage with Jesus in a totally new way! Questions? Contact Laurie Lewis at LewisRN@Comcast.net.
Reflections women’s Bible study, meets on Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30 pm. Current study: “Because of Bethlehem-Love is Born, Hope is Here“ with Max Lucado. Click here for the year's schedule. Please RSVP to Laura Herbst to attend. We hope you can join us!

The next Wednesday morning Bible study with Pastor Sunil will begin in January 2022. More details to follow....
Other Opportunities to Engage
A huge thank you to all who came out to donate blood at DUMC on November 16. We had a great turnout:
  • ​49 donors registered
  • 4 deferrals
  • 8 power red donations
  • 52 total blood donations​
Your contribution made a huge difference in someone's life!

Next drive:
Tuesday, December 30
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
DUMC, Overholt Hall

To schedule an appointment, please email Michelle Camp or click here.
Wednesday, December 15
at 12:30 pm

All are welcome to help assemble meals for delivery to the needy, isolated, shut-in, or elderly in the greater Philadelphia area. Contact Beth Fitz for more information: 215-601-8748. Next meeting:

DUMC Book Group



Sunday, December 12*
at 3:00 pm
*Please note change of date!

Discussion - The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. To learn more, please contact Judy Coleman at 215-345-0797. New members welcome! Click here for upcoming selections.
Worthwhile Thrift is looking for energetic individuals
to fill the following roles on our Plumsteadville thrift store team:
  • Volunteers (daily, weekly, & monthly hours)
  • Store Support (part time & full time paid positions)

Worthwhile Thrift team members help with day-to-day operations of the thrift store but also provide healthy coworker relationships for survivors and help to model strong work ethic. Worthwhile Thrift is also integral to raising awareness about the issue of human trafficking to its customers and donors. Worthwhile Thrift employees receive 50% off all their purchases and their very own team t-shirt. For those interested in making a career with Worthwhile Thrift, opportunities for advancement are available.

For full job descriptions and details for applying, visit: https://worthwhilewear.org/pages/employment
Troop 6 Celebrates More Eagles!
On Saturday, November 6, two more young men from Troop 6 were honored for their achievements during an Eagle Scout Court of Honor. Congratulations, Patrick and Hridayam!  
Patrick Hood (left)
Son of: Allen and Pam Hood

Patrick and his family live in Pipersville. He is a senior at Central Bucks West High School.   
Hridayam Priyadarshi (right)
Son of: Himank and Aparna Priyadarshi

Hridayam and his family live in Warrington. He is a Senior at Central Bucks South High School.    
DUMC Preschool
Do you have a three-year old ready for preschool?

We have openings in our Thursday/Friday morning class starting on January 6.

Interested? Please call 215-345-9775 to register or for more information.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Please note: The church office will be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 in observance of Thanksgiving.
What's Coming Up
 
Your event isn't listed?
Need to reserve a room?
 
Please call (215-348-5224) or email Gay Brunt Miller.
Missed something in last week's edition of Connections? Click here!
We are here for you!
Pastor Sunil Balasundaram, Senior Pastor
John Bechtel, Business Administrator
Cindy Betancourt, Front Desk Receptionist
Ken Buckner, Weekend Building Specialist
Mark Charles, Evening Building Specialist
Diana Durbin, Adult Bells Choir Director
Trevor Foster, AV Technical Coordinator
Pastor Paul Georgulis, Pastor of Student Ministries
Jane Gregoire, Children's Bells Choir Director
Beth Houlton, Contemporary Worship Leader
Stephanie Hume, Director of Music
Laurie Lewis, Lay Leader & Minister of Visitation
Amanda Mandia, Director of Children's Ministries
Emily Mandia, Pro Presenter Designer
Gay Brunt Miller, Administrative Assistant
Deborah Schultheiss, Director of Caring Ministries
Scott Shead, Live Streaming Technician
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


Main number: 215-348-5224

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267-245-7870