For the Week of October 10, 2021
Included in this issue:
  • Kingdom Growth Committee introduces "Why We Give"
  • Last chance to register for Feed My Starving Children mobile pack this Sunday
  • Trunk or Treat is coming up! Have you registered to join the fun?
  • Deadline for The Vine's Thanksgiving Outside the Walls is October 24
  • Mystery Jesus appears in Room 22!
  • What's a "Narthex"? Chuck'll tell you all about it!

Welcome!
 
Join us for

Sunday Worship!
9:00 am Contemporary Worship*
9:00 am Fusion (Youth) Worship
9:00 am Sunday School
10:15 am Liturgical Worship*
11:11 (am) Word & Worship*
No Kids' Word this week

*Services available in person and online
Come as you are and be encouraged!
Worship News
October Worship: Reflecting God's Activity

October 3: Gaining
October 10: Going
October 17: Generating
October 24: Giving
October 31: Family Sunday ("Stump the Pastor" and Town Hall-style Questions)

Sunday, October 10

"Going"
A few weeks ago, Pastor Paul preached a sermon on Matthew 28 titled, “As You Are Going”. In that sermon, we saw that Jesus calls his followers to “go and make disciples” as they are going through life. This Sunday’s sermon will be a continuation of that message, where we will be looking at how followers of Jesus are called to reflect God’s activity in the world by “going” and bringing Salvation to the ends of the earth (Acts 13:47). We are called to tell others about Jesus and share his love with them. Sharing our faith with others isn’t always easy, and it will sometimes be uncomfortable, but the important thing to remember is that it is NOT about us and how we feel – it’s entirely about God and the world coming to know him!
Acts 13:47 (Common English Bible)

This is what the Lord commanded us:
I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
so that you could bring salvation to the end of the earth.”
Romans 10:8-15 (Common English Bible)

But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the message of faith that we preach). Because if you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” and in your heart you have faith that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Trusting with the heart leads to righteousness, and confessing with the mouth leads to salvation. The scripture says, All who have faith in him won’t be put to shame. There is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord is Lord of all, who gives richly to all who call on him. All who call on the Lord’s name will be saved.
So how can they call on someone they don’t have faith in? And how can they have faith in someone they haven’t heard of? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the good news.
Additional scriptures that will be referred to include:

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, October 3, over 420 people participated in person or online.
Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER

Sunday, October 10, 12:45-2:45 pm
8th Annual Feed My Starving Children Central Bucks MobilePack
at Delaware Valley University (in the Mumgis Student Center).

Doylestown UMC will be hosting a packing shift from 12:45-2:45 pm. This is a great fellowship opportunity for people from all of our services to get back together, see friends, and be more “normal.”

To allow for greater distancing this year, we are scheduling less people for our shift, but there's still room for YOU! (Masks are encouraged.)

Come and join in the fun! You will look back and remember this as the most fun and rewarding mission work you do for the world in 2021!
Kingdom Growth Committee: Why We Give
Kingdom Growth is launching a three-month campaign entitled Why We Give. During the next three months, through personal testimonials and scripture, we will explore God’s expectations of us as joyful givers of our time, talent, and treasure in support of his Kingdom. From God’s point of view, a person’s value has no relationship to his/her wealth or social position but rather how well each of us follow his commandments and serve others within his Kingdom. Consider this message from Psalm 112.

How joyful are those who fear the Lord
and delight in obeying his commands.
Their children will be successful everywhere;
an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
They themselves will be wealthy,
And their good deeds will last forever.
Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
Good comes to those who lend money generously
And conduct their business fairly.
Such people will not be overcome by evil.
Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
They share freely and give generously to those in need.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
They will have influence and honor.
Psalm 112: 5-6, 9

What can you do to grow His Kingdom?
 
Interested in serving on the Kingdom Growth Committee?
Contact George Witter gtwitter@gmail.com for more information.
October Mission of the Month: The Well
Please give generously to support the mission of The Well in Bucks County.

The Well is a residential safe house where survivors of forced prostitution can work through trauma and rebuild their lives, both physically and emotionally. Survivors can also receive care, training, and support through The Well's "Worth It" program. "Worth It" is an 11-week series of classroom experiences on subjects like trauma, domestic abuse, and general health issues, including suicide prevention. The program connects participants to area service providers and offers information about laws surrounding prostitution and sex trafficking.

The Well is an initiative of the non-profit Worthwhile Wear organization that runs the Worthwhile Wear Thrift Store at 5835 Easton Road, Plumsteadville.

Please give as generously as you can. There will be many grateful hearts at The Well.
Blessing of the Animals
A Blessing of Animals witnesses to God's and the Church's love, care, and concern for creation. As we recognize our mutual interdependence with God's creatures, the Church's witness of stewardship of creation is strengthened. It is also a service with special appeal to children.

We invite you to bring your pets to be blessed on Sunday, October 17 at 2:00 pm. The brief service will be held in the outdoor sanctuary.

This event is weather permitting only. In case of inclement or uncertain weather, please call our Worship Service Hotline for updates: 267-245-7870.
The Vine holds 5th Thanksgiving Outside the Walls
The Vine will be holding its 5th Thanksgiving Outside the Walls event this year! Our team is working with Liberty USO, The Synergy Project Bucks, R.J. Leonard Foundation, and many other area street outreaches, youth shelters, and rapid rehousing organizations to provide Thanksgiving to all those in need of a hand up this holiday season.

Our goal is to provide 70 Thanksgiving meals with all the fixings and 70 grocery bags to those in need!

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Please use the link below to sign up for needed items. Please be sure to scroll through as there are many items on the list. Once you have signed up - please purchase your items and drop in the gray totes w/ green lids, outside the church main entrance. Donations MUST be received by October 24, 2021 to allow us time to pack the boxes and prepare for the outreaches pick up.

Sign up link:

If you would rather provide financial support for needed items and supplies please use this link.

Many thanks in advance for the help this year!! We love helping our neighbors in need and appreciate you joining our efforts!
Altar Flowers

The flowers on the sanctuary altar

this Sunday are presented

to the glory of God.

If you would like to remember or honor someone with altar flowers, please sign up in the church lobby or contact the church office for more information. Upcoming available dates include: 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/21
Thanks for being part of the October 6 Twelve-Hour Prayer Event
Thanks to all who participated in the October 6 twelve-hour prayer event. We were delighted to see the participation grow from 25 people in September to 39 in October!

If you would like to offer encouragement to others to participate, please send us your thoughts and suggestions.

We hope even more people will join the next time--November 3! We would love to have all slots covered for continuous prayer.

(Watch for a link to sign up in the October 23 edition of Connections.)
Wednesday Morning Bible Study

You are invited to join Pastor Sunil
for a 5-week study about:

"Breaking Free
of Enslaving Cycles"


Guilt & Forgiveness (9/15, cont. 9/22)
Fear & Love (9/29)
Worry & Trust (10/6)
Grief & Hope (10/13)

10:00 am, Room 2
Mark Your Calendars and Register to Attend!







"Just Talk About It"
One in four teens will experience mental health issues this year, but less than 20% of those will seek help. DUMC feels it is important to raise this issue with youth, parents, teachers, and caregivers through education and discussion.

In partnership with Minding Your Mind, a 501c3 non-profit, whose mission is to use education to reduce stigma and destructive behavior associated with mental health issues, DUMC is hosting two separate 90-minute programs.

Both programs will be held on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at DUMC in the Worship & Youth Center.

These programs will discuss how we can move away from crisis response to prevention through education and will:

  • Help to develop an understanding of the stigma associated with mental health issues among adolescents.
  • Identify risks and protective factors associated with mental health issues.
  • Identify action steps to reduce the stigmas associated with mental health issues in the community.
Ministry News

Registration is filling up!
Trunk or Treat 2021
Saturday, October 23, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

All are welcome to join us for candy, crafts, games, music and more! 
Bring the whole family to service to see if the kids can Stump Pastor Sunil. The kids will be invited to bring a treasure from home to Sunday School on October 17 to put in the mystery box.

On October 31, Pastor will blindly pull something from the box and we’ll see if he can relate that item to a bible story. Come discover the bible in new ways with us!

*Note: there will not be Sunday School on October 31, so families can participate together.

Join DUMC Kids' Worship
Our kids' programs are in full swing, so register today!

Nursery Care (6 mos - 2 yrs) Staff Needed!
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. 
Amanda Mandia
Director, Children's Ministry
Laura Siegle
Asst. Director, Children's Ministry
Elevation – Sunday, October 10, 2021 – 6:00-7:30 pm
 
Last week at Elevation, we talked about the spiritual roadblocks we face in life that stunt our spiritual growth and hinder us from growing closer to God. We also talked about how change and transformation is often a difficult – but much needed – aspect of our spiritual lives.
 
Sunday night at Elevation, we will be continuing this theme by looking at David’s honest prayer to God about the transformation of our hearts and lives. With the help of our friends, The Skit Guys, we will be breaking down Psalm 139 and figuring out what it means for our lives today.
 
We will also be playing an interactive group game, having ICE CREAM SUNDAES, watching our always hilarious Stupid Video of the Week, and having small group discussions.
 
Hope to see you there!

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!
Contact:
Deborah Schultheiss
Director of Caring Ministries

215-348-5224




Divorce Care Fall Semester
Monday nights
7:00-9:00 pm
 
For information and registration, please go to: DivorceCare.org 




Grief Share Fall Semester
Thursday nights
7:00-9:00 pm
 
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, October, 21
We Invite Your Prayers
Praise
Lachlan Alexander McPoyle born 9/28, Foster Hume born 10/1

Health & Healing
Janine, David, Russ, Dick, Georgina, Elizabeth, Jason, Debbie, Barb, Beth, Angela, Stephanie, Rich, Judy, Nancy, Elise, Heather, Lindsay, Nancy, Erin, Amechi, Ann, Kim

Life Struggles
Chris, Joe, FMSC, Students & Teachers

Hospice
Nancy Crawford, John, Susan Cynthia

Grief
Hagy family, Jarose family, Schwalm & Ramp families, Bartlett family


CONGRATULATIONS to first-time grandparents, Randy and Stephanie Hume, on the birth of Foster! We celebrate with you and pray God's blessings on your family!
Next Blood Drive
To schedule an appointment, please email Amy Wayne or click the link below.
DUMC Preschool
There are a few spots remaining
in our
Afternoon
Discovery
Program!


Call 215-345-9775
to enroll your child today.
In Brief
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--an online 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, a new women’s bible study, meets on Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30 pm. The first 7-week study by Priscilla Shirer is called "Elijah: Faith and Fire". We hope you can join us! Click here for the year's schedule. Please RSVP to Laura Herbst at lauralherbst@gmail.com if you would like to attend any or all of the studies.
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. Meets the third Wednesday of each month. Next meeting: Wednesday, October 20, 12:30 pm.
The DUMC Book Group meets the 4th Sunday of every month in
Room 2. Next meeting is Sunday, October 24 at 4:00 pm; Discussion - Midnight Library (fiction) by Matt Haig . To learn more, please contact Judy Coleman at 215-345-0797. New members welcome!  Click here for upcoming selections.
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. If you did not attend our October 3 session, please sign up here to attend on December 5. 
Please plan to join us for the next DUMC 12-hours of prayer event on Wednesday, November 3. Signup form will be available in the October 31 issue of Connections.
This 'n That
Mystery Artist

If you've had occasion to spend time in Room 22 over the past several weeks, perhaps you have seen this stunning depiction of Jesus drawn on the white board. It captivated the attention of staff during our meeting on Tuesday. Whoever the mystery artist is, we were impressed!
What is a Narthex? Ever hear someone refer to the area where we enter the church as the "Narthex" and wonder what they were talking about? Increasingly, to be more friendly to our guests, Pastor Sunil is encouraging us to use the more updated term of the "lobby", but many still talk about the "Narthex".

In this edition of "Chuck Knows Church", Chuck gives us the history of the "Narthex".
Coming Up This Week
October
10
Sunday
Sunday Mornings at DUMC
  • 9:00 am Contemporary Service (In-Person and Online)
  • 9:00 am Fusion (Youth) Worship
  • 9:00 am Sunday School
  • 9:00 am Wesley Class, Room 2
  • 10:15 am Liturgical Service (In-Person and Online)
  • 11:11 am Word & Worship (In-Person and Online)
Feed My Starving Children Mobile Food Pack
  • 12:45 to 2:45 (see above for details)
Elevation - 6:00-7:30 pm
Pampered by Grace (women) - 6:30-8:30 pm
October
12
Tuesday
Blood Drive - 3:00-8:00 pm in Overholt Hall
Reflections Bible Study (women) - 7:00-8:30 pm in Room 2
October
13
Wednesday
Wednesday Morning Bible Study - 10:00 am in Room 2
Wednesday Evening Men's Bible Study - 7:30-9:00 pm, Room 10
October
17
Sunday
Sunday Mornings at DUMC
  • 9:00 am Contemporary Service (In-Person and Online)
  • 9:00 am Fusion (Youth) Worship
  • 9:00 am Sunday School
  • 9:00 am Wesley Class, Room 2
  • 10:15 am Liturgical Service (In-Person and Online)
  • 11:11 am Word & Worship (In-Person and Online)
  • 11:11 am Kids' Word
Blessing of the Animals
  • 2:00 pm in the outdoor sanctuary (weather permitting)
Elevation - 6:00-7:30 pm
Pampered by Grace - 6:30-8:30 pm
For more events coming up in the next month, CLICK HERE!
 
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
Diana Durbin, Adult Bells Choir Director
Courtney Eickman, Technical Director
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
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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Doylestown United
Methodist Church
320 East Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901


Main number: 215-348-5224

Worship Service Hotline:
267-245-7870