For the Week of October 24, 2021
Included in this issue:
  • Trunk or Treat is this Saturday - get ready for "cuteness overload"
  • Want to get more connected at DUMC? Lay Leader Laurie Lewis offers suggestions.
  • Items for The Vine's Thanksgiving Outside the Walls are due THIS SUNDAY!
  • Join the Sanctuary Choir and lift your glad voices.
  • Christmas is not that far off, and our Christmas collections are beginning.
  • Introducing "DUMC Trivia".
  • October is Pastor Appreciation Month!

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*

*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 24

Our sense of benevolence, sacrifice, altruism, and generosity comes from a desire to share what we have with those in greater need than us. That is a reflection of a God who is generous. How, then, can that generosity be reflected in our response to his love for us (shown conclusively on the cross) and the responsibility that he has given us to build his Kingdom?
2 Corinthians 8:9 (New International Version)

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 9:6-11 (New International Version)

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
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!
Preparing for Sunday, October 31
9:00 am Contemporary Service
10:15 am Liturgical Service
Hymn Sing & Hymn Stories
11:11 Word & Worship Service
Questions & Answers
Bring the whole family see if the kids can stump the pastor. Pastor Sunil will blindly pull a treasure from a mystery box of things the children have contributed and see if he can relate that item to a bible story.
Join your voices together with your brothers and sisters as we raise our praise through hymns deeply rooted in our faith and theology. Learn the stories of some of these dearly beloved heart songs. Organ accompaniment.
During the month of October we've been looking at themes of Reflecting God's Activities: Gaining, Going, Generating (with God's Gifting), and Giving. Bring your reflections and questions that these themes have raised in you!
Last week...

Thank you to all who worship with us in person and online. On Sunday, October 10, over 347 people participated in person or viewed the services online.
Lay Leader Insights: Getting Connected at DUMC
By Laurie Lewis, RN, Minister of Visitation, Lay Leader
There are many way to get connected at DUMC. Being part of a smaller group at church helps fuel your faith and gives you a group of people with whom you can grow. DUMC offers a variety of ways to get involved including bible studies, a book club, support groups, music groups, hospitality ministry, serving as ushers or greeter, teaching/helping with Sunday school or student ministries, and others. All of these are listed in the Guide to Growth in the lobby.

If you are unsure how or where to get involved, take a Spiritual Gifts Inventory found in the lobby or online (click button below). The pastors, Deb Schultheiss (Director of Caring Ministries), and I are all willing to help you find a place at DUMC. Just take one small step and see where God will take you. 
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Living Faith-Fully: Studies in Hebrews 11 and 12
By Pastor Sunil Balasundaram
Wednesdays, October 20-November 17, 10:00 am in Room 2
Is faith “spiritual muscle”? Does it mean that the “more” you have, the more you can do? I lived much of my life with the understanding that the main reason I wasn’t effective enough, or wasn’t able to do much, was because of my small faith. Then I discovered that faith had less to do with what I can or cannot do, and more to do with what an Almighty God of love was waiting to do in my life and ultimately through my life. I got to see the former, but the latter? Not so much! Join me for this 5-part series based on Hebrews 11 and 12 and discover what faith is – how God can “use” faith in you to become and make all the difference.

October 20 – The gift of faith (Hebrews 10:36–11:6)
October 27 – Living as strangers and foreigners (Hebrews 11:8–16)
November 3 – Running Un-wearily (Hebrews 11:39–12:3)
November 10 – Faith-Full Discipline (Hebrews 12:4–13)
November 17 – Faith-Full Worship (Hebrews 12:18–29)
Kingdom Growth Committee: Why We Give
When we give to build God’s Kingdom, our collective gifts are not duplicative but additive in terms of impact. Why? Because all of us have different gifts to offer God, and our strengths balance others' weaknesses. 

Our collective gift is so much more powerful than what any one of us can do. Romans 12:8-11 tells us:

If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

Together we can expand God’s Kingdom!
Card Shower!
Barbara Carlson turns 100 on November 5!
Barbara Carlson, wife of one of DUMC's former pastors (Rowland L. Carlson, 1964-1976) and mother of Karen Lyon, turns 100 on November 5.

If you would like to bless her and help her celebrate this amazing milestone, we invite you to send her a card at:

200 Veterans Ln Apt 418
Wesley Enhanced Living
Doylestown, PA 18901-3453
The Vine holds 5th Thanksgiving Outside the Walls: Items due by Oct. 24!
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!

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!
Christmas Gift Card Giving 2021
Christmas is coming!

We will again be collecting
gift cards
for Lenape Valley Foundation*
A Woman's Place*

$25 gift cards for:
Walmart * Target * Giant * ACME

*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!
Sanctuary Choir Begins Rehearsals NEXT WEEK!
Sanctuary Choir
rehearsals begin on
Thursday, October 28
7:30-9:00 pm

The choir will sing on November 7 at the 10:15 am Liturgical Service.

After a VERY long hiatus, I hope to see lots of faces, old and new! If you have any questions please feel free to text/call Stephanie Hume at (267) 614-5941, or email her at

I look forward to seeing everyone!
Altar Flowers
Would you like to remember or honor someone with altar flowers? The cost is $60, and you are welcome to the flowers (following the 10:15 Liturgical Service), or you can designate that they be delivered to someone in the congregation that needs a little extra TLC.

Please sign up in the church lobby or contact the church office for more information. Upcoming available dates include: 10/31, 11/21
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
October 23, 3:00-5:00 pm
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 24 to put in the mystery box.

On October 31 at the 9:00 am Contemporary Service, Pastor Sunil 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 or Kids’ Word on October 31.

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
Meets November 7, 14, 21
(no class October 24 or 31)
Interested in giving back or getting involved but aren't sure how?
Give teaching Sunday school a try!
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 @ for more information. 
Amanda Mandia
Director, Children's Ministry
Laura Siegle
Asst. Director, Children's Ministry
Sunday, October 24, 2021
6:00-7:30 pm
Last week at Elevation, we began a new series on prayer called “Hey, God!” This series is designed to help make prayer less intimidating. We will learn that we have a God who knows, who cares, and who wants to listen to us!
We will also be playing an interactive group game, eating snacks, 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: 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!
Deborah Schultheiss
Director of Caring Ministries

Divorce Care Fall Semester
Monday nights
7:00-9:00 pm
For information and registration, please go to: 
Grief Share Fall Semester
Thursday nights
7:00-9:00 pm
For information and registration,
please go to: 
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
Health & Healing
Lisa, Tom, Doris, Janine, Elizabeth, Jason, Debbie, Barb, Beth, Stephanie, Derek, Nancy, Kenny, Ann, Nancy, Erin, Praveena, Amechi, Kim

Life Struggles
Tammie, Chris, Missionaries in Haiti, Barb, those without faith, Teachers & Students, those with Depression, DUMC

Rich Wothers, John, Susan Cynthia

Crawford/Tosti families, Murray/Fenn family, Lydia Burkitt & family

Nancy K. Crawford

January 17, 1934 - October 16, 2021

Please remember her family in your prayers.

A memorial service will be held at DUMC on Friday, October 29th at 11:00 am. The family will receive their friends from 10:00-11:00 am prior to the service.

Congratulations to Our New Eagle Scouts!
Recently Andrew Dreyzin and Jack Weldon were recognized for their achievement of the highest rank in Boy Scouts, the rank of Eagle Scout.

Both Andrew and Jack have been members of Boy Scout Troop 6 for nearly six years. They both are currently seniors at Central Bucks East High School. Jack's Eagle project has been improving the parking lot for the local VFW chapter. Andrew's Eagle project was installing QR code markers throughout the Peace Valley Nature Center trail system.

Congratulations, Andrew and Jack,
on this significant achievement!
Did you know that Doylestown UMC charters Scout Troup 6 that meets in our building on Monday nights? "What does that mean?", you ask.

Annually Pastor Sunil signs documents that enter DUMC into an agreement to provide Scouting in the community and to the youth we serve, and DUMC appoints a representative to oversee the Scouting program(s). Ralph Giernacky serves as DUMC's Scout Representative. Ralph is also part of DUMC's Administrative Ministries, which helps to keep the channels of communication open in both directions between DUMC and Troop 6.
Above: Andrew Dreyzin and his family. Andrew's father, Alex, (far left) serves as Scout Master for Troop 6.
Above: Jack Weldon and his family

Troop 6 includes both a boy troop and a girl troop, ages 11 to 17. To learn more, plan to attend their open house on Monday, January 10, from 7:30-9:00 pm.
Thank you!
Thanks to Maximuck's Farm Market, Doylestown, for supplying the pumpkins for our fall display in the hanging baskets this season.
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.
Next Blood Drive
United Methodist Church
Overholt Hall
320 E. Swamp Road (Route 313)
Doylestown, PA 18901

Tuesday, November 16
3:00 to 8:00 pm

To schedule an appointment, please email Sue Holihan or click the link below.
October 12th
Blood Drive Stats

Thank you to all who helped make the October 12th Red Cross Blood Drive a success! Because of your generosity, the Red Cross was able to collect 48 total blood donations including 5 Power Red donations. Thank you again for your continued support of this life-saving mission!
DUMC Preschool
There are a few spots remaining
in our

Call 215-345-9775
to enroll your child today.
In Brief
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 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
Reflections women’s bible study, meets on Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30 pm. Click here for the year's schedule. Please RSVP to Laura Herbst at if you would like to attend any or all of the studies. We hope you can join us!
All are welcome to help assemble meals for delivery to the needy, isolated, shut-in, or elderly in the greater Philadelphia area. A busy group packed a total of 74 meals in about a half hour on October 20! Contact Beth Fitz for more information: 215-601-8748. Meets the third Wednesday of each month. Next meeting: Wednesday, November 17 at 12:30 pm.
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. 
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.
DUMC Trivia
Many of you remember Pastor Mike Murphy. Do you know who was the Senior Pastor before him?
John Althouse
Brian Cloud
Charles Whittaker
Rowland Carlson
Remember Your Pastors

Did you know that October is designated as Pastor Appreciation Month?

Take a moment to say "Thank You!" to our hard working pastors! A kind word in passing, an email, or a personal note go a long way to lift spirits and let them know you appreciate them!

And say a prayer of thanks to God for them while you're at it!
Coming Up This Week
Trunk or Treat - 3:00-5:00 pm
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)
DUMC Book Group - 4:00 pm, Room 2
Youth Bells - NO REHEARSAL this week
Elevation - 6:00-7:30 pm
Pampered by Grace (women) - 6:30-8:30 pm

Reflections Bible Study (women) - 7:00-8:30 pm in Room 2
Wednesday Morning Bible Study - 10:00 am in Room 2
Wednesday Evening Men's Bible Study - 7:30-9:00 pm, Room 10
Sunday Mornings at DUMC
  • 9:00 am Contemporary Service (In-Person and Online)
  • 9:00 am Fusion (Youth) Worship
  • 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)
Youth Bells - 4:30-5:30 pm
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!
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Pastor Sunil Balasundaram, Senior Pastor
John Bechtel, Business Administrator
Cindy Betancourt, Front Desk Receptionist
Diana Durbin, Adult Bells Choir 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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