For the Week of September 12, 2021
Included in this issue:
  • Fall Kickoff is September 12 - Welcome back!
  • Sunday School for ages 3 yrs to 6th grade
  • Fusion (youth) Worship
  • Church Picnic at Peace Valley
  • Twelve Hours of Prayer (sign up to participate in 15-minute slots)
  • A new face at our office front desk
  • Feed My Sheep restarts...and needs your help!

Join us for

Kick Off 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*
11:11 am Kids' Word

*Services available in person and online
Come as you are and be encouraged!
Church Picnic This Week!
Bring your lunch, utensils, beverages, chairs
Got a favorite game or cards? Bring 'em along!
Dessert provided
Yard Games
  • Ladder Toss
  • Corn Hole
  • Crafts
...and more!
Sunday, September 12
12:00 - 4:00 pm

Peace Valley Park - Pavilion 5

CLICK HERE for MAP from DUMC to Peace Valley

(Light) rain or shine!

If severe weather is predicted, a decision will be made early Sunday morning and:
  • announced at church,
  • posted on our website,
  • and available via our DUMC hotline - (267) 245-7870.

Come add your handprint
to our DUMC family banner!
Worship News
September Worship: Rediscovering Church
Let's Pray Together
Let's Sing Together
Let's Grow Together
Let's Minister Together
Join us for worship as we kick off our new church year in September, and "Rediscover Church". Each week we will explore various facets of worship and what it means to be a living, breathing body of Christ known as a Church. We will offer fresh insights about how being a church together draws us closer to God and deeper into relationship with one another.
Sunday, September 12

"Let's Sing Together"

We need to come together to worship God as His people together. There is power in God’s peoples’ praise.
Psalm 95:1-7 (NIV)

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
    and extol him with music and song.
For the Lord is the great God,
    the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
    and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    the flock under his care.
Colossians 3:15-17 (NIV)

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Sermon Notes available after 4 pm on Friday.
Last week...
Thank you to all who worshipped with us in person.
Due to a technical issue, livestream didn't air, but the in-person worship was great!
Sunday, August 29: 111 people attended in person
Twelve Hours of Prayer
In his September 5 sermon, Pastor Paul noted that whenever God was about to do something huge, it was preceded by His people praying. As a church, we need to rediscover the power of prayer.

Pastor Sunil, Pastor Paul, and our DUMC leaders believe that God wants to do something huge at DUMC. As such, they are challenging you to participate in twelve hours of prayer on Wednesday, September 15. Each person who signs up will be asked to pray for a 15-minute period between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm.

Please join us as we petition God to do great things with us and among us at DUMC.
Altar Flowers
The flowers on the sanctuary altar
this Sunday are presented

in memory of Jack Fetterolf

Given by: Betty Fetterolf & family

It's Fall Kickoff Sunday!
Beginning September 12, we are happy to announce our return to full-length services with slightly adjusted timing. We look forward to worshipping with you at the following times:

9:00 am Contemporary Worship,
Fusion (Youth) Worship,
and Sunday School

10:15 am Liturgical Worship

11:11 am Word and Worship
and Kids' Word
Ministry News
Please register so that we can plan for your child.
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

Nursery Care (6 mos - 2 yrs)
This will return once we have staff for it.
If you or anyone you know is interested in this weekly, paid position, please reach out to Amanda @
We need YOU to make our kids’ programs work. While we have enough volunteer teachers to kick-off the year, we still need more hands to ensure that programming can continue through the year. So, can you invest an hour once a month in the spiritual growth of your child and the children of our congregation? Please reach out to Amanda or Laura for more information on how you can help!

Amanda Mandia
Children's Ministry Director

Laura Siegle
Asst. Director, Children's Ministry
On Sunday, September 19th from 5:30 - 8:00 pm, Elevation – our Sunday evening youth group – kicks off with our annual Elevation Kickoff Carnival. Elevation is for all students in grades 7-12 and meets on Sunday evenings. The final details of this event are still being planned, but see the flier below for what we have planned thus far. Our Elevation Kickoffs are always a great way to meet new people, get to know our incredible youth group leaders, and to have a blast to kick off the new year. 
Sunday, September 19, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Deborah Schultheiss
Director of Caring Ministries


Divorce Care Fall Semester
Monday nights beginning September 13
7:00-9:00 pm
For information and registration, please go to: 

Grief Share Fall Semester
Thursday nights beginning September 16
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, September 16
Welcome, Cindy Betancourt!
We are pleased to welcome Cindy Betancourt to our staff team as our part-time administrative assistant, covering the front desk during the mornings. Cindy will begin her role on Monday, September 13.

Cindy was born and raised in New Jersey until 2007, when she moved to Doylestown with her husband Claude and their two daughters, Sarah and Amelia. After “commuting” back to their old home church for a several months, the family was invited to Doylestown UMC by neighbors. The girls enjoyed Sunday school and youth activities, and Cindy found a community of women in CrossPoints. Both girls and Cindy have also been part of the handbell groups.

Before becoming a “stay-at-home” mom, Cindy was employed at AT&T in NJ in various capacities – from the Communications Center and administrative support to systems testing.  While there, she completed a technology certificate in Data Center Support – AS400 and Windows.

In her leisure time, Cindy enjoys reading historical fiction, attending Bible studies, “yardening” and tending her small flock of chickens.

Cindy is excited to join the staff of Doylestown UMC in what feels like an extension of her Hospitality Committee role: an opportunity to welcome members and visitors to our church home...and we are delighted to have her!

P.S. Gay Brunt Miller will continue her full-time roll, working in a back office in the mornings and covering the front desk in the afternoons.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study: Begins September 15
"Emotions of the Heart"

You are invited to join Pastor Sunil for a 4-week study about getting free from guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy.

Starting Wednesday, September 15
10:00 am
Room 2
This study will be based on Andy Stanley's book, "Enemies of the Heart".
Lay Leader Insights: Trusting God
by Laurie Lewis, RN, Minister of Visitation, Lay Leader
The canine opera begins each day around 4:15 pm. It starts as a few soft whimpers, a woeful sound full of lament, and slowly builds to a crescendo at 4:45 pm. Our Cavalier Lady is sure we have forgotten dinnertime. Her dinner used to be served by her obedient staff at 6 pm, but she wore us down in 15 minute increments to 5:00 pm, where we have drawn the line. Her rendition of "O Solo Mio" is full of passionate appeal, trying to convince us of her need. Lady stares at us and the door where her food is kept.

Meanwhile, we are carrying on with life, seemingly deaf to her plea. We pet her and try to comfort her, but we are speaking a different language. She was fed a nutritious breakfast, and we fully intend on feeding her dinner. We have a plan, but feeding her too much or too soon is not good for her health.

As I was praying about a tough situation the other day, trying to convince God of the soundness of my plan, it struck me that we often do the same thing as Lady. We ask God to remedy a situation, provide a solution, and then wonder why God is taking so long. We may whine and complain about life, asking why it has to be this way, when life would be so easy if God would just listen to our plans.

God, in His wisdom, sees the whole picture and all that must fall into place. Our Lord knows what is best for us and allows the answers to come in his time. He hears our pleas, sees our discomfort, and tries to give us peace. Our Creator tries to remind us to trust, but often we are too busy singing our own opera to hear or feel that leading. Learning to trust God is a process, like building muscles. Trust is built in small increments when the trials of life are minor so that when the crisis comes, the trust is stronger and able to endure.
In your prayer be honest with God, cry out, make your requests, and then trust that God hears you, knows what is best, and already has a plan in place when the time is right.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;” Proverbs 3:5

Listen to this beautiful song by Kari Jobe, "The More I Seek You".
 DUMC’s 2021 Peach Festival Was a Resounding Success!
Outreach Ministries would like to thank everyone who volunteered and attended this year’s Peach Festival on Saturday, August 28. Our hope was not only to raise funds in support of select missions, but also to help our church take a step toward returning to normalcy by hosting an event that would bring us together for food, fun, and fellowship.

Mission Accomplished!

We had a strong and steady turn out and got to see some old friends we haven’t seen in a while, as well as listen to some awesome musicians and singers. The final tally isn’t in yet, as there are still a few baskets that need to be claimed, but we estimate we raised just under $4,500 in support of Hope International and the three missionary teams we are supporting this year.

So many people put in countless hours to make the day successful. We can’t name everyone but would like to send a special shout out to Karen Lyon, Sally D’Amico, Judy Napoleon, Jack and Paula Young, Laurie Lewis, Kate Schaeffer and our Sounds of Faith and Power of Grace teams for making this event special. Your hard work and dedication made this possible!
Feed My Sheep is Back!
September Mission of the Month: 8th Annual Central Bucks MobilePack
Please join us on Sunday, October 10 for the 8th Annual Central Bucks MobilePack at Delaware Valley University (in the Mumgis Student Center). We will be hosting a Doylestown UMC packing shift from 12:45-2:45 pm. This is a great fellowship opportunity for the people of all services to get back together, see friends, and be more “normal.”

The tragic results of drought, conflict, and COVID are that starvation and malnutrition are trending higher than ever before. New statistics from the United Nations suggest as many as 25,000 people are dying per day because they don’t have enough to eat. And while we may despair at that reality, we should be encouraged to do something to help. The MobilePack is the answer to “What can I do?

This MobilePack aims to assemble as many meals as possible in four days, with a goal of 754,272. That is enough life-saving meals to feed 2,006 kids a meal a day for a year!

To allow for greater distancing this year, we can only accommodate 170 people in our shift (compared to 330 in previous years), so signup is "first come, first served". Masks are encouraged.

We ask for your prayers, your time, your talents, and your treasure as we seek to raise $250,000 to make this event successful. Please use the buttons to the right to contribute financially and sign up to help with DUMC's shift. 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!

PS: If you are not comfortable signing up online, please contact the church office at 215-348-5224. To contribute financially, you may also use the pink Mission of the Month envelopes or note "September Mission of the Month" on your offering check.
Kingdom Growth Committee hosts info sessions on Legacy Giving 
The Kingdom Growth Committee
will be hosting sessions on

Legacy Giving
October 3 and December 5
1:00 - 2:00 pm

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

Please sign up to attend one of the sessions on our Signup Genius: 
Discovery Service Projects: Signup for a virtual presentation
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
September 26, 2021
1:00 - 2:30 PM

Dear friends,

Have you ever thought about how you can make a difference through mission work? Discovery Service Projects is a non-denominational volunteer organization that supports mission efforts across the United States and around the world.

Learn how one couple was able to inspire hundreds of volunteers, develop partnerships with local leaders to fight hunger, provide aid for construction of schools and community centers, and support microfinancing for small businesses.

Join us for a virtual look back at our beginnings, our mission and projects, and learn how you can be a part of this incredible journey.
We Invite Your Prayers
Health & Healing
Leo, Larry, Angela, Alan, John, Dennis, Amy, Gigi, Craig & Family, Julie, Mom, Debbie, Jason, Noreen, Kristen, Nancy, Erin, Amechi, Ann

Life Struggles
Andrew & family, Chris, those with storm damage, Haiti, Afghanistan, students from K through college, COVID

John, Susan, Cynthia

Wyatt’s Family
Ladies: Please join us for Circle of Friends!

Please join us! Circle of Friends will be gathering for our September meeting, outdoors, at Kerri Murray's house on Wednesday, September 15 at 6:30 pm. We are a very welcoming women's group and would love to have you join us! We are collecting food items to support The Vine this month. Please contact Sue Holihan at for more information." 
In Brief
PAMPERED BY GRACE women's bible study starts on Sunday, September 12, 6:30-8:30 pm in person! Our first study is The Chosen--an online mini-series about Jesus’ ministry. View the trailer here. We will watch a video and discuss the episode. A workbook for this study can be ordered from or Amazon. Join us and engage with Jesus in a totally new way! And yes, we will have snacks. 😊
Blood Drive @ Doylestown United Methodist Church
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Call 1-800--RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter: doylestownumc to schedule an appointment.
Reflections, a new women’s bible study, begins Tuesday, September 14, 7:00-8:30 pm in Room 22. The first 7-week study by Priscilla Shirer is called "Elijah: Faith and Fire". We hope you can join us! Click here to see a flyer that includes the schedule for the year. Please RSVP to Laura Herbst at if you would like to attend any or all of the studies.
Men's Bible Study meets Wednesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:00 pm in
Room 10. Questions? Contact Ken Kugel.

Heading to College or Grad School? We'd like to stay in touch! If you (or a family member) are headed off to college/university/grad school, etc., please take a minute to give us your/their contact information!
The DUMC Book Group meets the 4th Sunday of every month in
Room 2. Next meeting is Sunday, September 26 at 4:00 pm; Discussion - The Girl with the Louding Voice (fiction) by Abe Daré. To learn more, please contact Judy Coleman at 215-345-0797. New members welcome!  Click here for upcoming selections.
All are welcome to help assemble and freeze meals for delivery to the needy, isolated, shut-in, or elderly in the greater Philadelphia area. Please contact Beth Fitz for more information: 215-601-8748. Meets the third Wednesday of each month. Next meeting: Wednesday, September 15, 12:30 pm.
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!

Coming Up This Week
Fall Kick Off!*
  • 9:00 am Contemporary Service (In-Person and Online)
  • 9:00 am Fusion (Youth) Worship*
  • 9:00 am Sunday School*
  • 10:15* am Liturgical Service (In-Person and Online)
  • 11:11 am Word & Worship (In-Person and Online*)
  • 11:11 am Kids' Word*

DUMC Church Picnic at Peace Valley Park
Pavilion 5
12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
See above for details

Pampered by Grace women's bible study (First week!)
  • 6:30-8:30 pm
Blood Drive
  • 3:00 - 8:00 pm

Reflections women’s bible study (First week!)
  • 7:00-8:30 pm in Room 22
Wednesday Morning bible study (First week!)
  • 10:00 am in Room 2

Caring for Friends
  • 12:30 pm in the kitchen
Sunday Mornings at DUMC
  • 9:00 am Contemporary Service (In-Person and Online)
  • 9:00 am Fusion (Youth) Worship
  • 9:00 am Sunday School
  • 10:15 am Liturgical Service (In-Person and Online)
  • 11:11 am Word & Worship (In-Person and Online*)
  • 11:11 am Kids' Word

  • 5:30 to 8:00 pm
For more events coming up in the next month, 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
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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Methodist Church
320 East Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901

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