For the Week of September 5, 2021
Included in this issue:
  • September 5 worship & communion info
  • Fall Kickoff is September 12 - see what you need to know!
  • September Mission of the Month: 8th Annual Central Bucks MobilePack
  • Kingdom Growth Committee hosts info sessions on Legacy Giving 
  • Wednesday morning bible study begins September 15, 10:00 am
  • Choir update
Worship News

Join us for
Summer Sunday Worship

In person and online
9:00 am Contemporary Worship
10:00 am Liturgical Worship
In person
11:11 (am) Word & Worship
(Livestreaming will begin again on September 12)
Come as you are and be encouraged!
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 5
"Let's Pray Together"
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.
Chronicles 7:14 (New Living Translation)

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
Isaiah 56:7 (New Living Translation)

I will bring them to my holy mountain of Jerusalem
    and will fill them with joy in my house of prayer.
I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices,
    because my Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations.
Matthew 18:19-20 (New Living Translation)

“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”
This week
we will celebrate
the sacrament of
Holy Communion
Altar Flowers
The flowers on the sanctuary altar
this Sunday are presented

in memory of Arthur Giddings
on his birthday.

Given by: Marilyn Webster

Fall Kickoff!
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
Last week...
Thank you to all who worshipped with us in person and online!
Sunday, August 29: over 285 people
Church Picnic
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!
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
in the afternoons of
October 3 and December 5.

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: 
Choir Update
I’m excited to start the Children/Youth/Adult Choirs, but due to the Delta variant in our area, we’ve decided to set a tentative start date of October 3.

I’ll still be recruiting! The congregation is looking forward to having us back.

If you have any questions please contact:
Stephanie Hume
Music Director
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".
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.
For Your Prayers
We invite your prayers....

Return of Peach Festival, Hank is 101 yrs old & his great granddaughter is 1!

Health & Healing
Heather, Jack, Jane, Debbie, Jason, Jim, John, George, Noreen, Gretchen, Ann, Nancy, Erin, Amechi, Kim, Denise, Leo, Larry, Angela

Life Struggles
Students, teachers, parents, school personnel, New Orleans, Afghanistan, Haiti, vaccinations, our church

Murphy family, Giovinazzo family, Winton family & friends, those who died in Kabul bombing
Lay Leader Insights: Hope
by Laurie Lewis, RN, Minister of Visitation, Lay Leader
Remember, as a child, waiting for Christmas morning? Time seemed to go so slowly. You created a wish list out of the Sears toy catalog and couldn’t wait to see what you would get. Hope was in the air. It was a magical time of the year when anything felt possible.

When scripture tells us to have faith like a child, we are encouraged to capture that feeling of hope. Believe that anything is possible. Have only positive expectations. This does not mean to remain naïve to reality, but rather to trust God in all situations. To wait patiently for God to lead you.

That is hard as an adult used to being in control and setting our plans. God encourages us to seek His wise counsel, pray and wait expectantly. As we look for God to answer, we can become weary, especially when life is full of trials. We have lived through many unusual events in the last 18 months, any one of which could have derailed our trust in God. Yet God is not surprised. Why God allows trials is a question with which we all struggle, even when we’ve been to seminary!

God reminds us often to have hope, to be awake to God acting in the world, and to trust that the Creator of the Universe can handle what we don’t understand. “God is good, God is good to you, and God is good at being God” says Lysa TerKeurst, a Christian author. Scripture is God’s promise to us. Have hope.

“Our soul waits patiently for the Lord: he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in God, because we trust his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” Psalm 33:20-22
The Changing Landscape of COVID
In light of rising local concern about the spread of the Delta variant, DUMC asks the following of those who gather in person for worship:

  • All adults and children 3 & over are encouraged to wear masks at all times while at church.
  • If you have any symptoms of illness, including sore throat, cough, fever, body aches, GI problems, etc., please worship from home.

The situation is changing by the week. The church will continue to consider guidance from the CDC as well as state and local health departments. Thank you for your support of DUMC as we navigate this ambiguous circumstance while trying to maintain a positive atmosphere in which to worship God and be His witnesses.

Laurie Lewis, RN, DUMC Health Official
Sunil Balasundaram, Sr. Pastor
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!
September Blood Drive
Blood Drive
Doylestown United Methodist Church
Overholt Hall
320 E. Swamp Road (Route 313)
Doylestown, PA 18901
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Please call 1-800--RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter: doylestownumc to schedule an appointment.
Ministry News
Sunday School @ 9:00 am
Kids’ Word @ 11:11 am
and Nursery Care
will return in person on September 12,
and we couldn’t be happier!
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
  • Sunday, September 12 – Fusion starts up again! 9:00 am in the Worship
  • and Youth Center
  • Sunday, September 19 – Elevation Kickoff – 5:30-8:00 pm – More details coming soon
  • Saturday, October 9 – One-Day Mission Trip to Philadelphia – More details coming soon
For more information, contact Pastor Paul: or 267-245-7874
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
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. 😊
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.

WANTED: A man to join the Handbell Choir to ring bass bells. Experience would be wonderful but not necessary. Training is available. Contact Diana Durbin, Director: 215-801-0953 (cell); 215-348-7130 (home)
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. 
Third Wednesday of each month, 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
Worship Services
In-Person and Online Worship Services
  • 9:00 am Contemporary Service
  • 10:15 am Liturgical Service
In-Person (online returns in fall)
  • 11:11 am Word & Worship
Church office closed for Labor Day
Fall Kick Off!*
  • 9:00 am Contemporary Service (In-Person and Online)
  • 9:00 am Fusion (Youth) Worship*
  • 9:00 am Sunday School*
  • 9:00 - 11:00 am Nursery Care (3 mths - 2 yrs)*
  • 10:15* am Liturgical Service (In-Person and Online)
  • 11:11 am Word & Worship (In-Person and Online*)
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Nursery Care (3 mths - 5 yrs)*
  • 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
For more events coming up in the next month, CLICK HERE!
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Please call (215-348-5224) or email Gay Brunt Miller.
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Pastor Sunil Balasundaram, Senior Pastor
John Bechtel, Business Administrator
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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