For the Week of November 8, 2020
Worship This Week
Our Worship Focus This Week
Evangelism, Part 2
Jesus and the Woman caught in Adultery

Evangelism is more than just sharing one’s faith in Jesus Christ to people who don’t know Him so that they may accept Him as Savior, have their sins forgiven, and go to heaven! However important that is to our human destiny, that is not the only reason “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son…” (John 3:16).

Evangelism is sharing the whole Good News of Jesus, who He is, what He does for us, and how He wants to relate with us. Now! 

Join us this week as we dive deeper into why and how we are called to share the Good News. Families and small groups are also invited to use the attached discussion guide for further thought and conversation.
This Week's Scripture: John 8:1-11
(Select Verses from John 8:1-11)

“Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery. In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone women like this. What do you say?” 

“Whoever hasn’t sinned should throw the first stone.” Those who heard him went away, one by one, beginning with the elders. Finally, only Jesus and the woman were left in the middle of the crowd.

Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Is there no one to condemn you?” She said, “No one, sir.” Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on, don’t sin anymore.”
All Saints Day: Remembering Those Who Have Gone Before Us
In our services on Sunday, November 8, we will recognize the loss of the following members and constituents of the church who have died this past year:
Betty Shreffler – 11/8/19
Barbara Fuchs – 11/16/19
Donald Smith – 11/24/19
Jack Malley – 12/21/19
Ruth Leets – 1/18/20
Edna Herberg – 4/3/20
Paul Mulholland – 4/25/20
Tom Crawford – 7/1/20
Shari Cammon – 7/16/20
Al Holcombe – 8/18/20
Betty Oceanak – 8/23/20
Carolyn Young – 9/5/20
Barbara Erle – 10/3/20
Many of you have also lost a family member this year.
Our prayers are extended to you, and we celebrate their lives as well.
Altar Flowers

The altar flowers in the sanctuary this week
are given by the Aduba Family.


"Love and blessings
to all the faithful of our church family. 
You are always remembered and loved."

Three In-Person Worship Services Begin This Week: November 8
9:00 am
Contemporary Worship
Sanctuary
10:30 am
Liturgical Worship
Sanctuary
11:11 am
Word & Worship
Worship & Youth Center
DUMC leaders are excited to welcome you back into our indoor worship spaces for three different styles of worship* beginning Sunday, November 8.

With the continuing presence of the coronavirus, we know this must be done carefully, and we know that not everyone will be comfortable with in-person services, so we invite you to join us however you feel most comfortable. (See Health Connections, below, for more details.)

Each Monday you will receive an email with links for you to register online (preferred).
People without email may call the church office during business hours.
Seating is limited.**
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Registration will be needed each week
Registrations are accepted from 9:00 am Monday through Friday noon.
*Watch future issues of Connections for an announcement from Pastor Paul about the start of Fusion (youth worship).

**For your safety, seating is limited in each of our worship areas. Walk-ins can only be accommodated on a limited basis. Overflow seating during the 11:11 service will be available in Overholt Hall. We are in the process of installing cameras in the Sanctuary and hope to have overflow seating available for the 9:00 am Contemporary Service by the end of November.
Two Online Services Continue to be Available
Liturgical Worship
Online
Sunday at 8:30 am
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Recording can be viewed at your leisure after 10:00 am.
11:11 Word & Worship
Online
Sunday at 11:11 am
Please note time change to 11:11!
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Recording can be viewed at your leisure
after 1:00 pm.
Scattered geographically, but worshiping together by God's Spirit
Statistics from November 1, 2020 worship services

  • 198 views* of Online Liturgical Services
  • 147 views* of Online11:00 am Word & Worship Service, led by Power of Grace
  • 80 people present for In-person 9:00 am Park, Praise & Pray

Over 425 total people worshiped in DUMC services on November 1, 2020.

*A view represents 1 or more people worshiping on a single device
Confirmation 2020
Two Confirmation ceremonies were held for the 2020 Confirmation class over the last two weeks. A group of twenty-two students met for in-person classes for eight of the sixteen-week Confirmation class, and then had to switch to online classes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was wonderful to see them in person again and to share in this wonderful faith celebration with them. Congratulations to all!

Fourteen youth were confirmed on October 25 (pictured) and five more on November 1. (Arrangements are pending for three additional youth.)
Health Connections
by Laurie Lewis, RN, Minister of Visitation
Worshiping Safely In Person
 
When is the exact right time to begin worshiping indoors? We have struggled with that question while researching and instituting best practices, talking to other churches, and seeking informed guidance. The Moving Forward Team has met frequently to discuss what is best for our congregation.

After eight long months we are ready to celebrate worship indoors beginning November 8. Thank you to the worship teams and the audio-visual support teams that have nourished us with online and outdoor worship, while keeping themselves and us healthy. We are also grateful to those who have kept our church sanitized.

Here are just a few points to keep us safe as we come together for worship indoors:

  • In order to keep our risk of illness low, we must wear masks over our mouths and noses, AND practice social distancing.
  • We will clean the worship spaces before and after services.
  • Bathrooms are limited to one at a time.
  • We have instituted limits on meeting room capacity.
  • All areas where we gather will have good airflow with open doors/windows and fans in use. Moving air scatters airborne germs.
  • The Greeters will direct you to use hand sanitizer on entering and leaving the church.
  • All information needed for the service will be on the screens at the front of the church.
  • We invite you to hum, clap or dance but, unfortunately, no singing.
  • Offering boxes and prayer boxes will be available before and after worship by the doors. Online giving will continue to be available.
  • Seating is by reservation, using every other pew and chairs that are spaced apart. This limits how many we can seat in our worship spaces, so please reserve your place early.
  • Everyone attending the 9:00 Contemporary or 10:30 Liturgical services must enter through the main entrance for infection control. The 11:11 service participants will use the Worship and Youth Center entrance.

Yes, we will do things differently, but we welcome the opportunity to provide in-person worship. Online worship will continue to be available. Praising God, praying, hearing scripture and a great sermon are now available in several formats. We trust you will decide which is most comfortable for you.
From the Kingdom Growth Committee
A Lifetime of Ministries
 
Go in faith to love and serve…these words capture the essence of the Kingdom Growth Committee at DUMC and a legacy our members have lived up to since DUMC was founded. As faithful daughters and sons of Christ, we have been called upon to serve, using our God-given talents and resources to bring people to Him through supporting the many wonderful missions our Church supports which blesses those in need both here and abroad. Russ Durbin exemplifies this ideal.

Currently called to lead the coordination of speakers and topics for the Wesley Class, Russ Durbin has been a Christian and involved in ministry his entire life. Teaching, writing, performing, singing, preaching, visiting, administering, serving, being conference delegate – you name it and Russ probably was involved with it in some way. Within DUMC, Russ is most notably a lay minister.

The most touching stories of Russ’s ministries are of the compassion he shared while visiting many congregants who were homebound or hospitalized.  “By simply holding one’s hand at a bedside, sometimes you can feel God’s presence in the room,” Russ reflected.

How can you serve and impact God's Kingdom?

Consider the following:
Time:
Join a Bible Study or Small Group 
Talent:
Volunteer to serve on a DUMC committee
Treasure: 
Increase your weekly giving this month by 10%
A Daughter's Tribute to Another Much Admired DUMC Servant
What a privilege it is to be writing about my dad, Larry Glass, who has attended Doylestown United Methodist Church for 52 years. He and his lovely wife, Lola, were in the first group that moved to the new church on Swamp Road. He recently retired from 47 years as Financial Secretary, but has also had several other meaningful leadership roles in the church.

In the early years, he was Chairman of the Trustees, then became the manager of both the softball and bowling teams for almost 20 years. Later on, he taught middle schoolers for 8 years and the Adult Bible Discussion class for 18.  Larry sang in the Sanctuary Choir for 30+ years and served as Lay Leader during this time.

This past June, a beautiful red cedar tree was planted next to the church in honor of Larry and Lola. It represents the legacy of their significant contributions to this church, since Lola was the Music Director, organist and choir director for many years.

While you may not see him in these roles anymore, Larry is still very much committed to DUMC. I’m proud to be the daughter of such a hard-working, compassionate and loving servant of the Lord.  Here’s to a happy and blessed retirement, Dad!

~Beth Glass McKeown
Giving Opportunities
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!
The Vine's Thanksgiving Outside the Walls - Donations needed by November 9
The Vine will be holding our 4th Thanksgiving Outside the Walls event virtually this year. We're sad to not have a more hands-on approach; however, with the coronavirus, this seems like our best option to keep everyone safe.

Our team is working with Liberty USO, The Synergy Project Bucks, Bucks County Opportunity Council, R.J. Leonard Foundation, and many other area street outreaches, youth shelters, and rapid rehousing to provide Thanksgiving to all those in need of a hand up this holiday season. Some teams will receive a bag of groceries and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal. Other teams will receive bags with needed survival supplies and gift cards for warm meals.

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 deliver them to our totes (marked "The Vine" and available 24/7), located under the portico at our main entrance at the rear of the building. Donations MUST be received by Monday, November 9.
If you prefer to provide financial support for needed items and supplies,
please click the link below.
Many thanks in advance for the help this year!!
We love helping our neighbors in need and appreciate you joining in the effort.
Christmas Gift Card Giving 2020
Christmas is coming!

In the past many of you contributed gifts through the Children's Giving Tree Project (that benefited Methodist Services in Philadelphia) and donated gift cards for Lenape Valley Foundation and A Woman's Place.

Due to the pandemic, the need is even greater. Here's how you can help these same important ministries meet their needs this year.
Christmas Gift Card Giving 2020:
We are collecting $25 gift cards
by November 30
for Walmart * Target * Giant * ACME * Amazon
To give, please mail your $25 gift card(s) to the church (320 East Swamp Road, Doylestown, PA 18901), noting “CHRISTMAS” on the envelope OR drop off at the church office. You may designate which program you would like your card(s) to support, if you would like. Your generosity will bring light and care to those in need during the Christmas season. Thank you!
Click on each logo above to read more about these worthy ministries.
Ministry News

DUMC Kids!
Please don’t forget to drop off the Thanksgiving craft by November 20 to our front office area (there will be a box on the sign-in tables). These will bring so much joy to our senior communities who may not have the gift of family or children this Thanksgiving. Your kids can feel free to write a note or draw a picture on the back of them.

***If your craft kit seems incomplete,
please email Amanda Mandia and we can fix that. : )
Sign up today for our 2020/21 DUMC Kids’ Programs

Along with Kids’ Messages, your registration will make sure that your family is receiving information about our special events and updates as the year unfolds.
Elevation
Sunday, November 8, 2020

Middle School Elevation (grades 7-9): 4:00-5:15 pm
High School Elevation (grades 9-12): 5:30-6:45 pm

  • 9th graders may choose which group to attend each week, but may not attend both on the same day.
  • If you have a student in both groups and are unable to drive to the church to pick up and drop off multiple times, your students may come to the same group.
This week at Elevation, we will be wrapping up our “Goals” (MS) and “Free People” (HS) series’. For Middle School Elevation, we will be looking at using our freedom in Jesus to connect with the One who can grow us into the people we want to be. For High School Elevation, we will be discussing the importance of staying close to the Source of our freedom – Jesus.

Now that the weather is colder – and sometimes more wet – we are meeting indoors. All aspects of our in-person Elevation meetings will incorporate our largest meeting spaces, proper social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, and mask-wearing.
Divorce Care Fall Semester
Mondays, 7:00-9:00 pm at DUMC in Room 2
Socially distanced; masks are required

Information and online registration option can be found at DivorceCare.org. Contact Debbie Schultheiss with questions or to register: Email: Debbie Schultheiss; Phone: 215-348-5224
Grief Share Fall Semester
Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 pm at DUMC in Room 2
Socially distanced; masks are required

Information and online registration option can be found at GriefCare.org. To sign up, please contact Becky Van Dine by Email or phone 215-813-7436.
GriefShare Coordinators: Becky Van Dine, Betsy Bishop, Donna Harrison
DUMC Preschool Available Openings Now!
               Come Join the Fun!

  • 2-Day Preschool for 3-year olds, T/W or Th/F
  • 2-Day Preschool for 3-year olds (beginning January)
  • 3-Day AM Kindergarten Readiness for 4-year olds (beginning January)
  • 3-Day PM Kindergarten Readiness for 4-year olds
  • 5-day Growing Into Kindergarten for 5-6 year olds
  • 2-Day Discovery for 5-6 year olds

Please call us at 215-345-9775 or see our website at www.dumcpreschool.org.
Is God Calling You?
Do you have a voice for singing or an ear for playing upbeat contemporary Christian music? Would you like to be involved in a fun group of people who want to share the grace and love of God with others through song?   

Sounds of Faith will welcome Randy Hume to play keyboards on an interim basis with us as of November 8, but we are still seeking another keyboardist for the future to play with us as we lead the 9am Contemporary Worship Services. If you feel called to invest your time and talent as a keyboardist, vocalist or other musician with SOF, please reach out to Beth Houlton (bhoulton@yahoo.com) to learn more about the blessings in this opportunity to serve through our music ministry. 
In Brief
Join the Wesley Class Adult Bible Study LIVE on Zoom every Sunday at 9:30 am for fellowship, Bible study, and discussion. All are welcome! CLICK HERE to join.

The DUMC Book Group meets on the fourth Sunday of every month. Currently we meet via Zoom. New members are always welcome. To learn more about the group contact Judy Coleman at 215-345-0797. Our next meeting on Sunday, November 22 at 7:00 pm, where we will discuss the book, How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. The December 27, 2020 selection will be Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs.
Next Blood Drive
Doylestown United Methodist Church - Overholt Hall
Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

To schedule an appointment, contact Sue Holihan at 267-614-1935 or smholihan@comcast.net OR register at RedCrossBlood.org and use sponsor code: doylestownumc. Click here for more details.
Pictorial Directories are here! If you had your picture taken for it, we have a copy for you. How do you get it?

Monday to Friday: You can pick up your copy at the church between 9-11 am and 12-2 pm. They will be located on the counter outside the main church office in the Narthex (in last name alphabetical order).

People who did not have their pictures taken are welcome to an updated paper copy with contact information for the congregation.
Encouragement for the Week Ahead
Music for the Soul
Freely, Freely
Written by  Jimmy and Carol Owens

Kelli Estes, Aubrey Nelson and Laura Schachner
Paul Butt, organist; Jeremy Wood, pianist
First Methodist Houston
God So Loved
We The Kingdom

Enjoy this preview of a song that
Sounds of Faith will be leading this week!
And a little chuckle
We are here for you!
Want to connect with a staff member?
While most of us are busily working remotely, we are still available to you.
Please feel free to reach out to us!

General office hours for staff who have offices in the building:
Sean Smith, Facilities Manager: Monday to Friday, 9-11am and 12-2 pm
Pastor Sunil, Sr. Pastor: Mondays, 10 am-2 pm
Debbie Schultheiss, Director of Caring Ministries: Mondays, 12-4 pm
Gay Brunt Miller, Administrative Assistant: Tuesdays, 9-3 pm
John Bechtel, Business Administrator: Tuesdays, 9 am-1 pm and Wednesdays, 9 am-2 pm
Amanda Mandia, Director of Children's Ministries: Wednesdays 9 am-1:30 pm
Pastor Paul, Pastor of Student Ministries: Thursdays, 9 am-12 pm
We are also available in other ways or by appointment at other times:

  • Call us - phone: 215-348-5224 (phones are answered Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm)
  • Email us (click on name above to email)
  • Call or email us to make an appointment
Coming Up
November
8
Sunday
  • Online Liturgical Service - 8:30 am
  • In-person Contemporary Service (Sanctuary) - 9:00 am
  • In-person Liturgical Service (Sanctuary) - 10:30 am
  • In-person and online Word & Worship (Worship Center) - 11:11 am
November
8
Sunday
Middle School Elevation (grades 7-9): 4:00-5:15 pm
High School Elevation (grades 9-12): 5:30-6:45 pm
November
8
Sunday
Pampered by Grace
6:30 pm via Zoom
November
15
Sunday
  • Online Liturgical Service - 8:30 am
  • In-person Contemporary Service (Sanctuary) - 9:00 am
  • In-person Liturgical Service (Sanctuary) - 10:30 am
  • In-person and online Word & Worship (Worship Center) - 11:11 am
December
1
Tuesday
Red Cross Blood Drive
Email smholihan@comcast.net to secure your appointment.

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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