Week of August 7, 2022

Included in this issue:

  • Last week to bring in backpack supplies!
  • Staff Snapshot: Laurie Lewis
  • July 31 was a great day of worship & pancakes, new friends & old 
  • Fall Sunday School registration is OPEN!

Join us for Worship!

9:00 am

Contemporary Worship*

Wesley Class


10:10 am

Liturgical Worship*


11:11 am

Word & Worship*


*Live broadcast

For links: DoylestownUMC.com

Sunday School/Anchor and Kids' Word

will return in the fall.

This Week We Will Celebrate

Holy Communion

July 31 was a great day

of worship & pancakes,

new friends & old

Thank you to ALL who helped make last Sunday extra special! We welcomed a number of visitors and were delighted to see some folks whom we have not seen for a while. Our men did a superb job with the breakfast. The music in both services was wonderful, and a good time was had by all! (Scroll down for a slide show of the breakfast and a couple video highlight clips from the services.)

Recent worship statistics:

Thank you to all who worship with us in person and online. 

Total attendance, July 31: 282

Total attendance includes online statistics. Online numbers represent the number of views (or households), not the number of individuals watching.

AUGUST Worship Theme:

Quotes That Make No Sense,

and How the Bible Answers Them

Ever wonder what a particular quote meant? Or why some seemingly profound quotes actually contradict each other, like: “too many cooks spoil the broth,” and “many hands make light work”. This month we will look at some quotes that are used rather frequently--but upon closer scrutiny may not make much sense--and how the Bible frequently teaches just the opposite.

August 7: "Love is Blind"

Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 13:4-13

This quote implies that love can blind us to the faults of others. But is that what real love is? On the contrary, love gives even more clarity, especially within a relationship. This is shown in Jesus’ sacrifice of dying for us even while we were undeserving sinners, which is the essential meaning of the word “grace.”

If God sees us so clearly and yet gave/gives all to us, what does it say about the nature of (true) love between two humans?

August 14: "Give Them a Taste of Their Own Medicine"

August 21: "Rules are Made to be Broken"

August 28: "Don't Worry, Be Happy"

Ministry News

Amanda Mandia, Director


Laura Siegle, Assistant Director


It’s that time again! Register today for kids’ Sunday programming! We can’t wait to see you!


Learn more about Children's Ministry

Pastor Paul Georgulis

Pastor of Student Ministries



DUMC Student Ministries

Freddy Hill Farms Mini Golf Trip – Sunday, August 21st

DUMC Student Ministries has another summer event coming up on Sunday, August 21. We will be traveling to Freddy Hill Farms in Lansdale to engage in some mini golf playing and ice cream eating. This event is for all students in grades 7-12 including those who are about to enter into the 7th grade and those who have recently graduated from high school but who have not yet moved away to college. Friends are welcome as well!

We will meet at the church at 1:30 pm and travel together to Freddy Hill Farms. We will return to the church at 5:00 pm for pickup. In order to plan rides appropriately, we need RSVP’s for this event. So, if you are a student or the parent of a student and are planning to come, please contact Pastor Paul. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask!


For more information, to ask questions, or to sign up, contact Pastor Paul: PGeorgulis@DoylestownUMC.com or 267-245-7874

Learn more about Student Ministries

For more information about these and other programs of Caring Ministries, please click the link below or contact the Director, Deborah Schultheiss Email: Deborah Schultheiss

Phone: 215-348-5224

Caregivers' Support Group

No meeting in August

Next meeting:

Thursday, September 8

Monday nights

7:00-9:00 pm


Next session

begins September 12

Thursday nights

7:00-9:00 pm

Next session

begins September 15

Learn more info about Caring Ministries

Question of the Week

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One quick question....

Once a week....

Some for helpful information....

Some "just for fun"....

Virtual Engagement: A few weeks ago Pastor Paul wrote an article in Connections about how we are inviting people who worship with us online to also engage with us virtually (click here to read article). The hope is to develop a sense of community, even among people worshipping in different locations.

If you worship with us online, have you responded in the comments while watching live?
I sometimes or frequently response in the comments!
I haven’t yet, but I'll try it.
I don’t feel comfortable responding.
I’m not interested in interacting in that way.
I don't understand how to enter a response.
I worship in person, not online.

Results of last week's "QOTW"

Thanks to those who participated last week! 

Caption this Picture!

Here are the responses we received:

  • Angels at work
  • How hard does an Angel have to work to earn his wings?
  • Surfing the Internet: Wings optional?!
  • No wonder I wear glasses!
  • Even Angels find many ways to communicate with God!
  • Speak of the Angel!
  • I almost thought that was Pastor Sunil!

Your G.I.F.T.S. Are Needed!

(G.I.F.T.S. = Growing in Faith to Serve)

Are you gifted in areas of building and grounds maintenance? Do you have a legal or insurance background? Are you involved with investments, electronics or interior decor? 

If you have skills and/or interest in any of these or related areas, DUMC could use you in ministry! Email Pastor Sunil to learn more! (Recommendations of others are also appreciated.)

Also needed -

people who are gifted in areas of:

  • Sales and marketing
  • Communion Assistants (1 or 2 people for the entire year; several additional people who are willing to help periodically)
  • Digital media skills (e.g. websites, podcasting, etc.)
  • Finance (e.g. accountant, banker, realtor, business administrator or owner, etc.)

Is God nudging you to use your gifts in any of these areas for the ministry of DUMC? Or can you recommend someone else? If so, please reach out to Pastor Sunil!

Feature Articles

From the Desk of

Pastor Sunil

John 17 records a prayer that Jesus prayed very specially for his disciples and followers – both then and now. I am struck by one theme he repeats – that of “one-ness,” of unity (not uniformity):


“…that they may be one as we are one (v.11)…that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you (v.21)… that they may be one as we are one (v.22)…I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. (v.23)” 

Read more....

Staff Snapshot:

Laurie Lewis

Many of DUMC’s dedicated staff work hard behind the scenes and may not be seen or known by many. We thought you might enjoy getting to know them better, and not just their job responsibilities, but who they really are. We will be featuring different staff members over the coming months, giving you a little glimpse into what makes them tick, smile, and sometimes laugh and cry.

This month we feature Laurie Lewis, our Lay Leader and Minister of Visitation.

Read article

Lay Leader Insights:

Living Water

Jesus talks about living water several times in the Bible. Water was a precious resource in the arid climate where the Israelites lived. So to hear the promise of water would attract listeners to his message. But Jesus meant more than drinkable water.

For plants and trees to grow they have to develop deep roots to access nourishment. That applies to us as well. Jesus' messages were about more than drinking water. Jesus spoke about the refreshing of our spirit with living water. To have deep roots in the Bible and an active relationship with God, our sustainer. 

Read more....

S u r v e y

Please take a few minutes to complete the Activate survey. Your participation will help us assess how well we are communicating our missions work.

Please respond

by August 22

Click here (or scan the QR Code) to begin the survey.


August Mission of the Month

The Well 


The mission of The Well is to provide sanctuary along with an array of support services and educational opportunities for women who have been trafficked, forced to partake in non-consensual sex acts, and sexually exploited.

Developed primarily as a safe house, The Well’s residential program

provides long-term secure housing as a haven from social, psychological and economic factors. Services are provided free of charge and are aimed at developing a foundation of recovery and stability, leading to independent and healthy lives.


Worthwhile Wear has thrift stores that support The Well. They have a store in Plumsteadville and recently opened a new store in Collegeville. They are always looking for donations of clothing and household goods. The thrift stores are also a great place to volunteer! Please consider enrolling as a volunteer and signing up for a time slot. Go to https://worthwhilewear.org/.


To learn more about The Well and Worthwhile Wear, come to the Peach Festival at 10:30 and hear founder and Executive Director Dan Emr speak, show slides, and answer questions.  

Donate to  Mission of the Month

Current Devotions & Bible Studies

Daily Devotions are BACK!

an encore presentation of the

Book of James

Available from our Website

"Surveying the Bible:

Why it is so important to Read it as One Unit"


10:00 am, Room 2

Now through August 24

(No study on August 10)

The Wesley Class

Adult Bible Study


9:00 am, Room 2



to join the class by Zoom!

Men's Bible Study

Current study:

"Experiencing God"


7:30 pm, Room 10

For more info: 


Prayer Corner

Praying for Our Congregation,

Community, and World 

Praise:  Pancake breakfast last Sunday, 102.5 year-old father-in-law doing so well, Joe, grain exports 

Health & Healing:  Aubrey, Barbara & Keith, Al, Traci, Mary, Jojo, Sally, Lance, Leslie, Mike, Mom, Barbara, Joe, Faith, Novita Pharma, Jim, Andrew, Mary & John, MaryJo, Connie, Lauren, Jon, Felicia, Erica, Steve, Theresa, Betty, Joe, Alison, Arthur, Karen, Morgan, Tyler, Lindsey, Rick, Ralph, Jason, Ed, Joanna, Sue, Beth, Prerna, Unnatte, Marcy & John, Stephanie, Nancy, Paul, Elise & Natalie 

Life Struggles: Nancy & Bob, Amy, Julie, George, Women's Rights, family, DUMC for the health of our congregation, Scott, Joe, Sara, Dianne, Teachers, CBSD/School Board/Superintendent, healing of division in our country, peace, Ukraine, families that are struggling, Kim, Bill, Military serving abroad, those without faith, DUMC camp week at Pocono Plateau 

Hospice:   Margaret, Gordon, Randy, Shirley 

Grief: The family & friends of Frank, Val, Cheryl Berger, Rich Williams and Terri Johnson; others who are grieving. 

Coming Up at DUMC

DUMC’s Annual Peach Festival

Saturday, August 27

 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Please join DUMC on Saturday, August 27, for our annual Peach Festival. This year we are bringing back an old favorite, THE WHITE ELEPHANT Flea Market. A tradition since the Peach Festival was created almost 50 years ago, the White Elephant provides donors the opportunity to clean out their closets and donate household items such as:

  • Plates
  • Glasses
  • Kitchen tools 
  • Games, puzzles
  • Kids toys
  • Small electronics in working order

Anything others may find valuable may be donated to DUMC to be resold to bargain hunters to raise money for DUMC mission outreach. Clean out your closets and donate used “stuff” that others may see as treasures! Donations accepted in Overholt Hall daily.

Beginning Sunday, August 7, you can shop at the White Elephant Flea Market on Sundays from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm and weekdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

If you wish to volunteer or prepare BAKED GOODS for the bake sale, click here or email George Witter at gtwitter@gmail.com with how you can help!

Fall Kick-Off

Sunday, September 11

9 am/10:10 am/11:11 am 

DUMC Night Out: 

Christian Comedian

Saturday, September 17

6:30 pm

Coming Soon!

On September 12, our two adult handbell groups will begin their fall rehearsals.

Summer is a good time for new ringers to come in for a few private sessions to learn some basic bell techniques. Reading music is not a requirement, but it is helpful. So if you are interested in ringing, this is a good time to try it with no pressure. You just might find a new fun activity for yourself.

Read more....

Help us get the word out!

Postcards are available announcing our

upcoming events.

Please help us

spread the word!

Pick up a few to share with your friends and neighbors!

Available in various

places in the lobby.

And more exciting events are in the works....

Watch for additional

announcements and information!

Opportunities to Serve and Engage

DUMC is again collecting backpacks and school supplies for the children served by the Methodist Services in Philadelphia (our July Mission of the Month).


There is a bin under the carport and containers in the lobby of DUMC through August 8 to collect new backpacks and new school supplies.

Volunteers are also needed to sort and pack supplies on Saturday,

August 13 at 9:00 am.


To volunteer or for more info, please contact Randy Hume:

(215) 996-1562 or rndhume@gmail.com 

More opportunities to

Serve ... Engage ... Connect

  • Coffee Fellowship
  • Caring for Friends seeks delivery person(s)
  • DUMC Book Group
  • Pins & Needles
  • Next blood drive
  • Honoring or remembering someone with altar flowers

Click here for more info!

Preschool News

Click here to register!

In case you missed it...

Please enjoy a few highlights of our services this past Sunday. Our complete services are available to watch from links on our website: www.DoylestownUMC.com

"Amazing Grace"

Lauren Dunckley

Slideshow from the

Pancake Breakfast

"Who You Are to Me"

Sounds of Faith & Power of Grace

For more great content from Doylestown UMC,

be sure to subscribe and watch "Doylestown UMC" on YouTube!

Click here for DUMC's YouTube Channel

What's Happening at DUMC

For 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 the last edition of Connections? Click here!

Save the Dates for These Future Events

  • Saturday, August 27: Peach Festival
  • Sunday, September 11: Fall Kickoff
  • Saturday, September 17: DUMC Night Out - Christian Comedian
  • Tuesday, October 4: Charge Conference
  • Friday-Monday, October 7-10: Feed My Starving Children (9th Annual Central Bucks MobilePack at Delaware Valley University)

Want to connect with a staff member?

Please feel free to call or email us!

Pastor Sunil Balasundaram, Sr Pastor

John Bechtel, Business Administrator

Cindy Betancourt, Receptionist

Kristen Bound, Social Media Coordinator

Ken Buckner, Weekend Building Specialist

Mark Charles, Evening Building Specialist

Diana Durbin, Director-Adult Bells

Trevor Foster, AVL Technical Coord

Pastor Paul Georgulis, Pastor of Student Min

Jane Gregoire, Director-Children's Bells

Randall Hartman, Organist

Beth HoultonContemporary Worship Leader

Stephanie Hume, Director of Music

Laurie Lewis, Lay Leader/Min of Visitation

Amanda Mandia, Dir of Children's Min

Gay Brunt Miller, Admin Assistant

Deborah Schultheiss, Dir/Caring Ministries

Scott Shead, Live Streaming Technician

Laura Siegle, Assistant Dir of Children's Min

Temple Sieger, 11:11 Worship Leader

Sean Smith, Facilities Manager 

Call us - phone: 215-348-5224 (phones are answered M-F, 9 am to 4 pm)

To schedule facilities, please contact Gay Brunt Miller.

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to GMiller@DoylestownUMC.com

by noon on Monday

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