Week of January 22, 2023

Included in this issue:

  • MLK Day of Service was a HUGE success!
  • Nursery care returns in February!
  • Mark you calendar for our February 5 All-Church meeting

Read on for all the details!

Current Worship Series!

For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles

This worship series complements our small group All-Church Bible Study!

9:00 am

Contemporary Worship*

Sunday School



Wesley Class


  10:10 am

Liturgical Worship*


11:11 am

Word & Worship*

Kids' Word


  *Live broadcast

For links: DoylestownUMC.com

January 8 - Living as Exiles

January 15 - Blessing as a Family

January 22 - Seeking God Through Work

Colossians 3:23-24

January 29 - Flourishing with Order

February 5 - Wisdom is Action

February 12 - Wonder Transforms Us

February 19 - Present Hope of a Coming Kingdom

Exciting news: Our Nursery will reopen staring in February!

Scroll down for details.

Recent Worship Statistics

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

In-person attendance for January 15: 292

Online views: 221*

*Online numbers represent the number of views (or households), not the number of individuals watching. As of December 4, 2022, this number also includes children in

Sunday School/Anchor and Kid's Word.

PLEASE NOTE: We expect the 2023 offering envelopes to arrive by early February. In the meantime, please feel free to use the envelopes in the pews or a plain envelope--just write your name on the outside. Thanks for your patience and your faithful giving! 

Ministry News

Wendy Arnott, Director


Laura Siegle, Assistant Director




Thank you to everyone who made our Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service a success!! DUMC hosted 84 volunteers from Kutz Elementary, Girls Scouts and our congregation. Together we made 61 blankets that will be distributed through the Linus project. Such a fun day!


Starting Sunday, February 5, our Nursery will reopen with care for children, birth through five years of age. Nursery hours will be 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. There will also be nursery care during the Wednesday Lenten Services. The nursery staff and volunteers are “Safe Sanctuary” certified and have all relevant background checks completed. For more details, contact Wendy at WArnott@Doylestownumc.com



DUMC Kids is in need for a volunteer to join our teaching team in our Preschool – Kindergarten Sunday school class. There are six dates between now and June that need to be filled. No previous experience is needed! Please email Wendy at WArnott@Doylestownumc.com if you are interested. 

Looking for ways to share God’s love with others? Come join the fun by volunteering with DUMC Kids at Sunday school, VBS, and special events. Sign up HERE or let Wendy or Laura know! 

Learn more about Children's Ministry

For more information

about Student Ministries,

please contact Pastor Paul PGeorgulis@doylestownumc.com



Sunday, January 15, 2023

6:00-7:30 pm


Join us this Sunday at Elevation as we continue our new teaching series that will focus on New Year's Resolutions and what they can mean for our spiritual growth. This New Year, what if you made resolutions you didn’t give up on by February? The goal of this series is to let the Bible shape your resolutions and rely on God to help you keep them. Imagine that: actually keeping your resolutions!


We will also be playing an interactive group game, eating food, watching our always hilarious Stupid Video of the Week, and having small group discussions. 


Hope to see you there!

2023 Confirmation Class

is Coming!

Students in Grade 7 or above who are interested in exploring their faith, preparing themselves to make a profession of faith – making their faith their own – and learning more about being an active member of the church are invited to be part of our upcoming Confirmation Class. Classes will be held on Thursday evenings, 6:15-7:15 pm, beginning on February 16. The Confirmation ceremony is planned for Sunday, May 21.

Click here for more info

Click here for DUMC Student Ministries 2022-2023 Calendar.

Learn more about Student Ministries

For more information about Grief Share and other programs of Caring Ministries, please click the link below or contact Pastor Sunil:

Email: Pastor Sunil

Phone: 215-348-5224

Thursday nights

7:00-9:00 pm

Room 2

The new semester

begins March 9.

Click here for more info!

Learn more info about Caring Ministries

Feature Article

Lay Leader Insights: Roots

by Laurie Lewis, Lay Leader

Do you know the name of the giant tree with the most shallow roots? California redwoods! Topping out at 378 feet tall, and 20 feet or more in diameter, their root systems have a depth of only 6-12 feet--relatively shallow compared to their height.

I’ve come to realize that roots matter. They not only provide a tree with the nutrients it needs to survive, but also with the stability to withstand a storm. Strong winds may come, but a tree with deep roots will survive that storm. Redwoods defy that logic. The redwoods stay standing because their shallow roots intertwine with the roots of the other redwood trees. They are literally holding each other up. The trees grow in close proximity to each other, so they can share nutrients and physically support each other. Beneath the surface, their roots look like one massive system. Their roots provide strength, and their strength lies in their connection with each other.

Read more....

Prayer Corner


Praying for Our Congregation,

Community, and World 

Praise: Family, test results, new baby, joy in worship


Health & Healing: Wendy, Norma, Lola, Karen, Claire, Julie, Walt, Mark, René, Bob, Lee, David, Tina, Ru, Donna, Paul, Marilyn, Barb, Felicia, Grace, Elizabeth, Joe, Judy, Sherri, Leslie, Greg, Lauren, Joe, Arthur, Morgan, Lindsey, Jason, Ed, Joanna, Beth, Nancy


Life Struggles: Amy, Andi & Michael, George & June, family, healing & direction, Melissa, a friend, Naren, Sara, Carol, DUMC, Kay, CBSD, our country and leaders, Ukraine, those serving abroad


Hospice: John, Faith, Ann


Grief: Gail, Mikie, Cyndi, Ann


"The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."

Psalm 121:8

~Laurie Lewis and the Congregational Care Team

CLICK HERE to submit your prayers and praises!

Upcoming Events at DUMC

Our Next 12 Hours of Prayer:

Wednesday, February 1

6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Take a few minutes from the hectic pace of life to slow down...breathe...and be part of our next 12 Hours of Prayer event. Join with your DUMC sisters and brothers to form a continuous 12-hour chain of prayer. Take an intentional 15 minutes to praise and thank our amazing God...and bring the needs of our community, our church, and yourself before God's throne.

Watch for a signup link in next week's Connections

All-Church Meeting

Mark your calendars and plan to join us on Sunday, February 5, from 2:00-3:30 pm for an All-Church Meeting. This will be an opportunity to hear about the vision for 2023 and how the budget will support that vision.

All proceeds from the Lenten Soup Supper offerings will benefit The Vine. They are looking to purchase tents for an outreach partner.

Sundays in Lent

"Jesus as the Messiah"

(from the

Gospel of John)

9:00 / 10:10 / 11:11


in Lent

"Voices Around

the Cross"

7:00 pm

Opportunities to Serve and Engage

February 7

4:30 pm to 7:00 pm



United Methodist Church


 $10 per individual / $25 per family

Either buy at the door or let Karen know you are coming!

 Come enjoy supper and support

Discovery Service Projects


DSP Volunteers - Come catch up with friends!

Meet some new friends!


Volunteers needed

Setting up / Serving / Clean-up

Any time between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Contact: Karen Lyon: lyonpool2@gmail.com  215-470-7698

Altar Flowers

Would you like to honor or remember a loved one? Your gift of altar flowers for our Sanctuary will be acknowledged in our Sunday bulletin. Following the 10:10 service, flowers can be taken home or donated for delivery to members who are homebound.

And did you know that our altar flowers are arranged by a small group of talented artists from DUMC? They are!

See the bulletin board in our lobby or contact the church office for details and to reserve a date.

Caring for Friends Update

Caring for Friends had a wonderful turnout for their January meal packing event. They packed 123 meals in a very fast 30 minutes and welcomed four first-time volunteers!

February 15 is their next meal packing event. CLICK HERE to email Cindy Biehl to receive email reminders and information about upcoming meals and packing events.

Click on the images below for more information.

For even more ways to get involved at DUMC:

Thank you!

Lenape Valley Foundation is very appreciative of the gift cards received from DUMC. LVF was able to help a total of 473 people with all the gifts they received from the community over the holidays.

Bucks County Housing Group also expressed their thanks for the gift cards from DUMC.

The Preschool at DUMC

Click for more information!

Winter Weather is Coming!

Winter weather may soon be upon us....


Before you venture out when the weather is bad, please:


Check our church website at DoylestownUMC.com


Call the Worship Service Hotline


We will have the closings or service changes on both. A determination will be made by 9:00 pm on Saturday evening for Sunday morning services.


During weekdays, we will generally follow the lead of Central Bucks School District regarding cancellations. Any additional evening closures will be decided by 4:00 pm.

In Case You Missed It....

"Headin' for the Promised Land"

Sanctuary Choir

"He is Our All in All"

Youth Bells

"Give Me Your Eyes"

Sounds of Faith

Coming up....

Sun., February 5: All-Church Meeting

Wed., February 22: Ash Wednesday & Lenten Soup Suppers begin!

For a detailed calendar of what's coming up

in the next four weeks, Click here!


Your event isn't listed? Need to reserve a room?

Please call (215) 348-5224 or

email Cindy Betancourt.


Missed something in the last edition of Connections? Click here!

Want to connect with a staff member?

Please feel free to call or email us!

Wendy Arnott, Dir. of Children's Min

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

Kristian Frikke-Schmidt, Contemp. Worship Ldr

Trevor Foster, AVL Technical Coord

Pastor Paul Georgulis, Assistant Pastor

Jane Gregoire, Director-Children's Bells Randall Hartman, Organist

Stephanie Hume, Director of Music

Laurie Lewis, Lay Leader/Min of Visitation

Ethan Luginbuhl, ProPresenter Tech

Amanda Mandia, Web Specialist

Gay Brunt Miller, Administrative Assistant

Scott Shead, Live Streaming Technician

Laura Siegle, Asst 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)

Click Here for Staff In-Office Schedule

To schedule facilities, please contact Cindy Betancourt.

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to GMiller@DoylestownUMC.com

by noon on Monday

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