Week of July 31, 2022

Included in this issue:

  • Special schedule and happenings this Sunday...please help us welcome the community!
  • Peach Festival flea market, book sale, and silent auction opens Wednesday (9am-2pm weekdays, 9am-12:15pm Sundays)
  • We would really like to hear from YOU on the ACTIVATE survey!

Special Worship Schedule for July 31

It's going to be GREAT!

Please join us, won't you?!!

Be sure to join us for a very special Sunday this week. 

Liturgical Worship

9:00 am

Will include hymn stories and beloved songs of Isaac Watts, with Randall Hartman at the organ

Pancake Breakfast

9:30-11:30 am

We've invited the whole community to join us for our pancake breakfast, sandwiched between two services. 

Contemporary Worship

11:00 am

led by musicians from

Sounds of Faith

and Power of Grace

The pancake breakfast

will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with others, regardless of what service you typically attend, and also give a friendly welcome to our community guests.

Next week we resume

our regular worship schedule

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.

Recent worship statistics: Thank you to all who worship with us in person and online. Total attendance, July 24: 297

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"

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


Learn more about Children's Ministry

Pastor Paul Georgulis

Pastor of Student Ministries



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

Public Service Announcement

As of July 16, you are now able to call, text, or chat 988 from anywhere in the United States to be connected to a trained crisis counselor.

988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:

  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Mental health or substance use crisis, or
  • Any other kind of emotional distress

People can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.


988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.


Please share this information with everyone you know.

Click for more info & FAQ

Question of the Week

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One quick question....

Once a week....

Some for helpful information....

Some "just for fun"....

Caption this Picture!

Click here to suggest how you would caption this picture!

Results of last week's "QOTW"

Thanks to those who participated last week! 

Some of us have been part of DUMC for many years--others more recently. We thought it might be fun to see which of the senior pastors you first remember when you became part of the congregation. Which senior pastor do you first remember?

  • Sunil Balasundaram (2019-present) - 4 (6.5%)
  • Michael Murphy (2004-2019) - 20 (32.3%)
  • Steve McComas (2003-2004) - 3 (4.8%)
  • Brian Cloud (1987-2003) - 15 (24.2%)
  • Charles Whittaker (1976-1987) - 11 (17.7%)
  • Rowland Carlson (1964-1976) - 6 (9.7%)
  • John Althouse (1963-1964) - 1 (1.6%)
  • Paul Corson (1953-1963) - 2 (3.2%)
  • Thomas Young (1951-1952) - 0
  • Revs Palmer, Davidson, McCartney, Smith, Shalkop, Lewis, Weller, Prouse - 0

One person who remembered Rev. Paul Corson shared, "I remember Reverend Corson so vividly from my early childhood. He was larger than life to me, and so kind. He loved children. My parents also thought the world of him. He had a daughter named Ruth and a son named Paul. It’s nice to reminisce."

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

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

Are you gifted with various digital media skills? Are you good with editing, writing or graphic design?

Are you skilled with various computer programs? Do you have expertise in audio/visual/ broadcasting? Or are you a quick learner? 

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

Also needed -

people who are gifted in areas of:

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

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

Feature Articles

Thank you, Emily Mandia!

It is with some sadness but great appreciation that we say farewell to Emily Mandia, who has served as our Pro-Presenter Designer (creating what you see on our worship screens) for the past year and as a volunteer on our Sunday morning AVL team even before that. Emily graduated from high school in June and is heading to University of Pittsburgh in a couple of weeks. Thank you, Emily, for your excellent work! We will miss you and wish you God's richest blessings in this next part of your journey.

Lay Leader Insights:

Growing in Faith

Looking around at the troubles of the world, it is easy to feel discouraged. We ask ourselves, "What can I do to really make a difference?" The size and scope of world hunger, wars, and homelessness can feel overwhelming.

But God doesn't expect you to single-handedly take on these problems. He has equipped certain people for specific tasks, and when we all come together, we can make a difference.

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.

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

Please respond

by August 19


Finance Report for the Six Months Ended June 30

God provides!

June was better than expected with the receipt of $25K of special giving which allowed DUMC to nearly achieve breakeven for the month with only a ($7.5K) deficit for the month. However, regular giving was only $46K which is the lowest we’ve seen in a month this year.

Read more....

Mission of the Month

Heritage Moment:

A Call to Serve

The work to serve others is a calling, heard by many. Methodist Services has a rich 140 plus-year history, engaging people from all walks of life who give time, talent and resources. You are a part of this generous history. We thank you.


Donate to  Mission of the Month

Also, see below for info about DUMC's collection of backpacks and school supplies for the children served by Methodist Services.

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"

Wednesdays at

10:00 am

Taught by Pastor Sunil

Now through August 10

The Wesley Class

Adult Bible Study

9:00 am Sunday

Room 2



to join the class by Zoom!

Wednesday nights

7:30 pm, Room 10

Current study:

Experiencing God


Contact Ken Kugel

for more info: 


Prayer Corner

Praying for Our Congregation,

Community, and World 

Praise: Sounds of Faith, week at the shore  

Health & Healing: Lance, Aubrey, Jim, Jack & Barbara, Debbie & Cathy, Barbara, Keith, Joe, Al, Traci, Joyce, Mary, Jesse, Jojo, Sally, Jon, Felicia, Theresa, Erica, Steve, Betty, Alison, Arthur, Alexandra, Karen, Morgan, Tyler, Lindsey, Richard, Rick, Ralph, Jason, Ed, Joanna, Sue, Beth, Prerna, Unnatte, Nancy   

Life Struggles: Amy, George, Dana, Bernadette, Nancy & Bob, DUMC, Jim, Dianne, women feeling disrespected, Joe, travel mercies, CBSD, the anger/division in our country, Chris, gun violence to end, Ukraine, Kim, Bill, military serving abroad, Marcy & John, Tammie 

Hospice: Margaret, Gordon, Randy, Shirley  

Grief: The family and friends of Tony, and Britt Doll 

Please join us for our next

12 Hours of Prayer!

Wednesday, August 3

6:00 am - 6:00 pm


 15 Minutes

Pray from wherever you are!


Please join us as we petition God

to do great things in us, with us,

among us, and through us at DUMC!

Reserve your time here!

Coming Up at DUMC

DUMC’s Annual Peach Festival

Saturday, August 27

 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

It’s that time of the year again where DUMC comes together for food fun and fellowship …and Peach Pancakes! This year’s Peach Festival will be held in Overholt Hall from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, August 27. All proceeds raised will benefit DUMC’s mission outreach.

Our 2022 Peach Festival will feature:

  • Talks from 3 of our mission partners: 

         Woody from the Synergy Project at 8:30 am

         Paul Payton from Life Abundant Ministries at 9:30 am

         Dan Emr from the Well/Worthwhile Wear at 10:30 am

  • White Elephant (donations accepted beginning 7/31 in Overholt Hall)
  • Peach Pancake Breakfast (breakfast available from 8am to 11am)
  • Book sale (donations accepted beginning 7/31 in Overholt Hall)
  • Bake Sale
  • Silent Auction Gift Baskets


We hope to see you there! If you wish to volunteer click on this link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BADAC29A4F8C07-peach1

or prepare BAKED GOODS for the bake sale, please email George Witter at gtwitter@gmail.com with how you can help!

Bakers Needed for

Peach Festival Bake Sale!

Sign up in the narthex or through Sign-Up Genius (link below).

Click here for Signup Genius

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 will be 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

Will your child attend morning kindergarten?

The Preschool at DUMC has an afternoon program just for you!

Discovery provides

the complete kindergarten experience

with enrichment activities.

Read More....

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

"In the Hands of God"

Sounds of Faith

"To God Be the Glory"


Sophie Hume

& Bethany Pocceschi

Guest preacher, Rev. Milind Sojwal, shares some fun stories about Pastor Sunil

For more great content from Doylestown UMC,

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



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

Emily Mandia, Pro Presenter Designer

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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by noon on Monday

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