Week of September 25, 2022

Included in this issue:

  • Saturday is our Fall Cleanup Day! Didn't sign up? Come anyway!
  • Where are our college students??? PLEASE let us know!
  • Announcing a Church Conference on Saturday, October 22 - all are invited.
  • Want to help feed the hungry in our world? DUMC is offering two upcoming events to help meet this urgent need!

DUMC Fall Cleanup Day 

Saturday, September 24

8:00 am - 12:00 noon

Your help is needed! We will be cleaning the church inside and out to get it ready for all the activities restarting this fall. We're looking for volunteers of all ages. You can select how you want to help when you arrive. Please register to help us in our planning. Refreshments will be served (coffee, donuts, drinks, etc.). 

Many hands make light work! 

Please sign up here and let us know you're coming!

Join us for Worship!


Worship Theme:

“How Jesus Can Change Your Life”

Understanding what God has done to change our past, present and destiny, and how we can fully experience it

Sunday, September 25

Resurrection – Celebrating Heaven and Eternal Life

John 3:12-171 Thessalonians 4:13-18

9:00 am

Contemporary Worship*

Wesley Class

Sunday School/Anchor

Fusion (see below)


10:10 am

Liturgical Worship*


11:11 am

Word & Worship*

Kids' Word


*Live broadcast

For links: DoylestownUMC.com

Celebrating the Baptism of

Blake Preston Schautz

Son of Christopher & Tori Schautz

10:10 am Liturgical Service

Coming in October....

Theme: Stewardship

October 2: Misconceptions about Stewardship: Turning a Privilege into a Burden

Also: Worldwide Communion Sunday

October 9: Managing Early Church Style

October 16: God as Cosigner

October 23: Time and Talents are Treasures

October 30: Celebration*

*Stay tuned for details on a fun fifth Sunday worship experience

in the works for October 30!

Fusion News

Fusion is happening! But our format will be different this year. Students will go straight to the Sanctuary for our 9:00 am Contemporary service, where we will join our families and the rest of the church in worship. After the second song, an announcement will be made inviting all students in grades 7-12 to go to the Worship & Youth Center for Fusion, where we will have donuts, coffee, hot chocolate, and a relevant message from God’s Word. See you on Sunday!

Recent worship statistics:

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

Total attendance for September 18: 326

Total attendance includes online statistics. Online numbers represent the number of views

(or households), not the number of individuals watching.

Important Upcoming Meeting:

Church Conference

Saturday, October 22 @ 1:30 pm

We are excited to announce that, at the pastor's request, the District Superintendent has agreed to have a Church Conference this year, rather than a Charge Conference. This means that, according to the Discipline, all full members are invited to participate and vote on any necessary business (though anyone is welcome to attend).

Rather than have two separate meetings, we will combine the Church Conference with the previously announced All Church Meeting and will also review personnel changes, church finances, and the exciting things coming up in the future.

We hope you will join us for this important and informative meeting.

  • Sunday, October 2, 1:00-2:00 pm - Exploring membership class for all interested in membership
  • Sundays, October 9, 16, and 23, 1:00-2:00 pm - Additional classes for those who have not gone through a membership class in previous settings
  • Sunday, November 13 - Receive new members during worship 

Please click here or scan the QR Code to let us know of your interest and provide us with info.

Questions? Please contact Pastor Sunil at PastorSunil@DoylestownUMC.com

or call at 215-348-5224.

Ministry News

Amanda Mandia, Director


Laura Siegle, Assistant Director


Join your DUMC family and community as we celebrate the fall season with some candy, fellowship, and fun! Decorate a trunk and enjoy the festivities. We’d love some volunteers to help things run—teens are welcome!

Contact Laura or Amanda for details.

Our kids’ programs are in full swing!

It’s never too late to join us!

Register here for:

Sunday School @ 9 am, Overholt Hall & 4A/B

(3 yrs - 4th grade)

Anchor @ 9 am, Room 22

(5th/6th grade)

Kids’ Word @ 11:11 am, Overholt Hall

(K- 6th grade)

We can’t wait to see you!

Learn more about Children's Ministry

For more information,

contact Pastor Paul: PGeorgulis@doylestownumc.com or 267-245-7874.

DUMC’s Student Ministries are in need of more volunteer youth leaders for Elevation, our Sunday evening youth group gathering. We meet from 6:00-7:30 pm starting on Sunday, September 25. Elevation consists of food, games, a teaching time, and small group discussions.

In the past, leaders have facilitated the games, facilitated small group discussions, and some have even taught lessons (this is not required, so don’t worry!). 

We would obviously love to have leaders committed to being there every week we meet, but we understand how busy life can get. So, if you can’t commit to every week, but can do one or two times a month, we would love to have you!

If you want to come to Elevation and simply observe before making a decision, you are welcome to do that!

If you have any questions and/or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Pastor Paul: PGeorgulis@DoylestownUMC.com. Thank you!

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

Monday nights

7:00-9:00 pm

Room 2

Click here for more info or to register

Thursday nights

7:00-9:00 pm

Room 2

Click here for more info or to register

Learn more info about Caring Ministries

Feature Articles


Kingdom Growth…what do these terms mean? 

This week begins a 4-month series that will explore the role God looks for us to play in growing his kingdom. Kingdom Growth Committee believes we have been charged with expanding God’s Kingdom through actively using our God-given talents and treasure to: 

Read more....

Lay Leader Insights:

Be Our Guest

When you are having guests, you probably straighten up the house and clean a bit. Perhaps you buy special foods, fresh flowers, and put clean sheets on the guest bed.That's what we are doing at DUMC--to make sure everyone feels welcome.

Please join us this Saturday, September 24, from 9:00 am-12:00 noon, for our all-church work day...


Family Comedy

Night Fun

Comedian Chris Benton (pictured above with Pastor Sunil), brought a lot laughs to a crowd of nearly 120 familiar and new faces in the Worship & Youth Center, Saturday night. It was a great night of light-heartedness, fellowship, and some pretty tasty snacks!  

Click on the image below to enjoy a brief clip of the program.

Stay tuned for future events!

DUMC's 2022 Peach Festival Mission Speakers

This year’s Annual DUMC Peach Festival, held on Saturday, August 27, featured speakers from three missions we support as a congregation. This week we feature a summary of the third presentation. 

Worthwhile Wear

Dan Emr, Founder and Executive Director of Worthwhile Wear, spoke with us about their mission to reach and restore women who have experienced trauma from human trafficking.

Read more....

Financial Update: As of August 31, 2022

There was a deficit of ($2K) in August which was much better than expected. Income was much higher than expected due to the receipt of a member’s entire annual giving in August.

Monthly income has declined approximately 25% since the first quarter. YTD, we have an overall cash deficit of ($118,000). We are expecting a $30-40K deficit in September, which will reduce our operating cash even further. Most of the expenses of the church are salaries and fixed costs, so

Continue reading....

September Mission of the Month:

Logos Vision

Arasu and Emma Rajaratnam of Logos Vision report: “On September 4, 2022, Pastor Devasagayam shared that 70 people attended his church service. This is one of the Logos Vision church plants and sponsored buildings, located in a remote village.

Continue reading...
Donate to  Mission of the Month

Events Coming Up at DUMC

Max Quinn

Photo credit: Brenda Quinn

Sending someone off to college?

Please let us know!

Are you saying goodbye to a college student? Please let us know their physical address and email so we can keep in touch. Include their expected graduation year as well. 

Click here for form

Blessing of the Animals

Bring your creatures, great and small, for a blessing!

Sunday, October 2 @ 2:00 pm

In the Outside Chapel

Click here to sign up!

Or scan the QR Code below

Next Blood Drive

@ Doylestown UMC

Tuesday, October 11

3:00-8:00 pm

Overholt Hall

We have 64 donor time slots set up

—18 appointments remaining. 

Click Here to Register

2022 Doylestown CROP Walk for Hunger

One out of every five children in the United States lives in a home that struggles with food insecurity. Ending hunger in our lifetime is possible and we can make this happen. Join us as a walker or a volunteer.

Sunday, October 16, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

@ Bush Park, Doylestown

1K, 3K or 8K distances on a flat walking path:

  • Walk as a family
  • Walk as an individual
  • Walk with a group


  • Volunteer on the day of the walk
  • Be a walking path cheerleader
  • Donate baked goods
  • Help with walk logistics
  • Donate to a walker

* Stop by the info table in the lobby Sunday mornings or contact Randy Hume or Karen Condit for more info.

Current Devotions & Bible Studies

Wednesday Morning

Bible Study 

with Pastor Sunil

Wednesday mornings

10:00 am, Room 2

From Text to Transformation:

Turning Scripture into Life

Learn more....

Pampered by Grace

Women's Bible Study


September 11-October 16

6:30-8:30 pm, Room 22

"Don't Give the Enemy 

a Seat at Your Table"

by Louie Giglio

Learn more....


Women's Bible Study 


7:00-8:30 pm, Room 2

Beginning September 6

We look forward to seeing you!

Learn more....

Sept 12-Oct 15

Daily Devotions

Join us for an

encore presentation of the

Book of Ephesians

Available from our website

The Wesley Class

Adult Bible Study


9:00 am, Room 2



to join the class by Zoom!

Men's Bible Study


7:30 pm, Room 10

Life with God: Reading the Bible for Spiritual Transformation

by Richard Foster

For more info: 


Prayer Corner

Praying for Our Congregation,

Community, and World 

Praise: DUMC children & youth programs, Chris & Nadia


Health & Healing: Bert, Holly, Paul, Charlie, Mike, those struggling with addiction, Gerry, Ann, Kathy, Cathy, Debbie, Judy, Neila, Morgan, Annmarie, Carolyn, Reese, Julianna, a dog with cancer, Ray, Leslie, a friend, Jeannette, Jane, Devon, Greg, Rob, Pam, Audrey, Lauren, Jon, Joe, Arthur, Tyler, Lindsey, Jason, Ed, Joanna, Beth, Nancy


Life Struggles: A car repair, Deborah, Kathy & Elizabeth, Allison, family, Sherri, Scott, career, guidance, DUMC, my sister, my adult children, a job, CBSD, women's rights, our country, Ukraine, hurricane damage in the Caribbean, my family, military serving abroad


Hospice: Randy, Paul


Grief: Family and friends of Barbara Tomlinson, Janet Dalberto, Queen Elizabeth, and Carol Auben

12 Hours of Prayer Reminder


Wednesday, October 5 will be our next 12-hours of prayer. Next week's Connections will include a link where you can sign up for a 15-minute time slot to surround the ministry of DUMC, our community, and our world. Please save a few minutes in your day to be part of this holy work.

Opportunities to Serve and Engage

Click on the images below for more information.

For more ways to get involved:

The Preschool at DUMC

The Preschool at DUMC is off to a great start in their new school year! 

Follow them on Facebook for lots of fun windows into their activities!

In Case You Missed It....

"Open the Gates"

Sounds of Faith

9:00 am Contemporary

"Holy is the Lord!"

Sanctuary Choir

10:10 am Liturgical

"I Speak Jesus"

Power of Grace

11:11 Word & Worship

Save the Dates for These Future Events

  • Saturday, September 24: Fall Cleanup Day
  • Sunday, October 2: Blessing of the Animals
  • Sunday, October 9: Feed My Starving Children
  • Saturday, October 15: Trunk or Treat
  • Sunday, October 16: Crop Walk
  • Saturday, October 22: Church Conference

For a more detailed calendar of what's 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!

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.

Email submissions for Connections 

to GMiller@DoylestownUMC.com

by noon on Monday

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