Week of March 19, 2023

Included in this issue:

  • This Sunday is our Fourth Sunday in Lent!
  • Click here to sign up for our next Lenten Soup Supper!
  • March Mission of the Month is UMCOR: Support of Turkey & Syria
  • Sign up available for April 25 Blood Drive
  • Caring for Friends meal packing update
  • Soup supper summary for March 15
  • Scout Troop 6 is selling flowers. Orders and payment are due Monday March 27.
  • DUMC Kids Spotlight: Vada Houser
  • Honoring a Veteran: Erv Koch
  • Celebration of life: Barbara Boyd
  • DUMC Community Corner: See below for more details!
  • Financial Report

Current Worship Series


"Jesus as the Messiah" (from the Gospel of John)

9:00 am

Contemporary Worship*


No Fusion


Sunday School

Wesley Class


  10:10 am

Liturgical Worship*



11:11 am

Word & Worship*


Kids' Word


  *Live broadcast

For links: DoylestownUMC.com

Week 3 in Lent:

February 26 - The Messiah who chooses his disciples

March 5

The Messiah who rescues humanity

March 12 – The Messiah who breaks walls and builds bridges

March 19 – The Messiah who brings sight to the blind

John 9:1-7; 9:25

March 26 – The Messiah who raises the dead

April 2 (Passion / Palm Sunday) – Dramatic reading of the Passion from John’s Gospel

April 9 (Easter) – The Messiah who rose from the dead

Wednesdays in Lent

 "Voices Around the Cross"

7:00 pm

February 22 - Ash Wednesday

The Voice of Denial: Peter

March 1 - The Voice of Mockery: the Soldiers

March 8 - The Voice of Rejection: the Crowd

March 15 - The Voice of Failure: Pontius Pilate

March 22 - The Voice of Faith: the Thief on the Cross

John 19:8; Matthew 27:24

March 29 - The Voice of Wonder: the Centurion

Please note: Wednesday Lenten services will be in-person only.

*Nursery care will be available.

Please click here if you can't donate time, but would like to support the soup suppers.

Would you like to remember or honor a loved one with a beautiful Easter flower? Or simply help to beautify the Sanctuary to the glory of God?


All remembrances will be acknowledged in the April 4 Easter edition of the Connections eNewsletter.


6” White Easter Lilies - $12.00 (4 – 7 blooms)

6” Tulips - $10.00 (5 – 6 blooms)

6” Daffodils - $10.00 (5 – 6 blooms) 

To print out an order form please

Click here!

Order deadline: Sunday, March 26.


Thursday, April 6

Holy Thursday Drama

with Communion

7:00 pm

Friday, April 7

Good Friday Service

7:00 pm

Sunday, April 2

Palm/Passion Sunday

April 9

Easter Sunday

The Messiah who

rose from the dead

9:00 / 10:10 / 11:11

There will also be an early morning Easter Celebration

in the outdoor chapel

7:30 am (weather permitting)

View our website for more Lent & Easter information

Recent Worship Statistics & Happenings

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

In-person attendance for March 12: 240

Online views: 150*

*Online numbers represent the number of views (or households), not the number of individuals watching. This number also includes children in Sunday School/Anchor and Kid's Word.

Pastor Sunil

Please note that Pastor Sunil is dealing with a serious asthma flare and needs to rest. If you would like to speak to a pastor in his absence, Assistant Pastor Paul Georgulis will be available. You can reach him by email at PGeorgulis@DoylestownUMC.com or by calling the church at 215-348-5224.


We received an update from our offering envelope supplier that the batch stopped mid print and need to be reprinted. New update is for printing next week and shipping the following week. We remain hopeful that we should have them by the end of next week (March 31). Both they, and we, apologize for the delay. Please continue to use envelopes in our pews or blank envelopes from home and just write your name on the envelope.

Thank you for your patience...and for your faithful giving!

Joyous News

Honoring a Veteran: Erv Koch

On Wednesday March 29 the Doylestown Historical Society is honoring Erv Koch for his military service in Korea. DHS has interviewed Erv and will be screening a video of him. The evening opens with a reception, presents a 30 minute screening, and closes with a Q&A with Mr. Koch.

Click here!

DUMC Community Corner-What it can be?

Do you have something that you want to share with the church and the community? A story, quote, joke, verse, scripture, or happy news within your life? We want you to be a part of our newsletter!

Please send in your information to noel@doylestownUMC.com by noon on Mondays and we'll enter it in the upcoming weeks newsletter.

Financial Report for the Two Months Ended February 28

Submitted by Peter Van Dine, Finance Chairperson,

and Karen Sablyak, Treasurer

Prayer: We believe in the goodness and generosity of our Lord that He will provide and guide our leadership and congregation. In this season of Lent, we thank you, Lord God Almighty, for your guidance and enduring love and for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We reaffirm our faith during these difficult financial trials and pray for those also struggling in the world. Write on each of our hearts your desires for giving to YOU, our Lord and Savior, so that DUMC can continue to do YOUR work.

Giving: Giving for the first two months of the year is ($28K) less than budget. However, we received a generous special giving of $31.5K…..Hallelujah!

Expenses: Overall, expenses are $3.5K less than budget.

Operating Cash: We finished the first two months with a slight surplus of $7K – this is God’s amazing hand at work!

“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all thine increase.” Proverbs 3:9.

Ministry News

Wendy Arnott, Director


Laura Siegle, Assistant Director


The DUMC Easter Eggstravaganza is THIS SATURDAY-March 18 from 10:00-11:30 am. EVERYONE is invited! There will be an egg hunt, crafts, storytelling, games and more!

We are in need of egg hiders, game tenders, craft makers, and various other volunteer positions.

To attend or volunteer please Register Here!


Our Nursery is open and is offering care for children, birth through five years of age. NEW Sunday Nursery hours will be 8:50 am - 12:15 pm. Wednesday Evening Lenten Service Nursery hours are from

7:00 - 8:00 pm. The Nursery staff and volunteers are “Safe Sanctuary” certified and have all relevant background checks completed. REGISTER HERE! Registration only needs to be completed once. For more details contact Wendy at:


Do you love the great outdoors?

Would you like to share your love

of God with children? We are looking for adults 18+ to join DUMC at Pocono Plateau July 9 - 15 as a camp counselor! 

Contact Wendy for more details at WArnott@Doylestownumc.com.

Learn more about Children's Ministry

For more information

about Student Ministries,

please contact Pastor Paul PGeorgulis@doylestownumc.com



Sunday, March 19

6:00 - 7:30 pm


Join us this Sunday at Elevation as we look at the Apostle Peter’s faith in stepping out of the boat and how doing so allowed him to experience Jesus in a way that none of the other disciples did.


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!


For more information, contact Pastor Paul: PGeorgulis@DoylestownUMC.com or 267-245-7874

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 Becky Van Dine:


Email: Becky Van Dine

Phone: 215-813-7436

Thursday nights

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Room 2


The new semester

begins March 16.


Click here to register

or for more info!

Learn more about Caring Ministries

Feature Articles

DUMC Kids' Spotlight:



We are so lucky to have so many wonderful DUMC Kids!! Each month we will feature one of our fabulous kids and get to know them a little better!!


For the month of March we're featuring Vada Houser. Thank you, Vada, for letting us get to know you better!


Vada Houser

Age: 11

Grade: 6


Vada is active in Sunday School, Choir and the

Spring Musical!



Lay Leader Insights:

Plot Twist!

Life is full of twists and turns never seeming to follow a straight path. When I became a Christian, I assumed that God would straighten out the twists and turns, but I soon learned God is there to soften the twists and turns, not eliminate them completely. Life will be going along and suddenly something changes. I’ve learned to say “plot twist!“ and look to God to see what else is coming. This helps me maintain a sense of humor.


March Mission of the Month:


UMCOR is DUMC’s mission of the month for March. As the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Committee on Relief – UMCOR – assists United Methodists and churches to become involved globally in direct ministry to persons in need. UMCOR comes alongside those who suffer from natural or human-caused disasters – famine, hurricane, war, flood, fire or other events—to alleviate suffering and serve as a source of help and hope for the vulnerable. 


Donate to Mission of the Month

Prayer Corner

Praying for our Congregation,

Community, and World

Health & Healing: Doris, Pastor Sunil, Dino, Joyce, Cliff, Arlene, Mary, Heather, Barb, Karen, Tracey, Carol, Elyse, Irene, Christina & family, a friend, Cal, Rob, Bryan, Bill, Jean, Karen, Paul, Charlene, Betty, Beverly, Elizabeth, Kathy, Mary, Norma, Joe, Judy, Greg, Morgan, Lindsey, Jason, Ed, Joanna, Beth, Nancy, Jimmy  


Life Struggles: Leah, for reconciliation & healing, Zachary, Bev, Keith, George, Amy, Julie, Ali, our family, border solutions, Carolyn, CBSD, our country, those affected by gun violence, Ukraine, Turkey/Syria, pollution from chemical disasters


Hospice: Jim, Jamie, Dave 


Grief: Christina Bailey Alff & family on the passing of brother Norman, family & friends of Barbara Boyd 


"Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long." Psalm 25:5


~Laurie Lewis and the Congregational Care Team


CLICK HERE to submit your prayers and praises! 

Click here to read her Obituary

With gratitude,

we remember the life of

Barbara Boyd

May 7, 1923 - March 8, 2023


Please remember the family of

Barbar Boyd

in your prayers as they

privately grieve her loss.

Scout Troop 6 Flower Sale

Order some colorful cheer!

Scout Troop 6 invites DUMC to participate in their 2023 Spring Fundraiser. 

Proceeds for all DUMC sales will be split between the scouts and DUMC. Scout earnings will go toward things such as camp scholarships, maintenance on equipment, and recruitment. They are donating the other half of the proceeds to DUMC in appreciation for being able to use our beautiful facilities.


Choose from a variety of lovely plants. Orders and payment are due by March 27. Flowers will be delivered to DUMC on May 11 and available for pick up between 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Checks should be payable to Troop 6 and delivered to Lauren Schoeler along with the order form -OR- mail to the address on the form. Forms are also available at church.

Click here for order form and options

Opportunities to Serve and Engage

Next Caring for Friends food packing event:

Wednesday, April 19, 12:30 pm

in the DUMC kitchen. Click here for more details.

Thank you!

Thanks to 14 energetic volunteers we had another wonderful meal pack. 147 meals consisting of Tuna Noodle Casserole, Vegetables and Fruit Cobbler were packed in just 30 minutes.


We also welcomed a new volunteer, Debbie Oxman.


March 15 (Week 4) Lenten

Soup Supper

Sincere thanks to the volunteers who set up, prepared soups and desserts, packed up leftovers and helped clean up! Many hands make light work. 100 people attended, 12 soups were donated, and $277 was collected for The Vine. Please click the link below to sign up for this Wednesday or donate electronically through Realm if you're unable to attend, but would like to help in some way.

Sign up/donate

Blood Drive

Doylestown United

Methodist Church

Overholt Hall

320 E. Swamp Road (Route 313)

Doylestown, PA 18901

Tuesday, April 25

3:00 - 8:00 pm.

Click below or

call 1-800-RED-CROSS

Click icon above for what to do before, during and after donating blood.

Schedule an Appointment

Reflections Womens'

Bible Study

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

"The Chosen Season 2"; February 28 - March 28, April 11 - April 25 in Room 2 (in person only).

Sunday Night Bible Study

for Women

Sundays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

"31 Verses to Write on Your Heart" by Liz Curtis Higgs; February 26 - April 2, Room 22. 

Click on the images below for more information.

We are in need of coffee volunteeers!

For even more ways to get involved at DUMC:

The Preschool at DUMC

Visit our Website

In Case of Inclement Weather...

3 more days until Spring!


Before you venture out, if 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....

"Everything to God

in Prayer"

Adult Handbell Ensemble

"Savior Like a Shepher"

Sanctuary Choir

Adult Handbell Ensemble

"What Faith Can Do"

Power of Grace

Coming Up....

-Childrens' Spring Musical: Saturday, May 6 & Sunday, May 7

-Feed My Starving Children Food Pack: Friday-Sunday May 19-21

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!

Pastor Sunil Balasundaram, Senior Pastor

Pastor Paul Georgulis, Assistant Pastor

John Bechtel, Business Administrator

Cindy Betancourt, Receptionist

Noel de la Pena, Office Manager

Wendy Arnott, Dir. of Children's Min

Laura Siegle, Asst Dir of Children's Min

Kristian Frikke-Schmidt, Contemp. Worship Ldr

Laurie Lewis, Lay Leader/Min of Visitation

Temple Sieger, 11:11 Worship Leader

Diana Durbin, Director-Adult Bells

Jane Gregoire, Director-Youth Bells

Stephanie Hume, Director of Music

Randall Hartman, Organist

Kristen Bound, Social Media Coordinator

Ethan Luginbuhl, ProPresenter Tech (not shown)

Scott Shead, Live Streaming Technician

Trevor Foster, AVL Technical Coord

Ken Buckner, Wknd Bldg Spct (not shown)

Mark Charles, Evening Building Specialist

Sean Smith, Facilities Manager

Call us - phone: 215-348-5224 (phones are answered M-F, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm)

Click Here for Staff In-Office Schedule


To schedule facilities, please contact Cindy Betancourt.


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to Noel@DoylestownUMC.com

by 12:00 pm on Monday

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