Week of May 28, 2023

Included in this issue:

  • May Mission of the Month: The Synergy Project
  • Financial report ended April 30
  • Class of 2023 high school and college students: Send us your info by May 29 to be included in June's newsletters!
  • Preschool summer camp available...see details below
  • All are welcome...Preschool and Children's Ministries End of the Year Party this Friday, June 2 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, register below...
  • Sounds of Faith is having a concert on Sunday, June 4 at 7:00 pm
  • Confirmation video included below
  • Book group dates added through November
  • Thank you from Discovery Service Projects...
  • 12 hours of prayer reminder - Wednesday, June 7
  • Please note: Church offices will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Current Worship Series

"SATISFIED...In Christ Alone"

9:00 am

Contemporary Worship*


No Nursery

Wesley Class

Returns Sept. 10:


Sunday School


  10:10 am

Liturgical Worship*

No Nursery


11:11 am

Word & Worship*

No Nursery

Returns Sept. 10:

Kids' Word


  *Live broadcast

For links:


May 7 The Good Samaritan

May 14 Satisfied: Gaining more than

we can ever give up

May 21 Satisfied: Experiencing God’s possibilities out of human impossibilities

May 28 – Pentecost Sunday

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Sounds of Faith concert

Sunday, June 4 at 7 pm, DUMC Worship Center

Recent Worship Statistics & Happenings

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

In-person attendance for May 21: 263

Online views: 194*

In-person number includes children in Nursery, Sunday School/Anchor and Kid's Word.

*Online number represents the number of views (or households), not the number of individuals watching.

Please note:

In observance of Memorial day,

the church office will be closed Monday, May 29

Confirmation celebration

Sunday, May 21


Confirmation was celebrated at the 9:00 am service on Sunday, May 21, where 11 youth were confirmed by Pastor Sunil and Pastor Paul.


Click the image to view the ceremony...

Graduation is a significant life achievement, and we would like to acknowledge the hard work of all DUMC graduates in an upcoming issue of Connections. Forms due May 29.


Whether high school, tech school, college, or grad school; please send us information about the graduates in your family who are part of DUMC!

CLICK HERE to provide Graduate information 

Thank you to all who attended Discovery Service Projects' Meatball Monday event to benefit the restoration of Mt. Gilead Community Church. The event raised $1,500! Thank you to Lisa Pretecrum and Karen Lyon for all of their hard work!

2023 Lenten Soup Supper Recipe Books

Available in the Lobby.

Donations welcome (collected donations will go to our hospitality ministry).

Financial Report for the 4 Months Ended April 30

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. We continue to reaffirm our faith during these difficult financial trials and pray for those also struggling in the world. Lord, we humbly pray that you write on each of our hearts your desires for giving to YOU of our first fruits, so that DUMC can continue to do YOUR work.

Giving: Giving for April was $58K, which was significantly short of our $85K budget; thus, we are ($69K) behind in projected income for the first four months of the year.

Expenses: Overall, expenses are $13K less than budget – we are grateful for the mild winter that saved us $10K in projected snow removal costs. Thank you, Lord Almighty, for sparing us this expense!

Operating Cash: We finished the first four months with a deficit of ($69K) this is more than expected as our income is not increasing and our cash balances are decreasing faster than expected. We need everyone’s prayers and assistance to turn this around.

Summer is right around the corner. Please continue your regular offerings to God so DUMC can continue His work.

“For it is by free grace that you are saved through faith. And this is not of yourselves, but it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8

Opportunities to Serve and Engage

Next Caring for Friends meal assembly:

Wednesday, June 21, 12:30 pm

in the DUMC kitchen. Click here for more details.


Circle of Friends will be meeting on Wednesday, June 14 at 6:00 pm at The Barn. Please bring a dish to share. Cindy Biehl will be speaking to us regarding two of our group projects, Caring For Friends and Wrapping Presence. We hope you can join us!!

For more information about our Circle or the meeting location, please contact Sue Holihan at [email protected].

Flower basket waterers needed

Do you have a green thumb? Do you enjoy the outdoors? We invite you to volunteer at DUMC!

We are in need of more volunteers to help water the flower baskets and urns around the church. We use SignUpGenius to organize the schedule as the flowers need to be watered every day. Each volunteer can pick the dates that work best for them between mid-May and mid-September. If you are interested, please contact Sheri Shifman at [email protected]. Thank you!

Click on the images below for more information.

Coffee volunteeers needed...

For even more ways to get involved at DUMC:

Feature Articles

Lay Leader Insights:


Last week I officiated at the funeral of a dear friend, Dino Borghi. He was larger than life in so many ways. In fact, when he loved you it was with his whole heart. So ironic, then, that he died of heart failure. He gave it all away. Dino had asked for a Celebration of Life, a service with good, uplifting music, laughter and good food. And so that's what we did.

I once heard that if we really understood life we would cry when a baby is born (has left God) and rejoice when a loved one dies or goes back to be with God for eternity. Living on earth is full of lessons about living life well, walking with God's guidance, and loving others. Sometimes that means we get our hearts trampled on or broken. Another lesson


May Mission of the Month:

The Synergy Project

May’s mission is The Synergy Project. Synergy is a street outreach program of Valley Youth House. They work with youth ages 24 and below. Synergy works directly on the street with homeless youth living in cars, on the street, couch surfing, or nomadically traveling the country via freight train. Some are runaways, while others may have been or still are trafficked.

Read more....

Donate to Mission of the Month

**If you missed The Synergy Project conversation between Pastor Sunil and Woody, click here...

Ministry News

Wendy Arnott, Director


Laura Siegle, Assistant Director

[email protected]

DUMC Children’s Ministries

*There will be Anchor this Sunday, May 28.*

Thank you to all the children, parents, and teachers that made this year of Sunday school a tremendous success! A HUGE thank you to all our Sunday school teachers for sharing your time, talent, and love for God with our children. Without YOU, our programs would not be possible.

We hope everyone will join us at the End of the Year Party; it’s going to be so much fun! Please register ahead of time to let us know that you are joining us!

We look forward to seeing everyone at VBS and when we return in September!!


If you did not receive the newsletter and would like to, contact Wendy at [email protected]


-Our Nursery care is available for children aged 0-5 years on Sundays.

-Nursery hours are 8:50 am - 12:15 pm.

**No nursery this Sunday, May 28. June 18 will be the last Sunday of Nursery until fall.

*The Nursery staff and volunteers are “Safe Sanctuary” certified and have completed all relevant background checks.


For more details contact Wendy at:

[email protected]


DUMC Preschool and DUMC Children's Ministries


Click the image or scan the QR code to let us know you will be attending...

Registration is NOW open for

2023 Vacation Bible School

June 26 – 30, 5:30 - 7:30 pm




At Hero Hotline VBS, your children will enjoy an interactive, energizing, Bible-based good time as they are called together to serve God. They will become heroes and discover that answering God’s call together means striving for the things that bring peace and the things that build each other up!


There will be a closing ceremony for the whole family and DUMC members, carnival style on June 30th!


Registration is $15 per child, with a $45 cap for families with multiple children.



Separately, please submit payment for registration online through REALM.

CLICK HERE to pay for registration. 

Summer Camp is Here! We are accepting applications for camp scholarships.

Summer camp is a place for experiencing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through recreation, challenge, and reflection. The Pocono Plateau ministry is dedicated to the purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ. 

The camp provides safe, meaningful, and enjoyable experiences in camp and retreat settings that lead people to new and renewed life in Jesus Christ. 


Other camps to consider: Innabah, Gretna Glenn, and Carson Simpson. 

www.Innabah.org  www.gretnaglen.org  www.csfarm.org

Process for camp scholarship:

  • Complete registration online leaving the church contribution section empty
  • Print the registration form and drop off to church office by June 1. Please note on envelope ‘ATTN: Camp Scholarships’
  • The church will advise family on amount of scholarship by June 15, 2023
  • Church will pay camps directly for the scholarship amount.
  • For scholarship questions specific to your family needs, please contact Wendy Arnott: [email protected]

For any scholarship submission process questions, please contact:

Jennifer Sozio at 215-219-1820 or [email protected]

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 chaperone or camp counselor! 

Contact Wendy for more details at [email protected].

DUMC Week at Pocono Plateau

July 9 - 15

 Into The Wild (4th - 7th grade)

Run into the wild to find new and unique experiences, as we introduce you to fun activities both individually and in a team

setting. Each camper will discover ideas and activities that challenge their personal capabilities and strengths. Campers will

experience God through community, recreation, and bible study. They will also learn about wilderness survival skills like building a campfire, creating a lean-to shelter, in addition to identifying poisonous plants and snakes. Perfect for the camper who loves exploring outdoors! Activities include climbing tower, boating, swimming, archery, slingshot, nature exploration, and campfire cooking. Evenings include campfires and games!

Visit Poconoplateau.org to register.


Scholarships available.

Contact Wendy Arnott for more details.

Learn more about Children's Ministry

For more information

about Student Ministries,

please contact Lenae Baldwin [email protected]


Start of Summer Pool Party

Sunday, June 4

3:00 - 6:00 pm

We hope you will join us Sunday, June 4, for our start of summer pool party at Julie Quick’s home: 5442 Geddes Way, Pipersville, PA 18947!

 For more information, contact Lenae Baldwin: [email protected] or 267-245-7871

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


Click here for more info!

Learn more about Caring Ministries

Prayer Corner

Praying for our Congregation,

Community, and World

Praise: Dino’s Celebration of Life, Julianna’s graduation from Lehigh University, my health, Mark


Health & Healing: Sally, Norma, a friend, Barb, RuthEllen, Paul, John, Gail, Paulette, Bill, Karen, Mr Chilla, Matt, our family, Grace, Michael, Ralph & Diana, Joe, Jack, Audrey, John, Mary, Jimmy, Cal, Rob, Bill, Jean, Karen, Charlene, Jason, Ed, Joanna, Morgan, Lindsey, Beth, Nancy, Briann


Life Struggles: Andy & family, our world's children, safe travels, patience & understanding, love, Zac, marriages facing difficulties, a friend, my parents, Carolyn, our country, cessation of mass shootings, military serving abroad, those without faith


Hospice: Marita, Jim, Jamie, Dave, Jack, Kathleen, Phil


Grief: Family & friends of Dino Borghi, Arlene Lenich; Tomlinson family and others still grieving, Donna

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." 1 John 4:18

~Laurie Lewis and the Congregational Care Team


CLICK HERE to submit your prayers and praises!

Our Next 12 Hours of Prayer:

Wednesday, June 7

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

Bible Studies

Unfiltered - Women's Bible Study

Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Room 22

We are studying "Grace: A Bible Study on Ephesians for Women" by Keri Folmar

Newcomers always welcome!

Click image to email Wendy for more information.

Sunday Night Bible Study for Women

(Pampered by Grace)

Sundays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Room 22


We are studying "The Chosen: Season 3"

April 16 - June 11

Newcomers always welcome!

Click image to email Laurie for more information.

Reflections Women's Bible Study

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Room 2

We are studying "My One Word"

by Mike Ashcroft

Now through June 30 (in person only)

Newcomers always welcome!

Click image to email Laura for more information.

Pastor Sunil's Bible Study

Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 am, Room 2

"Experiencing God"

 April 12 - June 28

Click here for more information.

To order the book, click the image.

Thursday Morning Women's Bible Study

Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 am, Room 2

Click image to email Karen for more information.

The Preschool at DUMC

Preschool Summer Camp!

Hours are 9:00 - 11:30 am

May 30 - June 2...Beach Blast week

June 5 - June 9...Disney Magic week

June 12 - June 15...Carnival week

   Visit our Website  

In Case You Missed It....

"Follow me to Jordan"

Youth Choir

(Jay Althouse)

"Glory Hallelujah"

Sanctuary choir

(Arr. Raney)

"One Thing Remains"

Youth Bells

Save the date....

-Pedals for Progress: Saturday, June 17, 9 am - 12 pm (Starting Friday, June 16, between 9 am - 3 pm, bikes and sewing machines can be dropped off with a $20 donation)

-Blood Drive: Tuesday, July 18, 2 - 7 pm

-Rise Against Hunger Meal-Packing Event: Friday, October 20, 8am - 2pm

-Liturgical Concert: Sunday, October 22

-Trunk-or-Treat: Sunday, October 22 from 3 - 5 pm

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

Lenae Baldwin, Director of Student Ministries

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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