Week of November 19, 2023

Included in this issue:

  • November Mission of the Month: The Well (WorthWhile Wear)
  • Bible studies have been consolidated into one tidy place - see small groups below!
  • Missing an event? Check the "Save the Date" section to see if it's listed!
  • Sunday, November 12 recap: Harvest Home Sunday, Children's Bible presentation videos, Elevation Thanksgiving dinner
  • Caring for Friends recap
  • Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, Wednesday, November 22, 7:30 pm
  • 2024 Youth Mission Trip registration is due by Sunday, November 26
  • Bold Hope Christmas dinner, RSVP by Friday, December 1
  • Family Road Rally sign up, Saturday, December 2 from 1:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Chip Mergott concert at Rolling Hills UMC, Sunday, December 3 at 4pm
  • Children's Christmas Musical, Sunday, December 10 at 2:00 pm
  • Cookie Walk baking volunteers needed Sunday, December 10, sign up
  • Volunteers needed to light the Advent candles beginning Sunday, December 3
  • Sign up for Confirmation 2024!
  • 2024 Offering envelopes have arrived!
  • Celebration of Life - Bernard Finch
  • Please note: Church offices will be closed for Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24

Current Worship Series

"The Lord Will Provide"

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:


November 5 – Why We Serve

Dan Emr, Founder and Executive Director of WorthWhile Wear (The Well)

November 12 – Trusting God for the impossible

November 19 – Faithful to God in the little you have

1 Kings 17:8-16

November 26 – Praising God for his promises

Nursery Care

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

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

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

Register here


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

In-person attendance for November 12: 299

Online views: 213*

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

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



They are available for pick up in the lobby at your convenience. Please let the office know if you no longer need envelopes or if you don’t see a box with your name and need one.


Thank you for your faithful giving!

Sunday, November 12

2023 Harvest Home Sunday

You are a blessing! Members of Doylestown United Methodist Church opened their hearts, donating 300 food items during Harvest Home Sunday. Food was sorted and boxed, led by members of Lenae Baldwin’s Youth Group (Lucas Sunderland, Logan Sunderland, Joe Giernacky, Annabelle Giernacky, and Julie Quick), and members from the Outreach Committee. Deliveries of Thanksgiving staples and grocery gift cards were made to food pantries in Doylestown, New Britain, and Southampton.

Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor. Proverbs 22:9.

9:00 am Children's Bible Presentation

11:11 Children's Bible Presentation

DUMC Youth enjoying some fun before their (Elevation) Thanksgiving dinner.

Click image below to sign up!

Click image below to contact Stephanie Hume for more information.

Bold Hope Free Pasta Dinner

Monday, December 11 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Lenape Valley Church, 321 W Butler Avenue, New Britain, PA 18901. Seating is limited, please RSVP by Friday, December 1. For more information, email Nancy or call (833) 265-3467. Join us to see what's in store for 2024!


Next Caring for Friends meal assembly:

Wednesday, December 20 at 12:30 pm

in the DUMC kitchen. CLICK image for more details.

Caring for Friends



Thanks to the generosity of the Caring for Friends team, we packed 215 meals in 45 minutes with 8 volunteers, consisting of chicken parmesean, frozen green beans, and applesauce. Incredible!

Next month's meal is chili, mixed vegetables, and cornbread. We are scheduled to pack on Wednesday, December 20, but we may push this up a week due to the holiday.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Coalition to Shelter & Support the Homeless (CSSH)


Become a Code Blue Shelter volunteer this winter. Help transport and shelter adults in Central Bucks on cold winter nights. TRAINING IS REQUIRED and available online or in person on Sat., 1/6/24; sign up. Additional Information can be found on the flyer (also located in the lobby).

Questions? Email Rhelda Richards

Holiday Opportunities To Serve


Gift Card Donations

Help others have a

blessed Christmas by purchasing


$25 gift cards to

Target * Walmart * Giant * ACME * Amazon


Bucks County Housing Group &

Lenape Valley Foundation

Watch for the Thanks-Giving sign in the lobby and place gift cards in the box. Donations appreciated by Sunday, December 3.

The Christmas Cookie Walk (Sale)


Sunday, December 10

1:00 - 4:00 pm


Help support missions that reach many people locally and around the world by signing up to donate 5 - 6 dozen Christmas cookies for our Cookie Sale!


Cookie Donation drop off times:

  • Friday, December 8 (between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm)


  • Sunday, December 10 (by the end of the last service)


For more information, contact Shelly Mooney or Diane McCann.


Also,all are welcome to come support our fabulous kids at the Christmas Musical while you stock up on lots of delicious cookies!


The Giving Tree has sprouted in the lobby for our annual collection of children’s gifts for Methodist Services. Help us trim the tree by taking a tag and purchasing a gift for the child’s age that is indicated. Gifts should be returned unwrapped by Sunday, December 3. *Donations of wrapping paper and bags are also encouraged.

Wrapping Presence

Wrapping Presence is an organization that brings the joy of Christmas into area nursing homes. Residents are given a corsage or boutonniere and a door decoration. They then “shop” for holiday gifts for their loved ones, which are wrapped by volunteers. The residents also enjoy delicious cookies and visit with Santa. This is all at no charge to the residents. Starting Tuesday, December 5...Become a wrapping buddy - help Liberty Pointe residents select gifts (arrive at 12:30 pm, start at 1:00 pm, ending by 4:00 pm)


A Woman's Place Holiday Party

Donations Needed!


As in previous years, DUMC will be collecting for clients of A Woman's Place (AWP) Holiday Party. Click the link below to learn more details. Donations appreciated by Friday, December 8.

AWP has provided the community free, private, confidential, and comprehensive shelter, service, support, advocacy, outreach, training, and education for victims of domestic violence and their children for 47 years.


Read more....

Click on the images below for more information.

For even more ways to get involved at DUMC:

Preparing for Christmas

Would you like to

light the Advent candles?


Families or groups of friends are invited to participate at each service between Sunday, December 3 and Sunday, December 24. This opportunity includes lighting the candle(s) and reading the Advent liturgy.


Please sign up on the clipboard in the lobby or call the church office (215) 348-5224 to volunteer.

Christmas Poinsettias

Would you like to help beautify our sanctuary for Christmas Eve? You may purchase Poinsettias to help create the spectacular Poinsettia tree that adorns the front of the sanctuary.


$15/Poinsettia (all red)

Orders due by Sunday, December 10


Mail check or deliver cash/check in person to DUMC after filling out the order form online. Please note "Poinsettias" on the envelope and check. Order forms are also available in the church lobby.

Click here for more details and to place order.

Christmas Eve Candlelight

Worship Services

Sunday, December 24, 2023


*11:11 am - Word and Worship*

(Worship & Youth Centerwith Power of Grace


*4:00 pm - Liturgical Worship Service*



*7:00 pm - Contemporary Worship Service

(Sanctuary) with Sounds of Faith

9:00 pm - Liturgical Worship Service

(Sanctuary) with Communion


*Live Broadcast and Nursery available for the 11:11, 4:00, and 7:00 pm services (recordings will be available on demand one hour after each service ends).


Lay Leader Insights:

Comfort My People


The word "comfort" is found 106 times in the Bible. God comforts His people in all sorts of ways, by giving us His words in the Bible, through His many promises, and by sending others to comfort us.

God knew there would be times of trouble. Occasions when we would doubt. Days when it seemed like the world was going crazy. We are in one of those times now. Violence in so many countries. Wars breaking out and innocent people being killed. We can feel powerless to change this tide.

This world is not perfect. Since sin entered this world in the Garden of Eden, we live in a place where evil has a voice. Governments seek power through any means necessary. Pride and ego can take center stage.



November Mission of the Month:

The Well (WorthWhile Wear)

Worthwhile Wear launched in India in 2012 and then launched a variety of programs in the US beginning in 2014. These programs currently include:  

  • Worthwhile Thrift
  • The Well
  • Meleny’s House
  • Worth It

Today Worthwhile Wear has grown to offer the most comprehensive services to survivors of trafficking in the state of PA.



Donate to Mission of the Month


Becky Van Dine, Caring Ministries

(215) 813-7436

Click GriefShare logo to learn more or register.

Thursday nights

7:00 - 9:00 pm, Room 2

Learn more about Caring Ministries

The Youth mission trip is back this year! Please fill out the form and email or hand in to Lenae by Sunday, November 26. Spots are limited, sign up ASAP. Click image below for more information.

2024 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, 6:00-7:30 pm, beginning on Thursday, February 1. The Confirmation ceremony is planned for Sunday, May 19, 2024.


Sign up and details....

Wendy Arnott, Director


Laura Siegle, Assistant Director


Children's Ministries 2023 - 2024 Calendar

Learn more about Children's Ministry

Lenae Baldwin, Youth Director LBaldwin@DoylestownUMC.com

(267) 245-7871

Student Ministries 2023 - 2024 Calendar

Learn more about Student Ministries


Praying for our Congregation,

Community, and World

Praise/Thankfulness: Bob came home, Election results

Health & Healing: Joanne, Jeff, Steve, Sandy, Frank, Bev, Lisa, Bernadette, Barb, Mark, Jane, a friend, Paul, James, Ed, Linda, Jane, Wendy, Luigi, Johnny, Earl, Judy, Sally, Jack, Mary, Andre, Beth, Stacey, Lindsey

Guidance: Chris, Maggie, a friend, DUMC, travel mercies, a family, world conflicts and innocent victims, unspoken prayers, Bill, my son, Hank, marriage renewal, military serving abroad, peace


Hospice: My mom, Jack, Mr. Diodato 


Grief: Tom, Ellen, Family and friends of Bernie Finch

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to them and eat with them." Revelation 3:20

~Laurie Lewis and the Congregational Care Team

Bernie's Obituary

With gratitude, we remember

Bernard "Bernie" Finch

May 22, 1929 - November 8, 2023


Please remember Bernie's family and friends

in your prayers as they grieve his loss.


Celebration of life was held on:

Thursday, November 16

9:00 am Graveside service

at Washington Crossing National Cemetary

11:00 am Service at Doylestown United Methodist Church


In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to Doylestown United Methodist Church or Travis Manion Foundation would be appreciated.


Paul Georgulis, Assistant Pastor PGeorgulis@DoylestownUMC.com

(267) 245-7874

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DUMC's Small Groups


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"He Touched Me"

Bell Choir

(Arr. Ingram)

"Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing"

Bell Ensemble

(Arr. Hurlbutt)

"Rest In The Father"

Power of Grace

*Doylestown United Methodist Church CCLI # 7127647*

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Sunday's Worship Services

9:00 am Contemporary Worship

10:10 am Liturgical Worship

11:11 am Word and Worship



-Children's Christmas Celebration: Sunday, December 17, 10:10 service, Santa and cake to follow in Overholt

-Suicide Prevention Awareness Training (sign up): Saturday, January 27 from 9 - 11 am

4 Week Calendar


-A/V Team: Lighting, cameras, audio & media, contact Trevor Foster

-Children's and Student Ministries: Teachers and subs sign up

-Choir/Musicals: Adult chaperones & helpers, contact Stephanie Hume

-Coffee/Hospitality: Coffee setup/clean up on Sunday mornings sign up

-Preschool: Lunch aides, contact the Preschool

-Sounds of Faith and Power of Grace: Musicians, contact Temple Sieger or Kristian Frikke-Schmidt

-The Vine: Volunteers needed to run this mission, contact Becky Dragos


Sunil Balasundaram, Senior Pastor

Paul Georgulis, Assistant Pastor

Lenae Baldwin, Youth Director

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

Scott Shead, Live Streaming Technician

Trevor Foster, AVL Technical Coord

Ken Buckner, Wknd Bldg Spec (not shown)

Mark Charles, Evening Building Specialist

Sean Smith, Facilities Manager

Office phone: (215) 348-5224 (office hours: M-F from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm)

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