United Methodist Church
November 3, 2019
Communion and All Saints Sunday 
Worship 10am

Join us for Communion and Worship this All Saints Sunday.  On All Saints Day, United Methodists publicly remember and honor those who have passed away. 

* It will be a very special service that you don't want to miss! * 

Pastor Melody will preach a sermon called "Upside Down."  

To read this week's Scripture,  click here.
To listen to recent sermons click here.    

Everyone is welcome to stay after the service for fellowship.  
Daily Prayer

Please set aside time each day to pray for 2-3 minutes. This week's prayer starter is 

"God, help me to understand in my heart what it means to turn my life upside for you and to live in your radical love..." 
For more assistance, contact Pastor Melody Tanner.
Welcome Organist
Arianna Shipp

We will welcome  Arianna Shipp as our new organist during worship on Sunday, Nov. 3.

Arianna is a current student at Old Dominion University, majoring in Biochemistry. She has studied piano under Claudia Nachtigal, Oksana Lutsyshyn, and Lee Jordan-Anders. Arianna studied piano for ten years and started studying organ under Stephen Cook. Recently, Arianna graduated from Granby High School, as well as the Governor's School for the Arts, which gave her several performance opportunities including multiple hosted by Governor Ralph Northam.
Fall Back
To Standard Time

This weekend, daylight savings time ends. So, don't forget to change your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.

Messy Church Pie Fundraiser
Sun., Nov. 3  - Wed., Nov. 20

Just in time for Thanksgiving, our Messy Church volunteers will be baking pumpkin and pecan pies for you to purchase as a fundraiser for Messy Church! 

Orders will be taken this Sun., Nov. 3  through Wed., Nov. 20.

Please indicate on your connection card how many you would like to order. Or use the sign-up sheet in our preschool lobby. The prices are $10 for pumpkin, $15 for pecan, or $20 for both.  Make checks payable to Ghent UMC with pie in the memo; please pay by Wed., Nov. 20, to the offering plate or church office.

* Pies will be available for pick-up at Ghent UMC on Wed., Nov. 27, 9am - 12pm. *

Pies not picked up will be stored in the bottom floor kitchen freezer labeled with your name.
Messy Church at Ghent UMC
Nov. 10, 4:30pm - 6pm

The next Messy Church at Ghent UMC will be Sunday, November 10 from 4:30pm - 6pm.  This month's theme is "Feast of Faith."  

Our Messy Church includes a welcome, creative time to explore the biblical theme through "getting messy" with crafts and activities; engaging in a short interactive celebration time involving a story, prayer, and music; and sitting down together for a family-style meal. The entire experience is designed for people of all ages.

Attendees and volunteers:  Please click here to register. We need a count for dinner.  Donations to the Messy Church at GUMC program are welcome.

Volunteers are needed and there are small and big tasks for anyone who wants to help.  Click here to learn more about Messy Church at GUMC.
Save the Dates 
  • Leadership Team meetings are on 3rd Sundays following worship. All are welcome to attend these meetings in the church library.
  • Ghent Church Stakeholders meetings, in general, are held at 8a.m. on the Thursday prior to the Leadership team meetings. For more information, please contact Gary Bonnewell.
  • Messy Church at Ghent UMC for all ages is 2nd Sunday of each month from 4:30 - 6pm in our social hall. The next event will be November 10. The theme is "Feast of Faith." Dinner is served. Attendees and volunteers, please  RSVP. For more info, click here. 
  • Bellissima Women's Choral Ensemble: Fall concert is Sunday, Nov. 17, 4 pm at Ghent UMC. A free-will offering will be received.
  • Living Nativity with Messy Church: On Sunday, Dec. 8, petting zoo animals will arrive at 4:30pm, actors will be in place at 5pm then Pastor Melody will lead a candlelight service at 5:30pm. Afterwards, join us in the fellowship hall for a family-style supper.
  • NEST Homeless Outreach: Friday evening through Saturday morning, Dec. 13 -14, we partner again with Ohef Sholom Temple to serve the homeless.  
Ghent UMC

All adults,  children, and youth are invited to help on Sundays before and during worship.  

Click here   to learn about our updated volunteer opportunities and to sign up.  
You may also call the church office or contact the church office by  clicking here .   
Worship With Us!

Adult Sunday School 

Sunday Worship at 10:00a.m.
(Nursery Care Provided)

Children's Church
During Worship

Rise Against Hunger: Meals with Impact
Rise Against Hunger
Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 10am - 12pm

Come to our fellowship hall on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 10a.m. to help end hunger around the world by helping at our Rise Against Hunger event. This fun, hands on mission project needs volunteers of all ages to help package over 10,000 meals. This memorable experience of helping to fight world hunger can involve the whole family with tasks that are appropriate for all ages. 

** Volunteers, please sign up online  or indicate on your Sunday Connection Card. Help is also needed with set-up 9-10a.m. and clean-up 12-1p.m.

Donations needed So far, we have raised $2,024.67.  $1,427.01 is still needed to pay for the meal ingredients, as well as, the cost of getting the meals to those who are hungry. Please bring your donations to the meal packaging event tomorrow.  Make checks payable to Ghent UMC with memo for Rise Against Hunger. 
Join Us
Become a Member

If you are feeling called to become a member  of Ghent UMC, please contact Pastor Melody.
Join a Small Group
Community Building Opportunities

Children and Youth
  • Sunday mornings: Children's Church
  • Sunday evenings: Middle & High School Youth (for more details, contact church office)
  • Sunday mornings: 9am - Adult Sunday School
  • Monday evenings monthly: Ghent Inspire Book Club meets monthly on 3rd Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in the church library.The next meeting will be Nov. 18 and the book is Coffee with Jesus by David Wilkie. All are welcome to join this group. For info and to RSVP contact Lynn Tiedge.
  • Tuesday evenings: 6:30-8pm - Tuesday Small Group for fall/winter. Join us in the church library to read and discuss the book What's So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey. Jonathan & Melody Tanner lead this study. All are welcome and child care is provided! Email Jonathan for more info. 
  • Friday mornings: 10am - Bible Study in the church library. *No classes 10/25 and 11/1.* This session features the 11-week series, Here and Now...There and Then by Beth Moore. The workbook for weekly assignments is $10. For more info, email Debbie Bonnewell
Click here to read details about our adult and youth small groups.  For additional information,  please contact Jonathan Tanner, Discipleship Director.
GUMC Music Ministry
Take Note:
  • A volunteer is still needed to help our music director with filing in the music office on our top floor. If you can help, please email Nellwyn.
  • Gathering Jams  are monthly on second Sundays, year-round. Bring an instrument and play along during the gathering part of our service at 9:45am. The music will be from all over the world. Guitars, percussion, and penny whistles are welcome.
  • Musical Offerings: All ages and talents are welcome to perform at GUMC. Let Nellwyn know if you are willing to help.
  • Choir rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7pm in the sanctuary and everyone is invited to join the choir. But, there is no choir practice on Wed., Nov. 27. Let Nellwyn Beamon know that you will be attending, so she knows to let you in the building.
For more info, please contact Nellwyn Beamon the Director of Music Ministry.  
Jesus is for everyone. 
No exceptions
A Word of Welcome from GUMC 

- Based on a statement by Green Street UMC in Winston-Salem, NC

Ghent United Methodist Church is called to the affirmation of the sacred worth of all people. We embrace as a gift the diversity of our neighborhood and the world. We acknowledge our human family's diversity in sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, language, age, faith history, theological orientation, economic status, education, marital status, abilities, and any other defining feature, real or perceived. Click here to read the entire letter.

Click here  to read Pastor Melody's message to our church and community.

Congregational Care
Jennifer Gross-Statler

In response to Christ's call to love one another, we want the members of our congregation to care for one another. 
Jennifer Gross-Statler, our  Director of Congregational Care and Marketing,  works closely with Pastor Melody and our members to meet the care needs of our congregation, including the coordination of visits in homes, at hospitals and in facilities, as needed and requested. To learn more about Congregational Care at Ghent UMC, and other ways you can help, click on our church's website here.

Please contact Jennifer via email or call her at (757) 622-2843 to sign up to visit one of our homebound members this month. Or if  you'd like a visit from Jennifer or a church member, contact her.
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