United Methodist Church
March 22, 2020
Lenten Season
Online Worship at approximately  10am

We will offer online worship beginning at approximately 10am this Sunday and any Sunday we do not have in-person services going forward. You can join us by going to our Facebook page  and scrolling down until you see the worship service.  If you don't have a Facebook account, google "Ghent United Methodist Church Facebook" and you should be able to click on the link that comes up to access our Facebook Page.

Pastor Melody Tanner is continuing the Lenten Sermon Series entitled "In the Making." 
  • This week's sermon title is "Corny." 
To listen to recent sermons click here.    
Online Bulletin

Lenten Sermon Series 2020: In the Making 
Through April 12

Our Lenten sermon series which will continue through April 12 is based on Ben & Erin Napier's book "Make Something Good Today: A Memoir." 

We are journeying with Pastor Melody through Jesus' first encounter with his disciples all the way to his suffering, death, and resurrection. From the beginning, Jesus was making something good out of his disciples, in turn making something good out of us.  Click here to read the reference Scripture Ephesians 2:8-10.

Here is a Spiritual discipline challenge for Lent: Following Erin Napier's example, write in a journal daily about one positive thing that happens. Look for what God is doing in the ordinary. 

When we reopen the building, journals will be available in the welcome center for children and adults.  And the books will be available at the Welcome Center in the back of the sanctuary, too. If able, contributions of $17 are welcomed .
Incredible Life as a Methodist Missionary

Women's  History Month
Susan Angeline Collins

Susan Angeline Collins was an early trailblazer for United Methodist women. In the years following the U.S. Civil War, Collins went to college and became a successful business owner. All before answering her call to serve the Methodist Church in Africa. Among her achievements was the founding of a boarding school for girls in Angola.  Click on the video to learn more about this sacrificing woman.
Lent and Easter at Ghent UMC
Come join us

Lenten sermon series 2020: In the Making
See related block above for more info.

Palm Sunday Worship  On Sunday, Apr. 5 gather in the sanctuary lobby at 9:50 a.m. to wave palm branches and sing hosannas as Jesus rides our donkey into the sanctuary!

Messy Church Easter at GUMC will be Palm Sunday, April 5 at 4:30pm. (Note the day change.) Grab your basket because we will have an Easter egg hunt, baby animal petting zoo, celebration and meal! Be sure to get there on time so you don't miss out on the fun! If you know ahead of time that you plan to attend, then please click here to RSVP or get details. If you decide to come at the spur of the moment, then this is fine too!
This event is FREE & open to the community, although donations are gladly accepted.

We also need individualized wrapped candy, including peanut-free options, and volunteers to make this a success. Please click here and sign up to help.  

Easter Service  with Communion will begin at 10am on Sunday, April 12. Please bring fresh flowers to adorn the Living Cross. Worship music will be enhanced by Josh McDonald on the trumpet and our own Arianna Shipp on the organ.  Refreshments will be served on the porch following worship.
General Conference 

Following recommendations by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Governor of Minnesota and the Mayor of Minneapolis to postpone or cancel events involving 50-plus people, the Executive Committee is announcing that the General Conference will be postponed and will not occur May 5-15, 2020 as planned.

Save the Dates 
  • Leadership Team meetings are usually 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
Ghent UMC

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

Click here   to learn about your volunteer opportunities and to sign up.  
You may also call the church office or contact the church office by  clicking here .   
Congregational Care
Pastor Melody Tanner

In response to Christ's call to love one another, we want the members of our congregation to care for one another.  Pastor Melody and our members strive to care for the needs of our congregation, including the 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 email Pastor Melody 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, contact her.
Our building is closed. But, when we reconvene, worship with us in person.

Adult Sunday School 

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

Children's Church
During Worship
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Become a Member

If you are feeling called to become a member  of Ghent UMC, please contact Pastor Melody.
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Daily Prayer

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

"Open my eyes, O Lord, that I may see opportunities to scatter seeds for you..." 

For more assistance,  contact Pastor Melody Tanner.
GUMC Small Groups
Connecting Online

Our small groups, which include Sunday School, are continuing to stay in touch via email or other online methods. See our list of groups in the block below.

If you wish to be a part of a specific group's conversation and/or read discipleship material at home, please contact the church office
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
  • Tuesday evenings: Tuesday Small Group meets 6:30-8pm with a weekly discussion on the book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey where the author seeks to be a pilgrim trying to understand prayer, discusses the things we pray about, and gives some insight into the act of praying. Jonathan & Melody Tanner lead this study. All are welcome and child care is provided. Email Jonathan for more info. 
  • Thursday evenings monthly: Ghent Inspire Book Club meets monthly on 3rd Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. in the church library. This month, we have been discussing our Lenten Sermon Series book by Ben & Erin Napier, "Make Something Good Today: A Memoir." All are welcome to  attend the meeting for fellowshipFor info and to RSVP contact Lynn Tiedge.
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:
  • Gathering Jams  are monthly on second Sundays, year-round. Next month, however, it will be on Palm Sunday, April 5th. 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. Let Nellwyn Beamon know that you will be attending, so she knows to let you in the building.
  • Organist  Arianna Shipp plays again during Worship on Easter Sunday, April 12th.
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.

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