United Methodist Church
September 13, 2020
Worship This Sunday
10 am 

Join us this Sunday, at 10am on our Facebook page as Pastor Melody continues her sermon series called "Exit Stage Right." 
  • Sunday's sermon title is "Action?" 
  • To read this week's Scripture from Romans 14:1-12click here.
  • To read this week's Scripture from Exodus 14:10 - 15:21click here.
Worship Bulletin
To participate in our Sunday Worship via Facebook Live, go online to our Facebook page and scroll down until you see the video of the Worship Service. Even if you don't have a Facebook account, you will still be able to view our Facebook page and Worship Service.

Please write your name in the comments so we know you are worshiping with us.

We continue our online Worship with a Love Feast. Please be prepared to again celebrate this feast together. This ritual utilizes some form of bread and a liquid. You may use whatever you have handy. We will continue the Love Feast each Sunday until we are reunited. 

Daily Prayer

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

"God, when I can't hear you, help me to stay strong in my faith in who you are and your love for all your children..."
For more assistance, contact Pastor Melody Tanner.
Louisiana churches hit by Hurricane Laura
UM News

Hurricane Laura brought winds of up to 150 miles an hour as it made landfall along the Gulf Coast of southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas early on Aug. 27.

Louisiana Conference Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey expressed gratitude that the hurricane caused less storm surge-related flood damage than had been feared.

"But the wind was not our friend," she said.

Responding To Racism
Tuesday Talks

Rev. Jason Stanley (Coordinator for Church Revitalization for the Elizabeth River District) spoke with Rev. Rachel Billups who is the lead Pastor of Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio. 

They discussed how Rev. Billups and her congregation have been responding to racism in some meaningful ways.

Click here to watch and learn from their conversation.
UMC Discussion to End Racism
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1pm EDT

Mark your calendar for the next Dismantling Racism panel discussion event, titled "The Theological Roots of Racism and Colonialism." 

On September 16 at 1pm, panelists will discuss how the church has the ability to theologically interpret our current realities, naming where God is present and where humanity is called to help bring about the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

Pressing On To Freedom Initiative
Calls to Action 
Against Racism

Promising "this time will be different," five UMC bishops  have joined with other church leaders and boards and agencies of the United Methodist Church to add strength to the message that "We will no longer remain silent nor complicit but must act now!"
   "Pray for all persons of color who suffer at the hands of injustice and oppression. Pray for our church as we take a stand against racism."
   Thchurch-wide, multi-level initiative will continue, at least, through General Conference in 2021.

* Receive Daily Prayers

The Worship Team of Discipleship Ministries believes that to become anti-racist individuals and churches, the whole process must be bathed in prayer every step along the way. So, click here to sign up to receive daily prayers in your email and to learn more.
Small Groups
Connecting Online & Studying at Home

Children and Youth Pastor Melody will post a children's message each Sunday on our facebook pageFor more information about children and youth discipleship material and activities, contact Pastor Melody Tanner.

Sunday School This group discusses the Bible using the Standard Lesson Quarterly
series but they are not currently meeting. To read this discipleship material at home or for more information, contact Peter Griffin.

Prayer Group is postponed until further notice. Contact Jonathan Tanner for discipleship material options for independent study and prayer.

Ghent Inspire Book Club now meets on the 3rd Mondays of the month at 7:30 pm on Zoom. The next book is Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans. Our next meeting will be Monday, September 21 at 7:30p.m. For more information or to join the Zoom meetings, contact Lynn Tiedge.  
Bible Study is not currently meeting. For more information or independent Bible study recommendations, contact Debbie Bonnewell at 757-870-8299.
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 become a part of our congregational care team or to request a visit from the team.

*Covid 19 virus update In-person visits are limited currently. However, prayers, phone calls, and mail from the care team are continuing.
Church Building
Closure Update

Our church staff are continuing to work from home and only come to the church building on an as needed basis. They are monitoring the church's voice mail and checking email Monday through Friday. Messages will be returned as soon as possible. 
Join Us
Become a Member

If you are feeling called to become a member of Ghent UMC, please contact Pastor Melody.
Ghent United Methodist Preschool
Please Pray

Please pray for our GUMP teachers as they begin their first full week of teaching.
 (Photo shared from Aldersgate UMC South Carolina Messy Church.)
Honor Teachers

We invite you to 
join us in the #IGiveUMC celebrations to express appreciation for others.

Make a donation to Ghent Church in honor of or in memory of a teacher. Recognize someone who's been an inspiration. Or encourage someone who has had to make the tough transition to virtual teaching.

Then, post on social media about your honoree, gift, and a request for others to make a donation of their own. Use the hashtag #IGiveUMC so it can be shared with others doing the same. 
New Freezer Needed

Each week, the Wesley Community Service Center serves hundreds of people in Portsmouth, VA. They are able to feed so many people because of donations from their supporters like you, as well as, their partnership with the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia. Unfortunately, their commercial freezer is broken beyond repair.  
If you, or anyone you know, has a large freezer(s) that they can donate, it will be much appreciated.  They will arrange a pickup! Contact Wesley Community Service Center at 757-399-0541 for more information or to donate.
COVID-19 Pandemic
Please Pray

Bishop Sharma Lewis of the Virginia United Methodist Conference asks us to pray each day at noon. Click here to read her complete letter and the prayer she has shared.

Please join me in prayer for the healing of our world. You are not alone. We'll get through this together. I want to encourage you all to stay in touch with one another as much as possible. There are social media links at the bottom of this newsletter. Use them as ways that we can all engage God and one another during this time of isolation.

Peace, Pastor Melody
Virtual Book Panel
Thur., Sept. 17 
at 4:30p.m

Wesley Theological Seminary's Center for Public Theology will hold a virtual book panel and discussion on White Supremacy and American Christianity featuring:

* Dr. Robert Jones
* Dr. Obery Hendricks 
* Dr. Kris Norris

The moderator for the panel discussion will be Dr. Lorena M. Parrish.

The Zoom conversation will take place Thursday, September 17, 2020, 4:30p.m. to 5:45p.m.

For information or questions, email
Leadership Team Meeting
Sunday, September 27th

There will be a Zoom Leadership Team meeting open to whomever would like to attend on Sunday, September 27th shortly following our worship service. More info to follow.
Worship through Offering
Various Ways

We understand that these are uncertain times for most of us financially, but we want to offer the opportunity for us all to continue to fully participate in worship through the offering of a tithe or gift. Listed here are various ways to give.

Online Giving Go to and click "Give here" under "Online & Mobile Giving". 

Personal Online Banking Bill Pay
Instructions can be found at under "Online Giving from your Bank." 

Mail or Drop-off Checks You can mail checks to the church at 531 Raleigh Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23507, or drop them through the mail slot at the Raleigh Ave. entrance.

Blessing Bags
Sign Up Sheet

Ghent Church is still collecting items to put into Blessing Bags for those we encounter who are homeless. Blessing Bags are gallon size bags filled with non-perishable food, hygiene products, and gift cards. 

Please consider signing up to help purchase the remaining items we need to hopefully make 40 bags. Click here to view the items needed and to sign up.

We have a collection basket in the hallway near the Ghent Church office door. If you do not have a key fob, contact the church office to make arrangements for drop off. Leave a message at 757-622-2843 or send an email.

We thank everyone who has faithfully contributed items thus far!
Resuming In-Person Worship
Update from Pastor Melody

Bishop Lewis has outlined a 3 stage plan for resuming in-person worship in the Virginia Conference. Please click here to learn more about the plan. 

While the state has transitioned into Phase 3, Bishop Sharma Lewis has confirmed that the Virginia Conference will remain in Stage 2 of Reopening. Ghent UMC will continue to worship and minister to each other and our community online.

Thank you for your prayers, patience, and understanding as we do our part in curbing the spread of COVID-19. We can't wait until we can all be together again!
Past Worship Services
On Facebook

Watch previous Worship services that were streamed live on Facebook by clicking here. 

Ghent UMC is licensed to stream our FB Live worship services through CCLI #20175590 and One License A-727358.
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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