United Methodist Church
November 25, 2018
This Sunday
Worship 10:00am

Join us this Sunday as Jonathan  Tanner finishes the sermon series entitled "Turkey Day." His sermon title this week is "You Forgot Already?" 

To read this week's scripture,    click here. 
To listen to last week's sermon click here.    

Also, stay after worship and help with the Greening of the Sanctuary. Come dressed comfortably and help us to decorate for Advent. We'll have a light lunch of chili for those who work up an appetite. 
Daily Prayer

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

"Giving Lord, there is so much for which to be thankful. I know it, but yet I forget it. Help me to take the steps to remember what you have done for me. I especially give you thanks for ..."  

For more information, contact Pastor Melody  by  clicking here .
Food Collection
This Sunday

Every 4th Sunday, we collect food for Wesley Community Service Center in Portsmouth. Please bring canned goods such as tuna, and other non-perishable items such as cereal, to help with this outreach ministry. 

For more information about  the Wesley Center, click here.
Guest Organist 
John Holliday, Sun., Nov. 25

Please welcome this Sunday's  guest organist ,  John Holliday. John has been an organ enthusiast for over 20 years. He loves to  share his gift of organ playing with  the community. John believes his organ playing has sustained him   through  his lifetime battle with major health obstacles . Today's prelude, "Now Thank We All Our God," is his prayer of thanksgiving to God.
Special Presentation: Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team
Sunday, Dec. 2

GUMC is again partnering with our neighboring temple to host the Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (NEST) at Ohef Sholom Temple. 

** Immediately after our worship service on Sunday, December 2nd, y ou can learn more about NEST at a brief presentation by Anne Odell, the NEST Chair.      Click here for more information.  

Ghent Church is responsible for providing meals and monitoring at the Ohef Sholom homeless shelter from Friday, December 14th at 5:00 pm until Saturday, December 15th at 7:30 am.   
For more info or to sign up for a volunteer slot, please click here. You will see all of the week's dates when you click on the link. Please only sign up for slots from Friday, December 14th at 5:00pm through Saturday the 15th at 7:30am. 

We are also collecting pants, underwear, and socks for the men and women.
Living Nativity
Sun., Dec. 9 at 5pm

Live Nativity with animals will be Sunday, Dec. 9 at 5pm  in the garden across from our front steps.  Everyone is welcome to attend this free, family friendly event.

We need volunteers to dress-up and play important roles; to help set up; and to help break down.  Click here for all the details.
Save the Dates  
  • Stakeholders meetings are on Thursdays prior to the Leadership team meetings. The next is Thursday, December 6 at 8 a.m.
  • Leadership Team meetings  are 2nd Sundays of each month. The next meeting will be Sunday, December 9 after worship. All are welcome to attend.    
  • Live Nativity with animals will be Sunday, Dec. 9 at 5pm  in the garden across from our front steps. We need volunteers. Click here for all the details.
  • NEST Homeless Outreach is Dec. 12 - 19 and hosted at Ohef Sholom Temple next door. GUMC is responsible for Friday night through Saturday morning, Dec. 14 - 15. Click here to read more and sign up.
  • Messy Church at Ghent UMC is for all ages. It is 4:30pm - 6pm one Sunday per month. The next will be December 16. Dinner will be served.
  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be Monday, December 24 at 5pm.
For more details about each event, click on the church's calendar. Then click on the date for the event.

All ages are welcome!
  • Choir rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7pm in the sanctuary.   Let Nellwyn Beamon know that you will be attending.
  • Organ music, played by organist Spencer Koger, is monthly on first Sundays during our 10am worship service. 
  • 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.
  • Musical Offerings A variety of musical offerings are desired; let Nellwyn know if you are willing to help. 
For more info, please contact Nellwyn Beamon the Director of Music Ministry.  

Also, you can email the organist by clicking here.
Worship With Us!

Adult Sunday School 

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

Children's Church
During Worship
Join Us
Become a Member

If you are feeling called to become a member  of Ghent UMC, please contact Pastor Melody.
Orders  Due Sunday, Dec. 9

To place a poinsettia order for worship on Sunday, Dec. 16, call or  click here to contact the church office. Please indicate who the flower(s) are being placed in honor or memory of; and who they are given by. Cost is $12.00 each. 
Orders and payment due by Sunday, Dec. 9.
Rise Against Hunger
Thank You

A Message from the Rise Against Hunger Team:

It is with great pleasure that we announce the destination of the Rise Against Hunger meals you helped package on 10/6/2018. A shipping container, holding 285,120 meals, has been sent to Swaziland for our partner Adventist Development and Relief Agency.

To learn more, please visit our partner/country spotlight on the Impact Stories tab and click and drag on our World Aid Map at
Join a Small Group
Community Building Opportunities

Children and Youth
  • Sunday mornings: Children's Church (details below)
  • Sunday evenings: Middle & High School Youth (email Kim Kurtz for more details)
  • Sunday mornings: Adult Sunday School - 9am
  • Monday evenings monthly: Ghent Inspire Book Club - Next meeting Dec. 17, 7:30pm ; location TBA. For info and to RSVP, click here to email Melanie Cramer.
  • Tuesday evenings: Young Family Small Group - 6:25pm in church library. Before your first visit, email Jonathan Tanner for schedule updates.
  • Friday mornings: Bible Study at 10am in church library.
Click here to read details about our adult and youth small groups.  And for additional information,  please contact Jonathan Tanner, Discipleship Director at or 757-622-2843.
Volunteers Needed
You can be a blessing to children!

During worship, we offer children's church for children ages 3 through 5th grade. During the scripture and sermon, they go to the library for a brief Bible lesson, activity or craft.

Please volunteer a few times per year to help educate our youth.
To sign up for a Sunday, click here.
Congregational Care
Jennifer Gross-Statler

In response to Christ's call to love one another, Ghent UMC wants the members of our congregation to care for one another. 
Jennifer Gross-Statler, who is our  Director of Congregational Care and Marketing,  is available to visit and counsel those in our church community. 

To understand how you can help with Congregational Care outreach, click on our  church's website here.  

If you'd like a visit from Jennifer, call the church office at (757) 622-2843 or email her at
Ghent UMC

All adults,  children, and youth are invited to help on Sundays before and during worship.  We also need volunteers to be part of the outside clean up crew.

Also, please consider purchasing altar flowers to enhance our worship space.

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 .   
Our Iron
Needs Your Help

The GUMC iron  is so dirty or rusty that it is unusable.  If someone would like to take it to clean it or if someone would like to donate another one, it would be most appreciated. Contact the church office if you can help. Thank you, Nellwyn
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