United Methodist Church
November 5, 2017
This Sunday
Worship 10:00a.m.

Come join us for worship service. 
Rev. Melody Tanner will be preaching the sermon on Sunday. The title of her sermon is "12 perspectives-1 Jesus." It begins  our sermon series entitled "Unite!"

To read the scripture, click here.   To listen to last week's sermon 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 of Ages, thank you for the those who have gone before me who have taught me about you and helped me to grow closer to you.  Help me to be a positive witness to my faith to those around me...

For more information, contact Pastor Melody  by  clicking here .
Upcoming Events
Save the Dates

Sun., Nov. 5 
All Saints Sunday 
Bring pictures of loved ones we have lost in the past year to surround us as a great cloud of witnesses during service. You are also welcome to bring photos of loved ones lost in previous years.

Sun., Nov. 5 - Prayer Walk 
After worship service, we will journey around our church and community on a prayer walk together as a church.  Please plan to stay after service for 15 minutes or so and dress accordingly.
Community Service Sunday
Nov. 12, 11:15am

In lieu of Operation Christmas Child (Shoe Box Packing), GUMC/GUMP will be packaging food for those in need. Our assembly day will be on Sunday, November 12th, 11:15am - 12:30pm. 

We will be packing ten (10) Thanksgiving Baskets for Ghent Area Ministry and making sandwiches for Saint Columba Ecumenical Ministries. Also, if you'd prefer to assemble a complete basket prior to our packaging event, you may.

Click here to see the donation list and sign up sheet.
Christmas Tree 
Donor Needed

Ghent UMC is looking for someone to donate a 12 foot, artificial Christmas tree with lights, or the funds for a tree. It can be donated either for this Advent (needed on Nov. 26) or next Advent. Please  contact Steve Loomis  for tree design guidance to make sure it will fit well in our sanctuary space.

Save the date! After service on November 26, stay and help us decorate the church f or Advent. Chili will be served.
Street  Requiem 
Nov. 11, 4:30pm

Presented by Freemason Street Baptist Church, the Norfolk Street Choir, the Virginia Children's Chorus, and other singers and orchestral players from across Hampton Roads, "Street Requiem" is a free, outdoor concert that will take place in the parking lot of Freemason Street Baptist Church Saturday, November 11, at 4:30 PM.  

Click here for more information.
Fall Bible Study Classes
Changes and Addition
  • Fall Women's Bible study will not meet Friday, Nov. 10. The next and final meeting is on Friday, Nov 17.
  • Debbie Bonnewell will also have a special Advent Bible study session for anyone who wants to attend. It will be on Friday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. More information to follow.
If you have questions or would like to join us, call Debbie Bonnewell or  email her.
Fire and Hurricane

2 Ways You Can Help

Let us keep all of the disaster victims in our prayers. Also, remember to hold in prayer the continued health of rescue teams, all who are helping with recovery, and those churches in California, Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and Louisiana that serve as shelters and outreach. 
*Donate through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
Click here  to make an online donation at the UMCOR site. You can donate to either United States Disaster Response Advance #901670 or Material Resources Advance #901440. Please include your church name when you make a donation online. 100% of donations to UMCOR goes to relief work. 
Ghent Inspire Book Club 
All are welcome

November's book club will be studying  I Am the Door: Exploring the Christ Presence Within by Paul Ferrini. The meeting will be November 20 at 7:30pm.

December's book will be  If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas  by Jean Gietzen. Meeting will be December 11 at 7:30pm.

For more information or meeting locations, contact Melanie Cramer.

All are welcome to join our Ghent UMC choir. Rehearsals are in the sanctuary - Sundays at 9:30a.m.  and Wednesdays 7-8p.m.  All are welcome to come.

* Next week, rehearsal will be held on Thursday the 9th at 7:15pm.

* No rehearsal on Wednesday, November 22.

For more info, please contact the Director of Music Ministry.
Ghent UMC

All adults,  children, and youth are invited to help on Sundays before and during worship.  Also, please consider purchasing altar flowers to enhance our worship space.  Click here   to learn more about the volunteer opportunities and to sign up.  
F or more information or to help, please contact the church office by  clicking here .   
Jennifer Gross-Statler
Director of Congregational Care/ Marketing 

Jennifer Gross-Statler, our  Director of Congregational Care and Marketing, is available to visit and counsel those in our church community who so desire. Ghent UMC wants the sick, the burdened, and the lonely to feel the love of Christ. If you'd like a visit from Jennifer, call the church office at (757) 622-2843 or email her at

Mark Your Calendars
Leadership  Team 

Our next Leadership Team meeting will be Sunday, Nov. 12, at 12:30p.m.(following service projects). The brief meeting is to approve or disapprove of the proposed budget for 2018.

Also, p lease mark your calendars and plan to attend our Annual Charge Conference which is scheduled for Sun., Nov. 19, 3-5 p.m. at  Larchmont UMC.  We are clustered with Larchmont and Epworth this year.
Worship With Us!

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

Adult Sunday School 

Children's Church
During Worship

Daylight Saving Time Ends
Sun. Nov. 5, 2am

Daylight Savings Time comes to an end this Sunday. Don't forget to change your clocks back one hour on Nov. 5.

Adult Sunday School

Sunday 9am

Adult Sunday School is in the church library.  All are welcome.

General Fund Pledging

As I'm sure you know, this new chapter in the life of Ghent Church is refreshing. But, it needs your financial support. Please pray for God's guidance about your annual giving to Ghent Church. Your pledge card has been mailed to your home or you may pick up a card in our new welcome center. Place your pledge card in the offering plate.

Sanctuary Campaign Continues
We need to raise a total of $60,000 necessary for renovations and repairs of our sanctuary. And w e only have $6,060 to go!

Please indicate how you are able to help on the bulletin tear off sheet on Sunday or contact the church office.

Your brother in Christ,
Bill Whitehurst
Chairman, Stewardship
Volunteers Needed
3 Positions
  • GUMC needs volunteers who are willing to act as greeters in our parking lot. You would greet people before Sunday worship services begin. 
  • Are you willing to volunteer to help arrange furniture in the organ loft?
  • We need volunteers who are willing to be on the GUMC kitchen crew list. Perhaps you can help clean up the kitchen on a weekly basis, a monthly basis, or as needed.
If interested or for more information, contact the church office.
Volunteer Appreciation Day
Sunday, Nov. 26

We love our volunteers! 
Join us as we celebrate our volunteers during service this day.  We will especially recognize the leadership of our church and thank them for their service in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

If you or your children have given time to help GUMC and you will be attending on Nov. 26, please email Jennifer Gross-Statler and let her know. 
Join a Small Group
Community Building Opportunities

  • Sunday mornings: Children's Church (details below)
  • Sunday evenings: Middle & High School Youth (details below)
  • Sunday mornings: Adult Sunday School
  • Monday evenings monthly: Ghent Inspire Book Club
  • Tuesday evenings: Young Family Small Group
  • Wednesday evenings: Military Spouses Small Group 
  • Thursday evenings: Chaps on Tap
  • Friday mornings: Fall Women's Bible Study
Click here to read  about the adult small groups.  And for additional information,  please contact Jonathan Tanner, Discipleship Director at or 757-622-2843.
GUMY (Middle and High School Youth)
Upcoming Activities
  • Nov. 17 (Friday), 7-9 pm Seth & Nirva - Night of music, worship and testimonials in Virginia Beach. Tickets are $10 plus $2 handling fee.
  • Nov. 19: We have been invited by Larchmont UMC to put together Thanksgiving bags.
  • Dec. 1- 3:  High School All- Conference Retreat in Lynchburg - Registration Deadline Nov. 18
  • Dec. 10: Living Nativity Event
For more information about GUMY, please contact Kim Kurtz by clicking here.
Volunteers Needed
Once a Month

Please volunteer once a month to help educate our youth. 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. To sign up for a Sunday, click here.
Useful Links

Ghent UM Church

Weekly Sermons  

Church Calendar

G.U.M.P. (Preschool)

Online Tithe/Giving

The Upper Room Daily Devotional

Elizabeth River District

Virginia Annual Conference

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