United Methodist Church
April 22, 2018
This Sunday
Worship 10:00am

Join us as Pastor Melody begins our new sermon series entitled "Relationship with God" to explore a deeper relationship with God.
Our God is always striving to have a closer relationship with us. What is a relationship with God?  How do we draw closer to God?  Do we even want to?  

Pastor Melody's sermon this Sunday is called " Relationship Status." 

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:

" As I go about my day to day life, may I see the work of your hand, O Lord.  Thank you for being a God who constantly reaches for me.  Help me to see how much I need you..."

For more information, contact Pastor  Melody  by  clicking here .
Baseball Outing
Sunday, Apr. 22 1:05pm

Ghent UMC's outing to Harbor Park on this Sunday, April 22 is at 1:05pm to see the Tides play baseball. Our seats are on 3rd base side. 

For more details, contact Pete Griffin
Organ Music
Sunday, May 6 at 10am

On Sunday, May 6, organist  Spencer R. Koger will be playing during our 10am worship service. 

He has worked intensively to progress his music studies on both the piano and pipe organ but prefers to continue extensive training towards the organ. He plans on receiving his certificates from the American Guild of Organists, in both Church Music and Performance, by the time he graduates from Christopher Newport University.

Spencer thanks God for giving him the ability to provide music for worship and praise.
He can reached by email at
Passion Play
Trip to Germany

Would you be interested in taking a trip to Germany in 2020 to experience the once-a-decade Passion Play that has been performed by the villagers of Oberammergau every 10 years since 1634? 

Nellwyn Beamon would be interested in getting a group together to do go.  If you would like to explore the possibility, please get in touch with her at

It is a very popular event and tours are being booked now. To learn more about the trip, click on the link below.

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.

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

Also, you can email the organist by clicking here.
Volunteers Needed
Please Help
  • We need volunteers to be on the outside clean up crew. Can you help clear the church grounds of debris on a weekly basis, a monthly basis, or as needed?
  • GUMC needs parking lot greeters. You would greet people before Sunday worship services begin. 
If interested or for more information, contact the church office.
Spring Bible Study
Fridays  at 10am

Join us Fridays at 10am for a 10-week study by Beth Moore.    
A Heart Like His: Seeking the Heart of God Through a Study of David is an  in-depth look at the life of David. 

The workbook is $20. For questions, or to join, contact  Debbie Bonnewell. 
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.  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 .   
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
Worship With Us!

Adult Sunday School 

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

Children's Church
During Worship

Adult Sunday School
Sundays 9am

Adult Sunday School meets in the church library on the main floor. 
All are welcome.
General Fund Pledging 
for 2018

Thanks to everyone who has pledged or already given! 

$151,290 has been pledged so far, but we need to reach, at least, $155,940 to meet our budgeting goals.

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. Place your pledge card in the offering plate.

Sanctuary Campaign 
Our pledge goal of $60,000 for sanctuary renovations and repairs has been met. Thank you to everyone for helping us to meet this goal. Please send in all pledge donations by August 31, 2018.

Your brother in Christ,
Bill Whitehurst
Chairman, Stewardship
Mark Your Calendars
Members and Leaders  
  • stakeholders meeting will be held Thursday, May 3 at 8am.
  • Our Leadership Team meeting is usually every 2nd Sunday of the month. However, the next meeting will be May 6 after worship.
Book Sale and Parking Lot Fundraiser
SGAF Outreach

During the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, GUMC will have its Used Book Sale on Saturday, May 19, 10am to 5pm.  The sale will be on our front porch and in the sanctuary lobby. Hardcovers $1.50; Paperbacks 75 cents.  

GUMC needs book donations to make this effort successful. Please put all books into the sanctuary lobby's closet. 

We will also host paid parking on Saturday and Sunday.  Volunteers are needed for both efforts.   Proceeds benefit missions and church programs.

Sign - up schedules will be coming out soon.
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 mornings: Coffee & Connections Small Group 
  • 1st & 3rd Thursdays: Chillin' with the Chaplain - open to all 
  • Fridays mornings: Bible Study
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.
GUMY (Middle and High School Youth)
Upcoming Activities
  • Sunday, April 22 at 1pmTides Baseball Game 
  • Sunday, April 29 at 9:50 amYouth Sunday at church    
  • At 1pm - Bowling 
  • May - Middle school youth activity TBD
For more information about GUMY, please contact  Kim Kurtz by clicking here.
Volunteers Needed
Once a Month

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.

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