United Methodist Church
January 6, 2019
Communion Sunday
Worship 10:00am

Join us for worship s ervice as Rev. Tom Statler preaches the sermon entitled 
"Arise and Shine."

To read this week's 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:

" Epiphany is a season when we celebrate God's glory given to us in Christ Jesus in the midst of darkness. Through Christ, we are given an invitation that drives away sin, isolation, and despair, and gives us forgiveness, connection, and eternal life. 

As you pray this week, focus on three areas: 
(1) how you are going to celebrate Epiphany; (2) how you are going to accept God's invitation in your heart; and 
(3) how you are going to let God change your behavior so that you can shine the light of Christ to others, particularly those in need."
For more information, contact Pastor Melody  by  clicking here .
Communion  Offering
This Sunday

Each month, Ghent UMC accepts a communion offering to help people in need in our church family or surrounding community.  Simply place your offering in your giving envelope, indicating the amount given towards benevolence, that is above and beyond your regular gifts. 

We are also collecting gas and store gift cards to help those in need.
Help Remove Decorations 
Sunday, Jan. 6

Please stay and help us take down the Christmas decorations after worship service on Sunday, Jan. 6.

Messy Church at Ghent UMC
Sunday, Jan. 13, 4:30 - 6pm

The next Messy Church at Ghent UMC (which is for ALL AGES) will be Sunday, January 13 from 4:30pm - 6pm. This month's theme is "Where I Belong."

We have lot's of fun in the Lord.  So, come for our traditional 10am worship service then bring your family back at 4:30pm to explore your faith through engaging games, crafts, and activities. 

Please  click here to RSVP  to let us know that you  will be joining us.  

All ages are welcome!
  • Choir rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7pm in the sanctuary.  Please note: no rehearsal on Jan. 9th.  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. Please note: Spencer will play the 2nd Sunday in January.
  • 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. Please note: There will be no Gathering Jam on Sunday, Jan. 13.
  • 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.
Save the Dates 
  • Messy Church at Ghent UMC for all ages is 2nd Sunday of each month from 4:30 - 6pm in our social hall. 
    Next one is January 13. Dinner is served. Messy Church is a way to explore your faith through engaging games, crafts, and activities!
  • Leadership Team meetings   are on 3rd Sundays. The next two meetings will be after worship on Sunday, January 20 and February 17. All are welcome to attend.    
  • Stakeholders meetings are on Thursdays at 8am. The next two are Thursday, January 17 and February 14.
Worship With Us!

Adult Sunday School 

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

Children's Church
During Worship
Visit Our Homebound
This Month

Please sign up to visit one of our homebound members this month.

You can sign up by    clicking here to email me. You can also sign up on your connection card this Sunday.

We may still have a few poinsettias and some cards that need to be delivered. The cards were made by the congregation at Messy Church. You can make your visit individually or with a fellow congregation member. 

This is a great way for  Ghent UMC to answer  Christ's call to love and care for one another.
With love,
Jennifer Gross Statler
Congregational Care Director
Join Us
Become a Member

If you are feeling called to become a member  of Ghent UMC, please contact Pastor Melody.
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 Jan. 21, 7:30pm; location TBA. We will discuss "Almost Everything: Notes on Hope" by Anne Lamott. 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: 10am Bible Study in the church library has resumed. We are reading Beth Moore's study, "Jesus, The One and Only."
    The 11 week study will focus on the life and ministry of Jesus. The workbook will be handed out during the first meeting and costs $20.  
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.
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 .   
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, our  Director of Congregational Care and Marketing,  works closely with Pastor Melody and our members to meet the care needs of our congregation, including the coordination of visits in homes, at hospitals and in facilities, as needed and requested.

To learn more about Congregational Care at Ghent UMC, and how you can help, click on our  church's website here.  

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