United Methodist Church
October 7, 2018
Communion Sunday
Worship 10:00am

Join us this Communion Sunday as Rev. Melody Tanner delivers the sermon entitled "Confident."

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:

"Almighty God, you brought yourself low and took on human form in Jesus.  In him, you set an example of how to have faith in the midst of suffering that you desire me to have life everlasting. Help me not become discouraged when things don't go quite right, but to have confidence in you..."

For more information, contact Pastor Melody  by  clicking here .
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.
Rise Against Hunger
Sat., Oct. 6 at 10am

Our Rise Against Hunger food packaging event will be  Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10am. 

RAH organizers will join us in our church basement and direct us as we package 10,000 meals,  assembly-line style.    Volunteers from ages two to 102 are welcome to help.

We also need volunteers to help with set up and clean up.

Click here  to sign up to volunteer for set up, clean up, package food, learn more, or to donate money.
First Sunday Organ Music
Sunday, Oct. 7 at 10am

On First Sunday, October 7, organist Spencer Koger will again play during our 10am worship service. 

Spencer thanks God for giving him the ability to provide music for worship and praise.  He can reached by email at
Join Us
Become a Member

If you are feeling called to become a member  of Ghent UMC, please contact Pastor Melody.
Help Hurricane Florence Victims
Through UMCOR

The United Methodist Committee on Relief and their partners are responding to Hurricane Florence in the United States (and Super Typhoon Mangkhut - Ompong in the Philippines.) 

Please join us in prayer for the areas affected and consider a gift to UMCOR Disaster Response. 100% of your donation goes to help those affected.

You  can make checks payable to Ghent UMC with memo 'for Hurricane relief.'  Or to donate online, you can click on this UMCOR link and scroll to the bottom of their page.
Resuming Small Group Meetings
  • Young Family Small Group will meet Sunday, Oct. 7 from 6 - 7:30pm at Ghent UMC.
  • Ghent Inspire Book Club will meet Monday, Oct. 15 at 7:30pm. Location TBA. They will discuss When God Winks at You: How God Speaks Directly to You Through the Power of Coincidence by Squire RushnellAll are invited to come. Contact Melanie Cramer for more information and to RSVP. 
  • The GUMC youth group will be going to the Haunted Temple for a scary/fun experience on October 28.  They will meet in the church parking lot at 6pm and carpool over to the Masonic Temple on Granby St. Bring money for admission and snacks.  They will also be given some spooky sweets to finish the evening. Teens should be back at church by 8 pm. Call Kim Kurtz or email her, if you have any questions.
General Fund Pledging 
for 2018

Thanks to everyone who has pledged or already given! 

$151,690 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. Please indicate your pledge on your Connection Card on Sunday and place in the offering plate or contact the church office.

Your brother in Christ,
Bill Whitehurst
Chairman, Stewardship
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 .   
Save the Dates
  • Leadership Team Meeting is Sun., Oct. 14 after worship service. Everyone is welcome. 
  • Book Sale and Parking Lot Fundraiser is Oct. 20 - 21.
  • Messy Church at Ghent UMC for All Ages: 4:30pm - 6pm on the 3rd Sunday of each month. The next will be October 21. Dinner will be served.
  • Charge Conference is Oct. 28 at 2pm, at Ghent UMC.
  • 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 and one other set of dates during that week. More information TBA. 
For more details about each event, click on the church's calendar. Then click on the date for the event.
Worship With Us!

Adult Sunday School 

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

Children's Church
During Worship
Thank You!
Consignment Sale 

The GUMP director and staff wish to thank all the volunteers for their help with their Fall consignment sale. GUMP raised more than $9,000 for their programs and activities. 

They also give a big thank you to the consignors who allowed their unsold items to be donated. Some items went to a new foster Mother with a newborn and to several non-profit organizations that help the less-fortunate. One of those organizations is in West Virginia!  
Tell Us
About GUMC

Each week in this newsletter, we want to share something you find interesting about Ghent UMC.

In  3-4 sentences,  tell us why you love your church. S hare your stories, thoughts or memories; whether they are serious or humorous. Then we will post them here.

Please email the church office with your brief story. And if you have a photo that can accompany it, we'll try to use that, too.
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 - 7:30pm 
  • Tuesday evenings: Young Family Small Group - Resumes in the Fall.
  • Wednesday mornings: Coffee & Connections Small Group resumes in the Fall.
  • 1st & 3rd Thursdays: Chillin' with the Chaplain - 5:30pm at The Public House in Norfolk
  • Friday mornings: Bible Study resumed Oct. 5 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.

All ages are welcome!
  • Choir rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7pm in the sanctuary.  (No rehearsal on Oct. 31. It's rescheduled for Nov. 1.)  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.
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
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