United Methodist Church
November 4, 2018
Communion and All Saints Sunday
Worship 10:00am

Join us this Communion Sunday as  Rev. Melody Tanner delivers the sermon entitled "A Pocket Handkerchief."  

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. 

All Saints Sunday
November 4 during worship service

On Sunday, we celebrate our saints. On All Saints Day, United Methodists publicly remember and honor those who have passed away. Read more about All Saints Day. 
Daily Prayer

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

"[I] bless
 your holy name, O God, for all your servants who, having finished their course, now rest from their labors... Give [me] grace to follow the example of their steadfastness and faithfulness, to your honor and glory; through Christ Jesus [my] Lord. Amen" 

For more information, contact Pastor Melody  by  clicking here .
First Sunday Organ Music
Nov. 4 at 10am

This Sunday, November 4, 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 be reached by email at this link.
Community Service Sunday
This Sunday, Nov. 4 at 11:15am

Please join us on Sunday, November 4th after worship for Community Service Sunday. Our efforts that day will benefit two organizations that serve local people in need.

We want to donate 15 Thanksgiving Bags to the Ghent Area Ministry and are asking you to help us make that possible.  

We will also be making sandwiches for St. Columba Ecumenical Ministries' Day Center. St. Columba serves those who are homeless. To help keep our costs down, we are asking for donations of bread, cheese, and bologna.

To view the complete list of items needed and to sign up to donate, please  click here.   O r call the church office at 757-622-2843. 

Thank you for your support of people in need!  
Join Us
Become a Member

If you are feeling called to become a member  of Ghent UMC, please contact Pastor Melody.
Hymn Festival
Sunday, November 11
At 4:00pm

The Center for Congregational Song, a division of the Hymn Society of the US and Canada, is sponsoring a hymn festival at Wycliffe Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach on Sunday, November 11 at 4:00pm.  All are invited to come, join in the singing, and honor and remember our veterans.  Even if you don't sing, a hymn festival of this proportion is invigorating and uplifting.  

Our choir is making a field trip to this event, and we would welcome anybody who wants to come along.  After the festival, we will eat and fellowship. We can carpool. This is going to be a phenomenal event. If you are interested, let Nellwyn Beamon know at .  
Resuming Small Group Meetings  
  • Young Family Small Group meets on Tuesdays, 6:25pm at GUMC. Before your first visit, email Jonathan Tanner for schedule updates.

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.
Save the Dates
  • Messy Church at Ghent UMC for All Ages: 4:30pm - 6pm on the 3rd Sunday of each month. The next will be November 18. Dinner will be served.
  • 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.
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 .   
Worship With Us!

Adult Sunday School 

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

Children's Church
During Worship

Fall Back
November 4

Don't forget to change your clocks back one hour when you go to bed on Saturday night.

Your Support

Dear Ghent UMC supporter,

At age 93, I am the oldest living male member of Ghent Church. All of my chums, teenagers we were, square dancing in the social hall on Saturday night, are gone but me. From the Navy torpedo squadron in which I flew as a radioman/machine gunner in World War II, I am the last surviving member.  I look back over all of the events to which I have been a witness in my long life, the Cold War which we thought would never end, but did; the successful launching of our astronauts to the moon in 1969, to which I was a spectator as part of a large congressional delegation on hand for it.  What a life!  I never thought that I would live this long.

All of these events and more remind me that God has blessed me many times over with experiences that fill my memories with gratitude for the years granted to me.  Why do I begin this stewardship letter in this fashion?  Because when I sit down to type this to you, I am moved to reflect upon the past, recalling my own life, but also that of my church.

So in my memory are the years when Ghent Church's membership was many times what it is today, the pews filled on Sunday morning following the Men's Bible Class I attended in the Lamberth classroom; all of the men dressed in our Sunday best.  Everyone went to church in those days. 

Our church and culture are very different now.  Gone are the days when everyone goes to church.  We can no longer wait for those new to our community to come to us because they know they need Jesus.  We must be intentional in creating a church for those we wish were here, building relationships with those outside the walls of our church, and daring to do things differently.

We are in year four of a Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church supported relaunching of our beloved Ghent Church.  It would be easy to look at our lower Sunday morning worship attendance and become discouraged.  There is much which gives us hope for the future.  We have discerned a passion for mission work focusing on children, poverty, and the environment.  Recently, our church began a new ministry called "Messy Church" on the third Sunday of the month where generations of people gather to play games, craft, worship, share a meal, and fellowship.  We have several small groups across age groups, church outings to baseball games and more, and many service opportunities.  Oh, what fun!  We are exactly where God wants us to be for this season in the life of our church, but we need your help to continue to grow and flourish.  Our budget is reasonable and within reach if all of us participate to the extent that we are able. Please contact the church office via phone or email with your pledge, or place your pledge on your Connection Card on this Sunday.

Before I close, let me add something else.  If you have not attended recently, please come back.  Melody gives the best sermons that I have ever heard.  Come hear her and enjoy the warmth of our congregation.

Yours always in Christ,
Bill Whitehurst
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 Nov. 12, 7:30pm at Cafe Stella in Norfolk.
  • Tuesday evenings: Young Family Small Group - 6:25pm at GUMC. 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
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