United Methodist Church
July 7, 2019
Communion Sunday
Worship 10am

Join us for Sunday's worship service with Communion. Pastor Melody Tanner will continue her new sermon series entitled "Leap."   This Sunday's sermon is "An Inch Away." 

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 

" God, help me to know in my heart that you have work for me to do and to look for opportunities to serve you within my comfort zone but, most especially, outside of my comfort zone, that I might become more fully reliant and trusting in you..."

For more information, contact Pastor Melody at
Lemonade and Hymns
This Wednesday, July 10, 7- 8pm

Volunteers needed this Sunday after worship to move the electric piano and folding chairs to the sanctuary lobby and to move 25 red hymnals and 25 black hymnals from the balcony staircase landing to the sanctuary lobby. See Nellwyn Beamon, our Music Director, after worship to help.

All are welcome to come on Wednesday, July 10 to our front porch overlooking Stockley Gardens. Bring your camp chairs, voices, and musical instruments, if you have them. We provide the lemonade and the hymnals/sheet music. 

At our July gathering, we will sing tunes from Wales and the Welsh traditions.  We will also sing old standards and some new hymns and songs.
Messy Church at Ghent UMC
Sunday, July 14, 4:30 - 6pm

The next Messy Church at Ghent UMC will be Sunday, July 14  from 4:30pm - 6pm. This month's theme is "Everything Worships God."

This free, monthly event is for all ages and we have lots 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.  Suggested donation is $5 for individuals and $10 for families. 

Attendees and volunteers: Please  click here to RSVP.  We need a count for dinner.

Volunteers are needed and there are small and big tasks for anyone who wants to help.  Click here to learn more about Messy Church at GUMC.
Volunteers Needed
Sunday, July 14

Volunteers are needed  next Sunday, July 14, after worship, to move items, including a heavy pew, out of the top floor hallway and into the adjacent classrooms, to prepare for painting. Also, some nails and screws will need to be removed from the walls. Finally, some other odds and ends are needed, time permitting. If you have a drill, please bring it. With a few dedicated hands, we should be finished by lunchtime. If you are available to help, please let the church office know.
Benefit Piano Concert  
Monday, July 22, 7 p.m.

Come to Episcopal Church of the Ascension , 405 Talbot Hall Rd., Norfolk, on Monday, July 22, 7 p.m., to hear Ben Brafford play a program of Bach, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Gershwin accompanied by a slide show. 

Dr. Brafford holds both masters and doctorate degrees in piano performance. A free-will offering  will be accepted to benefit the  Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team.
GUMC Music Ministry
Summer Opportunities:
  • 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. The next are July 14, and Aug. 11.
  • Lemonade and Hymns: Bring your camp chair and sing with us on the porch on Wednesdays July 10 and August 21 from 7:00 - 8:00pm. 
  • Pick-up choir: Show up at 9:00am and rehearse an easy anthem for the 10:00am service - Sundays, July 28 and August 25. No long-term commitments required!
  • Musical Offerings: All ages and talents are welcome to perform at GUMC. Let Nellwyn know if you are willing to help.
Resuming in the fall:
  • Choir rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7pm in the sanctuary and everyone is invited to join the choir. Rehearsals will resume in September. Let Nellwyn Beamon know that you will be attending, so she knows to let you in the building.
  • Organist Spencer Koger will return in the fall to play for worship services monthly. 
For more info, please contact Nellwyn Beamon the Director of Music Ministry.  

Also, you can email the organist by clicking here.
Ghent UMC

All adults,  children, and youth are invited to help on Sundays before and during worship.  

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 .   
Jesus is for everyone. 
No exceptions

Click here  to read Pastor Melody's message to our church and community.

Various resources about General Conference 2019 are available on the Conference website. Click here to view.

The Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church, which is like the Supreme Court, met April 23-25, 2019 in Evanston, Illinois. VA Conference Bishop Peter Weaver has issued a letter in response to the Judicial Council's rulings pertaining to the 2019 General Conference. Please click here to view the pdf copy of his letter or pickup a copy in our 
Welcome Center. 

For questions, please  email Pastor Melody.
Worship With Us!

Adult Sunday School 

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

Children's Church
During Worship
Church Office Hours
Thursday, July 11

Office hours  on this Thursday, July 11, will be 10:30am to 2pm due to a Ghent Church staff meeting.
Help Needed
Window Air Conditioner

Wesley Community Service Center, one of the local mission organizations supported by Ghent UMC, is in need of a window air conditioner unit to cool the section of their building housing this summer's STEM camp for children. For more information or to help, please email Steve Vegh.
Earn Donations for Ghent UMC

During the entire month of July, Ghent UMC will earn double donations from select retailers, as a way to turbo boost our fundraising efforts. Just like before, supporters sign in to the mall and select from their favorite retailers. But this month, when they do their normal shopping, our church earns a DOUBLE donation on each purchase with donations from featured retailers. It's free. And it's a fast way to raise funds through online shopping.

Roundtable at Ghent Church
Thursday, August 15, 2-5 p.m.

The VA Conference of UMC is sponsoring a free  Fresh Expressions Roundtable event  here at Ghent UMC in the fellowship hall on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2-5 p.m. A Fresh Expression is a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of those who are not yet part of any church. The Roundtable event is for small groups from various UMC churches to learn about fresh expressions; envision fresh expressions for their specific congregation and community; and get up close and personal guidance on how they take next steps on this journey. For more information about Fresh Expressions, click here
To sign up to attend, contact the church office.
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
  • Sunday evenings: Middle & High School Youth (for more details, contact church office)
  • Sunday mornings: 9am - Adult Sunday School
  • Monday evenings monthly: Ghent Inspire Book Club - Next meeting TBD. For info and to RSVP, contact the church office.
  • Friday mornings: 10am - Bible Study in the church library; Current session features Adam Hamilton's Christianity and World Religions: Questions We Ask About Other Faiths and runs through August 16. For more info, contact Debbie Bonnewell.
  • Our Radical Small Group study has concluded. Be on the lookout for a future great class in the fall. 
Click here to read details about our adult and youth small groups.  For additional information,  please contact Jonathan Tanner, Discipleship Director.
Save the Dates 
  • Leadership Team meetings are on 3rd Sundays. However, there is no July  21st leadership team meeting. The next one will be Sunday, August 18, following worship. All are welcome to attend these meetings in the church library.
  • Ghent Church Stakeholders meetings, in general, are held at 8a.m. on the Thursday prior to the Leadership team meetings. For more information, please contact Gary Bonnewell.
  • Messy Church at Ghent UMC for all ages is 2nd Sunday of each month from 4:30 - 6pm in our social hall. Dinner will be served. The next one will be Sunday, July 14. The theme is "Everything Worships God." Attendees and volunteers:  Please RSVP by clicking here.We need a count for dinner. For more info, click here. Suggested donation is $5 for individuals and $10 for families. 
Congregational Care
Jennifer Gross-Statler

In response to Christ's call to love one another, we want 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 other ways you can help, click on our church's website here . 

Please contact Jennifer via email or call her at (757) 622-2843 to sign up to visit one of our homebound members this month. Or if  you'd like a visit from Jennifer or a church member, contact her.
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