United Methodist Church
June 2, 2019
Communion Sunday
Worship 10am

Join us for Sunday's worship service with Communion.
Jonathan Tanner will  preach the sermon entitled "Fellowship II." This sermon is part of the "Community" sermon series.

Our choir  will again present special music on  Sunday, June 2. 

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.  
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.
Daily Prayer

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

"Thank you Lord for the many ways you show us unconditional love.  Help me remember you always support me but also to remember that you lovingly challenge me to do better.  Help me to be open to these challenges ..."

For more information, contact Pastor Melody  by  clicking here .
Hygiene Kits
Supplies Needed by this Sunday

We are sending hygiene kits to Virginia Annual Conference in Roanoke in June to help people displaced by disasters and conflicts.  Please click this link to view the items needed and to sign up. 

Please bring all items to church by this Sunday (June 2). We will be assembling kits after worship that day. There is a collection box in the welcome center.

We are also accepting monetary donations to purchase kit supplies in bulk. Suggested donation is $14 which covers one kit, toothpaste, and shipping. Make checks payable to Ghent UMC. 
Violinist Christopher Taylor
Sunday, June 9

Violinist Christopher Taylor will join us again. He will make music that celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday, June 9.  
Graduation Sunday
Sunday, June 9 during 10 a.m. worship service

Graduation Sunday,  for high school and college (all levels) graduates, will be on June 9 during our 10 a.m. worship service. A reception with cupcakes and lemonade will begin immediately after the service. If you or someone you know is graduating, please let the church office know by  clicking here.

If you'd like to help with the reception, please click here to see what is needed. Cups, plates, napkins, and forks will be provided by the church. 

*** ALSO, congratulations to our GUMP Pre-School graduating class! Their graduation day is Friday, June 7 at 11am in our fellowship hall. Please pray for our children and their families as they move forward with their education.
GUMC Music Ministry  
  • Choir rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7pm in the sanctuary and everyone is invited to join the choir.  Wednesday, June 5 at 7 pm, is the last choir rehearsal until September.  Let Nellwyn Beamon know that you will be attending, so she knows to let you in the building.
  • 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 All ages and talents are welcome to perform at GUMC. Let Nellwyn know if you are willing to help.
  • 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!
  • Organist Spencer Koger will return in the fall. 
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.  

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 .   
Outcome of General Conference 2019, Update

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
Join Us
Become a Member

If you are feeling called to become a member  of Ghent UMC, please contact Pastor Melody.
Ascension Sunday -- Chuck Knows Church
Chuck Knows Church

Ascension Sunday
Sunday, June 2

After His Resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days on earth giving testimony and being a blessing to people. Christians around the world celebrate Ascension Sunday, His final day on earth. 

Click on the video above to see Chuck explain the Ascension of Jesus to heaven. 
Messy Church at Ghent UMC
Sunday, June 9, 4:30 - 6pm

The next Messy Church at Ghent UMC will be Sunday,  June 9  from 4:30pm - 6pm. This month's theme is "Dazzling Disciples."

This 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. 

Volunteers are needed and there are small and big tasks for anyone who wants to help. 

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. 
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: 9am - Adult Sunday School
  • Monday evenings monthly: Ghent Inspire Book Club - Next meeting TBD in June, 7:30pm. For info and to RSVP, contact Kim Kurtz.
  • Tuesday evenings: Radical Small Group, studying a David Platt book, IS FULL. Be on the lookout for future great classes.  
  • Friday mornings: 10am - Bible Study in the church library; Next session features Adam Hamilton's Christianity and World Religions: Questions We Ask About Other Faiths and runs from June 14 - August 6. For more info, contact Debbie Bonnewell.
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.
Save the Dates 
  • Leadership Team meetings are on 3rd Sundays. However, the June 16th and July  21st leadership team meetings are being rescheduled.  In lieu of those two meetings, we will have 1 leadership team meeting on Sunday, June 30, following worship in the church library. All are welcome to attend this meeting in the church library.
  • Stakeholders meetings are once a month on Thursdays at 8am. The next meeting will be on Thursday, June 27.
  • 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, June 9. The theme is "Dazzling Disciples." 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, 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.

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

To learn more about Congregational Care at Ghent UMC, and other ways 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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