Weekly news & updates: January 8, 2021
Facebook Live Worship: Sunday 10am
Join Pastor Melody this Sunday for worship at 10am on Facebook live!

  • Click here to go to our Facebook page and scroll down until you see the video of worship.
  • The link and video are viewable even if you don't have a Facebook account.
  • Please write your name in the comments so we know you are worshiping with us.
Worship bulletin: Click here
Sermon title: "Out of Water and Wilderness”
1st Scripture: Genesis 1:1-5 
2nd Scripture: Mark 1:4-11 
Listen to recent sermons. Watch previously live-streamed worship services.
Epiphany is the day Christians remember the coming of the Magi to visit Jesus, bringing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. It occurs on Jan. 6 every year, the 13th day of the Christmas season.
"Ask The UMC," a ministry of United Methodist Communications, has more on the ancient celebration.

COVID Vaccine Discussion
* Today, January 8
The Governor’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Office of Health Equity at the VA Dept. of Health are co-sponsoring this virtual event with VCU Massey Cancer Center in collaboration with faith leaders from the “Facts & Faith Fridays'' group. The group began in 2020 as a weekly call led by Robert Winn, M.D., director of VCU Massey Cancer Center, with African American clergy in Virginia to address the disparate impact of COVID-19 on the Black community.

With the exciting opportunity to hear from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the group has extended the event to all Virginians and belief systems. Register below to participate in the virtual webinar with Dr. Fauci. Learn from the nation's top doctor about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Pray for Our Nation and One Another
The Virginia United Methodist Church Bishop Sharma Lewis addresses the violent events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Click here to read her letter.

Messy Church to Go is postponed from 1/10 to later in the month.

Please stay tuned to your announcements!
Drive-in Holy Communion, This Sunday
Ghent UMC parking lot at 531 Raleigh Ave. behind our building

01/10/21 1:30pm

Please bring a smartphone or tablet to tune into the service on our FB page, in case you have trouble seeing or hearing. WiFi is available.
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I can't make it
Application Deadline for Ghent UMC Scholarship Fund for full time college students is today, January 8.

To qualify, you must be a Ghent UMC church member attending college (undergraduate and graduate studies) full time (12+ credit hours) this fall. Previous recipients must have a C or better grade average. If interested in applying, please contact the church office.
Volunteer for NEST!
Fri. afternoon - Sat. morning, January 22-23
Ghent UMC is joining our neighbors from Ohef Sholom Temple to provide meals and monitoring for NEST January 20-27. Ghent UMC's dates are Friday afternoon through Saturday morning, Jan. 22-23.

Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (NEST) is a coalition of faith organizations providing warm, safe shelters for homeless adults during winter months, and helping to connect them with resources and support systems. This year, the city projects that there are 40 people in our area without housing. It was decided by the leadership of NEST to have one location this year at First Presbyterian Church (820 Colonial Ave) because the COVID safety set-up is so involved! Click here for details about the COVID safety precautions that are being taken.

To learn more about the volunteer opportunities and to sign up, click here! If you wish to volunteer another day, please email the church office and we will connect you with the Temple.

For more information, please contact Faye Joseph, our NEST coordinator, or the church office.
The United Methodist Church has stated that we will no longer remain silent nor complicit about racist acts against African Americans but we must act now to become anti-racist individuals and churches! We are asked to pray for Dismantling Racism efforts, as well as, all persons of color who suffer at the hands of injustice, oppression, and white supremacy.


United Methodists held a virtual Inclusiveness Conference that focused on church efforts to dismantle racism, welcome LGBTQ people and cross international boundaries. One bishop said the church could lose more members over the issue of race than LGBTQ inclusion.

Read Heather Hahn's story Planning for a more inclusive church.
Friday, January 22, is United Methodist Day at the General Assembly. We are planning opportunities for sharing and reflection, an opportunity to take part in a Prayer Vigil (both in-person and virtual opportunities), and more.

January 15-22, we are also partnering with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) and their “Day for All People 2021 Advocacy Week” for a week of workshops, services opportunities, prayer vigils, and more. Join us on MLK, Jr. Day for time with the VAUMC Conference Bishop Sharma Lewis as the Guest Speaker and then spend part of the afternoon in service. Tuesday will feature Governor Northam as the Guest Speaker. Tuesday through Thursday will include workshops, meeting with your State Senators and Delegates. Go to the Roanoke District website for registration and more information.
Online class: Offering Christ's Healing Ministry to a Hurting World

In this 4-week course, (Monday, Jan. 11 -Monday, Feb. 8), you will learn that Christ’s salvation is holistic, encompassing not only the salvation of our souls, but also inclusive of healing-saving wholeness for broken bodies, spirits, minds, relationships, institutions, and communities. You will grow in your appreciation and recognition that medicine, psychiatry, therapy, and prayer are not in opposition but actually work together to heal and make whole.
Exercise with a soul-lifting payoff

UMC.org writer Ryan Dunn asks his readers "What are you grateful for?"

He goes on to write that "Developing gratitude is like working out. The more you do it, the better you get. The more we lightly practice gratitude, the easier and more generous it becomes."

He identifies gratitude’s impact on our lives and how we can strengthen our gratitude muscle.

Daily Prayer Starter
Please set aside time each day to pray for 2-3 minutes.

Lord, please! Oh, please! Calm the chaos of my heart and mind. Calm the chaos of my life. Calm the chaos of our world…with your peaceful and abiding Spirit…

For prayer requests contact Pastor Melody.
Congregational Care In response to Christ's call to love one another, we want the members of our congregation to care for one another. In-person visits are limited currently, however, prayers, phone calls, and mail from the care team are continuing.
For more information, prayer requests, or if you are feeling called to get more involved or become a member of Ghent UMC, contact Pastor Melody.
Current Small Groups & Leadership
Children and Youth Pastor Melody posts our children's messages on our Facebook pageTo view the latest message, click here. For more information about children and youth discipleship material and activities, contact Pastor Melody Tanner.
Ghent Inspire Book Club meets one Monday each month at 7:30 pm on Zoom.
On Monday, January 18, our book will be The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Abrams.

On Monday, February 22, our book will be Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump.

For those who don’t have time to read the books, we will have a few general questions in each discussion so that everyone will be able to participate!

For more information or to join the Zoom meetings, contact the church office or visit our Facebook page.
The Leadership Team meeting was held Sunday, Dec. 6, 11:30am via Zoom. Click the links below for the reports.
The date and time of the next meeting will be announced.
Sunday School
This group reviews the Bible using the Standard Lesson Quarterly series, but they are not currently meeting. To read this discipleship material at home or for more information, contact Peter Griffin.
Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19 restrictions
Are we able to gather and worship in person? Our preschool classes are able to gather this fall, operating under the safety guidelines of the VA UMC and Social Services. Also, we have been approved for Drive-in worship services to celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month at 1:30 pmOtherwise, we are continuing to worship and minister to each other and our community online. We appreciate your prayers, patience, and understanding as we do our part in curbing the spread of COVID-19.
How can I get in touch with church staff? Our church staff are continuing to work from home and only come to the church building on an as needed basis. To contact church staff, click here to access their email addresses, or call the church office at 757-622-2843 and leave a voice mail. Our voice mail is monitored, in general, Monday through Friday. Messages will be returned as soon as possible. 
How may I offer a tithe or gift? We understand that these are uncertain times for most of us financially, but we want to offer the opportunity for us all to continue to fully participate in worship through the offering of a tithe or gift. Click here to learn of the various ways to give, including access to our online giving portal and instructions on online giving from your bank. Also, you may drop off checks through the mail slot at our Raleigh Ave. entrance. For assistance, contact the church office.
Jesus is for everyone. No exceptions.
A Word of Welcome from Ghent UMC 

Ghent United Methodist Church is called to the affirmation of the sacred worth of all people. We embrace as a gift the diversity of our neighborhood and the world. We acknowledge our human family's diversity in sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, language, age, faith history, theological orientation, economic status, education, marital status, abilities, and any other defining feature, real or perceived. Click here to read the message in its entirety.

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