Weekly news & updates: February 19, 2021
Facebook Live Worship: Sunday 10am
Join Pastor Melody this Sunday for worship at 10am on Facebook live as she continues her Sermon Series: "Fame."

Instructions:
  • 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 Series: "Fame"
Sermon title: "The Covenant"
1st Scripture: Genesis 9:8-17  
2nd Scripture: Mark 1:9-15
Listen to recent sermons. Watch previously live-streamed worship services.

  • Drive-in communion will also be on FB live for those who want to participate at home. Click here to go to our FB page. You need to provide your own communion elements.

  • Concerned about COVID-19? Please know that everyone stays in their cars. The communion elements are purchased from a company that prepackages them, so we aren’t handling them directly. Also, Melody serves them to people in their cars using a long paddle board and she is masked.
Rescheduled: Drive-in Holy Communion
LOCATION
Ghent UMC parking lot at 531 Raleigh Ave.

DATE AND TIME
02/21/21 1:30pm

Use a smartphone/tablet to tune into the service on our FB page so you can see/hear better. WiFi is available.
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"The Black Church" - 4 Part Documentary
The United Methodist Church has a supporting role in the new, 4 part PBS documentary “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song,” which premiered Feb. 16-17 across the U.S.

Henry Louis Gates Jr., the host, writer and executive producer, begins and ends the film with a visit to his boyhood church, Waldon United Methodist in Piedmont, West Virginia.

The documentary also draws heavily on resources of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History, based at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

Thank You to Ohef Sholom Temple
On February 2, Ohef Sholom Temple donated a bench to Ghent UMC.
The Temple collects plastic bags which they give to Trex Furniture to recycle. Once they reach 500 pounds in a six month period of time, Trex gives them a bench made from recycled plastics. The Temple wanted to gift the bench to our church. The picture above shows the beautiful bench in our garden.
2021 Stewardship
Your gifts of time, talent, and treasure are spent on all aspects of Ghent UMC’s ministries including worship, outreach, and community support and engagement. Our Leadership Team is asking our congregants to please affirm their continued financial support through 2021. Please contact Lisa King, our Church Administrator, to confirm your giving. If the Holy Spirit leads you to pledge more we would be blessed to hear that, as well.
A virtual service to commemorate the 79th anniversary of the executive order that led to the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II will be Friday, Feb. 19 at 7pm PST. The worship will involve clergy and laity from historically Japanese American United Methodist congregations. It is sponsored by the National Japanese American United Methodist Caucus.
The Buccaneers may have beaten the Chiefs in the Super Bowl LV. But, who came out on top in another friendly competition?

In honor of the championship game, United Methodist churches in Kansas City and Tampa faced off to collect the most food for the hungry.
The final score was 275,269 pounds to 83,944 pounds.

Organizers face daunting challenges in trying to hold an in-person General Conference this year. But, taking the global meeting online brings its own complications.

The chair of the General Conference commission recently outlined the issues facing organizers of the United Methodist legislative assembly.

On January 19th, the writers of "I’m Black. I’m Christian. I’m Methodist." and editor Rudy Rasmus took part in a robust discussion moderated by M. Garlinda Burton. Click on the video to watch it.

In the book, ten Black women and men explore life through the lens of compelling, personal accounts. They are leaders whose lives are tangible demonstrations of the power of a divine purpose and evidence of what grace really means in the face of hardship, disappointment, and determination.
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.

PLEASE PRAY

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

O God, you are steadfast and faithful, guide me as I seek to become more faithful to you along this Lenten Road…

For prayer requests contact Pastor Melody.
Organ Recital Available Online
The Tidewater Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presented an online Lecture Recital by Dr. Roy L. Belfield, Jr. The recital featured music by black composers. Dr. Belfield, the Minister of Music and Organist of Hampton Baptist Church, played on Ghent's Casavant Freres organ. Click here and enjoy the recital.
To view the program, click here.
Pastoral Transition
Pastor Melody will be going on personal leave effective this July 1st. A new pastor will be assigned to our church.
The new pastor will be announced at the conclusion of the March 14 worship service.

Melody’s last worship service with us will be on June 6. We are planning a grand send-off for the Tanners, so please mark your calendars for that special Sunday. 

To read Pastor Melody’s leave announcement, click here. For questions, please contact SPPRC Chairwoman Melanie Cramer at thosecramers@icloud.com.
To read more special announcements from the Leadership Team, click here.
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.
Open Table: Volunteers Needed
Ghent UMC has become licensed to start an Open Table which is a model in which an at-risk person creates relationships with 6 community volunteers to help meet the goals they create for themselves. The volunteers complete 15 hours of training to learn to use their vast relational capital and social networks to impact the social determinants of health specific to the individuals or family requesting assistance. Over the course of a year, Open Table volunteers meet on a weekly basis to work with the person or family seeking support to create positive change. It is a transformative process for all involved.  
 
Recently, Anthem gave a grant to Open Table that will pay for our first year. The grant is available to help a mother or mother-to-be, who is in recovery from a substance use disorder, move toward the better life they envision for themselves and their children. Currently, Open Table is being implemented virtually through video conferencing. For more information or if you feel led to join the Open Table, please contact Faye Joseph by email, fayej5842@gmail.com or by cell phone at 757-575-3865.

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, 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.
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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.
Ghent UMC Preschool continues to operate safely as teachers and students follow the recommendations of the CDC, Dept. of Social Services, and VA UMC Covid-19 protocol.

The majority of our staff received their first COVID19 vaccination recently. The majority of the staff will receive their 2nd dose on March 5. So, school will be closed. We are happy the staff was able to receive their vaccine!

GUMP is looking for substitute teachers. If you or someone you know may be interested, email the Director Ann Robertson for more information. Background checks will be completed prior to substituting.
Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19 restrictions
Are we able to gather and worship in person? 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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