Weekly news & updates: October 10, 2021
Indoor Worship this Sunday, 10am

Sunday, October 10, is Clergy Appreciation Day and we are celebrating ALL WEEK!
We are thankful to God for sending Pastor Ryan to shepherd our flock! Please take a moment this week to say thank you to Rev. Ry or send an email to express your appreciation.

Worship Service begins at 10am. Enter the doors facing Stockley Gardens.

If you cannot join us in person, you can tune in to online worship. See below for more information.
In-Person Worship*


Where? This Sunday's worship service will be outdoors by our front steps facing Stockley Gardens. We ask that you bring your own chair (BYOC). If it rains, then we will move inside the sanctuary!

*COVID-19 Mitigation Plan (Updated Aug. 2021)
  • When inside the building, everyone, whether vaccinated or not, must wear masks that are well-fitted.
  • When outside, those who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear a mask, while everyone else must wear masks that are well-fitted.  
  • 6 feet of physical distancing must be maintained by everyone, except for those who are in the same household group. Hugs and handshakes are not allowed.
  • All are required to stay home when sick, and we ask everyone to self-check in at each entrance with our health acknowledgement poster.
Online Worship
Instructions

*There are 3 different ways you can access our Facebook Live service:
  1. Click here to go to our Facebook page, then scroll down until you see the video of worship
  2. Or click here to go to our Facebook page, then click on "More" on the page menu, then click on "Live"
  3. Or click here to go directly to our "Live" page

*The link and video are viewable even if you don't have a Facebook account.

*Please complete a Connection Card or write your name in the comments so we know you are worshiping with us.

Streaming licenses: Ghent UMC is licensed to stream our FB Live worship services with permission under CCLI #20175590 and One License A-727358. All rights reserved.
Masks Are Required
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When inside the building, everyone, whether vaccinated or not, must wear masks that are well-fitted. When outside, those who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear a mask, while everyone else must wear masks that are well-fitted.  

Remember that our call is to love our neighbors and to do no harm.

For more details, go to the bottom of this newsletter or the block above.
Saying 'I appreciate you' to Pastors
October is Pastor (or Clergy) Appreciation Month with the second Sunday designated as Pastor Appreciation Day. It is a time to say “thank you” to the people who may be most visible as preachers and teachers, but who, in reality, are on-call 24/7. Click here to get some ideas about how to express your appreciation.
Save the Date!
Save the date for this month’s Messy Church. It will be Sunday, October 24, at 4:30 p.m. in our garden. More information will be announced later.
GUMP Consignment Sale, Next Weekend
The 2021 Fall GUMP Consignment Sale is October 16 - 18. We've gone a whole year (and a half) without a sale. Click here for more information about our sale. Please know that some things may change, depending on COVID-19 requirements. For questions, contact the GUMP Consignment team. We can't wait to welcome you back!
Used Book Sale, Next Weekend

Our Used Book Sale will be during the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival on Saturday, Oct. 16, 10am - 5pm on our front porch and in the sanctuary lobby.
Hardcover books are $1.50. Paperback books are 75₵.

We will also host paid parking on that Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds from the book sale and festival parking will benefit missions and church programs.

In order to actually have the fundraiser, we need to have enough volunteers. All ages are welcome to help, but parents must accompany children. Click here to learn more and volunteer. For more details please email Steve Vegh or Lisa King.
Hope House is Hiring
Looking to start a rewarding career making a difference in your community? The Hope House Foundation is hiring Support Professionals. They offer flexible schedules, competitive pay, and great benefits. And, for a limited time, they are offering a $500 sign-on bonus!

Visit www.tinyurl.com/HHFjoinourteam for more information.
Pecans Make Nice Gifts!
Thinking about names on your gift list? Well, a one pound bag of pecans would be nice for just about anyone. And for $11, you would check off a name AND help support a local outreach center!

The Wesley Community Service Center’s Annual PECAN SALE has begun! These pecans are harvested from the Georgia orchards and each one pound bag is $11. Email your order to Steve Vegh at stevengvegh@gmail.com or leave a message at (757) 622-2843. Order them before the farm runs out of them.
Please Stay Aware
Please be wary of any emails or similar communication from Pastor Ryan with financial requests. Most likely this is fake (phishing or spoofing.) If you receive a request, do not respond. Instead, please contact the church office to report/ verify.  

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

"Merciful God, in the depths of our pain and sorrow and even anger, hear us when we cry out! For today, my complaint is bitter about…"

For prayer requests, contact Pastor Ryan.
Led by the Rev. Dorlimar Lebrón Malavé, First Spanish UMC is the people's church of El Barrio in East Harlem, New York City. Be inspired by a video about how the congregation serves the community through a food distribution program, wellness initiative and efforts to cultivate unity. Watch now in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The push to get people vaccinated against COVID-19 has opened wide divisions that can't be healed without compassion, said the Rev. Dana Horrell, who has written a handbook to help congregations reach out to the unvaccinated. Kathy L. Gilbert reports on the handbook that aims to reach unvaccinated with compassion. Read the story.

God made us all different. One Minnesota United Methodist church makes it a priority to be as inclusive of the differences as possible. At a recent meeting of the Flames at Centennial United Methodist Church in Roseville, Minnesota, the agenda was about understanding and being inclusive of Deaf people. Click here to read more.
Anti-racism campaign marked one year
The anti-racism work of The United Methodist Church is just getting started after the first year of the Dismantling Racism Campaign, say bishops and others. Upcoming initiatives include an anti-racism social justice agenda, more educational materials and an Advent devotional series. Jim Patterson reports. Read the story.
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
The Bible tells us that differences are God's design. Let's talk about and celebrate our diversity as God's children. The latest Get Them Talking is called One of a Kind. Click here to get started with your family.
What can you do to dismantle racism? Show up.
Be present to the pain of another. Attend a prayer vigil. Join a demonstration. Organize a church school class to read, discuss, and respond to institutional racism. Tell church leaders, community leaders and elected officials that you want to learn and help with dismantling racism in your community. 
The Native American International Caucus of The United Methodist Church issued a statement in support of the federal legislation establishing a Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies. The caucus urges United Methodists, ecumenical partners and the church's boards and agencies to take action, including "engaging in an accountable process of fact-finding and truth-telling."
Wesley Theological Seminary will hold a virtual conference, “Moving Toward Wholeness: Traumatized Texts and Bodies” on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Eastern. To facilitate recovery and resilience, the conference will explore the intersections among trauma studies in psychiatry and psychology; ancient experiences of trauma in the Bible; and vicarious, minority, and gender trauma today. Learn more now and register free at toward-wholeness.com.
With The UMC facing a proposed split, multiple groups have events planned to help churchgoers discern where they might feel most at home.
 
The proposed split comes after decades of intensifying debate over LGBTQ inclusion. Now the question before many: Do they want to stay with The United Methodist Church or seek out an alternative?
 
The groups include those who hope to stay United Methodist and those hoping to set up a new, more theologically conservative denomination. Learn more...
Rev. Ry is asking for help during Worship
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Rev. Ry has again invited everyone to help on Sundays. Each Sunday, there are several opportunities for adults, youth, and children to participate in our worship service.

Just put your name or your child's name on the sign up sheet sitting on the Welcome Center table in the back of the sanctuary or on the bulletin board in the hallway across from the church office.

Or you can click on the link below to sign up and see the opportunities.


If you have any questions, please contact the church office at office@ghentumc.org or call 757-622-2843.
Calling Hands for the Altar Guild
Wanted – those who can help with the altar. Regular duties include keeping the candles filled and making sure communion is set up monthly. During special events, we make sure the silver is polished, and we also make sure the hangings are proper for the liturgical year. If you are interested, please get in touch with the
church office. There will be training—but it really does not take much to do the work. Just a commitment to make sure things are taken care of, and the schedule is very flexible. Thanks!
Altar Flowers In the worship setting, one or two flower arrangements may be placed by the altar. They are given in thanksgiving to God, and often, they are dedicated in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special event or person. To learn about flower arrangement options and/or to sign up for a Sunday, please contact the church office or click here to sign up.
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 Ryan.
Pastor Ryan Schaeffer

Rev. Ryan Schaeffer, who refers to himself as Rev. Ry, loves Bible Studies, his family, and hockey. Rev. Ryan is getting to know everyone at Ghent and looks forward to growing together in faith.

Pastor Ryan and the church office staff are available by appointment only in order to help keep the preschool healthy from Covid-19. If the appointment is during preschool hours, members and guests may enter, fully masked, through the Raleigh Ave. entrance and go directly to the church or pastor's office. To enter, please ring the bell on our Raleigh Ave. door or call the church office, 757-622-2843.

For an appointment with Pastor Ryan, email him at ryanschaeffer@vaumc.org or by phone. Please contact the church office for Rev. Ryan's phone number.
The Open Table

GUMC is licensed to host The Open Table which is a model in which an at-risk person creates relationships with a small group community volunteers to help meet their goals. It is a transformative process for all involved.  

Ghent UMC's first table has finished its work. Our second table is about to be assigned a person to be in relationship with. And we will be forming a 3rd table to begin in January 2022!
  

For more information or to volunteer, leave a message for Faye Joseph at the church office at (757) 622-2843.
Update: Tent Shelter at the former Greyhound Bus Station
The temporary shelter at the old Greyhound Bus Station has a future INDOOR home! During the middle of October, the shelter guests will be moved to a motel near the Tidewater Dr. and VA Beach Blvd. intersection.

In the meantime, First Presbyterian's Urban Renewal Center is still hosting a shelter at the old Greyhound Bus Station, 701 Monticello Avenue in Norfolk. In partnership with the city of Norfolk, eighty tents are available in the parking lot, while gathering space, services, and meals are served inside. It is open 24/7. And volunteers are needed.

1. Any volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent and closely supervised. Please make a note on the Sign Up Genius for any volunteers under age 18, so we can follow up to get you the information you need.

2. All volunteers must complete a background check form. Click here for that form. Please send the completed form to shelby@fpcnorfolk.org or drop it off at First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk, as soon as possible.


Contact Jordan Brown, 757-746-6522 or jordan@theurcnorfolk.com, for more information.

~ Donations ~
There is a HUGE need for men's underwear, undershirts, laundry cards and bus passes.
Monetary donations are also needed. Food items must be individually wrapped and sealed.

Groups & Leadership
Children and Youth 
Pastor Ryan delivers a brief Children’s Message each week immediately prior to the Scripture and the adult sermon.

For more information about children and youth discipleship material and activities, contact Pastor Ryan Schaeffer.
Choir Rehearsals are Wednesdays 7 - 8:30pm in the sanctuary and everyone is invited to join the choir!

Let Nellwyn Beamon know that you will be attending, so she knows to let you in the building and can order you a singer's mask. 

*We rehearse with singer’s masks. Also bring your calendars to help plan the year.*

*COVID-19 Mitigation Plan: When inside the building, everyone, whether vaccinated or not, must wear masks that are well-fitted. Read the rest of the Plan in FAQ below.
Ghent Inspire Book Club meets one day each month at 7:30pm.

On Monday, Oct. 18, the book will be "Original Blessing: Putting Sin in Its Rightful Place" by Danielle Shroyer.

On Monday, Nov. 15, the book will be "The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe" by Richard Rohr.

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 hybrid Zoom/ in-person meetings, contact the church office or visit our Facebook page.
Anyone can play during the Gathering Jam.
Once a month, usually on 2nd Sundays, all ages are invited to bring an instrument and play along during the gathering part of our service at 9:45am. The next Jam will be November 14.
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The next Leadership Team meeting* is TBA in the sanctuary after Worship.

Past minutes and reports are posted on our website. Go to www.ghentumc.org/leadership/

Also, this Sunday, Oct. 10, 4:30 - 6p.m. is our charge conference. Everyone on the leadership team will need to be present please. It will be held via Zoom. All congregants are welcome to attend. Everyone who is attending needs to register to get the zoom link by clicking here. The Zoom link information will then be emailed to you. Please save the information so you can get into the meeting on Sunday. Agenda and reports are available here.

*COVID-19 Mitigation Plan: When inside the building, everyone, whether vaccinated or not, must wear masks that are well-fitted. Read the rest of the Plan in FAQ below.
The Homeless Task Force is a group of people from a number of Ghent faith communities and community organizations who meet regularly online to share resources and ideas for serving those who are homeless. A few people from Ghent UMC are actively involved in this group, but more are always welcome. The next meeting of the Homeless Task Force is on Zoom, Wed., Oct. 20 at noon. For more information or if you feel led to answer this calling to help those in need, please contact Faye Joseph at office@ghentumc.org.

Ghent Church Homeless Committee This committee spearheads the church's ministry to those experiencing homelessness. The last meeting of the Homeless Committee was Tuesday, Sept. 7th. The next meeting is TBA. For more information or to help, please contact the church office.
Sunday Adult Bible Discussion*

Weekly, in-person, discussions are Sundays, 9 - 9:45am. Meet in the sanctuary lobby. Please enter through the Stockley Gardens door.

This group reviews the Bible using the Standard Lesson Quarterly series. To read this discipleship material or for more information, contact Peter Griffin.

*COVID-19 Mitigation Plan: When inside the building, everyone, whether vaccinated or not, must wear masks that are well-fitted. Read the rest of the Plan in FAQ below.
Ghent UMC Preschool operates safely as teachers and students follow the recommendations of the CDC, Dept. of Social Services, and VA UMC Covid-19 protocol.

GUMP will be closed Monday for Columbus Day.

If you or someone know is interested in a GUMP substitute teacher, email the Director Ann Robertson. Background checks will be completed prior to substituting.
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We want to update the plants and shrubs in our memorial garden and along Raleigh Ave. We are planning for the memorial garden to be a tranquil respite; exploring ideas like a prayer tree and Biblical Herb garden for the Raleigh Ave. side. Improvements need to be made to our garden gating, as well. If you want to be a part of the planning, planting, and/or implementation, please contact Debbie Bonnewell.
Christ & St. Luke’s has a community garden on their property which is on the other side of our playground fence. The community is welcome to lend a hand with the garden which provides produce for those who are in need. For more information or if you are interested in helping with the garden, please contact Nicole Pabst.
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Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19 restrictions
Are we able to gather and worship in person? We are able to gather and worship in person, however, our guests are required to follow our COVID-19 Mitigation Plan.

When inside the building, everyone, whether vaccinated or not, must wear masks that are well-fitted. When outside, those who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear a mask, while everyone else must wear masks that are well-fitted. 6 feet of physical distancing must be maintained by everyone, except for those who are in the same household group. Hugs and handshakes are not allowed. All are required to stay home when sick, and we ask everyone to self-check in at each entrance with our health acknowledgement poster.
How can I get in touch with church staff and the Pastor? You may click here to access their email addresses, or call the church office at 757-622-2843 and leave a message.

Pastor Ryan and the church office staff are available by appointment only in order to help keep the preschool healthy from Covid-19. If the appointment is during preschool hours, members and guests may enter, fully masked, through the Raleigh Ave. entrance and go directly to the church or pastor's office.

To enter, please ring the bell on our Raleigh Ave. door or call the church office, 757-622-2843.

For an appointment with Pastor Ryan, email him at ryanschaeffer@vaumc.org.

For an appointment with the church office staff, email office@ghentumc.org or leave a message at the church office 757-622-2843. 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 former Pastor's, Melody Tanner, special message for our church and community.
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