Weekly news & updates: March 26, 2021
Facebook Live Worship: Sunday 10am
Join Pastor Melody for Palm Sunday and the 6th Sunday of Lent. Worship at 10am on Facebook live as she continues her Sermon Series: "Fame." We are journeying with Jesus as his fame spreads.

Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week and the Sunday before Easter. We commemorate Jesus Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

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: "How quick the winds change"
1st Scripture: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
2nd Scripture: Luke 19:28-40
Listen to recent sermons. Watch previously live-streamed worship services.
Please join us for our live Holy Thursday Service on Thursday, April 1 at 5:30pm. You can watch it on our Facebook page.

Want to know about Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday? Click here.
The Elizabeth River District Good Friday Service will be online on the district Facebook page. Service begins at 7pm on Friday, April 2.
Orders due this Monday, March 29
Lilies will be placed on our front steps on Easter Sunday, Apr. 4. Lilies may be dedicated in honor or memory of someone special. To sponsor a lily, please make a donation of $14. Donations will benefit missions!

Orders and donations are due by Mon., Mar 29. You may give through our online giving portal or through online giving from your bank.

You may also drop off checks through the mail slot at our Raleigh Avenue entrance. Make checks payable to Ghent UMC with notation for Lilies. To order, email the church office or leave a message at 757-622-2843.
Easter Surprise
Our Easter outdoor service on Sun., Apr. 4, marks the beginning of our return to weekly in-person worship services at Ghent UMC!

All these services will be outside by our front steps facing Stockley Gardens. But, if it rains, we will move inside the sanctuary with additional precautions. We will follow the same Covid-19 safety protocols put in place for Easter worship. All services will be broadcast on FB live for those who can't be with us in person!
Our Easter Outdoor Service*, is on Sun., Apr. 4, at 10 a.m. by our front steps facing Stockley Gardens.  If it rains, then we will move inside the sanctuary with additional precautions.

Please BYOC (bring your own chair).

Communion will be offered during morning worship. (There won't be Drive-in Communion in the afternoon.) The elements are prepackaged. Masks may be briefly removed to partake. 

Also, please bring fresh flowers from your gardens to adorn the Living Cross!

*This is a Covid-safe event. All of our guests are required to wear masks, maintain safe social distances, and follow the CDC guidelines to stay home if you are sick or may have been exposed. 

According to UMC Covid guidelines, no one unmasked is allowed to attend in-person worship, including children under age 2. We look forward to welcoming our little ones as soon as it is safe to do so! 
Messy Church Easter Baskets
Register today for your Messy Church Easter Basket! Baskets can be picked up on Easter Sunday, Apr. 4, after our 10 a.m. outdoor worship service by the front steps across from Stockley Gardens. They can be enjoyed whatever your age! 

Each basket will contain: Candy, treats, and activity-filled eggs; as well as suggestions for a meaningful Messy experience. Get more info on our "Messy Church @ Ghent UMC" Facebook Group page.

You must register for your basket by Thurs., April 1, by clicking here! You may indicate any allergy concerns when you register.
Ghent UMC will begin a 6-week study during the week of April 11 using the Virginia Roots, Race, and Discipleship curriculum, which includes videos and interviews that acknowledge and document Virginia’s role in forming and continuing racial prejudice and discrimination embedded in law, customs, and institutions, including the Church. The goal is to acknowledge racism as a sin and take action to dismantle racism in our families, house of worship, our community, and the workplace. We will listen, learn, and engage in healthy dialogue about history, race, and discipleship.
 
To indicate interest in participating, please contact Pastor Melody Tanner. The schedule for the meetings, and whether the meetings will be online or in person, will be determined by those interested and their availability.


Rev. Ryan Schaeffer has been appointed to our church effective this July 1st. To view an introduction message from our new pastor and family, click here.
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
Dismantling Racism: Lent Devotions by our Bishops
The Council of Bishops invites the people of The United Methodist Church to a season of introspection and self-examination. Together this Lent, we will confess and fast from the sin of racism, discrimination, oppression and exclusion and feast on the beauty and blessing of the diversity of God’s Church. Read more.
March 17
Bishop Christian Alsted
March 24
Bishop Rodolfo Juan

Bishop Lewis writes letter about violence against Asian Americans
On March 19, 2021, Bishop Lewis shared a letter with the conference encouraging all members to pray for the families of the victims and to continue the important work of dismantling racism at the conference level and at the local church level. Read letter...

Church leaders decry attacks against Asian Americans Authorities are still investigating the motive for the March 16 killings of eight people, including six Asian women, at Atlanta area massage parlors. But United Methodist leaders say the horrific violence occurred amid a pandemic-related rise in anti-Asian attacks in the U.S. that needs to stop. Sam Hodges reports. Read story
Since the time of Susanna Wesley, women have been shaping The United Methodist Church we know today. They were pioneers in global missions and higher education, and worked to secure a greater role for women in the church and in society. In 2019, United Methodist Women marked 150 years of commitment to issues that impact women and children around the world, and UMW members carry on the work of these foremothers in the faith. 

Explaining the multi-layered, complex Easter story to children can be as simple as taking a cue from children’s movies.

“Kids get it, because we’ve told them fables, folk tales and even have Disney movies, which have death,” explains Melinda Shunk, children’s coordinator, Arkansas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Asking this one question is a good starting place: “What do you think?”

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

Anointed One, may I follow you through the cheers of the parade and to the mocking at the cross. May I follow you through calm waters and stormy seas. May my heart be open to your unfailing love as I journey by faith through this life…

For prayer requests contact Pastor Melody.
Transform a Life: Volunteers Needed
Ghent UMC is 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 their goals. 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 she envisions for herself and her children. 
 
Please read a brochure about Open Table.
Check out their website at www.theopentable.org.
And you can click here to watch a video about the program.
 
For more information, or if you feel led to join the Ghent Church Open Table, please contact Faye Joseph by email at fayej5842@gmail.com or by cell phone at 757-575-3865.
Pastoral Transition
Rev. Ryan Schaeffer has been appointed to our church effective this July 1st. To view an introduction message from our new pastor and family, click here.

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.
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.
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 UMC will begin a 6-week study during the week of April 11 using the Virginia Roots, Race, and Discipleship curriculum. The goal is to acknowledge racism as a sin and take action to dismantle racism in our families, house of worship, our community, and the workplace.

To indicate interest in participating, please contact Pastor Melody Tanner. The schedule for the meetings, and whether the meetings will be online or in person, will be determined by those interested and their availability.
Ghent Inspire Book Club meets one Monday each month at 7:30 pm on Zoom.

On Monday, April 19, we will discuss Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman.

On Monday, May 17, we will discuss The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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.
Sunday Adult Bible Discussion
This group reviews the Bible using the Standard Lesson Quarterly series. Weekly discussions will begin again Sun., April 11 at 9am. 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 children have loved playing outside during the good weather.

St. Patrick's Day, was an eventful day at GUMP. The leprechauns visited the PreK and Shining Stars classrooms overnight. Shiny items were left. The children were very excited. 

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.
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The next Leadership Team meeting is TBA and will be via Zoom.

Details from a recent meeting are below.
Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19 restrictions
Are we able to gather and worship in person? Our Easter outdoor service on Sun., Apr. 4, marks the beginning of our return to weekly in-person worship services at Ghent UMC! All these services will be outside by our front steps facing Stockley Gardens. But, if it rains, we will move inside the sanctuary with additional precautions. We will follow the same Covid-19 safety protocols put in place for Easter worship. All services will be broadcast on FB live for those who can't be with us in person!
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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