Weekly News & Updates: August 12, 2022
Jazz Worship Service - 10am

Join us for Worship this Sunday, August 14.

It is another special service. Trumpeter Josh
McDonald returns for this service of jazz-inspired
music. You won't want to miss this!

In-Person Worship Enter the sanctuary through the doors facing Stockley Gardens. All must follow our Covid-19 Mitigation Plan outlined below.

Online Worship Click here to go to our Facebook page or click here to go directly to our "Live" page.

Our nursery is available for children through age 3. Our nursery workers are CPR certified and fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus.
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.
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*COVID-19 Mitigation Plan (Updated March 23, 2022)
For all in-person Ghent UMC Happenings
Remember that our call is to love our neighbors and to do no harm.

Wearing face masks is currently optional. Children under two years of age should not wear a mask.

Also, the Virginia UMC recommends that everyone, who is eligible, be vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus.
Sunday, August 14 - Josh McDonald, Trumpeter
Josh has performed all over the country, including at Somethin’ (NYC), Fenway Park (Boston), Bank of American Pavilion (Boston), House of Blues (Boston), Steamers (Los Angeles), the Jazz Station (Eugene, OR), and the Institute of Contemporary Art. His big band compositions have been performed by Boston University Big Band, Fresno City College Big Band, the College of Holy Cross Big Band, the Old Dominion University Big Band, and the Nipomo High School Big Band. His small group compositions have been performed in the US, Singapore, and Germany. Check out his discography.
100th Anniversary of Our Sanctuary - Sunday, August 21
Sunday, August 21 at 10am will be the celebration of our Sanctuary's 100th Anniversary!

The first service in our current sanctuary was April 16, 1922. It was Easter Sunday.

Our anniversary worship celebration will feature Dr. Kelly Grooms on the organ and our choir members lending their voices.
How Can You Serve around the State
This week, pray for conference's Advance Special Partners from around the state. And take time to learn about them and how you can be a part. Click here.
Weekly Study and Practice - Tuesdays at 7:30pm - resuming soon
“For those of you who are not participating, you may want to take another look. You can join in any time and it does not matter what you have missed. The conversation is helpful, thought provoking, supportive, and, when appropriate, deep. Pastor Ry is a gifted leader!” 
– Faye Joseph

*The group is taking a small break. Please stay tuned for the next meeting date!

We meet at 7:30pm on Tuesdays in our church library and on Zoom. Enter through the Raleigh Ave. entrance then come to the library.

Everyone is invited to join Pastor Ryan in our weekly study and practice of spiritual disciplines based on the book, "Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth" by Richard J. Foster.

You may join in at any time, even without any preparation.
So, keep an eye out each week to learn what topic will be covered.

To join the Zoom meeting:
 
Please RSVP to the church office. And please tell us if you are coming in person or on Zoom.
Daily Prayer Starter
"God of all, in Scripture, you give us your vision. In love, you give us your grace. In wisdom, you give us each other. For this, we give you thanks and offer ourselves as we pray...”

For prayer requests, contact Pastor Ryan.
UMC News: World, VA, and Local
Conferences take action on gun violence Read the story.

New 2022 Annual Conference Reports Posted Click here to see the list.

Assist the flood relief efforts in Buchanan County. Find out how.

Bishop & DS to lead trip to Greece & Turkey in November Follow in the steps of Paul.

Ask the UMC series explores how we value life Read the articles in the series.
Little Library / Food Pantry

We need volunteers to help monitor/ fill our church's Little Library / food pantry on Raleigh Ave. Please sign up to help on one or more weeks.

During your "week," at least once, please stock the little library using items from the collection box that is inside the church.


Or use the sign-up sheet on the welcome table in the back of the sanctuary!
Food Donations Needed

We are collecting non-perishable food and hearty snacks to place in our little library / food pantry and to donate to the food pantry at WCSC. The food is to benefit those who are hungry, including those experiencing homelessness, families, or individuals.

Place your offerings in the basket by the altar on 4th Sundays or contact the church office to make arrangements for drop off.
Messy Church at Ghent
Join us monthly for Messy Church at Ghent UMC! Messy Church is “church, but not as you know it.” Each month is a little different but is always based on the values of all-ages together, celebration, creativity, hospitality, and centering ourselves in Christ.
And it’s FREE!
 
Please stay tuned for information about our next activity.
 
To view pictures of recent Messy happenings, click here.
Learn about 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 of community volunteers to help meet their goals. It is a transformative process for all involved. Full training is provided for volunteers. Ghent UMC's 1st table finished its work and our 2nd table is meeting. We are currently forming a 3rd table.
  

Want to learn more or volunteer? Contact the church office.

Long Haul The UMC is committed to the long haul when it comes to anti-racism work. Read the story.

What Can We Do?

  • START with prayer. 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. Click here for the daily prayers.

  • The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) has a compiled a list of 8 things church leaders and members can do to help anti-racism progress. One way is to denounce false notions of “two equal sides.” Click here to learn more.

  • Listen to individuals share how they are creating daily life with God in the face of racial injustice and the trauma induced by racial inequity in the U.S. Click here to listen.


UM Bishops call for equal voting rights. Read the press release. Read the statement.

Retired Bishop Stith thinks that US divisions are due to a refusal to address issues related to equity and the racial divide. Read more.

Join the GCORR Racial Justice Prayer & Action Challenge. Find out how.
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Rev. Ry invites everyone to help on Sundays!

There are several opportunities for adults, youth, and children to participate in our worship services. Just put your name or your child's name on the sign up sheet on the Welcome Center table in the back of the sanctuary; or you can click on the following link: Worship Volunteer Opportunities & Sign-Up.

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 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, prayers, phone calls, and mail are examples of the ways we reach out to one another.
 
For more information, prayer requests, or if you are feeling called to get more involved, contact the church office.
We're Hiring Nursery Workers!
Ghent United Methodist Church in Norfolk is seeking a nursery worker for our 10a.m. weekly worship service on Sundays. The hours are 9:30-11:30a.m. and the pay is $12 per hour. Experience with childcare preferred. Background checks and COVID vaccination required. CPR training required; will be provided if needed. To apply, contact Lisa King at office@ghentumc.org.
Scam Artists Have Not Stopped
Please stay alert! Ghent UMC continues to be the target of phishing scams. Phishing is worldwide, Internet-based fraud conducted by criminals. Many Phishing scam emails imbed viruses or malware-onto your phone or computer when you click on a link. Others are also trying to trick you out of your money!
 
You might receive a text or email that looks like it comes from Pastor Ryan, Rev. Melody, or the church office. It will ask you for assistance, gift cards, and/or funds. Just delete it. If you want to double check if it really is one of us, CALL US at the number you’ve had for years or months.
 
Learn more with this resource shared by the conference IT Department.
Groups & Leadership
Children and Youth 
Pastor Ryan delivers a brief Children’s Message each week immediately prior to the Scripture and the adult sermon.

The next MS/HS youth group meeting dates and times are TBA.

Led by Pastor Ryan (a.k.a. Rev. Ry) and his wife Erin, we are a fully inclusive faith community; i.e. welcoming to all.

For more information about children and youth discipleship material and activities, contact Pastor Ryan Schaeffer.
Ghent Inspire Book Club meets one day each month, usually, at 7:30pm.

The book club is currently on hold so people can join Pastor Ryan’s book study.

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. If you want to make a joyful noise to the Lord but don’t play an instrument, come out and play the maracas or other hand percussion.

Do you want to share your gift of singing? 

Singers are always welcome to help lead the songs in worship each Sunday. Contact Nellwyn Beamon if you are interested so she can order a singer’s mask for you and help to get you started!
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The next Leadership Team meeting is TBA in the sanctuary after Worship. All are welcome to attend. Also, a Zoom link will be made available. Contact the church office for more information.

Past minutes and reports are posted on our website. Go to www.ghentumc.org/leadership/
The Homeless Task Force is a group of people from a number of local faith communities and community organizations who meet regularly online to share resources and ideas for serving those who are homeless. The next meeting on Zoom is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, at 12:00pm. A few people from Ghent UMC are actively involved in this group, but more are always welcome. 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 UMC’s Homeless Committee meets quarterly. The next Zoom meeting is Monday, October 3, at 7:30pm.

Please pray to discern if God puts the homeless in your heart, and if so, contact the church office. If you have questions, please ask Karen Kowalski.
Sunday Adult Bible Discussion

Weekly, in-person, discussions are Sundays, 9 - 9:45am. Meet us in the back of the sanctuary. 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.
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.

If you or someone know is interested in being 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.
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.
How may I offer a gift or tithe?
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 about the various ways to give.
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How can I get in touch with church staff and the Pastor?

Pastor Ryan Schaeffer and the church office staff are available by appointment only. You may click here to access their email addresses or call the church office at 757-622-2843 and leave a message. Our voice mail is monitored, in general, Monday through Friday. Messages will be returned, as soon as possible.