Weekly News & Updates: May 13, 2022
Worship, Sunday at 10am

Join us and let's worship God together! Service begins at 10am. Bring your family. We love having children in the sanctuary.

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.
Used Book Sale & Parking Lot Fundraisers: Sat. / Sun. May 21 - 22
Who is available to help?
Hello again friends,
 
Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer at the Book Sale and Parking Lot Fundraiser!
Truly, these activities can't happen without you, the volunteers.
 
To that end, we still have spots that need to be filled on Saturday, May 21. And we need to hear from you soon.
 
To recap: The Stockley Gardens Arts Festival is Saturday and Sunday, May 21 - 22. For the last 8 years, our church has interacted with hundreds of people each year via our used book sale, parking lot fundraiser, and people coming inside our lovely sanctuary for respite and at times to hear organists. We also have raised thousands of dollars for the missions and ministries of GUMC, although the principal goal of the event is outreach and evangelism.
 
We need volunteer labor to ensure a smooth weekend! Please consider committing, and feel free to also recruit your children, in-laws, and mature grandchildren. Click here to learn more about the volunteer opportunities and to sign up.
 
Thank you. Love you! Steve Vegh, Mission Co-chair
Daily Prayer Starter
"Delivering God, awaken me this day to your goodness that I might not hinder your love but strengthen its spread throughout the earth..."

(Adapted from Feasting on the Word: Worship Companion)

For prayer requests, contact Pastor Ryan.
All ages are invited to participate in our intergenerational pen pal program. We need one more adult to join because we have a child who still needs a pen pal.

Each participant will be paired up with someone from another generation in our church community to share cards and letters. A Messy Pen Pal kit with instructions, templates, and stamps will be provided.
 
To sign up, please contact Melanie at thosecramers@icloud.com.
Our May 15th Messy Church at Ghent fun has been postponed.

Keep your eyes open for our next activity!
Weekly Study and Practice - Tuesday at 7:30pm
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.

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.

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.

This Tuesday, 5/17, we are reviewing chapter 5 on the discipline of study.

To join the Zoom meeting:
 
Please RSVP to the church office. And please tell us if you are coming in person or on Zoom.
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.

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 to drop off.
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.
UMC News: World, VA, and Local
Safe Sanctuaries Webinar is this Sunday, May 15. Register and get details.

With the further postponement of the General Conference session to 2024, you may have questions. Register to get answers May 17.

May 21 UMCOR Early Response Team Certification Training Get details and register.

“The Unfinished Church” is a new podcast focusing on antiracism. Get details.

Black leaders discuss church future Read more.

District Initiative Project Learn more about the collaboration among districts in the VA conference and plans being presented at June's VA annual conference by clicking here.

On October 29, a Special VA Annual Conference will be held. Get details.

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.
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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.
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 meetings will be Sunday May 22, 4:30 - 6:30pm.
Please plan attend and invite a friend!

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.

The next Jam is June 12.
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 Wednesday, May 18 at noon. 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 meeting date will be on Thursday, July 21, at 7:30p.m. on Zoom. 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.

We had our parent - teacher conferences this week. The end of the school year is close. What a year it has been.

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.