Weekly news & updates: November 20, 2020
Facebook Live Worship: Sunday 10am
Join Pastor Melody this Sunday for worship at 10am on Facebook live!
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 title: "Lost & Found"
1st scripture: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
2nd scripture: Matthew 25:31-46
Listen to recent sermons. Watch previously live-streamed worship services.
Give Thanks

Scripture, prayer, and some questions will help get your family talking about adopting an attitude of gratitude.

An Evening of Music for Advent
The Music Ministry of Ghent United Methodist Church will offer an Evening of Music for Advent with violinist Christopher Taylor and pianist Nellwyn Beamon.
The program will consist of Advent hymns from several traditions, and Chris will close with Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. 

It will be live-streamed on our Facebook page beginning at 5 pm on Sat., Dec. 5.
Living Nativity

Come experience the wonder of our Savior's birth on Sunday, December 13, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

You may view our Living Nativity scene with a real stable and costumed actors. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for Santa! This child and family-friendly event is free & open to all.
More details and volunteer opportunities will be announced soon.

*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.
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Daily Prayer Starter

Please set aside time each day to pray for 2-3 minutes. This week's prayer starter is: 

"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me..."

For prayer requests contact Pastor Melody.
November, Native American Heritage Month, is a time to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.

Nome's Charley Brower has a special connection to the community he serves. Brower is an Alaska Native pastoring a Native congregation. In the video, Pastor Brower explains how he went from sitting in the pews on Sunday to pastoring a church.
Many Americans are feeling disillusioned, disheartened and distressed by our current political climate and the ubiquitous divisions it has created in personal relationships.

In his 2020 Post-Election Survival Guide, the Rev. Mark Feldmeir, the lead pastor of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, offers four keys to restoring peace to relationships after the election.
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To support those families who have had a harder time this year, the Wesley Community Service Center is hosting a Toy Drive to ensure all the children served through WCSC have something to unwrap this year. Here is how you can help:

When: November 16 - December 21, 2020
Donate: New, unwrapped toys. Please see a list of
Deliver: Please deliver toys by December 21 to our offices at 1701 Elm Ave, Portsmouth, VA 23704.

If you have any questions about how to get involved, please call 757-399-0541. 
Ghent UMC’s yearly charge conference Nov. 15

Ghent UMC held its yearly charge conference on Zoom this past Sunday, Nov. 15. Click here to read the Nominations report. To read the 2021 spending plan, 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.
Ghent UMC community’s Tina Micula helps people create original songs! This is a great idea for a birthday or retirement party or even a memorial service. It can be done live or on Zoom. Songs can even be paired with a slideshow of photographs. No musical experience is necessary. It is fun and very easy.

If you would like to hear some samples and read some testimonials, please visit her website.
End Racism

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 this, as well as, all persons of color who suffer at the hands of injustice, oppression, and white supremacy.


Panel Discussion

Dr. Lisa Dellinger briefly talks about how the Doctrine of Discovery undergirds many racist structures across the globe. She mentions the implications of how evangelism, colonialism and racism are intertwined
Current Small Groups & Leadership
Children and Youth Pastor Melody posts a children's message each Sunday 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.
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.
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The Leadership Team meeting will be Sunday, Dec. 6 at 11:30 am via Zoom. Then minutes and reports will posted in the following newsletter.
Ghent Inspire Book Club meets on the 3rd Mondays of the month at 7:30 pm on Zoom.
Our Nov. meeting has been moved to Mon. Nov. 30. The book is Mustard Seed by Laila Ibrahim.

The Dec. 21st book will be Esther’s Gift by Jan Karon.

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.
Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19 restrictions
Are we able to gather and worship in person? Our preschool classes are able to gather this fall, operating under the safety guidelines of the VA UMC and Social Services. Also, 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.
Ghent UMC is licensed to stream our FB Live worship services with permission under CCLI #20175590 and One License A-727358. All rights reserved.