Weekly news & updates: October 16, 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 series: "Exit Stage Right"
Sermon title: "God in the Flesh" 
1st scripture: Exodus 33:12-23
2nd scripture: Matthew 22:15-22 
Listen to recent sermons. Watch previously live-streamed worship services.
Daily Prayer Starter

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

"Father, though I cannot see your face, may I daily be assured of your presence with me..."

For prayer requests contact Pastor Melody.
Saying Thank You!

In honor of October’s Pastor Appreciation Month, we extend a Thank You to Pastor Melody, Jonathan, and Summer, too.

We ask you to please send messages of appreciation to them for their sacrifices and service while faithfully tending to our flock.
Preschool Fundraiser
Ends Oct. 18

In light of critical missed revenue from this year's Fall GUMP Consignment Sale, former GUMP parent Sarah Van Orman is hosting a Beautycounter + GUMP Fundraiser. Sarah will donate all profits from this fundraiser back to the school to help fund 2020-21 GUMP programs. The last day is Sun., Oct. 18. Please click here to read full details for this fundraiser.
Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival will be virtual this year. The SGAF will be October 17 - 18, 2020 and is the Hope House Foundation’s biggest fundraiser. To get more information, click here.

Because the festival is virtual, GUMC will not hold its fall, used book sale. However, we continue to collect book donations.
Coronavirus Pandemic

Pastor Melody shares that we are not alone and will get through this together. We are encouraged to engage God and one another during this time of isolation using the church's social media, and through virtual worship and small groups.

Join Pastor Melody in daily prayer for the healing of our world. Click here for a prayer resource she shares from Bishop Sharma Lewis of the VA UMC.
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.

Before You Call
the Cops

Kate Gharib, the granddaughter of the late Rev. William Richard “Bill” Fisher, has created a short but powerful video. In "Before You Call the Cops," Kate, a young white woman, showcases nine African American students from her community.

Memorial Songwriting
Free workshop Thurs., Oct. 22

Ghent Church community’s Tina Micula invites those who have lost someone in their life to a FREE Zoom workshop on this upcoming Thurs., Oct. 22, 7 to 9 p.m. Participants will write a group song to honor those individuals. No musical experience or talent needed. Please bring a picture of your loved one to the virtual session! Space is limited so please sign up today for the workshop by clicking here. For more information, email Tina.

Tina is a professional singer/songwriter and founder of Honor a Life. Joining her for the workshop is Transitional Life Coach, Brennyn Molloy, of the House of Compassionate Gratitude. Recently, Tina unexpectedly lost her beloved sister. She found that writing a song about what their relationship meant to her helped to channel her grief. Tina feels inspired to help others through the same therapeutic process.
The rescheduled VA Annual Conference session will be live streamed and will take place on Sat., Oct. 31 from 9am to 1:30pm. Pastor Melody and our church representative, Russ Evett, are voting members of this session. Anyone who wishes to view the session can access it at https://livestream.com/vaumc. For more information about the conference, click here.

In addition, Pastor Melody, Gary Bonnewell, and Russ Evett are representing our church at the virtual annual Elizabeth River district conference on Sat., Oct. 24.

Please be in prayer for our church representatives as they vote on the business of our district and conference.
A Prayer for Civility in a Divisive World
It’s true that anger is all around. This brief meditation reminds us that we are made in God's image and the world will know we are Christians by our love and by our words.

Current Small Groups & Leadership
Children and Youth Pastor Melody will post 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.
Ghent Inspire Book Club meets on the 3rd Mondays of the month at 7:30 pm on Zoom. Just Rescheduled: Our next meeting is on Mon., Oct. 26, at 7:30pm. The next book is Tasting Grace: Discovering the Power of Food to Connect Us to God, One Another, and Ourselves by Melissa D'Arabian. For more information or to join the Zoom meetings, contact Lynn Tiedge.
Leadership Team Reports Our Leadership Team met on Sun., Sept. 27, in the church parking lot. To access all of the information from the meeting, click here! If you have any questions, feel free to contact the church office.
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. Otherwise, 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. We can't wait until we can all be together again!

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.