BUMC eBlast for Friday, November 5
Join us this Sunday for All Saints Day
Please join us this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. as we celebrate All Saints Day by honoring:
Dr. Robert McDonald
Dr. James Walker Thompson
This Sunday, Nov 7th, Daylight Time Ends so turn your clocks BACK 1 Hour, at 2 AM so turn your clocks BACK 1 hour before heading to bed.
I heard that the Sherando United Methodist Church Burned Down. What can I do?
At the October 31 worship services during our Prayer Time, I shared about Sherando UMC having a fire that destroyed their building. Below is an email I received from Staunton's District Superintendent, Rev. Doug Forrester concerning their situation. - Pastor Jonathan Lamb
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
On the morning of Friday, October 29, the Sherando United Methodist Church building was destroyed in a fire. Sherando UMC is located not far from Waynesboro and Stuarts Draft on the Staunton District.
This morning, the saints of Sherando UMC packed the local Ruritan hall for worship, and two new members united with the congregation. Through tears and even moments of holy laughter, fond memories were shared and the congregation demonstrated great resilience as we looked to God's future with hope.
As soon as the news of the fire broke, a number of you reached out to both the Roanoke and Staunton District offices looking for ways to help. Right now, the most useful way to help Sherando is by monetary contributions. If you or your congregation feels moved to support the people of Sherando UMC in this way, please mail a check made out to "Staunton District" to
Staunton District United Methodist Church
26 Orr Drive
Fishersville, VA 22939
Thank you so much for your prayers and concern. They have been of immeasurable benefit to the church. It is our connection at its best.
Grace and peace,
Staunton District Superintendent
Sunday, November 14 - VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY RECOGNITION SUNDAY
On Sunday, November 14, 2021, Frank Vetting will be speaking during both of our church services, as a part of the Veterans and Active Duty Recognition Sunday.
Frank served in the Army from 1972-1981. During that time he served both within the United States and Germany.
We thank Frank for his service to our country and also for agreeing to speak on behalf of Veterans.
The Nurture Team
How are apportionments for local churches calculated?
Apportionments are paid by Bridgewater United Methodist Church to support the Virginia Annual Annual Conference.
It may be helpful to have a document available to help you know and understand apportionments. You can use the 2022 Apportionment Interpretation to explain the calculation, show the
Approved Conference Budget, and also provide details for each of the apportionments. You can access the 2020 Apportionment Interpretation by going to https://doc.vaumc.org/2022ApportInterpret.pdf.
Support for Haiti Recovery and Afghan Refugees
Support for Haiti Recovery
You can support Haiti in their disaster relief and humanitarian efforts through the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) Advance #982450 – Disaster Response, International. The Conference Board of Missions has had a longstanding relationship with the Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (EMH) providing support for Haiti churches as the do they day to day mission work in their country. To support EMH and the other churches directly affected by the disaster, you can send funds through the Va International Disaster Relief Fund #5041. For more information, go to https://vaumc.org/resources-to-helphaiti-
Support for Afghan Refugees
You can support Afghan Refugees through the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) Advance #3022144 – UMCOR Global Migration Fund. To learn more, go to https://umcmission.org/august-
Would you like to participate in an Easter drama?
The Harrisonburg District is exploring the possibility of presenting a dinner (or lunch)/drama during the Easter Season of 2022. The drama will be held at Mount Tabor UMC in their Family Life Center, which is a central location in the Harrisonburg District. Tickets will be sold for the performance with a 150 person seating limit. The play will be based on the life of Jesus from Palm Sunday through the Crucifixion.
But we need your help to pull off this endeavor. Needed for this district wide event will be actors (60+ cast), crew – behind the scenes (20+), costumes, food preparers, food servers, set builders, choir members, etc.
We are hoping COVID will be behind us and we can meet together and return to worshipping in close proximity and praising the Lord through this means of worship!
If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Director, Debbie Creech, at 617-285-1312 (call or text) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Debbie has produced and directed Christmas and Easter dinner dramas for 20 years. As an actor, you will be asked to commit to rehearsals once a week starting the first of February, 2022. Time is of the essence, so please call, text or email today.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Harrisonburg District Office UMC
Virginia Annual Conference
I would like to thank you all for your prayers, cards, calls, texts and food during my recovery from my total knee replacement surgery. I have definitely felt the love and support of my church family, which I feel has played a role in my daily progress. Each day I am feeling better and more mobile. I truly feel blessed to be a part of the body of Christ at Bridgewater UMC. - Dawn Kern
Supporting Afghan Allies
Veteran’s Day Weekend usually brings a lot of sales and commercial promotions. But this year, the Virginia United Methodist Church is asking you to join your fellow Methodists and shop for the Afghan Allies who have recently come to our Commonwealth after the fall of Kabul. These are Afghans who stood alongside our soldiers as translators, worked on U.S. bases in country, or served at our embassy alongside our diplomats. In the words of Bishop Sharma Lewis, “many of them have sacrificed and risked more than most of us will ever be asked to do.”
Most arrived in Virginia with little more than the clothes on their back. While some of the wishlists were prepared by organizations working to resettle the Afghan Allies, the most immediate needs can be found on the Amazon wishlist for refugees at Fort Pickett. As temperatures drop, winter clothing is needed, especially for women. I hope you will join me in shopping to meet the VAUMC goal of having a completely empty wishlist by November 14!! This can be our way of following the command set out in Matthew 25 by Jesus, himself a refugee. “I needed clothes and you clothed me, Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Thank you for showing Christ’s love to those who, like He was, are refugees in a new land.
For more information visit www.vaumc.org/refugeeresponse or use the QR code below. Please make sure to use the address of the organization included in the wishlist as your recipient!
For those shoppers who are looking for the greatest need, scroll down the Grateful for the Service page from the link on the right and go to “Fort Pickett.” We understand the greatest need at this time is culturally approved women’s winter clothing.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Harrisonburg District Office UMC
Virginia Annual Conference
QR code for information about supporting Afghan Allies
Your Prayers are needed
BUMC Prayer List - Friday, November 5
Prayers of Sympathy
- Phil Ungar friend to many in congregation. Gifted potter & teacher
- Johanna Runion Chris Runion's sister-in law
- Evelyn Ray COVID complications. (Dennis Kenney's aunt)
- Rev. Ed Wilkens
Joys and Answered Prayers!
- Crystal Curry had successful surgery and is recovering at home
- Dawn Kern is recovering well from knee surgery
Current Prayer Concerns
- To lower COVID levels around the world - for children, youth, adults, and families who have COVID
- The people of Haiti
- The people of Afghanistan
- The people affected by hurricanes, by flooding and the fires in the west
- Becca Hall - hospitalized with blood clot in brain (Becky Downey's niece)
- Bonnie Downey - ill, friend of Chris Harper
- Glen Thomas - home from hospitalization for pneumonia
- Rev. David Rash and congregation of Sherando UMC which burned down.
ONGOING NEEDS OF THE CONGREGATION
- Mike Bennett
- Grace Fishback
- Betty Foley
- Forrest Frazier
- Vickie Gibson
- Bob Holden
- Anthony Joralemon
- Roger Joralemon
- Anna Keller
- Jeanette McMillion
- Ray Michael
- Bob Puffenbarger
- Glen Thomas
- Nancy Thomas
- Donald Usry
- Leon Waters
How is the attendance?
Sunday, October 31
42 total in-person for 8:30 a.m. Worship Service
60 total in-person 11:00 a.m. Worship Service
72 estimated online attendance for October 31 to November 6
174 Total estimated Worship attendance in-person and online for week of October 31 to November 6
In-person worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. are offered every Sunday.
OR participate in worship on our website by clicking the link below https://bridgewaterumc.com/sermons.
61 Sunday School attendance for October 31
Sunday School for young folks - all downstairs
- Kindergarten to Pre-Kindergarten
- Grade 1 and grade 2
- Grade 3 to grade 5
- Youth (grades 6 to 12)
Sunday School for the young at heart
- GIFT and Fellowship classes upstairs
- Faith Bible and New Beginnings classes downstairs
Monday, October 18 to Sunday, October 24 Offerings
Last Week's Offerings - $14,536.00
This includes all contributions to BUMC (general fund for operating expenses, electronic giving, mission, and special giving).
BUMC needs to average $9,478.85 a week in giving to the general fund to keep up with projected costs in 2021. The BUMC operating budget for 2021 is $492,900.
"Attendance" artwork from Newsletternewsletter.com used with permission.
Thank you for all you do in God's name
Thank you for all the time, efforts, support, and financial help that you have given to each other, to other members of our community, and to support the church's ministries.
Please remember the opportunities and ways you can provide financial and other support for God's ministries through Bridgewater United Methodist Church.
- Give during BUMC in-person worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
- Drop a check off by the church office in person between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Mail a check to the church at BUMC, 219 North Main Street, Bridgewater VA 22812.
- Give through the BUMC website at www.bridgewaterumc.com/Giving.
- App for Giving @ FaithLife.com - Download the app, find BUMC, and give through your smart phone!
- Secure, locked outside box at Green Street entrance in which you can leave papers for the church office.
"Growing by Living" artwork from Newsletternewsletter.com used with permission.
Thank you for all your support
Bridgewater United Methodist Church
219 North Main Street
Bridgewater VA 22812
Church office hours - Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment
Bridgewater UMC Church Staff
Senior Pastor: Rev. Steve McMillion, 540-810-7118
Associate Pastor for Congregational Care and Youth Ministries,
Rev. Jonathan J. Lamb, 540-742-1535
Admin Assistant: Paul McFarland, 540-828-0890
Bookkeeper: Drew Davis email@example.com
Children's Ministries: Whitney Wright firstname.lastname@example.org
Custodian: Edward Stoops 540-4763725
Director of Music: Joan Kenney email@example.com
Handbell Choir Director: Ramona Evans
Organist: Drew Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
Harrisonburg District Office
40 South Gate Court, Suite 101, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
District Superintendent: Rev. Dr. Victor Gomez
Office: 540-433-2382; Email: email@example.com
Family friendly shoebox filling event for Operation Christmas Child. OCC boxes and items to go in boxes provided. Bring yourself and your family. Pizza provided for lunch.