Friday BUMC Blast for February 12
Don't miss this Sunday's message.
Celebrate Transfiguration Sunday with us on line.
This week's scripture lesson is Mark 9: 2-11.
Transfiguration drawing from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
Note from the BUMC Healthy Church Team
"Worship with us Online" drawing from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
February 10, 2021 - Thanks to everyone for attending last night's meeting. This note is to confirm our decision to continue with on-line worship services only at the present time due to the continuing higher rates of covid-19 in our area. The Healthy Church Team will meet again on Wednesday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m. to reconsider a return to in-person worship services with the hope of having in-person worship for Palm Sunday (Mar. 28) and Easter Sunday (Apr. 4) and beyond.
Thank you for your work to continue the ministries of our church. Please continue to be in prayer for all those affected by covid-19, for our team and for our church community.
Note: Thanks to everyone on the BUMC Healthy Church Team for all their time and efforts to make BUMC a safe place for all.
Have a Great St. Valentine's Day Filled with Love
Retailers eager to capture some of the $20 billion that Americans spend every year for Valentine’s Day gifts are moving beyond candy and flowers. For an outside-the-box edible present for that special someone, now you can purchase a bouquet of bacon roses, pickles or even Olive Garden breadsticks. If money is tight, you can visit Waffle House on February 14, the one night it takes reservations.
Last year, a most unusual Valentine’s Day promotion had no takers. A reptile park in Mosca, Colorado, offered a two-for-one deal on gator-wrestling classes, but no one “snapped” up the opportunity. Maybe another heart-shaped box of chocolates isn’t such a bad idea after all!
Photo & text used with permission from newsletternewsletter.com.
Biscuits and Gravy and Donut Holes??? You must be kidding.
Order by Sunday, February 14.
BRIDGEWATER UMC YOUTH’S
SHROVE TUESDAY MEAL
Tuesday, February 16th, 2021
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The meal includes 2 Biscuits, 4 Donut Holes, and Plenty of Gravy.
Curbside Delivery – Delivery in Town (Only)
We will be serving Biscuits & Gravy.
$7.00 is the minimum donation for a meal.
Please email Pastor Jonathan with your pre-orders at AssocPastor@bridgewaterumc.com or 540-828-0890 extension # 2 by Sunday, February 14. Please state how many meals you would like to order, your phone number, and if you would like it delivered to your home (town limits of Bridgewater only) or pick it up curbside in front of the Church on Green Street.
Youth Study and Valentine Cards Update
"Youth Group News" art from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
Youth Study and Valentine Cards
Saturday, February 13, 2021 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Youth Study originally scheduled for this past Wednesday has been postponed until this Saturday. Our Youth will be making Valentine Day Cards for the Residents of Bridgewater Retirement Community in Assisted Living.
Wednesday, February 17 is Ash Wednesday
Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20
A prayer for Ash Wednesday
Lord of the winds,
I cry to thee,
I that am dust,
and blown about
by every gust
I fly to thee.
Lord of the waters,
unto thee I call.
I that am weed
upon the waters borne,
and by the waters torn,
tossed by the waters,
at thy feet I fall.
—Mary Coleridge (1861-1907)
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What are you giving up for Lent?
Most fasting involves temporarily giving up something you enjoy. When you long for a cookie or a favorite show, you instead turn your attention to God, reorienting yourself to his best.
Catherine Marshall, in A Closer Walk, presents a different approach she calls fasting from “criticalness.” God dealt with her judgmental spirit by prompting her to spend 24 hours without criticizing “anyone about anything.” At first, Marshall felt rather empty when she didn’t engage in a heated political debate. But friends and family didn’t seem to miss her comments. Plus, God replaced the energy she’d spent attempting to correct others with energy and creativity to positively influence them.
A critical spirit can make us lose perspective, joy and even relationships. It also can prevent the good work God wants to achieve through us. Consider what could happen as a result of your own “criticalness fast.” Pray for God to do the correcting while you focus on building up others.
Cartoon & text used with permission from newsletternewsletter.com.
Souper Bowl Sunday Rescheduled Due to Snow
UMW's Souper Bowl Sunday is still SUPER !!! Even if it is week after the Super Bowl due to the snow on February 7.
On Sunday, February 14, we will kick off our Souper Bowl noisy collection. You get to drop change in a bucket and make noise 😁. We will be taking the collection at the Green Street side of the church from 2 - 3 pm on Sunday Feb 14, and outside the church office from 9 - 3 Monday - Friday the next week.
If you'd rather be a little quieter (bills or checks made out to BUMW with Souper Bowl in the memo line) you can drop them off in the bucket or mail them to the church any time. The collection will go to support the Bridgewater Interfaith Food Pantry, to help our neighbors who are hungry.
Thank you for your support.
"Souper Bowl" art above from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
Your prayers are needed.
"Thanks for you Prayers" artwork from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
Bridgewater UMC Prayer List 2/12/2021
Prayers of Sympathy in February
Rev. James Lamb Patricia Bright Greg Shields
Randy Tench Greg Puffenbarger
for the family and friends of everyone who has died of Covid-19
Jonathan Lamb recommended for ordination as an elder by the Board of Ordained Ministry.
Greg Early - recovered from COVID
BJ Jenkins - has diagnosis for her knee
Lisa Estes - doing better
All those who are receiving vaccines
Rockingham and Augusta county teachers
For those recovering from COVID with lingering effects
February Prayer Concerns
Julie Printess Loren Taeuber
All nursing homes and rehab centers
Prisoners and prison staff struggling with COVID
Ongoing Bridgewater UMC church family prayer needs
Jim Barnes Bob Holden Mike Bennett Anthony Jorelamon Nancy Bryant Anna Keller Harold Burkholder
Greg & Barbara Kiracofe Crystal Curry Scott Kiracofe
Glenda Deaton Dr. Bob McDonald Grace Fishback Becky Miller Betty Foley Laura Powell Forrest Frazier Glen & Nancy Thomas Vickie Gibson Donald Usry Rodney Hildebrand Leon Waters
Attendance and Offering
Sunday, January 31
No in-person worship due to the increase in local COVID cases.
Live Streaming - estimated 218 viewers
Last Week's Offering - $2976.42 includes electronic giving
Sunday, February 7
Live Streaming - estimated 218 viewers
This Week's Offering - $3642.68 includes electronic giving
$10,000 weekly is needed to fully support BUMC's ministries.
"Worship with us from home" artwork from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
Thank you for your gifts.
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 support for God's ministries through Bridgewater United Methodist Church.
- Drop a check off by the church office in person
- Mail a check to the church at 219 North Main Street, Bridgewater VA 22812
- Give through Faithlife
- Give through the BUMC website at www.bridgewaterumc.com/Giving
"Give Thanks" artwork from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
BUMC Upcoming Events
FRIDAY, February 12
Noon 12 Steps to Recovery Al-Anon for Women meets on line due to inclement weather.
SATURDAY, February 13
- 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Youth Study includes making Valentine cards for Bridgewater Retirement Community Assisted Living residents.
- Girl Scouts are planning to sell cookies in the BUMC parking lot on Green Street.
SUNDAY, February 14
Sunday morning worship service available online only starting at 8:30 a.m.. Please go to https://bridgewaterumc.com/sermons to view and participate from home.
- Rescheduled 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Green Street parking area next to BUMC - Loud (change dropped in a bucket) or soft Souper Bowl donations to BUMW or UMW accepted to benefit Bridgewater's Interfaith Food Pantry. If you are paying by check, please add "BIFP" (Bridgewater Interfaith Food Pantry) in the subject line.
- Orders for Tuesday, February 16 for Biscuits/Gravy/donut holes due to Pastor Jonathan at AssocPastor@bridgewaterumc.com
TUESDAY, February 16 - Shrove Tuesday
- 9 a.m. Prayer Group via Zoom
- 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm BUMC Youth Biscuits and Gravy + Donut Holes Take Out
WEDNESDAY, February 17 - Ash Wednesday
4 p.m. Looking for Jesus, a BUMC small group, resumes in March.
5:15 p.m. Handbell Choir
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
Noon 12 Steps to Recovery Al-anon for Women meets in Faith Bible Classroom downstairs.
By way of Faithlife, BUMC members receive a Meditation each week from Pastor Jonathan, Thursday Thoughts each week from Becky Downey, a Friday BUMC Blast each week, and a monthly BUMC newsletter to help you keep up with what is going on in the church.
For members without email, a monthly newsletter is mailed out via the U.S. Post Office. Questions about communications and events? Please contact the church office at 540-828-0890.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
Bridgewater United Methodist Church
219 North Main Street
Bridgewater VA 22812
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
Children's Ministries: Jennifer HIldebrand
firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-830-1984
Custodian: Edward Stoops 540-4763725
Director of Music: Joan Kenney email@example.com
Handbell Choir Director: Ramon Evans firstname.lastname@example.org
Organist: Drew Davis email@example.com
Webmaster: Ryan Hildebrand 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