April Newsletter/Friday 3/26 BUMC eBlast
Palm/Passion Sunday Scripture Mark 15: 16-22
The title of this week's sermon is "Carrying the Cross of Jesus".
Join in the IN-PERSON celebration of Palm/Passion Sunday this Sunday, March 28 at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with an Easter Egg Hunt for children between services.
OR Participate in the Palm/Passion Sunday worship on our webiste, https://bridgewaterumc.com/sermons.
Don't miss the "Jesus is Coming! Hosanna!" children's video.
"Keep palm and sing Hosanna!" Source: Church Signs 2017 calendar
"Hosanna" artwork from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
Pastor Jonathan: The Son Has Risen!
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!”
Luke 24:5-6 NIV
I find it spectacular to watch the night turn into morning. Back in July, on one of my first mornings after moving here, I remember jogging and seeing the sun crest the mountains. It painted the sky with beautiful shades of red and pink over the harvested farmland here in Bridgewater. I interpreted it as a sign of welcome for me!
The sun does even more for us beyond providing a beautiful artistic expression - it also plays a vitally important role in our lives. Spending time outside in natural sunlight has been proven to bring about numerous health benefits, such as reducing the possibility of many diseases, improving our sleep, and boosting our mental health. If the sun can do all of this, just think how much more important the Son of God is in our lives!
On that first Easter, the women who followed Jesus during His life and ministry went to the tomb in the darkness of the early morning. There, they found the surprise of an empty tomb and realized that Jesus had risen from the dead! Jesus’ resurrection signifies the defeating of sin and death. Jesus’ resurrection means we can have everlasting life with God! Hallelujah!
Easter is a time for celebrating all that God has done in our lives, driving out darkness with the Light Who is Jesus. This Easter, I encourage you to take time to celebrate God for saving us from sin and death. I encourage you to take time to celebrate how Jesus, the Son of God, came into the world to be our Light, thus, changing our lives forever. Let us celebrate this Easter as we remember God has driven out the darkness and the Light shines through! Jesus has RISEN!
Let us pray.
Almighty God, You sent Jesus on our behalf to light the way and drive out the darkness. Help us to celebrate Your great victory, Lord, over death and sin. We adore You and praise Your Holy Name, One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Two Easter Egg Hunts - One for Children and One for Youth
What can be better than one Easter Egg Hunt? You guessed it! Two Easter Egg Hunts.
BUMC Children's Ministry will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for children between the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services (approximately 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.) this Sunday, March 28. BUMC Youth and adult volunteers will help set up for the Easter Egg Hunt.
BUMC Youth (middle and high schoolers) will be having an advanced Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday, March 28 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Bridgewater Lawn Party Grounds. Prizes will be awarded.
"Easter Egg Hunt" artwork from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
Lilies Available In Honor of or In Memory of + donations for Backpack Ministry and/or Brick Restoration Fund
"Happy Easter!" artwork from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
As is the tradition at BUMC, Easter lilies are being offered for sale. The lilies decorate the sanctuary on Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday. You can also use this opportunity to donate to the Backpack Ministry and/or the Brick Restoration Project. Donations to either of these projects do not include a lily.
Lilies or donations may be dedicated in memory of or in honor of a loved one or special person. Deadline for orders is Monday, March 29. The cost is $8 each for each lily or lily and dedication or dedication. We have only ordered 20 lilies so please place your order early. When we run out of Easter lilies, only dedications will be available.
To order the lilies, you can call the church office Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 540-828-0890, email the BUMC Administrative Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
or fill out an order form that can be found in the Sunday church bulletin for March 28.
Lilies are available for pick up immediately after the 11 a.m. Easter service or on the Monday or Tuesday after Easter at the church office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Please thank Cristy Rainey for providing the lilies and providing the Palm Sunday Altar decorations.
"Happy Easter!" artwork from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
Next floral event - Mothers' Day carnations sponsored by UMW's Circle of Love.
The Greatest Story Ever Told
Worship Services for Holy Week
March 28 Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday 8:30 and 11:00
March 28 Worship at White Birch Communities 1:30
April 1 Maundy Thursday 7 p.m.
April 2 Good Friday—online only
April 4 Easter 8:30 and 11:00
"Easter is Coming!" artwork from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
Faith in the Midst of Fear
The pandemic that we are all living through has generated something in our lives that we are not used to. This something is fear. We are not used to being afraid to go to the supermarket. We surely are not used to being afraid to go visit our children or grandchildren. Many are working from home because we are afraid of catching something at work. We can’t even have an ACC Tournament with fans and we’re not used to teams like Virginia and Duke having to pull out because of COVID. We haven’t been able to worship as we’re used to and can you believe we can’t sing in church? As I thought about fear, I went to Jesus and sought what He said about fear.
Jesus’ disciples also experienced the power of fear. Mark 4:35 tells about the disciples headed across the Sea of Galilee and “a furious squall came up”. Terror gripped them, and they suggested that Jesus (who’d been sleeping) might not care about them. Verse 38 says, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
Fear distorted the disciples’ vision. Fear kept the disciples from understanding Jesus’ intentions for them.
After Jesus rebuked the wind and waves (vs. 39), Jesus confronted his disciples with two questions: “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (vs. 40)
Storms rage in all of our lives. If it wasn’t for the pandemic, it would be something else. We all have fear about our health and what that will bring. We have fear about the future and how long will we live. Do we have enough saved up for the future? We have fear about travel and will another car hit us broadside. Jesus’ questions can put our fears into perspective. His first question invites us to name our fears. The second invites us to entrust those distorted feelings to Him. Try naming your fears today and giving them to Jesus. Jesus will be with us through life’s raging storms.
Prayer: Loving Savior, thank you that You’re always present in the storm. As I move through scary moments, help me each day to talk to You and trust You with all my fears. Amen.
Mark 4:40 – Jesus said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Author: Tommy Herndon
Grace and peace to you,
The Foundation Team
"Faith in the Midst of Fear" is brought to you by the Virginia United Methodist Foundation. The foundation hopes that this devotional gives you light, and joy.
You can contact Pastor Tommy or the staff at the Virginia United Methodist Foundation at 10330 Staples Mill road, Glen Allen VA 23060, telephone 804-521-1121. Thanks to Rev. Tommy for his contribution.
Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song. Psalm 149.1
Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! - Psalm 150: 1-6
The joyous sounds of children and youth will be part of the Palm Sunday (3/28) worship services. They were recorded for the congregation to see and hear them raise their voices that "Jesus is Coming! Hosanna!" Join us in-person for the 8:30 or 11:00 service or virtually.
Maundy Thursday (4/1) service at 7 pm will be an in-person communion service with Karen Chamblee and Drew Davis leading the music worship. Karen's talents on the violin have been deeply appreciated this year without singing. The violin is often referred to as the instrument most like the human voice. PTL
Good Friday (4/2) service is a recorded Tenebrae Service for your viewing through the Bridgewater UMC channel at a time of your convenience. This service of shadows includes scripture readings and Holy Week and Cross Hymns for a time of personal prayer and meditation.
Easter Sunday (4/4) will resound with Wyatt Smith on trumpet and Drew Davis on organ. The Festival Prelude on Thaxted will begin our worship service. This hymn tune is found in the Faith We Sing hymnal #2009 as "O God Beyond All Praising"
O God beyond all praising, we worship you today
and sing the love amazing that songs cannot repay;
for we can only wonder at every gift you send,
at blessings without number and mercies without end:
We lift our hearts before you and wait upon your Word,
we honor and adore you, our great and mighty Lord.*
Additional information on this great hymn can be found at:
The special music for Easter is the UMC Easter Virtual Choir with 6 participants from BUMC Sanctuary Choir! These include Marcia Tyeryar, Deidra Hill, Karen Chamblee, Laura Mancari, Joey Capunao and Joan Kenney.
As we conclude worship and share praise to our risen Lord, the congregation will gather outside to sing the closing hymn, "Up From the Grave He Arose." There will be Easter eggs to mark our social distances and masks will be required as we conclude our service with singing!
1. Robert Johnson
2. Marge Roller, Shirley Hohenstein
3. Karen Craun
4. Taylor Hardy, Michael Warner
6. Lily Marshall, Liz McCammon
7. Angie Briggs, Barbara Dotson-Brooner
9. Laura Mancari, Cindy Gerald, Marc Craun, Tiffany Bennett
10. Chloe Higgs, Luke Kiser
13. Amy Burke, Gene Wilson
14. Matthew Burkholder
15. Jacob Rawley
16. Kristen Landes
18. Evan Perry
19. Timothy Andes, Phyllis Tutwiler
20. Hallie Dinkel, Oliver Meshi
22. Charles Harris, Cindy Warner
23. Colton McDorman, Missy Rawley
24. Zach Davis
25. Laura Hall, Rita Davis
26. Cadan Blais, Chandler Wright
27. Joey Ruliffson, Stephen Bates
28. John Marshall, Kylie Blais, Gregg Kiracofe,
Brandon Hohenstein, Delaney Breeden
30. Kim Hohenstein
"Birthday Cupcakes" artwork from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
2. Jerry and Kathi Hemmis
3. Ray and Shirley Michael
4. Jim and Wilda Long
5. Greg and Linette Andes
6. Sean and Allison Hanifee
17. Tracy and Becky Wright, Jon and Jessi Higgs
29. Elvin & Patty Fawley, John & Rhonda Johnson
30. Angela & Matt Carrier
This diamond ring photo from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
FRIDAY, March 26
Noon 12 Steps to Recovery Al-anon for Women meets in Faith Bible Classroom downstairs every Friday.
SATURDAY, March 27
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Youth to Bridgewater Glass to make glass ornaments.
SUNDAY, March 28 PALM SUNDAY - Get ready to wave your palms. (Palms provided.)
- In-Person Sunday morning worship service at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Special virtual performance by BUMC youth, children, and families.
Please go to https://bridgewaterumc.com/sermons to view and participate from home.
- 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt hosted by BUMC Children's Ministries and BUMC Youth.
- 1:30 p.m. Sunday Service at White Burch
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Advanced Easter Egg Hunt for BUMC Youth
at Bridgewater Lawn Party grounds
TUESDAY, March 30
9 a.m. Prayer Group via Zoom every Tuesday
6 p.m. Girl Scout Troop #1336
WEDNESDAY, March 31
6:30 p.m. Handbell Choir meets every Wednesday.
Deadline for notices for the Sunday Bulletin for April 4 Easter Sunday and Friday BUMC eBlast for Good Friday, April 2.
Thursday, April 1
Deadline for Sunday church bulletin and BUMC Friday Blast.
Maundy Thursday Service 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, April 2
Good Friday Service available online only @ https://bridgewaterumc.com/sermons
Noon 12 Steps to Recovery Al-anon for Women meets in Faith Bible Classroom downstairs every Friday.
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.
"Let There Be Light" artwork from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
BUMC Youth Calendar
- Saturday, March 27th 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Glass Ornaments at Bridgewater Glass Works
- Sunday, March 28th 9:30 Set up for Children's Easter Egg Hunt
- Sunday, March 28th 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Advanced Youth Easter Egg Hunt at Bridgewater Lawn Party Park
- Sunday, April 11th 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Cornhole with Dayton UMY
- Saturday, April 17th Mission Central in Harrisonburg
- Wednesday, April 21st 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Youth Study
- Friday, April 30th – Saturday, May 1st 30 Hour Famine
We hope to have an in-person event Friday, April 30th – Saturday, May 1st to help raise money to help those who face the hunger crisis. We are going to be raising money to help those who are in need, and we are going to need your help to raise money to make a difference.
Monday, July 19th – Friday, July 23rd Mission & Service Week
"Jump in and Join Us!" artwork from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
Beginning April 1st, the BUMC Youth will have a fundraiser through
You can get so much more than knives. Here is the direct link if you would like to order directly through Rada:
or we will have catalogs here at the church and with our youth for you to order from. All of the profits will go towards future BUMC youth ministries.
If you order online, your purchases will be shipped to your home address.
The deadline for orders is Friday, April 30.
If want to place an order but do not want to place an order online, or if you have any questions during this fundraiser, please reach out to Kim Hohenstein at (540) 820-9298 or email@example.com.
Join Us for Worship Sunday at 1:30 at White Birch
This Sunday at 1:30 BUMC restarts worship services at White Birch Communities on the fourth Sunday of each month. You are invited to attend and fellowship with the residents at White Birch.
Finding Bridgewater United Methodist Church info on Facebook
If you use Facebook, don't forget to LIKE any Bridgewater United Methodist Church post. This will allow you to access information easily through Facebook about upcoming events at or hosted by BUMC. Just left click once on the magnifying glass icon that says "Search Facebook" in the upper left hand corner of your screen and then click on Bridgewater United Methodist OR go to Bridgewater United Methodist Church | Facebook.
Your prayers are needed for . . . .
"Power of Prayer" artwork from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
Bridgewater UMC Prayer List 3/26/2021
Prayers of Sympathy in March
Phyllis Southard Tutweiler Velda Gilkeson Carolyn Dinkel
Dominic "Nick" Winum Bretanie Davis
for the family and friends of everyone who has died of Covid-19
March Joys!!! & Answered Prayers
Mr. Gardner and Alyssa Farquhar - doing well
Krystal Kenney - surgery went well and she is home
Barbara Kiracofe - successful cataract surgeries
All those who are receiving vaccines
The expansion of the vaccine distribution
March Prayer Concerns
All nursing homes, rehab centers, prisons struggling with COVID
All those recovering from COVID & struggling with side effects
Those suffering from the effects of the freeze in Texas & other states
Ongoing Bridgewater UMC church family prayer needs
Dr. Bob McDonald
Glen & Nancy Thomas
BUMC Attendance & Offering
Sunday, March 21 - Attendance
8:30 a.m. Worship Service - 32 total - 1 ages 5 to 17, 31 over 18
11 a.m. Worship Service -39 total - 3 ages 0 to 4, 7 ages 5 to 17, 29 over 18
Live Streaming - estimated 118 viewers
In-person worship services restart at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. are offered every Sunday.
You can view or worship service on our website, https://bridgewaterumc.com/sermons/.
Sunday, March 14 to 20 - Offering
Last Week's Offering - $3611.45 includes general fund giving, electronic giving, and mission 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 and Offering" artwork from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
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.
- Give during our 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 219 North Main Street, Bridgewater VA 22812.
- Give through Faithlife.
- Give through the BUMC website at www.bridgewaterumc.com/Giving.
When giving through the BUMC website or Faithlife, please note after you have entered the amount you wish to give to click on the "Add or Change Funds" icon to continue.
"Your Giving Matters!" artwork from ChurchArtOnline.com used with permission.
Thank you for your love, 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: Ramona 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
Youth Group: April News
Our Youth and Children's Ministries gathered at Generations Park to Ice Skate on Saturday evening on February 20, 2021. Pictured above are Chloe Leach, Marisa Taylor, and Elizabeth Wyrick.
Ice Skating and Serving at Hope Distributed
In wintry February, Youth and Children's ministries partnered together for a joint evening at Generations Park on Saturday, February 20, where we had a lot of fun skating. On Thursday, February 25, the Youth served at Hope Distributed in Harrisonburg, which provides groceries to low-income families in our area. We were able to assist 167 families.
On March 12, the Youth helped with the laundry for residents at Open Doors in Harrisonburg. We also wrote cards to everyone staying at Open Doors and gave them Little Debbie Cakes. The residents were so appreciative of our gifts and work. Then on March 17, we had a Youth Study where we learned about Nicodemus and Jesus' conversation in John 3. The study reminded us that Jesus came on our behalf to save us! We were also able to assemble many crosses for older adults at Bridgewater Retirement Community's Joy House and many others in our community with Happy Easter notes!
In April, we will be launching our next Fundraiser with Rada Cutlery to raise money to help with future youth ministries. You will see additional announcements about this in the coming weeks. Also, our Youth Group will be playing cornhole with Dayton UMC's Youth on Sunday, April 11. We hope you have a blessed Easter!
Serving at Hope Distributed
Sydney, Courtney, and Reese Leach prepare to load a car with Hope Distributed groceries.
Food Line at Hope Distributed
Rhonda Johnson, Karenell Johnson, and the Leaches help load another vehicle. You will notice the line of grocery carts prepared to hand out families.
Making Cards for Open Doors
Callie McDorman, Taylor Ann Joralemon, Karenell Johnson, and Colton McDorman work on cards for the residents at Open Doors.
On the right, the Youth are diligently at work folding laundry.
Photo op at the Laundry Mat, pictured here, is Karenell Johnson, Molly Early, Callie McDorman, Kim Joralemon, Taylor Ann Joralemon, Colton McDorman, and Pastor Jonathan.