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E-Blast Saturday, July 6, 2024

Hello Everyone,


I am trusting that you had a Happy Fourth of July in whatever way you chose to celebrate.  As for me, it was nice to have an additional day of rest to spend with old friends and new friends. I hope that you were able to spend some time with family and friends who are dear to you.  Let's continue to pray for our nation and the world.  Here is a prayer for Independence Day:


Almighty God, you rule all the peoples of the earth.
Inspire the minds of all women and men to whom you have committed
the responsibility of government and leadership
in the nations of the world.
Give to them the vision of truth and justice,
that by their counsel all nations and peoples may work together.
Give to the people of our country
zeal for justice and strength of forbearance,
that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will.
Forgive our shortcomings as a nation;
purify our hearts to see and love the truth.
We pray all these things through Jesus Christ. Amen.


~ Andy Langford, UMC Discipleship Resources, Prayer for Independence Day reprinted from


I am excited to be returning to Bridgewater UMC and starting year three as your pastor!  I wonder if you heard Rev. Dr. Marg Kutz say on UWF Sunday something that bears repeating:  "This church is well equipped and the people are lovely." It's very true!  Looking forward to continuing to learn more about YOU and the people of Bridgewater, to get myself out of the building more often, and a great year of serving God together!   


We are planning an Outdoor Service next week, July 14th at the 8:30 service to kick off Lawn Party Week.  We will gather for worship and pray for the lawn party and the many volunteers that work so hard that week.  If you know of a business, civic organization or individual(s) that volunteer at the Lawn Party, please invite them to worship.  Bring a lawn chair and wear sunscreen or a hat for protection from the sun.  The 11:00 AM worship service will be the same service and held indoors in the Sanctuary.  Take your pick!    


We welcome you to join us this Sunday in person or online!  You can access our live stream from the website (  Click on "Sermons" and then "Live Steam."  You may also join us directly on YouTube at Bridgewater UMC Virginia and click on the LIVE tab.   


To God by the Glory!  Pastor Mary

Joys and answered prayers

We give thanks for God's grace and mercy


Current Prayer Concerns

For peace in the world, for all humanity.  For peace in the Middle East and Ukraine.

For the Virginia Annual Conference, our church leaders, and those that feel far away from the UMC leadership.

For our church - its community service and its future.  For all churches around the world.

For our nation and all those in government.

People affected by natural disasters, storms and for those helping them

For BC and all college students, especially those needing financial aid.  For those making decisions on financial aid.

For all students, teachers and administrators in our schools.

For those with cancer and other illnesses and for their caregivers

For the health of our senior church family

For safe travels this summer

For our children and grandchildren and our families and friends

For all of the active duty members of our armed forces and for military veterans

For families dealing with depression, anxiety, mental health and addiction


Harold Burkholder

Kemper Dadisman

Ben Gilmer, Becky Downey's nephew

Wilda and Jim Long

Luke Rexrode, Chuck & Sue Rexrode's grandson

Josie Ridder, Brad Ridder's wife / Scott and Karen Ridder's daughter-in-law

Vic Taylor

Edna Mae Wine, stepmother of Katrina Davis

Lori Wine -  sister-in-law of D.R. & Katrina Davis


Ongoing Prayer Needs of our Congregation

Marie Chaplin

Grace Fishback

Joanne Fisher

Betty Foley

Don Gilkeson

Glen Goetz

Henry Graham

Rodney Hildebrand

Bob Holden

Anna Keller

Barbara Kiracofe

Claire Leeper

Doris MacDaniel

Ray Michael

Shirley Michael

Mitzi Puffenbarger

Rev Luther Ramsey

Karen Ridder

Joanne Simpkins

Christie Smith

Nancy Thomas

Marcia and Gary Tyeryar

Donald Usry

Worship Volunteers
Thank you for Serving!  Sunday, June 30


8:30 - B.J. Jenkins & Bettye Newman

11:00 - Kathi Hemmis & Gloria Roller



8:30  - Ed & Marc Craun

11:00 - Chuck & Dawn Kern



8:30 - Johna McFarland

11:00 -Christy Kipps

Audio Visual

8:30 - Scott Ridder

11:00 - Tony Mancari



8:30 - Madelyn & Nolan Gilkeson

11:00 - David Kipps


Sanctuary Servers

8:30 -Sue Rexrode

11:00 -Laura & Tony Mancari

DUM BUM Youth News


Our mission trip!! Thank you to each and everyone who came out for our recent Mission Weekend! We washed up cubbies for the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Child Day Care Center to be used in their new facility, we tagged a TON of children's socks and underwear for the Children's Clothing Closet through Mission Central, and we sweated everything we had in us on Saturday, cleaning up brush and painting a deck for Camp Overlook! We also made some benches to be used with their new rock wall! Thank you to all who provided food, who sent their youth, and for loving on us as we had a wonderful weekend!! We also got to watch the Clover Hill Bucks (and Clay Guyer!!) Take a massive win over the Montezuma Braves, 15-1! Lots of fun, love, and memories! 




Go Gleaning with Harvest of Hope

September 27-29

Harvest of Hope, part of the Society of St. Andrew, is an opportunity for hands-on service & study event.  The mission trip takes place in Lynchburg September 27 29.  More information available in the breezeway.  For questions, call Rhonda Johnson at 540-421-6603.

Lawn Party Outreach
July 19th & 20th

We will be offering bottled water and providing a cool spot with restrooms for people attending the both parades and the Lawn Party.  If you would like to help, there are sign-up sheets in the breezeway. Sponsored by Reach & Relate

Thank you for your thoughtfulness, your cards, and your prayers at this difficult time of the passing of our dear daughter Jackie. Your caring and support are greatly appreciated. 

Blessings, Jim & Susan Barnes 

Grace Fishbck has moved to the Bridgewater Retirement Community. 

Her new address is:


302 N. Second Street

Gardner House, Room 103

Bridgewater, VA  22812


She enjoys cards, calls (540-828-2138) and visits.  You are welcome to visit any time.

Birthday & Anniversary Blessings!
July 7-13, 2024

Happy Birthday to:

7 - Amanda Taylor

8 - Luke Mowery

8 - Lisa Kiracofe

9 - Chuck Rexrode

11 - Michael Bennett

12 - Anna Kern

13 - Tim Leach


Happy Anniversary to:

11 - Michael & Carolyn Hill

14 - Dan & Stephany Plecker

14 - Jim & Debbie Harris

Our Calendar July 7-14, 2024

SUN -   Communion Sunday

             Worship @ 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM

             Sunday School for All Ages


WED -    9:30 AM Prayer Team (Library)

              NO Choir Practice


THU -    2:30 PM Staff Meeting (Library)


NEXT SUN - Worship at 8:30 & 11 AM

                      Sunday School for all ages 

Bridgewater UMC is making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!  

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219 N Main Street

Bridgewater, VA 22812

Call Us : 540-828-0890

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