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E-Blast Friday, September15, 2023

John Wesley's Faith Crisis

This Sunday we continue with our sermon series "Revival:  Faith as John Wesley Lived It" based on the book by Adam Hamilton of the same title.  We will be looking at Wesley's missionary journey to the colony of Georgia and his return, which includes a crisis and restoration of his faith.  I wonder if you've ever tried to follow God's word and God's will and it didn't work out quite as planned.  Well, we'll be talking about it.  This is probably my favorite John Wesley story!   Our handbell choir will play at the 11:00 AM service. 


Our scripture focus is: Psalm 103 and James 1:3-4.   


Join us this Sunday in person or online!  You can access our live stream from the website (  Click on "Sermons" and then "Live Steam."  Here is the link:  You may also join us directly on YouTube at and click on the LIVE tab.


Come be found by the ONE who seeks you,  


Pastor Mary


Worship Volunteers!  Thank you for Serving!


Sunday's Worship Volunteers


8:30 AM - Gloria Hildebrand

11 AM –  Karen Chamblee & Kari Palmer



8:00 AM  -- Jason & Adam Gilkeson     

11 AM –  Jim & Stephanie Higgs



8:30 AM – Gloria Hildebrand

11 AM -  Karen Chamblee


Audio Visual

8-30 AM  - Scott Ridder

11 AM – Scott Ridder



8:30 AM  – Madelyn & Nolan

11 AM – Collin & Connor Palmer


Bus Ministry

8:30 Am –   Rodney Hildebrand

11 AM -  TBA

Worship Volunteers - Sep  17


8:30 AM - Chuck & Sue Rexrode

11 AM – Leach Family



8:00 AM - Dick & Janice Harper

11 AM –  Chuck & Dawn Kern



8:30 AM –  Dan Plecker

11 AM -  Dawn Kern


Audio Visual

8:30 AM  - Scott Ridder

11 AM – Scott Ridder



8:30 AM - Madelyn & Nolan

11 AM - Sydney & Reese Leach


Bus Ministry

8:30 AM - Fontaine Canada

11 AM - TBA


New Life for Your Upper Room

The Memory Wing at BellAire at Stoneport would like your gently used devotional materials (Upper Room or others) for the residents to use.  Please put any booklets you'd like to donate in the tub on the bottom shelf, under the quilts.  Thank you!


Year to Date                   General &                 General &                     Difference

Month End                  Designated Fund      Designated Fund

                                          Income                    Expenses

   8-31-23                        $265,704                   $274,320                      ($8,616)


Our income for the month of August was down versus our expenses, therefore, we are showing a YTD deficit.  Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

United Women in Faith News

The first Circle meetings after the summer hiatus will be on September 18. Hope Circle meets at the church at 2:00 P.M.     Love Circle meets at the church at 6:30 P.M. and Faith meets in a members’ home at 7:00 P.M. For more information call Becky Downey at 540-383-2664.

UWF Sunday will be on September 24th

The October  meeting will be a joint meeting of all the Circles on October 16 at 6:30. We will enjoy a Pot Luck Salad meal. All women of the church are invited to attend.  Delores Reid will be our speaker, sharing information about the Medical Supply Closet serving the Harrisonburg/Rockingham area and housed at Lacey Springs UMC.


DUM BUM Youth News

Here's what we have coming up! 


OLD NEWS:  Nothing yet to report! :) 



THIS SATURDAY, September 9 @9am: Packing and Serving Lunches at HBC!! Join us as we make a warm meal for our friends experiencing homelessness and send them on their way with a packed lunch! Our menu is BBQ chicken sandwiches and sides but meet at HBC at 9am for a fun morning! SIGN UP HERE!!!! and text me ASAP if you need a ride at (540) 810-6691 so that I can reserve the bus if needed! :) 

Saturday, September 23: Gleaning Apples for SOSA We will be travelling up to Winchester, VA to glean apples for Society of St. Andrew! We will take a church bus so please SIGN UP HERE to ensure we have enough seats! Our meeting time in the morning is TBD (depending on what time we need to be at the orchard) but work will be finished around noon, which means we will be back home around 1:30/2pm that afternoon! Breakfast will be provided but please pack a water bottle, hat, and sunscreen! 



We're on Instagram!! I'm still setting it up but follow us and our DUMBUM adventures @dumbumyouth. I'm hoping this will really help our youth stay up-to-date with what is going on! 


And as always, what's coming up! 


9/9/23: Serving lunch at HBC SIGN UP HERE

9/23/23: Gleaning Apples for Society of St. Andrews SIGN UP HERE

10/6/23: Making Soup for Dayton Days

10/7/23: Dayton Days!! 

10/14/23: Dayton Days Rain Date

10/26/23: Empty Bowls @ 6pm @ BRCC 

11/??/23: Loads of Love

11/11/23: Operation Christmas Child Packing Party

12/8-9/23: Christmas Lock-In!


Have an AWESOME week!  Whitney 

Happy Birthday!!  Sept 8 - 15


Julian Fisher  (15

Todd Slaubaugh  (16)

Stephanie Koogler  (16)

Alan MacNutt  (17)

Tammy Campbell (17)

Warren Gilkeson  (18)

Henry Graham (19)

Kevin Puffenbarger  (19)

Patti Landes  (20)

Lori Copley  (21)

Debbie Robinson  (22)

Christopher Landes  (22)


Happy Anniversary to:

Ryan & Heather Kiracofe  (18)

Scott & Lisa Kiracofe  (19)

Socks and Underwear for the Children's Clothes Closet

The number of families who are now visiting the Children's Clothes Closet at Mission Central is now over 950 total.  Because of this we are finding that clothing and socks and underwear are going quickly. (They are allowed to get 2 pairs of underwear and socks at a visit.) 


With "Back to School" sales currently going on at many of the stores, many with packages of socksa nd underwear on sale as well as packs that contain bonus pairs, I felt that this was a good time to highlight this need. 


They are in need of both boys and girls sizes 4 to 14/16 (girls) and 4 to 18/20 boys for the underwear all sizes of socks.  They said the boys particularly like the higher socks.  Please place these items in the marked pink bin that is located in the hallway (under the quilts). 


Thank you for your support of this vital ministry!  if you prefer to make a donation instead, please make your checks payable to the Children's Clothing Closet with socks and underwear in the memo and we will do the shopping.  Questions?? Contact Dawn Kern at 540-246-9478 or .

It's Operation Christmas Child Collection Time!!!

We will be collecting items for the next 8 weeks and will have our packing party on November 11.  This is a great project for our church, and these boxes make lots of children very happy!

We will need the following items:

600 pencils                                      100 small games

400 black ink pens                          100 small balls

100 boxes of crayons                      100 girl “wow” gifts*

100 wash cloths                              100 boy “wow” gifts*

200 matchbox cars                         100 small coloring books

100 small note pads                       50 girl hair items

100 bars of soap                              100 pencil sharpeners

100 soap holders                            100 combs

100 toothbrushes                            1000 adhesive bandages

100 toothbrush holders                 100 glue sticks

100 jump ropes                               Packs of stickers

*”wow” gifts could include small stuffed animals, dolls, musical instruments, interactive toy, puppets, hats, jewelry, markers, books, craft items, etc.

~Johna McFarland

Its Soup & You Time Beginning, Wed, Sept 20th

Soup and You will be returning on Wednesday, September 20th at noon.  We will have two kinds of soup, bread and desserts.  We plan to continue on third Wednesdays in October & November.  Hope to see you there.!

Thank you for your prayers and cards that were sent following the death of our Mother. It is comforting to have such a kind and caring church family.

Susan Gilkeson and Becky Miller


Thank you,  Susan

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