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E-Blast Friday, October 6, 2023

Bearing Fruit for the Kingdom

Happy Busy Saturday in the Shenandoah Valley! 


I tried several times yesterday to get "the word" out to you and edits got eaten by the computer.  Thank you to those who texted and asked about our Blast.  Here's the news that's fit to print!


This Sunday, we will consider "Bearing Fruit for the Kingdom" based on Philippians 13:4b-14 and Matthew 21:33-46.  Our scriptures can be found here:  Hope you will join us!


A Few "Organizing Motions"


Our Church Calendar  Earlier this week, I sent out a Mini-Blast about our Church Calendar.  Our Church Calendar is on our website ( under either the EVENTS or CALENDAR tabs.  If you need to put a meeting or an event on the church calendar, please contact the Office.  See our Mini-Blast (10/5/2023) for more information.


New Directory We have published an updated (paper) Directory.  Copies are available to pick up at church and I will email the PDF out to you soon.  If you see any corrections or changes that need to be made, please let us know.  


Next Sunday Next Sunday is Laity Sunday!  Karen Chamblee, our Lay Leader, will be our guest speaker. Let's Praise the Lord!


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 - Paul & Johna McFarland


11AM - Jim & Judy Tongue


8:30 AM - Ed Craun & Marc Craun

11 AM –  Taylor Family



8:30 AM –  Ed Craun

11 AM - Jim & Judy Tongue


Audio Visual

8:30 AM  - Marc Craun

11 AM – Scott Ridder



8:30 AM - Madelyn & Nolan

11 AM - Taylor Family


Bus Ministry

8:30 AM -  Fontaine Canada

11 AM - Dwight Campbell

Worship Volunteers - Oct 15


8:30 AM - Gloria Hildebrand

11AM - Karen Chamblee & Kari Palmer



8:30 AM - Adam & Jason Gilkeson

11 AM –  Jim & Stephanie Higgs



8:30 AM –  Ed Craun

11 AM - Jim & Judy Tongue


Audio Visual

8:30 AM  - Scott Ridder

11 AM – Mark Kipps



8:30 AM - Madelyn & Nolan

11 AM - ?


Bus Ministry

8:30 AM -  ?

11 AM - ?


 The SPRC invites you to join us for doughnut holes, juice and coffee in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, October 8th following the 8:30 AM service and before the start of Sunday School as we share our appreciation to Pastor Mary for all that she does for our BUMC family. You are invited to bring her a card so you can share your best wishes - we will have a basket available.  If you are unable to attend the coffee time, please drop off your cards in the church office. Thank you! - Dawn Kern, SPRC Chair

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. For more information call Becky Downey at 540-383-2664.

Breakfast Buffett


Sunday, October 22, 9:30-11AM

Fellowship Hall



Biscuits and Gravy, Breakfast Casseroles, Pastries, Fruit

Coffee and Juice


Sponsored by Faith Bible Class - Donations will go to paving the BUMC parking lot.

DUM BUM Youth News

Good morning, DUMBUMs! We have a major fundraiser coming up so read below for more info! 



If you haven't yet, follow us on Insta @dumbumyouth! 



Friday, October 6: Making Soup for Dayton Days!!- We will be meeting at DUMC's kitchen at 5pm to use soup donations (read below for more info on that!) and make our famous veggie soup! Dinner is provided so SIGN UP HERE!! 

 Saturday, October 7: Selling Soup at Dayton Days!!- All hands on deck!! I know this is TA's Hoco BUT we have early shifts as well, so that you will have plenty of time to get your hair and makeup done before the dance! Shifts start at 6:30am and run for 1.5-2 hours! Please Please please mark your calendars to help, even just for a little bit! SIGN UP HERE FOR SHIFTS!! 



We are taking soup donations! If you would like to make a pot of vegetable soup, donate cans of veggies, or even raw veggies, WE WILL TAKE THEM! There will be a box for canned donations in the narthex at DUMC and in the breezeway at BUMC. Soup donations and fresh veggies can be dropped off at BUMC on Tuesday, October 3, Thursday, October 5, or at DUMC on Friday, October 6! Text me if you plan on dropping off soup or veggies during any of those times!! For those that are making soup to donate, PLEASE NO MEAT!! Our soup needs to be vegetarian, but beef/chicken broth is fine- just no actual chunks of meat in the soup! 


And as always, what's coming up! 


10/6/23: Making Soup for Dayton Days SIGN UP HERE! 

10/7/23: Dayton Days!! SIGN UP HERE!! 

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!




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

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