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E-Blast Friday, November 24, 2023, (sent Monday 11/27)

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy

in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel

from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one

who began a good work among you will bring it to completion

by the day of Jesus Christ. ~ Philippians 1:2-5


Dear Friends,


Happy Thanksgiving!!  We give thanks for each and every one of you, for the ways God is working in your lives, and for all that you do to be generous to our neighbors and each other.  Praying that you, your families, and friends will have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day!


This Sunday we will celebrate Christ the King Sunday!  It is like the "New Year's Eve" of the Christian year, anticipating a new liturgical year starting with Advent.  Please join us as we will dedicate our new doors and our parking lot work.  Our scripture focus will be John 6:5-23 and Ephesians 1:15-23.  


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.


Pastor Mary


PS Tithely had a "moment" this weekend when messaging was "down," so we're sending this out to you now.  Enjoy!!


Worship Volunteers!  Thank you for Serving!


Sunday's Worship Volunteers


8:30 AM - BJ Jenkins & Bettye Newman

11AM -  Sandra Stroud & Gloria Roller



8:30 AM -Ed & Marc Craun

11 AM – Dennis Rawley & Sam Wright



8:30 AM –  Johna McFArland

11 AM - Christy Kipps


Audio Visual

8:30 AM  - Scott Ridder

11 AM – Sam Briggs



8:30 AM - Madelyn/Nolan

11AM - David Kipps


Bus Ministry

8:30 AM -  Fontaiine Canada

11AM - Chuck Kern

DUM BUM Youth News

Happy Newsday! I hope your morning is off to a GREAT start! Here's what's happening with our youth! 



Thank you to all who came out to our OCC Packing Party! We had a great turn out of kids and members of the congregation and we packed 100 boxes! Thank you again!! 



Dec 8-9: Christmas Lock-In!! Join us at BUMC from 5pm on Friday to 9am on Saturday!! We will be shopping for a family in need as well as having fun games and a gift exchange!! (I also need chaperones!! Sign up as well- I also need a male and female chaperone overnight!!)


Happy Thanksgiving!! Whitney 


Calling All Children!  Wild West Christmas!


With Christmas coming, the BUMC Kids Ministry is putting on our Christmas play, "Wild West Christmas!" Join Doc, Claire, and Wild Bill Hiccup as they find out who sent a special invitation and what in the world is going on in the barn!


Sign your child(ren) up on the sign-up sheet at the Kids Corner and mark your calendars for December 17th! It's sure to be a hoot! If you have questions, contact Whitney at (540) 810-6691!

Thank you from Artie Shaw, Mission Central, Children's Clothing Exchange - Thank you so much for all your support. With your generous help we have been able to give over 9,000 new pairs of socks and underwear.  The need is great and you are a blessing!  Your hands -- are HIS hands.  Your feet -- are HIS feet.  Your love -- is HIS love. The Lord is making a beautiful difference through you.  Thank you for your gift.  


Thank you from Society of St. Andrew - What a blessing!  Thank you! Your gift is already helping our hungry brothers and sisters!  Thank you for your gift of $3,131.71!  Your gift provides health and hope while putting healthy, nourishing food on the tables of individuals and families who are struggling to make ends meet.  Partnering with Society of St. Andrew you engage volunteer gleaners in hands-on mission and service; you help send truckloads of fruits and vegetables to areas where it's needed most; you support local feeding agencies in every area of the country; and you reduce food waste -- all as you follow Jesus' command to feed the hungry.  Chesly Vohden, Dir of Church Relations

Look Who's Famous!  - Julian Fisher

Julian Fisher's picture appears in the Fall 2023 edition of "The Bridge" from Bridgewater Retirement Community.  The article, "Delivering Hope and Connection, One Meal at a Time," by Dawn Medley, describes how Laura (Ipock) Powell, the BRC Volunteer Services Director, recognized how Meals on Wheels could work with BRC residents being volunteers.  The article says, in part:


"It wasn't long before (Laura) Powell had coordinated with VPAS (Valley Program for Aging Services) to take responsibility for the weekly Meals on Wheels route through Bridgewater.  Response was strong to the initial sign-up circulated via Wellzesta and Workplace--BRC's digital message platforms--and residents and team members headed out on their first official delivery runs in May 2022.


"Independent Living resident Julian Fisher has been on the schedule at least once a month since BRC took over the route.


"'I was familiar with the program before moving to BRC; now I'm retired and I don't have much going on, so I'm glad to do it.  I love to do it, actually,' Fisher said, who eagerly fills in when another volunteer has something come up.


"After his retirement in 2004, Fisher joined his wife, Joann, in the sizable Meals on Wheels effort at their church, First United Methodist Church in Timberville.  The Fishers went on a few delivery runs together early in the BRC program, and Julian carries on his wife's legacy now that she is a resident in Memory Support and is unable to accompany him.  

"I'm always ready to go," he said."


Way to go, Julian Fisher and Laura Powell!  We are so glad you are a part of BUMC!  A copy of "The Bridge" is available in the Church Library, if you would like to read the full article.

                                                 November 24-30th Birthdays 

Happy Birthday to:


Conrad Wyrick  (24)

Max Harper (25)

Rodney Hildebrand  (27)

Natalie Snook  (28)

Christy Rainey  (29)

Dan Harris  (29)

Rhonda Johnson  (29)



Administrative Assistant Position for BUMC


Our Administrative Assistant, Ann Keels, will be leaving at the end of 2023. She has become a part of our BUMC family and will be missed. The SPRC has posted the position on Indeed so that we can find a replacement for Ann in a timely manner. If you know of someone who might be interested, please see Indeed for more information or contact the church office.  


Thank you! - BUMC SPRC


Our Old Doors are Available


Large Hardwood doors from our church painted RED.  If anyone interested in the old front doors call Gregg Kiracofe on (540) 479-0764. 

Reminder for Kingsway Apple Tree


The gifts for the children of incarcerated folks need to be to the church next Sun (11/26).  Please contact Karen Chamblee with questions.  There are still two apples on the tree, and a need for wrapping paper, 6 oz boxed toothpaste and funds for other inmate items if you would like to contribute. Thanks so much.


From Emmanuel Church of the Brethren:  Annual Community Christmas Hymn Sing Sunday, November 26 7:00 PM; Start the Advent Season with Us; Offering for the Area Food Banks; Refreshments following the program.  

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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