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E-Blast Friday, February 3, 2024

Paying attention is something that we are taught from a very young age.  Our Moms & Dads need us to listen and follow instructions, teachers ask us for their attention, even the Emergency Broadcast System was created to get our attention if there is information we need to know for our safety.  It is important that we learn to listen to God--through God's word, through prayer, through worship--and also trust that God knows and cares and is attentive to each one of us.  Jesus said, "Even the very hairs on your head are numbered."  Matthew 10:30


We are becoming the people of God.  We will worship at 8:30 AM & 11 AM. Sunday School classes will continue.  There will be Kid's Time at both services.  Nursery and Children's Church are both open.  


Our focus scriptures this Sunday are Isaiah 40:21-31 and Mark 1:29-39.  Here is a link to the scripture readings:  We hope YOU will be there.  


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


Worship Volunteers!  Thank you for Serving!
Sunday, Feb. 4



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

11AM -  Sandra Strout & Kathi Hemmis



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 – Tony Mancari



8:30 AM - Madelyn & Nolan Gilkeson

11AM -  David Kipps


Sanctuary Servers

8:30 AM -Sue Rexrode

11AM - Laura & Tony Mancari

From Karen & Scott Ridder


We greatly appreciate all the prayers and cards for Karen's surgery.  It means so much to us.  Thank you for all of your support!


From Artie Frederick, Children's Clothing Closet


Thank you so much for your wonderful support of the shared ministry of the Children's Clothes Closet.  With your help, we have served 1415 children, they have received items 4,714 times.  Our diaper need has reached 121,202.  None of this could have been accomplished without each of you.  God is using you and this ministry in mighty ways.  I'm looking forward to serving with you in 2024.  I'm praying that all we do will bring honor and glory to our Lord and and will be a blessing to those he sends to us.  


From Charterhouse School


Thank you for your generous donation to Charterhouse School.  We appreciate you so much and will put this donation to good use for our students.

DUM BUM Youth News


OLD NEWS:    Thank you to all who came out to our super short meeting Sunday to plan and walk through Shrove Tuesday! We will definitely have enough hands to make this fundraiser happen!! 


February 3:  Ice Skating!  Join us at 10am at Generations Park for Ice Skating for the whole family! We will also have doughnuts and hot chocolate!

February 13:  Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper! This is a massive fundraiser!! Please join us at BUMC- our two shifts go from 3:30-5:30 and 5:30-8! We will be serving pancakes, sausage gravy, fruit salad, and cookies from 4-7 so we need lots of hands to make this event happen!! We also need food donations! Please contact Whitney to sign up for shifts and for food donations! Let me know if you have questions about this event! 

Mission Trip:  Please see Whitney for more information and to sign up.
2/3/24:  Ice Skating
2/13/24: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
2/25/24: TA Musical
3/17/24: Valley Jump Park at 3 pm
3/21/24: Easter Egg Hunt?
4/19/24: Trivia Night Fundraiser!! 
5/4/24 Hike and Picnic Lunch! 
6/2/24: YOUTH SUNDAY!! (please plan on joining us this day- go ahead and mark your calendars!) 
<3 Whitney 

Birthday & Anniversary Blessings!

                        Happy Birthday & Happy Anniversary February 4-10!

Happy Birthday to:

5 -- Brad Intemann

8 -- Forrest Frazier

9 -- Henley Higgs


Happy Anniversary to:

5 -- Donald & Jo Ellen Bowman

You are invited to attend!  WRE Students' 2024 Choral Presentation of "the Lord's Plans

Saturday March 16 at 4:00 PM, Easter Mennonite University Commons, 1307 Park Road, Harerisonburg


Calling Singers for Musical Production
"The Witness" at Harrisonburg Baptist Church

Harrisonburg Baptist Church is sponsoring a production of The Witness, by Carol &  Jimmy Owens as part of their Easter season 2024, which is open for community participation


This narrated, choral, one--act biblical musical was written in 1978 by Carol & Jimmy Owens as a tool for presenting the gospel in song.  The musical focuses on Peter's perspective and follows the gospel through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. 


This one hour production features Peter, his wife Mary, James and John, their mother, Judas, and a full choir ensemble.  The Witness features a variety of songs that will spark both emotional and spiritual uplifting in celebration and remembrance of Jesus Christ, our Lord. 


Open on-call events for interested singers will be held January 13 & 14 at Harrisonburg Baptist Church.   If you are interested, there is more information on the Community Bulletin Board. 

Lost and Found - Glasses

Are these your glasses?  Three pairs of eyeglass and two cases have been turned in to the office found in the Sanctuary  If they belong to you, please claim them.

BUMC Financial Snapshot Month End

Year to Date Month End


General & Designated Income


General and Designated Fund Expenses




We ended 2023 with a deficit of ($2,893) as compared to a deficit in 2022 of ($59,815).  This end of year performance in part is driven by a strong giving month in December and a YTD reduction in expenses in the amount of $38,508 (we did not pay $9,264 of our Va. Conference Apportionment).

Harvest of Hope

Hands-On Service/Study Events

Harvest of Hope is a faith-based service and learning opportunity to take action, get involved in hands-on activities and share good food with people in need.  Participants glean and distribute product each morning and learn about the realities of hunger each evening.  Bible study and dynamic worship round out days of Christian community and service, providing a basis for ongoing commitment to ending hunger.  


Now registering for Summer 2024!  Contact  540-707-6513

More information at the website and on our Community Bulletin Board

Our Calendar February 4-10

SUNDAY, Feb. 4

Worship 8:30 & 11:00

Sunday School for all ages

12 PM Reach & Relate Valentines for BRC  (Fellowship Hall)

6 PM Girl Scouts Meeting (Fellowship Hall/Youth Room)


MON, Feb 5

6:30 PM Ruritan Club (Fellowship Hall)


TUE, Feb 6

6:30 PM Valley Radio Control Flying Club (New Beginnings Classroom)


WED, Feb 7

9:30 AM Prayer Team (Library)

11:30 AM Lunch and Conversation @ Bridgewater Retirement Community

6 PM  Handbell Practice

7 PM  Choir Practice



2:30 PM  Staff Meeting (Library)

3:30 PM  Worship Committee Meeting (Library)



12-3 PM Girl Scouts Cookie Booth (Front Lawn)



Worship 8:30 AM & 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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