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Tomorrow is Transfiguration Sunday -- the threshold between Epiphany and the season of Lent.  Lent begins this week on Wednesday at our Ash Wednesday Service (7:00 PM in the Sanctuary) which is also Valentine's Day!  Ash Wednesday reminds us of God's great love for us as God forgives our wrongs and our sin in love.  As someone else observed, you cannot spell VaLENTine's Day without Lent.  


Transfiguration Sunday is the day when Jesus chose a few disciples and went up on a mountain to pray.  While there, the disciples saw Jesus glorified.  While they wanted to stay on the mountain and worship God (for a long time), Jesus reminded them that they had much work still to do as he set his face toward Jerusalem.  Come to church for... the rest of the story... 


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.  During Kid's Time the United Women in Faith and the children will lead us our Souper Bowl offering!  Please bring your coins, bills and checks for our Souper Bowl!  Donations will be split between Mission Central and Bridgewater Interfaith Food Pantry. 


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. 11



8:30 AM - Paul & Johna McFarland

11AM -  Jim & Judy Tongue



8:30 AM - Sara & Bill Walton

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 Gilkeson

11AM -  Taylor Family


Sanctuary Servers

8:30 AM -Sara & Bill Walton

11AM -  Jim & Judy Tongue

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.


From UMFS - United Methodist Family Services


Thank you for your donation of $100.00 received on Thursday, January 18, 2024.  We deeply appreciate your generous support of the children and families of UMFS.  From our founding in 1900 as the Virginia Conference Orphanage, UMFS has partnered with local churches and church members like you to live out our mission.  Today we serve children in foster care and children struggling with mental health and behavioral challenges through foster and adoption programs, specialized education schools, and residential treatment programs. 


We are honored to partner with faithful people like you who serve as unwavering champions for high-risk children and families in Virginia.  Your gift will help vulnerable children get the support they need to overcome challenging circumstances and achieve their full potential.  We are grateful for your partnership with this mission.


I hope everyone enjoyed their Tuesday and I hope you all have stayed nice and warm! 


The reason for the **IMPORTANT** Tag is because of our mission trip form, which I really need a few more people to fill out before we proceed with mission trip planning!! If you have any interest in the mission trip and have not yet gone through that form, I really need you to fill it out please!! ASAP!! 


OLD NEWS: We had such a great time ice skating on Saturday!! Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us! 



NEXT TUESDAY, February 13: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper We should be set for our fundraiser next week! If you still want to help out, sign up for shifts and for food donations! Let me know if you have questions about this event! 

February 25  Turner Ashby Musical: 42nd Street! We are going to root for our youth in TA's musical!! SIGN UP BY FEBRUARY 20!! 



MISSION TRIP FORM!!! Please read and fill it out! 


MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! JUNE 2: Youth Sunday We are going to have one service at 10am at Bridgewater, followed by a partially-catered lunch at 11:30 at Dayton! Both churches are invited, as are extra friends and family! 


IF YOU HAVE A SENIOR:  Start collecting pictures for our senior slide-show! Once you have 5-8 pics, please send them to me to include! 


IF YOU ARE A SENIOR: Start planning for your testimony for Youth Sunday! We would love for you to speak! You can make it what you want- even just saying who you are, where you're graduating from, and what you plan on doing after high school! If you have questions, just email/text me! 


And as always, what's coming up! 


2/13/24: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 

2/25/24: TA Musical

3/17/24: Valley Jump Park at 3! 

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 

                     Lent Devotion Booklets are Available from Society of St. Andrew

Ash Wednesday is this week, February 14.  The ashes placed on our foreheads this day remind us that our lives are brief, and that all we are and all we have come from God, our Creator.  Begin your Lenten time of daily reading, reflection, prayer, and giving today by reading Love and Ashes in “Hope Springs Eternal,” the devotional booklet prepared for you by the Society of St. Andrew, a nationwide ministry focused on feeding spiritual and physical hungers.

Birthday & Anniversary Blessings!

                        Happy Birthday & Happy Anniversary February 11-17!

Happy Birthday to:

12 -- Brett Brubaker

12 -- Shelby McDorman

12 -- Wilton Fansler

14 -- Ella Prusak

15 -- Abbie Eaqrly

15 -- Mason Craun


Happy Anniversary to:

17 -- Brian & Krystal Kenney

Weekday Religious Education Concert - March 16 4:00 PM

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


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 11-17

SUN, 11  Worship 8:30 & 11:00

                Souper Bowl Offering! 

                Sunday School for all ages 


TUE, 13   4-7 PM  Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (Fellowship Hall)


WED, 14   Happy Valentine’s Day! 
        9:30 AM Prayer Team (Library) 
        6 PM Handbell Practice 
        7 PM Ash Wednesday Service 
        (No Choir Practice) 


THU, 15        11 AM Lent Bible Study begins (Library)


SAT, 17        4 PM Faith Bible Class Hearts Party  (Fellowship Hall)

NEXT SUN - First Sunday in Lent
        Worship at 8:30 & 11 AM 
        Sunday School for all ages 

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