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Friday E-Blast March 8, 2024

O my Beloved, You are my shepherd,

I shall not want;
New every morning are your mercies, Great God of Light,
And all day long you are working for good in the world. 
Stir up in us a desire to serve you, 
To live peacefully with our neighbors, 
And to devote each day to your Son, our Savior,
the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen. 
This week, I have been on retreat at the Upper Room Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation at Roslyn Retreat Center.  The chapel at Roslyn is very beautiful.  It is built on the side of a hill overlooking the James River.  The windows in the chapel are clear windows -- so that you might see the beauty of God's creation as you worship.  Through the windows you can see the clouds changing, the sun rising and setting, the birds flying, and trees budding and dancing in the wind.  Time and space to explore God's creation leads us into an encounter with the mystery of God who loves us, created us and cares for us. 
On Sunday, we will celebrate our Girl Scout and Boy Scout ministries.  We will remember the values that are taught in scouting and the importance of our children learning about nature, God's creation, and the world around them.  Scouting gives so many opportunities to do this and to be led by leaders who care about helping them grow!  Thank you, God, for Scouting Ministries!


How are you doing with your Lenten spiritual disciplines?  I encourage you to find one or two simple ways to be mindful of God this season in a different way.  We are about halfway through Lent.  If you are working to focus, keep on going!  If you haven't started yet, there is still time.  :)  


Here is our Lent Sermon Series:


This Sunday! - Girl Scout / Scouting Sunday, Guest Speaker Ali Snook


3/17 - "I Am the Way the Truth and the Life" Knowing God's Way 

          with Nathan May leading spiritual singing


3/24 - Palm Sunday


3/30 - Easter Sunday!! Christ is Risen!  Christ is risen, indeed!  


**Don't forget our Concert this Sunday evening at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.  It is the Steel Candey Band!  See the details below and help us get the word out.  Please plan now to attend with your family!   


We welcome you to 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



You are Invited to a fun concert at BUMC

Sunday March 10 at 7 PM

Steel Candey Brass Band

We play a diverse spread of genres, including funk jazz, and rock.  We're a 13 member band made up of trumpets, trombones, saxophones, sousaphone, and percussion.  Led by Wyatt Smith!

Reception desserts may be dropped off anytime on Sunday and placed in the kitchen.  It is helpful if they are plated and your dish is marked with your name.  Thank you in advance.

Singing hymns are a great part of the Methodist tradition.  On Sunday, March 17 at the 8:30 and 11:00 services, guest musician Nathan May will be leading the congregation in hymn singing.  


Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing.
Aim at pleasing Him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this
attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.

 John Wesley


In addition to Nathan May, the Sanctuary Choir will sing for the 8:30 service and the Handbell Choir will share music at the 11:00 service.  


To God be the Glory!



The adult reading cart is for anyone, and has a nice selection of really good books.  Stop by and check one out.  Also, the children have a very large selection of books available for all ages.  The children's book corner is decorated for Easter and has a big selection of Easter themed titles.  There is a checkout sheet on the wall -- let's get some new readers.


                                                                                                 --Kathie Hemmis

BUMC Financial Snapshot Month End

Year to Date

Month End

General & Designated Income

General & Designated 

Fund Expenses






At the end of February our General Giving was down 10%, but we had a strong increase in our Designated Income that provided assistance to the expense side.  Your continued support is greatly appreciated!


Worship Volunteers!  Thank you for Serving!
Sunday, March 3



8:30 & 11 AM - Our Scouts



8:30 & 11 AM - Our Scouts



8:30 AM   Abby Snook & Henley Higgs

11 AM -  Abby Snook & Henley Higgs


Audio Visual

8:30 AM  - Marc Craun

11 AM - Scott Ridder



8:30 & 11 AM - Scouts


Sanctuary Servers

8:30 AM -Sara & BIll Walton

11AM - Jim & Judy Tongue

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, October 10.  DON'T FORGET to set your clocks FORWRD one hour on Saturday night!  

From Dorice and Henry Graham


Thanks to our church family for prayers and cards.  They are most appreciated!


From Dan & Stephany Plecker


 We would like to thank our wonderful BUMC Church,   Sunday School and Choir families for all your support during Dan's hip replacement surgery and recovery.  Your prayers, cards, good thoughts, meals, and sunshine gifts were all deeply appreciated and helped the entire process go well.  God Bless.

DUM BUM Youth News

OLD NEWS: WAY TO GO, CHLOE!! She starred in Spotswood's Musical: Anastasia this weekend!! 



March 17 @3-4:30pm: VALLEY JUMP PARK!! This is a family friendly event so younger siblings and friends are invited! SIGN UP HERE!!



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! 


OUR DUMBUM YOUTH 2024 MISSION TRIP IS LOCKED IN!! WE'RE HEADING TO PITTSBURGH!!!! We are partnering with Group Mission Trip! If you know that you are ready to register, the REGISTRATION LINK IS HERE! This will take you directly to Group's site to register for our trip. You must be 18 or older to use the site (That means parents, you will have to register your child!) If you have any questions, please let me know! DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS APRIL 1!! That gives you all of March to decide if you would like to join us and give me plenty of time to make the final payments! Again, if you have any questions, please let me know!! 


And as always, what's coming up! 


3/17/24: Valley Jump Park at 3! 

3/21/24: Packing Easter Baskets

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!) 

6/16-21/24: Mission Trip to Pittsburgh! 




                     Lent Devotion Booklets are Available from Society of St. Andrew

Sunday's devotional writer in St. Andrew's Lenten devotional Hope Springs Eternal writes Hope and the Christmas Cactus", reminding us to persevere, never give up even when al seems lost.  Will you help others persevere today by giving to the Society of St. Andrew, a nationwide ministry with a vision to end physical hunger?  Every $3 provides 26 meals of nutritious, fresh food for the hungry!


Birthday & Anniversary Blessings!

                        Happy Birthday & Happy Anniversary March 10-16!

Happy Birthday to:

10 -- Grace Fishback

11 -- Letitia Lam

11 -- Leslie Burkholder

11 -- Nathan Burkholder 

11 -- Donna Burch

12 -- Barbara Eanes

12 -- Judy Tongue

12 -- Lindsay Robinson

13 -- Christine Harper

14 -- Hilary Cubbage Perry

15 -- Alyssa McDorman Scofield


Happy Anniversary to:

14 -- Don and Karen Craun

15 -- Robert and Pat Johnson

Grow Your Faith at Camp Overlook this Summer

(and BUMC offers Scholarships)! 

You are Invited!

WRE Spring Concert

New Location:  JMU's Atlantic Bank Center

1700 East Campus Drive

New Time:  6:30 pm

Parking in the Ballard Parking Deck

Our Calendar March 8-17, 2024


                  Worship at 8:30 & 11 AM

                   Girl Scout / Boy Scout Sunday with Ali Snook, Guest Speaker

                   7:00 PM Concert with Steel Candey Brass Band

                           Free Will Offering / Reception Following


MON         6:30 PM Joint Finance & Council Meeting (Fellowship Hall)


TUE           6 PM Youth Program Meeting


WED          9:30 AM Prayer Team (Library)

                  6 PM Handbell Practice

                  7 PM Choir Practice


THU          11 AM Lent Bible Study (Library)


NEXT SUNDAY  Hymn Sing with Nathan May, Guest Musician

                          Worship at 8:30 & 11 AM

                          Sunday School for All Ages