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Friday E-Blast March 22, 2024

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!
Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures forever."


Open to me the gates of righteousness,

that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.

I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.


Save us, we beseech you, O LORD! O LORD, we beseech you, give us success!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD.


We bless you from the house of the LORD.
The LORD is God, and he has given us light.

Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar.


You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you.
O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29


This Sunday is Palm Sunday!  We remember the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey surrounded by his disciples, friends and followers.  Everyone was praising God and shouting, "Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna!  Hosanna!"  What a wonderful day! 


Jesus had told his disciples what was to come:  that he would be arrested at the hands of the authorities and that he would give his life for them and for us.  But it was hard to believe that Jesus, their rabbi, teacher, and friend would die in such a way.  Would that be the end of their story?  


One thing I know for sure about God is that God doesn't do endings without new beginnings.  The cross wasn't the end of the story.  And yet, it is a very important part for us to remember. It is important for us to hear the story again, for us to take it deeply into ourselves and seek the way of the cross and the life beyond the cross. 


What does Holy Week mean to you?  How will you set aside time to hear and pray about the meaning this story in your life this coming week?  How do YOU respond to the story? 

Will you shout "Hosanna"? 

Share a meal with Jesus in the Upper Room? 

Deny him?  Betray him?  Fall asleep in the garden? 

Stand at the foot of the cross with the women? 

Will you love him and give all of your heart? 

Will you take up your cross and follow? 

Will you ask, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom"? 


The journey begins...  


What's Coming Up:  Holy Week and Easter!


This Sunday! 3/24 - Palm Sunday!

Worship at 8:30 AM & 11 AM with our choir at both services


7:00 PM - Maundy Thursday Communion Service

Music by the Choir


7:00 PM Good Friday Tenebrae Service


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

Music by Choir, Handbells, Brass Quintet, Children's Choir, & Youth


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.   


To God by the Glory!  Pastor Mary



What a joyous day!

Singing Hymns with

Nathan May

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.


                                                                                                 --Kathi Hemmis

Are you able to bring some Easter Treats to share between the services on Easter Sunday morning?  Pastries, baked goods, biscuits, donuts, etc. welcome!  We provide the coffee and there will be treats to share.  If you would like a reminder, slips are located on the entry hall table.  Thanks!!

Worship Volunteers!  Thank you for Serving!
Sunday, March 17



8:30  AM - Chuck & Sue Rexrode

11:00  AM - Leach Family



8:30 AM - Chuck & Sue Rexrode

11 AM - Dawn & Chuck Kern



8:30 AM   Dab Plecker

11 AM -  Dawn Kern


Audio Visual

8:30 AM  - Scott Ridder

11 AM - Scott Ridder



8:30 AM - Madelyn & Nolan

& 11 AM - Sydney & Reese Leach


Sanctuary Servers

8:30 AM -Don & Sue Gilkeson

11AM - Jim & Judy Tongue

From UMFS (United Methodist Family Services)


Thank you for your donation of $100.00 made on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.  We deeply appreciate your generous support of the children and families at UMFS.


We are honored too 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 in this mission.


From Bridgewater Area Inter-Church Food Pantry


On behalf of the Bridgewater Area Inter-Church Food Pantry, I am writing to express our heartfelt gratitude for the generous support that the Bridgewater United Methodist Church community has provided since the food pantry first opened decades ago  Your commitment to addressing food insecurity in our community is deeply appreciated and has made a powerful impact on the lives of those we serve,


We thank you especially for your significant financial contributions, hosting several food drives throughout the year, and providing "treat bags" for children this past Christmas.  A very special thank you to the Bridgewater United Methodist Women for their additional financial support as well as your church member volunteers who give of their time to ensure our operations.  Your support has enabled us to stock our shelves with essential food items and provide assistance to our friends and neighbors in need.


We are truly grateful for the ongoing partnership between our food pantry and this church community.  Thank you once again for your kindness and compassion, and we hope you will share our thanks churchwide.

 Beginning in March the duties of Digital Content Creator, particularly the slides for our worship services, will be fulfilled by Michelle Weaver, BUMC's Administrative Assistant. Joey Capuano is stepping down from this position, but he will continue to manage BUMC's Facebook page as a volunteer. He also will be continuing on with his musical contributions to our worship services. We thank Joey for the many ways he shares his gifts and talents with us all at BUMC.  - Dawn Kern, Chair

Community Announcement:  You are invited to .....

The Witness
(a musical by Carol and Jimmy Owens)

Friday, April 5 @ 7 PM

Saturday, April 6 @ 7 PM

Sunday, April 7 @ 10:30 PM 


Harrisonburg Baptist Church, 501 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA  22801

"Come to the Life Giver, and
let Him pour his life on you ..."

DUM BUM Youth News

Happy SPRING!!!! You know a good way to ring in Spring? Using THIS LINK to register for our mission trip this summer!!!!! 


OLD NEWS: We had SO much fun at Valley Jump on Sunday! I hope everyone who was able to come out had a blast and that any sore muscles are on the mend! ;)



THIS THURSDAY, March 21 @ 4:30: Packing Easter Baskets!! Join us on the 21 to pack 50 Easter Baskets for our friends at Ferguson Trailer Park! Dinner provided after the packing! Friends and family are more than welcome to join- just sign them up too so that we can plan for dinner! SIGN UP HERE!!!

Sunday, March 24: Help DUMC Set up Easter Eggs!!! Dayton is having their Easter Egg Hunt for the children on Sunday and they could use help setting up that event! If you are interested in helping, they are setting up after their 10 o'clock service! 



MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! JUNE 2: Youth Sunday!! We are looking for theme ideas! Please share any theme or other general ideas for the service HERE!!


We are going to have one service at 10am at Bridgewater, followed by a 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! 


3/21/24: 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! 




Birthday & Anniversary Blessings!

                        Happy Birthday & Happy Anniversary March 23-30!

Happy Birthday to:

23 -- Becky Downey

25 -- Molly Early

26 -- Kemper Dadisman

27 -- Alison "Ali" Snook

27 -- Cathy Teeter

28 -- Kendall Ruliffson

29 -- Chralie Pennybacker

30 -- Janice Harper

Our Calendar March 24-31, 2024

SUNDAY   Palm Sunday!!

                  Sunday School 10 AM

                  Worship at 8:30 & 11 AM

                  10 AM  Fourth Sunday Coffee

                  10 AM New Member Gathering

                  1:30 Worship with White Birch


WED          9:30 AM Prayer Team (Library)

                  6 PM Handbell Practice

                  7 PM Choir Practice


THUR        11 AM Lent Bible Study

                   7 PM Maundy Thursday Service (Sanctuary)


FRI             7PM Good Friday Service (Sanctuary)


NEXT SUNDAY   EASTER SUNDAY!! Jesus is alive!!

                             Worship at 8:30 & 11 AM

                             Sunday School for All Ages

                             10 AM Coffee & Easter Treats (Fellowship Hall)


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