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E-Blast Friday, May 10, 2024


Hello Everyone, 


I saw this prayer on the UMCDiscipleship website.  I like it and invite you to pray with me today;


For all the blessings of this life,
we give thanks to You, Creator God.
For families, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and strangers,
who nurture us, that the love of God may grow within.
That Your love, your Word, like a seed,
may grow to produce in us, good fruit.

May your love be like a seed, taking root and growing strong.


For the leaders of various nations and cities,
that they may lead with strong hearts and gentle hands and generous spirits,
with compassion and mercy, with wisdom and grace.
May they reflect your will guiding all their actions and decisions.

May your love be like a seed, taking root and growing strong.


For those who serve in harm's way,
those who live in dangerous places,
those who live in areas of war and strife,
those who live in fear,
those who worry about employment, bills, food,
and struggle just to find dignity in life.
May your grace bring peace and safety to all people, one to another.

May your love be like a seed, taking root and growing strong.


For those who suffer from any illness or dis-ease
of mind, body, or spirit.
Restore these, and all those we carry in our hearts, to fullness of health
health as only you, O God, can bring.
May your mercy shower each of us with healing mercy and love.

May your love be like a seed, taking root and growing strong.


For those who are dying, and for those who have died.
Send forth your comforting love.
Give solace to those who mourn.
Console those who grieve.
May your grace surround us
like a mantle upon our heads,
a shawl upon our shoulders,
a hand, to hold our hand.

May your love be like a seed, taking root and growing strong.  Amen

Written by Terri Pilarski and posted on RevGalBlogPals,


I look forward to seeing you and worshiping with you this Sunday on Mother's Day & Ascension Sunday.  God is good!!


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

Next Sunday, May 19th is Confirmation Sunday & Pentecost Sunday!!

We will be celebrating Confirmation with Reese Leach, Sydney Leach, & Chloe Higgs!


Confirmation Sunday is NEXT SUNDAY!!  The service of Baptism and Confirmation will be at the 11:00 AM service ONLY.  The 8:30 service will be a renewal of membership vows service.


We will have a reception for our confirmands after the 8:30 Service next Sunday!  We invite everyone to come.  Please think about a favorite Bible verse to share with the Confirmands and bring it next Sunday.  


Thank you to everyone who prayed for and supported our Confirmation retreat April 20 & 21.  We toured the Bible Museum and the Holocaust Memorial Museum on Saturday and attended worship at the National Cathedral on Sunday morning!  What an experience. 


Please pray for our Confirmation Class, their families, teachers, & mentors on this exciting journey! Pray for our church during this special time!  Come, Holy Spirit, Come!


Blessings, Pastor Mary        


Worship Volunteers!  Thank you for Serving!
Sunday, May 5



8:30  AM - Don & Susan Gilkeson

11:00  AM - Judy & Jim Tongue



8:30 AM - Sara Walton & Kathi Hemmis

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

11 AM - Taylor Family


Sanctuary Servers

8:30 AM - Sara & Bill Walton

11AM - Jim & Judy Tongue


to benefit Weekday Religious Education Bible Classes!

Saturday, May 18

The details:  Saturday, May 18, 2024

Price: $4 each

Pick up at Shady Oak (next to Weavers Mennonite Church) or Delivery by Board Member

Orders are due by Friday, May 10

Phone/Text Order to Ginger 540-908-7169


If you would like to help, assembly is at 8:30 at Shady Oak, next to Weavers  Mennonite Church.  Everyone is invited to help.

We are now accepting RSVPs for lunch.  Lunch will be catered by Cosmic BBQ and served at Dayton UMC at Noon(ish).  Please give your name and head count to Whitney Reusser by May 19th!   Fill out the slips in the bulletin and put them in the offering plate on Sunday mornings!  

DUM BUM Youth News

Wednesday, May 15: Youth Sunday Planning Party!! Don't worry, this party will be from the comfort of your own home! Join us on Zoom at 8pm to go over the details of Youth Sunday, as well as assign roles to all who are interested!! Please please plan on joining us on May 15!! Here's sign-in info!:

Whitney Reusser is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Youth Sunday
Time: May 15, 2024 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 818 0285 5256
Passcode: DUMBUM



MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! JUNE 2: Youth Sunday!! Our theme this year will be "Taking the Next Step!"


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! 





      We are hosting our own local mission trip!! I am working on partnering up with organizations and getting timelines organized BUT if you are 100% in for this mini mission trip, you can go ahead and SIGN UP HERE!! Stay tuned for more info as things get finalized! DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MAY 28 FIRM!! That is so we can get T-shirts in on time for everyone!! 


And as always, what's coming up! 


5/15/24: Youth Sunday Planning Zoom

6/2/24: YOUTH SUNDAY!! (please plan on joining us this day- go ahead and mark your calendars!) 

6/21-23/24: Mission Trip! 



Important Staff Update

from Whitney Reusser

I announced at both churches on Sunday that I have decided to step back from the Director of Youth Ministries at both churches and as the Director of Children's Ministries at BUMC. My last Sunday in these positions will be June 23rd. A few things to clear up about this decision though: 


1) DUMBUM as a combined youth group WILL CONTINUE! We will still operate as one youth group. 


2) I will still be overseeing everything until June 23rd, including our Youth Sunday, mission trip and VBS for BUMC.


3) We are actively looking for someone to take over directing the DUMBUMs! If you know someone who might be a good fit, please contact me or one of the pastors and we will share that person's contact info with the appropriate committees! Please pray for our churches and our DUMBUMs through this period of transition! 

Kits for Conference


This year UMCOR will be collecting 3 kits:

     1)  Hygiene Kits

     2)  UMCOR Cleaning Kits

     3)  Menstrual Hygiene Kits


They will not be collecting school kits again this year, but I feel that we can send hygiene kits again this year.  If you would like to donate items for the kits, there will be a box in the hallway starting May 5.  We need to have our completed kits to Otterbein UMC on Saturday, June 1 for them to be picked up by UMCOR.


The kit contains:

     1 hand towel (15"x25" to 17"x27")

     1 washcloth (no cleaning or microfiber cloths)

     1 comb (sturdy with 4-7 inches of teeth)

     1 toenail or fingernail clipper

     1 bath-size bar of soap (3 oz. or larger)  NO Ivory or Jergens

     1 adult toothbrush in the package

     10 adhesive bandages (3/4"x3")

     1 one-gallon size re-sealable bag


If you would like to assemble your own hygiene kits, there will be instructions on the Reading Cart.


                               Thank you!   Kathi Hemmis

Christian Education Employment Opportunity


Weekday Religious Education needs to hire a Bible Teacher for John C. Myers ES in Broadway.  This is a part-time, paid position for classes held during school hours two days a week.  If interested, please call 540-438-9997 or e-mail  

Salvation Army Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

The Salvation Army of Harrisonburg Annual Dinner and Volunteer Appreciation

May 13, 2024 at 6:00 PM

Location:  First Assembly of God, 1310 Garbers Church Rr, Harrisonburg VA

RSVP no later than April 29 to (540) 434-4854

Birthday & Anniversary Blessings!

                        Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary May 12-18!

Happy Birthday to:

13 - Emily Kern

15 - Jamie McDorman

15 - Michael Deaton

18 - Dorothy Lam


Happy Anniversary to:

16 - Chuck & Dawn Kern

Our Calendar

May 12-18, 2024

SUNDAY Mothers' Day!

                Worship at 8:30 & 11 AM

                Sunday School for All Ages

                Confirmation Class


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


WED          9:30 AM Prayer Team (Library)

                   6 PM Handbell Practice

                  7 PM Choir Practice


THU           12:30 PM Piano Students Rehearse (Sanctuary)


FRI             5:00 PM Piano Students Recital (Sanctuary)


SAT           TBA Rehearsal for Confirmation Sunday (Sanctuary)


NEXT SUNDAY - Confirmation Sunday! & Pentecost Sunday!

                 Worship at 8:30 - Renewal of Membership Vows

                 Worship at 11 AM - Baptism & Confirmation Service

                 Reception for Confirmation (Fellowship Hall)

                 Sunday School for All Ages


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