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E-Blast Friday, June 14, 2024

Hello Everyone!


This past week was Bible School - Mission Deep Sea!  Our S.E.A. agents (the children) learned about the DEEP love of God for each one of us.  We heard about how God led Moses to free people from slavery in Egypt and took them through the Red Sea.  We learned about the story of the boy who offered his lunch and saw Jesus multiply it to feed 5,000 people.  We heard the story of how Jonah was called to share God's love with Ninevah and after a trip in the belly of a great fish told them about God's love and everyone in Ninevah grew to know God and was saved.  We heard Jesus story of salvation how he was born a baby and grew up and died on the cross for each of us and then rose from the dead.  This shows Gods great love for us!


Our scripture memory verse is "How wide, how long, how high and how deep is the LOVE of GOD!"  Ephesians 3:17-18.  Thank YOU to everyone who made our VBS special!  For the families and children who participated and for our amazing youth & adult leaders!  


Of course, this message is not just for the people of Ninevah, or a hillside in long ago Jerusalem.... It's not just for those who survive a trip in the belly of a big fish or try to run away from God...   Not just a prayer that Paul prayed for the Ephesians... but for each one of us.  God is sending messages of God's love to you every day!  Every day there are new ways to share about how DEEP and how LONG and how HIGH and how WIDE is the love of God for YOU and your neighbor!  Great week!  Great message!  Let's live it!  


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

Joys and answered prayers

Thanks to God for a good Bible School

Christy Kipps' parents are doing much better

We give thanks for God's grace and mercy


Current Prayer Concerns

For peace in the world, for all humanity.  For peace in the Middle East and Ukraine.

For the UMC General Conference, our church leaders, and those that feel far away from the General Conference.

For our church - its community service and its future.  For all churches around the world.

For our nation and all those in government.

People affected by natural disasters, storms and for those helping them

For BC and all college students, especially those needing financial aid.  For those making decisions on financial aid.

For all students, teachers and administrators in our schools.

For those with cancer and other illnesses and for their caregivers

For the health of our senior church family

For safe travels this summer

For our children and grandchildren and our families and friends

For all of the active duty members of our armed forces and for military veterans

For families dealing with depression, anxiety, mental health and addiction


Harold Burkholder

Karen Ridder  is having surgery 6/18

Dana Shields

Jackie Walter


Ongoing Prayer Needs of our Congregation

Marie Chaplin

Grace Fishback

Joanne Fisher

Betty Foley

Glen Goetz

Henry Graham

Rodney Hildebrand

Bob Holden

Anna Keller

Barbara Kiracofe

Claire Leeper

Doris MacDaniel

Ray Michael

Shirley Michael

Mitzi Puffenbarger

Rev Luther Ramsey

Joanne Simpkins

Christie Smith

Nancy Thomas

Marcia and Gary Tyeryar

Donald Usry

Worship Volunteers
Thank you for Serving!  Sunday, June 9


8:30 - Gloria Hildebrand

11:00 - Karen Chamblee & Kari Palmer



8:30  - Don & Jason Gilkeson                     

11:00 - Stephanie & Jim Higgs



8:30 - Gloria Hildebrand

11:00 - Karen Chamblee

Audio Visual

8:30 - Scott Ridder

11:00 - Sam Briggs



8:30 - Madelyn & Nolan Gilkeson

11:00 - Collin & Connor Palmer


Sanctuary Servers

8:30 -Kathi Hemmis

11:00 - Laura & Tony Mancari

DUM BUM Youth News

Thank you to all who came out for Dayton's recognition for their youth on Sunday!  Class of 2024- you are so loved!!! 



      We are hosting our own local mission trip!! So far on our agenda is restoring cubbies for Harrisonburg- Rockingham Child Day Care Center and handy work/yard work around Camp Overlook!! Sign ups are done!! Thank you to all who have signed up! Next week, I will have a packing list for you to start prepping! 


Important Update on DUMBUM:

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.

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

2) I will be leading our mission trip and VBS for BUMC.

3) We are actively looking for new youth director!  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! 


<3  Whitney 

Celebrating Whitney Reusser's Ministry
with Our Children & Youth 
Reception & Card Shower

Whitney will be completing her time with us in Children and Youth Ministries on June 23rd.  Whitney grew up at BUMC and holds a special place in all of our hearts! Please join us following the 8:30 AM Service to share your thanks and best wishes!

We are also having a card shower for her. Please mail your card to the church or drop it off in the office. Thank you!

BUMC Financial Snapshot Month End

Year to Date

Month End



General & Designated Fund



General & Designated Fund







For the first 5 months, we are keeping a positive number and this is mostly a result of expense control as General Giving (Sunday Offerings) are down $26,726 YTD. Designated contributions to our Building Fund / Painting project are $3,600. Your continued support is

With the Bridgewater Lawn Party quickly approaching, we at the Bridgewater Police Department are busy making sure we have the proper personnel in place to make the event as smooth and safe as possible.  It takes a tremendous number of volunteers to make this a successful event.  In the past we have relied on volunteers to assist with the detour route during the Fireman's Parade and Steam and Antique Car and Tractor Parade.  I am reaching out to see if anyone in your organization would be willing to assist with this years event.  We will need approximately 10 volunteers on the nights of July 19th & 20th.  On Friday the 19th volunteers are needed from 6:00pm-8:30pm, and Saturday the 20th  from 5:00-7:30pm.  Duties will simply be to keep traffic flowing along the detour route.  If you have anyone interested in assisting, please have them reach out to me as soon as possible.


 Thank you, Sergeant Aaron Will

Bridgewater Police Department

(540)828-2611 --

The SPRC has posted the following two positions:


Director of Children's Ministries. This is a part time position, 10 /hrs/week. This person is responsible for serving BUMC with growing and envisioning a comprehensive program (spiritual formation, Christian education, nurturing, discipleship and mission) for children pre-K to 5th grade. For a detailed job description including hours and expectations, duties, needed qualifications and aptitudes, etc.. please contact Dawn Kern, SPRC chair or the church office.  The position description is also posted on our website and on Indeed.  


Director of Youth Ministries (Part-time, 25/hrs/week) a combined position with Dayton UMC, affectionately referred to as the DUMBUMs.  This person is responsible for developing and managing a comprehensive program of Christian Spiritual Formation for the youth at DUMC & BUMC (DUMBUM).  This position provides the framework for building a firm foundation for our youth through youth group, retreats, mission trips, fellowship and other activities.  For a detailed job description, please contact Dawn Kern, SPRC chair, or the church office.  This position is also posted on our website and on Indeed. 

Hi there!! I wanted to thank the BUMC team for the food bags that you have provided throughout the year. They have truly made such a difference and the kids have looked forward to them each week. Every week I have at least one friend come up and ask me is it time for my bag yet?. We passed out the summer bags this morning. They are going to be so thrilled! I know it is time consuming and an expense, but know you all are so dearly appreciated to both students and their families. It makes such a difference ♥


Emily Kunowsky, School Counselor, John Wayland Elementary School

PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE provides assistance for households whose income is below 150% of the Federal Poverty Line.  Clients are able to receive assistance up to $200 every six months for utilities and up to $125 every six months for all other assistance.  


We need volunteers!  Are you interested in lending us a hand in the office or maybe you want to serve on our Board of Directors?  We have lots of opportunities that could fit your availability, just send us an e-mail at or call us at 540-433-7286 during client hours.


We provides a gift to People Helping People once a year out of our General Fund.  If you would like to give toward this gift, let us know by putting "People Helping People" in the memo.  For more information, see their website at

Birthday & Anniversary Blessings!
June 16 - 22

Happy Birthday to:


16 - James Powell

17 - Pat  Spicer

18 - Dorice Graham

18 - Alan Hulvey

20 - Sydney Leach

21 - Drew Smith

21 - Curtis Glover


Happy Anniversary to:


17 - Don & Susan Gilkeson

17 - Jim & Judy Tongue

19 - Nathan & Kim Miller

20 - Steven & Jeanette McMillion


Our Calendar

June 16 - June 22, 2024

SUN -  Worship at 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM

            9:30 AM Reception for Whitney Reusser

            Sunday School for All Ages


TUES - 6:30 PM Reach & Relate (Library)


WED - 9:30 AM Prayer Team (Library)

           7 PM Choir Practice


Virginia United Methodist Church Annual Conference

Hampton Convention Center, Hampton, VA

June 19-21

Attending for BUMC: Rev. Mary Dadisman & Paul McFarland

Attending for Shen River Dist: Cheryl Reiman & Johna McFarland


Next Sunday - UWF Sunday!  Guest Speaker, Marg Kutz

             Worship @ 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM

              Fourth Sunday Coffee - Hosted by UWF

              Sunday School for All Ages

The Virginia Annual Conference will meet this coming week June 19, 20, & 21 in Hampton, VA.  The theme is "A Conference in Three Movements."   Here is what the theme means:  "This theme emerges from the belief that there are three principal movements of the Holy Spirit taking place in the present era of the church:

  1. The theological movement from prevenient grace to sanctification. This is the movement of the Holy Spirit in the human heart.
  2. The historical movement of Methodism captured in our past, lived in our present, and pointed toward our future. This is the movement of the Holy Spirit in the church.
  3. The missional movement from gathered spaces into all the world. This is the movement of the Holy Spirit in community.

These movements build upon each other, intertwining together to demonstrate what has been, what is, and what will be as God continues to move amongst Gods people....  As we prepare to gather in Hampton..., we hope members of the Annual Conference will begin to consider the role of these three movements in their lives, the lives of their churches, and the lives of the communities we are called to serve."


Attending for BUMC are Rev. Mary Dadisman and Paul McFarland.  (Each year, our church has a clergy representative and a lay representative.)  Johna McFarland and Cheryl Reiman were elected by the Shenandoah River District as District representatives.  For future years, there are openings for youth to be a part of the "Youth Delegation" (ages 11-18ish) and Young Adults delegates (ages 18-30).


For more information about Annual Conference, please see our conference website at


There is a series of videos with information about Annual Conference on the VAUMC YouTube page at  I encourage you to watch these.  Many of them are 3 minutes or less.  Annual Conference is live streamed and the link should be on the website when conference begins. 


If you have any questions, please let me know!  Blessings, Pastor Mary

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