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E-Blast Friday, September 1, 2023

Communion & Welcome Back to our College Students!

Sunday, September 3rd

Welcome Back College Students!


In worship, we welcome guest musicians, The Bridgewater Brass, led by Wyatt Smith. 


Coffee & muffins will be served between the services.  Come meet a new friend!


Wear your college shirt or school colors of your alma mater or a school you cheer on and support!  


Our scripture focus is: 1 Peter 1:3-9, 13-16.  I plan to begin a new sermon series called Revival:  Faith as Wesley Lived It, based on the book by the same name by Adam Hamilton.  This week, we will look at John Wesley's education and college life.  The tile of our sermon is "Heart, Mind and Holiness."


VIEWING WORSHIP ONLINE: You can access our live stream from the website (  Click on "Sermons" and then "Live Steam."  Here is the link:  You may also join us directly on YouTube at and click on the LIVE tab.


Come be found by the ONE who seeks you,  


Pastor Mary


Worship Volunteers!  Thank you for Serving!


Sunday's Worship Volunteers


8:30 AM - BJ Jenkins & Bette Newman

11 AM – Sandra Stroud & Gloria Roller



8:00 AM  -    Ed Craun & Marc Craun

11 AM –  Dennis Rawley & Sam Wright



8:30 AM –   Johna McFarland

11 AM -   Christy Kipps


Audio Visual

8-30 AM   - Scott Ridder

11 AM – Tony Mancari



8:30 AM  – Madelyn & Nolan Gilkeson

11 AM – David Kipps


Bus Ministry

8:30 Am –   Rodney Hildebrand

11 AM -  TBA

Worship Volunteers - Sept 10

Greeters -

8:30 AM - Don & Susan Gilkeson

11 AM – Jim & Judy Tongue



8:00 AM -  Becky Downey & 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 


Bus Ministry

8:30 AM - Fontaine Canada

11 AM - TBA


New Life for Your Upper Room

The Memory Wing at BellAire at Stoneport would like your gently used devotional materials (Upper Room or others) for the residents to use.  Please put any booklets you'd like to donate in the tub on the bottom shelf, under the quilts.  Thank you!

"Can't Feel at Home" --

A Play at the Court Square Theater

The Play "Can't Feel at Home" written by Dr. John T. Glick and adapted and directed by Stanley W. Swartz will be presented at the Court Square Theater, downtown Harrisonburg.  It will be August 31st to September 2nd, September 7th-9th at 7:30 PM and September 2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10th at 3:00 PM. 


This play is the story of families displaced from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1930's to allow for the construction of the Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive.  


Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  

Thank you from UMCOR -

United Methodist Committee on Relief

"The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  Local churches and extension ministries of the Church provide the most significant arenas through which  disciple-making occurs."  Part IV Sec. 1.120 Book of Discipline


Dear Friends in Mission,


Thank you!  Your financial support is enabling Global Ministries to fulfill the mission of the Church through evangelism and church growth.  And through your financial support you are serving within a vital network of interactive relationships in more than 60 countries.  


United Methodist missionaries come from many places and backgrounds, witnessing and serving in dramatically different locales and cultures, engaging in a range of activities and professions as pastors, educators, congregational and leadership developers, regional coordinators for UMCOR, agriculturalists, health coordinators, and doctors.


Thank you for actively partnering with Global Ministries as we move forward in establishing over four hundred new congregations and faith communities in nations around the world.  I ask that you pray that others will participate in this exciting movement of the Spirit through evangelism and church growth.


Grace & Peace, Roland Fernandes, General Secretary


Cambodia Mission Initiative $750  - Date received 07-26-23

Thank you from Dawn Kern

I would like to express my thanks to my church family for the prayers, cards, texts, calls, food, flowers, etc... that you showered me with as I was recovering from my total knee replacement.  I am doing really well with my recovery and I definitely felt all of your love and concern during this time.  We are blessed at BUMC to have such a bond like this.  -- Dawn Kern

Thank you from Camp Overlook

Camp Overlook would like to celebrate your church for having children from your congregation attend camp!  Summer camp is such a special place for children and youth to meet God.  This summer we journeyed through the Old Testament and learned all about the Israelites; God's people  We played games focused on stories such as creation, Moses' life, Jonah, David and Goliath, Abraham, and so much more!


We celebrate you fort he work you do as you develop young disciples of Christ.  We are so thankful for our partnership


Kayla Marnn Program Director, 2023

DUM BUM Youth News

Hello Everyone!! As far as I know, everyone is back in school, so I hope everyone's school year is off to a good start! Here's what we got going on in Youth! 
Mission Trippers: Don't forget to thank your Prayer Partner! :) 
THANK YOU to everyone who came out to our slip-n-slide on Friday! We welcomed some new faces into our youth group! Welcome friends! Check out some of the fun!: 
If you missed our slip-n-slide, please email me or just wait until I get in contact with you! I will have you either confirm your previous year's info is still the same or fill out a new form! 
Saturday, September 9 @9am: Packing and Serving Lunches at HBC!! Join us as we make a warm meal for our friends experiencing homelessness and send them on their way with a packed lunch! Our menu is still TBD (I'm thinking either shredded chicken BBQ and sides or chicken parm... if you have a preference let me know!) but meet at HBC at 9am for a fun morning! SIGN UP HERE!!!! and text me ASAP if you need a ride at (540) 810-6691 so that I can reserve the bus if needed! :) 
Instagram lovers! In an effort to get the word out about our youth and to keep parents AND YOUTH up to date about what's happening, WE NOW HAVE AN INSTAGRAM PAGE!! Check us out @dumbumyouth on Instagram! I'm still setting it up, so I don't even have a profile picture yet, BUT it's in progress and hopefully this will be a great way for our youth to be involved! 
And as always, what's coming up! 
9/9/23: Serving lunch at HBC SIGN UP HERE
9/23/23: Youth Something
10/6/23: Making Soup for Dayton Days
10/7/23: Dayton Days!! 
10/14/23: Dayton Days Rain Date
10/26/23: Empty Bowls @ 6pm @ BRCC 
11/??/23: Loads of Love
11/11/23: Operation Christmas Child Packing Party
12/8-9/23: Christmas Lock-In!
Have an AWESOME week! 

Happy Birthday!!  Sept 1 - 8



Jason Gilkeson  (1)

Ginger Usry  (2)

Daniel Bowman  (2)

Kathi Hemmis  (3)

Judy Hulvey (3)

Doris Waters (3)

Mary Glover  (4)

Seth Davis  (5)

Neal Snoddy  (6)

Eleanor Snook (8)

Wren Snook  (8)



Socks and Underwear for the Children's Clothes Closet

The number of families who are now visiting the Children's Clothes Closet at Mission Central is now over 950 total.  Because of this we are finding that clothing and socks and underwear are going quickly. (They are allowed to get 2 pairs of underwear and socks at a visit.) 


With "Back to School" sales currently going on at many of the stores, many with packages of socksa nd underwear on sale as well as packs that contain bonus pairs, I felt that this was a good time to highlight this need. 


They are in need of both boys and girls sizes 4 to 14/16 (girls) and 4 to 18/20 boys for the underwear all sizes of socks.  They said the boys particularly like the higher socks.  Please place these items in the marked pink bin that is located in the hallway (under the quilts). 


Thank you for your support of this vital ministry!  if you prefer to make a donation instead, please make your checks payable to the Children's Clothing Closet with socks and underwear in the memo and we will do the shopping.  Questions?? Contact Dawn Kern at 540-246-9478 or .





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