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Sunday Worship - 9:30 AM

Bible Study
Wednesday - 11:30 AM

Pastor Office Hours
Tuesday's & Wednesday's
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Pastor Denise can be contacted at
Upcoming Events
Friday, March 22
Band Practice - 6:00 PM
Sunday, March 24
Last day to order Old Monmouth Candy
Worship Service - 9:30 AM
Fellowship Time - 10:30 AM

Choir Rehearsal - 10:45 AM

Monday, March 25
Food Pantry Open - 6:00 PM

Wednesday, March 27
Bible Study - 11:30 AM
Friday, March 29
Band Practice - 6:00 PM
Sunday, March 31
UMCOR Sunday

Revival Service - 9:30 AM
Fellowship Time - 10:30 AM

Choir Rehearsal - 10:45 AM

Wednesday, April 3
Bible Study - 11:30AM
Friday, April 5
Band Practice - 6:00 PM
Sunday, April 7
Worship w/Communion - 9:30 AM
Fellowship Time - 10:30 AM

Choir Rehearsal - 10:45 AM

Monday, April 8
Food Pantry Open - 6:00 PM

Please remember to check the online church calendar
for the most up-to-date scheduling information.

The Season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday, March 6.  Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.  The last week of Lent is Holy Week, followed by Easter on Sunday, April 21, 2019. The worship schedule for Holy Week is as follows:


April 14 - Palm Sunday
Easter Cantata Presented
DeBows UMC - 9:30 AM

April 18 - Maundy Thursday
Joint Service
DeBows UMC - 6:30 PM

April 19 - Good Friday
Prayer stations available
at Jackson UMC,  6:00 - 8:00 PM

April 21 - Easter
Resurrection Service
DeBows UMC - 9:30 AM
Please keep the following people in your prayers . . .
Ann Giarratano (comfort and peace at Anthony's passing); Rudy Iannacone (continued healing and health); Guy Raymond (quick recovery of permanent implant surgery and relief from back pain going forward); Chris Bitondo (God’s help and prayers as he enters group home for his care); Betty Barrentine (good health); Jim Armstrong; Paul Bartek; Barbara (Dottie’s sister, breast cancer); Jim West; Andrew (former student of Donna -  bed ridden with bartonella and is battling depression); Jim (Donna’s brother – comfort for him and his family at time of loss of his son); Michael Calabrese (Rosemary’s cousin – fluid behind lungs and heart); Maria Hollenback (friend of Barbara’s – prayers for her home after kitchen fire); Jean (Anita’s husband’s cousin – prayers for heart issues and general health); Meredith Umstead (Guy’s friend – suffering with advanced MS); John Ross (Peter’s friend - Prayers for peaceful passing, battling liver, lung & bone cancer); Skylar (Donna’s granddaughter - Recovering from kidney infection and stones); Jackie Zimmerman (Joy’s friend – rare blood disease); Bill (Theresa’s bother and family experiencing difficult times); Baker family (extended family of Guy & Christine – going through difficult time); Cousin & Wife of Mike Palmer (in serious car accident – prayers for healing); Tonya Porteous (daughter of Guy & Christine - has a growth on her thyroid, which is pushing on esophagus – evaluation and treatment pending); jerry Shafran (Peg & Wayne's son's father in-law - aggressive bladder cancer); Eileen Schuck (friend of Peg & Wayne - aggressive bladder cancer); Elizabeth Samu (friend of Donna - Hodgkin’s lymphoma & cerebral palsy - prayers for healing); Ruth Kyle (Deb & Ed's Aunt - recovering from a broken ankle); PTL - John Macri, (Jill Palmer's brother - he was revived with CPR after collapsing on 3/11 and had emergency pacemaker surgery); Travis (Stephanie Gebel 's son – tubes in his ears to prevent infection need to be replaced); Prayers for pending birth of grandchild for Peg & Wayne (Ally, their daughter); John (extended family member of Dottie – has pancreatic cancer); Mary (Barbara’s sister – for job opportunity); Guy’s ex-wife (operation for back pain was performed on wrong vertebrae – needs to have another surgery)

Please help us keep this prayer list up-to-date.
To add or remove names from this list, contact
All prayer requests go directly to the pastor.

(Formerly One Great Hour of Sharing)
Sunday, March 31, 2019

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit humanitarian agency of The United Methodist Church. Since 1940 UMCOR’s mission — providing relief in disaster areas, aiding refugees and confronting the challenge of world hunger and poverty — has helped to heal the hurts of humanity in nearly 100 countries.

United Methodists assist UMCOR through gifts collected on UMCOR Sunday, which is observed on the fourth Sunday in Lent. This church wide Special Sunday calls United Methodists to share the goodness of life with those who hurt. Monies collected underwrite UMCOR’s “costs of doing business.” This helps UMCOR keep its promise that every gift to a specific UMCOR project will go toward that project, not for administrative costs.

You may support UMCOR during each Sunday in March by using the special offering envelopes found in the pews.

Pastor Denise is leading a study based on Lee Strobel's book, "The Case for Christ".  The Wednesday Bible Study meets every Wednesday from 11:30am - 1:00pm.  The Sanctuary is open prior to the study at 11:15am for optional prayer time. Everyone is welcome to attend and you can join the study at anytime.  More information can be found on the church website.

Anyone interested in participated in the DeBows music ministry, vocal or instrumental, can email Grayce at  The choir rehearses at 10:45 each Sunday morning.  The band practices on Friday nights at 6:00 PM.  The Easter Cantata has been planned and will be presented on Palm Sunday.  There is ample opportunity to participate via singing or reading.  If you are interested in participating in the Cantata, please contact Grayce for details.

Trustee News
The Trustees & Church Council have approved work to start on two major projects.  First, the two front doors leading from the outside porch into the sanctuary will be replaced.  Second, the parking lot will be expanded and totally repaved.  Work on both of these projects should begin in the near future.  Watch for more details concerning exact timing any impact it may have on accessing the church building.  

"Open Doors" Fundraiser

We are circulating among our congregation jars labeled “Open Doors” on top.  We ask everyone who takes a jar to fill it with spare change they accumulate between now and Easter.  The jars will be collected after Easter.  This will help fund the replacement of the front doors of our church.  After more than two decades of settling, the current doors have become increasingly hard to close and lock properly.  While we philosophically want to keep our doors open to everyone, we must also make it physically easier to do so, while protecting church property.  If you have not already taken a jar, they are on the table outside of Fellowship Hall.  Please take one and keep it on your kitchen counter or someplace where everyone in the family can add to it.  "Thank You" for helping to make our church more accessible and secure.

DeBows is currently conducting an Old Monmouth Easter Candy fundraiser.  The last day to place an order is Sunday, March 24.   Order brochures are available on the sign-up table.  Contact Sue Hayward for more information.
Grocery Shopping Cards

Every week during Fellowship Time, you have the opportunity to purchase grocery store shopping cards for either Shoprite or Stop & Shop.  This is a convenient way to pay for the food you buy at the grocery store and at the same time support the ministries of DeBows UMC.  The church makes 5% of all shopping cards sold. You may see Sue Hayward or Karen Stillwell to purchase the shopping cards on any Sunday.

Orders Due by Sunday, April 7

On Monday, April 8, we will total all submitted Scrip Gift Card order forms and place the bulk order.  All gift card orders must be received by Sunday, April 7.  The order forms and information are on the table in the foyer outside of Fellowship Hall.  The church receives a percentage of the total sale (actual percentage depends on the specific gift cards ordered per the order form).  All order forms must be submitted with a check made out to "DeBows UMC".  Please give your completed forms and checks to Sue Hayward. Ordered gift cards will be received in time to use for Easter.

2nd & 4th
Monday Each Month

The next Food Pantry distribution is
Monday, March 25
The DeBows Food Pantry is open on the 2nd & 4th Monday each month from 6:00-8:00pm.  If you would like to volunteer time to support this ministry, please see the sign-up sheet outside of Fellowship Hall.  You may contact Deb Cregle for more information.
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