For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~ Jeremiah 29:11

Upcoming Worship Services
--- Indoor - 9 A‌M
Click here for more information
M‌ay 15
Start of "To Be or Not to Be (the Church)" Sermon Series
"Be A Witness #ToInfinityAndBeyond"
Matthew 28:16-20

M‌ay 22
"Be a Disciple #notjustachurchgoer"
Luke 9:23-25

M‌ay 29
Revival Sunday
"Be Transformational"
Romans 12‌:1-2

J‌une 5

“The Church of the Pentecost”
Acts 2‌:1-21 - (Communion) - Pentecost
The gift of the Spirit allows us to be the church.

J‌une 12
"Thank you"
Philippians 1‌:3-11
NOTE: This will be Pastor Denise's last Sunday preaching. This will be a joint worship service at DeBows UMC with Pleasant Grove UMC.

--- Online
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--- COVID Guidelines

Current COVID-19 Guidelines 
Upcoming Events
Committee meetings are listed in RED
Meetings will be held in Fellowship Hall with an option to join via Zoom

W‌ednesday, M‌ay 11
Band Practice - 7‌:00 P‌M

S‌unday, M‌ay 15
Worship Service - 9‌:‌00 A‌M
M‌onday, M‌ay 16
Outreach/Worship Meeting - 6‌:00 P‌M
SPRC Meeting - 7‌:00 P‌M

T‌uesday, M‌ay 17
Band Practice - 7‌:00 P‌M
M‌onday, M‌ay 18
Special Charge Conference - 6‌:00 P‌M
Church Council Meeting - 6‌:30 P‌M

M‌ay 19
Bible Study - 11‌:00 A‌M
S‌unday, M‌ay 22
Worship Service - 9‌:‌00 A‌M

M‌onday, M‌ay 23
Food Pantry Open
--- By Appointment Only ---
Call 848-373-8844
by 5 P‌M, S‌aturday, M‌ay 21

T‌uesday, M‌ay 24
Band Practice - 7‌:00 P‌M

M‌ay 26
Bible Study - 11‌:00 A‌M
S‌unday, M‌ay 29
Revival S‌unday
Worship Service - 9‌:00 A‌M

M‌onday, M‌ay 30
Memorial Day

T‌uesday, M‌ay 31
Membership Class - 6‌:30 PM
Band Practice - 7‌:00 P‌M

*** Mark Your Calendar ***

S‌aturday, J‌une 25
Flea Market
8a‌m - 2p‌m

NOTE: Please check the church website and calendar frequently for the most up-to-date scheduling and activity information.
Worship Through Giving

We are thankful for your faithful support during these challenging times. Your generous giving has been vital in maintaining our ability to cover expenses and continue our church ministries. You may continue giving in-person at the indoor worship service, by sending your offering check directly to the church, or by using the church online giving feature found in the footer of the church website. It is easy, secure, and appreciated. The Online Giving option is also available while you are watching the weekly online worship service. --- Thank You

If so inspired, you may give online now, by clicking here.

Thursday Bible Study
Pastor Denise leads this bible study every T‌hursday at 11‌:00 ‌AM. This study is designed to encourage Pastor Denises' three churches to read through the entire Bible in 2022. Each week is standalone, so you are welcome to join the study at any time.

The study takes place at DeBows in Fellowship Hall and you may join the bible study via Zoom if you wish. The Zoom link is found in the church calendar for that meeting date. Also, check the church calendar on the website for any schedule exceptions. You may access the church calendar by clicking here.

Click here for important links and details about the study.
Membership Class
Pastor Denise will be conducting a Membership class via Zoom on Tues‌day, M‌arch 31 from 6‌:30 to 8‌:‌00 P‌M. If you are interested in becoming a member of DeBows, please let Pastor Denise know. She will provide the Zoom link prior to the class.
Prayer Ministry
Please keep the following people in your prayers ...
  • Theresa Slover - she had a biopsy done on a lump in her neck and test results indicated that it was cancerous. Please keep Theresa in your prayers and hope future treatments are successful.
  • Joseph (Barbara’s brother) -  he is ill and in need of a lung transplant.
  • Steve & wife (son of Guy Raymond) - going through some family struggles.
  • Prayers for Ukraine and for peace and for the war with Russia to cease.
  • Sue Esposito (Joy’s friend) - is in hospice and not expected to live long.
  • Continued prayer for home-bound church members: Rudy Iannacone; Ann Giarratano; Paul Bartek; Dottie Weeks
~ NOTE ~
Please let Pastor Denise know of any updates to this prayer list. Additions, removals, or status updates. Prayer requests will roll off the list after 4 weeks unless updated or renewed. All prayer requests go directly to the pastor.
Food Pantry Ministry
The DeBows Food Pantry is open on the 2nd & 4th Monday each month, 6‌-8pm. The next Food Pantry distribution is M‌onday, M‌ay 9.

DeBows uses an "Appointment Only" system to distribute the food. People can make an appointment by calling 848-373-8844. 

Please note: participants need to call for an appointment by 5‌:00 P‌M on the S‌aturday prior to the scheduled food pantry day. This gives the Food Pantry volunteers time to prepare the food for distribution. "Thank You" for your cooperation.

Please contact Jill Palmer if you need further information or would like to volunteer to help with the Food Pantry ministry.
Outreach in May
The May outreach focus will be on our Prayer Shawl Ministry. On Su‌nday, Ma‌y 22 we will acknowledge our shawl makers, for we are blessed with an abundance of shawls to give to people who need them. If you hear of anyone who needs the comfort of snuggling into a prayer shawl, please let us know. In preparation for the acknowledgement our shawl makers, we hope to have a small token given as a "Thank You". I have some "thank you" note paper and I am looking for someone with a nice handwriting to write a few of these notes to give out.  Do I hear any volunteers??? 

Thank You,
Anita Chichester
Outreach Chair
Music Ministry

DeBows UMC is blessed with talented people who love to praise God. We pray for each other and give back to the Lord the blessings we’ve received. We welcome newcomers to join our music ministry and share and grow their talent for God’s glory. Please contact Grayce by email at for any questions or to discuss opportunities to participate in our music ministry.

More information about the DeBows music ministry can be viewed here.

*Chime Rehearsal
--- S‌unday m‌orning prior to 9 A‌M worship service as needed

*Band Practice
--- View church calendar for schedule

* Exceptions to these schedules can be seen in the church calendar. Rehearsal confirmations and/or cancellations are made by email. Please check email for any cancellations before coming out.

New Pastor Appointment
Effective J‌uly 1, 2‌022, Rev. Scott Clifton has been appointed to be the pastor of DeBows UMC, in addition to his current church, Groveville UMC.

As a lifelong United Methodist, Scott grew up serving in the church. He is a Drew University Master of Divinity graduate and a local pastor since 2‌017. In 2‌010, he began teaching public school and serving as a Youth Ministry for St. Andrew UMC and from there felt God was calling him to full time ministry.  Scott has a servant heart and believes that when we let God’s love work through us, we can then share that love with others. Scott and his wife, Amanda have six children and love camping and the beach

Also starting in J‌uly, Pastor Denise has been appointed to Jackson UMC and will also continue to serve Pleasant Grove UMC.

We wish both Pastor Denise & Pastor Scott all the best as they begin their transition to the next steps in their respective ministries.
RaiseRight Gift Cards

NOTE: ShopWithScrip has been rebranded as RaiseRight. The concept and ordering process is exactly the same.

We will be placing a RaiseRight Gift Card order on J‌une 6. All orders must be given to Sue Hayward by S‌unday, J‌une 5. A check made out to "DeBows UMC" must be submitted with each order form to cover the full amount of the order.

A complete list of available gift cards & order forms are located in the church narthex or can be accessed online via the below links. You purchase the gift cards at face value and the church will realize a percentage profit based on the posted rebate rate for each card.

Please note: while you can purchase Shoprite or Stop & Shop grocery cards from RaiseRight, the church realizes a higher percentage rebate if the church purchases them directly from Shoprite or Stop & Shop. See Sue if you want to purchase Shoprite or Stop & Shop cards.

For more information or to place orders, you may contact Sue at 732-928-0352 or via email.
View Available Gift Cards
Order Form
Connect & Stay Informed
For the most up-to-date information concerning church activities, event schedules, general church information, or to view recent newsletters, you may visit the church website anytime at

Along with the normal newsletter, special emails will be sent out once in a while for prayer requests, event cancellations, or time-sensitive news. If Sunday worship is cancelled due to weather, an alert will also be posted on the church website.

All communication emails will be based on the newsletter subscription list, so if you have not already subscribed to the church newsletter, we invite you to subscribe now. Just visit the church website and use the subscription form in the bottom right-hand corner of the homepage.
Feedback Welcome
As always, your feed back to our newsletter is welcome and appreciated. You may reply to the newsletter email or use the "Contact Us" page on the church website to provide your input. 
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