what's happening



Sunday, 10/21

8:15 am  Worship Service

9:15-11:00 am  Atrium Refreshments

9:30 am  Small Groups, Youth Group, Sunday School

11:00 am  Worship Service

Monday, 10/22

5:15 pm  Orchestra Practice

7:00 pm  Nominations


               WUMM Book Group

Tuesday, 10/23

11:00 am  Bell Choir

7:00 pm  Church Council

Wednesday, 10/24

5:30 pm  Recharge

6:00 pm  Discipleship Classes

7:00 pm  Sr. Pastor Bible Study

Thursday, 10/25

10:30 am  Sr. Pastor Bible Study

5:30 pm  Bell Choir

7:00 pm  Sanctuary Choir


Friday, 10/26

5:00 pm  Spaghetti Supper

recharge wednesdays

ReCharge Wednesday Dinners

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., and serving continuously until 6:30 p.m., enjoy a delicious dinner and good conversation with others. Our meals are expertly prepared by a professional chef and yet inexpensive: $6/adult, $3/child (ages 3-12) with a $20 family maximum. 

After dinner, participate in one or more of our activities or simply enjoy the rest of your evening. 

Menu for October:

  • October 24 - Tortellini in a Cream Sauce with Ham and Peas, Roll, & Dessert     OR     Vegetarian Option
  • October 31 - Shepherds Pie (Beef) with Roll, & Dessert     OR     Vegetarian Option

If you are interested in joining us for dinner, please make a reservation by Tuesday noon before the Wednesday dinner.  You can make a reservation by clicking the link below:

After Dinner Activities

ROAD OF DISCIPLESHIP:   Making Disciples through Nurture and Learning

October – December 2018

Senior Pastor's Midweek Bible Study: Reconciling Evolution & Faith

Meets from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Leader: Pastor Bill Jones

How do Christians make sense of evolution or the Big Bang next to the claims of Jesus and the creation accounts of Genesis? These questions are much more than merely intellectual; they stretch to the deepest level of Christian faith. 

Stewardship Study: “Enough” by Adam Hamilton

September 26 – October 24 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Leader: Cindy Banek

Enough is a video-based study based on what the Bible teaches us about financial management. The purpose of the book is help people turn away from consumerism and towards the joy and contentment that comes with living a simpler life. 

Grow 301 (Formerly Connect 301)

This class will be rescheduled. Look in future issues of the worship bulletin and in the Messenger for updates. 

Leader: Pastor Meghan Roth Clayton

What do United Methodists believe and practice? The founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley and the early Methodists, placed primary emphasis on Christian living—putting faith and love into action. Join us as we learn the hallmarks of United Methodism. 

Justified Through Genealogy

October 31 – November 14 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Leader: Karen McPherson

Theologians argue over whether a person’s salvation is justified through works or through faith. However, the first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, frequently labeled “The Genealogy of Jesus,” justifies the identification of Jesus as the Messiah by recounting the 42 generations between Abraham and Jesus – in a sense, “justifying” him by connecting him to Abraham through David, as foretold by the prophets. In this three-week course, we will examine how and why people get involved in genealogical research, how the results of such research can impact our image of ourselves or our society, and how to think about both the positive accomplishments of our ancestors and their sins, crimes, and foibles. If you are interested in genealogy but don’t know exactly how or where to start, this will give you an opportunity to interact with people who are also on this path. 

Advent Study – “The Gift of the Nutcracker,” by Matt Rawle

November 28 – December 12 from  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Leader: Cindy Banek

“The Nutcracker” was first performed in 1892, and quickly became a holiday tradition, one that continues for many families to this day. In “The Gift of The Nutcracker,” Matt Rawle takes a look at this Christmas classic in a new way—through the lens of faith. In this four-week Advent study, Rawle uses the iconic tale to help us understand God’s greatest gift of the Christ child and of the kingdom Christ came to build. 

Intergenerational Advent Experiences

November 28 – December 12 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Leader: Pastor Meghan Roth Clayton.

Bring your family or just join with others to experience the special joys of the Advent season. 

To register online for ReCharge Wednesday after-dinner activities, please click the link below:

For information about special events, scroll down. 

For information about the Senior Pastor's Bible Study or other Special Studies, click here.

Questions, contact Cindy Banek at (757) 229-1771 Ext 258 or cbanek@williamsburgumc.org.

Special Events

For information about our Special Studies, click here.

  • Coat Drive for Head Start

    October 1 - 31

    Each year October is designated as “Winter Coats for Head Start” month. Williamsburg children in the Head Start program at the Historic Triangle Community Center need warm coats to wear to school in the winter. The little ones in this pre-school program are 3-5 years old and wear sizes 3, 3T,4, 4T, 5, and 5T. Coats run large so any coat larger than 5T will be too big for a pre-schooler. Head Start is critical for many children. Children interact with each other and learn basic skills needed to begin kindergarten. 

    Collection bins are in the Reception Area off the Atrium.

  • Call to prayer & self denial

    United Methodist Women's “Call to Prayer & Self Denial” will be held on Saturday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. 

    Our speaker will be Elizabeth Ameling, Director of Latisha's House in Williamsburg. Elizabeth will speak about, “Rescuing and Restoring Sex Trafficked Victims.” 

    This meeting is open to everyone. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Magnificent Melodies Benefit Concert

    Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 p.m.

    A concert series benefiting Elliot's Song, an Outreach Program of Early Childhood Music School.

    A program of vocal and instrumental music with featured works by various composers.

    Free Admission with suggested donations to benefit Elliot's Song .

  • United methodist men spaghetti dinner

    Friday, October 26 from 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

    The United Methodist Men will be selling tickets for the Spaghetti Dinner following the 8:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services on October 7, 14 and 21. Adult tickets are $10.00 each and children under 12 are free.

    Plan to join us for a terrific meal and an opportunity for fellowship with friends. Proceeds go to support the Harbour Scholarship Fund.

    Questions? Contact the church office (229-1771).  For more information about the United Methodist Men, click here.

  • Walk to End Alzheimer's

    Join Us As We Walk to End Alzheimer's

    5.7 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's disease. The number of people affected is expected to rise significantly as the American population ages. Do you have a personal connection to Alzheimer’s? 

    The Respite Care Center and Williamsburg UMC have joined together to form a team that will participate in the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer's. This year’s walk will take place on Saturday, October 27 at Pecan Square Park in New Town. 

    If you want to join our team (Respite Care at Williamsburg United Methodist Church), become an advocate, or get more information, contact Carolyn Yowell cyowell@williamsburgumc.org or (229-1771 Ext 354).

    For more information about our Respite program, click here.



    Were you a member of the A/V Club in High School?  Then we really need you!

    The Communications Committee is looking for a few volunteers to become part of the “WUMC Geek Squad” – a group of people who are interested in supporting our efforts to be a more technologically-effective church. 

    We need individuals who have some technical skills with operating A/V equipment. We also need people who can help inventory all of the equipment the church currently owns and develop training materials for use of this equipment. 

    If you’re interested, please complete the online volunteer form by clicking here or contact the church office (229-1771).