Welcome to the United Methodist Church of Middletown, NJ!
 We are a worshiping community, building disciples of Jesus Christ by connecting, growing, and sharing.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8.12)
We have experienced a lot of darkness thus far in 2020: pandemic, losses, unemployment, investments, virtual learning, and much more. It seems that the prophet Isaiah was speaking of 2020 when he wrote "people walking in darkness" (Isaiah 9.2). We are entering into the season of Advent, a season of preparation for Christmas. It will look different this year, however, we will be celebrating the Messiah's birth on Christmas!

This Sunday we start a new worship theme: Light over Darkness. Darkness has always been around us, now in 2020 it seems to be heavier. Jesus is still "the light of the world!" It is my hope that all of us this Advent season will live into the full extent of Isaiah 9.2 (mentioned earlier) "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light." Let us be children of the light as we prepare for the birth of Jesus!
Peace and God's blessings.
In Christ
Pastor Derrick
P.S. - Hope you join us Sunday evening at 5pm at the fire pit for a Christmas sing-a-long!
Worship Celebration in Sanctuary at 10am Sunday
Facemasks and social distancing will be required in order to ensure MUMC's compliance with state regulations.
Please note, livestreaming of our Worship Celebrations will continue.
If you are unable to join us in person, please celebrate with us on Facebook or via Phone Conference.
Virtual Fellowship Hall
This Sunday after worship please join us in our 'new' virtual Fellowship Hall. Come join the fellowship with your sisters and brothers in Christ. This will be a great time to see each other and share. The virtual fellowship hall will be hosted via ZOOM:     CLICK HERE
Meeting ID: 893 6292 8602
Password: 909403
Phone number: 929 436 2866 US (Please check with your phone provider regarding long distance charges)
To Join the Worship Celebration Via Conference Call
1. Dial732-671-4969   
2. When asked, enter the conference id: ​315-6862


 • If the livestream has not begun, you can still use the above link, but you will have to manually select the VIDEOS section on our Facebook page.
• If you do not see our videos immediately on the Facebook page, scroll further down the page.
• Please note, If you are prompted to make a Facebook account and do not want to, select "NOT NOW" at the bottom of the prompt. You will be able to see the page once you close that box. If the box is not blocking your view, ignore it - it will eventually go away.
• You can access the livestream on your phone, desktop computer, laptop, or tablet.
 Contact Pastor Derrick or the church office for more info or to volunteer as a mentor
Parking Lot Repaving Completed

Thank you for all your patience as our parking lot was being redone this past week. Thank you Learning Path Preschool for funding this project. We look forward to many, many years of being pot hole free!
Daily Devotions
Join us Monday through Friday on the church’s Facebook page (facebook.com/mumcnj/). Pastor Derrick is going live each day with a short morning devotional before 10 am each Monday through Friday. If you miss when the video is live, no worries, you can watch the video later in the day. Just scroll through the pages news feed or click on the left side of the page ‘videos.’

 MUMC Security
In light of recent security threats to other Middletown houses of worship and attacks on other churches throughout the nation our own security team has continued to be very active, even during the COVID19 pandemic. Through the diligent work of our security team we have received a security personnel grant from the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness for the 2020/2021 year. This means that we will be able to have a paid security personnel at our facility for our worship celebrations and other random times to deter violence. When you attend worship face-to-face you may notice a new friendly face, our security personnel. This person is a trained, professional who is present to partner with us in providing a safe place within God's house. Please introduce yourself and welcome them. Questions, please ask any member of our church's security team.


Knit One, Prayer Too

Knit One, Prayer Too has now made and donated over 1200 items, during the pandemic, with the help of others. If you have completed items, please drop them off in the mask bin, outside the church. Going forward, the only items needed are children's hats, ages 3-8, deadline November 1.

If you do not knit or crochet, but wish to help, we need approximately 60 bars of soap, for use with the soap sacks we have made, for a local shelter. Soap must be new, unwrapped, full size bars. These may also be put in the mask bin, outside. Dollar Tree carries a 3 pack of Dial soap for $1, in case you frequent Dollar Tree, and wish to donate. Any questions, please contact Kim. Thank you!
Keyport Food Pantry
So many are experiencing great difficulties during the health emergency. The Keyport Food Pantry is really in need of food to give to those folks who are out of work and unable to feed their families. Our congregation can help. Plastic bins will be placed outside the double doors facing the DRIVEWAY where you will be able to place your donation of food. Because there are a few bins placed there…the bins for food donations will be clearly marked. The pantry is specifically asking for cereal, pasta, pasta sauce and canned vegetables. You can donate anything but they are running low on these items. You can also drop these much needed items off at a Sunday drive through. Thank you in advance…I know you will all help.
MUMC has created a fund for donations that will help anyone affected by the coronavirus. To date, we have received many generous contributions - amen and thank you!
These funds have been put to good use by providing meals to health care employees at both Riverview and Bayshore Hospitals, on a weekly basis for about two months. We have had the ability to use several of the super volunteers for the Door Step Deliveries to help facilitate this. Please let us kow if you have any suggestions You can contact Nanci Illingworth, Denise Goudsward, or any member of the Missions Team. If you have a request that you would prefer to remain confidential, please contact Pastor Derrick.
If you would like to donate to the Covid 19 Fund, you have several options: 1) you can log into REALM, and go to the Giving page. There will be a drop-down menu that offers a choice for where you would like your donation to be given. Just click on Covid 19 Fund. 2) you can mail your donation to MUMC at 924 Middletown-Lincroft Rd., Middletown, NJ 07748; or 3) send your donation electronically through your bank. Thank you all for your generosity!!!!
Avoiding the crowds and shopping online instead? Shop at smile.amazon.com and AmazonSmile donates to Middletown United Methodist Church at no cost to you!




Future Events / Building Use 

At this time, Middletown United Methodist Church is limiting the use of our facilities until further notice. We ask that groups looking to use our facilities this Fall contact the church office for more details..


 Letters of Hope and Inspiration
from Pastor Derrick


Mark Your Calendar
Sunday Evenings In Advent: 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, & 12/20 @ 5pm
Christmas Eve Worship: 12/24 @ 5pm & 7:30pm


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Middletown United Methodist Church
924 Middletown-Lincroft Road
Middletown, New Jersey  07748