June 30 – ONE Service

5th Sunday –ONE SERVICE– Pastor Stephanie’s First
Sunday Sunday, June 30, 10:15 am
@ 409 First Colonial Rd.
Meet and greet our new Pastor, Stephanie Kimec Parker as we worship together as one family  ONE Service only @ 10:15 am. Potluck following service.  Last names A – L:  main dish & side, M – Z:  main dish & dessert.  Sign-up today!  

VBS 2019

Vacation Bible School
August 12 – 16, 9 am – 12:00 pm
409 First Colonial Rd.
Come experience God’s Word through games, songs, and science experiments.  Ages 3 – 5th grade. Invite your friends!  We are looking for volunteers, middle school age & up.

Youth Summer Missions Trip 2019

Summer Youth Missions Trip
New Bern, NC Sunday,
June 23 – Friday, June 29
Cost:  $80 youth  I  $150 adults  
Open to students 6th – 12th grade & adults
Join us we provide assistance to families in New Bern, NC that were affected by Hurricane Matthew. Cost includes lodging, meals, and insurance. Adult volunteers needed as drivers, chaperones and for meal prep & repair work.   Submit deposit $40 (youth) or $75 (adult) and registration forms to secure your spot. 

Registration deadline is May 12, 2019

 Contact Jason Houser, Director of Youth Ministries, jason@gatheratscott.com


A Letter from Pastor Rachel

A Letter from Pastor Rachel  – 
Sunday, March 24, 2019
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.   –Philippians 1:4-6  
Dearest church,
Here’s what I know for sure, God has been with us every step of the way for the last decade that I have had the privilege of serving as the pastor of The Gathering at Scott Memorial UMC.  There is no other church like this one.  We are unique, designed to show the breadth and depth of God’s love for us in the midst of our diversity as a body of Christ. 
In the past few weeks I have had to make the toughest decision I have EVER had to make in ministry.  I was not nor have ever looked for a job outside of The Gathering but someone reached out to me and asked me to consider helping Methodism on a national/international level, and I will be leaving in June to serve as the Director of Recruiting, Assessment and Training of Church Planters for the entire United Methodist Denomination.  This means the family and I will be moving to Nashville, Tennessee so I can work at the General Board of Discipleship beginning July 15th.  With all of the uncertainty in the future of Methodism, God was calling our family to help bring people together and provide clarity and guidance for the future of our denomination.  Brandon has requested a year of sabbatical leave to heal after the death of his father and to learn and be reinvigorated for the future.  I will be traveling ⅓ of the time so this will allow Brandon to be more present for the kids during the transition of home and work schedule for me.  My new position will allow me to be home nights and weekends when I am not on the road and will give me substantially more time off to invest in the lives of my young children.  It will also allow our family to be together in worship every Sunday, something that our kids have never known. 
In some ways, my heart is completely breaking because I love and know all of you and have been so deeply blessed to travel this journey of faith with you.  In other ways, I am excited for the local and national search that is being done to find the next pastor of The Gathering because I know God has great things in store for this church and that there are so many more people in Hampton Roads that you are being called to reach.  The District Superintendent met with SPRC members, staff and key leaders to talk about next steps and we are all available to help you process this big news.
Please know how much I love you and how hard it was to hear God calling us away from The Gathering at Scott Memorial UMC and into this new role.  I love you all and am here with you until I pass the baton to an even more amazing pastor at the end of June.  Thank you for your continued support of this church and please know I am here for you every step of the way…
Pastor Rachel Gilmore

Study on Prayer

Study on Prayer New Group beginning January 7 Mondays, 6:30 pm – 8 pm @ 409 First Colonial Rd. Join us for a study on prayer using the scriptures followed by a time of prayer, reflection and worship. All are welcome to attend. Childcare available upon request.  For more info contact Warren Stackhouse, wstackhouse@ymail.com  

Sanctuary Renovation begin!

Sanctuary Renovations Begin!

Renovation to the Sanctuary begins in January! Beginning NEXT Sunday, January 6 both the 9 am & 10:15 services will be held in the fellowship hall.  

Sharing & Deep Listening

Sharing & Deep Listening 
Sermon Reflection fro Herk Stokely- July 1, 2018

Today, based on this passage, we were asked: “Is St. Paul a hypocrite?”

1st Corinthians 9: 19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. 23 I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.

True, Pastor Rachel intended it to be a rhetorical question — but it is a good one. 

Applying what I think  St. Paul is saying here is that if I wish to relate deeply with someone, I have to start where they are.

I have over the years developed what I could described as my personal truth.  It’s been a long journey. I know that it’s not over yet and I’m definitely still working on it. My truth, my experience, my understanding, the adventures – the good, the bad, good choices, mistakes and difficulties are all part of me.  It’s not theoretical.  It’s what I AM and what I’ve come to understand of what that means, all colored by much contemplation, many relationships, insightful teachings and all that I’ve been and everywhere that I’ve gone, and all that I have done.  It is personal and real.  I haven’t arrived where I am either quickly or easily, and whether in joy or difficulties, I am not likely to be easily changed, persuaded or deflected from it.  I think most of us feel that way at some level. 

Paul is saying that if he wants to share his truth with someone, he has to start by making it clear to them that he understands where they are coming from.  In my experience the only way that one can do that is by listening — and listening with a receptive and understanding heart.  When a relationship develops to the point that deep sharing is possible it almost always begins with questions.  Questions, followed by listening and more questions can often open doors to deeper conversation.  When questions flow in both directions, it’s a pretty good sign that a door is beginning to open. 

There is a particular translation of one of the Bible Proverbs that I have found unforgettable.  I read it many years ago and it really struck me.  The Proverbs often speak of the “fool” or “foolish” person”.  It’s translated many ways, but a generous one would be referring to a person who is completely self-absorbed.

Proverbs 18: 2 A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his whole mind.

He’s backing up the dump truck — Look Out – here it comes!  I have met that person a few times, and hopefully I haven’t been that person too often.  Frankly I think St. Paul nailed it!

Connectional Garden 2018

Connectional Garden Informational Meeting,

Tuesday, November 28, 6:15 pm

409 First Colonial Rd.  (meet @ Pastor Rachel’s office)

We have an exciting opportunity in 2018!  Reconnect with creation & others at the community gardens at Nimmo UMC & Charity UMC. Harvested produce will be delivered to areas in Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Va. Beach where there is limited access to affordable fruits & vegetables.  Volunteer gardeners will come together  for potluck dinners and share together in a short devotional that helps us understand creation care from a deeper theological level.  Join us for an informational meeting on November 28th to learn more!