In-Person Worship UPDATE

We will open the Sanctuary for in-person worship on Sundays at 10am. We will continue to offer our live-stream worship at the same time as well.  Here are some other important things you need to know:

  • Fully vaccinated persons may be unmasked in indoor and outdoor settings
  • Fully vaccinated persons may sing without a mask in indoor and outdoor settings
  • Fully vaccinated persons may preach/read without a mask
  • Please wear a mask if you are unvaccinated
  • Social distancing is suggested but not mandatory. Pews are no longer taped; you get to choose how close you sit to your neighbor
  • Coffee socials will resume August 8th and will start off being on the 2nd and 4th Sundays.  If you would like to host, please let Lena Osborne know.
  • As always, please stay home if you are not feeling well

We look forward to worshipping with you, whether online or in-person!

Coffee Social Hosts NEEDED – The church is in need of volunteers for coffee social hosts for September, October, and November.  The next opening is for THIS SUNDAY, September 12th.  Large buffets are not necessary at this time.  Instead, cookies and a non-sugar item (both provided by the host) plus coffee and lemonade (provided by the church) are what is required.  There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex.

Please help us keep in touch with you during this time of Covid. If you are not listed in the church directory or have changed your mailing address, phone number, or email please call or email the church office.

We continue to collect for Mission Central.  They are in need of socks and underwear for both boys and girls of the elementary school age. They are in good shape on clothing right now. Baby supplies (especially diapers) are also a great need. There is also a need for adult size diapers at this time. If you are able to donate, please drop items off at the church in the crib in the Narthex or the bin outside of the church’s front door.

Worship Service – Worship Service will be in-person and will continue ONLINE also.  Visit our YouTube channel at DaytonUMC-va Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.  Please join us for Pastor Jenny’s sermon entitled “Hostess with the Mostest”.  The scriptures are Psalm 19:1-10 and Hebrews 13:1-8.  The Hand-bell choir will be providing special music.  We will also be having a Mission Moment with Dawn Kern from Mission Central.

A reminder that if you have been exposed to someone with Covid-19 or have not been feeling well, please remain home.

Altar flower contributions are always welcome.  If you would like to remember or honor someone with altar flowers, you will find a flower chart on the bulletin board in the narthex.

September DUMC and District Newsletter-The DUMC newsletter has been sent.  Hard copies of the DUMC and District Newsletters are located outside the church’s front door in the tub and there are also copies in the narthex.  The deadline for information to be included in the October newsletter is September 26th.  You can e-mail Sally Smith at

Upper Rooms for September-October 2021 are now available. They are located outside the church’s front doors in the tub and also in the narthex.

Young First Followers-YFF will meet Sunday, September 12th from 2 to 3:30pm at the DUMC picnic shelter.  Join them for games, crafts, music, snack, and Bible story – Zacchaeus with theme “God cares for everyone!”  Don’t miss the fun!

The Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (EMH), led by Bishop Jean-Lesley Dorcely, sent out a request to aid the people impacted by this earthquake with food, water filters, humanitarian kits, and tarps. In response to this request, we ask churches in the Virginia Annual Conference by donating to:

  1. The UMCOR Disaster Relief Fund which will aid the recovery effort in Haiti. Please send the fund directly to UMCOR or go online to  On any personal checks to UMCOR please add the number 982450 in the memo line.
  2. VAUMC Disaster Relief to Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti – This fund will help the churches of EMH directly impacted by the earthquake to help their recovery. This fund will also be used to provide food, water filters, kits, and traps directly to people in the circuits (districts) impacted.

Church Budget– 2022 Budget items are due to JB Showalter by September 13th. Ministry leaders, please let him know if you:

1. Plan to keep the same budget line as 2021 or

2. Hope to increase your budget (and what that amount would be).

Please send this information to the email address

Promised Land Quartet will be performing at our church on October 9th at 6 pm.  They are a local group from Woodstock.  There will be a free will offering.  Please invite your friends and neighbors!

Acolytes are an important part of our church…they bring in the light of Christ, read scripture and assist the pastor in leading worship. A training will be held on Sunday, September 19th after worship (11:15-11:45am) for all new AND returning acolytes. All 3rd graders and older are invited to participate. Please contact Pastor Jenny with any questions

Youth Group-Youth group (middle and high school ages) will be meeting on September 18th to go to Mulligan’s for Putt-Putt golf (10-11:30 am).  The group will then go to lunch at El Charro.  We will meet at 9:30 am at the church and take the DUMC bus.  The youth will only need to bring money to cover their lunch.

Until a youth leader is hired, Jennifer Appleton and Tammy Steele will be coordinating all events and will be reaching out to other parents if/when extra help is needed.  If you have any immediate questions or suggestions feel free to reach out to the church office.

Saturday, October 2nd the ‘Dayton Days’ Autumn Celebration returns!

Dayton UMC will have a booth to sell donated itemsWe love baked goods, handicrafts, woodcrafts, fabric arts, and needlework.  Linda Jacobs is the co-coordinator this year.  We are still hoping to find someone to co-chair this with Linda.  Contact her for information and to volunteer.  We’ll need folks to organize and price the items (Friday), transport them to the booth and volunteers to work a shift on Saturday.  You can reach her by email at or by phone at 575-635-8426.

The Youth continue the tradition of cooking a kettle of vegetable soup at the cannon.  Your donations of prepared vegetable soup (no meat; can be homemade or store-bought) and canned vegetables will be blended together into one very large kettle to be sold by the cup or quart.  We also need clean quart jars and lids or funds to purchase supplies.  Please have everything to the kitchen in the activities hall by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 1st.

Rebuilding Hope – New Mission Program at Clover Hill UMC With the call of Micah 6:8 motivating us, Clover Hill UMC has begun a new mission group with the primary focus of doing local home repairs for families/individuals in need.  We will also be organizing an annual mission trip out of the area to support neighbors further away.  Our mission statement:  Seeking to put God’s love into action, by providing safe and healthy homes for our neighbors. We have actively been working towards this goal since 2019 and are grateful to have completed our first project on August 21st.  As we move forward and plan for future projects we want to invite the churches of the Harrisonburg District to join us.   Ways you can help:  1) get the word out to members of your community to help us find more projects,  2) volunteer to help (we need skilled and unskilled workers to help on projects, as well as volunteers willing to help behind the scenes),  3) partner with us to support projects financially, 4) pray for God’s hand upon the work of Rebuilding Hope.   For more information or to get involved, contact Rebuilding Hope Director Terry Sager, or Pastor Sarah Bailey