Since our founding in 1844, the United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls has provided a vibrant Christian experience in the heart of Chagrin Falls. Our present sanctuary was erected in 1885 and allows us to offer a traditional and welcoming worship experience, a caring community to help us all on our faith journey, and a place to enjoy life together as we grow in love for God and one another.
On Friday, August 21, 2015, the North Broadway Mobile Food Pantry entered its fifth year of operation. Two or three tons of produce and bread, which would have otherwise been wasted, was distributed to 129 individual family units, impacting 300-400 people. The weather was beautiful, the neighbors were grateful, and the volunteers were hard-working. Our next Mobile Food Pantry will take place on Friday, September 18, 2015 (always the third Friday).
On Sunday, September 13 (Rally Day), the following schedule begins…
8:30 a.m. – A celebration of Holy Communion at the front of the sanctuary for those who want to receive the elements every Sunday (this will be offered on the second, third, fourth and fifth Sundays of the month).
9:00 a.m. – Worship (a traditional experience with our Chancel Choir singing weekly from Sept-May, no to little projection of visuals, and mostly organ accompaniment of service music. Holy Communion will be served on the first Sunday of the month).
11:00 a.m. – Worship (a more contemporary experience with our Praise Team singing twice a month and the regular inclusion of soloists and ensembles, weekly projection of visuals, and mostly piano accompaniment of service music. Holy Communion will be served on the first Sunday of the month).
JAM (Jesus and Me) Sessions
9:45-10 a.m. – Music and snacks for children ages Pre-school through 5th grade. Children attending 9:00 a.m. worship will be dismissed just before the morning message. Children not attending early worship are invited to arrive at church at 9:45 a.m. and to go directly upstairs to room 210. (Special worship for preschool thru 2nd grade will be offered only at 11:00 a.m. worship)
10-10:45 a.m. – JAM Sessions for all ages (Pre-school through adults). All church members are encouraged to participate in a JAM session as part of your weekly discipline of growing in Christ!
Sept-May – There will no longer be Coffee Fellowship. However, at 10:00 a.m. refreshments (including coffee for the two adult classes) will be available in each JAM classroom.
June-Aug – Coffee fellowship will be offered from 10-11 a.m. in the courtyard or fellowship hall.
8-10 volunteers are needed to help with our final Habitat for Humanity Apostle’s Build project. We will meet at the church at 8:15 a.m. and carpool to the worksite. Typically, the day concludes around 3 p.m. There will be an Open House at 3 p.m., with all 22 churches invited to participate. This will give all that are interested a chance to see the houses that have been renovated, meet the families that will live in these homes and meet other volunteers.
If you wish to help, but are not inclined to do the physical renovations, we are looking for volunteer(s) to bring lunch to feed those participating on the worksite. We would need food for about 8-10 people. You can either drop it off before we leave the church on Saturday morning, or join us at the worksite at lunchtime (it’s about a 30 minute drive from the church). You would have an opportunity to tour the home and meet the family who will be moving in.
If you can help with the build, please sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board or contact the church to have your name added. If you would like to provide lunch (or part of lunch), please contact Leslie McKnight at (440) 543-8107 or as soon as possible.
Marty Sallach (For the Outreach Committee)
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We had a great day at the North Broadway UMC for our Mobile Food Pantry on Friday, April 17th. The photo shows us setting the produce out on the tables. The weather was nice and we had a fine group of volunteers. The 106 people served represented an increase brought on by the warmer weather.
Kris DuBois and Mark Wakefield came from Chagrin Falls UMC and from Bay UMC we had Nancy Hill, Andy Lihani, Arlene Flury, Dan Hurst, Jim Hoover, Peggy Hoover, Ron Smith, Laura Konschak, and Dick Anderson. From the North Broadway UMC neighborhood (in Slavic Village) we had help from Andy Garcia, Pat Vintson, Truman Vintson, and Nicole Scott. May 15th will be the date of our next Mobile Food Pantry, so come on out and join us.
We are suspending our Magazine collection for Geauga Hospital for the time being. Thank you for your generosity and we will let you know when we start up again.
We are pleased to welcome Zach Hupp to the staff of The United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls as our Communications Coordinator. Zach is a graduate of Chardon High School and is currently attending Lakeland College, studying for a Computer Science degree.
Zach lives in Chardon with his mom, dad, brother and dog, Laredo. His hobbies include video and board games and tabletop RPGs. You will find Zach here on Sunday mornings at the late service. Please say hello and introduce yourself.
The Cleveland Food Bank is a beautiful facility located at 15500 South Waterloo Road in Cleveland. Our church has committed to helping the food bank fight hunger on the third Tuesday of each month from 6 – 8 p.m. through May. The Food Bank supplies food to more than 750 agencies in Northeast Ohio and made possible 45 million meals last year. It’s an amazing undertaking to be a part of, and the feeling of accomplishment is well worth the drive and time.
January’s volunteers checked expiration dates and appearance of donated nonperishable food items and placed them on a conveyor belt. Additional volunteers removed and sorted the items into large bins marked beverages, sauces, starch, proteins, breakfast, baking, soups, snacks, and condiments. A forklift (driven by a Food Bank employee) appears, takes away full bins, and replaces them with empty bins.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age unaccompanied by an adult, 12 years of age with an adult, and wear closed toed shoes. Please arrange your own transportation or carpools. If you sign up on the bulletin board in the lobby, we can give the food bank an accurate count of how many to expect from our church and they can plan work accordingly. See or contact Leslie McKnight () for more information or with questions. Our next date is Tuesday, February 17.