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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.

Craft and Vendor Sale, Saturday, October 17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Come support our first UMC Craft and Vendor Sale, next Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.   Get an early start on your holiday shopping!  There will be 23 vendors displaying homemade crafts and vendor products for sale.  Be sure to stop at the UMC craft table to see the beautiful items donated by our talented church members.  Also, this will be your last chance to purchase a raffle ticket for a one week stay in a 2 bedroom condo anywhere in the continental US.  Please join us and help us make this event a success!  Admission is $1 and includes an auction ticket (children under 10 are free).  Additional auction tickets are available to purchase at the event.



Fall Harvest Potluck This Sunday, October 11 at 12 Noon

Please come and enjoy food, fellowship, and fun at the annual Fall Harvest Potluck this Sunday, October 11th at 12 PM in Harris Fellowship Hall.

Sloppy Joes, Hot Dogs, and Desserts will be provided.  Please bring a favorite food dish to share.

This event is free and open to all UMC members and friends.



Wednesdays, September 30-November 4

Led by Rev. Joyce

Select the time that best fits you—10:30 a.m.–Noon or 7-8:30 p.m.

From the road to Damascus to the sun-drenched lands of modern-day Greece and Turkey to a Roman prison, go with Adam Hamilton as he follows the journeys of Paul in this six-week DVD study about Christianity’s greatest teacher and missionary. You’ll see exactly where some of the most dramatic events in the spread of Christianity took place, and through Hamilton’s insightful and colorful teaching style, you’ll quite probably likely gain a better understanding of Paul’s missionary travels than if you had covered the many miles in person. Sign up by emailing the church or on the office lobby bulletin board.  Books have been ordered and will be available for pick up in the church office starting Wednesday, September 16.

From the Finance Committee


Now is the perfect time to check your pledge balance and see where you stand.  Please take a moment to get caught up on your pledges so we can go into the last quarter with a stronger financial position.  If you have any questions concerning your year to date donations, please contact our Financial Secretary, Toni Cirino ().  Please mail your check (payable to UMC of Chagrin Falls) to the church office or leave it in the offering plate.


September 13 Worship Changes


8:30 a.m. – A short celebration of Holy Communion at the front of the sanctuary (this is 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

Sunday, September 13 is Rally Day.  Join us in Harris Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m. for the Opening of our JAM Sessions for all ages.  Families of all sizes are encouraged to meet for an intergenerational experience you won’t want to miss.  We will explore the Jesus as our Rock through various stations and a presentation.  We will also provide information about what we will be offering this fall for all age levels.

Beginning Sunday, September 20:

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.

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!

Coffee Fellowship

10:00-10:45 a.m. in Harris Fellowship Hall.

At 10:00 a.m. refreshments will also be available in each JAM classroom.

UMCOR Offers a Prayer of Action and Solidarity for Those Fleeing to Other Parts of the World

Recent news report that more than 16,000 migrants have streamed into Austria since the weekend and more than 17,500 people were received in Munich, Germany, alone. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency estimates, more than 366,000 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe this year and at least 2,800 have died or disappeared during the journey.

 The Rev. Jack Amick, head of International Disaster Response for UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, offers a prayer of action and solidarity for those fleeing conflict and migrating to Europe and other parts of the world.

Prayer for a New Vision

God of Shalom,

Grant us hearts that cry like yours

At the sight of dead boys on beaches,

Packed train cars,

And long lines of families on the move.


We confess that we have seen these images for centuries.

Grant us, this time, the wisdom to act in a way that turns history upside down.

And brings your shalom on earth as it is in heaven.

Grant us arms that welcome the stranger;

Grant us hands that feed the hungry;

Grant us feet that walk with those whose feet search

For a new home, a new job, a new life.


Help us understand how bad things must have been,

And how much vision these survivors must have had

To make this terrible trek.


Grant us the vision to see what they see:

Your shalom where there is no more violence,

Where life is full and abundant for all,

Where no one is hungry,

And everyone is welcome at the feast.


Photos from Apostles’ Build Project – June 20, 2015


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June 20, 2015

North Broadway Mobile Food Pantry

 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). 

Habitat Apostles’ Build Project, Saturday, August 29, 8:15-3 p.m.

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.

Thank you,

Marty Sallach (For the Outreach Committee)

Cleveland Food Bank Volunteers

Cleveland Food Bank, May 19, 2015

Cleveland Food Bank, May 19, 2015