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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.

Dinner out and CVLT Performance of Oliver! on Firday, November 14

Join us for a night out with your church family!  We will have dinner at Gamekeepers, then see the production of Oliver! at the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre on Friday, November 14.  Tickets for the show are $18 each, and we will each pay for our own dinner.  Please call Gamekeepers to make your reservations (440-247-7744) and say you are with the UMC of CF group.  Please sign up by October 31 for your theater tickets.  A sheet is posted on the bulletin board outside the church offices, or call (440-247-5848) or e-mail the church office.

We look forward to a wonderful evening out!

Chagrin Documentary Film Festival Free to Church Members on Wednesday, October 8

The UMC of Chagrin Falls is one of the locations where the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is showing films.  To express their appreciation for use of the facility, members of our church may attend FREE on Wednesday, October 8.  Features are:   5:00 PM Re(FRESH) – It Takes a Village (12 min) and Of Land and Water (52 minutes) and 6:45 p.m.  Rhythms of Resistance (29 minutes) and Do You believe in Love? (50 minutes).  The films will be shown in the Sanctuary.

If you wish to attend these films, please just tell them you are a member of the church at the entrance.



World Communion Sunday Offering, Sunday, October 5, 2014

Your offering on World Communion Sunday makes possible education and vocational opportunities that equip gifted and qualified students from around the globe to become the world-changers God created them to be.  Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

We celebrate World Communion Sunday on October 5 at both services.  An offering envelope is included in the bulletin.  We will continue to accept offerings throughout the month, just designate your gift for “World Communion Sunday.”



First Sunday Food Drive, Rev. Paul Brook of England, and Communion to our Shut-Ins

FIRST SUNDAY FOOD DRIVE:  This Sunday October 5, we will take our monthly food collection.  Help us fill the barrel in the Narthex with non-perishable food items.  We take our collection the first Sunday of each month, however donations are welcome at any time.  Thank you for your generosity.

Rev. Paul Brook is home following a heart attack.  If you wish to send a card, please contact the church office for his address.  Rev. Brooks was an exchange minister at our church several years ago.

COMMUNION TO SHUT-INS:  Following the 11 a.m. Worship Service, we are taking communion to those in our congregation who cannot easily get out and who would like to receive Communion.  We could still use a few more people to help serve communion.  If you can help, please meet in Harris Fellowship Hall following the second service, where you will be paired up with a Membership Care Committee member.   If you have any questions, please speak with Rev. Joyce.

Schedule your Directory Photos Now – Receive a Complimentary 8×10 photo and a new church directory

Join us as we GET CONNECTED with our church family!  Please be a part of our new family directory, we need YOU to make our new family album complete.  Let’s put names with faces.  We have chosen to partner with Lifetouch for professional photography that will contact our members and tell our story.

Lifetouch will photograph at our church during the dates of November 11-15 and November 19-22.  In your one hour session, you will check in, be professionally photographed, immediately view your portraits, and have an opportunity to purchase additional portraits.  Each family will receive a complimentary 8×10 portrait and a directory just for participating.  We have price sheets for purchasing additional photographs available at the church.  Photographs will be available by Christmas, if you choose to give them as gifts or include them in your Christmas cards.  The company will provide your photos three weeks from the date of your photography session, so if you wish to have them available for Christmas, please choose the earliest date possible.  You may also choose to have multi-generational photos taken which do not have to be included in the directory.  You will still receive your complimentary 8×10 photo and the opportunity to purchase additional photographs.  If you wish to take advantage of this, please schedule two appointments (one for your directory photos and one for your family photos).

If you will be out of the area during our photography times, we would still love your participation.  Please contact us and we can arrange to have you photographed at an area Lifetouch session where you are.  Please contact Karen or the church office for more information.

To schedule your appointment, please click on the link below, where you will be directed to the secure sign-up Lifetouch page.

You may also sign up on Sunday mornings following our worship services.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karen Johns at (440) 247-7211 or email at   or contact the church office at (440) 247-5848.

Thank you,

Karen Johns, Directory Coordinator

Nehemiah Painting Day (September 27) cancelled

Due to lack of participation, we have found it necessary to cancel the Nehemiah painting day scheduled for this Saturday, September 27.  Please watch for future opportunities to help.

An Invitation to Prayer Breakfast

We’d like to encourage anyone in the congregation to attend our weekly prayer breakfast.  We meet on Tuesday mornings in the Sanctuary at 7:30 a.m. for a time of meditation.  This is followed by a delicious breakfast prepared by Chef Stan Bowe for only $2.00.  We are usually cleaned up and out by 8:45 a.m., filled with the Spirit of the Lord and Stan’s delicious breakfast.

We’d love to have you give it a try.  Just give Stan a call so he can prepare accordingly.

Moblie Food Pantry

We successfully completed another North Broadway Mobile Food Pantry on Friday afternoon, September 19th. The weather was outstanding, the produce was good, and there was a good turnout. We provided food to 139 family units which would impact over 400 people.

 Kris DuBois participated from our church. From our partner Bay UMC were Andy Lihani, Dan Hurst, Ann Rich, Nancy Davis, and Ron Smith. We are always grateful for the help from the neighborhood folks: Pat Vinston, Truman Vinston, Gloria Harris, Zoey Scott, Nicole Scott, Francina, and Shyana.

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank has recently informed us of changes to the mobile food pantry distributions that will greatly benefit the families we serve. Our Pantry next month will be on Oct 17th, when we look forward to a better mix of food products, and quantities better suited to the size of our mission.   If you are interested in volunteering please contact Kris DuBois at or 440/220-0871.


Nehemiah House Painting Project

Volunteers Needed:  The Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland has a house painting project that needs completed before winter.  The entire house has been primed and three sides have been completed.  The need is for a work crew to paint one entire side of a fairly large house located on the East side of Cleveland.  This is a two story house and therefore a portion of the work will require working from ladders.  Date and time are Saturday, September 27 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. (You don’t need to be available for the entire time). If you are interested in helping, please sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board.



UMCOR Disaster Response to Wildfires Burning out West

There are currently 31 large wildfires burning in the Western part of our nation with 23 of those uncontained and 155 new smaller ones. Join UMCOR in praying for firefighters as they face the immense task of responding during a time of high temperatures and extreme drought. Pray for residents as they face the loss of their homes and landscape and for the wildlife as the animals attempt to escape the flames and find refuge.

UMCOR has issued an emergency grant to the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference to aid in relief and recovery efforts as soon as the situation allows.

Contributions may be made to UMCOR at, US Disaster Response, Advance #901670. Or, checks payable to UMCCF with Advance #901670 in the memo line may be left in the offering plate.