With the lighting of The Candle of “Christ Our Hope,” the University Circle United Methodist family of faith begins worship on the first Sunday of Advent.
Our Chancel Choir offers Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence and Dr. Chalker speaks on “A Spiritual Hypothalamus Activation Initiative” – a message you won’t want to miss.
This is also communion Sunday, and all are welcome to take part. Brian Misch, Nathan Motta and Jim Hogg provide music during this sacred time, with Joanna Li presenting both piano and pipe organ pieces throughout the service.
We also welcome two new members to our congregation this Sunday, adding to those who joined in November.
This Thanksgiving week has reminded us how much we have to be thankful for in life, which can include the opportunity to be a part of the unique and welcoming faith family of University Circle UMC. If YOU want to experience this kind of stimulating, inspiring worship with warm and caring people, join us this Sunday – and invite your friends as well – as we prepare for the coming of Christmas.
One hundred fifty years ago this past week, Abraham Lincoln dedicated a national cemetery where, five months earlier, a deciding battle of the American Civil war had been fought. President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address of only 272 words articulated the reason the war was being fought and immortalized the central values, freedom and purpose of this country.
Fifty years ago this past week, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. We realized, once again, that paying any price and bearing any burden for a free society is not just a noble sentiment, but an enormous sacrifice.
Tomorrow, Sunday, November 24, at 11am, we not only prepare for a National Day of Thanksgiving by offering our thanks to God for the abundance of our lives, we also remember our country’s heritage and the cost of our freedom. Senior Pastor Dr. Ken Chalker and the entire family of faith at University Circle United Methodist Church invite you to join us as “we gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing” this Thanksgiving Sunday.
Please note that if you drive in from the southwest, we suggest you use the following route, due to the closing of the I-90 bridge: 71N, 490E, 77N, 90E, Chester exit.
University Circle United Methodist Church is affectionately known in greater Cleveland as “The Holy Oil Can Church,” thanks to its steeple that reminds folks of a pinpoint oil can. And, as Rev. Dr. Ken Chalker will point out this Sunday at 11am, many people under age 40 may not even know what an oil can is!
This Sunday, however, Dr. Chalker moves beyond oil cans to open up doors of understanding with his sermon, “Far beyond a Composite” – a message you won’t want to miss. Music in support of this message includes the Chancel Choir’s two anthems, “The Eyes of All Wait upon Thee” and “I Need Thee Every Hour.” Director of Music & Arts, Nathan Motta, also shares a new vocal arrangement of “The Lord’s Prayer.”
Most important is the understanding that, as a house of God, University Circle United Methodist Church is truly a gateway to heaven – a holy place where all are welcome all the time. And we invite you to join us.
Church members are reminded that this is Pledge Sunday when we bring forward our pledges of support for the coming year. Plus, we have only two Sundays remaining to donate Christmas items to the residents of Flat Rock Homes. Located in Seneca County about 80 miles west of Cleveland, Flat Rock, a United Methodist agency, provides housing and care for some 50 persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities who require 24-hour care. This Christmas, UCUMC is donating NEWLY PURCHASED items in these categories: DVD/VCR players, life jackets (M, L and XL) and bedding/sheets (a specific list of needed bedding is available in the church office). Please bring your Flat Rock gifts and monetary contributions with you to church in these remaining two weeks.
Join us this Sunday, and share this message with your circle of friends, so they might join us as well.
“I Wish I Thought of That” is the title of Dr. Ken Chalker’s message this Sunday at University Circle United Methodist Church. Sounds like another intriguing sermon at 11am in the Circle! Joining him is the Chancel Choir and special music presented by Carrie Jones on viola and Nathan Motta on piano. Carrie is a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music and she is also part of the group of New Members who are joining our faith family on Sunday.
Following the worship service, a light lunch will be served in the Yoder Room for those persons staying for the Annual Charge Conference. The Conference is led by UM North Coast District Superintendent, Peggy Streiff and participation is open to all persons although membership in the church is required for voting. Among the agenda items are approving a new slate of volunteers to serve on our committees, administrative updates on the goals and vision for our church and authorization of the pastor’s salary package. Attending a Charge Conference is a good way to hear about what has happened in the life of our church in the past year as well as future plans.
Also on Sunday, consider attending “Faces – A Choreography Based on Struggle, Wisdom and Power” presented by DuffyLit Studios and performed at 6:00pm in the Tri-C Metro Campus Auditorium. Audience members will experience a mind-soaring, uplifting, upbeat, multi-media, multi-faceted, visually stimulating and sensory-compelling production. Dancing is set to the harmonies of the spiritual, gospel and jazz music styles. Tickets are $25 each and benefit the ongoing educational work of the DuffyLit Studios directed by well-known singer, teacher and choreographer, Edna Duffy.
Please share your Sunday with University Circle United Methodist Church and forward this electronic invitation to your friends to encourage them to experience worship at UCUMC.
On this first Sunday of November, University Circle United Methodist joins other UM churches in observing All Saints’ Day – a day to remember not only deceased members of the local church family but non-members as well – perhaps persons close to you who have passed from this life. This Sunday’s service features the sounds of water poured as the names of those who have passed into God’s eternal kingdom during the past year are read aloud. Whether you are a member or not doesn’t matter; you are warmly invited to join us at 11am to remember those you may have lost in your life.
This Sunday we also celebrate not only the sacrament of baptism but also the sacrament of communion, which is open to all who honor the life, death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. Plus, Dr. Chalker, the Chancel Choir and the FullCircle combo are joined by our sorely missed Gospel Choir, returning after many months with their version of “We Offer Praise” by Rodnie Bryant.
Following worship, please plan to attend our monthly FIRST-SUNDAY POTLUCK in our Great Hall. The entrée is provided, and we ask you to bring a side dish to share. This Sunday’s potluck activity is our annual creation of holiday cards to then give to veterans residing in the nearby Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and Home.
All of this…after you’ve enjoyed an extra hour of sleep as you turn your clocks BACK an hour and say good-bye to Daylight Saving Time until next March.
Please share this invitation with your friends and family, asking them to be part of our family of faith…and saints…this coming Sunday.
“From Ground to Crown” is the title of Dr. Ken Chalker’s message during this Sunday’s 11am service at University Circle United Methodist Church. Our Chancel Choir and FullCircle combo will participate as well.
Known as “Reformation Sunday,” this last Sunday in October is celebrated by most Christians as the day when Dr. Martin Luther, a Doctor of Theology and respected professor, is remembered for nailing his Ninety-five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, in 1517, urging reform in the practices of the Roman Catholic Church. For centuries before, the Roman Catholic Church had been plagued by false doctrines, superstition, ignorance and corruption. Since most ordinary Christians were illiterate and had little knowledge of the Bible, they relied on their clergy for religious instruction and guidance, which provided an environment for these kinds of abuses.
Martin Luther intended his Theses to initiate academic discussion. However, within weeks, the Theses were reproduced using the new moveable-type printing press and circulated throughout Germany. It wasn’t long before they were the talk of Europe, bringing Luther into direct conflict with the Roman Catholic hierarchy and the Holy Roman Emperor. A little over three years later, he was excommunicated by the pope and declared a heretic and outlaw. The posting of Luther’s Ninety-five Theses marks the beginning of the Reformation movement in which a group of reformers known as “Protestants” broke away from the Roman Catholic Church.
Following worship this Sunday, if you have not yet attended one of the small-group neighborhood meetings, you are invited to the Parlor as guests of the church’s Finance Committee to participate in an open dialogue about the strengths and concerns of our church, including its financial health.
Please plan to join us at University Circle United Methodist Church on Sunday for a diverse, inclusive and welcoming faith experience.
University Circle United Methodist Church is a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) – a growing movement of United Methodist individuals, congregations, campus ministries and other groups working for the full participation of all people in The United Methodist Church.
Since 1982, RMN has been mobilizing United Methodists to create full inclusion of all God’s children regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.
Each fall we observe the anniversary of our becoming a member of RMN by focusing attention in our worship service on this important movement. This Sunday, October 20 at 11am, we celebrate our belief that all persons are fully loved by God and accepted into our faith family. Join Dr. Chalker and the members of our music and arts teams as they lead us in worship with a sense of gratitude for life.
Share this electronic message with your friends and family and invite them to University Circle Church this Sunday where they will find, in the words of a recent visitor, “a glimpse of heaven.”
Fall’s arrival brought with it a unique visitor to our first Sunday service in October – a friend of member Heidi Denman and someone so moved by the welcome and inspiration she received that she wrote about it in her blog the next day.
You are invited to discover for yourself how her impressions of this family of faith might indeed be the same kinds of experiences you want to be part of in your faith journey. Here’s how Morvan begins…
I think I’ve seen a glimpse of heaven
Oct. 7 – These last few months have been really hard. There have been times that I’ve just wanted to crawl under a blanket and never go out of the door again.
Some very painful things have happened. A very precious friend died years before her time. Someone I trusted with my life betrayed the confidences I had shared. I discovered that other friends were bigoted against certain people groups, and refused to even consider looking at these dear people in a different way. Another friend cut off any relationship with me completely when they found that I chose to vote differently in the last election than they did. I have been grieving for the different kinds of losses that these each represent … that of the loss of community.
Sometimes remaining anonymous, sitting in the back row of a new church or ignoring people at the grocery store, is the easy way to go. And sometimes it is necessary because smiling & chatting with strangers – and even more so with people you know – can be absolutely draining when you are experiencing grief. It takes SO MUCH ENERGY to put on a happy face and look relatively normal. It takes everything you have to reach out to others and offer hospitality or assistance. Sometimes it feels like you do all the giving.
So, it was with utter delight when precious new friends reached out to us and invited my husband and me on an adventure, and what a delight it was. They took us to their favorite place of worship, a small (as these glorious works of architecture go) but beautiful cathedral in Cleveland named University Circle United Methodist Church, lovingly known as “the church of the holy oil can” because of its spire. I’ve lived overseas and have seen many cathedrals, but this one was unique to any I had visited before.
The first difference was that in every single entrance stood a young person, probably around college age, welcoming us. There was life here! Within seconds of entering the beautiful building, it was pretty obvious that this was a colorful venue … every single hue of the human race was represented, and it was glorious. Different ethnic groups were wearing gorgeous garments, there were babies & children, lots of white heads & loads of young people, well dressed individuals and many people from the other end of the social scale, all equally represented. I saw people in wheelchairs, or with walkers, and some who had mental disorders, and caring people around them, making sure that every one of their needs was met.
And I was welcomed, perhaps like I have never felt welcomed as a stranger in a church for a long, long time….
Continue reading at http://morvensblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/i-think-ive-been-given-a-glimpse-of-heaven/