Your Weekly Worship Update for April 20th

Celebrate this exceptional Easter Resurrection Sunday with your faith family at easter-liliesUniversity Circle United Methodist Church, as we welcome the good news of Jesus’ life beyond the grave. Experience the sounds of brass instruments, our magnificent pipe organ, two wonderful choirs and the FullCircle combo as they join with the expressive movements of our Liturgical Dancers to proclaim the resurrection story. Let the true meaning of Easter come alive for you as you take in the beauty of the floral arrangements and special lighting that will fill our cathedral sanctuary. Dr. Chalker speaks about “New Glasses” and the message behind the Easter scripture. Our Gospel Choir sings In Christ Alone and joins the Chancel Choir and dancers to offer our version of O Happy Day! Edna Duffy opens the service with We Shall Behold Him – a rousing, inspiring rendition of a popular contemporary composition, while the Chancel Choir closes worship with Handel’s Hallelujah. Be with us this glorious Easter Sunday to share in the diversity of our congregation and in the message of this very moving service; worship begins at 11am. Come early and take part in our Son-rise Service in the Chapel (unless otherwise posted). This more intimate welcoming of the Easter news begins at 8:30am. Parking for visitors and the mobility-challenged is available in our north lot. Parking is also available in the Judson lot across from the church, on Parklane and E. 107th, on MLK Drive and in the Cleveland Library lot south on E. 107th. Join the life of this growing family of faith, and invite someone you care about to come with you. As you know… all are welcome all the time!

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Your Weekly Worship Update for April 13th

This Palm Sunday service celebrates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, with waving rainforest-rainforestpalm branches and abounding “Hosannas,” including in musical form from the Chancel Ringers, the Chancel Choir and our collective voices in song.

Dr. Chalker speaks about “Three Things,” followed by reminders of Jesus’ betrayal and the events of Holy Week. The Stripping of the Alter and the Scattering of Coins offer a very impactful – even jolting – conclusion to this high-emotion service. Bring your faith with you; you’ll need it.

Adult education classes are held at 9:00am in the Parlor and at 9:30am in the Yoder Room. Children and youth gather at 10:45am in several classroom areas for some really cool sessions that help build character, inclusiveness and understanding; check at the office for specific locations.

Be with us this Palm Sunday to share in the life of this growing family of faith, and talk to someone you care about about coming with you. As you know… all are welcome!

 

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Your Weekly Worship Update for April 6th

This Sunday’s service features a Lenten Cantata: A Mass for Our Time, presented by our Chancel Choir under the direction of Nathan Motta with organist Joanna Li. This “custom-created” mass includes works by 20th-century composers Leonard Bernstein and Ildebrando Pizzetti and contemporary writers Mark Miller and our own Nathan Motta.

Dr. Chalker’s message, “It’s All Pronunciation?” has its roots in Psalm 130 and is followed by Holy Communion.

Adult classes are held at 8:30am in the Parlor and at 9:30am in the Yoder Room. Children and youth gather at 10:45am in several classroom areas; check at the office for specific locations of Sunday School sessions.

A special “thank you” is extended to all the volunteers who donated, prepared and served food to 42 guests during last Sunday’s Neighborhood Lunch. See Jennifer Bier or stop by the announcement board in the office hallway to find out how you, too, can help.

Be with us this special Lenten Cantata Sunday to share in the life of this growing family of faith, and bring along someone you care about. All are welcome!

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Your Weekly Worship Update for March 30th

As this fourth Sunday of Lent unfolds, Dr. Chalker’s sermon, entitled, “Still main_climbingClimbing?” takes a different look at the passages from Genesis 28:10-17. He is joined in worship by the Chancel Choir and soloist Lydia Hall. Plan to be a part of this insightful service at 11am.

Adult classes are held at 9am in the Parlor and at 9:30am in the Yoder Room. Children and youth gather at 10:45am in several classroom areas; check at the office for specific locations of these unique Sunday School sessions.

And while you’re at University Circle UMC, also stop by the office to sign up for these activities:

  •       The remaining Tuesday-evening dinner and presentation: “Jesus Was a Jew: A Lenten Experience” with Dr. Chalker
  •       Our Cleveland Orchestra experience May 4th with church member and PD music critic Zach Lewis and a trip to Severance Hall to hear Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor
  •       The Race, Food and Justice Conference, sponsored by our United Methodist Women and Case Western Reserve University; April 4-5

Be with us this Sunday to share in the life of this growing family of faith, and bring along someone you care about. All are welcome!

 

 

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Your Weekly Worship Update for March 23rd

This third Sunday of Lent, Dr. Chalker’s sermon, entitled, “Pothole Blues,” utilizes a phenomenon we in northeast Ohio are all too familiar with to “drive home” yet another Lenten lesson, based upon Scripture passages from Luke 13:1-8.

He is joined by the Gospel Choir and several individuals singing duets, with two instrumentalists adding viola and cello to the service as well. Joanna Li directs and plays piano and pipe organ. Plan to be a part of this wonderful service at 11am.

With this Sunday comes another chance to discover the “Twenty-Four Hours That Changed the World” – a video presentation about the events of the original “Good Friday.” Join in this lively discussion about Jesus’ challenges leading up to the crucifixion; 9am in the Parlor.

This Sunday also offers an opportunity to hear Betty Spencer, founder of the Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking, speak about this startling reality here in northern Ohio. Sponsored by our United Methodist Women (UMW), this presentation begins at 9:30am in the Yoder Room.

Following church, our Gay-Straight Alliance has its “First Sunday of Spring” potluck luncheon in the Reception Room, where we’ll share food and fellowship while hearing about upcoming opportunities to further our inclusiveness as a church. Please RSVP to Amy Wheatley (4wheatleys@sbcglobal.net) or the church office if you plan to attend.

And while you’re here at UCUMC, be sure to stop by the office to sign up for these activities:

  • The remaining two Tuesday-evening dinners and presentations: “Jesus Was a Jew: A Lenten Experience” with Dr. Chalker
  • Our Cleveland Orchestra experience May 4th with PD critic Zach Lewis and a trip to Severance Hall to hear Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor
  • The Race, Food and Justice Conference, sponsored by our United Methodist Women and Case Western Reserve University; April 4-5

Be with us this Sunday to share in the life of this growing family of faith, and bring along someone you care about. All are welcome!

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Your Weekly Worship Update for March 16th

With this second Sunday of Lent comes the opportunity to enhance your 2nd_Sun_of_Lent_Picunderstanding of the Easter story as Dr. Chalker shares his sermon entitled, “What’s Holding You Back?” He is joined by the Chancel Ringers who offer two musical pieces in support of this Lenten season. And recognizing that a certain saint’s “day” follows on Monday, the Chancel Choir sings, “A Gaelic Blessing” by John Rutter. Join us at 11.

With this second Sunday of Lent comes another opportunity to discover the “Twenty-Four Hours That Changed the World” – a video presentation about the events of the original “Good Friday.” Join in this lively discussion about Jesus’ challenges leading up to the crucifixion; 9am in the Parlor.

 With this Sunday also comes a unique chance to hear candidate for Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish offer his observations about the county’s past, present and future. This presentation is part of the MENS group’s Community Speaks Forum and takes the place this week of Dr. Chalker’s Bible 101 class, at 9:30am in the Yoder Room.

And…with this Sunday come lots of ways for you to include yourself in the life of this church by signing up for these activities:

  • The remaining three Tuesday-evening dinners and presentations: “Jesus Was a Jew: A Lenten Experience” with Dr. Chalker and Rabbi Susan Stone
  • Our Cleveland Orchestra experience May 4th with PD critic Zach Lewis and a trip to Severance Hall to hear Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor
  • Our church’s Gay-Straight Alliance “First Sunday of Spring” potluck luncheon, March 23, to hear about upcoming opportunities to further our inclusiveness
  • The Race, Food and Justice Conference, sponsored by our United Methodist Women and Case Western Reserve University; April 4-5
  • “Party in the Pews” – an opportunity to help with “spring cleaning” of the pews, Saturday, March 22, with lunch to follow

Be with us this Sunday to share in the life of this growing family of faith, and bring someone you care about with you.

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Your Weekly Worship Update for March 9th

This first Sunday in Lent comes just in time to remind us that this challenging winter is about to fade away, and that spring is just around the corner! In fact, as you’ll hear in this Sunday’s service, the word “lent” comes from the old Anglo-Saxon word “lencten,” meaning, of all things, “SPRING.” How appropriate!

It’s appropriate as well because this weekend we “SPRING” forward by setting our Spring-Forward-2014clocks ahead one hour. That’s especially significant for you if you don’t want to be late for church, Sunday at 11, when worship includes anthems by the Chancel Choir and Dr. Chalker’s message, “When the Tempter Shows Up.”

A reminder: the series “Jesus Was a Jew: A Lenten Experience” begins this coming Tuesday, March 11, and continues on March 18 and 25 and April 1. Supper is at 5:30pm (with reservations) and the program begins at 6:15pm. Call or stop by the office to sign up for any or all of these intriguing sessions.

Invite a friend to share in these opportunities to gather together to strengthen our faith.

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Your Weekly Worship Update for March 2nd

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Hammerstein, John Lennon, Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg have in common? Besides being the creators of some of the world’s most popular music, they’re also going to have a selection of their songs featured in this Sunday’s worship at University Circle United Methodist Church as “secular meets sacred” throughout our 11:00 service.

Quite often, popular music is barred at the church door as “unfit” or inappropriate in a sacred setting. And some of it may well deserve that stamp. But, many more pieces do not, and this Transfiguration Sunday’s service illustrates the messages we miss when we limit the musical support of our faith journey to only the world of traditional hymns and anthems.

Be a part of this exciting and meaningful morning as Dr. Chalker shares his meditation, “Let’s Make This an Annual Event,” followed by Holy Communion. And after our service, join us in the Great Hall for our regular First-Sunday Potluck, featuring a baked potato bar extravaganza. Plus, experience the Truth Booth set up in the Gym – part of our collaboration with artist Hank Willis Thomas to capture “art in progress” as folks step inside to record what real truth is or should be.

And don’t be shy about sharing these opportunities with friends and family. Few Cleveland venues are going to offer this variety of music, worship and fellowship this Sunday morning. Bring someone with you to share in the joy.

One weather advisory: While the doors will be open for Saturday evening’s Mardi Gras dinner and Sunday’s service and potluck, please use your best judgment about whether to come in.

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Your Weekly Worship Update for February 23rd

Hooray! The driveway is clear! Come on over to University Circle United Methodist Church on Sunday.

Black History Month finishes strong with praise and spirituals. The Chancel Choir black history monthbrings us R. Nathaniel Dett’s “Listen to the Lambs” and the Chancel Bell Choir rings out “There Is a Balm in Gilead.” Under the inspired direction of Jeanie Vargo, the Gospel Choir comes back strong with “Total Praise.”

Dr. Chalker has titled his sermon, “No Way. Not Today. Nobody Would.”He may sound stubborn at the onset but the message is sure to offer energy and enthusiasm for living. This is part of the statement which defines our identity:

We are striving, with God’s help, to create a faith family that is a place of hope that lifts the spirit. We affirm that we are a faith family being drawn together, not out of rigid doctrine or fear, but as a result God’s presence in our midst.

Come on over. Sunday service starts at 11am.

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Your Weekly Worship Update for February 16th

Wow – February! The Olympics bring phenomenal sights and stories to our days. Valentine’s Day brings thoughts of red hearts, love, chocolates and flowers. Even more exciting things can be found at University Circle United Methodist Church: warm and caring people, energy and enthusiasm for living, assurance that each of us is one of God’s children, celebrations of love and grace and even a cup of coffee.

Dr. Chalker’s sermon includes Olympic-sized energy and motivation. A new slate of “opportunities for fun and enrichment” is laid out for you. Come and explore. Come and worship. Come and mingle. We are waiting for you.

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